The Philippine Star
3 Manila cops in extortion face ax
Three Manila policemen who were arrested after allegedly trying to extort P50,000 from a woman they arrested on drug charges last Wednesday will be dismissed from the police service, an official said yesterday.
Police Officers 1 Radam Manglicmot, Edmar Cayanan and Jeff Pee Calaguas will undergo precharge investigation by the Regional Investigation and Detective Management Division of the National Capital Region Police Office, according to NCRPO director Chief Superintendent Guillermo Eleazar.
The policemen, all assigned with the special operations and intelligence operations unit of the Manila Police District (MPD) Station 5, were charged with robbery, extortion, arbitrary detention and illegal arrest before the city prosecutor’s office.
The suspects were allowed to post bail on the arbitrary detention and illegal arrest charges.
“Even if they managed to get away from the criminal aspect of the case, we would pin them down in the administrative complaint and dismiss them from the police service,” Eleazar said. “We don’t need scalawag personnel while we are hot in the administration’s war on drugs. There are thousands of young Filipinos who want to join the police force anyway.”
Eleazar ordered MPD director Chief Superintendent Rolando Anduyan to reassign the suspects to the NCRPO Regional Police Holding Administrative Unit so they could be readily available during the hearing of their administrative cases.
Anduyan personnaly led a team that arrested the suspects during an entrapment operation at the MPD Station 5 at the Quirino Grandstand on June 27.
Prior to this, the suspects posed as agents of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency and arrested eight persons who were allegedly engaged in a pot session at the corner of United Nations Avenue and M.H. del Pilar street .
Manglicmot allegedly demanded P300,000 from one of the drug suspects, Monira Usman, in exchange for her release. The amount was reportedly lowered to P50,000 after negotiations.