The case of a policeman, tagged in the fatal shooting of a banker and the injury of his son in Bacolod City Sunday, is now being investigated by the Regional Office of the Police Internal Affairs Service.
This was disclosed yesterday by IAS Regional Director Senior Supt. Mario Lopez, who met with IAS Negros Occidental Provincial Director Supt. Regidor Alvarado and City Police Director Senior Supt. Ricardo de la Paz at the Bacolod City Police headquarters.
Lopez said they discussed the killing of Jonel Ealdama, 49, of Camingawan in Brgy. Estefania to determine the administrative liability of the suspect, Police Officer 2 Mauro Taleon, the alleged triggerman.
Aside from Taleon, he said, they will also determine the liabilities of his companions, Police Officer 2 Eric Moncal, Police Officers 1 Gary Sarap and Adrian Desenderio, who are now under the custody of their direct superior, Supt. Armando Tobongbanua.
Lopez said that the penalties for Taleon and his companions will depend on the extent of their participation, if there was any.
Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office Director Senior Supt. Allan Guisihan had said that Moncal, Sarap and Desendario were not detained because their participation in the crime had not been established. Their firearms were, however, submitted to Police Station 4 for ballistic examination.
The IAS investigation is separate from that being undertaken by the Regional Investigation and Detection Management Division of PRO-6.
It is expected to be finished in two days, depending on the evidences gathered, Lopez said.
Chief Supt. Cipriano Querol, regional police director of Western Visayas, ordered Monday that summary dismissal proceedings be immediately conducted against Taleon.
Bacolod City Police Special Operations Task Group head, Supt. Santiago Rapiz said the criminal complaints for murder and frustrated murder, not homicide and frustrated homicide as earlier reported, were not filed yesterday before the City Prosecutor’s Office because some documents are needed.
Taleon was surrendered by Tobongbanua minutes after Ealdama and his son Karl, 16, were shot in front of the 4Ps convenience store beside the Petron Gas station, a few meters away from the NOPPO headquarters.
Ealdama and his son was talking with Joel Ealdama, his brother, when Taleon, who was allegedly on duty, came out of the store and had a heated argument with the victim that eventually led to the shooting.*APN