NATIONAL Capital Region Police Office director, Major General Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar yesterday vowed appropriate disciplinary measures against four members of the Las Piñas City Police Station who were caught drinking alcohol while manning a checkpoint in the locality.
“I am very dismayed to learn that four Las Piñas cops were caught drinking alcohol while on duty around 2 a.m. today at the checkpoint near a gasoline station along Alabang Zapote Road in Barangay Talon Uno during a surprise inspection by the NCRPO Regional Internal Affairs Service,” said the Metro Manila police commander.
According to Southern Police District director, Brigadier Gen. Nolasco K. Bathan, the four identified as Patrolman Samruss Inoc, Patrolman Robemarla Abales, Corporal Randy Danao and Patrolman Alquinn Orgen, all assigned at the Las Piñas Police Station 6 were caught by a team of inspectors from the NCRPO-RIAS headed by no less than the regional RIAS chief, Brig. Gen. Jerry Galvan.
The team of Galvan was then conducting surprise inspection within the Las Piñas City police jurisdiction.
Eleazar said the mere fact that the four were drinking liquor while on duty and in uniform, is already a violation of a provision of National Police Commission Memorandum Circular 2007-001 that prohibits any police personnel to engage in regulated gambling or game of chance while on duty; to be drunk or disorderly while off duty, or drunk while on duty and in uniform or in recognizable police uniform.”
“Likewise, this is a clear violation of Rule No. 5 of the NCRPO’s 15 Do’s and Don’ts which states that no one should engage in prohibited acts, while on duty like drinking liquor, entering house of ill refute and/or gambling dens except on official business,” he added.
“The worse part is they were even drinking in public. This is a clear act of disobedience which is tantamount to grave misconduct and is punishable by dismissal from the service,” he added.
Following the incident, Eleazar ordered the immediate disarming and relief of the four pending the filing of appropriate administrative charges against them. The four were ordered reassigned at the NCRPO Regional Headquarters Support Unit while their cases are being heard.
“This should serve as a lesson for them and a precautionary tale for all -- that acts like this will never be tolerated by the Philippine National Police,” Eleazar said as he called on the public to send their complaints and other relevant information about rogue policemen and criminal activities to their hotlines 0915-888-8181 and 0999-901-8181.
The official added that NCRPO on-the-spot inspections will continue across the metropolis in consonance with his intensified cleanliness policy.
“Hindi ko hahayaang manatili ang mga bugok sa ating hanay. Lilinisin natin ang ating hanay sa NCRPO katulad ng ating paglilinis ng krimen at iligal na droga,” Eleazar said.