By: Aaron B. Recuenco
Thirteen policemen assigned to the Caloocan City police station have been recommended for dismissal for their involvement in the death of former University of the Philippines student Carl Angelo Arnaiz, 19, and the looting of the house of a 51-year-old woman in Barangay Tala a few months ago.
Alfegar Triambulo, inspector general of the Philippine National Police Internal Affairs Service, said 11 policemen led by Senior Insp. Warren Peralta were recommended for dismissal for robbing the house of the victim during a raid as part of the government’s campaign against drugs last Sept 7.
The looting in which a minor was used to enter was captured by the closed circuit television camera in the house.
“They were found liable for three counts of grave misconduct and conduct unbecoming of police officers. We have recommended their dismissal from the service,” said Triambulo.
Triambulo said they recommended the 50-day suspension of the precinct commander in Tala for command responsibility over the incident.
Also facing the ax were Police Officers 1 Jeffrey Perez and Ricky Arquilita who were accused of executing Arnaiz after he allegedly robbed taxi driver Tomas Bagcal.
The two policemen claimed that Arnaiz was killed in a shootout. A Senate investigation, however, said Arnaiz was executed.
Triambulo said their recommendations have already been forwarded to the office of PNP chief Director General Ronald M. dela Rosa for approval.