• Tongue-lashing struck back on police colonel

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    A mouthful muttered in spite just struck back: the Court of Appeals affirmed the suspension slapped on Manila Police District (MPD) Station 8 Commander Supt.
    Ferdinand Quirante for cursing another police officer with a lower rank in 2005.

    In a decision penned by Justice Ricardo Rosario, the CA’s Special Fifth Division denied for lack of merit the petition filed by Quirante questioning the ruling of a Manila court which dismissed his plea for a writ on the order issued against him by the Philippine National Police chief.

    Quirante was found guilty of slander, considered as conduct unbecoming of a police officer, and was penalized with suspension of thirty (30) days in 2009 for uttering unprintable words at PO2 Erwin Payumo of Police Community Precinct-Bacood.

    Case records show that Quirante conducted a surprise inspection of a checkpoint at dawn on October 2, 2005 in Sta. Mesa, Manila and one of the personnel manning was Payumo.

    Quirante allegedly confronted Payumo for not bringing his flashlight, pushed the latter, and forcibly took his service firearm.

    The higher official suspended Payumo for gross insubordination and conduct unbecoming,
    but the latter in turn sued the former for cursing him until it reached the court.

    Quirante was suspended and appealed his case before the National Police Commission but did not get favorable rulings, prompting him to seek redress with the lower court.

    But the Manila court did not issue the writ of certiorari he sought against the ruling implemented by the PNP chief.

    In the CA decision, the appellate tribunal held that it did not “see any error when the RTC denied the issuance of the writ[.]”

    Jomar Canlas

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