MANILA, Philippines – The Court of Appeals (CA) has dismissed the administrative complaint filed in 2009 by television news anchor Ted Failon against 10 police officers who arrested his relatives and house helpers without warrant after his wife committed suicide.
The CA ruling upheld an earlier decision by the Office of the Ombudsman dismissing the same case on June 7, 2011.
The court ruled in its six-page decision, through Associate Justice Amelita Tolention of the 4th Division, that the respondents did not violate Executive Order No. 226 because superiors cannot always be held liable to the negligence committed by their subordinates, especially if they have no knowledge of their negligent acts.
“Even if the subordinates committed negligent acts, their negligence cannot always be ascribed to their superior in the absence of the latter’s own negligence,” the ruling stated. (Click here to read more)