Highway patrolmen charged

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Saturday, June 8, 2013

MEMBERS of the PNP’s Regional Highway Patrol Unit (RHPU) 7 are in trouble for claiming that the engine and chassis numbers of a vehicle they impounded were tampered, even though these had been cleared by the Traffic Management Group.

Charged before the anti-graft office are Senior Insp. Joselito Lerio, P02 Rubello Oriesga, PO2 Ally Bornillo and P01 Edwardson Masangue of RHPU 7.

Also included in the complaint are PO2 Danilo Cabahug, Chief Insp. Ryan Ace Sala and Senior Supt. Nestor Sator of the PNP Regional Crime Laboratory 7.


Contradicting reports

In his affidavit, Manuel Arellano of Inayagan West, Naga City, Cebu, said the findings of Cabahug, Sala and Sator contradicted the PNP Macro-Etching Certificate signed by P02 Jorlick Roma and Supt. Myrna Areola and the PNP Motor Vehicle Clearance certificate signed by Senior Insp. Simplicio Torredes on June 6, 2006.

Arellano said the RHPU 7 operatives impounded his car, a Toyota Vios, even though his only violation was that he didn’t have a sticker from the Land Transportation Office (LTO).

During the 888 News Forum last June 4, LTO 7 Director Raul Aguilos warned all traffic enforcers against apprehending cars without stickers because it is the LTO that failed to provide these to motorists due to lack of supply.

“They (RHPU personnel) flagged down my vehicle due to the violation of ‘No LTO Sticker,’ which, by LTO policy, is penalized only by a fine of P150, which I find not enough reason for my vehicle to be impounded (by the RHPU personnel),” Arellano said in his affidavit.

Second case

The RHPU 7 operatives also submitted his car for macro-etching without him being present. The macro-etching report signed by Cabahug, Sala and Sator last April 18 said the car’s engine and chassis numbers had been tampered.

This is the second time in less than a month that Sator has been the subject of a complaint for allegedly making false statements in
the performance of his duties.

The first complaint was filed by the family of Mario Alfie Ducayag who was mauled to death by security officers of Gaisano Metro on Colon St., Cebu City.

In his report, Sator said Ducayag died of tuberculosis when in fact he was killed inside the store’s security office.

It was not determined how Sator, a medico-legal officer, is able to certify tampered engine and chassis numbers.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on June 09, 2013.

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