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‘Yan ang dapat! Ping salutes PNP NCRPO for arresting kotong cops

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Metro Manila police received kudos Sunday night from no less than former Philippine National Police chief and now Sen. Panfilo Lacson, for arresting four Muntinlupa policemen for kidnapping and extortion.

Lacson, who headed the PNP from 1999 to 2001, reiterated that only a sustained and non-selective campaign against these “kotong” cops can win back people’s trust in the PNP.

“Kudos to the NCRPO. Only a sustained, incessant and nonselective campaign against these “kotong” cops can gain back the trust of the population on the PNP,” he said.

He cited a report showing four Muntinlupa city policemen were arrested for allegedly extorting money in exchange for the release of a woman and her seven-year-old child.

The report showed Metro Manila police operatives raided the Muntinlupa City police headquarters Friday night and arrested the four.

Metro Manila police head Chief Superintendent Guillermo Lorenzo Eleazar ordered the relief of the eight police officers who reportedly participated in the extortion.

Eleazar also ordered the relief of Muntinlupa police chief Senior Superintendent Dionisio Bartolome for command responsibility.

Following the development, PNP chief Director General Oscar Albayalde vowed to show no mercy to the police officers.

Arrested were SPO1 Psylo Joe Jimenez, PO3 Romeo Par, PO2 Farvy dela Cruz and PO1 Jon-Jon Averion. At large are station drug enforcement unit head Inspector Mark Kevin Pesigan, SPO1 Edgardo Zervoulakos, and POs3 Charlie Miranda and Rhoderick Salvador.

Investigation showed the rogue cops allegedly demanded P400,000 from Abner Bumatay, 35, in exchange for the release of his partner Glaiza Iglesias, 33, and their child.

Iglesias and the child were taken during an anti-illegal drug operation in Barangay Tunasan on Thursday.

The kotong cops allegedly took away some of the victims’ belongings. Bumatay asked for a lower amount and the policemen agreed to P40,000 cash.