Policeman faces raps for ‘hitting’ fellow cops during Traslacion

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MANILA – An officer of the Manila Police District is facing criminal and administrative complaints after he allegedly hit the hands of three policemen assigned at the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) with a wooden block at the height of the Traslacion procession on Wednesday.

According to a report on GMA News TV’s Balitanghali, the complainants – along with other cops from NCRPO – were serving as an auxiliary force in the religious activity.

Chief Inspector Alden Panganiban, deputy commander of Gandara Police Community Precinct in Binondo, allegedly brought them to a construction on Escolta Street and struck their hands with hard lumber supposedly because they were insubordinate.

Other police officers from NCRPO are also set to file formal complaints against Panganiban.

Asked for comment, some police from the MPD said they were not aware why Panganiban deemed that the NCRPO operatives assigned in the area were not following his orders.

Complaints for violation of the Anti-Hazing Law, conduct unbecoming of an officer, and grave abuse of authority are expected to be filed against Panganiban.

NCRPO Director Guillermo Eleazar said he would look into the matter. He said the officer should take responsibility for his actions if he would be proven guilty. (With GMA News/PN)

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