2 Manila cops nabbed for ‘tu­pada’

Tempo - - Front Page - By AARON B. RECUENCO

The Philip­pine Na­tional Po­liceCounter-In­tel­li­gence Task Force ar­rested two Manila Po­lice Dis­trict po­lice­men for al­legedly op­er­at­ing an il­le­gal cock­fight­ing ring or “tu­pada” yes­ter­day in Tondo, Manila.

Se­nior Supt. Romeo Cara­mat, head of the PNP-CITF, said barangay of­fi­cials sought their help af­ter they could not stop the il­le­gal cock­fight­ing ring over the reg­u­lar pres­ence of the two po­lice­men iden­ti­fied as PO2 Mel­chor Raiws and PO2 Emer­son Fru­tas, both as­signed to the MPD Sta­tion 1.

“The barangay of­fi­cials were al­leg­ing that the ar­rested po­lice of­fi­cers were the pro­tec­tors and pro­mot­ers of the said il­le­gal cock­fight­ing,” said Cara­mat.

“They said the tu­pada usu­ally causes trou­ble and other crimes in their barangay,” he added.

The barangay of­fi­cials filed a com­plaint and PNP-CITF mapped out an op­er­a­tion that later re­sulted in the ar­rest of two po­lice­men and five civil­ians.

“One of the ar­rested po­lice­men was even in po­lice uni­form dur­ing the ar­rest,” said Cara­mat, re­fer­ring to Fru­tas.

Seized from them were .a 45 cal­iber and 9mm pis­tols, two fight­ing cocks, two “tari” or blades at­tached to a leg of the fight­ing cocks, and ₱15,000 bet money. They were taken to the CITF of­fice in Camp Crame in Que­zon City.

More or less 100 po­lice­men have been ar­rested since the CITF was formed in Fe­bru­ary last year. Seven oth­ers were killed, the high­est rank­ing of which was a su­per­in­ten­dent.

Most of those ar­rested are al­legedly in­volved in ex­tor­tion, par­tic­u­larly those re­lated to il­le­gal drugs.

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