TWO narcotics police officers assigned at the Station Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Group (SAIDSOTG) were arrested in an entrapment operation Wednesday afternoon inside their office at the Caloocan City Police Headquarters.
Northern Police District (NPD) director Senior Supt. Roberto Fajardo ordered the filing of criminal and administrative cases against PO2 Christian Geronimo and PO2 Kristoffer San Juan who were arrested for robbery-extortion cases.
Caloocan police director Senior Supt. Johnson Almazan led the operation at 5 p.m. after the two allegedly demanded P100,000 from Laila Catamora, 27, of 774 Blk. 4, Lot 2, Tupda Village, Bgy. 8, in exchange for the release of her live-in partner Linson Amogis, who was earlier arrested by SAID operatives for violation of RA 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.
Almazan, together with NPD director and Chief Insp. Donald Sabio of Major Crime Investigation Unit of Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG), immediately disarmed the two police officers of their service pistols, IDs and badges after the two received the marked money and were positively identified by Catamora.
The district director said the criminal cases against the arrested policemen will be handled by the CIDG to remove doubt of any cover-up. He likewise forewarned all SAID personnel that he will not protect erring personnel nor will condone criminal acts committed by policemen for they shall face the full force of the law.
“This is a strong indication that the NPD is sincere in cleaning our own ranks of erring cops. I do not tolerate misfits and scalawags in the NPD. We are bringing these records out so that, hopefully, the public may be encouraged to help us identify further those who are undesirable policemen in their communities so that we can institute proper action against them. The support of the public is paramount in reporting erring policemen as partners in cleansing our ranks,” Fajardo said.