MPD Rapist-cop not yet off the hook – NCRPO
THE Manila cop who sought protection from the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) after being accused of robbing and raping a vendor is not yet free from administrative liabilities, the chief of the National Capital Regional Police Office (NCRPO) said.
Director Nicanor Bartolome said that although Justice Secretary Leila de Lima has placed PO3 Antonio Bautista Jr. under protective custody of the NBI, this will not bar them to pursue administrative case against the member of the Manila Police District (MPD).
“Even if he (Bautista) is with the custody of the NBI, this will not stop us from continuing the administrative case against him,” Bartolome said over a phone interview.
The NCRPO chief said the MPD has already initiated the summary dismissal proceedings against Bautista.
“We have already communicated with the NBI and told them our intention to pursue the case against him,” Bartolome said.
Bautista was already marked absent without official leave (AWOL) by the MPD after he went into hiding when his alleged victim came out in the open and filed a complaint against him.
The 30-year-old vendor alleged that Bautista arrested, robbed and raped her inside the MPD headquarters on United Nations ave., Manila last December 31. Anthony Vargas