MPD traffic chief sacked over 'kotong' activities in Lawton


Posted at Aug 03 2017 12:06 PM

MANILA - The chief of Manila Police District's Traffic Enforcement Unit was sacked Thursday after one of his men was caught extorting money from bus operators near Manila City Hall.

Mayor Joseph Estrada ordered MPD chief Supt. Joel Coronel to relieve Supt. Lucile Faycho of his duties as authorities conduct a probe on the alleged rampant extortion by Manila cops in the Lawton area.

MPD's PO2 Joseph Buan was earlier arrested by the Philippine National Police Counter-Intelligence Task Force in an entrapment operation. He was sacked afterwards.

The Manila cop was allegedly extorting up to P2,000 a day on bus operators in Liwasang Bonifacio.

"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.

This is the third time the PNP has arrested a Manila cop for alleged extortion.