7 other cops accused of preying on South Koreans in Angeles City

Jeff Canoy, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 23 2017 09:21 PM

The Philippine National Police (PNP) is investigating yet another case involving alleged rogue cops and South Korean victims in Angeles City.

According to Police Regional Office 3 Director Chief Supt. Aaron Aquino, 7 cops from the Angeles City Police Station 5 have been placed under restrictive custody and are now facing administrative charges after 3 Koreans claimed that they were “arrested” and “illegally detained” inside the police station for 7 hours. 

The cops released the South Koreans after they allegedly paid P300,000.

The cops also allegedly took P10,000 from the wallets of the South Koreans before they were released.

The incident happened last December 30, 2016. The victims filed a complaint at the South Korean Embassy last January 5.

“This is the first time they visited the Philippines. They just went here to play golf. It was a traumatic experience,” Aquino said.

According to Aquino, the cops allegedly entered a residence in Friendship Plaza where the 3 South Koreans were staying while on vacation in the Philippines.

The cops claimed that the South Koreans were involved in illegal gambling but had no arrest order or a search warrant. 

The cops 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.

According to Aquino, there were no complaints against the Koreans or even a blotter documenting the “arrest.”

“Galit na galit ako, di ko maintindihan itong mga g****g ito.
Inspite na ganitong katapang itong ating presidente, parang wala silang mga takot. Di natatakot sa akin. Pati kay Bato,” Aquino said.

“Nakakalaungkot, nakakainis, damay na naman organisasyon, damay na naman si Bato,” Aquino added.

PNP Director General Ronald "Bato" dela Rosa earlier mentioned the case in a press conference, expressing anger over the latest incident of rogue cops victimizing Koreans.

Several government officials have called for Dela Rosa’s resignation due to the kidnap-slay case of Ick Joo Jee, who was killed inside Camp Crame allegedly by cops.