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3 cops under probe for grave misconduct
THREE policemen are now undergoing investigation for grave misconduct following their involvement in separate offenses in Quezon City on Wednesday.
On orders of Philippine National Police (PNP) chief, General Dionardo B. Carlos, the National Capital Region Police Office headed by Major Gen. Vicente D. Danao Jr. has started a formal investigation into the incidents involving the three policemen.
The three were identified as Patrolman Askal Abdulbasit of the PNP General Hospital; Corporal Jayson Mangada of the Q.C. Police District (QCPD) Health Service Unit; and Cp. Albert Garanganao of the QCPD Station 8. The three could not be immediately contacted to comment on the serious charges against them.
Abdulbasit was accused of threatening a female driver with the use of his gun after they got involved in a vehicular accident along E. Rodriguez Sr. Boulevard corner G. Araneta Avenue in Bgy. Doña Imelda, Q.C. around 10:50 a.m. Wednesday, said QCPD director, Brigadier Gen. Antonio C. Yarra.
An initial investigation showed that the policeman got mad after his 125cc motorcycle got figured in an accident with a gray Ford Territory being driven by a woman.
The QCPD reported that the cop got mad at the woman and approached her while holding his gun causing the female driver to tremble in fear. The incident was witnessed by a Metro Manila Development Authority traffic enforcer near the scene.
The cop was stripped of a PNP-issued 9mm pistol with a magazine containing 10 live ammunition shortly after the incident. His case is now being handled by the QCPD Criminal Investigation and Detection Unit.
On the other hand, Mangada was arrested after reportedly beating a member of the Q.C. Task Force Disiplina with his firearm along San Mateo Road in Bgy. Batasan Hills around 8:30 p.m. Wednesday.
His companion identified as Cpl. Garanganao remained at-large as of Thursday, said a QCPD report.
A QCPD incident report showed that Q.C. Task Force Disiplina member Gerick Dalut was driving his motorcycle along San Mateo Road when he was suddenly flagged down by one of the suspects who was also driving a motorbike.
The man who was later identified as Cpl. Mangada introduced himself as a cop to Dalut and complained they were nearly hit by the latter.
The QCPD report said that Mangada and Garanganao were said to be under the influence of liquor when they took the complainant’s mobile phone and motorcycle key before punching and beating the latter with a handgun.
The complainant sought the assistance of QCPD Station 6 personnel, Corporals Voltaire Olivas and Albert Buag and Pat. Jayson Dofredo, resulting in the arrest of Mangada who yielded a 9mm pistol with a magazine containing nine live ammunition.
The two policemen are now facing criminal and administrative charges.