Military ombudsman tells HPG exec to answer raps

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Monday, March 24, 2014


THE Military and Other Law Enforcement Offices (Moleo) has ordered an official of the Highway Patrol Group (HPG) in Central Visayas to answer the administrative charges filed by a client of slain lawyer Noel Archival.

This came after the military ombudsman found the complaint filed by businessman Jovel Tan Entote against Chief Insp. Renny Eguia, HPG 7 chief investigator, to be “sufficient in form and in substance.”

Moleo Director Dennis Garcia gave Eguia 10 days to submit his counter-affidavit relative to the dishonesty and grave misconduct charges that Entote filed against the policeman.

“No motion to dismiss shall be allowed except for lack of jurisdiction. Neither shall a motion for a Bill of Particulars and similar dilatory motions be entertained,” read Garcia's two-page order.

Charges

Entote, a resident of St. Michael’s Village in Barangay Banilad, filed administrative and criminal charges against Eguia and 13 other policemen before the military ombudsman in December 2013.

They were accused of dishonesty, grave misconduct and falsification of public document for allegedly trying to mislead a court in Cebu City that the license plate of a vehicle they impounded is JZN 100.

Archival said the license plate belongs to a vehicle owned by his client Maria Paz Yu.
HPG 7 personnel impounded Yu’s vehicle since its license plate belongs to a vehicle owned by Kudos Trucking.

But Archival said a document obtained from the Land Transportation Office 7 shows that the license plate of Kudos Trucking’s vehicle, a Toyota Hi-Ace S Grandia, is not JZN 100, but YET 868.

Court

In her affidavit, Yu said a certified true copy of the computer printout was submitted to the Municipal Trial Court in Cities Branch 5 that states she owns a Honda Jazz with license plate JZN 100.

The certificate of registration and the official receipt also list Yu as the owner.

The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) 7 tagged four HPG 7 police officials as suspects in the ambush of Archival and his aide Candido Miñoza and his driver Alejandro Jayme in Dalaguete town last Feb. 18.

The police officials are Supt. Romualdo Iglesia, HPG 7 director; Chief Insp. Eduardo Mara, HPG 7 deputy regional chief; Sr. Insp. Joselito Lerion, HPG 7 special operations team head; and SPO4 Edwin Galan, HPG 7 chief clerk.

Last Thursday, operatives of the NBI 7 and the Special Investigation Task Group Archival, armed with a search warrant, inspected the HPG 7 impounding area in Barangay Lahug. They found a police commemorative plate and a pleading by Archival in a red Toyota Vios.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on March 25, 2014.

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