Five cops in liquor ban breach face administrative cases

By Jennifer P. Rendon

On top of criminal cases, administrative charges were slapped against five policemen for violating the liquor ban.

The Police Regional Office 6 (PRO-6) on Monday confirmed that administrative cases ranging from grave misconduct, less grave misconduct, less grave neglect of duty to conduct unbecoming of a police officer were formally filed against them.

Based on National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) Memorandum Circular 2016-002, Police Staff Sergeant Roy Panaguiton, Police Staff Sergeant Joe Marc Ebon, and Police Corporal Arnie Luminario were charged for grave misconduct.

On the other hand, Police Staff Sergeants Paul Pingoy and Jose Digcabo-on Jr. were charged for less grave misconduct, less grave neglect of duty, and conduct unbecoming of a police officer.

Police Lieutenant Colonel Gilbert Gorero, chief of the Regional Plans Division and concurrent officer-in-charge of the PRO-6 Public Information Office (PIO), said NAPOLCOM Regional Office 6 took cognizance of the case against Panaguiton, Luminario and Ebon.

The administrative cases against Pingoy and Digcabo-on are being handled by the PRO-6.

Meanwhile, the PRO-6 hierarchy once again reminded its personnel that it is strictly enforcing its campaign against rogue cops.

“Again, those who will continue doing illegal acts shall face dismissal from the service,” Gorero said.

The five offenders are under restriction inside the PRO-6 headquarters at Camp Martin Delgado, Iloilo.

They are also undergoing “fatigue duty.”

“This is part of the disciplinary action that PRO-6 imposed on them while their administrative cases are undergoing process,” Gorero said.

In military parlance, fatigue duty means any of the mainly domestic duties performed by military personnel as a form of punishment.