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POLICE INTELLIGENCE OFFICER DEBUNK “WINE AND DINE” TALE
Police authorities maintained the PNP commitment to uphold the strong bond of camaraderie and unity of purpose with their military counterparts amid insinuations that tend to undermine the professional brotherhood and interoperabililty of police and military security forces in the aftermath of the Mamasapano incident
Senior Superintendent Manolo Ozaeta, head of a Special Project for Mindanao, submitted himself to his superiors for explanation after being alluded to as the police intelligence officer who allegedly “wined and dined” Philippine Army commanders.
Ozaeta confirmed that he hosted a 2 1/2 –hour traditional “boodlefight” dinner at the Del Rio Splash Resort in Koronadal City on the evening of January 24 attended by some SOCCSKSARGEN-based police and military officials, among them, key officers of the Army’s 601st Brigade, including some Battalion Commanders.
In his manifestation, Ozaeta clarified that the dinner was held with pure good intention upon his invitation as a gesture of gratitude and goodwill to officers of the 601st Brigade in recognition of the previous successful joint operations launched by PNP and AFP units in Central Mindanao.
He said the party was originally scheduled as a lunch or dinner party in November and December 2014 but was later moved to6pm of Saturday, January 24 upon the suggestion of the AFP counterparts to ensure with the availability of all guests since it was on a weekend.
Ozaeta maintained it was purely coincidental that the dinner was held hours before SAF commandos launched Oplan Exodus against High-Value Targets in Mamasapano.
The party started promptly at 6:00PM and ended when he and the Brigade Commander left around 8:45 PM, he said.
If at all alcoholic drinks were served during the dinner, these beverages normally come with parties, he said.
“It has no link whatsoever with the Mamasapano operations nor was it intended to divert our counterpart's attention in reinforcements as both units did not expect such operations in Mamasapano in the first place, Ozaeta explained.
Ozaeta said he has been working closely with AFP Units based in Central Mindanao on some occasions that has led to successful joint operations against threat groups. (PNP-PIO)
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