A bad year for the PNP

THE YEAR 2014 was unique for the court beat if only for the high-profile cases involving top police officers in Davao City.

Bad cops

Sr. Supt. Vicente Danao, director of Davao City Police Office, faced criminal and administrative charges after his wife filed complaints against him before the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Regional Internal Affairs Service (RIAS).

The city director was charged before the DOJ for violation of Republic Act 9262 (Anti-violence Against Women and their Children), while four counts of grave misconduct case was lodged against him before the RIAS.

On the other hand, the former chief of the Regional Intelligence Unit (RIU)-Davao Region Supt. Leonardo Felonia was also charged for murder after the self-confessed triggerman of Cebu-based businessman Richard Lim King tagged him as the mastermind.

While, PO1 Luis Pantig Gabrinao, the alleged protector of a drug suspect in Toril, had a pending criminal complaint before the City Prosecution Office (CPO) for theft after he allegedly stole motorcycle parts, and also facing grave misconduct and serious irregularities in the performance of duty before the Regional Investigation and Detective Management Division (RIDMD).

Gabrinao is now reassigned to the Boston Municipal Police Precinct at Davao Oriental.

Also, eight intel operatives of Toril Police Precinct were relieved of their posts after their names were linked to the killing of Manuel Corral on Sept. 13. The intelligence operatives were identified as PO1 Jeffer Villegas and PO2 Ric John Borja PO3 Catalino Jalalon, PO3 Rico Adlawan, PO2 Eugenio Mendez, SPO1 Jeremias Cunanan, PO2 Janwed Cagape, and PO2 Bernardo Flauta.

Moreover, the chief Philippine National Police Director General Alan Purisima was also suspended early in December for six months.

Sisters and engineer indicted for human trafficking

Earlier this year, sisters who arrested in police raid of a reported cybersex den in Purok 26, Bucana, Brgy. 76-A on Feb. 15, were charged for violation of Republic Act 9775 (Regulations of the Anti-Child Pornography Act of 2009), Republic Act 9208 (Expanded Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2012), and Republic Act 7610 (Child Abuse).

Meanwhile, an engineer was also charged for allegedly trafficking 10 minors inside a motel at Times Beach in Matina Aplaya on Nov. 6.

The CPO found probable cause to file criminal cases in court against the engineer, who is currently detained in the Talomo Police Precinct. He was sued for violation of Republic Act 9208 or the “Anti-Trafficking Law” and Republic Act 7610 or the “Protection Against Child Abuse, Exploitation and Discrimination.”

The law on trafficking prohibits TIMES from naming the respondents.

Killers of the businessmen charged

The two main suspects in the brutal robbery-slay of businessman Ramon T.Y. Garcia were charged after they were arrested.

Ariel John J. Liawan, 23, and Daisy Joy S. Cachapera, 27, resident of Purok 13, Barangay Poblacion, Sulop, Davao del Sur were facing kidnapping, serious illegal detention with homicide, carnapping and theft charges.

Based on the order dated on Nov. 28, Regional Trial Court Branch 17 Judge Evalyn Moles, reset the arraignment of suspects on Feb. 20.

While, the accused in the killing of Richard Lim King were arrested and charged after Paul Dave Molina Labang and siblings Rommel and Rodel dela Cerna surrendered and confessed to the authorities.

However, the proceedings and the issuance of warrant of arrest of Felonia was deferred after the Regional Trial Court Barnch 16 presiding judge Emmanuel Carpio has granted the pending motions filed by suspect Felonia.

The judicial determination of probable cause against Felonia is hereby deferred until the motion for reconsideration before the City Prosecution Office is resolved.

Labang and the dela Cerna brothers will also have to wait until the prosecutors have resolved Felonia’s motion after their legal counsel Behn Joseph Tesiorna earlier waived their right to speedy trial.

Case vs driver in spray controversy dismissed

The City Prosecution Office junked the robbery case against a taxicab driver accused of spraying chemicals in the air-con vent to allegedly rob his passenger.

Prosecutor Panfilo Lovitos dismissed the case against Santos D. Diez, 53, since the case could not stand in court because of “material and substantial gap in the complaint which is not clearly substantiated with competent evidence.”

Lovitos said the complaint did not contain any proof that the driver was wearing a mask or covering his face with a towel to protect himself from smelling the supposedly irritating substance that the complainant, Jesus F. Dizon II, claimed he smelled.

He added that Diez was also able to provide proof, particularly the time element, that he could not have robbed the passenger.

Ex-councilor’s killers meted life sentence

A Regional Trial Court sentenced Estela Saligumba, Roberto Pondoy and Armando Buboli to life imprisonment in connection to the killing former City Councilor Renato Galope nearly 10 years ago.

Acting Branch 13 Presiding Judge Rowena Apao-Adlawan ruled that the killing was pre-meditated.

The three are now detained at Davao Penal Colony to serve their sentence.

Lawsuit filed against suspects in mauling cop

A former councilor’s son and five others have been charged for mauling policeman on Oct. 31.

PO2 Ritchie Paul Lozano charged Abdul Moamar Malambut Manalao, Adzmin Bueno Kumayog, and Harold Barambangan Tomawis for attempted murder and direct assault over the incident. Similar cases were also filed under regular filing against Markson Jackson Reyes, of Trading, Bucana, Brgy. 76-A and Jhamel Cabuntalan Hadji Dros, 24, of San Lorenzo Puan.

Nisreen S. Mohd Khurshid was charged for obstruction of justice for assisting Reyes to escape.

Lozano was mauled after he asked Manalo not to vomit on the wall of a private school in Matina but Manalo got angry and punched him before the group ganged up on him.

Investigators are still conducting follow-up operation to arrest Reyes, Kurdish, and Dros while Manalao, Kumayog, and Tomawis were released from the custody of the police on Oct. 6 after each of them posted P135,000 bail.

Doctor sued for dumping medical waste

The City Health Office, Dr. Josephine J. Villafuerte, and head of the City Environment and Natural Resources Office Engr. Elisa P. Madrazo, filed a complaint before the City Prosecution Office (CPO) on Oct. 10 against a doctor for allegedly dumping medical wastes in Talomo district.

Dr. Warlito C. Vicente was charged for violation of Sec. 10 of Republic Act 9003 also known as “Philippine Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000;” Republic Act   9275 also known as “Comprehensive Water Quality Management and for other Purposes;” and Davao City Ecological Solid Waste Management Ordinance of 2009 (City Ordinance No. 0371-10).

Initial reports showed bottles of dextrose, butterfly syringes, needles and vials were found along the coastal area of Talomo District near Shimric.

Aquino protesters prosecuted

Law enforcers filed complaints against protesters who barged inside the shopping mall during the visit of President Benigno Aquino III to the city on Sept. 8.

Sued for violation of Republic Act 153 of the Revised Penal Code were Sheena Duazo, secretary general of Bagong Alyansang Makabayan, and 14 other John and Jane Doe’s.

Under chapter five (public disorders) of Art. 153, any person or group that conducts a tumultuous disturbance or interruption which causes disturbance is liable.

Grandma sued for kidnapping

Authorities filed a complaint against a 60-year-old woman who took a two-year-old child last Feb. 10 in a shopping mall along J.P. Laurel Street.

Sued for kidnapping was Deodita Antero of Ruiz Veles, Barangay San Antonio, Agdao. Antero was charged after Mayor Rodrigo Duterte ordered her arrest of Antero on Feb 13.

But, Antero denied the allegation and claimed she had no intention of taking Keighla. “While I was inside the cellular phone store, I played with Keighla and when I looked for her parents they were already gone,” Antero said.

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