FOR allegedly failing to follow the standard operating procedures on attempted rape complaint filed by model Deniece Cornejo against actor Vhong Navarro, five policemen from the Southern Police District (SPD) were relieved from their posts.
SPD Director Chief Supt. Erwin Villacorte said among those who were sacked include Supt. Nelson Bautista, Sr. Inspector Eduardo Alcantara Jr. PO3 Dalmacio Lumiuan Jr., PO3 Rolly Laureto and PO3 Eugene Pugal.
However, Villacorte explained that they were just “administratively relieved” as they were placed on a floating status pending their investigation.
He also said the five policemen were reassigned to the District Personnel Holding and Accounting Section (DPHAS) from the District Investigation and Detection Management Division (DIDMD).
The five policemen were the ones on duty the night Navarro was brought by Cedric Lee, Bernice Lee and Cornejo to the police headquarters.
Lumiuan was the desk officer on duty at that time and was the one who took the testimony of Cornejo and recorded the complaint on the SPD blotter.
Villacorte said the five policemen are being investigated for possible violation of protocol in the filing of blotter report in connection with the mauling incident that involved Navarro.
Navarro’s legal counsel lawyer Dennis Manalo complained that SPD desk officers who recorded the incident had violated the procedures because they did not require the actor to undergo medical examination when they already saw his face swollen and bloodied.
Because of this, the SPD has pushed for some revisions in the protocol regarding the filing of blotter reports.
Villacorte said they will be recommending some changes in the current protocol to require a mandatory medical record from an injured person filing a blotter.
He explained that the present procedure does not require authorities to get medical records from injured people who will file a blotter report at their office.
The least a policeman can do, he said, is to ask if an injured person filing a blotter wants to go to the hospital.
In the case of Navarro, Villacorte said their desk officers asked the actor if he wanted to be brought to a hospital to undergo medical examination but he refused.
RITCHIE A. HORARIO