Police to file admin case vs erring cop official-A A +A
Friday, March 21, 2014
THE Criminal Investigation and Detection Management Branch (CIDMB) will handle the filing of administrative charges against Superintendent John Michael Deloso and his aide Police Officer 3 Ernesto Galleto as soon as it receives a certification from the court.
Deloso and Galleto allegedly received bribe money amounting to P4,000 and P2,000, respectively, from lawyer Ernie Palanan during an entrapment operation on Monday conducted by National Bureau of Investigation (NBI)-Northern Mindanao.
Superintendent Michael Pareja, spokesman of the Philippine National Police (PNP)-Northern Mindanao, said the CIDMB will handle the investigation and filing of the administrative case since the complainant is the superior of the two accused police officers.
Since Senior Superintendent Graciano Mijares, chief of the Cagayan de Oro City Police Office (Cocpo), is the complainant against Deloso and Galleto, Pareja said the investigating body would be the CIDMB and not the PNP-Northern Mindanao’s Regional Internal Affairs Service (RIAS).
Pareja said RIAS would only take charge of an investigation on an erring police officer if the complainant were a civilian.
Earlier, Mijares said he would see to it that law enforcers who violate any law would be dealt with accordingly.
Pareja added the certification from the court would be issued once the city prosecutor’s office has handed in its resolution pertaining to the bribery complaint.
“The court certification will be the basis for the administrative case,” he told Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro Friday afternoon.
It was reported that the resolution for the bribery charges was already endorsed by prosecutor Joan Waga to the court on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, Councilor Ramon Tabor, chairman of the committee on police, fire and public safety, challenged the entire Cocpo organization to redeem itself in the wake of Deloso and Galleto’s arrest.
“My challenge to them: Redemption. How can (Cocpo) earn back the trust and confidence of the people,” Tabor said.
He said one of the ways this can be achieved is for the police to apprehend their fellow law enforcers.
“Why did the NBI conduct the entrapment? We will make it possible that the police themselves will conduct the entrapment,” he said, adding it would be unfair to generalize just because a police officer has allegedly committed a wrongdoing.
On the downgrading of the case against the two police officers from robbery and intimidation to bribery, Tabor said it does not really matter what the case is as long as the perpetrators are brought to justice.
“Downgraded or not,” he said, “basta ma-prosecute and kaso. If [they] can’t be prosecuted, walay epekto. Kinahanglan naa gyu’y agi (It’s very important that the case should be prosecuted. If they can’t be prosecuted, then it has no effect. There should be results).” (Jigger J. Jerusalem)
Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on March 22, 2014.