The Court of Appeals (CA) has affirmed the conviction of a Philippine National Police (PNP) colonel after it was proven that he was a coddler and protector of illegal drugs.
In a 45-page decision penned by Associate Justice Jhoseph Lopez of the CA’s 15th Division, the court found Police Supt. Dionisio Borromeo guilty for violation of Republic Act No. 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Law.
The appeals court affirmed the findings of the Regional Trial Court of Bauang, La Union, Branch 67 but with some modifications.
Instead of life imprisonment, the CA modified the penalty to 12 years and 1 day to 20 years and a fine of P500,000.
Aside from Borromeo, the appellate court also affirmed the conviction of SPO1 Joey Abang.
Justices Ramon Garcia and Leoncia Dimagiba concurred with the decision.
The court said Borromeo may not have merely acted as “protector or coddler but may have actually participated in the conspiracy to manufacture shabu in their clandestine laboratory,” in La Union.
Although a witness testified in court that unidentified four Chinese cooked shabu on four separate occasions, he also testified that Borromeo “used his influence, power and position to preserve the clandestine nature of the conduct of manufacturing of shabu,” the decision said.
Borromeo was the former Regional Mobile Group head of Police Regional Office No. 1. He was the Chief of Police of Dagupan City in Pangasinan when the complaint was filed.