PHILIPPINE National Police chief Director General Ronald ‘Bato’ M. de la Rosa yesterday warned anew rogue police officers that he will get them sooner or later and will see to it that they will be sacked and put behind bars.
He particularly addressed the few scalawags in the 170,000-strong police force who are riding on the ongoing PNP Project: Double Barrel specifically the so-called Oplan: Tokhang to extort money from their targets, drug personalities or not.
The PNP chief on Wednesday also called even on “big-time drug lords,as well as street peddlers and users” to report policemen who are using President Duterte’s war against drugs as an avenue for extortion.
“I would like to take this opportunity to appeal to the public just in case merong mga pulis diyan na ginagamit yung war on drugs sa pangongotong. Please tell us right away at bibitayin namin patiwarik yang mga pulis na yan,” he said.
“Kahit kayo ay drug lord, kahit kayo ay drug pusher, ‘pag kayo ay kinokotongan ng mga pulis, magreport kayo sa akin at may tama sa akin yang mga pulis na yan. Pero pag yung report naman ninyo ay hindi totoo dahil lang gusto niyong resbakan yung mga pulis, kayong mga drug lord at pusher na nagreport, may tama din kayo sa akin,” he stressed.
On Wednesday, Gen. de la Rosa said he has ordered the transfer to Jolo, Sulu of a Makati City Police Station official and four of his men for involvement in extortion. The Makati City police official has been identified by National Capital Region Police Office director, Chief Superintendent Oscar D. Albayalde as Chief Inspector Sherwin Cuntapay, the head of the city police’s intelligence division.
Albayalde said they were looking into the complaint of a Singaporean national against Cuntapay following the presidential instruction. “I already directed Southern Police District Director Tomas Apolinario Jr. to relieve Cuntapay, pending investigation, for a fair trial,” Albayalde said.
President Duterte last Tuesday said he was very displeased with reports that a police inspector of Makati police has been extorting money from tourists. “I am ordering the police right now to relieve him, place him under suspension, and initiate summary dismissal,” Duterte said. “Or if you want, at your convenience, whoever this inspector is, you better resign.”
Gen. de la Rosa said that ironically, the information used by the accused to talk with the Singaporean identified as Wee Siong Lai directly came from him.
Albayalde said Cuntapay allegedly asked Wee, the owner of companies involved in business process outsourcing and online gaming, to pay P750,000 in exchange for the dropping of an investigation of him.
The NCRPO director said that during a confrontation between Cuntapay and lawyers of the Singaporean, an information cropped up that the money was received by certain Colonel (Senior Superintendent) Kabigting, a former police officer and chief security of the complainant.
“We are investigating if there was connivance between Cuntapay and Kabigting. If we find Cuntapay not liable, we can always bring him back to his original post,” Albayalde said even as he echoed Gen. de la Rosa’s call on the public to immediately report to them the presence of rogues in police uniform.