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Friday, October 31, 2014-8:41:47P.M.

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DPS transfers officer who helped OPA; rehires convicted firefighter

THE Department of Public Safety has transferred the officer who coordinated the deployment of fellow officers in assisting Office of Public Auditor investigators who were trying to serve a penal summons upon then-Attorney General Edward T. Buckingham last August.

DPS sources told Variety that the department has rehired former Firefighter 1 Combiniano Igisaiar Taisakan, who was convicted of theft two years ago, to fill the position left by Police Officer Eric David.

David was transferred to the department’s patrol unit as field shift supervisor on Oct. 14, 2012 while the House was holding public hearings on the 16 articles of impeachment against Gov. Benigno R. Fitial.

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Taisakan is now with logistics and administration which was previously supervised by David.

David also serves as operations supervisor for the department’s IT unit.

Variety tried to interview David who responded: “No comment.”

DPS officials have yet to respond to inquiries of this reporter.

David is the brother of OPA investigator Juanette David-Atalig.

In his after-action report submitted to the House impeachment panel, OPA chief investigator Juan Santos said he asked David-Atalig to contact her brother, Eric to see, “if we can get assistance” from DPS, in serving the summons to Buckingham at 7 p.m., Aug. 3, 2012, hours after OPA charged Buckingham in Superior Court.

Afterward, Santos said David-Atalig received a call from David who said that “he had made contacts with DPS and that the officers are on their way to meet us at the Aquarius [Hotel],” where the Buckingham couple was staying prior to their departure the next day.

Upon learning that police officers were deployed to help OPA investigators, Santos said DPS Deputy Commissioner Ambrosio T. Ogumoro instructed the officers “to back off from [the] operation and to not assist OPA.”

Ogumoro further instructed Officer Peter Camacho through DPS Central Dispatch “to inform Juanette to cease their operation or DPS will initiate arrest on her,” Santos said.

Ogumoro invoked his Fifth Amendment rights when he appeared before the House impeachment panel.

In 2010, Superior Court Judge David Wiseman imposed a six-month jail term on Taisakan, all suspended, with credit for three days time served at the Department of Corrections facility.

Taisakan was convicted of removal of government property: a boat engine belonging to the Northern Islands’ mayor’s office.