3 PDEA agents face dis­missal for phys­i­cal in­jury

Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro - - Top Stories - By Al­wen Salir­ing

An of­fi­cial of the Philip­pine Drug En­force­ment Agency-North­ern Min­danao (PDEA-10) said the three anti-nar­cotics agents who were ac­cused of threat­en­ing a group of taxi drivers at gun­point and beat­ing up three drivers may face dis­missal from the ser­vice if found to be at fault.

PDEA-North­ern Min­danao spokesper­son Rose­marie Ba­jao said their of­fice is con­duct­ing its own in­ves­ti­ga­tion af­ter the ar­rest of their agents Ramil Salido, Randy Doliente and Je­stoni Tubong­banua last Fri­day.

“We will dis­miss them if it will be their fault. I don’t con­done abu­sive agents,”Ba­jao said, re­lay­ing the mes­sage from PDEA-North­ern Min­danao direc­tor Wilkins Villanueva.

The three agents and their for­mer col­league Marvin Pa­bal­ante were ar­rested by the po­lice af­ter they al­legedly ha­rassed and beat up three taxi drivers and threat­ened the group at gun­point out­side the Fa­tima Sub­di­vi­sion, Pa­gat­pat, this city.

The sus­pects were also ac­cused of il­le­gally dis­charg­ing their firearms.

Po­lice said the sus­pects vol­un­tar­ily sur­ren­dered their is­sued long and short firearms.

Author­i­ties yesterday charged the sus­pects with at­tempted mur­der, phys­i­cal in­jury and mul­ti­ple grave threats be­fore the City Pros­e­cu­tors Of­fice.

“Ka­mulo na ang fil­ing gi­hu­lat man gud re­sult sa paraf­fin ug bal­lis­tic exam,” Se­nior In­spec­tor Brec­cia Ruth Townend, po­lice sta­tion 7 chief, said.

“Ang il­le­gal dis­charge of firearm na ab­sorbed na sa at­tempted mur­der pero mag-de­pende gi­hapon na sa fis­cal ug unsa ilang fi­nal nga i-kaso,”she added.

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