By LITO RULONA
and NITZ ARANCON
CAMP Alagar has dismissed a former chief of the city police’s traffic division and his subordinate on orders coming from National Police Director General Roland dela Rosa.
Dismissed from the service were Supt. Michael John Deloso and SPO3 Ernesto Galleto.
Camp Alagar received the order from the National Police Directorate for Personnel Records Management on Wednesday, and it immediately informed Deloso and Galleto about it, said Supt. Lemuel Gonda, Camp Alagar spokesman.
Deloso is a former chief of the Cagayan de Oro City Police Office’s traffic division. He and Galleto were earlier slapped with a dismissal and perpetual disqualification from government service order by the ombudsman for gross misconduct.
Aside from dismissing and disqualifying Deloso and Galleto, the ombudsman also forfeited their retirement benefits, and their government service eligibility were cancelled.
Dela Rosa issued General Order 1084, dated May 12, noting that the two policemen were supposed to have been dismissed from the police service effective April 5, 2017.
The two were sued by former broadcaster and lawyer Ernie Palanan for allegedly demanding and receiving “protection money” from an organization of jeepney owners and drivers. In 2014, the National Bureau of Investigation arrested them in an entrapment in a hotel here.
“Naa na ang dismissal order from Camp Crame and we already informed Deloso and Galleto,” said Gonda, adding that the order took effect immediately.
Deloso meanwhile told local radio that he would bring appeal his case to the Court of Appeals.
Another option, he said, is for him to seek a court order to stop the implementation of the dismissal order.
But Deloso said, “Modawat gyud kita ni nga order tungod kay mo-follow man kita but this will not stop us from seeking legal remedies nga among gisunod karon,” Deloso said.
Gonda said the dismissal order is executory even if Deloso and Galleto decided to appeal the case.