THE Philippine National Police Counter-Intelligence Task Force on Saturday placed under its custody seven members of the Navotas City Police Station accused of arresting a suspected drug offender and demanding P100,000 from his family or they will be killed if they won’t heed the monetary demand, PNP-CITF director Senior Supt. Jose Chiquito M. Malayo announced yesterday.
Malayo said that thru the help of Northern Police District director Chief Supt. Roberto B. Fajardo, they managed to identify the seven who were turned over to their office by the Navotas police chief for appropriate filing of criminal and administrative charges.
The official identified the seven as Police Officer 3 Kenneth Baure, PO2 Jessrald Pacinio and PO1s Emmanuel Benedict Alojacin, Mark Ryan Mones, Jonnel Barocaboc, Christian Paul Bondoc and Jack Rennet Etcubanas.
In a report to PNP chief Director General Ronald ‘Bato’ M. dela Rosa, Malayo said that they received a complaint that the unidentified men who introduced themselves as police officers seized one Mark Echeparee for alleged violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 in Bgy. Longos in Malabon City along with one Mrs. Milagrosa Braseliño around 10 a.m. last Friday.
He said that using the cellphone of Echeparee, the policemen called up the latter’s parents and demanded P100,000 from them in exchange for his liberty. The policemen also threatened to kill the two if their demand is not met, Malayo said.
The official said that at around 3 p.m. Friday, the mother of Echeparee formally filed a complaint at their headquarters in Camp Crame, prompting them to launch a possible entrapment operation.
The sting materialized shortly after one of the suspects directed the parents of Echeparee to give the money in MC Mall in Ma-labon. However, the suspects changed their mind and later asked that the payoff be made along C3 Road in Caloocan City.
“The payoff, however, did not materialize as the suspects claimed that the Echeparee family have already informed the police of the matter,” Malayo said.
Malayo said that with the help of the NPD leadership, they managed to identify the seven accused and directed their immediate superior to turn them over to the CITF headquarters.
He said Echeparee has been turned over to his family. “We’re investigating the real circumstances leading to the arrest of the complainant,” the official added.
Malayo earlier vowed to be more responsive in addressing complaints being sent to their office by the public as they remain committed to cleansing the 170,000-strong organization of so-called misfits and scalawags.
He said that at present, they are validating complaints about 1,122 police officers and men sent to their hotline since they were created by Gen. Dela Rosa last February.
The official said they have received 1,180 police
-- related concerns out of the 7,049 reports and complaints forwarded to their hotlines 09986702286 and 09957958569.
The PNP-CITF has already arrested 49 rogue PNP personnel and 15 civilians, mostly for extortion since they were activated by Gen. Dela Rosa following the disbandment of the PNP Anti-Illegal Drugs Group in the aftermath of the involvement of some of its men led by Supt. Raphael Dumlao and Senior Police Officer 3 Ricky Sta. Isabel in the abduction-murder of Korean businessman Jee Ick-Joo in October last year.
“Proper criminal and administrative charges have been filed against the arrested policemen and criminal charges against the arrested civilians. With that, we were able to act on the PNP personnel who went viral on social media or were the subject of complaints from the public,” Malayo said.
Malayo said the complainants identified 1,122 police personnel composed of 249 officers and 873 non-commissioned officers who are allegedly involved in different forms of irregularities.