Cop sacked for ‘obstructing’ Aquino convoy
An 'arrogant' cop angers the President's guards, is relieved from post

MANILA, Philippines – An “arrogant” Quezon City policeman was reportedly relieved after obstructing the convoy of President Benigno S. Aquino III along Batasan Road in Quezon City on Tuesday, July 17.

He was sacked on the same day he committed the “offense.”

Malacañang said that Senior Police Officer 2 Ricardo Pascua was driving a red Tamaraw FX when he encountered the presidential convoy, which was on its way back to Malacañang from an engagement in Lagro, Quezon City.

Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda said in a news briefing that based on the account of the Presidential Security Group (PSG), the policeman wanted to make a U-turn and refused to give way to the convoy even when he was approached by some of its members.

“The policeman was quite arrogant in insisting that he be allowed to do a U-turn whereas the convoy was already going straight. In fact, we understand that he even showed the badge to the motorcycle cops who were escorting the convoy,” Lacierda said.

PSG Commander Brig Gen Ramon Matteo Dizon said he wondered why Pascua had refused to give way when it was clear that it was the President’s convoy. He said Pascua should have respected it.

Dizon said that the PSG reported the incident to the Quezon City police and turned over Pascua for “disciplinary action.” He said the Presidential Protection Unit forward an official report on the incident to Camp Crame.

When told that Quezon City police commander Chief Supt Mario dela Vega had relieved Pascua from his post following the incident, Lacierda said that this as “an administrative decision by the Quezon City police department.”

“We leave the administrative supervision of that policeman to the Quezon City police department,” Lacierda said. –