MANILA - The chiefs of the Pasay police and the Eastern Police District (EPD) have been removed from their posts over their subordinates' alleged involvement in extortion attempts.
Major General Guillermo Eleazar of the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) ordered the immediate relief of EPD Director, Brig. Gen. Bernabe Balba and Pasay City Police chief, Col. Noel Flores, citing command responsibility.
"Mapahiya na ang mapahiya. Let us show this as a stern warning," said Eleazar during a media briefing in Camp Crame Wednesday.
Flores and Balba were replaced by Col. Bernard Yang and Brig. Gen. Christopher Tambungan, respectively, he said.
The sacked policemen will face investigation and will be placed under the Personnel Holding and Accounting Unit in Camp Crame.
Col. Marlo Quibete, a member of the District Drug Enforcement Unit (DDEU) under Balba's jurisdiction, was arrested Tuesday after allegedly demanding P200,000 from a drug suspect.
The cop was also in cahoots with other members of the EPD-DDEU, including its chief.
"Text messages showed collusion between operatives and their superior officers," Eleazar said.
Meanwhile, members of the Police Counter Intelligence Task Force (CITF) arrested Corporal Anawar Nasser for extorting money from a drug suspect.
"Pasay police did not place arrested drug suspect in the police blotter and then proceeded to extort money from them," said Eleazar.
All members of the Pasay DEU will be relieved from their posts over the incident, said CITF chief Col. Romeo Caramat.
Authorities are still looking for Nasser's other cohorts.
- With a report from Raffy Santos and Zhander Cayabyab, ABS-CBN News