13 Metro cops ‘saved,’ 15 fired



On the same day National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) director Chief Supt. Leonardo Espina dismissed 15 policemen, he also “redeemed” 13 others.

On Tuesday, Espina signed an order clearing 13 policemen from different Metro police districts who were facing administrative cases.

“Not all policemen with cases are at fault. Some of them just get accused unfairly. That’s why the Regional Investigation and Detective Management Division of the NCRPO conducts thorough probes to clear the names of innocent policemen …” Espina said.

The policemen who were reinstated to full status on Tuesday included Supt. Norberto Babagay, the former commander of the Galas police station in Quezon City.

Babagay, who was accused of neglect of duty, was relieved of his post on the principle of command responsibility after two of his men, PO3 Wilberto P. Blanco and his brother PO2 William P. Blanco, were accused by Barangay 711 chair Eduardo Torcelino of arresting him and a friend on trumped-up drug charges.

Torcelino said the brothers planted the evidence on him and his friend and then took their money worth P170,000.

The Blancos have since been relieved and are undergoing summary dismissal proceedings.

A case filed against PO3 Arnulfo Ardales and PO1 Rhonan Guevarra of the Eastern Police District for illegal arrest was junked after the complainant, Rowena Mendoza, failed to attend the hearings.

Some of the other dismissed cases were for neglect of duty and grave misconduct, robbery-extortion and violence against women and children. The other Metro policemen who were exonerated on Tuesday were PO1 Zaldy Matias, PO2 Noel Bollosa, PO3 Rodney See, SPO4 Marilou Rheberg, PO1 Alith Pacheco, SPO1 Raul Tinana, SPO3 Delfin Deudor, PO2 Carlo C. Cruz, PO2 Ernesto R. Albero and SPO1 Ricardo C. Pascua.

“I hope with their return to service, they can prove to their colleagues and their areas that they are rightful public servants,” Espina said.

“NCRPO policemen work 24/7 in patrolling the streets of Metro Manila to secure and ensure peace and order in every community. They deserve fair judgment and respect,” he added.

Meanwhile, Espina also ordered the dismissal of 15 policemen found guilty of various offenses.

They included PO2 Michael Soriano and PO1 Aldrin Ignacio of the Quezon City Police District (QCPD) for robbery/extortion and arbitrary detention; PO1 William Cristobal of the Manila Police District (MPD) for frustrated murder; PO1 Orlando Medico of the QCPD for illegal drugs; PO3 Resty Cunanan of the Southern Police District for threats, malicious mischief, trespassing and alarm and scandal; and PO2 Eliseo R. Santos and PO1 Jeremias P. Englis Jr. of the QCPD for failure to prosecute a drug case.

At the same time, Espina also ordered the demotion of three policemen and the suspension of 35 more. Police Officers 2 Marlon Blando and Bernardo Lapaz of the MPD were demoted for being absent without official leave while the same penalty was meted out to PO3 Michael Pablo of the QCPD for grave misconduct.

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  • kalikasanipagtanggol

    Sa caloocan city marami diyan gen. espina imbestigahan niyo!

  • Summerspice

    General Espina is tough!

  • Garo Ungaro

    general, u have that responsibility to the general public,,same as responsibility to ur men…in service to the public…hope, they will get the message..the sworn to up hold their duty as peace in order officers and maintaining the peace…not be a problem to the community..SALUDO!

  • $37644997

    Rotten apples always finds it’s way to the trash.Just keep it up sir,thank you.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/74DX67S5U6H557SPUXS5XZ6QJI Alisto Juan

    Marami pang bulok dyan, Internal Affairs Service, GISING!, gawin nyo ang trabaho nyo ng malinis na ang hanay ng PNP, “pulis na poloho”. . .  

  • ryan andres

    Good job! Isunod naman yung mga matataas ang rank, hindi yung puro mga PO1,2 and 3 lang…

    • batangsulpok

      Tama ka dahil hindi gagawa ng ganyan ang mga Pulis na yan kung walang basbas ng mga opisyal nila, ika nga, FOLLOW THE LEADER.

      • ryan andres

        korek! pero kung pulpulis ang pinag uusapan, hindi lang FOLLOW THE LEADER, monkey see, monkey do rin itong mga kasmot na ito…hehehe

  • To_Be_Continued

    His parents did not name him Leonardo Espina for nothing.

    Literally, the name means LION’S SPINE. Its funny, the other variable meanings of Espina is “thorn,” “fishbone,” and “suspicious.”

    Bad eggs in the NCR PNP, reform or brace yourselves because CS Leonardo Espina will always be a thorn in the neck of suspicious police characters.

    Viva Leonardo!!! Mabuhay po kayo!!!

  • pedronimo

    The PNP stinks with so many rotten bananas under its jurisdiction. Good job Sir Espina.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/TP6YY66XPT63YFGHDKYTMIO4CM Daniel

    Buti na lang may taga-putol ng sungay sa PNP………sana sa AFP meron din!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_H47CPJUE4QYKFUCKSUXK3LNBGI Allan

    ang gusto kong mabasa sa news ay mismong precinct o station/pcp commander ang magtatanggal sa tao nya dahil sa illegal na mag activity. if you have read of any, hindi kasama yung may prompting ng media, please send me the article. hindi kasi kaya ni espina ang trabaho kung puro na lang pagtanggal ng bad eggs sa pnp ang gagawin nya. 

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