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(Updated 3:41 p.m.) A policeman was relieved from his post and faces summary dismissal for allegedly slowing down and refusing to make way to the convoy of President Benigno Simeon Aquino III in Quezon City.
According to a report of radio dzBB's Tuesday Niu, the president was on his way to an engagement when his convoy chanced upon the orange Asian utility vehicle driven by the policeman, SPO2 Ricardo Pascua, along Batasan Road.
Quezon City police head Chief Superintendent Mario dela Vega said Pascua, who was assigned to the QCPD Station 4, was relieved from his post after the incident.
Dela Vega said Presidential Security Group head Brig. Gen. Ramon Mateo Dizon ordered some PSG members to approach Pascua when he refused to make way for the president's convoy.
However, Pascua allegedly refused to give his name or his driver's license, and even said, "Pulis ako ."
Dela Vega also said Pascua's vehicle had a "QCPD" (Quezon City Polic District) license plate in the front.
Later in the day, presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said at a press briefing that Malacañang had no hand in the “quite arrogant” policeman’s sacking. In fact, the Palace only knew of the issue during the briefing itself.
“Let me be very clear. It was an administrative decision by the QCPD,” said Lacierda. “What I know was that we were just going to file a report (through the PSG),” Lacierda said. - with Gian Geronimo/VVP/RSJ, GMA News