Alleged sex assault on Parojinog raises issue of ‘recycling’ errant police officials

Published October 12, 2020, 10:28 AM

by Aaron Recuenco 

More than five years before the alleged sexual assault against drug suspect Nova Parojinog, the police official involved was sacked as chief of police of Carmona, Cavite for torturing a theft suspect.

The relief of then Chief Insp. Jigger Noceda came after the torture was caught on video and went viral in 2015. Five years later, now Police Lt. Col. Noceda is being accused of using his position as head of the Custodial Center to force Parojinog to make love with him.

The background of Noceda prompted Philippine National Police (PNP) chief General Camilo Pancratius Cascolan to remind officials to constantly check on the Summary of Information of policemen before they are given assignments, or even promoted.

“We have PAIS. All the personal files should have been immediately seen there by each unit. They should be able to do it for them to know where to place our people. Like what we have been saying, we should put the right people to the right position” said Cascolan in a press briefing at Camp Crame.

PAIS stands for online Personnel Accounting and Information System. It includes the summary of information of every PNP personnel.

The torture of an arrested suspect occurred in January, 2015. Noceda was sacked from his post in the middle of 2015  after the video showed that he was hitting the suspect with a piece of wood. He claimed that it was a form of discipline.

Cascolan said that the administrative case regarding the incident of torture involving Noceda is still pending.

“We will see to it that our people follow the rule of law and not violate human rights,” he added.

Noceda was already slapped with criminal charges for at least two attempts of sexually harassing Parojinog inside his office at the PNP Custodial Center at Camp Crame in Quezon City.

As head of the PNP Custodial Center, Noceda supervised the operation of the maximum detention facility for all high-profile detainees.

The PNP leadership learned about the incident after Parojinog personally wrote a letter to complain about Noceda’s action. Investigation was immediately conducted and Noceda was eventually sacked.

Cascolan, however, said that it is up to the court to issue an arrest warrant against Noceda.

He said that while administrative charges are now being readied against Noceda, they could not just detain him because he was not caught in the act of sexually harassing Parojinog.

Noceda is under restrictive custody.