MANILA, Philippines — The spokesperson of the Philippine National Police’s Anti-Cybercrime Group (ACG) has been relieved from the post over a controversial vlog on a raid against a lending company.
ACG Director Brig. Gen. Sidney Hernia said in a Viber message to reporters on Thursday that Capt. Michelle Sabino “will be doing other admin duties at HQS (headquarters) ACG while we are looking for somebody who can take over her job as spokesperson.”
Sabino’s removal from her position stemmed from an October 20 police operation against a lending company in Makati City that Rendon Labador featured in his Facebook Live.
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Labrador’s live stream showed the faces of Golden Koi Lending Co. Inc. employees, drawing flak from their relatives and the public.
On Tuesday, October 24, Presidential Anti-Organized Crime Commission Undersecretary Gilbert Cruz said that the ACG did not inform officials that Labador and other members of the media would be present during the raid.
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Sabino explained that the ACG only allowed the vlogger and other members of the media access to the location after the police operation.
Labador said it was he who initiated the collaboration with the ACG.