Delfin Lee task force head ‘promoted’

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Thursday, March 13, 2014

(UPDATED) The head of the tracker team that arrested businessman Delfin Lee outside a hotel in Manila last week was "rewarded" by Philippine National Police (PNP) top brass with a post in Central Visayas "for a job well done."

In a press briefing at Camp Crame Thursday, PNP chief Director General Alan Purisima said Task Force Tugis head Senior Superintendent Conrad Capa will be separated from the group as he will be "promoted" as the Deputy Regional Director for Operations (DRDO) in Central Visayas as a "reward" for his exceptional leadership to the group that nabbed Lee, who was one of five most wanted person in the country.

Purisima said Capa's promotion is a step ahead of being a one-star general or a Chief Superintendent following his group's controversial arrest of the alleged Globe Asiatique scam architect on March 6.


Capa took Purisima's statement regarding his "promotion" differently and showed his frustration in a television interview on Thursday afternoon.

"'Pag napunta ako doon tama na may isang tung-tungan pa pero maling sabihin na ako'y mapo-promote. Maghihintay pa ako ng ilang buwan. Hindi ako mapopromote agad doon," Capa said of his transfer to the Police Regional Office (PRO) 7 in Cebu City.

Capa said he was expecting his promotion would come after his group's successful arrest of Lee, who was fugitive for more than two years.

Task Force Tugis
Senior Superintendent Conrad Capa

"Ako kahit san ako ilagay pumapayag ako. Nasaktan ako sa narinig ko, sa nangyayaring ito sa career ko," he said. "Mapo-promote ako eventually pero kung gusto talaga niya akong i-promote may bakante dito."

Moments later, he told reporters that he is "happy" with his "promotion" and was just carried away by his emotions because of what he has heard.

Capa said he will go to Cebu next week to formally assume his new post.

Meanwhile, Purisima said Task Force Tugis will continue hunting for the four remaining fugitives in the most wanted list even without the supervision Capa who has been with the unit for quite a while.

"Mas marami 'yung taong nagtatrabaho sa ibaba niya. Alisin mo man si Colonel Capa kahit walang leader magtatrabahao pa din sila. Siya lang ang nakikita ninyo dahil siya ang humaharap pero ang talagang nagtatrabaho niyan ay 'yung mga pulis sa ibaba. Sila ang nagbababad sa lansangan, nagsu-surveillance at nagtatrabaho 24 hours a day," Purisima said.

Task Force Tugis is a special team composed of 114 personnel, whose mission is to seek the top five most wanted persons in the country.

Task Forces Tugis has four more people to run after: former Palawan governor Joel Reyes, former Coron mayor Mario Reyes, retired Army Major General Jovito Palparan, and former Dinagat representative Ruben Ecleo.

"It will go on, magtatrabaho naman ang mga tao ko kahit wala ako. They’ll be fine," Capa said. (Sunnex)

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