Thursday July 19, 2018

PNP steps up internal cleansing amid cop’s suicide

PALO, Leyte -- The Philippine National Police (PNP) in Eastern Visayas is unfazed on pushing for a stronger internal cleansing drive even after a police officer tagged as one of the suspects in the killing of a robber committed suicide.

Chief Superintendent Gilbert Cruz said Sunday, October 1, that Police Office 3 Eleazar Terro allegedly committed suicide inside his house in Curva village in Ormoc City.

Terro is one the police officers allegedly behind the killing of 60-year-old Lorna Soza, a suspect in stealing a smartphone in Ormoc City last August 6.

His body was found hanging in his room, tied with nylon ropes. The victim was brought to Ormoc District Hospital but was pronounced dead on arrival by doctors.

“The alleged involvement of Terro and five other cops in the shooting of Soza is now under investigation. All of them were earlier relieved from their post,” Cruz said.

All police officers, except Terro, reported to the police regional command for restrictive custody, according to Cruz. A murder case was filed against them on September 22.

“Only his family knows why he committed suicide, but they want to stay silent on this issue. We will also investigate the case,” Cruz added.

Cruz, however, assured the public that the suicide incident will not discourage them from strictly enforcing the PNP internal disciplinary mechanisms.

Cruz assured the public that everybody will be treated fairly and violators will be punished. (PNA)