3 soldiers demoted for going“wild”

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Friday, July 4, 2014


THREE soldiers have been demoted and will be transferred to Mindanao following their arrest last April for allegedly getting wild while drinking on Gen. Maxilom Ave., Cebu City last April 15.

Lieutenant Commander Jim Alagao, spokesperson of Central Command (Centcom), identified them as Private First Class Leand Bryce Nemil Aujero, 26; Lovey dela Cruz, 24, and Aljun Diocana, 29.

They are assigned at the Intelligence Security Unit (ISU) of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) at the Central Command (Centcom).

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“This shows that the AFP does not tolerate violations of rules and policies by its members,” Alagao told Sun.Star Cebu.

Detained

The soldiers were arrested then detained in Police Station 2 last April 15 after Aujero was accused of pointing a gun at a security guard in a club while his companions became unruly.

Alagao, in a phone interview, said they were demoted to the rank of private following a decision made by investigators in Fort Bonifacio in Manila finding them guilty of ungentlemanly conduct.

The decision, Alagao said, also showed there was no gun-toting incident.

Weighed

Instead, the investigators weighed on the misbehavior of the soldiers.

“Ang ilang pagmaoy-maoy og paghubog-hubog nakada og kauwaw sa organization (Their acts while drunk brought shame to the AFP),” he said.

Aujero, dela Cruz and Diocana are in Centcom and will serve their punishment for 181 days and 181 hours.

Transferred

“Padayon ra gihapon ilang trabaho pero dili gyud sila kagawas (They continue working but they can’t go out),” Alagao said.

He said the soldiers will be transferred to Mindanao by the end of the year.

Prior to their arrest, Alagao said the soldiers have no derogatory records. They have been in service for three to five years.

The security guard, 46-year-old Garido Ampong, didn’t press criminal charges against Aujero after they settled the issue.

The soldiers, reportedly very drunk, were about to enter a club in Gen. Maxilom Ave. when Aujero allegedly got irked at Ampong during a routine inspection.

Aujero allegedly pulled out a .45 pistol, prompting Ampong to call for help. When police arrived, dela Cruz and Diocana allegedly prevented them from arresting Aujero.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on July 05, 2014.

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