Parañaque cop relieved from post for slapping bus driver

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By Benjamin Pulta


MANILA — A Parañaque policeman has been relieved from his post after he was caught on video hitting a bus driver in the face in Baclaran.

National Capital Region Office (NCRPO) director Chief Supt. Guillermo Eleazar personally summoned PO1 Edmar Costo, who is assigned at the Police Community Precinct 1 of the Paranaque City Police.

Eleazar said the victim, Joel Mametis, is being contacted so that he can file cases of simple misconduct and slight physical injury against the erring policeman.

In the meantime, Costo has been reassigned to the Regional Headquarters Support Group (RHSG) of the NCRPO.

SCOLDED. NCRPO Director Chief Supt. Guillermo Eleazar (right) reprimands PO1 Edmar Costo of the Parañaque City Police after he was caught on video slapping a bus driver at the corner of Roxas Boulevard and Redemptorist Street. (Photo courtesy: NCRPO Public Information Office)

Around 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Costo confronted Mametis, driver of Valisno Express Bus with plate number TXV 220 for causing traffic at the corner of Roxas Boulevard and Redemptorist Street.

Costo went up to the bus to issue a traffic citation ticket to Mametis but the latter allegedly tried to bribe the police officer.

An altercation ensued after Mametis refused to give his driver’s license and yelled at the police officer.

Costo admitted to have slapped the bus driver’s face in anger. (PNA)


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