PNP implements suspension of outgoing internal affairs service chief

By Christopher Lloyd Caliwan

December 4, 2023, 2:22 pm

MANILA – The Philippine National Police (PNP) has implemented the six-month suspension imposed by the Office of the Ombudsman on the chief of its Internal Affairs Service (IAS) slapped with a sexual harassment case.

In an order dated Dec. 1 and released Monday, the PNP's Directorate for Personnel and Records Management said IAS Inspector General Alfegar Triambulo is suspended from Dec. 1, 2023 to Feb. 14, 2024.

"Considering that Atty. Triambulo is retiring from the service on Feb. 15, 2024, the remaining 106 days from Feb. 15, 2024 to May 30, 2024 is converted into fine and may be deducted from the retirement benefits, accrued leave credits or any receivable from the PNP,” the order read.

Triambulo was accused of sexual harassment and violation of Safe Spaces Act by IAS employee Genevieve Lipana, filed before the Ombudsman on Sept. 5, 2022.

She accused Triambulo of transferring her to different units not related to her position as human resource management officer and for making inappropriate comments and offers.

In a suspension order dated Nov. 21, Ombudsman Samuel Martires found Triambulo guilty of the administrative offenses of grave misconduct and gross incompetence but dismissed the criminal aspect of the complaint, which included allegations of falsification of public documents.

The IAS serves as the PNP's institutional watchdog in charge of disciplining, monitoring and investigating, and adjudicating administrative cases of erring PNP personnel. (PNA)