70 metro cops sacked from service since Oct

AT LEAST 70 erring police personnel of the National Capital Regional Police Office (NCRPO) has been dismissed from the service in the past six months for various offenses, ranging from criminal to administrative cases.

NCRPO chief, Director Nicanor Bartolome, said that the dismissal of the erring personnel from the police service is part of the ongoing efforts of the Philippine National Police (PNP) of weeding out ‘undesirables’.

Bartolome said that records from October 15, 2010 up to end of March this year showed that 70 police personnel assigned in various police districts, stations and units in Metro Manila were dismissed.

These policemen were dismissed for various offenses such as grave misconduct (robbery, extortion, rape, immorality, malversation of public property), serious neglect of duty (absence without official leave, failure to attend court duty), and other anomalies.

Bartolome also said that 61 of those dismissed from the service were found guilty of various grave misconduct offenses and the remaining nine were found to be guilty of serious neglect of duties as law enforcers.

The NCRPO chief added that 18 policemen were demoted while 60 others policemen were suspended.

Among those that were dismissed were former Sr. Insp. Joselito Binayug of the Manila Police District (MPD), who was caught on video torturing a detained suspect inside a police station in Manila.

Binayug was dismissed from service on March 21 after he was proven to have violated RA 9745, or the Anti-Torture Law.

They also included PO3 Antonio Bautista of the MPD and PO1 Melardo Abbang of San Juan City Police Station, who were both sacked for rape; and SPO4 Rolando Bagon and four others from the Makati Police Station were dismissed for robbery, extortion and the illegal arrest of a German national.

Also dismissed were Chief Insp. Edwin Faycho and two policemen from the Quezon City Police District for the attempted kidnapping of James Khumar and frustrated murder of Sr. Insp. Renato Apolinario and Khumar.

“I will not hesitate to dismiss, demote or suspend erring cops, but I will be quick enough to recognize and reward the good deeds and accomplishments of my police personnel here in the metropolis,” Bartolome said. Anthony Vargas

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