Tiklo! Munti police chief, 8 cops sacked over extortion case
These policemen are apparently not satisfied with the increase in their salaries.
The chief of Muntinlupa police and eight of its men were relieved from posts after kidnapping a woman and her 7-year-old son in a fake police operation turned robbery-extortion scheme.
Members of the Regional Special Operations Unit (RSOU) of the National Capital Region arrested SPO1 Psylo Joe Jimenez, PO3 Romeo Par, PO2 Farvy de la Cruz and PO1 Jon-Jon Averion during an entrapment operation at the Muntinlupa police station last Friday.
While SPO1 Edgardo Zervoulakos, PO3 Charlie Miranda, PO3 Roderick Salvador and Senior Insp. Mark Kevin Pesigan, escaped and remained at large as of Saturday afternoon.
All of them are members of Muntinlupa Police Station Drugs Enforcement Unit.
A 35-year-old man complained to NCRPO that the police officers were demanding P400,000 in exchange for his live-in partner and their son.
Investigation found that the eight drug operatives barged into the complainant’s house in Barangay Tunasan at 11 a.m. on Friday “under the guise of a legitimate police operation.”
They arrested his 33-year-old live-in partner and their son for alleged illegal drugs possesion.
The cops, however, also carted away the family’s cash, jewelries, cellphones, a television set and a laptop.
Around 1:30 a.m. Friday, the police officers called the man using his live-in partner’s phone and demanded P400,000 for the release of his family.
He was able to bring down the ransom to P40,000 and then asked help from the NCRPO.
The police was able to rescue the kidnapped wife and son and recover the stolen items of the victims.
NCRPO chief Guillermo Eleazar ordered the Southern Police District to remove Senior Supt. Dionisio Bartolome as chief of the Muntinlupa City Police Station while an investigation is ongoing.
The four officers were detained at the Muntinlupa City Police Station and charged with kidnap for ransom and robbery.