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21 POLICEMEN FACE ADMIN CASE FOR THE AMBUSH OF CALBAYOG CITY MAYOR; PNP RD 8, NOT INCLUDED


21 POLICEMEN FACE ADMIN CASE FOR THE AMBUSH OF CALBAYOG CITY MAYOR;  PNP RD 8, NOT INCLUDED
Story By JOSEPHINE M. MENDOZA
Photos grabbed from the INTERNET.

Twenty-one (21) policemen now face administrative cases for their alleged involvement in the ambush of Calbayog City Mayor Ronaldo P. Aquino at Labuyao Bridge, Barangay Lonoy, Calbayog City in the afternoon of March 08, 2021.

Grave Misconduct and Grave Irregularity has been filed against eight (-8-) officers belonging to the Integrity Monitoring and Enforcement Group (IMEG)-Visayas Unit after the PNP Regional Internal Affairs Service (RIAS), in its report, found them to be the principal conspirators in the plan to terminate the life of Mayor Aquino.

Grave Irregularity, according to RIAS, was committed by eleven (11) officers under the Regional Drug Enforcement Unit (RDEU) while in the performance of duty for allegedly breaking standard operating procedures in carrying out police operations.

Less Grave Irregularity was charged against IMEG Visayas Director P/Col. Michael David and PNP Regional Office 8 Intelligence Division Director P/Lt.Col. Neil Montaño for allegedly breaking standard operating procedures in carrying out police operations.
21 POLICEMEN FACE ADMIN CASE FOR THE AMBUSH OF CALBAYOG CITY MAYOR;  PNP RD 8, NOT INCLUDED
On the other hand, PNP Regional Director 8, P/BGen. Ronaldo de Jesus is not included in the list to face administrative charges even when initial (but unofficial) reports say that he is one of those included among the high ranking PNP Regional 8 Officers recommended for command responsibility charges. De Jesus is allegedly due for retirement from the service soon.

It will be recalled that during the Senate hearing on June 09, 2021, the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) presented proof that Mayor Aquino was ambushed thereby recommending the filing of the case of Murder against 9 police officers.

The NBI’s findings is contrary to the “shootout” version presented by the PNP. The incident killed the mayor’s police escort and personal driver as well as seriously wounding his personal assistant.
The case for Murder was filed with the Department of Justice in June 10, 2021 against the 9 police officer, namely: P/Lt.Col. Harry Villar Sucayre; P/Maj. Shyrille Co Tan; P/Capt. Dino Laurente Goles; P/Lt. Julio Salcedo Armeza, Jr.; P/SSgt. Neil Matarum Cebu; P/SSgt. Edsel Tan Omega; Pat. Niño C. Salem; P/Cpl. Julius Garcia; and PSSgt. Randy Merelos.

As of this writing, Calbayog Journal, is still awaiting the official list of the 19 other policemen facing administrative charges when initial reports named only IMEG Visayas Director and PNP 8 Intelligence Director. A request thru email has been sent to RIAS 8 to this effect.(CJ/JMM)
21 POLICEMEN FACE ADMIN CASE FOR THE AMBUSH OF CALBAYOG CITY MAYOR;  PNP RD 8, NOT INCLUDED


-, June 25, 2021


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