Cop linked to ‘sex scandal’ named new Iloilo police chief

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A police officer who was linked to a sex scandal will now head the Iloilo Police Provincial Office (IPPO), after he was chosen by Governor Arthur Defensor Jr.

Defensor selected Police Colonel Roland Vilela, the outgoing chief of the Regional Comptrollership Division (RCD) of Cagayan Valley region, to the post.

Vilela will replace Police Colonel Marlon Tayaba, who had been Iloilo police chief for more than two years and is to take over the chief directorial staff post of PRO-6 in Iloilo City (

He beat out Colonels Policarpio Cayabyab and Juel Neil Salcedo for the provincial police’s top post.

Cayabyab is acting chief of the Regional Maritime Office (RMO)-6 while Salcedo is the chief of the Police Protective Unit of the Police Security and Protection Group (PSPG).

Vilela is a member of the Philippine National Police Academy Class of 1997. He was acting chief of the Finance Management Division of the Directorate for Comptrollership and also heads the PNP Civil Security Group.

He is also the estranged husband of Police Colonel Royina Garma, the first female chief of Cebu City Police Office. Garma is now general manager of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office.

Vilela was also tagged in a sex scandal allegation in Davao City in 2005 when he was a police major and head of the city police’s anti-vice unit.

At the time, was accused of raping a 17-year-old commercial sex worker.

Despite the controversy, Garma stood by Vilela and even asked then Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte not to banish her husband from Davao Region.

But their marriage was destroyed in 2007 after an alleged sex video of Vilela and his paramour went public.

Vilela was ordered dismissed from the service by PNP Internal Affairs Service for grave misconduct because of the alleged sex video but managed to stay in the force.