Seven police personnel previously assigned to the Las Piñas City Police’s Station Drug Enforcement Unit (SDEU) surrendered on Thursday over their alleged involvement in a robbery-extortion operation against the relative of a suspected drug personality.
Initial investigations into the incident show that operatives coming from the forces of the Silang Cavite Police, the Parañaque Police, and the Las Piñas Police colluded to conduct an entrapment scheme along Padre Diego Sierra Ave. in Barangay Manuyo last November 21. Through this illicit operation, the policemen arrested a minor for allegedly extorting money from one Shelane Ligutan. Ligutan’s brother, Cyrus Wency, was a known drug personality who had previously been arrested for possession of illegal drugs in Silang, Cavite.
The seven policemen allegedly ordered the still unidentified minor to ask Ligutan for money. Ligutan reported the incidence to the proper police channels. The crooked law enforcers reportedly fled the scene after sensing the arrival of the police.
Southern Police district (SPD) Director Senior Supt. Eliseo Cruz has identified the policemen as PO1 Erickson Rivera, PO3 Joel Lupig, PO2 Vener Guanlao, PO1 Mark Jefferson Fulgencio, PO1 Jeffrey De Leon, PO2 Jayson Arellano, and PO1 Raymart Gomez.
National Capital Region Police Office head Director Guillermo Eleazar has condemned the actions of the former law enforcers. In a statement released Friday, November 23, Eleazar said that the kidnapping, robbery, and extortion committed by the seven merit serious punishment. Both a criminal case of kidnapping with serious illegal detention and an administrative case for grave misconduct have been levied against the suspects.
“Certainly, we will see to it that Team NCRPO will be on top of these cases, so we can weed out these undesirables from our ranks. Kaalinsabay nito, nais kong pasalamatan ang ating mga kababayan na nagtiwala at nagsuplong upang masiwalat at makarating sa pamunuan ang mga kalokohang ito (I would like to thank those who reported these wrongdoings to us),” Eleazar said in a statement.
The incident also prompted Eleazar to relieve from duty Las Piñas police chief Senior Supt. Marion Balolong, SDEU head Senior Insp. Edgardo Tigbao, and 36 other policemen assigned to the SDEU last week.