‘Drunk’ cop faces several plaints

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Thursday, March 20, 2014


A POLICEMAN of Dumanjug Police Station is in deep trouble.

PO2 Socrates Avila allegedly let an inmate out so the latter could accompany him to a fiesta celebration, hit a road sign while driving the patrol car and poked a gun at his superior.

This all happened yesterday while Avila, believed to be under the influence of liquor, was still on duty, said Senior Insp. Cesar Misola, the town’s police chief.

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Unusual behavior

Avila, who is the night desk officer and jail guard, was reportedly late for duty and appeared drunk, Misola said.

“Wala naman siyang problema before. Nasurpresa talaga ako sa ginawa niya (We never had a problem with him before. That was why I was surprised),” the police chief said.

Criminal and administrative complaints for direct assault, conduct unbecoming of a police officer and reckless imprudence resulting to damage property will be filed against Avila before the Military Ombudsman.

Misola told Sun.Star Cebu a concerned citizen in Barangay Ilaya called him before 1 a.m. to report that Avila hit a road sign while heading to a wake.

He asked his men to call Avila and order the latter to return to the station.

When Avila arrived, Misola noticed that the front of the patrol car was damaged. Avila had also brought along a detainee without the consent of the police chief.

‘Gun-pointing’

During interrogation, Avila appeared drunk and seemed irritated.

He denied hitting the sign board and having had a drink.

Later, Misola asked Avila to surrender his .38 revolver service firearm while they were talking in the kitchen area.

Avila pulled out his firearm and allegedly pointed it at Misola. The police chief ran to his room to get his firearm.

Some of the police officers who were awakened by the ruckus hid, Misola said.

Avila left his gun on the table and fled.

A team from the Dumanjug Police Station tried to look for Avila, to no avail.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on March 21, 2014.

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