THREE members of the Tanay Municipal Police Station (MPS) accused of pocketing the money of a man they arrested for a drug-related offense and releasing him without any case at all were arrested by their colleagues on Friday, a report to Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief General Dionardo B. Carlos said on Saturday.
A report from the Police Regional Office 4-A (PRO4-A) identified the three as Police Senior Master Sergeant Darlino Casamayor Jr., Corporal William Sayago, and Patrolman Allen Bey Tendilla – all members of the Tanay MPS Intelligence/Drug Enforcement Team.
A civilian said to be an accomplice of the three is still being hunted as of press time, said PRO4-A Director Brig. Gen. Antonio C. Yarra.
According to Yarra, members of the Tanay MPS arrested their three colleagues following a complaint from 31-year-old Aljon Indon.
The man claimed that at around 4:45 p.m. last Thursday, the accused arrested him for alleged violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 along Marcelo H. del Pilar Street in Barangay Plaza Aldea.
Indon claimed that when brought to the Tanay Police Intelligence Office, the accused discovered that he had P93,000 in his pocket.
The policemen then allegedly told the man they will get his money in exchange for his freedom. Fearing he would be jailed for violation of RA 9165, the complainant said he requested the three officers to leave him P23,000.
After being freed, the complainant sought the assistance of the superiors of the accused triggering their arrest following instruction from Rizal Police Provincial Office (RPPO) Director Col. Dominic L. Baccay.
Recovered from the arrested suspects were P49,000 in cash.
“The PNP condemns any member of the organization who transgresses the law and gets involved in illegal activities. We will see to it that all errant police personnel will be sanctioned accordingly and shall face dismissal from police service after accorded them with due process,” Gen. Carlos said as he ordered the filing of appropriate criminal and administrative charges against the accused.