By Christopher Lloyd Caliwan

(Photo courtesy of IMEG)

MANILA – Members of the anti-scalawag unit of the Philippine National Police (PNP) arrested two former police officers for malversation of public property and failing to attend court hearings in relation to theft charges.

In a statement Wednesday, PNP-Integrity Monitoring and Enforcement Group (IMEG) chief Brig. Gen. Warren de Leon said the suspect Luis Jomok III was arrested inside the maximum security compound of the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) in Muntinlupa City on Monday.

The suspect is detained at the facility after he was arrested in June 2022 on homicide charges over his involvement in a shooting incident in August 2008 in Pasay City that resulted in the death of victim Billy Lozada.

Jomok was ordered arrested by the Antipolo City, Rizal Regional Trial Court Branch 71 in February this year for two counts of theft, with a total recommended bail of PHP68,000.

The arrest warrant stemmed from the complaint of a certain Herminio Tan, owner of a gas refilling plant, who accused the suspect of taking several items and equipment worth PHP70,000 from the plant.

Also on Monday, IMEG members arrested Joel Jasareno, a police master sergeant who went absent without official leave (AWOL), in Tondo, Manila.

Jasareno has a standing warrant of arrest issued by the Quezon City Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 81, with a recommended bail of PHP60,000.

De Leon said the malversation complaint was filed by the Quezon City Police District (QCPD) against Jasareno for failing to return the Galil long firearm that was issued to him. (PNA)