Rogue cops’ guns, badges ordered seized

NATIONAL Capital Region Police Office chief Director Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar yesterday called anew on his officials to strictly account for service firearms and badges of rogues in uniform who have been dismissed or suspended or facing criminal and administrative charges.

The move is aimed at preventing scalawags in the police service from using their service pistols and badges to harass or intimidate complainants against them or  engaging in criminal activities that tend to embarrass the entire organization.

The directive came after a member of the Eastern Police District who went on absence without leave was arrested on Monday for malversation of government property.

Police Officer 3 Fernando B. Usita, formerly assigned with the EPD headquarters, was arrested on the strength of a warrant of arrest for malversation of government property issued by Judge Rolando de Guzman of Branch 72 of the Pasig Municipal Trial Court.

The suspect was arrested by a team of EPD District Intelligence Unit led by Supt. Hendrix Mangaldan who monitored him while applying for reinstatement into the police force.

Usita’s service firearm, a Glock 17 semi-automatic pistol was recovered in his house in Barangay Pinugay in Baras, Rizal, during a follow-up operation.

Usita was charged with malversation of government property under Article 217 of the Revised Penal Code after he failed to surrender his service firearm after being marked AWOL.