Cop in Quezon City gun-toting incident identified, axed

August 09, 2019

NATIONAL Capital Region Police Office director Major General Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar on Thursday ordered the administrative relief and investigation of a Quezon City policeman found involved in a viral video of a gun-toting incident on Commonwealth Avenue in Q.C. last July 26.

The NCRPO director identified the policeman as Master Sergeant Wilson Aquino, a member of the Tactical Motorcycle Reaction Unit of the Q.C. Police District Station 3.

“He will be facing administrative charges for grave misconduct and a criminal complaint for grave threat before the Q.C. Prosecutor’s Office,” Eleazar said. Grave misconduct is an administrative offense in the PNP which is punishable by dismissal from the service.

The road rage incident took place last July 26 and prompted Eleazar to order a thorough investigation after “Robert” went to his office to file a complaint last Thursday.

It turned out that the complainant’s dash cam captured the whole incident while he was on his way to Quiapo, Manila. CCTV footages showed that a white SUV abruptly entered his lane but he did not give way.

As he continuously drove his car, one white SUV, a Mitsubishi Montero with plate number ABA 1201 then cut him and stopped in front of him. A male person brought his gun out of the window and pointed to the direction of the complainant’s car. The suspect also alighted from the same vehicle where he grabbed a shotgun and approached the complainant while asking for his driver’s license.

According to Eleazar, a letter has been sent to the Land Transportation Office and the Office of the Sergeant-at-Arms of the House of Representatives to identify the registered owner of the two SUVs.

Officials said that granting that “Robert” was at fault, the occupants of the two white SUVs have no authority to threaten him with their guns much more if they are members of the police force.

Journal Group sources  earlier said they are looking at the possibility that the armed men seen in the viral video could be security personnel of some politicians from the provinces who are out to pay respect to the late mother of Tarlac Governor Susan Yap and husband Vic Yap or if not, security escorts of some influential religious leaders.