4 Muntinlupa cops in hot water for alleged robbery-extortion
MANILA, Philippines — Four police personnel of Muntinlupa City Police Station are under investigation after allegedly robbing and extorting money from a couple in Barangay Putatan.
In a statement issued Thursday, the Southern Police District (SPD) identified suspects PSMS. Leoren Elomina Javier, 42; PCpl. Cris Callie Sulit Cruz, 34; PCpl. Jenniel Sumawang Calica, 33; and Pat. Jon Louie Esparagoza Peña, 29.
Based on SPD’s report, the suspects entered the victim’s home in Soldiers Hills Village, Barangay Putatan, past midnight on April 4, looking for her husband. The police officers then threatened to arrest the victim for violating the Republic Act (RA) 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 if her partner failed to appear before them.
While waiting for her husband, one of the suspects forced the victim to open her GCash account, after which they transferred P50,000 to one of their accounts. The SPD said they also took cash amounting to P380,000 inside a travel bag and P9,000 from the victim’s backpack.
It added that when the victim’s partner arrived, the suspects confronted him and asked the couple to withdraw more cash from their ATM account but failed to do so since machines were offline at that time. The police officers threatened to arrest the couple again and asked them to send another P50,000 to their GCash account.
Moreover, the suspects took another P8,000 inside the victim’s motorcycle compartment before leaving.
According to SPD, the police suspects are currently restricted from leaving the Makati City Police Station during the pendency of a robbery-extortion complaint against them.