5 ‘Kotong cops’ nabbed in Zamboanga City

5 ‘Kotong cops’ nabbed in Zamboanga City

By Arwen Pascua

MANILA — A police major and his four subordinate policemen were arrested by the PNP Integrity Monitoring and Enforcement Group (IMEG) for alleged robbery-extortion in Zamboanga City on Monday.

PNP Officer-in-Charge Police Lieutenant General Guillermo Lorenzo T Eleazar said Major Orlyn Leyte, Officer-in-Charge of Police Station 9, Zamboanga City Police Station, and four members of PS9 Station Drug Enforcement Unit namely, PSSg Hegenio Salvador, PSSg Asser Abdulkadim, PCpl Ismael Sasapan, and Cpl Juman Arabani were arrested by joint operatives of Mindanao Field Unit (MFU) IMEG, RIU9, RID, RSOG-PRO9, HPG9, Zamboanga CPS, and 55th SAC during a law enforcement operation around 6:45 p.m. in Barangay Ayala, Zamboanga City.

Further investigation disclosed that the entrapment operation stemmed from a complaint that Major Leyte allegedly demanded P90,000 from the victim, Mrs. Melanie Casabuena Saloria, 57 years old, businesswoman, resident of Zone 3B, Brgy. Cawit, Zamboanga City as “settlement” for her alleged involvement in illegal drug activity.

According to Eleazar, a case of Robbery Extortion and Violation of RA 3019 Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act and RA 6713 Code of Conduct and Ethical Standard for Public Official and Employees are now being prepared by the joint IMEG, MFU investigators against the personnel involved.

Recovered pieces of evidence were marked money amounting to P2,000, 88 pieces of 1,000 peso bills boodle money, and a Beretta 9mm Pistol with three (3) loaded magazines.

Arrested personnel were already under the restrictive custody of the City Director of Zamboanga City Police Office and are now temporarily detained at Zamboanga City Police Office for proper disposition and eventual filing of the case.

“The PNP will not tolerate personnel engaging in any unlawful and illegal acts. Officers must serve as a role model to their subordinates,” Eleazar said.

The five arrested PNP personnel will be placed under Automatic Leave of Absence while under detention, Eleazar said. (AI/MTVN)

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