CAMP Olivas, Pampanga -- Two ranking police officials assigned at Magalang Municipal Police Station are in “hot water” for reportedly extorting money from the wife of a man accused for illegal drugs.
Acting Pampanga police director Senior Supt. Joel R. Consulta identified the “erring” cops as Senior Insp. Phillip Pelle and SPO1 Jessie Lopez.
Consulta said Pelle and Lopez were relieved from their posts. Pelle was the former deputy town police chief while Lopez was the chief investigator of Magalang police.
Police Regional Office 3 director Chief Supt. Amador V. Corpuz immediately ordered a thorough investigation into the case.
Corpuz said he immediately instructed Consulta to set up an entrapment operation against the two cops after learning that Maricar Canlapan, the wife of Roel Canlapan, who was earlier accused of illegal drugs in Magalang, filed a complaint at Pampanga police, asserting that Pelle and Lopez were demanding money from her in exchange for the settlement of her husband’s case.
However, during the entrapment Tuesday night, members of the provincial police office and public safety office failed to arrest Pelle while Lopez was caught red-handed while accepting the settlement money of P30,000 from Maricar. Consulta said his men are now looking for Pelle.
After his arrest, police disarmed Lopez of his sidearm, a Norinco cal. .45 pistol, and seized his two cellphones and the P30,000 marked money he received from the wife of Canlapan.
Lopez is currently held at Pampanga police detention center while criminal charges for violation of Article 293 of the Revised Penal Code (Robbery/Extortion) were filed yesterday against him at the office of the provincial prosecutor in the City of San Fernando.
Meanwhile, Corpus ordered the immediate relief of Supt. Al Cabauatan as chief of Magalang MPS while the case against Pelle and Lopez are being investigated.