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Officer who sold ‘hot car’ to fellowcop relieved

By JIGGER J. JERUSALEM
Correspondent

A POLICE official who allegedly sold an illegally acquired car to his fellow officer has been relieved from duty.

Lt. Col. MardyHortillosa, Camp Alagar spokesperson, said Capt. RamcesCartajena was relieved from his present assignment and was directed to report to the Regional Police Holding and Accounting Unit (RPHAU). 

Hortillosa said Cartajena would be temporarily reporting at the RPHAU “while waiting for the formal charge against him from the alleged buyer of the hot car he sold and to preempt that his job will be affected if he remained in his unit.”

“[PNP-10] will never tolerate any misconduct of its personnel, but we will assure also due process. The due process will be given to them before they will be penalized,” he said.

Cartajena was embroiled in a controversy after Capt. Santos Monares, deputy commander of Marawi City police station, was apprehended on Sept. 24, 2019 after he failed to present pertinent documents of the white Ford Everest car he purchased recently.

It was reported that Monares could not show an official receipt and certificate of registration of the vehicle he bought when accosted by the Highway Patrol Unit in Marawi.

Maj. Jemardelos Santos of the Bangsamoro regional police said that the vehicle confiscated from Monares could have been a stolen car.

Monares told investigators he bought the car from Cartajena, who is assigned at the PNP-10’s 1st Provincial Mobile Force Company based in Malaybalay City.

Hortillosa said Cartajena was pulled out from his current deployment effective Oct. 7.

He said no complaint has been filed against Cartajena yet, “reason that there is no formal administrative charge against [him]. The [PNP-10] can’t go on with the pre-charge investigation since we are following the due process in investigating our personnel.”

Hortillosa said the relieved police officer will remain at the RPHAU until an order for him to go back to his unit will be issued.

Those deployed at the RPHAU, Hortillosa said, are those who are facing charges or just waiting to be re-assigned to another unit.

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