Friday, November 11, 2011

2 cops accuse 4 colleagues of beating

TWO junior members of the Philippine National Police (PNP) who were physically abused allegedly by their colleagues upon the battalion chief’s order surfaced on Wednesday.
Police Officers 1 (PO1) Job J. Seronay and Nick Ryan A. Ampong said they were beaten by PO1 Dhon Isador P. Oracoy, Rex E. Luzdoc, Reynante H. Cam and Ryan T. Mañoza upon SPO2 Charles C. Osip’s order.
Osip is the commander of the Regional Public Safety Battalion (RPSB) in Northern Mindanao based in Camp Gen. Nicolas Capistrano, Barangay Gusa, Cagayan de Oro City.
The two policemen said the beating happened last June 22, 2011 while they were on duty.
Seronay and Ampong said in a press conference Wednesday that Osip ordered them to put down their M16 and remove their bandolier.
They were hesitant to obey because they sensed they would be beaten again just like what they have experienced in the past.
They said Oracoy, Luzdoc and Mañoza boxed them through the order of Osip, hitting them in different parts of their body.
Not contented, the three policemen beat Ampong and Seronay with a rattan stick and a baseball bat.
When Cam arrived, he allegedly participated in beating the two policemen with a baseball bat.
“If we don’t allow to be beaten based on the order of Osip, they would beat up our classmates,” the policemen said.
After the incident, the two policemen agreed to undergo checkup and seek treatment at the J.R. Borja General Hospital in Barangay Carmen.
They also reported the incident to the Police Station 9 in Macasandig.
Seronay and Ampong also filed a case against the five senior police officers before the Office of the Ombudsman and at the Regional Investigation and Detective Management Division (RIDMD).
Police Chief Inspector Regina Abanales, regional public information officer, said there was already an initial proceeding conducted by the summary hearing officer on the complaint of Seronay and Ampong.
Abanales admitted that PNP Regional Director Chief Superintendent Jufel Adriatico only knew of the incident on Tuesday when she informed him about the status of the case.
She said the summary proceeding could not push through because Ampong and Seronay failed to submit a document required by the officer, which is the Certificate of non forum shopping, to know if they have not filed the same case in another agency like the Ombudsman and the National Police Commission.
Because of the incident, Ampong and Seronay no longer reported to duty at the RPSB since August 26 out of fear. They were already dropped and were considered absent without leave.
It was learned that Ampong and Seronay have undergone the same experience in the past but let the incident passed, calling it just a minor thing.

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