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Ombudsman files raps vs PNP-IAS head

September 19, 2022 Cory Martinez 889 views

For tampering time records, harassment

CHARGES of sexual harassment and falsification of documents have been filed before the Office of the Ombudsman against the inspector general of the Philippine National Police-Internal Affairs Service (PNP-IAS) for allegedly trying to make “sexual advances” on one of the female IAS non-uniformed officers and for the alleged “tampering” of her daily time record which caused her alleged illegal suspension of six months.

The Journal Group on Monday learned that the inspector general of IAS since 2016, has been accused by his subordinates of “sexual harassment” and “grave abuse of power” many times.

The IAS inspector general was charged with violation of Republic Act No. 11313 (Anti-Sexual Harassment Law), falsification, and administrative charges for grave misconduct, inefficiency, and incompetence.

Aside from the inspector general, also charged with falsification and with the same administrative cases, was a chief inspector, the acting chief of PNP’s Administrative and Finance Management Division (AFMD), who allegedly committed such acts in cahoots with the former.

The cases stemmed from the complaints of a female member of the PNP-IAS non-uniformed personnel holding the designation as Administrative Officer V, who claimed that the sexual harassment took place sometime in June 2021 before she dropped off the accused in his office in Camp Crame.

In her complaint-affidavit and letter to Ombudsman Samuel Martires, the victim narrated that the sexual harassment occurred inside her driven car with the suspect on board. She drove the IAS officer to his office in Camp Crame when the latter claimed that his driver had “already left him”.

Before the said incident, the victim requested a meeting with the suspect to discuss the chief inspector/acting AFMD chief’s recommendation for her to be assigned to a much “lower designation” as a computer operator.

During the meeting, the complainant told the accused that she was applying for Chief Administrative Office (CAO) with Salary Grade 24, but if she was not selected, she would still apply for promotion if another item with the same salary grade became available.

The victim claimed that the inspector general told her that if she wanted to be promoted, she “must work hard for it”.

The complainant responded that she will do her best to assist, and they both agreed that she will be transferred to the Planning and Research Division (PRD), where she became the division chief in 2014, rather than the Legal Affairs Division, where the chief inspector/acting AFMD chief had recommended her to be transferred.

The victim further claimed that once she transferred to the PRD, the accused ordered her to “text him always”, and she understood that she needed to keep him updated on the tasks that will be assigned to her.

She added that the inspector general even told her about himself and his family and said that “kung may girlfriend s’ya hindi niya binubuntis,” which confused her why he was telling her those things.

When they were about to leave the restaurant after the meeting, the complainant asked him how he would get home. The accused responded that his driver had already left.

“I asked him where I would drop him off, but he instead suggested we go somewhere else, which I declined and responded, ‘Hindi po ako ganun sir,’” the complainant said in her complaint.

Although confused about the actions of the inspector general, the victim still tried to be polite to him, being the head of the agency and offered to drop him off.

While driving him to Camp Crame, the inspector general allegedly insisted on telling the complainant, “sige na –, iligo mo na lang,” which made her “nervous and uncomfortable”.

When they arrived at the IAS parking lot, the suspect allegedly stayed longer inside her car, repeating his condition that the complainant is transferred to the PRD and that she would get tasks from him “outside the office”.

The complainant further claimed that the accused asked her to “kiss him on the cheek”, which she refused.

“At that time, I cannot describe and explain how I felt. I was worried and unable to believe this was happening to me. After the incident, I was quite disturbed by the offer that I declined, fearing that would hurt his ego or he might do something to me. I did not tell anyone except my aunt who works in Napolcom [National Police Commission],” the victim added in her complaint.

Records showed that even before the said incident, the victim claimed that the suspect had been giving her a “rough time” since the latter was assigned as IAS head in 2017.

She disclosed that under the leadership of the accused, she was reassigned four times in three years, from 2017 to 2020, despite the fact that her position is station-specific in the National IAS Camp Crame, QC. She added that those reassignments are considered “constructive dismissal”.

“Those reassignments were made without my consent, and most of them are unrelated to my job description as a human source management officer. Despite this, I continue to do my best and complete the tasks assigned to me without complaining,” the complainant stressed.

Sometime in August 2021, a month after the alleged sexual harassment incident, the victim received from the inspector general a “show cause” order about her alleged habitual absenteeism from 2017 to 2020. She allegedly incurred 116 days of absences intermittently from August 2018 to March 2020.

To counter the allegations against her, the victim submitted her counter-affidavit and evidence, particularly the CSC Form 48 Daily Time Record from 2018, which was certified by the director of Regional IAS-NCR.

However, the inspector general still issued an order suspending the complainant for 30 days despite all the evidence she presented.

The victim, on the other hand, filed a motion for a recommendation but was denied on March 2, 2022, but the penalty increased from 30 days to six months and a one-day suspension.

“I was quite flabbergasted by the acts and decisions of [the inspector general]. I feel so helpless, but I could not find anybody to help me in the office or within the PNP. I’ve been mentally and emotionally affected by the situation,” the victim lamented in her letter to Ombudsman Martires. By Cory Martinez and Alfred Dalizon

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