COVID-19 infected cop faces probe for violating protocol in Iloilo

ILOLO CITY—The Police Regional Office (PRO-6) is now investigating a police officer infected with the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) for violating protocols by allegedly continuing to run errands, and even engage in a drinking spree in Iloilo province.

No less than PRO-6 Director Brig. Gen. Rene Pamuspusan gave a directive to conduct a probe, and file the appropriate administrative charges against the police officer from Anilao town, Iloilo province.

The erring law enforcer was one of four police personnel, who recently tested positive for COVID-19 after an August 15 mass testing was done at Camp Delgado, the regional headquarters of PRO-6 in Iloilo City.

The 36-year-old cop allegedly breached quarantine protocols while his test result was still pending.

Based on initial investigation by the Anilao Municipal Police Station, the police officer went to Maasin town last August 18 to pick up chickens in Maasin town, and brought these back to Anilao town for the wake of his mother who recently died. It was only last August 20 when the test result was released and showed that he was positive.

This prompted local officials in Anilao to put on surgical lockdown the residence of the policeman, and immediately isolated him and his family members.

It was also later found out that during the policeman’s brief trip to Maasin, he also engaged in a drinking spree. This prompted Maasin Mayor Francis Amboy to complain with P/Col. Kenneth Paul Lucas, director of the Iloilo Police Provincial Office (IPPO).

Meanwhile, PRO-6’s Regional Investigation and Detective Management Division is awaiting for the consolidated reports prior to filing of administrative charges against the policeman.