By Joseph Pedrajas
The Quezon City Police District (QCPD) has filed criminal and administrative charges against the 15 police officers who were on duty when six Chinese detainees escaped from its temporary detention facility.
QCPD Director Brig. Gen. Ronnie Montejo confirmed this in a press briefing on Monday (June 29) and said that an investigation is ongoing.
“’Yung 15 police personnel na nagdu-duty noong tumakas ‘yung anim, na-file-an na natin ng criminal case sa prosecutor’s office, tapos ‘yung admin case naman nila, ongoing ‘yung investigation (On the 15 police personnel on duty when the six escaped, we have filed criminal cases against them at the prosecutor’s office, while the administrative case against them is ongoing),” he said.
The police officers, previously assigned to the QCPD’s Mobile Force Battalion, are charged with violating Article 224 of the Revised Penal Code or evasion through negligence, Montejo said.
This was after six Chinese nationals, who were among the foreign nationals apprehended by the Bureau of Immigration (BI) and QCPD for working without proper permits and visas at a building in Barangay Bago Bantay, were discovered missing during an evening headcount inside Camp Karingal on June 23.
They were identified as Zhang Yi Xin, Ludong Jin, Song Qicheng, Lu Yinliang, Huang Yong Qiao, and Chen Bin, who were found to be working for a licensed Philippine offshore gaming operator (POGO) that was not yet allowed by the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) to operate. They were re-arrested after they were found near a creek along Mapagkumbaba St. in Bgy. Cruz na Ligas.
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