NCRPO takes action vs Eastern Police District chief who assaulted policewoman

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 19 2019 09:37 PM | Updated as of Jun 20 2019 12:35 AM

MANILA—The head of the Eastern Police District (EPD) was temporarily relieved from his post after allegedly assaulting a policewoman last month, the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) director said Wednesday.

In a statement, NCRPO chief Police Maj. Gen. Guillermo Eleazar said EPD director Police Brig. Gen. Christopher Tambungan confronted Police Corporal April Santiago at a police community precinct in San Juan on May 12.

According to Eleazar, Tambungan hit Santiago in the head and swung his car door at her while "hurling verbal abuse" at Santiago.

Tambungan allegedly vented at Santiago after she failed to help him with a task.

The incident reached Eleazar on Tuesday, more than a month after the episode, because Santiago hesitated to file a complaint against Tambungan fearing she would instead be reprimanded.

Eleazar said he believes Santiago's accusations against Tambungan after a partial investigation was conducted.

The NCRPO chief added that Tambungan's actions "are unjustified and completely unbecoming of an officer of an officer of the [Philippine National Police]."

Eleazar added that there will be a full and impartial investigation on the incident. -- Report from Jaehwa Bernardo, ABS-CBN News