PNP chief wants dismissal of cops tagged in death of 15-year-old in Ilocos Sur

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 17)— Philippine National Police chief PGen Archie Gamboa on Monday said he has ordered the dismissal of two cops allegedly involved in the death of a 15-year-old girl in Ilocos Sur.

“I actually directed IAS (Internal Affairs Service) to finish (the probe) and dismiss the policemen in 15 days. That's the thrust I have given, that we should be able to dismiss fast,” Gamboa said in a media briefing.

Citing initial reports from the ongoing investigation, Gamboa said there are a “good number” of evidence that may prove the involvement of the policemen in the murder case of the minor, who also earlier lodged a complaint against one of them for alleged acts of lasciviousness.

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“Fifteen days from now we will require the dismissal of these two policemen, other than the criminal charges filed against them,” the police chief stressed.

Police staff sergeants Randy Ramos and Marawi Torda— assigned at the San Juan Municipal Police Station in Ilocos Sur— were slapped with murder complaints following the death of the teenage girl, who was gunned down by a riding-in-tandem Thursday night.

They have been placed under restrictive custody while awaiting further disposition by the court.

The slain teenager earlier accused Torda of committing acts of lasciviousness. Her 18-year-old cousin also filed rape charges against Ramos.

Initial police investigation showed that the suspects took advantage of the two girls who were reportedly intoxicated when they were arrested for violation of curfew. The 15-year-old managed to escape, according to the police.

Interior Secretary Eduardo Año said separately that officials will make sure that the suspects in the case will be held accountable, and that justice will be given to the family of the victim.