CIDG Deputy Officer Defects to NPA
Cites massive corruption, illegal drugs and gambling syndicates in gov’t
For being a victim of injustice by the government
institution he served with utmost dedication for 28 years, he finally made
“the most difficult decision” in his entire life by joining the Communist
Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA).
By Karl G. Ombion
SOMEWHERE in SOUTHERN NEGROS – For being a victim of injustice by the
government institution he served with utmost dedication for 28 years, he
finally made “the most difficult decision” in his entire life by joining
the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA).
Joel Escobido Geollegue, 49, deputy provincial officer of the 701st PNP’s
Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) based in Negros
Oriental, told a group of reporters in a press conference June 5 that he
had decided to defect to the CPP-NPA two months ago saying, “I am a victim
of injustice. I was framed up for a crime I did not commit, and there is
no foreseeable justice for my case within the system.”
PNP's LOSS: CIDG
Provincial Deputy Officer Joel Geollegue
Photo by Jaime Espina
CIDG defector was escorted by a platoon-size custodial force of the
CPP-NPA regional operational command – Boy Gatmaitan Command – at the news
conference held in a forested mountain lair of the guerrillas in southern
Police authorities in Negros have reportedly ordered a manhunt on
Geollegue after learning of his defection.
Geollegue’s defection stemmed from his being implicated by his own
colleagues in the police service to the reported robbery-holdup of a
certain Terry Lim by an unknown group last 1993 at Crossing Relis,
Barangay Carabalan, Himamaylan town, 85 kms south of Bacolod City.
denied the accusation saying that at the time of the incident he was in
San Carlos City investigating a car theft involving the Hannel Development
Corporation. He said that the alleged sole witness who implicated him to
the robbery-holdup was an alleged notorious criminal, Romeo Villar aka
Geollegue said another policeman and the former police chief of Himamaylan
were behind Villar because he was their man handling a ring of illegal
drug operations in the area. Complainant Terry Lim, Geollegue added, is
also a close relative of one of the two police officers.
Geollegue, who was serving as CIDG deputy provincial officer before his
defection, also doubted the holdup incident saying “the whole
circumstances were vague. All I learned later was they allegedly withdrew
P30,000 from PNB Kabankalan, although they later made it appear that it
was P300,000,” he added.
earned the ire of the two police officers, he said, for exposing them to
the national headquarters over their alleged illegal drug protection
case against him dragged on for almost 10 years in the Regional Trial
Court (RTC) of Himamaylan under then Judge Jose Aguirre Jr. He appealed
the case with the Court of Appeals (CA) in 2003 but was denied. Last
March, the Supreme Court (SC) affirmed the CA’s decision and sentenced him
to six-year imprisonment.
why he did not appeal the SC decision, Geollegue said “I have lost my
trust in the government’s justice system. I have also doubted the
integrity and sincerity of my colleagues, officials and the higher command
in the service.”
Several times, he said, he reported to the higher headquarters cases of
corruption, protection racket, syndicates among his colleagues, and those
he had close association with, but “none was ever heeded.” “So how can I
entrust my life, much more my quest for justice, in the hands of the
institution run by crooks and syndicate?” he said.
how he reconciled his formerly staunch anti-communist stand, Geollegue
said, “Things change. Just like former Brig. Gen. Raymundo Jarque, whom I
consider my inspiration in making this decision.” Jarque, former commander
of the Negros Island Command, defected to the NPA in 1995 to evade arrest
for alleged trumped-up charges filed by a wealthy family of Pulupandan
town. He became military consultant to the National Democratic Front of
the Philippines (NDFP). His case with the Sandigan Bayan was later
dismissed for lack of merit.
“Joining the CPP-NPA,” Geollegue told reporters, “is the most difficult
decision I’ve made in my entire life, because it means leaving my wife and
my three little kids behind, and risking my life. But I have no other
option but to seek justice with the revolutionary movement.”
said he did not regret joining the revolutionary movement adding, “I
believe it has higher and correct sense of justice than with the corrupt
and rotten government I served for 28 years.”
“Today, the Macapagal-Arroyo regime is blatantly corrupt and rotten,
probably worse than its predecessors,” he said. “The reports of juetengate,
involving people up to the Malacañang, are true.”
Geollegue also said some top PNP and military officers in the region
coddle illegal drugs and other syndicates. He said he will expose their
names, network and mode of operations in due time.
Geollegue was born June 6, 1956 to a poor peasant family in Himamaylan. He
quit high school due to poverty. He decided to left for Manila to venture
for work. While on the boat, he befriended a military trainee who
encouraged him to join the military service.
a stint with the Philippine military in the late 1970s, he joined the
Philippine Constabulary in the 1980s where he was assigned in different
parts of Visayas and Mindanao including the Davao Metrodiscom Security
Unit. In the 1990s he was assigned with the Integrated National Police’s
(formerly PC) Regional Security Unit (RSU) 7. He was later deployed with
the CIDG Occidental Negros and later Oriental Negros just before he
the press conference, Ka Cesar, head of the NPA custodial force, said “the
defection of Geollegue only proved the correctness of the revolutionary
cause of the CPP-NPA-NDF, the bankruptcy of the ruling system, and the
rapid isolation of the US-Macapagal Arroyo regime”.
Cesar said that “Geollegue is a victim of injustice of the reactionary
court run by corrupt justices and syndicates, strongly influenced by
influential and despotic landlords and corrupt police and military
most Filipinos exploited by the “rotten ruling system,” Ka Cesar said,
“Geollegue has realized the need to fight the system that breeds
corruption, plunder of people’s resources, protection racket for big drug
syndicates, landgrabbing…and the like,”
defection is an honorable decision,” Ka Cesar added.
Cesar also said that “the NPA is open and prepared to accept any member of
the AFP, PNP, and CAFGU who plan to defect to the revolutionary movement.”
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