Ex-Dagupan cop chief detained in LU jail

BAUANG, La Union—Former Dagupan City Chief of Police P/Supt. Dionicio Borromeo was committed Thursday noon at the La Union Provincial Jail after he was presented before the Regional Trial Court here on charges related to the discovered production of illegal drugs in the province.

A warrant of arrest for Borromeo was issued on May 22 by Judge Rose Mary Molina-Alim of Branch 33 after finding prima facie evidence on the complaint filed against him and his co-accused in connection with the operation of a shabu laboratory in Barangay Bimmotobot, Naguilian, La Union.

Borromeo, who was handcuffed, was guarded by a unit of the Philippine National Police Regional Mobile Group (RMG) carrying long arms.

Borromeo, a graduate of the Philippine Military Academy, was former group director of RMG before he assumed his post as police chief of Dagupan in July 2007.

The former police chief reportedly gave himself up to the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) at Camp Crame on Sunday, soon after he was informed that a warrant of arrest for him and his co-accused had been issued.

His co-accused are Joselito Artuz, the alleged financier of the shabu laboratory who remains at-large; the two caretakers, namely: Dante Palaganas and Andy Tangalin; and several unnamed Chinese nationals, identified only as John Does, allegedly the ones in charge of manufacturing the shabu.

Borromeo has been tagged as the protector of the laboratory.

He was turned over by personnel from the PNP Custodial Center at Camp Crame on Wednesday night, to PNP authorities in Region 1.

Borromeo’s lawyers filed a motion before the court seeking to commit the former Dagupan city chief of police at the Camp Crame detention center while the case is on trial.

The judge has given the prosecution 10 days within which to comment on the motion to transfer custody. The arraignment is set on June 10.

Borromeo was on floating status at Camp Crame when he reported back to work after his preventive suspension in January this year lapsed.—LM

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