(Lead) Moreno files admin complaint vs. Manila Police over bingo incident

February 19, 2013 11:15 pm 

By Lloyd Caliwan

MANILA, Feb. 19 — Re-electionist Manila Vice Mayor Isko Moreno filed Tuesday administrative and criminal cases against a group of Manila policemen who arrested him and five other city councilors over the bingo incident last February 16 in Sta. Cruz, Manila.

Moreno (Francisco Domagoso in real life) was accompanied to the National Police Commission (Napolcom) Inspection, Monitoring and Investigation Service in Makati City in filing the complaint by incumbent Manila councilors Joel Chua, Ernesto Isip, John Marvin Nieto, Ma. Asuncion Fuguso and former Manila councilor Manuel Zarcal.

Moreno filed grave misconduct and abuse of authority against Insp. Eduardo Morata, chief of the Blumentritt’s Police Community Precinct (PCP3) of the Manila Police District, and 30 “John Does”, presumably his men.

Morata, chief of the Police Community Precinct in Blumentritt, was accused by Moreno of committing grave misconduct and abuse of authority when he and some 30 other still unidentified police officers allegedly forcibly stopped a bingo game held outdoors on Tambunting St. for allegedly having no permit and for violating the laws on street obstruction and illegal gambling.

In their seven-page joint complaint affidavit, Moreno and the Manila councilors said prior to the disrupted bingo game, they held a barangay consultation at the compound of the Manotoc family in Tambunting St. last Feb 16.

Moreno said the holding of the bingo game was made to make the consultation more lively and to attract the crowd.

Moreno said that when he and the other councilors arrived at the scene for the 2 pm bingo game, they were surprised to see several uniformed policemen at the site.

“Our staff was informed by the residents of the barangay that a day prior to the scheduled event and also early morning of that date, several policemen went house-to-house in the said area and threatened to arrest any and all persons who will participate in our consultation and bingo event on the alleged ground that the bingo we would be conducting was considered as illegal gambling citing Presidential Decree No. 1602,” said Moreno in their complaint.

Special Investigator Anna Marie Baluyot of the Napolcom’s Inspection, Monitoring, and Investigative Service said the respondent-policemen will be summoned and given five days to appear and formally receive the complaint.

Morata and his men will also be asked to file their respective counter-affidavits, after which the complaint will be evaluated.

If a probable cause is determined, the case will be forwarded to the Legal Service of the Napolcom, which will hear the merits of the case.

Grave misconduct and abuse of authority is punishable by dismissal from the service, according to Baluyot. (PNA)

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