A TOWN Police Chief in the province of Laguna was ordered relieved from his post following a complaint of sexual harassment charges by his female subordinates, a senior official of the Philippine National Police (PNP) said over the weekend.
PNP spokesman, Chief Supt. Wilben Mayor, on Saturday named in a statement the relieved police official as Senior Insp. Rex Langkay, who was assigned as the chief of police of Famy town in Laguna.
The PNP spokesman said Langkay was relieved from his post after his female subordinates and a civilian employee assigned at the Famy police station filed complaints of sexual harassment against him.
Mayor said PNP chief, Director General Ricardo Marquez, ordered the relief of the said official after he learned about the incident.
The PNP spokesman said a sexual harassment case was filed against Langkay on Thursday before the Regional Trial Court in Sta. Rosa, Laguna.
Mayor added that an administrative case for grave misconduct was also filed against Langkay at the PNP Directorate for Investigation and Detection Management (DIDM) in Camp Crame.
Mayor said a report from the Laguna Provincial Police Office said that the alleged sexual harassment occurred in Langkay’s office on July 22.
“The complainants said they were surprised to see him without underwear when they were summoned to his office,” the PNP spokesman said.
“He [Langkay] is now facing charges at the Pre-charge, Evaluation and Investigation Section of the DIDM in Camp Crame after the complaint (was) filed against him,” Mayor said, adding that because of this Langkay was relieved from his post.
The Manila Times tried to get a comment from Langkay, but officials refused to give a statement.
Director General Marquez said he would not allow the name of the PNP to be tarnished by errant behavior of police officials.
“As what I have said, do your job well and you will be rewarded. But betray your oath and violate the law, sisiguraduhin kong may kalalagyan kayo [I will assure you that you have a place in the (police) force] and now, here’s our action,” Marquez said in a statement.
WITH ROSELLE AQUINO