PNP internal affairs urges dismissal of 7 cops in 'dastardly' Antipolo op

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 17 2019 06:22 PM

Philippine National Police Headquarters, Camp Crame in Quezon City. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

MANILA - The internal affairs unit of the Philippine National Police (PNP) on Thursday recommended dismissing from service 7 police officers who were involved in an allegedly anomalous drug operation in Antipolo City. 

The PNP Internal Affairs Service (IAS) also filed four counts of grave misconduct against Police Lt. Joven De Guzman Jr., Police MSgt. Donald Roque, Police MSgt. Rommel Vital, Police SSgt. Stephen Domingo, Police Cpl. Romeo Guerrero Jr, Patrolman Lester Velasco and Patrolman Eduardo Soriano Jr. for allegedly violating PNP operational procedure.

The officers were also charged with grave threats, discharge of firearms and robbery. The PNP Integrity and Monitoring Group also filed criminal cases against the police officers for attempted murder and planting of evidence.

The first related charges were filed by Arnold Gramaje Jr. against the suspects for allegedly attempting to arrest and kill him during a so-called buy-bust operation on May 4.

“Complainant was able to prove by facts and plausible arguments that the respondents committed series of glaring irregularities that puts to asunder the presumption of regularity in their favor,” the resolution released by IAS read.

The officers allegedly fired at the vehicle of Gramaje after he refused their order to alight from his car.

He escaped, but the officers allegedly followed him home and carted away P30,000 in cash and several gadgets.

The police officers failed to coordinate their operation with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, the IAS earlier said. - Maan Macapagal, ABS-CBN News