(PNA photo by Avito Dalan)

MANILA – The National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) announced the relief of its 11 Regional Headquarters Support Unit officers in connection with the case of four missing sabungero (cockfight enthusiasts).

In a statement on Sunday, NCRPO chief Brig. Gen. Jonnel Estomo said the sacked officials are placed under restrictive custody due to the gravity of offense filed against them by the National Bureau of Investigation-Task Force Against Illegal Drugs (NBI-TFAID) over the disappearance in Cavite.

Ordered relieved were former Regional Drug Enforcement Unit chief Lt. Col. Ryan Orapa; Lt. Jesus Menez; Staff Sergeants Ronald Lanaria, Ronald Montibon, Troy Paragas, Roy Pioquinito, and Robert Raz Jr.; and Corporals Christal Rosita, Denar Roda, Alric Natividad, and Ruscel Solomon.

They are charged with kidnapping and serious illegal detention as well as violation of the Anti-Enforced or Involuntary Disappearance Act.

The NBI-TFAID filed the complaint on October 19 over the disappearance of siblings Gio and Mico Mateo, Garry Matreo Jr., and Ronaldo Anonuevo in Dasmariñas City on April 13, 2021 during an anti-drug police operation. (PNA)