The Philippine National Police - Internal Affairs Service (PNP) has recommended the dismissal from the service of nine police officers involved in two separate cases — the death of a teenager in Rizal and a robbery incident in Cavite.
“Nine PNP police officers assigned in the CALABARZON Region have been recommended for dismissal from the service following two incidents that went viral on social media,” the PNP-IAS said in a statement on Thursday.
“The Internal Affairs Service has conducted an immediate investigation into the two incidents and has now forwarded the recommendation of both cases to PNP disciplinary authorities,” it added.
Police Corporal Arnulfo Gabriel Sabillo is facing administrative cases for grave misconduct and conduct unbecoming of a police officer following the fatal shooting of 15-year-old John Francis Ompad in Rodriguez, Rizal.
On August 20, John Francis’ brother John Ace was riding a motorcycle and was heading home in Barangay San Isidro when Sabillo and civilian Jeffrey Beluan Baguio flagged him down.
After a motorcycle chase, John Ace took off his helmet and threw it at the suspects. Sabillo allegedly drew his firearm and shot four times in John Ace’s direction.
However, John Francis, who emerged from their house, was hit instead.
Sabillo and Baguio are also facing criminal charges of homicide and attempted homicide which were filed with the Office of Rizal Provincial Prosecutor in Taytay, Rizal.
Meanwhile, the eight other cops are recommended for dismissal due to their “unlawful arrest, illegal search, and robbery” in an alleged buy-bust operation against a retired professor in her residence in Imus.
On August 2, the police officers allegedly looted the house of 67-year-old Rebecca Caoile in Barangay Alapan 1-A.
In CCTV footage, the cops were seen carrying some items from the house including a tire and a motorcycle rim. Caoile's son said the cops also robbed his savings worth P80,000, his laptop, and tools.
According to PNP, the concerned cops neither had a search warrant nor arrest warrant for the operation.
They are also facing criminal charges for robbery. — Joviland Rita/RSJ, GMA Integrated News