A MANILA policeman who is wanted for a forcible abduction with “rape” case on Tuesday afternoon was arrested by agents of the Philippine National Police’s (PNP) Integrity Monitoring and Enforcement Group (IMEG), a report to PNP Chief General Rodolfo S. Azurin Jr. said.
The patrolman, an active personnel of the Manila District Traffic Enforcement Unit, was tracked down in his residence in Central Bicutan, Taguig City, past 4:30 p.m. Tuesday by officers from the PNP-IMEG under Brig. Gen. Warren F. de Leon.
De Leon told the PNP chief that they arrested the accused on the strength of a warrant of arrest for forcible abduction with rape issued by Judge Anne Beatrice Balmaceda of the Manila Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 27.
Members of the IMEG Counter-Intelligence Division led by Lt. Col. Leo M. Canuel and Maj. Christian C. Burgos arrested the suspect, who is now being held at the IMEG lock-up facility in Camp Crame, pending his presentation to the court.
The traffic policeman was the latest member of the police force to be arrested by the PNP-IMEG for their involvement in serious criminal offenses amid a stern warning from Azurin that there will be an unrelenting campaign against “misfits” and “scalawags” in uniform.
Last Monday, IMEG agents also arrested three members of the MPD (Manila Police District) Station 5 for alleged extortion.
According to de Leon, the three Manila policemen were arrested during a sting on Monday, Aug. 15, 2022, inside the MPD Station 5 Paco Police-Community Precinct along Pedro Gil corner A. Linao Sts. in Paco.
The official said that members of the PNP-IMEG Counter-Intelligence Division and their National Capital Region Field Unit (NCRFU) launched the entrapment operation following a complaint that they were demanding P2,000 from the driver of an impounded tricycle.
De Leon said that the driver complained to their office that the accused policemen asked him to produce the money in exchange for the release of his tricycle, which was impounded for a traffic violation, specifically going against the flow of traffic.
During the sting, the P2,000 in marked bills were recovered from the suspects, who were promptly arrested and taken to the PNP-IMEG headquarters in Camp Crame for inquest proceeding.
De Leon said that criminal charges for extortion will be filed against the three policemen.
In the aftermath of the arrest of the three, MPD director, Brig. Gen. Andre P. Dizon ordered the relief of the entire personnel of the Paco PCP (Police Community Precinct) led by Maj. Jomar Ermino. All were transferred to the MPD headquarters.
The arrest of the three came in the wake of a commitment by the new PNP-IMEG director to go all-out against “rogues” in police uniform. The campaign will target active, dismissed, retired, or suspended police personnel accused of involvement in criminal activities and other abusive acts and irregularities, de Leon said.
The official said they will be going after active, retired, and dismissed police personnel regardless of their rank, position, and source of commission.
Shortly after he assumed his post, de Leon announced the arrest of an active member of the Police Regional Office 7 (PRO7) wanted for a robbery with a double homicide case.
In a report to Azurin, the official said that the wanted policeman was arrested by members of the IMEG Visayas Field Unit under Col. Alejandro Espiritu with the assistance of the PRO7 Regional Intelligence Division and the San Fernando Municipal Police Station (MPS) in Cebu.
“We have arrested a wanted policeman in close coordination with PRO7 director, Brig. Gen. Roque Edgardo Vega,” de Leon said.
De Leon said that the suspect is the subject of a warrant of arrest for a robbery with a double homicide case issued by Judge Joy Redoble of the Carcar City Regional Trial Court Branch 77 in Cebu.
No bail has been recommended for the temporary liberty of the accused, who is now under the custody of the IMEG-VFU.
Azurin has ordered the PNP-IMEG to ensure that it won’t hesitate to arrest policemen whether they are in active service or not – in case they are caught violating the law or are already the subject of warrants of arrest issued by competent courts in the country.
In response to the PNP chief’s directive, De Leon ordered his men not to hesitate to arrest police personnel facing criminal and administrative charges as soon as arrest orders have been issued against them by competent courts.
“The PNP leadership is very firm on this: we are showing no leniency to any PNP member, either active, retired, dismissed, or suspended, who are involved in illegal activities. We are going all-out against these rogues in uniform who continue to defy the law ,” De Leon said.
He said that information may be relayed to the PNP IMEG Hotlines at 0998 9702286 (Smart) or 0995 7952569 (Globe) or thru the Facebook Page: Integrity Monitoring Enforcement Group and Twitter Account: @imeg2017.
The official assured that the identities of the informants will be kept in utmost secrecy.