A POLICEMAN in Cagayan Valley on Sunday was arrested by his colleagues while betting inside a cockfighting arena in Calamaniugan municipality.
Patrolman Agustin Morello Jr., a 32-year-old member of the 203rd Mobile Company of the PRO2 Regional Mobile Force Battalion 2, was caught betting inside the cockpit in Bgy. Bulala, Calamaniugan, Cagayan at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday.
Morello was in civilian clothes and carrying his service Glock 9mm semi-automatic pistol when arrested. He yielded P5,100 in different denominations.
Police Regional Office 2 director Brig. Gen. Jose Mario Espino ordered the filing of criminal charges for violation of the gun ban under the Omnibus Election Code and administrative charges for grave misconduct against the suspect for violating a directive from the Philippine National Police leadership banning all members of the police force from entering and playing in cockfighting arenas, casinos and other gambling establishments.
Espino commended the RMFB 2 personnel led by Capt. Peter Bometivo who immediately reacted to an information about the presence of an armed policeman playing inside the Calamaniugan cockfighting arena and arrested Morello.