Criminal and administrative charges have been filed against seven lawmen for the recent P2.7-million robbery in Trento, Agusan del Sur, police said Friday.
Criminal cases of robbery in band were filed against Lt. Col. Jared Charles Joaquin, head of the Agusan del Sur Provincial Intelligence Unit, as well as his men, SMSgt. Ronald Laro, SSgt. Dariel John Mozo, SSgt. Richard Ayala, and Pat. Ivan Klein Osorio, Caraga regional police director Brig. Gen. Romeo Caramat said.
They were charged before the Provincial Prosecutor’s Office in Patin-ay on Wednesday, along with SSgt. Lolito Valdez Jr. and Pat. Sebastian Batausa, both members of the 2nd Provincial Mobile Force Company, he said.
The case stemmed from a complaint by businessman Jasper Pabilic, of Banaybanay, Davao Oriental, that a group of armed men held him up inside a church in Brgy. Salvacion, Trento, last January 14.
Pabilic, 35, told police that he was then inside the church of Living Hope Faith Tabernacle and transacting with Pastor Nilo Dian to acquire “agar wood.”
Some persons wearing bullet vests marked “Pulis” and armed with rifles suddenly came, directed Pabilic to stop, and forcibly carted away cellphones, some P2.7 million cash, a stash of “agar wood,” and personal belongings from him, according to police.
Police initially reported that Laro, Mozo, Ayala, and Osorio were identified as suspects, but Caramat said Joaquin was also charged after his men claimed in their testimonies that he was aware of the illegal “operation.”
Administrative charges related to the criminal cases have also been filed against the seven lawmen through the Regional Internal Affairs Service, said Caramat.
“This only proves that misconduct and breach of discipline have no place in the PNP. We will actively sustain the momentum of our internal cleansing campaign,” he added.