'Tanim droga' cops stole P9-M from BPO: Lacson

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 27 2017 03:50 PM | Updated as of Jan 27 2017 08:43 PM

Suspected police officers who were caught in a closed-circuit television footage planting drugs during a raid in a BPO took P9 million from the company, Senator Panfilo Lacson revealed on Friday.

Lacson showed the video clip during a Senate hearing on Thursday. He told radio DZMM the police raid was conducted last October 26, 2016 in a BPO managed by Chinese-Filipino owners. 

The senator said the cops were able to steal P7-million via cash transfer while they were doing the raid.

"Kasi ang ginawa sa kanila, yung pitong milyon, tinransfer pa. Ginamit pa yung…siyempre, under duress na yung mga tao. Kinuha yung mga detalye, nakapag-transfer pa gamit yung computer. Nakapag-transfer ng pera na nasa mga P7-million, so ninakawan pa," he said.

On top of this, the cops also extorted an additional P2-million from the owners so that they would not come back. 

"Tapos nag-cash out pa yung tao ng mga P2-milyon para hindi na sila perwisyuhin. Talagang pag mga Filipino-Chinese, ganun, bayad lang nang bayad, wag na lang babalik-balikan. Baka patayin pa. Drugs eh."

Lacson, a former Philippine National Police chief, said the police officers were aware that there was a CCTV in the office. However, the supervisor of the company was able to save the video by switching it with a different one.

"Yung opisina, BPO. Pinasok. Ang istorya doon, aware ang mga lokong police na mayroong CCTV doon. Nakita nila na may camera. Yung pinaka-supervisor doon, sinimplehan niya na yung recording, pinalitan niya ng lumang tape," he said.

"Nung paalis na yung mga pulis, naturalmente, kinuha yung recording. Nung napanood nila, nako, iba yung laman, hindi yung ginagawa nila. Nabahala sila ngayon," he added.

PNP chief Director General Ronald "Bato" dela Rosa has ordered the relief of the policemen caught on CCTV planting drugs during a raid at an office building.

Metro Manila police chief Oscar Albayalde said dela Rosa ordered the transfer of the cops to the PNP Holding and Accounting Unit, pending a probe on the CCTV footage. 

Lacson said he showed the video so that the PNP chief would also focus on cleansing the PNP ranks of cops committing crimes, not just the government's anti-drug campaign. 

"Mayroon diyang all-out war sa iligal na droga. Mag-all-out war ka rin sa loob. Otherwise, alam mo, merong iba dyan na hindi na nga nakakatulong, nakaka-perwisyo pa," he said.

"Yung mga tamad na pulis, mas maganda pa yun, na wag na silang isama dun sa all-out war against drugs, pero minsan, pasalungat pa e," he added.

He urged the PNP chief to form a task force that would go after "scalawag" cops.

The CCTV footage was presented during a hearing on the case of South Korean businessman Jee Ick Joo, who was kidnapped and killed by police men last October 2016. After the killing, the suspects also asked for ransom from Jee's wife, without informing her that the Korean was already dead.