PNP suspends four cops who processed Vhong Navarro blotter
MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) has ordered a 20-day suspension against the four police officers over the questionable blotter entry of the case of actor Vhong Navarro.
In a memorandum, Internal Affairs Service Superintendent Oriel Bragais said the policemen were found liable for neglect of duty and are suspended for 20 days from service.
They would also not receive their salaries during the suspension period, the memorandum read.
Suspended were Senior Inspector Eduardo Alcantara, Police Officer 3 Dalmacio Lumiuan Jr., PO3 Eugene Pugal, and PO3 Rolly Laureto, who were all from the District Investigation and Detection Management Division of the Southern Police District (SPD).
They were present when actor Navarro supposedly signed a police blotter admitting that he raped model Deniece Cornejo. Navarro was then brought to the SPD after he was allegedly mauled by businessman Cedric Lee at the condominium unit of Cornejo. Navarro claimed he was intimated to sign the blotter.
The cops had been sacked from their post for their failure to follow standard operating procedures when they failed to have the beaten up Navarro undergo medical check-up.
The Taguig City Metropolitan Trial Court on Monday issued an arrest warrant against Cornejo, Lee and others for grave coercion charges in connection to the mauling of Navarro.
The Department of Justice has also filed serious illegal detention charges against Navarro’s alleged maulers but the court has yet to issue an arrest warrant. Meanwhile, the department has dropped the rape charges filed by Cornejo against Navarro.