PNP assures to resolve Tarlac twin slay case within 30 days

Aileen Cerrudo   •   December 22, 2020   •   288

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine National Police-Internal Affairs Services (PNP-IAS) assured that they would finish within 30 days the investigation on the police officer who shot his neighbors in Paniqui, Tarlac.

PNP-IAS Inspector General Atty. Alfegar Triambulo said there is substantial evidence to hold Senior Master Sergeant Jonel Nuezca accountable for the incident.

Ang substantial evidence po ay sapat na tayo’y maniwala na siya ay may kasalanan. Kitang-kita naman po, kaya sabi ko nga, base diyan [sa video] ay guilty na pero bigyan po natin siya ng due process dahil yan po ay karapatan niya base sa saligang batas, (There is substantial evidence for us to believe he is guilty. It is clearly seen on the video. Based on it, he is guilty. But let us give him due process because that is his right based on the Constitution),” he said during a phone interview.

Once Nuezca is proven guilty of grave misconduct, he can be dismissed from service. His benefits would be removed, and will no longer be allowed to work in any government agency.

Nuezca was seen in a viral video shooting his neighbors, 52-year-old Sonya Gregorio and her 25-year-old son Frank Anthony Gregorio, at point-blank range on Sunday (December 20).

Meanwhile, PNP Spokesperson PBGen. Ilderbrandi Usana said Nuezca misused his firearm. In a phone interview, the PNP official explained that policemen should not immediately employ necessary force, especially when using firearms. He also said police are trained to control their emotions.

“Wala pong sufficient provocation doon po sa pangyayaring iyon. Kahit na po alipustain siya o masasakit na pananalita mayroon siyang training that controls his emotion at hindi siya magpapadala sa ano mang akusasyon sa kaniya dahil pulis po siya, (There is no sufficient provocation during the incident. Even if [Nuezca] was mocked or received hurtful words, he is trained to control his emotions and he should not get provoked by any accusations against him because he is a police officer),” Usana said.

Policemen, he added, also have other means to arrests individuals without resorting to using their firearms. These include negotiations, unarmed self-defense techniques, or the use of non-lethal weapons.

Regular neuro-psychiatric tests are also being conducted by the PNP to determine the capacity and mental well-being of its troops. AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

Makati City Prosecutor’s Office begins prelim probe on Christine Dacera case

Robie de Guzman   •   January 13, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Makati City Prosecutor’s Office on Wednesday started its preliminary investigation into the complaint lodged against 11 individuals over the death of flight attendant Christine Dacera.

The respondents are facing a complaint for rape with homicide. They were identified as among the individuals who were with Dacera hours before she died on January 1, following a night of partying with friends.

In a press statement, the Makati City Prosecutor’s Office said 7 out of 11 respondents and their legal counsels attended Wednesday’s hearing.

Five of them submitted their counter-affidavit.

The office also said that the Philippine National Police (PNP) has submitted a supplemental complaint but manifested that it is still awaiting results of the DNA analysis, histopath examination, and laboratory results from Makati Medical Center

“Hence, they moved for the resetting of the preliminary investigation,” it said.

Dacera was found in the bathtub of a hotel room in Makati where she attended a party with some friends on December 31, 2020.

Three of the respondents were detained by police but was ordered released by the City Prosecutor’s Office after it referred the case for further investigation to allow both the complainant and the respondents to submit more evidence.

The next hearing is scheduled on January 27.

Zamboanga drug enforcement chief faces raps over positive drug test

Aileen Cerrudo   •   January 13, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The drug enforcement chief of Zamboanga City Police Office has been relieved from his post after testing positive for narcotics.

PNP Chief Police General Debold Sinas in a statement said that Police Major Jivertson Pelovello has been reassigned to the Regional Personnel Holding and Accounting Section of Police Regional Office 9 while undergoing pre-charge investigation and summary dismissal proceedings.

Western Mindanao PNP Regional Director, Police Brigadier General Ronaldo Genaro Ylagan reported that Pelovello has been disarmed of his issued firearms and slapped with corresponding administrative charges.

The PNP Chief reiterated that members of the national police who are using illegal drugs do not deserve to stay in service and should immediately be dismissed.

Pelovello is among the 60 police personnel in Zamboanga City that tested positive for illegal drugs.

DOJ issues hold departure order vs nine cops in Jolo shooting

Aileen Cerrudo   •   January 12, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Justice (DOJ) has issued a hold departure order against the nine policemen involved in the shooting of four army personnel in Jolo, Sulu.

In a statement, DOJ Secretary Menardo Guevarra has ordered prosecutors to file a motion in the court for a hold departure order against the policemen accused of killing the four army personnel in Jolo, Sulu last June 2020.

The order was issued after the Philippine National Police (PNP) released the said cops after being dismissed from service.

“The DOJ prosecutors filed the criminal information against the 9 police officers last January 4. The court was supposed to issue the warrants of arrest thereafter, but apparently failed to do so because of the current lockdown in Sulu,” he said.

Guevarra, meanwhile, hopes the accused would voluntarily turn themselves in once the warrants are issued.

“We hope that the 9 accused will voluntarily turn themselves in when such warrants are eventually released by the court. Otherwise, law enforcement agents will look for them and take them into custody,” Guevarra said. -AAC (with reports from Dante Amento)

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