Professionalism at its best


Three Metro Manila policemen were arrested by fellow cops on Saturday for  drinking in the middle of a sidestreet in Sampaloc, Manila, wearing their uniform and sidearms.

The arrested cops were identified as PO1 Wilson Samonte, 29, assigned with the regional public safety battalion (RPSB) of the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO); PO1 Jordan Alcova, 23, also of the RPSB; and PO1 Ryan Ricaplaza, 32, of the RPSB.

All three policemen are rookies.

Director Leonardo Espina, NCRPO chief, ordered the three arrested, disarmed and charged.

“I don’t need policemen like them who are a disgrace to the service,” Espina said.

Aside from facing administrative cases that may lead to their dismissal from the service, the three rookies are facing charges for violation of the Omnibus Election Code for illegal possession of firearms, which entails a long prison term.

They were in “type B” uniform—meaning a T-shirt and police trousers—when  they were arrested; so the guns they were carrying were considered illegal even if they are service firearms.

A type B uniform is considered a civilian attire.

May their arrest serve as a lesson to all policemen not to abuse their authority.

* * *

Espina, a two-star police general, ordered the arrest of the three abusive policemen after I called him from my farm in Puerto Princesa City.

A concerned citizen had sent me a text message about the three cops after he was informed by his friends who live in the neighborhood where the cops were  drinking in full public view.

I forwarded the text message to General Espina, who immediately acted on the complaint.

This, despite the fact that Espina was grieving the death of his mother, Carmen, who was at that time lying at the Loyola Memorial Homes on Commonwealth Avenue, Quezon City.

Espina could just have dismissed my message or referred me to a subordinate because of his emotional state; but he personally acted on the complaint.

Now, that’s professionalism at its best.

* * *

Carmen Espina, 76, was a great woman for raising a son like Leonardo.

She probably was a complete professional herself if she was working, or a dutiful mother if she was a housewife.

A mango tree doesn’t bear a santol fruit, as a Filipino saying goes.

Carmen was buried Monday.

My condolences to General Espina and his siblings.

* * *

Remember the Masbate provincial prosecutor who was featured in this space for running away with the P2 million settlement from his former employer so he would not be able to sign the quit-claim in front of a labor arbiter?

Prosecutor Richard C. Lee’s action is a disgrace to the government prosecution service.

He himself is a disgrace to his office.

Lee has filed trumped-up criminal charges against officials of Fortune Medicare Inc. (FortuneCare), his former employer, in his own turf, Masbate.

He apparently wants to get back at FortuneCare, a Metro Manila-based company, which dismissed him when he was still not yet a government official.

The firm said Lee, its company lawyer, was dismissed for allegedly moonlighting and violating company rules.

Lee is using his position to harass his enemies.

Prosecutor-General Claro Arellano, if you can’t discipline Lee, you have no business being in that lofty position.

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  • http://twitter.com/ZALZANZIBAR ALBERTO ZALAZAR

    Our Condolence to General Espina…and Family.

  • archerfan

    wow, his farm ni puerto princessa hahaha tulfing san mo naman nakuha ang pang farm????

    • hu_yu

      syempre sa katas ng sahod nya


      Kay paring proceso alcala. kanino pa!

    • Noel

      Hindi lang iyon ang farm niya. Itanong mo rin kung ilan ang mga baril niya at paano siya nagkaroon ng maraming bodyguard. Itanong mo rin kung bakit siya palaging nagbababad sa mga bar sa QC. Sa madaling salita, saan galing ang mga kayamanan niya mula sa kanyang pagsulat.

    • jack_bagbaga2011

      kayo naman, kanya-kanyang raket lang yan, madiskarte yon tao eh, kung gusto niyo, gumawa rin kayo ng raket niyo para magkaroon rin kayo niyan

  • Mamang Pulis

    p u t a n g – i n a n g mga pulis patola kayo—utak rookie utak siga sa kanto kaya binabastos ang pulis dahil sa mga tulad nyo

  • ikulong

    parang mafia boss si tulfing, isang txt lang. aprud agad

  • tanga_hanga_ni_abnoy

    aray..though i agree with gen espina’s decision kawawa din mga parak kung hindi naman din sila nangugulo at mas tanggap ko pa nagiinom na lespu kesa yung mga siga dun sa sampaloc na gabigabi na lang nagiinom at nagiingay

    • hu_yu

      so ibig sabihin ok lang yung ginagawa ng mga parak kasi hndi sila nanggugulo?

  • amapangarap

    their next career, kidnap for ransom, gun for hire or bank robbers.

  • Horst Manure

    99% of the bad prosecutors give the rest a bad name.

  • $16638896

    lintik na mga pulis, halatang walang gagagwing matino, mga PO1 palang ganyan na, mabuti nlng habang maaga nasibak na sila. ang next na gagawin ng mga yan magtatayo ng sindikato, malamang lamang…

  • kontra_boohaya

    Ay sus…about the text on jueteng, drug dealing, kotong kops, vote buying, etc.? Have they been acted upon?……. Hmnnnn….that’s professionaliism at its best

  • kismaytami

    LOL! Tumawag ka sa 117, ipapasa ka sa barangay! Shyt!!!

  • Noel

    Espina was a former PNP Spokesman. Mahilig sa media publicity iyan. Even before he got promoted, he was already lobbying with Pnoy by constantly texting. Espina is aiming for a third star. And of course not long after, PNP Chief. How Tulfo was paid in cash or in kind by Espina to write this column only the two know.

    • Pio Gante

      operator yan si dindo at naka-trabaho ko yan nung kamote pa lang siya at malago pa ng kanyang mga buhok:)) sadyang ma-pr yan lalo na nung naging tagapag-salita siya ng pambansang kapulisan at magiging hepe lang siya kung mabibigyan si alan ng mas masabaw na pwesto.

      • Noel

        PNP ka rin ba? Kung taga-PNP ka o dating PNP, hinahanap ko ang ilan tulad nina Enrico Salapong, Sam Tucay, Ernesto Ibay.

      • Pio Gante

        never said i am or had been:)) well any way, they got their stars and they either enjoying their retirement, appointed to another gov’t agency or got bored and got some security consultancy job.

      • Noel

        I thought you’re from PNP. You sounded you were. You said you used to work with Espina and even mentioned his alias.

  • Pio Gante

    gayan talaga ang mga bagito, lalo na yung first time nakapag-sukbit ng baril napaka tapang nyan pero basang sisiw naman pag nasamsaman mo ng boga:)) at this stage nothing to lose pa sila kaya puro kahambugan pa ang makukuha mo sa kanila but they will eventually tone down as they get older because they will think of the benefits they stand to lose if they don’t get their acts together. bata pa yang mga yan, give them a chance to learn from their mistakes and mend their ways but it doesn’t mean they won’t get punished for it.

  • pedronimo

    Don’t just terminate these hoodlums. Jail them. To avenge their failure, These felons would be potential saboteurs in the future if released. Let them rot in prison.

  • randyaltarejos

    Where did he learn that tactic? Is that what the prosecutor’s learned from one his law professors in college to run away with the settlement even before he could sign a quit claim from the employer concerned? I supposed it hasn’t something to do with Remedial Law, which I guess teaches law students different tactics on how to raise funds through sinister ways.

  • farmerpo

    Communication thread..Sampaloc to Puerto Pricessa to Gen Espina (presumably in Metro Manila) and the three erring police officers were busted. This com method should also work in cases of NPA checkpoints, read toll gates. Why are the military and police not listening or plain ignoring the text messages? Balls or money?

  • Pio Pusli

    “I don’t need policemen like them who are a disgrace to the service,” Espina said.

    Really, Sir General Boss Amo Sir? if not for tulfing (if we believe him, why not) di pa nagkabukingan. i dare you sir general boss amo sir, do the rounds daily, i can guarantee you, 70 percent of your police force will be gone in a month.

    • Mux

      70 lang? I would say 100%! All police are corrupt!

  • ayupayupan77

    ang pulis na mahigit 3 years na sa serbisyo ay isang corrupt na poohlis……..dapat ang pagpupulis ay maging rotational……every year nagiiba ng trabaho….1st year pulis….2nd year bumbero 3rd year teacher or kung ano mang anik anik……….pansinin nyo pulis vs teacher na sabay naggrad at nagtrabaho……after 3 years marami na napundar si pulis samantalang si teacher cellphone man luma ta dami pa utang ,…..si pulis 2 asawa 7 gf at may sasakyan na

  • $14141131

    I hope Gen. Espina maintains the “relationship” with Mr. Tulfo or else …

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  • antiscam

    I have nothing against Gen Espina but priases. He is truly one of the very few who do not abuse their authority but instead aggressively crack down on corrupt and lazy police forces. HAIL GENERAL ESPINA! If your running for senator now surely you are number one on my list..

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