Carlos orders probe into Navy vehicle shooting

February 9, 2022 Alfred P. Dalizon 113 views

PHILIPPINE National Police chief General Dionardo B. Carlos yesterday ordered the investigation of a policeman in Puerto Princesa City in Palawan accused of firing shots at a Philippine Navy vehicle causing injuries to two sailors last Tuesday.

The top cop said that Corporal John Vincent Ugalde will be facing criminal and administrative charges in connection with the shooting incident which took place along the north national highway in Barangay Bacungan in Puerto Princesa City.

An initial investigation showed that the policeman was driving a black Toyota Wigo when a speeding Navy multi-cab overtook him.

The driver of the Navy vehicle identified as seaman apprentice Christian Bustillo said that after getting past the Wigo, the driver honked his horn repeatedly until he heard a gunshot that hit the right rear wheel of the multi-cab.

As a result, two occupants of the multi-cab were injured when their vehicle tumbled down the road.

Police Regional Office 4-B director, Brigadier Gen. Sydney S. Hernia said that Cpl. Ugale surrendered to the Puerto Princesa City Police Station 2 and turned over his PNP-issued Glock 9mm semi-automatic pistol.

The accused will be subjected to a ballistics examination and paraffin test at the Puerto Princesa City Police Office Forensic Unit.

“The involved police officer is already under the custody of the Puerto Princesa Police. The PNP is determined to find out the truth so necessary gathering of evidence is underway. We don’t tolerate rogue acts to flourish in the organization. Our Internal Service Affairs is also conducting an investigation as part of the standard procedure,” Gen. Carlos said.

“If evidence is strong proving his/her violation, then the involved police officer must face the consequences pertinent to the infraction committed,” he added.