PNP cracks whip vs 3 cops linked to extortion, illegal detention

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Posted at Jul 31 2017 05:13 PM

Philippine National Police chief Ronald Dela Rosa. Erik De Castro, Reuters/File

Cop got P62,000 in 'protection money' - Dela Rosa

MANILA - Authorities cracked down on 3 police officers linked to various offenses including extortion and serious illegal detention in separate entrapment operations since last Friday. 

Joseph T. Buan, a police officer from the Manila Police District's Traffic Division, was arrested in Lawton last Friday for extorting money from bus operators. 

"Accordingly, the amount of protection money was raised from P500 to P2,000 weekly, hence the complaint. Cash money amounting to P62,890 was recovered from the arrested PNP personnel," Director General Ronald dela Rosa, Philippine National Police chief, said in a press conference in Camp Crame.

Buan will face robbery with extortion charges.

Dela Rosa said he has also ordered the relief of the MPD traffic section chief for "command responsibility."

Meanwhile, 2 police officers from Caloocan were also arrested in a separate entrapment operation over the weekend after they were found to have detained a suspect without any case filed.

They were also found to have demanded money from the family of an arrested suspect "to release the latter without any charge or record of the arrest."

Dela Rosa identified them as PO2 JP Pagarigan and PO1 Christian Panganiban. They will face charges of kidnapping and serious illegal detention.

Dela Rosa said the PNP Counter-intelligence Task Force has so far arrested a total of 56 personnel--41 uniformed police officers and 15 civilian personnel--who were involved in various offenses.

Administrative charges have been filed against these erring cops who will most likely be removed from service, he added.