MANILA, Philippines – A Quezon City policeman was relieved from duty after he allegedly refused to give way to the convoy of President Aquino on Tuesday.
SPO2 Ricardo Pascua, on board his Mitsubishi Adventure, allegedly refused to give way to the president’s convoy along Commonwealth Avenue even as several Presidential Security Group (PSG) personnel asked him.
The PSG said Pascua told them that he was a policeman, prompting them to bring the matter to Pascua's superiors.
Aquino was reportedly on his way to attend a program at the La Mesa Dam near Batasan.
Quezon City Police District (QCPD) Director Mario Dela Vega said Pascua has been relieved from his post at the QCPD Station 4.
Pascua, who has been working as a policeman for about 30 years, was also disarmed. He will be deployed to Camp Karingal where he will serve as a gate guard.
Pascua said he did not intend to disrespect Aquino and his security men and claimed he did not notice that he was blocking the president’s convoy.
He extended his apologies to Aquino and members of the PSG.
Dela Vega said Pascua will also face summary dismissal proceedings. – report from Dennis Datu, dzMM