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Iloilo cops cry injustice at Ombudsman's hands but apologize after PNP chief intervention

January 26, 2022 - Wednesday 7:01 PM by GDM

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Gen. Dionardo Carlos, chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP), apologized to the Office of the Ombudsman for the outburst of two police officials in Iloilo over an alleged injustice in handling their cases.

In a press briefing on Wednesday, Carlos said he had already talked with Capt. Charlie Sustento and Lt. Col. Jonathan Pinuela discussed the grievance mechanisms that must be applied within the police organization. 

Sustento was dismissed from the service in 2017 after he was charged in the Office of the Ombudsman when they accosted two people in Dumangas, Iloilo, over an alleged motorcycle theft. He was reinstated recently but was demoted from Police Major to Police Capt. He would have been Police Lieutenant Colonel.

Pinuela, on the other hand, was slapped with a six-month suspension by the Office of the Ombudsman for a case relating to the implementation of the gun ban in Iloilo. 

Both Sustento and Pinuela claimed injustice at the hands of the Ombudsman and accused a local politician as behind the adverse ruling against them. 

Sustento, in a media interview on Jan, 20, blasted the Ombudsman and insinuated allegations relating to injustice and corruption. 

Carlos said he had already talked with the two police officers during his visit on Sunday in Iloilo and explained that such behavior is unbecoming of an officer of the PNP.

Carlos said the two apologized to him and expressed willingness to suffer the consequences of their rants.

On Wednesday, the two issued a joint statement apologizing to the Office of the Ombudsman, particularly Ombudsman Samuel Martirez.