MANILA - Five Makati policemen investigating alleged kidnappings were supposedly detained at a mall in Parañaque on Saturday.
Maj. Gideon Ines, head of the Makati police’s Criminal Investigation Branch, said he and 4 other policemen were supposed to question a Chinese suspect and inspect a vehicle registered to an online gaming hub located in the mall.
However, 2 mall security personnel, who are both former policemen, refused to let the officers inspect the vehicle and locked the mall's lobby doors, he told radio DZMM.
"Nagkatulukan po at akmang pa ngang magbubunot ng mga baril," Ines told radio DZMM.
(We pushed each other and they almost drew a gun.)
"Pini-prepare namin itong mga dokumento para kasuhan itong 2 dating pulis na ito nag-lock, detain sa amin at pumigil sa aming pag-iimbestiga," he added.
(We are preparing documents against these 2 former policemen who locked us out, detained us and stopped our investigation.)
The mall management, he said, promised but failed to surrender the suspect and the vehicle to authorities on Sunday.
"Pinipigilan nila iyung mga alagad ng batas na mag-imbestiga. Akala ko sa West Philippine Sea lang pumipigil, pati rin pala rito, pinipigilan ka rin pala," he said.
(Lawmen are being barred from investigating. I thought this only happens in the West Philippine Sea, but we are also being stopped here.)
Ines also claimed that kidnap victims were being held in an area of the mall dubbed "oriental prison."