Last May 12, this year, an incident happened in the Greenhills vicinity, specifically in the area of the Police Community Precinct there. The incident involved EPD Director PBGen Christopher Tambungan and a policewoman assigned in that precinct, PCpl April Santiago. Allegedly, at about 7 in the evening of May 12, for no justifiable reason at all, BGEN Tambungan confronted PCpl Santiago because she couldn’t help him in a task given her. Thereafter, he physically assaulted PCpl Santiago, hitting her on the head and later swinging his car door to hit her, while hurling verbal abuse at her. Unfortunately, a report of this incident reached my office only yesterday. Apparently, Cpl Santiago hesitated to file a complaint due to her fear that she might be the one to get reprimanded. In the light of Cpl Santiago’s complaint, I made a partial investigation of the matter and based on this, I have come to believe the allegations of Cpl Santiago. I further believe that the physical actuations of Gen Tambungan, including his alleged verbal abuse upon his victim are unjustified and completely unbecoming of an officer of the PNP. As such, I am relieving Gen Tambungan administratively from his post temporarily, pending a full and impartial investigation of the matter.
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