Retired PNP Chief Azurin Jr. Interception by Canadian Authorities Sparks Controversy
Reports recently confirmed that retired Philippine National Police (PNP) chief, Rodolfo Azurin Jr., was intercepted by Canadian authorities. This incident was brought to light during the House 2024 budget deliberations by Nueva Ecija Rep. Joseph Violago. According to Violago, a misunderstanding and miscommunication led to the situation, resulting in Azurin’s abrupt return to the Philippines. However, Azurin has since denied these reports, accusing a former colleague of spreading disinformation regarding his alleged deportation.
Rodolfo Azurin Jr. has alleged that PNP Deputy Chief for Administration Police Lieutenant General Rodel Sermonia, his former colleague, is responsible for spreading false information regarding his deportation from Canada. Azurin has strongly denied these allegations and has called for an investigation into Sermonia’s alleged involvement in the smear campaign targeted against him.
Investigation into the Event
The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has confirmed that Azurin was indeed prevented from entering Canada during his recent personal trip. However, the reason behind Azurin being stopped was not disclosed during the House plenary debates on the DFA’s proposed 2024 budget. The Canadian government is currently investigating the incident and is expected to relay a report to the Philippine embassy soon.
As the former PNP chief voluntarily returned to the Philippines, the DFA could not provide any assistance. According to Violago, the DFA has not yet obtained the full details of the incident. Due to privacy reasons, the report cannot be divulged at this time. However, the Canadian government will be the one to relay the official statement to the Philippine embassy once available.
Concerns Raised Over Incident
This incident has raised significant questions about whether past PNP officials might be barred from entering other countries. House Minority Leader Marcelino Libanan stated that this issue is crucial, raising concerns about whether all former PNP officials would be intercepted in these countries and sent back to the Philippines. A clarification on this matter is being sought.
Azurin’s Accusations and Call for Investigation
In his statement, Azurin confirmed his return from Canada but accused an unnamed incumbent police general of allegedly spreading lies about him. He surmised that this official might have tipped off Canadian Immigration with half-truths and many lies, leading to his deportation. He further called on PNP chief Gen. Benjamin Acorda Jr. to investigate the matter, pointing out that all indicators and footprints lead to the unnamed official’s involvement.
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