By Francis Allan L. Angelo

THE top police officer in Mandurriao district, Iloilo City is under investigation for allegedly firing his gun inside a bar in Smallville complex early morning Wednesday.

C/Insp. Salvador Dagoon is the subject of a motu propio investigation by the Regional Internal Affairs Service (RIAS) spearheaded by PO3 Vicente Silla.

The probe was triggered by an altercation between Dagoon and security personnel and staff of MO2 Bar and Restaurant around 1am Wednesday.

According to the blotter report filed by the MO2 personnel, Dagoon, who was wearing civilian clothes, resisted when a security guard tried to frisk him as part of their security measure.

After some discussion, Dagoon entered the bar and fired his gun twice. He then proceeded to the MO2 Ice disco club and ordered some drinks.

The MO2 personnel said Dagoon ordered his subordinates to take security guard Fredinel Lobaton into custody for lack of appropriate licenses.

Lobaton, who was released yesterday, works for the security agency owned by the son of C/Supt. Isagani Cuevas, PNP regional director.

Dagoon said he resisted the security guard who tried to frisk him because of the guard’s arrogant approach.

“The guard was arrogant when he approached me. They even mobbed me. We have been orienting them to be courteous in dealing with their customers,” he said.

Dagoon said he went to MO2 to conduct a covert investigation on allegations that the bar’s security personnel and staff maul customers who don’t pay their bills or involved in rumbles.

He said he did not introduce himself to the security guards to avoid blowing his cover.   

“We have been receiving a lot of reports regarding the actuations of the security guards and waiters. Some of their victims are professionals who don’t deserve to be maltreated. My presence was part of my work as a police officer,” Dagoon added.

Dagoon said he already had several drinks before he entered MO2.

PO3 Silla said they are conducting the investigation sans a formal complaint because one of the charges against Dagoon is indiscriminate firing of his issued firearm.

S/Supt. Melvin Mongcal advised Dagoon to face the investigation even as he assured that the probe will be fair to all parties involved.

Mongcal also cautioned police officers to maintain decorum and proper behavior whether they are on or off duty.

“Disorderly acts are prohibited by existing regulations. Any violation will be subject to administrative charges,” he added.