ACTING Quezon City Police District (QCPD) director Senior Supt. Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar said four personnel of the District Public Safety Battalion-Tactical Motorized Unit (DPSB-TMU) were relieved from their posts and face criminal and administrative charges for alleged robbery-extortion of a motorist.
Eleazar identified the cops as PO3 Teodoro Morales, PO3 Drazen Calix, PO2 Juan de Asis and PO1 Philip John Laylo.
Investigation showed that at 7 p.m. on November 4, 2016, complainant Rex Macabeo Jr. was driving along Commonwealth Avenue on his way to Fairview when a police car suddenly cut him off and forced him to stop.
Four officers in complete uniform alighted and surrounded Macabeo’s vehicle. The victim asked the police officers what violation he had committed but they did not tell him. Instead, he was asked to step out of his vehicle. The officers searched his car and found a bolo under the rubber mat of the front passenger’s seat.
The officers then instructed Macabeo to board his vehicle and follow the police car which drove for two to three kilometers and then stopped in a dark portion of Commonwealth Avenue.
The police officers allegedly threatened the victim with a 12-year prison sentence for the bolo found in his car. They also said they would bring Macabeo to Batasan Police Station for inquest and that he may have to pay a huge amount of money for bail.
The officers demanded cash from the victim to settle the case but he refused. PO3 Morales then took the cash from Macabeo’s driver’s license holder amounting to P360 and the suspects allowed the victim to go home.
When Macabeo arrived home, he found out that the P31,000 hidden in the pocket of his pants in his car was missing. The next day, he went to the QCPD Criminal Investigation and Detection Unit (CIDU) to file a complaint.
After investigation, the four were transferred to the District Headquarters Support Unit (DHSU) at Camp Karingal, QC, effective Nov. 8, 2016, under restrictive custody. Robbery-extortion charges were filed against them before the QC Prosecutor’s Office yesterday morning.
Eleazar said that aside from the criminal charges, administrative charges, which can lead to summary dismissal, were also filed. The cases are being investigated by the District Internal Affairs Service (DIAS).