PNP chief: Dismissal in 15 days for 2 cops tagged in teenage girl’s killing
MANILA, Philippines — Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Gen. Archie Gamboa wants the dismissal from service of two Ilocos Sur police officers tagged in the killing of a 15-year-old girl who earlier filed an acts of lasciviousness complaint against one of the officers.
Case investigators, Gamboa bared, have sufficient evidence to prove that Staff Sergeants Randy Ramos and Marawi Torda, both assigned at the San Juan Municipal Police Station in Ilocos Sur, are involved in the crime.
“I actually directed IAS to dismiss the policemen in 15 days. That’s the thrust that I have given since I started as officer-in-charge, that we should be able to dismiss our personnel fast,” he said in a press briefing on Monday.
“I hope you will help me watch the IAS that 15 days from now, we will require the dismissal of these two policemen,” he added.
Complaints for murder were earlier filed against Ramos and Torda after the 15-year-old girl, who lodged a complaint against Torda, was later shot dead by two motorcycle-riding gunmen in Cabugao last July 2.
Ramos is also facing a rape complaint filed by the 18-year-old cousin of the murdered victim.
Records from the Cabugao Municipal Police Station showed that the two girls were arrested for violation of curfew and “were very drunk when the two policemen allegedly took advantage of them.”
Both policemen are now under restrictive custody at the Ilocos Sur Police Provincial Office in Bantay town while awaiting further disposition by the court.
Gamboa earlier described the policemen as “not men in uniform but animals who deserve to be jailed for life.”
“I hope the public would understand that the PNP leadership is doing its best starting reforms from recruitment to when they are in the service, so that in the end we are able to produce credible policemen who can maintain peace and order in the community,” he said.
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