Cops bent on filing raps vs Cornley


NCRPO director Chief Supt. Leonardo Espina. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines – It’s Holy Week but the Metro Manila police chief is apparently not in a pious mood of forgiving PBA import Jamelle Cornley for assaulting a police officer Wednesday.

Chief Superintendent Leonardo Espina, chief of the National Capital Region Police Office, said the police are dead set on filing charges against Cornley for hitting Police Officer 2 Anselmo Lazatin during the former cager’s rampage in a Quezon City hotel early Wednesday.

“Whether he apologizes or not, we will file charges,” a disgusted Espina said.

Espina showed no sympathy for Cornley despite the latter’s complaint he was robbed.

“This can’t be allowed. Yes, there was a problem, but the police were already there to help him, and he just [run amuck] and hit them. That’s defiance of authority,” Espina said.

“File all appropriate charges against this PBA player, aside from direct assault, as may be necessary and appropriate. Copy furnish the PBA commissioner of the criminal charges leveled against Cornley, for appropriate administrative action,” Espina directed the Quezon City police director.

Cornley is facing complaints of malicious mischief, alarm and scandal, direct assault, resisting arrest and disrespecting police authorities.

The 25-year-old former player who led his team Rain or Shine to win last year’s PBA Governor’s cup allegedly went in a drunken rampage at the Sir William’s Hotel on Timog Avenue in Barangay (village) South Triangle around 6 a.m. after three female friends he checked in with stole his wallet containing US$1,400.

When police came, he allegedly resisted arrest and hit one of the officers, Lazatin.

‘F’ word rained down on cops

At the Quezon City Police District (QCPD) Kamuning station, Superintendent Marcelino Pedrozo personally had Cornley tackled by some 20 of his men to be dragged inside the police station’s holding cell after Cornley allegedly gave him a dose of the “F” word with some taste of an “A” word.

“I was trying to get his side and help him because he said he was a victim of theft. But he kept on insulting me and would neither cooperate nor file a report on the incident,” Pedrozo, the station commander, told the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

Pedrozo is among at least 10 other policemen to rap Cornley with resisting arrest, alarm and scandal as well as disrespect or disobedience to a person in authority.

Lazatin, of the same station, filed charges of direct assault and resisting arrest against the PBA import claiming that the American had punched him during the arrest at the hotel lobby. He was allegedly rendered unconscious by the punch. He was rushed to the East Avenue Medical Center for treatment while Cornley was subdued and cuffed by his colleagues.

The hotel management is eyeing a charge of malicious mischief against Cornley for allegedly destroying a large vase at the lobby, a desktop computer on the front desk and the glass doors of the Baia Luna KTV bar, all worth about P40,000.

The case was turned over to the QCPD Criminal Investigation and Detection Unit (CIDU) for investigation with most of the complainants-policemen assigned at the Kamuning station.

‘What should I tell my mother about this?’

A sober Cornley told the Philippine Daily Inquirer that he had met his three female friends just as he came out from a bar along Timog Avenue. It was the three women’s idea, he said, for them to check in at the hotel.

“After we had a nice time I gave them a few P1,000 bills and US$100 just as they were leaving. I hit the shower but when I came out, the wallet I placed under my pillow was gone,” he said, adding that the missing US$1,400 was the sum he had saved up from his stint as a PBA cager.

According to Cornley, who was best import in last year’s basketball tourney, when he asked the hotel staff for the identities of the three women who had gone into the room with him, they denied knowing the trio although they had previously shown signs of recognizing the women as regulars.

“I was angry and tipped over a vase,” he said, adding that it was at that time that policemen arrived. One of the policemen, Lazatin, tried to pacify him but his concern over his stolen money and the thieves who stole it prevented him from heeding the policeman’s advice.

“I told him (Lazatin) ‘Don’t you touch me. Don’t you f—ing touch me.’ I told him that ten times I think. But he did not listen. I shoved him to the floor but he acted as if I had hit him. I saw him lift his head several times and take a peek. When everybody was looking at and bringing him to the hospital, he pretended to be knocked out,” Cornley said.

He told the Inquirer that it was his first time to be in legal trouble but it was not what he was worried about. “I am concerned about losing the money I painstakingly saved. What is embarrassing is what I should tell my mother about this,” he said, adding that he was due home to Columbus, Ohio on Easter Sunday.

Cornley played as a forward for Pennsylvania State University’s Nittany Lions and had stints as a cager in France, Israel, and Argentina before being brought in as an import by Rain or Shine Elasto Paint for the PBA governor’s cup.

He suffered a knee injury during the basketball season for which he underwent rehabilitation at a hospital in San Juan City.

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  • Hunter421

    So he wast the victim of theft and resisted arrest as the police arrived? The police were arresting the victim? Perhaps that is what irked him.

    • Willy Jose

      he destroyed things at the hotel in his rage, reportedly a laptop and a vase, meybe that is why he was being arrested.

    • joerizal

      You don’t hit anyone, much less a cop. That’s assault.
      You also don’t destroy property, no matter what your situation is.
      He may have started out as the victim, pero he ended up being the assailant. Sorry na lang siya.

    • david

      basahin maigi ang artikulo para maintindihan bakit sya hinuli.

    • Goodluck Jonathan

      He check in at a hotel with 3 prostitutes and had a nice time.
      Afterwards he taken shower, when he came out, the wallet he placed under his
      pillow had gone,” he said, adding that the missing US$1,400 was the sum he had
      saved up from his stint as a PBA cager.
      He went on rampage and destroyed a large vase at the lobby, a desktop computer on the front desk and the glass doors of the Baia Luna KTV bar, all worth about P40,000.
      The police arrived and tried to get his side and help him because he said he was a victim of theft. But he kept on insulting to the police officer and punched to one of the arresting officer during
      the arrest at the hotel lobby.
      So, you had understand now…that’s why he had been arrested.

      • 33Sambuang2

        ubos na pera nya. magbabayad pa siya sa damages. ikulong dapat yan. puro mga abusado . ke koreano, hapon at iba ibang lahi pag na sa pinas kala mo DIYOS.

  • Manuel_II

    Langya, FOURSOME, LOL

  • joerizal

    Ano na nga ba ang nangyari dun kay Carabuena? Di ba hell-bent din silang mag-file ng charges?
    Now this dude is concerned about what his mom will think…after having a foursome. That’s funny.

  • boybakal

    Conley is the victim here, yet he was the one charged.
    Solve the robbery first before assault.
    You idyot….polisi…..

    • david

      manakit ba naman ng kapwa, pulis pa. dapat mabuti nyang kinausap at nag sumbong sya maayos sa pulis hindi yung MAGWAWALA. yun bang pulis nagnakaw? ha? ha? ha?

    • magiting78

      Victim nga sya does he file a complain?…Is it Ok to hit a police officer if you were a victim? be logical and reasonable mennnnn…

    • $26606290


    • 33Sambuang2

      kasi tong mga tadong foreigners sa atin, masyadong abusado. buti nga sa kanya. dapat dyan ikulong.

  • bontol

    He deserve it.

  • boybakal

    Cornley allegedly gave him a dose of the “F” word with some taste of an “A” word.

    Normal lang yan F and A…nothing malcious. Magandang pakinggan lang.
    Parang Putong Ina Mo at Pwet mo….

  • pasaway008ako

    kung ako si Lazatin, binaril ko ang Cornley na iyan sa kanyang kinatatayuan! Kung wala siyang galang sa akin, igalang niya ang aking uniporme.
    Maliban lang kung si Lazatin ay wlang galang sa kanyang uniporme.

    • magiting78

      Kung ako yung pulis malamang nakaburol n sya ngaun hahaha

  • caloy

    ikulong nayan

  • Manuel_II

    Naingit lang mga Pulis sa kanya, kaya sya kinasuhan, biruin mo mga Pulis mga babaero mga hinayupak na mga yan, pero pa isa isa di kayang pag sabayin di kaya ng powers, lol, pero si Conley TATLONG CHICKS sabay sabay, FOURSOME sila, kaya naingit yun kinasuhan, bwhahahahahhahahahahhaahhahaha

    • magiting78


      • Manuel_II

        FOURSOME, siguro badingarZ ka kaya ayaw pumasok sa kokote mo yan, LOL

  • david

    isip bata, asal paslit. nagwala. takot pa sa nanay dahil nawala baon nya. pasaway.

  • jHdz

    1. investigate the robbery
    2. charge cornley
    3. don’t sensationalize the story

  • $16638896

    nakalimutan nya nasa pinas sya hihihi mauutak ang mga pinick up nya dahil tatanga tanga kasi sya nyanhahaha!

  • yxoiyiu

    turuan nyo ng leksyon iyan at nang matutong rumespeto sa police authority.

  • okabato

    The cops have to give some slack to our nigga brotha after all he was drunk and robbed of his hard earned money by what looks like salisi women.

    • 33Sambuang2

      kaya nga kukuha ka ng babae at alam mong malalasing ka, me safe ang hotel. sa sobrang pagkamanyak kaya yon ang inabot nya.

  • randyaltarejos

    He thinks that because he is an American citizen that he has the license to create troubles in the Philippines? No way. If he makes the same troubles in America, I’m sure he will get more than what he had experienced at the hands of the Philippine cops. He’s lucky that the cop that he assaulted was not trigger-happy. Otherwise, that could only be booked as homicide which is bailable under Philippine laws.

    • 33Sambuang2

      try to raise a finger here with the cops and either you get a beating, pepper sprayed and the worst, you get shot. you are a shame to the american people. kulong na yan. kung dito yan sa amin, himas na ng rehas yang egoy na yan.

  • Brax82

    Wait! Kasalanan din ba ni GMA ito? Haha!

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