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Bacolod City, Philippines Tuesday, November 19, 2013
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An intelligence officer of the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office has been suspended for 60 days by Police Regional Office-6 Director Agrimero Cruz Jr. for serious neglect of duty.

A copy of the order furnished the DAILY STAR showed yesterday that the suspended officer was Senior Police Officer 1 Cyril Bonilla, who declined to give his comment on the matter.

Records of the case showed that on Oct. 22, 2008, clerk of court Rodolfo Richard Balis of the Municipal Trial Court in the Cities of Sipalay City requested Bonilla to facilitate the turnover of a samaurai, bullet proof vest, hand grenade, four revolvers and two telescopes.

However, complainant Judge Wenie Espinosa of MTCC Sipalay averred in his letter-complaint that he gave no consent or had no knowledge about the turnover of firearm and explosive between Balis and Bonilla.

Espinosa added that it was not in accordance with the formality required under OCA Circular 47-98 of the Supreme Court signed by Court Administrator Alfredo Benipayo.

The complainant wrote former Negros Occidental Provincial Police Director Senior Supt. Allan Guisihan to verify whether the items were indeed turned over to NOPPO by Bonilla, while former Investigation and Detection Management Section head, Chief Insp. Rico Santotome, directed the policeman to hand-in the items.

Bonilla admitted he had the items and that he turned them over to the supply officer of NOPPO as attested by Guisihan, who signed a certification.

Chief Insp. Lino Dalisay who was tasked to investigate the incident, said Bonilla did not commit any violation and therefore is not administratively liable.

Espinosa then elevated the complaint to the higher hierarchy of the PNP and the case was referred the Regional Police Office where a hearing was conducted.

In his defense, Bonilla said, he could not be held liable for serious neglect of duty under the provision of the NAPOLCOM circular as it does not apply to him because he returned the items after being ordered to do so.

Cruz said it is a misplaced contention, because Espinosa had repeatedly alleged in his complaint the unbecoming conduct of Bonilla that arose from what is deemed as the anomalous and irregular turnover of the items between him and the clerk of court.

Cruz, however, said that Bonilla’s length of service, which is 17 years, was given weight and that it is only his first offense.*APN

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