“Plain harassment” is what Senior Supt. Larry Decena, Bacolod police director, yesterday called the complaints filed against him and two other city policemen, before the National Police Commission.
Napolcom provincial officer May Diamante Ardias said, Decena, Police Officer 3 Michael Ferrer and PO1 Edward Teodorico were charged for alleged misfeasance, malfeasance, oppression, dishonesty, conduct prejudicial to the best interest of the public, and conduct unbecoming of a public official,
The complaints against them were filed because of allegations by Jireh Joy Abarde Jara, an authorized agent of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office’s Bingo Milyonaryo, who claimed he was forced and robbed of his bag containing P11,000 in cash, without any search or arrest warrant on April 13 at a gasoline station in Brgy. Tangub, Bacolod City.
His counsel, Janus Jarder, claimed yesterday that when Teodorico and Ferrer returned the bag of his client, it already contained illegal gambling and Bingo Milyonaryo paraphernalia.
He added that his client, who is out on bail, was charged with illegal gambling, using the alleged illegal gambling paraphernalia as evidences, and only P3,000 cash was recorded as contents of the bag.
Decena said the filing of counter-charges against the two policemen, and his inclusion in the complaints, is part of the defense of the complainant.
He said he was not present when the incident took place but will leave it to the Napolcom to investigate the accusations against him and the two police officers.
Jarder said Decena was included in the complaint under the principle of command responsibility.
Ardias said the complaint will be forwarded to the Napolcom regional office in Iloilo. Should there be enough evidence, a pre-charge evaluation will be conducted, she added. *GPB