Abuse case against Tambungan not connected to any other cases

By Jhon Aldrin Casinas

The Metro Manila top cop bared Wednesday that the complaint against former Eastern Police District director Brig. Gen. Christopher Tambungan will be a “stand alone” case and will not be connected to other cases filed against the ranking official, if there were any.

Police Brigadier General Christopher Tambungan (JHON ALDRIN CASINAS / MANILA BULLETIN)
Former Police Brigadier General Christopher Tambungan (JHON ALDRIN CASINAS / MANILA BULLETIN)

“Hindi natin naman to iko-connect sa ibang mga kaso niya kung meron man (We will not connect it to his other cases, if there were any),” National Capital Region Police Office chief Maj. Gen. Guillermo Eleazar told reporters.

“It will stand alone in this particular case and due process will be accorded to him, ganun na din sa nagpaparatang sa kanya (same as to his accuser),” Eleazar said.

The NCRPO chief ordered the relief of Tambungan on June 19 for alleged physical and verbal abuse of Police Corporal April Santiago in San Juan City on May 12.

The pre-charge investigation, Eleazar said, is ongoing. He said Tambungan will be given a chance to explain the accusations hurled against him.

“Then it will be evaluated by the pre-charge evaluators and dun natin malalaman ngayon kung may probable cause para magkaso ng administrative case laban sa kanya (where they will determine if there is probable cause to lodge an administrative complaint against him),” he said.

Eleazar noted that a clearance from the Office of the President will be requested in order to pursue the administrative case against the sacked official, Tambungan being an officer who was appointed by the President.