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DCPO unit to lead probe into cop’s role in missing house help

THE CITY Investigation and Detection Management Unit will lead the investigation into the alleged involvement of a station commander in the reported missing house help.

Speaking at the AFP-PNP press briefing held at The Royal Mandaya Hotel, Captain Hazel Tuazon, spokesperson of the Davao City Police Office (DCPO), said the investigation team was formed after the issue first surfaced at the program of Senator Raffy Tulfo. 

According to Tuazon, DCPO chief Col Alberto Lupaz already talked to Major Michael Uyanguren, the former commander of Toril Police Station, the employer of the alleged missing house help Justine Mae Saldua, a resident of Barangay Upper Ulip, Monkayo, Davao de Oro. 

Tuazon declined to divulge the details of that conversation. For now, they have yet to file administrative and criminal cases against Uyanguren pending the investigation results.

However, he remained relieved of his post until his name would be cleared to avoid influencing the witnesses and the investigation. 

“That is for now on the involvement of Sir Uyanguren on the alleged missing house help,” she added.

In a recent interview, Lupaz said they have no contact yet with the victim’s family.

“To the family of the victim, we are reaching out to them because when the team investigators went to Monkayo, they only left a contact number just in case they [family of the victim] will return to their residence,” Tuazon said.

“There is a need for the family of the victim to coordinate with the Toril Police Station since it is the area where she was last seen and was under their area of responsibility,” she added. 

During Senator Raffy Tulfo’s program on Sept. 28, 2023, the parents of the missing girl alleged they lost contact with their daughter while employed by Uyanguren.

Lupaz also formed a team to investigate the matter and possibly locate the house help, who was reported missing on Aug. 29, 2023. On that same day, the house help’s family filed a report at the Monkayo Municipal Police Station where they reside.



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