4 Malabon cops facing kidnapping, extortion raps undergo inquest at DOJ

MANILA — Four out of 11 active members of the Philippine National Police were subjected to inquest proceedings at the Department of Justice (DOJ) on Tuesday following their arrest on charges of kidnapping, robbery and use of illegal drugs.

Senior Police Officer 2 (SPO2) Ricky Pelicano, PO2 Wilson Sanchez, PO1 Joselito Ereneo and P01 Frances Camua were all member of Malabon City police were subjected to inquest proceedings before the DOJ for violation of Article 294 (robbery), Article 267 (Kidnapping) of the Revised Penal code, violation of R.A 6935 (An act Preventing and Penalizing Carnapping) and R.A 9165 Art. II Sec. 29 (Comprehensive Dangerous Act of 2002).

The four cops asked for a preliminary investigation as they executed their respective waiver of their rights under Article 125 of the Revised Penal Code with the assistance of Atty. Raymond Palad.

Joint teams from the Philippine National Police (PNP), Northern Police District and the PNP Counter-Intelligence Task Force (CITF), Anti-Kidnapping Group; Malabon City Police Station; and Highway Patrol Group arrested the four suspects.

The team, however is still hunting down the seven other cohorts who are members of the PNP’s Civil Security Group (CSG) and Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG).

The seven cops who are still at large identified as SPO2 Gerry Dela Torre assigned at CIDG; PO3 Bernandino Pacoma assigned in Civil Security Group; PO3 Michael Angelo Diaz Solomon,; PO3 Luis Tayo Hizon Jr.,; PO2 Michael Papa Huerta; PO1 Jovito Cabutotan Roque Jr., and PO1 Ricky Alix Lamsen, all assigned at the Malabon police station.

The arrest arose from the complaint of the family of alias “Norma”, who was abducted by said police officers in Quezon City after she visited her boyfriend Raymond Bongabon at Medium Security Compound (MSC), Bureau of Corrections (BuCor).

Some 10 DEU operatives allegedly detained Norma and demanded an amount PHP2 million which was lowered to PHP1 million after negotiation in exchange for her freedom.

The group also allegedly instigated the complainant to transact with her Chinese cohort for one kilo of shabu which was picked up in a hotel in Novaliches, Quezon City.

The DEU operatives then contacted Bongabon to produce the PHP1 million for the release of the victim.

However, the payoff did not push through and they decided to file a case against the victim, using the seized shabu as evidence.

In a statement on Tuesday, National Capital Region (NCRPO) chief Director Oscar Albayalde expressed his satisfaction for the coordination made by all concerned units which led to the success of the operation.

“We are all in these effort of cleansing our ranks, we will remain relentless and we will provide the necessary support to all operating units working in our jurisdiction so that our campaign will gain results like this,” Albayalde said. Christopher Lloyd Caliwan/PNA