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Bacolod City, Philippines Thursday, February 24, 2011
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Three cops in trouble
for Facebook posting


Police Regional Office-6 Director, Chief Supt. Cipriano Querol, yesterday said that three police recruits from the Police Regional Training School involved in the posting of a controversial photo on Facebook are now under summary hearing proceedings and may face early dismissal from the service.

“If evidence warrants, I want them dismissed because we don’t need policemen like them and what they did was conduct unbecoming”, said Querol, who was in Bacolod City yesterday.

There are a lot of commendable acts of policemen in Western Visayas, but this act, should be condemned as it is immoral, Querol said.

The picture of three policemen with one of them pulling down his police athletic shorts to expose his genitals has drawn negative comments from Facebook users, including fellow policemen.

One of the policemen in the picture allegedly posted it on his Facebook wall. The picture is no longer on Facebook but the PRO-6 was able to secure a copy of the controversial photo, Querol said.

Supt. Pedrito Escarilla, head of the Regional Investigation and Detective Management Division of PRO-6, said they have asked policemen to explain what they did in writing.

Escarilla said the three denied that they posted the photo on Facebook but he said they could not deny as there is evidence against them.

Querol told the policemen that Facebook is not bad because several crimes have been resolved using the social network site but it should not be used in propagating illegal or immoral acts.

PNP chief, Director General Raul Bacalzo, has been informed about the matter and has ordered that it be thoroughly investigated, and if found guilty, the policemen can be removed from the service.*APN



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