‘Kotong’ cops in QCPs face dismissal

NATIONAL Capital Region Police Office director, Major General Debold M. Sinas has warned policemen manning Quarantine Control Points  (QCPs)in Metro Manila they will face dismissal  if they are found engaged in ‘kotong’ activities.

As the father of the metropolitan police force, Sinas called on all NCRPO officers and men manning QCPs in the metropolis to prevent the spread of the deadly COVID-19 virus to perform their duties with integrity amid reports and complaints from commuters and drivers regarding some mulcting policemen manning the checkpoints.

“There are reports that some policemen are asking drivers and commuters P500 for ‘padulas’  for easy passage thru their checkpoints.We are investigating such complaints since all our efforts will be tainted if we cannot stop such practice,” Sinas said.

The NCRPO director said he will make the five NCRPO District Directors, Chiefs of Police, Station Commanders and the Field Commander of their Regional Mobile Force Battalion responsible if anyone of their men will be found engaged in such illegal activity.

The official earlier reminded policemen manning QCPs  to observe police operational procedures and allow the quick passage of persons authorized to work in the metropolis provided they show their IDs and company papers.

The NCRPO director also ordered his five District Directors to establish ‘fast-lanes’ or ‘zipper lanes’ which will be used by cargo trucks and vans to deliver food stuff, medicines and other basic goods to the metropolis amid the heavy traffic triggered by checkpoints aimed at stopping the spread of COVID-19 virus.

Sinas ordered an investigation into the extortion of some policemen manning a QCP in Manila and Quezon City on Tuesday last week.

A company driver complained that policemen in a checkpoint right after SM Sta. Mesa asked him to shell out P200 to be allowed passage. The driver said that upon reaching a QCP along Quirino Avenue near Osmeña Highway in Manila, officers who flagged him down demanded P300 from him.

The driver said he didn’t argue with the policemen since he needed to deliver medicine to a hospital in Manila before 2:30 p.m.  He claimed that the two incidents took place between 1 to 1:30 in the afternoon.

He also ordered the investigation of unidentified members of the QCPD regarding the presence of their colleagues who are ‘vacationing’ in the province and are not performing their COVID-19 duties.

Sinas his district directors and other officials have very little sleep since last week, supervising the needs of their men manning QCPs in the metropolis.