A police official demoted by the National Police Commission (Napolcom) last year seems to be under protection as he continues to enjoy the rank of a full colonel and holds the post of deputy director of the Philippine National Police (PNP) Engineering Service.
A Napolcom decision dated April 23, 2012 meted Sr. Supt. Joel Felix Mateo D. Runes 4th a medium penalty of one rank demotion for being culpable of administrative charge of grave misconduct—infidelity— filed by his own wife.
Runes’ wife Maria Fenora of Bocobo corner T.M. Kalaw Streets in Ermita, Manila filed the charge before the commission as her marriage was disturbed by the official’s relationship with another woman Jocelyn Daroy and his illegitimate children.
She said that Runes prior to their marriage in 2007 has cohabited with Daroy with whom he had five children in the years they lived as husband and wife. The children she added carried his surname although they were not born within a valid marriage and that Daroy submitted a falsified marriage certificates with the consent of the police officer to facilitate the issuance of simulated birth certificates for their five children.
The situation worsened when Runes brought two of his illegitimate children to their conjugal home at a condominium unit in Sta. Mesa, Manila prompting her to temporarily live at her house in Marikina.
The following year in the course of an argument, Runes threatened his wife with his 9mm Jericho pistol which terrified and distressed her, but after successfully wooing her they were again back in each other’s arms.
“Respondent persisted in his immoral ways while Complainant continued to suffer in an abusive relationship with him,” the Napolcom decision read.
Napolcom added that Runes denial to all the accusations that his wife had just became jealous and exhibited selfishness towards his innocent and blameless children and that she is merely out to harass and humiliate him “cannot be faulted for her sentiments.
“While generally, acts done in private capacity or those involves domestic problems or private life of a civil servant are beyond scrutiny of the public and outside disciplinary arm of the government, it does not follow that a civil servant has an unbridled freedom to do whatever he wants as long as it is done outside his official capacity,” the Napolcom explained.