ILOILO CITY – A police officer assigned at the Police Regional Office (PRO) 6 (Western Visayas) Intelligence Division was caught transporting boxes of liquor at a quarantine checkpoint in Cabugao village, Santa Barbara town, Iloilo on Friday night.
A police report said Staff Sgt. Paul Pingoy, 39, along with a certain Adolfo Patiam, 30, both of San Sebastian village, Sarbara, carried 30 boxes of Tanduay Rhum in a grey Innova car.
Members of the Santa Barbara Municipal Police Station and the Special Weapons and Tactics of the Iloilo Police Provincial Office found the contraband when they checked the vehicle, driven by Pingoy.
Each box contains a dozen of 750-milliliter liquor which was allegedly from Muelle Loney, the report said.
In an official statement on Saturday, the PRO 6 has condemned the act of the erring policeman.
“The Philippine National Police does not tolerate wrongdoings among our personnel thus, appropriate criminal and administrative charges shall be filed against the offender,” it said.
“Brig. Gen. Rene Pamuspusan, PRO 6 regional director, is serious in ensuring internal discipline among our personnel. Rest assured that PRO6 personnel will continue to do its mandate as front-liners in this time of the pandemic,” it added.
Pingoy will face criminal and administrative charges for violating the liquor ban as the province is under enhanced community quarantine. (ia/PNA)