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Official statement of PDIR GUILLERMO LORENZO T ELEAZAR RD, NCRPO Re: Five cops relieved for facilitating case settlement

NCRPO Chief PDIR GUILLERMO LORENZO T ELEAZAR immediately relieved five personnel of CCP Complex PCP 1, Pasay City for allegedly mishandling an Acts of Lasciviousness case. The 5 policemen is on a floating status and detailed at the Pasay City Police Station Holding Section while the case is being investigated.

“I ordered the immediate relief of the PCP Commander, PCINSP REMEDIOS TERTE and her personnel, PO3 Archie Rodolfo, PO3 Ranier Dumanaca, SPO2 Jonathan Bayot and SPO3 Timothy Mengote, to pave the way for a fair and formal fact finding investigation”, PDIR ELEAZAR said.

The police reports of PCP1 showed that on February 7, 2019, the suspect, identified as a 19-year-old Chinese National ZHANG YANG, was arrested at 11:00 AM at Star City, Pasay City after being complained by three (3) female victims for touching their breasts inside the Star City horror house.A commotion ensued and the Star City security guards responded immediately, resulting in the capture of suspect.

The guards then turned over the suspect to responding policemen from the CCP Complex PCP 1 headed by PCI Terte. The suspect was brought to the precinct for investigation. The victims and their mothers also went to the precinct to file their complaints. It was in the precinct that the 5 policemen were allegedly proposing a settlement between the 2 parties and were trying to persuade the victims and their parents to agree to the settlement.

In a 3-party interview between a leading radio station, NCRPO PDIR ELEAZAR, and a mother of one victim, the mother complained to PDIR ELEAZAR, that the policemen involved were proposing that the case be settled “amicably”. In response, PDIR ELEAZAR said “The police should never initiate a settlement or arrangement between parties. The job of a policeman is to file the necessary complaints by complainant with the Office of the City Prosecutor. Worse, police officers who are quick to propose settlements ask for arrangement fees from both victims and suspects”.

Since the victims turned down any proposed settlement of the case, The case was turned over to the Women and Children Protection Desk, Pasay City Police Station for investigation and proper disposition. Consequently, the suspect was brought for inquest proceedings before the Pasay City Prosecutor’s Office.

As of press time, the suspect is still detained at Pasay City Police Station Custodial Cell.

PDIR ELEAZAR added that Authority can never be and should not be an instrument of any form of abuse but simply the protector of the people. #TeamNCRPO