63 cops under investigation

By Nestle L. Semilla February 17,2017

After the Regional Internal Affairs Service (RIAS) of the Police Regional Office in Central Visayas (PRO- 7) filed graft charges against 10 policemen, another 63 policemen in the region are facing investigation for alleged grave misconduct and for a lifestyle check.

Senior Supt. Jose Carumba, RIAS-7 chief, said the 63 policemen, with the rank of Police Officer 2 to Superintendent, might be relieve from their post pending investigations.

“We’ll observe the process. (What will happen is that) they will be suspended as part of the process,” Carumba said.

He said the 63 cops will be transferred to the Police Holding and Accounting Unit (PHAU) and will be placed on a floating status.

Carumba said there is no time frame when the investigation will be concluded but he said RIAS intends to file cases before the Office of the Ombudsman against those found to be involved in questionable activities or conduct.

Last January, RIAS filed graft charges against nine policemen for failing to declare all their properties in their Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net worth (SALN). The respondents are facing charges at the Office of the Deputy Ombudsman for the Military and other Law Enforcement Agencies (Moleo) for violating Republic Act 3019 or the Anti-graft and Corrupt Practices Act.

Another policeman was charged before the Regional Investigation and Detection and Management Bureau for his alleged involvement in illegal drugs.
However, RIAS declined to reveal the names of these allegedly erring policemen pending the resolution of the charges against them.

Carumba said that as a new RIAS chief in Central Visayas, he will also focus on investigating policemen who have been reinstated to their posts in the region despite pending cases against them. Among them would be the 29 policemen who were recommended to be reassigned to Basilan province.
Carumba assumed office only last Tuesday replacing Senior Supt. Jonas Ejoc.

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