MANILA – A Quezon City Police Distict (QCPD) officer involved in an alarm and scandal incident in Marikina City surrendered on Saturday night.
Cpl. Felipe Pauig of the District Tactical Motorized Unit voluntarily gave up his service firearm at Camp Karingal and is now under restrictive custody, Brig. Gen. Nicolas Torre III, QCPD Director, told reporters on Sunday.
The 32-year-old Pauig was tagged in an indiscriminate firing incident in Barangay Tumana, where he resides, on Thursday night.
Investigation showed that after a drinking binge at about 10:30 p.m., Pauig and his friends, Jail Officer 1 Dolfino Gatan of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology and security guard Jestony Pauig, took turns firing Gatan's gun along Kangkong Street.
Nobody was reported hurt in the firing that was caught on security cameras.
The Marikina Police Station likewise filed a case for violation of Article 155 (Alarm and Scandals) of the Revised Penal Code while the QCPD has initiated a pre-charge evaluation to determine Pauig’s administrative liability.
“Hindi namin kailanman kukunsintihin ang mga abusadong pulis na sumisira sa magandang imahe ng kapulisan lalo na dito sa QCPD. Mabuti na lang at sumuko siya at hindi na hinintay na makorner pa. Tinitiyak namin sa publiko na ang mga ganitong gawain ay hindi sumasalamin sa buong organisasyon (We will never tolerate abusive policemen who ruin the good image of the police force especially here at QCPD. Good thing he gave up and didn't wait to be cornered. We assure the public that such activities do not reflect on the entire organization),” Torre said in a statement.
He encouraged the public to immediately report such incidents and assured that no matter the rank of involved officials, they can be removed from the service.
Brig. Gen. Jonnel Estomo, chief of the National Capital Region Police, said he will not tolerate personnel involved in wrongdoings.
“Hindi namin kinukunsinti ang aming mga personnel, lalo na 'pag involved sa maling gawain. Mas makabubuti 'yung ginawang pag-surrender ng PNCO (police non-commissioned officer) upang mabigyan siya ng pagkakataon na harapin sa korte ang mga kasong isinampa laban sa kanya (We do not tolerate our personnel especially when they are involved in wrongdoing. It was good the PNCO surrendered to give him the opportunity to face the charges filed against him in court),” Estomo said in another statement. (PNA)