Court of Appeals Convicts PNP Police Officials

The Court of Appeals has upheld the dismissal from the service of the late Senior Insp. Rolando Mendoza and four others for grave misconduct when they extorted money and forced a chef to swallow “shabu” in 2010.

In a two-page resolution of the CA Former 13th Division written by Associate Justice Francisco Acosta, it upheld the ruling of the Office of the Ombudsman that Mendoza, who was killed during the hostage-taking incident on Aug. 23, 2010, and his men were indeed “extortionists” who warranted their dismissal from the service.

The CA has ruled with finality on its level after it denied the motions for reconsideration filed by the group of Mendoza, along with Police Insp. Nelson Lagasca, SPO1 Nestor David, PO3 Wilson Gavino and PO2 Roderick LopeƱa.

Concurring in the ruling were Associate Justices Magdangal De Leon and Angelita Gacutan.

The CA said the issues raised by the police officers are mere rehash and the issues raised have been passed upon by the court.

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