Ex-cop in QC road rage worked for SC associate justice Rosario

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 30) — The ex-policeman filmed hitting a cyclist and drawing his gun in Quezon City worked for Supreme Court Associate Justice Ricardo Rosario and was immediately terminated after the viral incident, the magistrate’s office confirmed on Wednesday.

“This is to notify the public that Mr. Wilfredo Gonzales was a coterminous employee of the Office of Associate Justice Ricardo Rosario," Wilhelmina Aileen Mayuga, the judicial staff head of Rosario's office, said in a statement.

"His employment was immediately terminated on Aug. 27, 2023 upon discovery of the incident,” she added.

Mayuga said the associate justice “does not condone any form of violence or abusive behavior.”

Gonzales was also earlier ordered dismissed by the Philippine National Police (PNP) on two different occasions due to grave misconduct.

The PNP said the first was in 2006, although it was eventually downgraded to a demotion after Gonzales appealed the dismissal order.

The second one was in 2018, two years after his mandatory retirement, which meant his retirement benefits were withdrawn.

Police have already filed alarms and scandals complaint against Gonzales following the Aug. 8 incident, and the PNP said it is urging the victim to file a complaint for heavier charges.

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