Eastern Police District cop in leaking video faces probe for violating Napolcom circular

Oscar D. Albayalde

THE member of the San Juan City Police Station who caused the administrative relief of Eastern Police District director Brigadier General Christopher E. Tambungan is also not off the hook after she was found facing pre-charge investigation for leaking the video footages to a television station.

The Journal Group learned yesterday that the EPD District Personnel and Records Management headed by Lieutenant Colonel Samuel Pabonita investigated Corporal April Domingo Santiago in accordance with the rules set forth in Napolcom Circular 2016-002 last May 15 when she reportedly leaked the video of the alleged manhandling case.

The investigation has centered on the alleged “refusal of the policewoman to render assistance to Tambungan during his routine inspection in the area followed by the latter’s request for her to assist him in locating Philippine National Police chief Director General Oscar D. Albayalde who was then in the area.

In her affidavit, the policewoman did not deny the fact that she exhibited actuations which did not satisfy the demand of the EPD director when she answered him “Sir, wala na hong available dahil na kay Chief PNP.”

It turned out that San Juan mobile members that time have already secured Gen. Albayalde who visited Greenhills Shopping Complex earlier that day.

The infraction committed by Santiago prompted the EPD-DIDM to rule that in the wake of Santiago’s admission of his answer to Tambungan, she will be charged administratively for simple neglect of duty which will be elevated to summary hearing proceeding in order to determine the extent of her administrative liability.

Bonita said that their investigation showed that Tambungan dropped by PCP 1 while on his way to meet the PNP chief and in order to asked for the exact location of Gen. Albayalde.

He quoted Tambungan as saying “Asan ba yung mga motor nyo, puwede mo ba kami i-assist, asan si Chief PNP.” Santiago replied: “Wala po kami mobile.”

Tambungan said that Santiago did not file any case against him but was 2surprised to learn from others that she reportedly furnished a television station of the CCTV footages.

The act is reportedly a violation of existing PNP regulations on handling CCTV recordings and other documents by the police. Supposed to be, a police CCTV recording and other restricted police documents should be handled with utmost secrecy by officers concerned and should not be leaked to the press.

Tambungan who was bashed by netizens after the viral video lamented that the short CCTV footage reportedly furnished by Santiago to a TV station does not show it all although he has been judged by netizens including police personnel who resents the way he disciplines his personnel.

“Is it wrong to discipline a cop?”, asked Tambungan.

The short CCTV footage showed the EPD director berating Corporal Santiago while he sitting inside his service wagon. The CCTV footage also showed Tambungan opening the door of the vehicle slightly hitting the policewoman who was standing in front of it.