Solon to PNoy: Review no wang-wang policy

Posted at 07/18/12 2:59 PM

MANILA, Philippines - A solon has called for further investigation into the sacking of a Quezon City policeman after allegedly not yielding to the convoy of the President on Tuesday.

In a statement, Citizens' Battle Against Corruption (CIBAC) Representative Sherwin Tugna said it is also time that Malacanang review its “no wang-wang (siren)” policy.

“In the absence of sirens, I think blinkers are possible alternatives so that the public would be aware that the Chief Executive or any other VIP who is accompanied by a security convoy is present. This would minimize confusion and help motorists discern if they should yield or not,” he said.

Policeman Ricardo Pascua, who has been in the service for 30 years, has been disarmed and reassigned to Camp Karingal where he would serve as gate guard.

He alleged he did not see the oncoming Presidential convoy. Malacanang, for its part, said Pascua was arrogant.

"He may not have seen the convoy, or he may have seen it but did not know who it was. We do not know. It is very easy to speculate. This could easily turn into a ‘he said, he said’ kind of story. Which is why there is a need to properly investigate the incident,” Tugna said.

Tugna added he has read reports that QCPD Chief Superintendent Mario De La Vega received a call from the Presidential Security Group prior to Pascua’s sacking.

“If that is true, and if the relief of officer Pascua was the product of backdoor networking and through the use of influence, then that is illegal," he added.