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Four guards
ready raps vs. cop

BY ADRIAN NEMES III

Four security guards of the Goldenfields Commercial Complex are set to file grave threat charges against a policeman before the Bacolod City Prosecutor’s Office.

The guards are preparing their complaint affidavits against Police Officer 1 Nimbert Florentino of Brgy. Alijis, Bacolod City, Police Investigation and Detection Management Branch chief, Insp. Homer Vargas, said yesterday.

Florentino was disarmed and ordered detained by city police director, Senior Supt. Ricardo de la Paz, on the complaints of Orville Ong, 41, owner of the Goldefields Commercial Complex, and security guards John Kennell Casas, 23, Reynold Morales, 21, Tommy Trono, 25, and Adjeladin Moratas, 42.

The guards claimed that Florentino, who was in civilian clothes, threatened one of them, drew his gun, and pointed it at them, and later came back with other policemen, who brought them to Police Station 8.

Florentino, who was in civilian clothes, was with an alleged pimp, who was only identified as “alias Loklok” , who allegedly had an altercation with one of the guards at the Goldenfields Commercial Complex at about 11 p.m. Sunday, police investigation showed.

Vargas said that once the grave threat charges have been filed against Florentino, they will start with the investigation for the filing of an administrative complaint against him too.

He said that the result of their investigation will be forwarded to the Police Regional Training School-6, where Florentino is assigned, for proper disposition.

Florentino is also planning to file counter charges against the security guards saying the policemen of Station 8 who responded to the incident on Sunday night will be his witnesses, Vargas told the DAILY STAR.

In an earlier interview with the media, Florentino denied the accusations hurled against him and stressed that he never threatened the security guards with his firearm, a .45 caliber pistol, which Station 8 commander, Chief Insp. Danilo Francisco, seized.*APN

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