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A policeman charged for the killing of his neighbor in Purok 4, Sitio Magsungay in Brgy. Singcang-Airport, Bacolod City in 2009 has been dismissed by Police Regional Office-6 Director Chief Supt. Cepriano Querol, the PRO-6 website showed yesterday.

Police Officer 1 Kenjie Beloya, assigned at the defunct Bacolod City Police Office City Mobile Group and who had been assigned as police security escort of Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia, is among the five policemen in Western Visayas, who have been dismissed from the service for grave misconduct.

Murder charges were filed against Beloya  for shooting his neighbor, Vivian, Niepes, 59,  with a .9-milimiter pistol while she was washing dishes in her kitchen at about 7 p.m. on December 2, 2009

Beloya had accused Niepes of spreading negative gossip about him, which the victim’s family had earlier denied. Niepes, a vendor, died on the spot from at least nine gunshot wounds, police records showed.

Beloya went into hiding after the killing of Niepes and is still at large. He has ignored the appeals from Leonardia and his family for him to surrender.

Aside from the dismissal of Beloya and the four policemen, PRO-6 also announced the suspension of 15 others and the forfeiture of salaries of eight more.

Querol said the resolution of the cases filed against these policemen was in line with the “zero-case backlog" program of Philippine National Police Chief Raul Bacalzo and of Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo.

During his visit to Bacolod City on Wednesday, National Police Commission Region-6 Director Honey Grace Paredes disclosed that since January 139 policemen in the region  are facing dismissal and suspension from service for grave misconduct.*APN



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