The National Police has kicked out 10 officials, including two one-star generals, and imposed sanctions on other active and retired officials for involvement in the anomalous purchase of helicopters in 2009.

Dismissed from the service were Chief Superintendents Luis Saligumba and Herold Ubalde; Senior Supts. Job Nolan Antonio, Mansue Lukban, and Edgar Paatan; Supts. Roman Loreto and Ermilando Villafuerte; Chief Insp. Ma. Josefina Recometa, SPO4 Ma. Linda Padojinog, SPO1 Avensuel Dy, and non-uniformed personnel (NUP) Ruben Gongona, PNP spokesman Senior Supt. Generoso Cerbo said.

The dismissal, imposed following a resolution by the Office of the Ombudsman, took effect June 15.

It also forfeits the affected personnel’s retirement benefits and disqualifies them from holding any public office in the future, Cerbo said.

Ubalde resigned as head of the PNP Legal Service when investigation on the scam started last year and has not accepted any post ever since.

Meanwhile, Cerbo said the PNP leadership imposed sanctions on two retired generals and a former superintendent, also for their involvement in the scam.

Retired Directors Leocadio Santiago Jr., George Piano, and Supt. Claudio Gaspar Jr. were imposed with fines equivalent to one year’s worth of salary deducted from payment of accumulative leave credits.

The penalty also comes with forfeiture of retirement benefits and perpetual disqualification to hold public office, Cerbo said.

Santiago, Piano, and Gaspar retired last March, April, and February, respectively.

Six active personnel, on the other hand, were imposed with a six-month suspension starting June 15. They are Senior Supt. Joel Crisostomo Garcia, SPO3 Jorge Gabiana, PO3 Dionisio Jimenez, and NUPs Emilia Aliling, Edwin Chavarria, and Edwin Maranan.

The PNP bought three “brand new” helicopters in Sept. 2009 for P104.9 million, but an expose by Sen. Panfilo Lacson and a resulting probe showed that two of were already used by several individuals, including some members of the family of then President Gloria Arroyo. (John Roson)

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