PNP chief relieved abusive police officer in a viral video for misconduct

Compiled photo from PNA and Youtube (ctto)

MANILA, Philippines - A video of a police officer verbally abusing a young man who cut in front of him in a carinderia in San Juan went viral on social media has been relieved by Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Gen. Oscar Albayalde yesterday.

“Para po sa inyong kaalaman ipinatanggal ko na po sa puwesto ang pulis na nag-viral sa San Juan,” General Albayalde said in a Facebook post.

The said police officer was identified as Sr. M/Sgt. Arnulfo Ardales from Police Community Precinct 3 in San Juan has been reassigned to the District Headquarters Support Unit of the Eastern Police District (EPD) while his case in under investigation for misconduct, according to National Capital Region Police Office  (NCRPO) Director Maj. Gen. Guillermo Eleazar.

The NCRPO Chief added that he directed EPD chief Brig. Gen. Nolasco Bathan to present Ardales to investigators to give the policeman an opportunity to give his side of the story.

A video making rounds on social media caught a very angry Ardales in his police uniform grabbing Aaron Estrada, 21, by the collar while the two were buying food in an eatery. He confronted Estrada for allegedly disrespecting Ardales who reportedly cut in line.

According to initial reports, Ardales arrived in a police vehicle at a carinderia at the intersection of Aurora Boulevard and Lagmay street in Barangay Ermitaño at around 11 p.m. last Saturday, apparently to buy food.

Ardales throw insults at Estrada and demanded to see his identification card as he threatened to arrest the call center agent for vagrancy. The policeman left the store after Estrada apologized for his behavior.

Estrada filed a complaint on Sunday against Ardales in the San Juan City Police Station. General Eleazar, guaranteed the safety of the complainant and his family should he pursue criminal charges against the policeman.

The NCRPO chief encourages the public to help the PNP by providing information on abusive police personnel as part of the Philippine National Police’s internal cleansing.

 “The PNP, with our chief, Gen. (Oscar) Albayalde leading the way, is determined to rid our ranks of undeserving policemen," he said.

He reminded all police directors, commanders, and chiefs of units and offices to properly and constantly supervise their personnel to maintain discipline and order within the ranks and ensure their compliance with all lawful orders, policies, rules, and regulations.

“We are public servants. We are here to serve and protect,” Eleazar added.

Source: Philistar

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