5 cops in W. Visayas face misconduct cases for defying liquor ban

By Tara Yap

ILOILO CITY—Five policemen in Western Visayas region are facing misconduct cases for their role in illegally transporting boxes of alcoholic beverage while liquor ban is being implemented.

The Western Visayas office of the National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM-6) is handing three of the five cases, while Police Regional Office (PRO-6) will be handling the remaining two.

“We are again reminding our personnel that we are serious in the campaign against rogue cops and that those who will continue doing illegal acts shall face dismissal from the service,” warned PRO-6 acting spokesman Police Lieutenant Colonel Gilbert Gorero.

Only three policemen were initially involved in the illegal transportation of a popular alcoholic beverage. They were Police Staff Sergeant Roy Panaguiton, Police Staff Sergeant Joe Marc Ebon and Police Corporal Arnie Luminario.

But two more — Police Staff Sergeants Paul Pingoy and Jose Digcabo-on Jr.—were caught despite the stern warning issued by PRO-6 director Brigadier General Rene Pamuspusan.

Panaguiton, Ebon and Luminario are facing grave misconduct cases before NAPOLCOM.

Pingoy and Digcabo-on are facing cases of less grave misconduct, neglect of duty and unbecoming of a police officer before PRO-6.

All five erring cops are under strict supervision at Camp Martin Delgado, the regional headquarters in Iloilo City.

Gorero said they were undergoing “fatigue duty” as part of their punishment.