CITING the principle of command responsibility, Philippine National Police chief, Director General Oscar D. Albayalde yesterday ordered the administrative relief of the director of the Eastern Police District and the chief of the Pasay City Police Station in the aftermath of two separate entrapment operations which targetted rogue officers and men assigned with their respective drug enforcement units.
“As per instruction of Chief,PNP, DD, EPD and COP, Pasay CPS are relieved for command responsibility,” National Capital Region Police Office chief, Director Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar said.
Relieved as EPD district director was Chief Superintendent Bernabe M. Balba, one of the most hardworking and efficient police officials in Metro Manila from Philippine Military Academy Class 1988 until fate intervened when members of his Drug Enforcement Unit figured in a kidnapping and extortion case.
The Pasay City police chief who was relieved is Senior Supt. Noel Flores.
Eleazar likewise ordered the administrative relief of 15 personnel of the EPD-DEU and 27 officers and men of the Pasay City Police Station Drug Enforcement Team in the aftermath of the involvement of their unit in separate ‘bangketa/hulidap’ operations.
Relieved as EPD-DEU chief was Chief Inspector Allan Miparanum and his men, Senior Police Officers 3 Alex Recio and Ryan Escorial, SPO2s Arnel Parado, Rommel Moises, Dennis Singuillo and Frederick Nervar Jr., PO2 Marlo Quibete and PO1 Reynold Orillo, Maricris Doong, Charles Anthony Quinto, John Patrick de Guzman, Arlon Hernandez and Marissa April Piga.
Relieved from the Pasay City Police Station 7 Drug Enforcement Team were its officer-in-charge, Inspector Ronaldo Frades and his men, SPO3s Victor Abalos Jr. and Marlon Bongalon, SPO2s Carlo Sison, Nathaniel Garcia and Rigor Octaviano, PO2s Sajid Anwar Nasser, Monsier Navarro Frangie Furton and Rodel Lalimarmo; and PO1s Dennis Orola, Anthony Fernandez, James Paul Callo, John Mark Cruz, Rad Dranto, Clyde Tabulog, John Maynard Tolentino, Lore John Nicolas, Jess Dulnuan, Joel Jann Magallanes, Christian Villanueva and Jay-ar Orquino as well as investigators, SPO3s John Christopher Lim and Edwin Hamor, SPO2 Jon Vernal Barraza and SPO1s Jay Martinez and Jerry Hernandez.
Agents of the PNP Counter-Intelligence Task Force headed by Senior Supt. Romeo M. Caramat Jr. before dawn yesterday arrested PO3 Nasser, a member of the Station Drug Enforcement Unit of the Pasay City police accused of abducting a suspected drug dealer and demanding P100,000 from his live-in partner for his release without any charges.
Caramat added Nasser’s colleagues including his superior, Inspector Frades and Octaviano and Fernandez are still being hunted in connection with the same case. Caramat said that Frades was even recorded on cell phone demanding the money from the complainant.
The Pasay City policemen were found to have illegally arrested the woman’s live-in partner and demanded P100,000 for his safe release without any charges. The cops did not record the arrest and instead made the monetary demand.
Members of the NCRPO Regional Drug Enforcement Unit arrested PO2 Quibete, a member of the EPD Drug Enforcement Unit accused of involvement in an illegal ‘hulidap/bangketa’ operation in an entrapment operation in Pasig City late evening Tuesday.
Eleazar said PO2 Quibete was arrested shortly after he received marked money from the live-in partner of a detained drug offender in front of the Jollibee branch along Evangelista Street corner dela Paz Street in Bgy. Santolan, Pasig City 10:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Eleazar ordered the entrapment operation shortly after a female complainant went to the NCRPO-RSOU headquarters in Camp Bagong Diwa in Bicutan, Taguig City 12:45 p.m. Tuesday to complain that a cop identified only as ‘Mario’ was extorting money from her. The cop was later identified as PO2 Quibete, the official said.
Eleazar said that it turned out that the complainant’s live-in partner was arrested by members of the EPD-DEU last Monday in an anti-drug operation at the Ayala Mall in Marikina City. The cops said the suspect will be charged for violation of Section 5 or sale and possession of dangerous drugs which is a non-bailable offense under Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.
Eleazar said that the woman cried that the policemen took her P60,000 and a gold necklace and forced her to sign a deed of sale for the motorcycle that was recovered from her live-in partner when they arrested him.
With ZAIDA DELOS REYES & ARLENE RIVERA