Mabalacat police chief sacked over extortion
CAMP OLIVAS, Pampanga – The Mabalacat City police chief was relieved after two of his men were indicted in a robbery extortion attempt.
Chief Supt. Amador V. Corpus, Police Regional Office 3 (PRO3) director, said on Friday, the relief of Supt. Al Cabauatan was simply “a matter of standard procedure” pending ongoing investigation.
Earlier, operatives of the Pampanga Provincial Police Office’s Public Safety Company arrested Senior Police Officer 1 Jessie Mancilla Lopez in an entrapment operation in Barangay San Nicolas 1, Magalang, Pampanga, based on the complaint lodged by one Maricar Canlapan.
Canlapan reported to authorities that Lopez and Senior Inspector Philipp Pelle were demanding ₱30,000 from her as settlement for the ongoing illegal drug case filed against her husband, Roel Canlapan.
Police recovered from Lopez the marked money he received from the Canlapans, his .45caliber Norinco service firearm loaded with 11 live bullets, and two mobile phones.
Pelle was not around during the operation. On Thursday, the suspects were formally charged before the Pampanga Provincial Prosecutor’s Office in the City of San Fernando, Pampanga.