WHILE Chief Insp. Wildemar Tiu is facing a summary hearing for allegedly shaving a girl's hair, another administrative complaint against him is being evaluated.
The second complaint is similar to the first, but a separate hearing has to be conducted if it passes the evaluation of the Regional Investigation and Detection Management Division (RIDMD) 7.
"It's a different case because there are different complainants, although the same perceived violation," said Senior Supt. Rey Lyndon Lawas, acting directorial staff chief of the Police Regional Office 7.
A series of summary hearings in a single case could last two months.
Tiu allegedly rescued 14 children, all girls, and shaved off their hair last April 16, said Cebu City Investigation and Detection Management Branch Chief Aileen Recla.
Two of the 14 girls filed a complaint against Tiu last month.
The first one had been evaluated by the RIDMD 7, which assigned Waterfront Police Station officer-in-charge Jose Gesto as hearing officer.
Lawas said that a summary hearing of administrative cases is similar to a court hearing.
Tiu and the complainants may be escorted with their respective lawyers during the hearings, Lawas said.
The second complaint, which was lodged by another girl whose head had been reportedly shaved by Tiu, is currently under pre-charge investigation by the RIDMD 7.
Tiu's administrative battle may reach four months.
Only then will Tiu find out if he will be sanctioned or not.
Tiu, former chief of the Police Station 2, voluntarily stepped down from his post last Wednesday to pave way for the investigation.
In earlier reports, Recla said they learned from a police station personnel that they sometimes “groom” the rescued children.