Las Pinas police chief sacked

June 29, 2020

NATIONAL Capital Region Police Office director, Major General Debold M. Sinas yesterday said he has ordered the relief of the Las Piñas City Police Station chief for unauthorized absences and his failure to inform his superiors he will be leaving his office to seek medical assistance in his province amid the General Community Quarantine rules.

Colonel Segundo Lagundi, according to the NCRPO chief, was found to have left Metro Manila without proper authority when he went to his home in Tuguegarao City last June 25 and had himself admitted at the St. Paul Hospital for ‘kidney problems.’     Maj. Gen. Sinas said they noticed the absence of Lagundi when they held a command conference last Saturday. Both Sinas and Southern Police District director, Brigadier Gen. Emmanuel B. Peralta said that the official did not seek any written or verbal permission from them to leave his post and go to Cagayan province.

The official was found to have filed for a 15-day sick leave and declared he would only be in Quezon City. However, he left for Tuguegarao City without any medical certificate from the NCR Regional Health Service and a travel authority from the Philippine National Police which is a violation of the PNP national headquarters’ guidelines on leave and travel during the General Community Quarantine.

Amid his possible violation of quarantine protocols in Cagayan Valley, the NCRPO requested the Police Regional Office 2 to monitor the health and medical status of the police official.

An investigation showed that Lagundi arrived in Solana, Cagayan last June 25. The following day, he went to the St. Paul Hospital in Tuguegarao City for a consultation. An initial finding showed he was suffering from a ‘kidney problem’ and was scheduled to return to the same hospital today.

Following his unauthorized travel, Lagundi’s policeman-driver was ordered quarantined for 14 days at the Regional Health Service 2 hospital and subjected to a rapid test.

Lagundi was also ordered subjected to an RT-PCR swabbing at the Cagayan Valley Medical Center yesterday. Sinas said that in case he refuse to cooperate, he will be subjected to criminal and administrative charges.

Maj. Gen. Sinas designated Col. Rodel Pastor, the current NCRPO personnel chief as Officer-in-Charge of the Las Piñas police.