Cebu cop caught in 'pot session'

Joworski Alipon, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 06 2018 08:55 PM

CEBU CITY - A police officer was nabbed after he was allegedly caught using illegal drugs in Barangay Luz in this city, Tuesday morning.

Chief Insp. Clark Ariola, chief of the Mabolo Police, said policemen were scouring the streets in Barangay Luz when the suspects were spotted in a pot session.

To their surprise, one of the suspects was later identified as PO1 Jayrome Solano, who is assigned at the Carbon Police Station in Cebu City.

Solano's cohort, 23-year-old Ma. Ester Montianto, was also arrested and detained at the Mabolo detention cell.

Both suspects refused to comment.

Immediately after the incident, Police Regional Director Robert Quenery relieved Carbon Police Chief Jacinto Mandal, citing command responsibility.

Mandal accepted the decision, but insisted that he had no prior knowledge of Solano's alleged illegal activities.

He added that he has been consistent in reminding his subordinates to avoid any act that will tarnish the police organization.

Quenery said that this incident proves that they are serious about weeding out scalawags from the Philippine National Police.