Cop faces raps after gun firing in QC restaurant
Cop faces raps after gun firing in QC restaurant
Cop faces raps after gun firing in QC restaurant
by Mary Antalan27 November 2023

The police official who has been involved in a gunfire scandal in a restaurant in Quezon City is now facing multiple charges, according to the Quezon City Police District (QCPD).

Based on the report of Val Gonzales in MBC Network News, suspect Lt. Col. Mark Julio Abong was arrested by Kamuning Police officers early on Sunday after firing a gun and injuring a waiter at Scout Rallos in Quezon City.

QCPD Director PBGen. Red Maranan said Abong is faced with multiple cases of illegal discharge of firearms, alarm and scandal, violation of RA 10591, or the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act, in relation to the Omnibus Election Code, resistance and disobedience to a person in authority, and slander.

During the investigation by QCPD, it appears that the officer threatened the waiter, Joseph Matuguina, for having allegedly misunderstood when the police asked about the whereabouts of the bar manager, whose name is Lyn Pineda.

After the commotion inside the bar, the police colonel comes out, pulls out his Glock cal. 40, and fires twice.

The officer attempted to escape but was stopped by authorities at the Criminal Investigation and Detection Unit (CIDU) office in Camp Karingal.

Meanwhile, Maranan said they talked to QC Mayor Joy Belmonte, following her questions on the role of Abong in the PNP and why the dismissal order of the People's Law Enforcement Board last year wasn't implemented immediately.

Abong's dismissal from service was related to his cover-up attempt in a hit-and-run case involving his vehicle that killed a tricycle driver and injured another.

Abong was re-assigned to PNP legal service in the camp crame while his motion filed with the national police commission is still being heard.

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