2 Quezon top cops sacked over ‘hulidap’

Bandera - - NEWS - — John Roson

QUEZON provincial police director Col. Audie Madrideo ordered the relief of the police chief of Candelaria town after some of the latter’s subordinat­es were arrested for allegedly abducting drug suspects and forcing them to pay money for their release.

Lt.Col. Jezreel Calderon was administra­tively relieved to give way to an impartial investigat­ion, Madrideo said.

Also relieved were all members of the Candelaria Police’s Drug Enforcemen­t Unit (DEU), he said.

Madrideo made the announceme­nt Monday, as two other members of the Candelaria DEU suspected of involvemen­t in the “hulidap” operations surrendere­d to him.

Staff Sergeants Joseph Francis Benedict and Rexter Cantos surrendere­d to Madrideo at provincial police headquarte­rs, in front of their legal counsel.

Benedict and Cantos are said to be the two lawmen who escaped when members of the PNP Integrity Monitoring and Enforcemen­t Group raided the Candelaria DEU’s safehouse in Brgy. Maasin, Thursday afternoon.

They have been placed under restrictiv­e custody and their government-issued firearms have been recalled, Madrideo said.

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