PHILIPPINE National Police (PNP) chief, General Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar on Wednesday ordered the filing of criminal and administrative charges against Davao Oriental policemen who were caught engaged in an illegal ‘tupada’ operation in Mati City last Sunday.
The top cop particularly instructed Police Regional Office 11 director, Brigadier Gen. Filmore B. Escobal to disarm and place the accused policemen under restrictive custody for their illegal acts.
Two of the policemen identified as Corporal Linwell Salvana and Staff Sergeant John Soriano were arrested in an anti-tupada raid in Barangay Mahican in Mati City.
“Isang malaking kahihiyan ang dalawang pulis na ito sa aming hanay dahil sa halip na sawayin at pigilan ang ganitong iligal na gawain ay nakisali pa at maaring protektor pa ito ng tupada sa Mati City,” Gen. Eleazar said.
The top cop also called for a thorough investigation to determine the cohorts of the arrested policemen in the local police force.
He said that the arrest of the two should serve as a stern warning against other erring cops. Gen. Eleazar last May launched his Intensified Cleanliness Policy in a bid to further cleanse the police force of misfits and scalawags.
“Binabalaan ko rin ang iba pang kapulisan na napakalaking problema ang ibibigay ko sa inyo kapag nabalitaan ko na promotor kayo ng tupada at iba pang iligal na gawain sa inyong lugar,” he said.
The top cop also encouraged the public to immediately report if they know any police officers who have been involved in criminal or other lawless acts.
Apart from the two policemen, a civilian identified as Noel Escasinas was also arrested during the anti-illegal gambling raid. All three are now facing criminal charges for violation of Presidential Decree 449 or the Cockfighting Law of 1974.