PHILIPPINE National Police (PNP) Chief Ronald Dela Rosa dismissed Superintendent Michael John Deloso and Police Officer 3 Ernesto Galleto from service for grave misconduct as ordered by the Office of the Ombudsman.
The dismissal order, approved by the Ombudsman on December 27, 2016, took effect April 5.
Superintendent Lemuel Gonda, spokesperson of the Police Regional Office (PRO) in Northern Mindanao, said they received the order from the national headquarters in Camp Crame dated May 12 on Wednesday, May 17.
Gonda said that while the order took effect April 5, it was only received by the regional police office on Wednesday because it had gone through an ordinary process by mail.
"Anything nga naay decision sa Ombudsman i-implement gyud na sa chief PNP kay kung dili, makasuhan man siya (Decisions of the Ombudsman are always implemented because the chief PNP can be charged otherwise),"Gonda said.
Gonda said Deloso and Galleto have already been informed about the dismissal order.
Gonda added the two were also ordered to turn over all government-issued firearms as part of the protocol.
The dismissal order for grave misconduct stemmed from the alleged extortion activities of the two dismissed policemen against a jeepney drivers and operators’ association last 2014.
Lawyer Ernie Palanan, then president of the Xavier Heights-based group, filed the charges before the Ombudsman in 2014.
Palanan on Thursday said he felt vindicated after knowing that the order had been served by the PNP.
But Palanan acknowledged that the legal battle is not over as Deloso and Galleto could still avail of other legal remedies.
Palanan said he has received a copy of the petition for certiorari filed by Deloso asking Court of Appeals (CA) to issue a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) against the implementation of the order.
But, Palanan added should the CA issue a TRO, it may become moot and academic since the order has already been implemented.
Palanan on the result of this case, said he is a bit worried about his security, adding that he wrote to the National Intelligence Coordinating Agency and the Philippine Army to evaluate his security concerns.
"Magbantay lang ta kanunay ug maghuna-huna sa atong seguridad (we just need to be security conscious always)," Palanan added.
Published in the SunStar Cagayan de Oro newspaper on May 19, 2017.