6 Taytay ‘kotong’ cops ordered relieved, charged

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MANILA, Philippines—The chief of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) on Wednesday ordered the relief and filing of administrative charges against six Taytay, Rizal, policemen for their alleged involvement in bribery-extortion.

They were identified as Chief Inspector Ruel Lacanienta, chief of the Tikling police traffic sector; Police Officers 2 Harold Orfanel and Rommel Reodique; and Police Officers 1 Ron Miranda, Daniel Igtiven, Reylan Gumapad and Cergie Gonzales.

Secretary Jesse Robredo said in a statement that the erring cops would be transferred outside of their jurisdiction, Region 4A.

The order was made based on the recommendation of Senior Superintendent Francisco Peñaflor, senior police assistant to the DILG chief, who sent a team from the Philippine National Police Office of Internal Security to investigate and document the mulcting activities of the involved Taytay police traffic enforcers in Tikling, a busy crossroad going to Antipolo City and Binangonan,  Rizal.

It was discovered that apart from the monthly P8,000 “protection money” that the local drivers’ associations were being made to pay to the Taytay “kotong” (mulcting) cops, they also allegedly required all jeepney and taxi drivers to pay P10 each whenever they passed by the Tikling area.

The DILG said that the P10 payment was collected by police-hired “barkers” who reportedly remitted the collection to the Taytay police traffic sector office every day.

Robredo earlier ordered the sacking and filing of charges against nine traffic policemen from Quezon City and one from Capas, Tarlac, who allegedly extorted money from his nephew and daughter on separate occasions.

The first incident, he said, happened on April 27 during which Quezon City Police District mobile patrol policemen on board two patrol cars extorted P1,400 from his nephew in front of the Cloverleaf Market in Balintawak, Quezon City.

In another police extortion incident, Robredo’s daughter, who was one of the Bicol Region delegates to the Palarong Pambansa (National Athletic Meet) in Pangasinan, was on board a van on April 29 and joining the convoy of 15 Pangasinan-bound buses when they were flagged down by a group of police traffic officers led by one Senior Police Officers 3 Elmo B. Ngangac at about 8:30 a.m. along Manila North Road, Barangay Poblacion, Capas, Tarlac.

“I am aghast to learn that despite our nationwide campaign against kotong cops, these police officers have failed to mend their ways, mulcting and extorting money from public utility drivers and other motorists for concocted traffic violations,” the DILG chief said.

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  • bahog_itlog

    And these relieved cops will become criminals just to feed their families now that they’re out of work.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_Q3QGG5QHBLRMZTIYWUFURY6J2E Night

      once they become criminals, hopefully the good cops gun them down

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_Q3QGG5QHBLRMZTIYWUFURY6J2E Night

    VERY GOOD

  • kalikasanipagtanggol

    Huwag tanggalin ang mga ito pero ipadala sa basilan sa bundok para tugisin ang mga ASG.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_22PRRPV4XKOOIC5TBS2ZLT7PZQ Tirador Ngbuwaya

    SIR  ROBREDO, pag talagang nag- serious kayo  sa kampanya nyo laban sa mga KOTONG COPS at pinangatawanan nyo ang pag-aresto sa kanila,   baka po mga 10% lamang ang malabi sa mga kapulisan nyo ! Hindi nyo pa nahuhuli yung mga nangongotong mismo sa loob ng mga presinto ng pulis ! At yung mga sinasabing  regular na umo-orbit sa mga pasugalan at drug dealers para kumulekta ng suhol kapalit ng proteksyon at hindi pag huli sa mga illegal na yan. . . . .mas grabe yun! KAILANGAN PO TOTAL WAR AGAINST  CORRUPTION  SA LOOB  NG  PNP, SIMULA  PA  SA  TRAINING  NG  PULIS  SA PNPA . . .

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