MANILA - The seven Angeles policemen allegedly involved in extortion and illegal detention of three Korean tourists last December were brought to Camp Crame Friday afternoon.
They were aboard an Angeles City Police service that was followed by a back-up, and arrived at the police headquarters 1:50 p.m.
They were immediately brought to the Headquarters Support Service (HSS) and placed under restrictive custody. This means they are not allowed to leave the camp without higher officials' permission.
Security was tightened around the HSS. No vehicle was allowed entry and traffic cones were placed right at the entrance.
The seven policemen are accused of kidnapping three Koreans in a subdivision in Angeles City last December 30.
A TV Patrol report earlier identified the seven cops as PO1 Jayson Ibe, PO1 Ruben Rodriguez II, PO1 Mark Joseph Pineda, PO2 Richard King Agapito, PO3 Arnold Nagayo, PO3 Roentjen Domingo, and PO3 Gomerson Evangelista. An eighth suspect remains unidentified.
CCTV footage earlier showed the police officers arriving in two cars at a residence in Friendship Plaza in Angeles City where the tourists were staying.
The cops claimed that the South Koreans were involved in illegal gambling but had no arrest order or a search warrant. They allegedly took golf equipment, shoes, jewelry, and laptops from the house then took the 3 to the police station where they were held for 7 hours.
In a statement, the Koreans said they gave P10,000 and another P300,000 they borrowed from a friend after the police kept asking them for money.
-with a report from Robert Mano, DZMM