50 police personnel face criminal charges over 990-kilos shabu drug haul

50 police personnel face criminal charges over 990-kilos shabu drug haul

THE National Police Commission (Napolcom) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) have filed criminal complaints against 50 police personnel over the alleged irregularities in the October 8, 2022 drug operations in Manila which yielded over 990 kilograms of methamphetamine hydrochloride (shabu) worth P6.7 billion.

In a press conference on Tuesday, June 13, 2023, Interior and local government secretary Benhur Abalos Jr. said charges for the violation of R.A. No. 3019 or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act; R.A. No. 9165 or the Dangerous Drugs Act, as amended; Revised Penal Code, in particular, Article 171 on falsification, Article 183 on perjury, Article 184 on false testimony and Article 217 on malversation of public property; and P.D. No. 1829 or Obstruction of Justice were filed before the Deputy Ombudsman for Military and Other Law Enforcement Offices (MOLEO) on Friday, June 9 against the following PNP personnel:

*Police Lieutenant General Benjamin Santos Jr.

*Police Brigadier General Narciso D. Domingo

*Police Colonel (PCol.) Julian Olonan

*Police Lieutenant Colonel (PLtCol.) Arnulfo Ibañez

*PLtCol. Glenn Gonzales

*Police Major (PMaj.) Michael Angelo Salmingo

*Police Lieutenant (PLt.) Jonathan Sosongco

*PLtCol. Dhefrey A. Punzalan

*PLt. Jeffrey C. Padilla

*PLt. Randolph A. Piñon,

*PLt. Silverio P. Bulleser II

*PLt. Ashrap Amerol

*Police Senior Master Sergeant (PSMS) Jerrywin Rebosora

*Police Master Sergeant (PMSg.) Lorenzo Catarata

*PSMS Roman Jimenez

*PSMS Marian Mananghaya

*PMSg. Bryan Rodas

*Police Staff Sergeant (PSSg.) Clifton De Leon

*PSSg. Arnold Tibay

*PSSg. Ronnie Alonzo

*Patrolman (Pat.) Joe Marie Cristobal

*PMSg. Carlo Bayeta

*Pat. Dennis Carolino

*Pat Rommar Bugarin

*Pat Hassan Kalaw

*Pat Hustin Peter Gular

*Police Chief Master Sergeant (PCMS) Emmanuele Docena

*PCMS Jerry E. Barit

*PMSg. Alejandro F. Flores

*Police Corporal (PCpl.) Jose Joey V. Igana IV

*PCpl. Joan Franceslynn B. Taradji

*PCpl. Joshua Ivan Baltazar

*PCpl Jhan Roland L Gelacio

*Pat. Adrian Florie B. Sanchez

*Pat. Nathaniel D. Gomez

*Pat. Windel C. De Ramos

*Pat. Mario M. Atchuela Jr.

*Pat. Jayson C .Tomas

*Pat. Rommel M. Fabian

*Pat. Kyhke R. Ramilo

*Pat. Nemar C. Baylon

*Pat. Maico Bien C. Baldeo

*Pat. Mara P. Magaway

*Pat. Ivan Jay A. Calcetas

*Pat. Abigail L. Tumanguil

*Pat. Dhonna Mae A. Facton

*Pat. Melvin B. Barbo

*Pat. James G. Osalvo

*Pat. Darius R. Camacho

*PMSg. Rodolfo Mayo Jr.

Abalos said these policemen will also be slapped with administrative complaints for Grave Misconduct and Grave Neglect of Duty — both of which are punishable with dismissal from the police service and forfeiture of their benefits.

The filing of cases stemmed from the investigation conducted by the Napolcom and the PNP’s Special Investigation Task Group (SITG) following the discovery of a CCTV footage which showed the actual series of events of the said operation which does not match the report handed down by Police Drug Enforcement Group (PDEG).

In a report, PDEG said Mayo was arrested on the dawn of October 9 while it was seen in the footage that he was arrested on the afternoon of October 8.

Some 42 kilos of shabu have also been stolen by several drug operatives involved in the operation although it was surrendered five days after by placing it in an abandoned vehicle near the PNP headquarters in Quezon City.

“For clarity, of these 50 respondents, 48 appeared in the CCTV video, and an additional 2 officers have been charged on the basis of conspiracy with the 48,” said Abalos.

The SILG expressed optimism about the developments on the case, which aims to weed out the national police agency of erring cops.

“The Napolcom and the (PNP) SITG have gone through everything– the testimonies, the evidences, maraming nakita talaga dito. Pinagsama-sama nila at iyan ang dadalhin natin sa korte,” he added. (SunStar Philippines)


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