PNP watchdog: Dismissal for cops who raided, robbed Caloocan house

Friday, December 1st, 2017. Filed under: News
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K-9 TRAINING. The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) holds a K9-unit basic handler’s course with 22 participants composed of narcotics detection dogs and 57 handlers in 17 regions nationwide. Photos show members of PDEA K-9 handlers with their K9s during the graduation ceremonies at the PDEA hadquarters in Quezon City on Nov. 9, 2017. (PNA photos by Ben Briones)

MANILA, Nov 22 9Mabuhay) — The Internal Affairs Office (IAS) of the Philippine National Police (PNP) will recommend the dismissal of Caloocan City policemen who brought a minor to a house and conducted a warrantless search on September 7.

“Dismissal [sa 14] pati ang PCP (police community precinct) commander,” IAS Inspector General Alfegar Triambulo said.

Triambulo said he will submit to his office’s recommendation to PNP chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa on Wednesday or Thursday.

“I-forward ko kay chief PNP ang IAS recommendation baka Miyerkoles or Huwebes,” he said.

IAS has filed administrative charges of grave neglect of duty and less grave neglect of duty against Chief Inspector Timothy Aniway Jr., commander of CaloocanCity’s PCP 4.

Three counts of grave misconduct and conduct unbecoming of a police officer were filed against Senior Inspector Warren Tano Peralta, Police Officers 1 Ariel Furlo, Marvin Poblete, Sherwin Rivera, Jay Gabata, Sampang Sampurna II, Rene Llanto, Louie Serrano, Jaypee Talay, Ronelio Julaton, Jay-ar Sabangan, Jaime Natividad, Michael Angelo Miguel and Joey Leaban.

The 14 policemen and two civilians, including a 15-year-old boy, forcibly entered Gina Erobas’ house in Barrio Sta. Rita, Barangay 188, Tala, Caloocan City on the night of September 7 without her permission.

The group Erobas’ personal belongings including two Swatch wristwatches worth P6,000, a Citizen wristwatch worth P3,000, a cellular phone worth P12,000, and wallet containing P6,000.

The police officers initially claimed that Erobas was a subject of an operation but barangay officials told IAS investigators that the woman was not involved in any illegal activities in their area.

It was also later discovered that the policemen had no warrant for the raid.

The incident was one of the reasons National Capital Region Police Office director Oscar Albayalde relieved the entire CaloocanCity police force.

The IAS earlier said the police officers committed another violation when they used a child in the operation.

The 15 policemen are already facing criminal charges filed by the Public Attorney’s Office on September 27.

The IAS said there was no doubt the police officers violated the norms of public service and the police’s standard operating procedure.

Aniway was included in the charge for his failure to take disciplinary action against his subordinates.

The IAS added that the failure of Aniway to take necessary feasible measures to prevent and repress the robbery incident makes him liable for neglect of duty.

It said the precinct commander also incurred another administrative liability for his failure to make immediate correction or take appropriate action on the violations committed by his subordinate. (MNS)

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