PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has called for the summary dismissal of a Makati police official and an intelligence officer of the Bureau of Customs over the issue of corruption.
The police official was identified as Chief Inspector Sherwin Cuntapay, chief of the Makati police intelligence division.
Duterte said that he learned about the bad cop through media reports.
“I am ordering the police right now to relieve him, place him under suspension, and initiate summary dismissal. Ayaw ko na yung matagal na – summary dismissal.”
Duterte, however, “offered” a way out for the policeman in trouble.
“But if you want, at your convenience, sino itong inspector na ito, you better resign,” he said.
The President gave a dire warning to corrupt police officers.
“Hirap na hirap na nga ako … pupunta ng ibang bayan, walang tulog, at nakikiusap doon ng tulong nila, at na sana’y mapalago natin ang ating trade relations. Itong mga pulis na ito… you better stop or I will stop you. You interpret it the way you like,” he said.
Duterte reminded lawmen that their weapons do not give them any right to feel they are above the law.
“Because I said I repeat to all of you, kayong mga — either huminto kayo or hihintuin ko kayo. Mamili kayo. Sipain ko kayo sa publiko o mamili kayo, Basilan o Jolo. Nauubusan na ako ng sundalo, kailangan ko na ang pulis tumulong,” he said.
The Philippine National Police has relieved and ordered the transfer of Cuntapay who had been accused of extorting money from a Singaporean national, a police official confirmed Thursday.
National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) chief Oscar Albayalde said the PNP is investigating a complaint coursed through a journalist accusing Cuntapay of demanding P750,000 from a Singaporean businessman in exchange for dropping an investigation into the foreigner’s alleged drug ties.
Investigators are also verifying claims that the bribe money was coursed through a retired official from the PNP Criminal Investigation and Detection Group.
The Singaporean has yet to file criminal charges against Cuntapay who will be dismissed from service if his alleged wrongdoing is proven, Albayalde added.
The President also said that he wanted a deputy intelligence officer of the Bureau of Customs dismissed.
“I want him suspended and out immediately. Suspended and out immediately. Kung ayaw niyang umalis sa Customs, ako ang magpapaalis sa kanya,” he said.
After the President’s outburst the Bureau of Customs ordered the relief of Atty. Arnel Alcaraz as officer-in-charge of the Enforcement Group
Customs Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon signed the order for Alcaraz’s relief on Wednesday. He designated Isabelo Tibayan III as temporary replacement.
“We are assuming [that it was Alcaraz] because we have not received any other formal charges against the other deputy commissioners. So since na-mention s’ya ni President kahapon, it is safe to assume na he was referring to him,” Atty. Mandy Anderson, chief of staff of Commissioner Faeldon, said in a statement.
The BoC said a graft case was filed before the National Bureau of Investigation against Alcaraz for alleged extortion. The bureau is currently working with the NBI to gather the affidavit of the complainants and other evidence for the investigation.
“Wala pang dumarating sa amin na any complaint against him. So we will be working hand-in-hand with the NBI to get whatever complaint was filed, and then we will initiate administrative investigation against him accordingly,” Anderson said.