Case of Police Senior Insp. Rolando Mendoza

By M. Antonio G. Ibarra

The Office of the Ombudsman has affirmed its earlier decision recommending the dismissal of Police Senior Insp. Rolando Mendoza and four others after it denied the motions for reconsideration filed by them.

Assistant Ombudsman Jose T. De Jesus said in a press conference at the Ombudsman Building in Quezon City on Monday that Ombudsman Merceditas N. Gutierrez signed on Sept. 1, 2010 an order denying for lack of merit the motions of Mendoza, P/Insp. Nelson Lagasca, SPO1 Nestor David, PO3 Wilson Gavino and PO2 Roderick Lopena, thereby affirming the Ombudsman decision dated Feb. 16, 2009.

The respondents filed a Motion for Reconsideration and the Supplement to the Motion for Reconsideration seeking to reverse the Ombudsman’s decision, claiming that the Office of the Ombudsman had no jurisdiction over Christian Kalaw’s complaint because of an earlier complaint he filed before the Philippine National Police-Internal Affairs Service (PNP-IAS), which rendered his certification of non-forum shopping defective. They also alleged that the decision was based on photo or facsimile copies of the Complaint-Affidavit and Complaint Sheet.

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