IN LINE with the Philippine National Police (PNP) internal cleansing program, new Western Visayas police head P/Brig. Gen. Rene Pamuspusan vowed prompt action against Patrolman Joerick Ace Ilisan of the Pototan Police Station in Iloilo.
Ilisan is under fire for attacking his commander, Police Major Ronnie Brillo earlier this week. The very thought of it incensed Pamuspusan who aims to sustain reforms that are already being made by the PNP.
"It is rather disturbing that a police officer would behave that way and dare to attack his own commander. I promote compassion among our cops. However, this definitely doesn't mean that we will forgive those who do us wrong or those who disrespect our rules and regulations. Ilisan's actions cannot go unpunished," said Pamuspusan.
He added, "I will be very particular about punishing police personnel who remain incorrigible, recidivist and those who are callous who continue to disregard the disciplinary measures of the organization. As police officers, we are obligated to be above reproach. Otherwise, how can people trust us to protect them? There is absolutely no excuse for bad cops. I have zero tolerance for that."
It must be noted that prior to attacking Brillo, Ilisan already exhibited conduct unbecoming of a police officer. This was confirmed by members of the PRO-6 headquarters led by Police Major Nazer Canja, the Police Regional Office 6 (PRO-6) camp duty officer, whose team arrived at Pototan at around 1:15 a.m. of July 18, 2019.
At that time, Brillo was not at the station because he was at the wake of the late Staff Sergeant Jessie Pamado in Barangay Lumbo, Pototan. As such, Ilisan was designated as Command Duty Officer of the Day (CDO).
Thus, Canja and his team — who had traveled from the PRO-6 headquarters at Camp Delgado in Iloilo City and inspected police stations along the way — caught Ilisan and Police Corporal Esil Peñarubia drinking liquor inside the police station. The two had taken off the standard blue PNP shirt and were only wearing their white undershirts.
When Canja ordered Ilisan to wear his uniform, the latter complied but he was so intoxicated that he ended up wearing the PNP uniform inside-out. Naturally, Canja was appalled by his disrespectful behavior and informed Brillo about in a phone call.
Brillo was following the mandated procedure when he called the attention of Ilisan about the matter. Unfortunately, Ilisan was far from remorseful. He turned belligerent as he held on to his service firearm — a 9mm Taurus pistol.
Ilisan then allegedly threatened Brillo. He proceeded to fire his gun right outside the station. Members of the Iloilo Police Provincial Office-Special Weapons and Tactics (IPPO-SWAT) team had to be called in to arrest him. With this, Ilisan tainted the image of the station and endangered his fellow police officers.
He is now facing a criminal case for grave threats, as well as administrative charges for violating the rules that all police officers have to uphold.
Pamuspusan said that the incident further strengthened his resolve to continue the inspection of the police stations under his command. He explained, "We do this to ensure that all police stations within the Region are performing their mandates. Their priority is to meet or even exceed the needs and expectations of our stakeholders. We want to ensure also that our police personnel on duty are present, on alert, and are rendering service as expected."