The Philippine National Police (PNP) chief himself vowed to monitor the legal case to be filed against a rogue police officer who shot and killed a 52-year-old woman in Quezon City in cold-blooded fashion.
Police General Guillermo Eleazar said that he had already instructed both Quezon City Police District (QCPD) Director Police Brig. Gen. Antonio Yarra and Internal Affairs Service (IAS) Inspector General Alfegar Triambulo to speed up the investigation against Police Master Sergeant Hensie Zinampan.
Zimpanan is assigned to the Police Security Protection Group (PSPG).
“Karumal-dumal at hindi katanggap-tanggap ito dahil pulis dapat ang nagpo-protekta sa ating mga kababayan, at hindi ang nag-a-astang kriminal laban sa kanila,” said PGen. Eleazar, who went to the QCPD headquarters at Camp Karingal Tuesday morning to confront the suspect.
“Pinapa-madali ko na ang administrative cases laban sa pulis na ito para mapabilis na din ang pagtanggal sa kanya sa PNP. Bukod ito sa criminal case na pinamamadali ko na rin para mabigyan ng hustisya ang biktima,” he added.
Based on the initial investigation, Zinampan figured in a scuffle with the son of the victim, Lilybeth Valdez, on May 1. The daughter of the victim told police investigators that Zinampan threatened harm on them after the incident.
On Monday night, an apparently drunk Zinampan went to the area where he confronted the victim. Based on the video that went viral on social media, the policeman was already holding his gun before he approached the victim. He then grabbed the victim and shot her at close range.
Zinampan was arrested by responding QCPD operatives.
PGen Elezar assured the family that the policeman will be dismissed from the PNP in the soonest possible time.
He said policemen like Zinampan is the main reason why he has been aggressively pushing for a massive reform as early as in the recruitment process, explaining that the corruption and the padrino system in the PNP recruitment is the reason why undeserving applicants would enter the police service.
“Patuloy ang internal cleansing natin sa mga nakalipas na taon byt on my part, we want it to be long-term kaya umpisa pa lang, pigilan na natin na makapasok sa PNP ang mga ganitong klaseng pulis dahil hindi lang nila sinisira ang aming organisasyon kundi nagiging perwisyo din sa taumbayan na dapat naming pinag-lilingkuran at binibigyan ng seguridad,” Eleazar said.
He likewise apologized for the actuations of this criminal cop, whom he said is just among the very few in the PNP’s ranks and assured the public that he will do everything to right any wrong that was done to protect the PNP and restore the faith of the public on the police force.
(PHOTO CREDIT: PNP-PIO)