3 Philippine cops linked to kidnap and murder


MANILA, Philippines—A Philippine policeman has been detained in connection with the kidnapping and murder of a woman after he was caught on camera driving the victim’s vehicle, an official said on Tuesday.

Authorities are also searching for two other officers in what is the latest embarrassment for the country’s law enforcers, struggling to fight off widespread perceptions of corruption.

The trio were caught on camera driving the sports utility vehicle of Lea Angeles Ng, wife of a shopping mall executive, into a secured parking lot near Manila on the day she vanished, national police spokesman Agrimero Cruz said.

“We beg the bereaved family to bear with the often tedious process of criminal investigation and police procedures that are being conducted to establish an airtight case against those responsible for this crime,” he said.

A fourth suspect, a civilian, has also been arrested and confessed to the crime, which led police to the woman’s already decomposing remains last week, Cruz told reporters.

The footage shows Superintendent Rommel Miranda, deputy police chief in the central Philippines, and two lower-ranked officers, Otelio Santos and Jifford Signap, leaving Ng’s vehicle in the parking lot, Cruz said.

Santos and Signap are both listed as having gone on unauthorized leave while Miranda has been detained, Cruz added.

Earlier this month, Philippine authorities ordered the arrest of 10 Manila policemen who went into hiding after being accused of kidnapping four South Korean tourists. Officials said the victims were freed after a ransom was paid.

In January, the head of the justice department’s National Bureau of Investigation was sacked for allegedly covering up the kidnapping for ransom of a Japanese woman by his aides.

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  • ryan andres

    PNP – Putangina Nyo Pulpulis!

  • RomyMacalintal

    Yan napapala nila kasi sanay sila na umaapaw ang pera
    Ngayon taghirap kaya tagkidnap na naman sila
    Kahit malayo pa ang election

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_XSJCKRAP7RO6GJLDA2WI7TPA5M Bebot

    Kailan kaya titigil ang mga hayop na yan??? Dapat niratrat na rin ang mga yan kapag nabisto!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CZS2DG54GHTF7WV34AKNR6JSRE ferds

    Para malipol lahat yan,, sibakin lahat at palitan

  • Kingkong123

    Penalties for law enforcement people convicted of crimes must be doubled. Bails and monetary damages should be adjusted to our time (from the American colonial time).

  • diverme

    The penalties for police who commit crimes should be higher. I have to agree on that because these are the so called people who are supposed to protect us. We all know majority of the police are corrupt. Our police are professiona??!! In your dreams

  • arthurtyson8

    Kawawang bayan natin. Ni pulis hindi mu na pwedeng mapagkatiwalaan. 

  • pulis

    E firing squad na ka-agad yan!!! Masyado ng talamak ang mga iyan…Pnoy! yan ang dapat mong tutokan! Mag bigay ka naman ng halimbawa…Mukha yatang hindi mo magawa kasi sa watch mo nangyari, o takot ka lang sa mga Pulis at NBI officials baka, ikaw ang putokan…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_XYPFIGTBA5LXMX2UBLCQVG5AQE Martin

    Corrupt Police…. …PInoy will protect them!

  • barada69

    …with all the graft and corruption going on WHO can we trust then? you can’t trust the police, you can’t trust the judicial system, you can’t trust politician, and no way I’ll trust men of Robes, these are the people that will sell you hope (for a minimum of 10% of your income) while you’re down and out ! We’re a decaying society !

  • kabayandinako

    Wow this is really amazing. A police Superintendent and an NBI Director involved in kidnapping? Where is this country going to? Basta pagkakakwartahan wala ng pakialam kahit saan nanggaling. Paano kaya nasisikmura ng mga ganitong klaseng tao na itaguyod ang pamilya nila ng perang mula sa kawalanghiyaan? Lahat na yata ng posisyon na may kinalaman sa authority ay may kawatan. Kung hindi magsisikap si Juan de la Cruz na mag OFW, sa kangkungan na pupulutin ang Pinas.

  • jclarendo

    Pagnaasunto itong mga lispu o parak, NBI (National Bigayan Ini) or other men in uniform dapat no bail at doon idetain sa Ihawig, Babuyan Island or Sibutu Island.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/IME3BZ7LF3HYHGBIEJVBOBB6Z4 TIM

    The 3 Philippines COPS should be put to jail for life, people have lost trust to our police forces, how can they protect the civilian if they themselves are the kidnappers

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