Albayalde: Cocaine-using cop is latest to face dismissal

November 05, 2018

A MANILA policeman caught sniffing cocaine inside the comfort room of a club in Bonifacio Global City in Taguig City shortly before midnight last Wednesday will be the latest cop to face expulsion from the police force which has a zero tolerance policy when it comes to its members who are directly or indirectly involved in illegal drug trafficking and abuse, the Philippine National Police leadership headed by Director General Oscar D. Albayalde said yesterday.

Police Officer 1 Redentor Gatdula Bautista, a 34-year old member of the Manila Police District Station 1, found himself in deep trouble after a bouncer of the Island Place Club in BGC chanced upon him using cocaine inside the bar’s comfort room last Wednesday, said National Capital Region Police Office chief, Director Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar.

An angry Eleazar confronted PO1 Bautista shortly after his arrest and berated him for enjoying a Halloween party in a bar while the rest of NCRPO and the entire PNP were helping secure All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day. Eleazar said Bautista doesn’t’ have a place in the force. Instead of helping his colleagues keep order in cemeteries in Manila, he was enjoying the night in a BGC bar and worst, was even caught sniffing cocaine.

Southern Police District director, Senior Superintendent Eliseo DC Cruz said the club management immediately called on the Taguig City Police-Community Precinct 7 and turned the Manila policeman over to them for proper disposition right after their bouncer Garry Palma,40, caught the cop.

Cruz said a transparent plastic ziplock containing white substance suspected to be cocaine and one small cut straw were recovered from the possession of the cop.

PO1 Bautista was turned over by the Taguig PCP 7 to the Station Drug Enforcement Unit where he was subjected to a drug test prior to the filing of  charges for violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 against him.

MPD director, Chief Supt. Rolando B. Anduyan ordered the administrative relief of PO1 Bautista’s immediate superiors after finding out that they allowed the suspect to go on leave while they were on full alert. The cop reasoned out that he was sick although officials laughed it off after he turned up in the BGC bar.