By Jennifer P. Rendon
True, some policemen commit mistakes. But it doesn’t mean that the Philippine National Police (PNP) organization would tolerate it.
In fact, for the month of March alone, the PNP national headquarters issued dismissal orders to eight policemen assigned at the Police Regional Office 6 (PRO-6).
Lieutenant Colonel Joem Malong, PRO-6 spokesperson, said the orders for the relief of the eight personnel were issued on March 18 and March 24.
Special Orders Number NHQ-SO-DS-2021-1412 ordered the dismissal of couple policemen – Patrolwoman Ma. Agnes Bagatela and Patrolman Wilne Bagatela – effective Feb. 3, 2021.
Under Special Orders Number NHQ-SO-DS-2021-1422, Staff Segeanta Rodel Paulan, Dinaree Asia, Alexis Jutis; and Executive Master Sergeant Dante Sison were ordered dismissed effective Jan. 28, 2021.
Also dismissed form service was Executive Master Sergeant Ritzie Ruiz effective Jan. 28, 2021.
Meanwhile, the dismissal order of Staff Sergeant Ricardo Morante was handed down March 24, 2021 and took effect on Jan. 29, 2021.
All policemen were administratively charged for grave misconduct filed before the National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM).
It can be noted that Morante was one of the policemen who allegedly gunned down businessman Delfin Britanico on January 19, 2020.
Meanwhile, the Bagatela couple was assigned at the PNP Regional Personnel Holding and Accounting Unit (RPHAU) and were on detailed service at the Regional Headquarters Support Unit (RHSU) based at PRO-6 headquarters at Camp Martin Delgado, Iloilo City.
The case against them stemmed from the accusation that the couple conspired and confederated in the unlawful arrest of Jina Huelar of Relocation Site in San Isidro, Jaro, Iloilo City in 2016.
Malong explained that some cases were filed years ago.
“They were resolved but the respondents have been filing for appeal. That’s the essence of due process,” she said.
After resolution by NAPOLCOM-Region 6, the cases were forwarded to the NAPOLCOM central for the decision.
Once the decision has been made, the Napolcom will forward it to the PNP Directorate for Personnel Records Management (DPRM) for the issuance of order.
The DPRM will then forward the order to PRO-6 for implementation.