The service firearms of four Quezon City policemen were confiscated after confirmatory drug tests showed that they were hooked on shabu.
Acting Quezon City Police District (QCPD) director Senior Supt. Guillermo Lorenzo Eleazar identified the four as PO2 Marlou T. Baradi, PO2 Cornelio M. Sarmiento, PO1 John Santos and PO1 Porferio Sarigumba.
Eleazar detailed the four policemen to the support service of the QCPD at Camp Karingal while criminal and administrative charges are being prepared against them. Meanwhile, four members of the Northern Police District were sacked and restricted to barracks after they were accused of extortion.
The four, who were detailed at the District Anti-Illegal Drugs (DAID), were accused by a suspected drug pusher of mulcting.
NPD Director Senior Supt. Roberto Fajardo had disarmed the policemen. He refused to identify the four pending their investigation.
Fajardo said the suspected drug pusher, Hasnor Cosain, had been arrested several times but no complaint was ever filed against him.
“Since he is giving some monetary consideration to the operatives, no case has been filed against him and instead he became a sponsor to some corrupt authorities,” Fajardo said.
Cosain complained of the mulcting activities of the policemen when he could no longer come up with the money to pay them.
Fajardo said that Cosain will still need to file a formal complaint that will be the basis of a probe by the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG).
“It’s up to the CIDG to file the case against the four NPD policemen and even against the complainant if it will be proven that Cosain is also involved in illegal drug activities,” Fajardo told reporters.
Meanwhile, Marikina City Mayor Marcelino Teodoro on Thursday urged President Rodrigo Duterte to identify the 23 mayors allegedly involved in the illegal drug trade.
“He should name them all because all of us mayors are under suspicion,” Teodoro, a first-term mayor and former congressman, said.
“I am willing to undergo drug test. I will also urge the City Councilors to do the same,” he added.
Duterte earlier said that many mayors are involved in the illegal drug trade and that he will identify them in due time.
The President had named five police generals allegedly involved in illegal drugs as well as three top drug lords operation in the counry.