ANGELES City -- The seven policemen here accused of kidnapping and robbing three Korean tourists surrendered last Tuesday to Pampanga Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) after learning that an arrest warrant was issued against them.
Judge Irineo Pangilinan Jr. of the Regional Trial Court Branch 58 issued on October 10 a warrant for the arrest of PO3 Roentgen Domingo, PO3 Jose Yumul Jr., PO2 Richard King Aga-pito, PO2 Ruben Rodriguez II, PO2 Rommel Manicdao, PO1 Mark Joseph Pineda and PO1 Jayson Ibe.
The seven city cops, who were personally punished difficult push-up positions by Philippine National Police Chief Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa last February 1, are accused of kidnapping three Koreans from a house in Friendship Plaza Subdivision, this city, last December 30 and of robbing them.
The suspects went to the office of Pampanga CIDG head Chief Insp. Rommel Labalan, who turned them over to the court.
The lawyer of the seven accused cops initially filed a motion for the suspension or deferment of the issuance of a warrant of arrest against his clients, which the court denied.
A motion for the speedy trial and request for custody at the Pampanga CIDG or Provincial Jail were also filed by the lawyer.
Meantime, the cops were committed to the city jail, pending the resolution of the request and while awaiting the pre-trial on November 8.
Dela Rosa continuously reprimanded the seven policemen for several minutes, even shouting curses at them last Feb. 1 at Camp Tomas Pepito.
He later asked them to lean on the pavement and asked them to do a difficult push-up position where one hand is above another until some of the cop suspects could no longer hold their position.
The alleged involvement of the seven cops to crimes committed against foreign tourists resulted in the sacking of then city police director Senior Supt. Sydney Villaflor “for lack of supervision” by then Police Regional Office 3 director and now Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency head Chief Supt. Aaron Aquino.