By J. Jala | 08:25 PM August 09, 2021
The Office of the Ombudsman has ordered the suspension of seven police officers for three months and two days without pay who were accused of illegally arresting three suspects in the 2017 killing of Mayor Gisela Boniel of Bien Unido town in Bohol.
Suspended were Col. Jonathan Cabal, SMS Alexander Garcia, MSg. Lloyd Garcia, MSg. Angelo Nayve Avenido, MSg. Ally Bornillo Jr., Cpl. Emmanuel Pagalan Jr. and Cpl. Frederic Enriquez, all of whom were from the Police Regional Offices of Central Visayas and Eastern Visayas
Graft Investigation and Prosecution Officer Myra dela Rama-Gargaceran found sufficient grounds to penalize the seven policemen for simple misconduct.
The resolution was based on the complaints filed by Bryan Sayson, Lobo Boniel, and Wilson Hoylar who claimed to be arrested by the respondents even if their names were not in the arrest warrant issued by the court.
Gargaceran’s ruling was approved by Deputy Ombudsman for the Military and Other Law Enforcement Offices Cyril Ramos and Ombudsman Samuel Martires.
The Department of Interior and Local Government was ordered by the anti-graft office to serve the suspension against the seven respondents who used to be assigned at the Central Visayas police headquarters.
The sanction arose from the complaint of Lobo Boniel, Brian Sayson, and Wilson Hoylar, concerning their arrest in Bien Unido municipality on August 16, 2017.
The suspects protested that the warrant of arrest presented to them did not mention their names, although the policemen insisted that they had been referred to as “John Does.”
Despite their denials and claims that they had regularly performed their functions, the Ombudsman found “substantial evidence to hold [them] liable for Simple Misconduct.”
In 2017, Gisela was allegedly killed by her husband, former Bohol board member Niño Rey Boniel, and her body was dumped into the sea.
The husband is facing charges for parricide and kidnapping with serious illegal detention.