La Salle stude says cop took his iPhone, P10K


A rookie policeman is being accused of taking an iPhone and P10,000 in cash from a student of De La Salle University, who said the officer accosted him last month for no valid reason and threatened to either shoot or frame him for a crime.

A robbery case was filed Monday in the Manila City Prosecutor’s Office against PO1 Christian Santos based on a complaint from Victor Miranda, 18.

According to a report by SPO1 James Poso of the Manila Police District-General Assignment Section (MPD-GAS), Miranda had just stepped out of a bar in Manila around 5 a.m. on Feb. 17 and was talking to his girlfriend on the phone when Santos approached him.

Santos allegedly demanded Miranda’s cell phone and wallet, and threatened to book the student for possession of illegal drugs if he refused. The officer also threatened to shoot him and frame him as a snatcher if he would run away, the report said.

Santos then brought Miranda to the police assistance tent on Remedios Circle, where Miranda handed over his iPhone 5 worth P35,000 and his wallet containing P10,000 in cash.

Miranda said the policeman later returned his wallet, with all its cash gone except for P500 supposedly for his fare.

Members of the MPD Ermita station and GAS conducted follow-up operations after Miranda reported the incident but they couldn’t locate the suspect who was then identified only as Santos through his name tag.

An informant told Miranda that Santos was detailed in the Pasay City police. The student later identified Santos through an entry in a police index card system containing photos, a copy of which was submitted to MPD-GAS on Friday.

Further background checks revealed that Santos was assigned in the Regional Public Safety Battalion in Bicutan, Taguig City. He was earlier posted in Pasay to augment the local force and later transferred to the Northern Police District.

Santos was summoned by the MPD for an investigation but failed to appear. Aside from the robbery case, he also faces administrative proceedings.

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  • noyab

    galing ng training na police ……snatcher and holdupper pala ang training experience

    • amapangarap

      kaya nga sila nag pulis eh, para “official” pag nanakaw nila. lol

  • archerfan

    uhhh the kid came out of a BAR at 5 am??? wow!! may group study ba dun sa bar???

    • tlb6432

      what’s the relevance of your statement to the alleged crime committed by the policeman?

    • amapangarap

      uh PO1 pinagrereport daw po kayo para hingin side mo.

    • nakatutok

      kamag-anak mo siguro o kasama mo sa unit yung PO1 Santos…ano point ng tanong mo sa alegasyon ng PAGNANAKAW ng pulis na yun??

  • indiosbravos2002

    Police training facilities breeding ground ng criminals. Swerte ng rookie cop criminal na to. Government funded trainng gjnamit sa paghuhulidap.

  • diamond_digger

    It’s high time that the PNP hierarchy take a firmir stand and action on its erring members before the public totally loss its trust and confidence in the organization and the government in general. Santos and his likes, should be at least permanently assigned to Jolo and Sulo to be tasked to go after the Abu Sayyaf. That would certainly send a chilling yet very effective deterrent to these hoodlums in uniform. But if possible, they should beelimiated permanently from society. Paging, Director Alan Purisima! Aren’t you just snoring? Where’s the change and professionalization of the corps that you brag when you were still aspiring for your present office? Are those just air that should have been released thru your bottom and not through your mouth?

  • Guest

    Give the rookie cop a chance… ship him right away to Jolo or Basilan and for sure, hindi na babalik yang tarantadong yan !

  • speedstream2

    An SPO1 and already a shakedown artist? There’s only one way to go: booted out of service and a long vacation behind bars.

  • randyaltarejos

    Di pa rin nadadala tong mga rookie cops na to. Kelan lang merong kinasuhan, tapos heto na naman. Camp Crame must screen new applicants before they are accepted as police trainees. Otherwise, the PNP will be hiring cops who use their uniforms and guns to extort money from innocent victims.

  • pedro asintado

    Naku! Hindi talaga maubos -ubos ang mga KOTONG COPS ! Wala na bang pag-asang ma-reporma yang PNP ! PO1 pa lang marunong ng mangotong !! Dapat imbestigahan na yang training program ng PNP ! Yan pa lang kasi ang nabulgar, papano yung hindi na nagfile ng complaint ang mga biktima at nanahimik na lang ?

  • doublecross

    bomb!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!…..alis kang pulis ka, tapang mo naman na mag-corrupt!

  • doublecross

    akala mo9 makalusot ka, dami munang kaso. traidor na pulis.

  • Hey_Dudes

    Is it the business of police officers taking your personal properties if you are only being brought in for questioning? I thought they can only do that if they are bringing you in jail? What is the purpose of police officers making it their business to make what belongs to you – belong to them as you are processed in police stations? Has our police organization sunk so low?

  • pedronimo

    How could an evil man like Santos get into the service as a policeman. He should be sent to hell where he belongs,

    • nakatutok

      open secret yan na tuwing recruitment, MARAMING KUMIKITA dahil magbayad lang sa “right people”magiging pulis na!!

  • pedronimo


  • Brax82

    Mga snatcher, holduper, rapist, drug dealer na gustong maging legit ang trabaho, sali na kayo sa PNP. It is where the party never stops!

  • sasama

    etu yung 1 bulok na kamatis sa isang kaing….ndi naman matanggal yung bulok kaya 1 kaing merun ang pinoy…hahaha pathetic PNP…

  • $14334231

    so, what else is new???….

  • go88

    Wealth redistribution? Something’s wrong with a kid carrying 10k in his wallet and a 35k cellphone …

    • Luke Devereaux

      What is wrong with that? Should you be the one that determines how much money and which type of phone he should carry with himself?

      • go88

        A student who never worked carrying 10k and a 35k cellphone in a country ridden by poverty is plain indecency …. and also utterly stupid …. I own real estate abroad and run my own company but never carry more than 500 Php in my wallet, my cellphone is worth 5K … if I ever I learned my son would do such things loosing his cellphone and money would be the last thing he’d have to worry about … he’ll feel my fists and feet as soon as he opens the door.

      • Luke Devereaux

        I don’t care about your wealth or how much you carry, you know why? Because that’s none of my business. Though it is stupid to flash your cash in poverty-ridden neighborhoods. And the correct word would be “losing,” it ain’t “loosing” as you so eloquently put it. It makes your threat of violence to your son much less to be taken seriously.

  • alfred sanchez

    malas lang may pinag aralan yung nakabangga nya kase kung hindi balik iphone at pera lang yan tapos na ang kaso

  • nakatutok

    may bago pa ba sa balitang ito???..syempre sabi nga ang nakikita ng mga bata sa nakakatanda , e gagayahin nila..tumingin lang sila sa mga boss nila sa Crame e magandang “ëhemplo”na makikita nila…

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