National Police chief Gen. Guillermo Eleazar directed the Eastern Visayas regional police to conduct a thorough investigation into an incident where a lawman allegedly fired his gun during a confrontation with a woman in Balangiga, Eastern Samar.
Administrative charges would immediately be filed against Cpl. Alexander Salazar if he is proven to have used his service firearm to threaten a civilian, Eleazar said.
“Kung totoo man ito, hindi natin palalagpasin ang kanyang ginawa dahil maliwanag na isa itong kaso ng pang-aabuso na dapat lang bigyan natin ng agarang aksyon upang hindi na pamarisan pa,” he said.
Initial reports indicated that Salazar figured in a confrontation with his neighbor Abby Abrogar in Brgy. 01 around 2 p.m. Sunday.
Salazar, assigned to the local police in Hernani town, allegedly fired his .9mm Beretta pistol to threaten Abrogar.
No one was hurt in the incident. Salazar has since been detained at the Balangiga Police Station while criminal charges are being prepared against him.
Eleazar reminded policemen to use their firearms properly and exercise the highest degree of self-restraint.
“Hindi dapat ipinapanakot sa mga sibilyan ang baril ng pulis at sa halip ay ginagamit ito sa pagprotekta sa kanila. As policemen, we need the highest degree of self-restraint and discipline to avoid committing excesses and abuses,” he said.