18 Malate cops including station chief relieved over colleagues’ ‘extortion’ activities

  • 18 cops including the chief of the Malate police station were relieved of their posts after the NBI arrested 4 of their colleagues who were allegedly involved in extortion activities
  • An entrapment operation was conducted after an Egyptian sought help from the NBI, claiming the cops who accused him of drugs charges were asking money
  • The 4 arrested cops were jailed for robbery-extortion charges

18 policemen, including the chief of the Malate police station were relieved of their posts after the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) arrested 4 of their men who were allegedly involved in extortion activities of a foreigner.

Manila Police District (MPD) spokesperson Superintendent Erwin Margarejo said their district director was not happy considering that the image of the policemen were once again tarnished by these “few officers” who do not value their reputation.

On the other hand, Superintendent Eufronio Obong, the relieved station chief, said he didn’t know about his men’s alleged extortion activities.

Aside from Obong, 17 personnel from the station’s intelligence unit were also relieved.

The NBI arrested SPO3 Ranny Dionisio, PO3 Richard Bernal, PO1 Elequiel Fernandez, and PO1 Arjay Lasap in an entrapment operation staged on Friday.

The operation was conducted after the Egyptian national Amir Azab sought help from NBI.

As per Azab’s story, around 10 cops surrounded his car in P. Ocampo Street on the night of April 9. Azab said he was accused of accepting illegal drugs, particularly shabu, from a woman in Makati.

Azab reportedly agreed to “fix” the problem at the Malate police station in exchange for P200,000 which was eventually reduced to P50,000.

The MPD and the Philippine National Police Internal Affairs Service is now investigating the case.

“I will not speculate, puwedeng hindi lang apat ‘yong involved dito,” sabi ni Margarejo. [I will not speculate, it’s possible that more than four people were involved here.]

The four arrested cops are jailed for robbery-extortion charges.

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