23 Batangas policemen face charges for death of suspect while being arrested

February 21, 2013 11:33 pm 

By Christopher Lloyd T. Caliwan

MANILA, Feb. 21 — At least 23 police personnel of Batangas Police Provincial Office, including two officials, were placed under restrictive custody and facing administrative charges for failure to implement an arrest warrant to Fernando Morales alias Pandoy last January 14.

The Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) had earlier filed a case of murder against some of the policemen who took part in the operation. They were Superintendent Raul Tacaca, SPO2 Edgardo Ilagan, PO3 Jonathan Cansanay, PO3 Christian Caguimbal, and PO3 Florencio Austria.

Morales was gunned down while being served an arrest warrant in his home in San Juan, Batangas.

He was said to be the right-hand man of suspected gambling lord Vic Siman, who himself was killed along with 12 others in another controversial police operation on January 6 in Atimonan, Quezon.

Philippine National Police (PNP) Spokesman Chief Supt. Generoso Cerbo Jr., said that based on investigation of PNP-Internal Affairs Service (IAS), the policemen did not perform the proper procedures in arresting Fernando Morales, alias Pandoy, in his house in San Juan town for alleged possession of unlicensed firearms.

“The PNP personnel involved employed excessive force, violence and unreasonable force in arresting the victim Fernando Morales Jr. and subjected to a great restraint than what is necessary”, Cerbo said based on the PNP-IAS report.

According to PNP IAS the accused policemen may be booted out from the service, depending on the final result of investigation.

Cerbo said the 23 police personnel and officials effective today are under restrictive custody and formally charged for serious irregularities in the Performance of Duties in connection with the implementation of an arrest warrant.

Cerbo said the two PNP officials were Batangas Provincial Police Office Director P/Sr. Supt Rosauro Acio and Sr. Supt. Arner Dimabuyu of Regional Operations Task Force of Batangas Police are included in the administrative charges for failing to supervise the operation to arrest Morales,”

But since Dimabuyu and Acio are both presidential appointees, the PNP will seek first a presidential clearance from the Malacanang.

“They were also charged for failing to supervise the operation to arrest Morales and to take corrective action by way of warning, advise, admonition, suggestion or disciplinary action to subordinates”, Cerbo said during the press briefing at the PNP headquarters in Camp Crame, Quezon City.

Among those who got charged were, Supt. Raul Tacaca,Chief Inspector Cristito Acohon, Chief Inspector Rodolfo Ama, Inspector Kent Jerek Capadosa,SPO4 Arturo Patulot, SPO2 Edgardo Ilagan, SPO1 Edilberto Eje, SPO1 Erwin Cetron,SPO1 Rodrigo Arguelles,SPO1 Gener Pineda, PO3 Danilo Piol,PO3 Allan Natanauan,PO3 Luis Alexander Capacia, PO3 Jonathan Cansanay,PO3 Mark Christopher Aala,PO3 Florencio Austria, PO3 Christian Caguimbal, PO3 Ruel Dimaano, PO3 Marlon Aguado,PO2 Reynold Ramirez,PO2 Bernie Alday,PO2 Herbert Rellora at PO1 Michael de Castro.

Cerbo also (PNA)

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