PNP-IAS recommends dismissal vs 9 Sulu cops tagged in killing of soldiers

Robie de Guzman   •   November 27, 2020   •   1195

MANILA, Philippines – The nine police officers involved in the shooting of four soldiers in Jolo, Sulu may face dismissal from service, the Philippine National Police – Internal Affairs Service (PNP-IAS) said Friday.

In an exclusive report in UNTV’s Ito ang Balita by Correspondent Lea Ylagan, PNP-IAS Inspector General Atty. Alfegar Triambulo said they have recommended that the cops tagged in the killing of four military intelligence operatives in Jolo be dismissed from service after they were found guilty of the administrative charges filed against them.

In its recommendation, the following may face removal from police service:

  • PSMS Abdelzhimar Padjiri
  • Police Master Sergeant Hanie Baddiri
  • P/Staff Sergeant Iskandar Susulan
  • PSSg Erniskar Sappal
  • PCorporal Sulki Andaki
  • Patrolman Mohammad Nur Pasani
  • PSSg Almudzrin Hadjaruddin
  • Patrolman Alkajal Mandangan
  • Patrolman Rajiv Putalan

“Dismissal from the service because serious po yung offense committed,” Triambulo explained in an interview with UNTV News.

“There are four counts of grave misconduct kasi apat po yung victims sa pamamaril nila and then yung victims, ayon sa mga ebidensya, ay nakataas na yung kamay at tsaka yung mga tama ay nasa likod kaya wala silang chance to defend themselves kaya ang criminal offense noon ay murder,” he added.

The PNP-IAS also recommended a 50-day suspension for charges of less grace neglect of duty against three police officials who were manning the checkpoint where the vehicle carrying the soldiers were flagged down.

“Doon inaabangan ng siyam yung apat na victim, yun ang kasalanan nila. Bakit nila inallow na makialam yung mga junior officer na hindi kasama sa pag-conduct ng checkpoint. Nagkaroon ng sagutan, nagkainitan na, nagkabuhol buhol na ang traffic eh wala silang intervention. Nagkainitan ang grupo kasi sa tingin ng siyam ay sila ang sinu- surveillance,” Triambulo said.

The shooting incident happened on June 29. Four soldiers were said to be tailing alleged suicide bombers when they were supposedly accosted by nine cops.

Despite identifying themselves as members of the Philippine Army, they were allegedly instructed by the policemen to proceed to the police station for the verification of their identities.

Police spot report stated that the shooting incident transpired when the soldiers allegedly tried to escape and pointed their weapons at the police officers, which allegedly prompted the cops to open fire.

The PNP-IAS also recommended sanctions against two police officials – former Jolo Police chief Lt. Col. Walter Annayo and Capt. Ariel Corcino – for command responsibility and less grave neglect of duty.

Triambulo said Annayo had prior knowledge about the Philippine Army’s operation in his area because he was privy to the meetings and plan of the Task Force Jolo to take down the alleged suicide bombers.

“Hindi naman niya ito dineny sa affidavit at statement ni Col. Bautista at inulit nya ito sa Senate hearing presided by Sen. Bato (dela Rosa) na talagang andon siya at sinabihan siya,” he said.

“Hindi niya ito ni-relay sa mga tauhan niya, kaya ang mga tauhan nya na-threaten doon sa movement ng mga intelligence officer, thinking na sila yung tinatrabaho,” he added.

Annayo was slain by still unidentified gunmen in Maguindanao on Nov. 21. Investigators have yet to determine whether Annayo’s killing is connected to his previous assignment as Jolo police chief.

Triambulo said the recommendation has been submitted to PNP chief General Debold Sinas.

Should Sinas approve the recommendation, Triambulo stressed that police officers involved in the case have the right to file an appeal in the National Police Commission. – RRD (with details from Correspondent 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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