- Mayor Estrada said he wants the cop who went crazy on MPD headquarters removed from service
- Estrada argued that policemen like him should not be allowed to work as they might have psychiatric problems
- Newly installed MPD director Senior Supt. Joel Coronel agrees with Erap's stand
Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada wants PO1 Vincent Paul Solares removed from service after threatening to kill the mayor and going amok at the Manila Police District (MPD) last Sunday. He argued that a policeman like him cannot be in service as he may be suffering from a psychiatric problem.
On the other hand, the mayor clarified that he does not have any grudge against the police office, saying he does not even know Solares in person. He said his decision came from the reports he have received.
“He should be removed,” Estrada said. “People who are mentally ill, who have a mental disorder (siraulo, may mental disorder), they should be dismissed…(Solares) is out of his mind,” the mayor said
Solares has been in service for less than two years. He is currently assigned at the Police Community Precinct 11.
Estrada’s decision is supported by newly installed MPD director Senior Supt. Joel Coronel. Coronel also disclosed that they would be reviewing how the local police screen applicants. He said that they would be getting rid of those who are unfit for the job.
“We have to be more vigilant and more careful in screening applicants so we have to review again the procedures used in the selection,” Coronel said.
It can be recalled that Solares was caught on video breaking framed pictures of MPD police officials with Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada. He was also seen using his gun and firing several shots from inside the MPD headquarters.
Solares has disclosed that his anger towards Estrada prompted him to act. “I don’t like people who make others suffer,” Solares explained.
The officer has been charged with illegal discharge of a firearm. He is also charged with alarm and scandal due to his rampage at the MPD headquarters.
Furthermore, Solares is now also charged with grave threats and physical injuries for pointing a gun at and hurting a Manila traffic enforcer just minutes before he went to the police headquarters.