PRO7 Regional Police Director Brig. Gen. Valeriano De Leon

The 6 policemen from the Police Regional Office (PRO7) who were recently ordered dismissed from the service involved “ninja cops.” Then Police Regional Director Debold Sinas identified the policeman as Patrolman Joseph Tabo-tabo, who was also among those found positive of using illegal drugs during a surprise drug test.

Ninja cops refer to policemen who would recycle their seized drugs. Tabo-tabo who used to be assigned in the Cebu City traffic division was also the subject of a separate complaint when he allegedly punched a waiter of a downtown resto-bar in 2014.

Tabo-tabo and five other cops were ordered dismissed from the service by Brig. Gen. Valeriano De Leon, the successor of Sinas, who is now the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) regional director.

The others were Master Sergeant Jerry Macabudbud; Corporals Raymonito Mesa and Jobie Antipolo and Patrolmen Frances Maucesa and Edmund Pizzara.

Like Tabo-Tabo, Maucesa and Pizzara, were also found positive during a surprise drug test during the stint of Gen. Sinas. Pizzara, who was formerly assigned at the Mandaue City Traffic Division was the first Mandaue City cop who was found positive of illegal drug use.

Meanwhile, as regards to Mesa, he was the cop who was charged for murder in April 2015 for the killing of 11- year old beggar Chastity Mirabiles. Mesa was charged by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to the Office of the Ombudsman after another street beggar testified that Maucesa who used to be assigned with Fuente police station (presently the Abellana police station 2) kicked and punched Mirabeles in their rounds against street urchins and mendicants in the uptown area of Cebu City.

For Corporal Antipolo, the ex-cop was on Absent Without Leave (AWOL) when he was killed in a payroll robbery incident in April this year in Barangay Tisa, Cebu City.

His alleged cohorts were arrested and pinpointed to him as their alleged “mastermind.” In signing their dismissal order for grave neglect of duty, General De Leon gave a stern warning to all his men who will be involved in illegal activities and criminal acts.

“I will not think twice to sign your dismissal order if you are found guilty or you continue your illegal activities such as drugs and other criminal acts.

Policemen like you have no place in the organization,” de Leon said. The administrative cases of the six policemen were under review during the tenure of Sinas and De Leon finally decided on their dismissal./AAJ