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Bacolod City, Philippines Wednesday, August 31, 2016
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3 cops relieved
for pawning guns

Two of the three Bacolod policemen allegedly linked to the firearm recovered in the car of a known member of a drug group, suspected of abducting two “drug pushers”, Saturday, submitted their explanations to their commander, yesterday afternoon.

Chief Insp. Ritchie Gohee, Police Station 10 commander, said PO3 Joel Gacho, SPO1 Cheryl Gemina, and PO3 Eugene Tamayo have been relieved from their posts effective yesterday.

Gacho, Gemina and Tamayo were transferred to the Bacolod City Public Safety Company, Gohee said.

Gemina and Tamayo, who submitted their affidavits of explanation to Gohee, told him that they failed to report to him on Monday because they were busy preparing their affidavits.

Gacho, meanwhile, has not submitted his explanation up to yesterday, Gohee said.

The Glock 9mm pistol of Gacho was recovered from the Hyundai Accent car of Ricky Serenio, of Barangay Singcang-Airport in Bacolod, who allegedly abducted and threatened Joem Villacojer, 28, and Roselyn Destua, 26, of Barangay 1 in Bacolod.

Gohee said Gacho admitted to him during the investigation that he pawned the gun after an inspection on August 10 with the help of Gemina. The name of Tamayo also surfaced during the investigation, the station commander said.

Gimena said in her affidavit that she was not the one who facilitated the pawning of firearm. Instead, it was Tamayo and Gacho who went to her to ask for help if she knew someone to whom they can pawn the firearms because they need money, Gohee said.

In his affidavit, Tamayo said he pawned his firearm because of extreme financial needs for the daily expenses of his family as his wife and three children all depend on him for support, Gohee said.

Tamayo also said his only source of income is his salary, and he pawned the firearm for only a temporary period and will redeem it at the end of August.

Gohee said Gimena and Tamayo, however, did not mention in their explanations where they pawned the firearms, including that of Gacho.

Based on the investigation, Gacho had pawned the firearm for P15,000, Gohee said.

Following the discovery of the pawned firearms, Chief Supt. Renato Gumban, newly-installed regional director of Police Regional Office-18, ordered an inventory of all service firearms of the Negros Island Region policemen.

Senior Supt. Flynn Dongbo, Bacolod City Police Office acting city director, also issued a memorandum to stations 1 to 10, to conduct showdown inspections of firearms three times a week, Gohee said.

The cases of Gacho, Gimena and Tamayo have been already referred to the Investigation and Detective Management Unit of BCPO.*SGG



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