High-ranking PH cop temporarily relieved for allegedly assaulting policewoman

Eastern Police District chief Christopher Tambungan. Photo: PNP- EPD’s website.
Eastern Police District chief Christopher Tambungan. Photo: PNP- EPD’s website.

The chief of the Philippine National Police’s (PNP) Eastern Police District (EPD) has been temporarily relieved from his post for allegedly assaulting a policewoman for failing to help him with his work.

PNP-National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) chief Major General Guillermo Eleazar yesterday announced that EPD director Police Brig. General Christopher Tambungan has been temporarily removed from his post after he allegedly assaulted Police Corporal April Santiago at a community precinct in San Juan on May 12.

Eleazar said the incident between the two happened at 7pm, reported The Philippine Daily Inquirer. Tambungan berated Santiago while he was in his car. He was so mad at Santiago that he allegedly opened his car’s door which struck her. He also allegedly struck Santiago on the head while verbally abusing her.

The NCRPO chief learned about the incident only on Tuesday because Santiago had second thoughts about reporting her superior. She thought Tambungan would reprimand her for speaking out.

Eleazar said that after investigating the case for a day, he has come to believe Santiago’s allegations against her superior, reported Rappler.

Eleazar branded Tambungan’s actions as “unjustified and completely unbecoming” of an officer of the PNP, reported ABS-CBN News. He said that the PNP will conduct a full and impartial investigation of what transpired between the two.

The EPD has jurisdiction over Mandaluyong City, Marikina City, Pasig City, and San Juan City.

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