National Police chief Gen. Dionardo Carlos ordered a thorough probe into the robbery that saw cops arrest fellow lawmen in Angeles City, Pampanga, and vowed not to spare any cop from dismissal if they are found involved in such activities.
Carlos made the remark as police filed charges against eight of their own, two Chinese nationals, and a Filipino over Wednesday’s incident in Angeles.
He said he instructed Criminal Investigation and Detection (CIDG) director Maj. Gen. Albert Ignatius Ferro to dig deeper into the activities of the arrested lawmen, to “possibly uncover their involvement in similar previous cases.”
“There will be no sacred cows in this investigation which will include their immediate superior officers and others who may have provided support to their activities,” Carlos warned.
“We will make sure that you are pruned, removed from the organization because we don’t want to taint the bigger majority of performing and professional police officers,” he added.
On Thursday morning, the CIDG filed a case for robbery with violence and intimidation against the eight before the Office of the City Prosecutor in Angeles.
The CIDG earlier identified the eight as Maj. Ferdinand Mendoza, SSgt. Mark Anthony Iral, SSgt. Sanny Ric Alicante, Cpl. Richmond Francia, Cpl. John Gervic Fajardo, Cpl. Kenneth Rheiner Delfin, Pat. Leandro Mangale, and Pat. Hermogenes Rosario Jr., all members of its Anti-Organized Crime Unit (AOCU).
Two Chinese nationals identified as Tian Renjuan and Lin Bo Yu, as well as a Filipino named Alvin Ng, were also named as respondents in the case, said Lt. Col. Mon Sawan, CIDG spokesperson.
Carlos said he has also given orders to continue a study on the discipline of the PNP personnel.
“It (study) will show us what needs to be done and why these problems are happening,” he said.