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PHILIPPINE National Police (PNP) Chief, Police General Guillermo Eleazar approved the dismissal of a Valenzuela City cop accused of shooting and killing a teenager with special needs during an anti-illegal gambling operation last May.

The removal of PSMSgt. Christopher Salcedo from the service was given after the review of the Internal Affairs Service’s (IAS) recommendation conducted by the Discipline, Law and Order Division – Directorate for Personnel and Records Management (DLOD-DPRM) and the Office of the Chief PNP.

I have signed the order for the dismissal from the service of PSMSgt. Salcedo for grave misconduct and less grave irregularity in the performance of duty,” the PNP Chief said.

Salcedo was administratively charged for the death of 18-year-old Erwin Arnigo during an anti-illegal gambling operation conducted by Valenzuela City Police personnel last May 23. The National Bureau of Investigation is still conducting a probe for the filing of a criminal complaint against Salcedo.

According to PGen Eleazar, “I have taken into consideration several factors that aggravated his offense including violation of the Police Operational Procedure as well as the fact that the teenager was a person with special needs.”

He pointed out, “Arnigo should not have been arrested by Valenzuela City police personnel, particularly Salcedo, the teenager having no involvement with the tupada.”

The PNP Chief explained, “Being a person with autism spectrum disorder, he could not have knowingly taken part in the illegal gambling activity.”

PGen Eleazar affirmed the dropping of the administrative cases of grave neglect of duty and less grave neglect of duty against four other Valenzuela City police personnel who took part in the anti-illegal gambling operation for lack of substantive evidence to support their supposed administrative offenses.

Previously the IAS recommended a 40-day suspension against Salcedo citing the accidental nature of the fatal shooting and his awards and citations as mitigating factors.

(PHOTO CREDIT: pna.gov.ph)

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