Airport cop ordered dismissed

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Sunday, June 23, 2013


A WEEK after he asked the Military Ombudsman to suspend his chief, a policeman assigned at the Mactan Cebu International Airport (MCIA) was ordered dismissed.

SPO1 Alfredo Diano Jr. was found guilty of serious neglect of duty for incurring absences without official leave and less grave neglect of duty for defying orders from his superior, in a decision signed by Chief Supt. Jesus Gordon Descanzo, director of the Philippine National Police Aviation Security Group last June 17.

Diano faced the administrative cases after he refused to report to the Dumaguete
Airport Station, where he was reassigned last year by Supt. Ritchie Posadas, chief of the Police Center for Aviation Security 7.

“After careful perusal and thorough evaluation of the facts and evidence presented by both parties, there is substantial evidence that proves the respondent (Diano) disobeyed the legal orders of his superior and failed to report for duty to his new assignment,” the decision read.

“It should be emphasized that as a police officer, relief from one assignment to another is not unusual for we took our oath of office, not for convenience, nor for expediency in terms of assignment.”

Expected

Sought for comment, Diano said he was expecting the dismissal order. But he said it did not follow legal proceedings.

“They were much in a hurry to seal my mouth against their corruption,” he said in a
statement sent to reporters.

“I will definitely strike back. My legal team and I are now preparing separate complaints of oppression and abuse of authority against Col. Posadas.”

He said he will appeal his dismissal even up to the Supreme Court.

Last June 10, Diano filed a petition for the preventive suspension of Posadas before the Military Ombudsman and Other Law Enforcement Offices, through the Office of the Ombudsman-Visayas.

Diano has lodged complaints against Posadas, whom he accused of committing perjury, malversation of public funds and graft and corrupt practices.

He alleged that Posadas did not release his allowances and other incentives, and certified the payrolls where his signatures were forged.

Posadas relieved Diano from MCIA and reassigned him to the Dumaguete Airport Station on July 9, 2012.

But Diano contested the reassignment at the National Police Commission (Napolcom) and charged Posadas with irregularity in the performance of duty.

Advice

Pending the case, Diano said he was advised by Napolcom to stay at the MCIA and report to the administrative officer.

Even as he continued to report for work, Diano said he did not receive his allowances from Lapu-Lapu City Hall for July, August and September.

Police officers assigned at the airport receives a monthly allowance of P1,000 from the City.

He also did not receive his combat pay for the second and third quarter of 2012, as well as his productivity bonus.

When he got hold of the copy of the payrolls for the City allowance and the combat pay, Diano said he was surprised to see that someone else signed on his name.

Posadas, in an earlier interview, said Diano wasn’t able to collect his allowances, combat pay and bonus because he had been absent without leave since July 9, 2012.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on June 24, 2013.

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