The Philippine National Police (PNP) said members of the police force involved in the alleged disappearance of a senior e-sabong officer in San Pablo City, Laguna are now in restrictive custody.
The three PNP personnel involved in the case have been identified as Pat. Roy Navarete, SSg. Daryl Paghanaan and MSg. Michael Claveria. They were all former members of the Laguna Provincial Intelligence Unit.
Witnesses positively identified Navarete and Paghangaan as the kidnappers of Ricardo “Jonjon” Lasco in San Pablo City on August 30, 2021 during a Senate hearing.
In a radio interview, PNP spokesman Colonel Jean Fajardo said charges against the two are being prepared and will be filed soon. noted.
“At this time, they are in custody at PRO 4-A regional headquarters,” she added.
Last Monday, the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group said it was preparing complaints that will be slapped against the five police officers allegedly involved in Lasco’s kidnapping.
Four relatives of Lasco have pointed the finger at the two officers in an alleged kidnapping case that occurred in August 2021.
They also identified the perpetrators as Navarete and Paghanaan.
Fajardo said both men were relieved of their duties due to their alleged involvement in the incidents.
During the Senate hearing into the disappearances of the 34 sabungeros (cockfighting enthusiasts), the names of the same cops surfaced.
It has also been learned that aside from Navarete and Paghanaan, PRO 4-A has also identified Claveria as one of the police personnel involved.
PRO 4-A Chief Bgen. Antonio Yarra released a statement in which he said he had ordered the relief of the three officers from their current assignments and ordered their transfer to regional headquarters.
“We will ensure that all facts and information regarding this case are taken into consideration for the speedy resolution of these cases and to bring justice to the families of the missing victims,” he said in the statement.
Yarra also asked the relevant unit to obtain a copy of the transcript of the Senate minutes to review the allegations about the police involved.
Yarra also led Lt. Col. Raquel Lingayo must issue a restraining order once the Regional Internal Affairs Department finds probable cause to file an administrative complaint against the accused staff.
“The accusation against our staff for their involvement in the missing sabungeros is a serious matter, and our leadership will not stop until the truth is revealed and justice is served for the victims. If we find enough evidence to charge them, then we will do PNP has no room for misguided personnel,” Yarra said.
Yarra also instructed Laguna Provincial Police Director Col. Rogarth Campo to explain the amount of more than one million pesos he allegedly received from businessman Charlie “Atong” Ang, as revealed it during a Senate hearing.