Cop nabbed for drug trafficking faces dismissal

September 12, 2021 Alfred P. Dalizon 409 views

A TARLAC policeman arrested in an anti-narcotics operation in Gerona municipality will be soon dismissed from the Philippine National Police force for grave misconduct apart from facing a lengthy jail term, General Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar said on Sunday.

The PNP chief also ordered a thorough probe into the illegal activities of Police Corporal Geymar Orquero who was tagged as both ‘user and protector’ of illegal drugs operations in the province following his arrest.

Gen. Eleazar said he ordered Police Regional Office 3 director, Brigadier Gen. Valeriano T. de Leon to determine if Cpl. Orquero has other cohorts in the local police force in the ‘protection and the financing’ of illegal drugs operations in Gerona and municipalities.

“Inatasan ko na ang RD, PRO3 na madaliin ang imbestigasyon para ma-umpisahan na agad ang pagsipa sa serbisyo ni Corporal Geymar Orquero na nahuli sa isang anti-illegal drugs operations sa Gerona, Tarlac,” said the top cop.

“The RD, PRO3 PBGen Val de Leon has already assured me that this scalawag policeman was already disarmed and is currently detained. Aside from administrative charges which will lead to his dismissal from the service, separate criminal cases will also be filed against Police Corporal Orquero,” he added.

Orquero and his cohorts Marvin Gadia and Joel Umagat were arrested during a buy bust operation in Barangay Calayaan last Friday. Seized from them were suspected shabu, drug paraphernalia, and a Glock 17 with magazine and inserted ammunition.

Orquero, assigned at the Tarlac City Police Station, was allegedly a drug user and a ‘protector and financier’ of one July and and a certain Melvin Gadia who were both tagged as drug traffickers in Gerona and Tarlac City.

Gen. Eleazar lauded the Central Luzon police for its swift action on this matter.

“Gaya ng ating ipinangako sa ating mga kababayan, mabilis ang magiging aksyon ng inyong PNP laban sa mga tiwali sa aming hanay dahil ang mga ito ang sumisira sa aming organisasyon,” he said.

“Hindi ako magda-dalawang isip na tanggalin sa serbisyo ang mga ganitong uri ng pulis, gaano man sila karami, dahil nakakatiyak naman ako na sa laki ng suweldo ng mga pulis at sa ipinatupad nating agresibong reporma sa recruitment system, mas maraming mga mabubuting pulis ang papalit sa kanila,” the PNP chief emphasized.

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