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PNP chief orders review of police operations

Quezon City (21 October) -- FOLLOWING the arrest of 10 policemen for alleged extortion, kidnap-for-ransom, and illegal possession of drugs, Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Oscar Calderon has ordered a thorough review of his men's activities, especially operatives involved in anti-narcotics operations.

"This will show our people that we are constantly doing our honesty check and that we in the PNP are very serious in cleaning our ranks of abusive and undesirable members," said Calderon.

Calderon has ordered the Directorate for Investigation and Detective Management (DIDM) to conduct an administrative investigation into the involvement of four active-duty personnel from the Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Force (AIDSOTF) who were among the group of policemen and civilians arrested by combined operatives of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and the National Capital Region Police Office in Quezon City early Thursday.

Police Director Marcelo S. Ele Jr., DIDM Chief, and Senior Superintendent Theresa Ann Cid will head a board that will determine whether there is probable cause in filing administrative charges against Senior Inspectors Bienvenido Reydado and Gilbert Fariņas; and Police Officers 2 Alexander Alvarez and Junjun Mastaverde of AIDSOTF who, together with PDEA operatives Police Officer 3 Dan Firmalino, PO2 Jose Garcia, PO1 Nelson Mariano, and Inspector Marco Polo Estera arrested six civilians purportedly possessing 175 grams of shabu (methamphetamine hydrochloride), said the statement.

Ele said the AIDSOTF would also provide the necessary assistance and cooperation to the PDEA in the filing of criminal charges against all those involved in the apparent "bungled anti-drug operation" that also included one Nathaniel Capitanea who has been listed among those wanted by the law for alleged kidnapping-for-ransom activities, it said.

The civilians had claimed that following their arrest in Pampanga province, one of these arresting officers had demanded P100,000 from each of them in exchange for their freedom, said the statement.

"This serves as a clear message that the PNP leadership does not tolerate scalawags to thrive within its rank and that it will not think twice in flushing out notoriously undesirable policemen," said Calderon. (PIA) [top]

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