Civil case eyed vs viral dismissed cop over unreturned separation pay

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THE Philippine National Police (PNP) is eyeing the filing of a civil case against embattled dismissed cop Wilfredo Gonzales for failing to return yet the separation pay he received despite dismissal from police service.

Gonzales was dismissed from the service due to grave misconduct in 2018, two years after he retired upon reaching the mandatory retirement age of 56 where he got his separation pay.

His dismissal, which stemmed from a gun-toting incident he was involved in in 2006, led to the forfeiture of his benefits retroactively.

In a press conference in Camp Crame, Brigadier General Niño David Rabaya, director of the PNP-Retirement and Benefits Administration Service (PRBS), said Gonzales is required to bring back to the PNP around P588,000.

“It's basically the terminal leave or leave credits niya yun. Nakatanggap din siya ng three-year lump sum pension starting 2016 to 2019 but when the PRBS was able to receive the dismissal order, his monthly pension, which was supposed to start in 2019, it was not anymore activated. So basically, he is not anymore receiving pension from us,” he said.

Rabaya said they have been communicating with Gonzales, sending him letters demanding the return of the money, since 2019 but they have yet to get any response from him.

“As a matter of procedure, we are already preparing the demand letter for patrolman Gonzales to return the money,” he said.

“We will be taking civil action against him. We have already referred this to our legal then civil action will be taken against him if he refuses to return the amount,” he added.

Gonzales is currently in hot water after he was involved in a viral altercation with a cyclist in Quezon City on August 28.

He hit the cyclist on his head and even pulled out and cocked his gun.

Gonzales said they have already settled the matter in a police station.

It was reported that the cyclist paid Gonzales P500 for the damages on his vehicle during the settlement.

Gonzales is now facing charges for alarm and scandal filed by the Quezon City Police District.

The PNP Firearms and Explosives Office (FEO) also revoked the License to Own and Possess Firearm (LTOFP), Firearm Registration (FR) and Permit to Carry Firearms Outside Residence (PTCFOR) of Gonzales.

The Land Transportation Office (LTO) also issued a 90-day preventive suspension on Gonzales' driver's license pending the conduct of investigation on the matter.

The Senate Blue Ribbon Committee will also launch an inquiry into the matter.

Meanwhile, the police officers who responded and attended to the incident are facing complaints before the Quezon City People’s Law Enforcement Board (PLEB).

The QC PLEB started the conduct of a thorough investigation on the incident upon the order of Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte.

The probe aims to identify the lapses committed by the police during the settlement of the case. (SunStar Philippines)

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