Cop survives ambush, goes AWOL, to face dismissal

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An Iloilo policeman who survived an ambush last year may not survive getting kicked out of the police force.

PO1 Dorben Acap may be stricken out of the rolls for going absent without official leave (AWOL), Western Visayas police head Chief Superintendent John Bulalacao said.

Bulalacao said Acap faces summary dismissal proceedings after he failed to report to duty after his leave of absence ended last Nov. 1.

He added Acap, who has been charged for grave neglect of duty for being AWOL, has not returned to work “despite several notices sent to him.”

Bulalacao said they have yet to determine Acap’s whereabouts, with some saying he went abroad and others saying he is in Metro Manila.

For now, the police have coordinated with the Bureau of Immigration to determine if Acap went abroad.

Acap, 38, has been in the PNP service for 12 years. He filed for a leave of absence thrice after being hospitalized after surviving an ambush last June 26.

PO2 Melvin Mocorro, a member of the Police Regional Office – Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, was arrested on June 28 for his alleged involvement in the ambush.