An alleged new ‘hulidap’ case victimizes Pakistani car dealer, others in Manila
MANILA, Philippines—With that viral photo of apparently plain-clothed policemen stopping a car on Edsa in an alleged abduction and extortion attempt still fresh in people’s minds, the Philippine National Police will have to tackle another bunch of allegedly rogue policemen—this time, in Manila.
Pakistani car dealer Kamran Khan Dawood is pressing graft and extortion charges against Senior Inspector Rommel Geneblazo, the Manila Police District’s Anti-Carnapping Section (Ancar) head and seven Ancar members.
They are SPO1 Gerrardo Rivera, SPO1 Michael Dingding, SPO1 Jay Pertubos, SPO1 Jonathan Moreno, PO2 Renato Lachinang and PO2 Marvin Dela Cruz.
Police have yet to identify the eighth suspect.
The Inquirer tried to contact the accused policemen but as of press time on Tuesday, they have yet to report at the MPD Ancar’s offices.
According to a report signed by MPD General Assignment and Investigation Section (GAIS) head Chief Inspector Artemio Riparip, Dawood claimed the policemen threatened charges against him and companions. The policeman also tried to extort money from them.
Dawood had a meeting with a Chinese and three Filipinos, all car dealers, at the Manila Pavilion Hotel on United Nations Avenue late Thursday night, the report said.
At around 1:30 a.m. Friday, Geneblazo’s team approached the group inside the hotel and told them their cars—three Toyota Camrys and a Mazda 323—were reported as stolen, the report said.
The policemen invited them to the MPD’s Ancar section to verify the vehicles’ records, where Dawood claimed the policemen intimidated them and threatened they will face car theft charges if they do not cooperate. The policemen demanded P300,000 to settle the case and set them free.
Dawood balked at the demands but the Chinese dealer, identified as Hua Long Wu, yielded and at about 2:30 a.m., paid P100,000 in cash to them after haggling.
The policemen only freed the victims, together with their cars, at around 8 a.m. on Friday, except for a Camry (XPN 274), that the suspects said were still for verification.
On Monday, Dawood filed graft and extortion charges after seeking help from his friend, a police officer stationed at Camp Crame, who accompanied him to GAIS to report the incident.
Dawood identified the suspects through their photos.
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