GenSan police exec relieved for allegedly abusing subordinates

GENERAL SANTOS CITY – A police official here was relieved from his post on Tuesday for allegedly abusing four subordinates.

Col. Gilberto Tuzon, the city police director, said he ordered the temporary relief of Capt. Nemecio Calipjo Jr. as chief of the police precinct 8 in Barangay Tinagacan, in the wake of an investigation into his reported abusive acts.

He personally issued the relief order to Calipjo in a visit to the police station around 1 p.m. on Tuesday.

“Yes, effective today,” Tuzon said in a text message to PNA confirming the relief.

Calipjo’s sacking came two days after he supposedly punched and slapped four police non-commissioned officers assigned at police station 8.

One of the complainants, who asked not to be named pending the investigation and other related proceedings, said in an interview the incident happened after Calipjo reportedly arrived drunk at the police station around 1:30 a.m. last Sunday.

The complainant claimed Calipjo asked them to line up in front of the station, which is beside the national highway and initially made verbal tirades, which included the latter supposedly saying “Patayin ko kayo (I will kill you).”

The abuses, especially the punching and slapping, allegedly took about an hour and with Calipjo holding an M16 Armalite rifle, which reportedly went off at one point when the latter put it down.

The complainant alleged Calipjo was angry after they failed to act on a concern brought about by a local resident, who is reportedly close to the police official.

Calipjo has yet to issue any statement to the media regarding the incident.

Calls made to his two mobile numbers went futile, with a voice prompt saying that it "cannot be reached."

Lt. Clarizel Perez, city police office spokesperson, said they are still waiting for the filing of a formal complaint by the four concerned policemen, whose identities were initially withheld.

She said the probe will be fair and the concerned parties will be given the chance to give their sides.

“Rest assured that the city police office will not tolerate any wrongdoing by any of our officials and personnel,” she said. (PNA) 


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