Just two weeks ago, we called the attention of Philippine National Police (PNP) officer-in-charge Leonardo Espina through this column to the increasing complaints against “hulidap” and “kotong” cops in Metro Manila.
I believe Espina acted on the complaints but I understand the good general can only do so much in his capacity as OIC. Espina had submitted his resignation as OIC PNP chief as his July 19 retirement nears.
Noynoy Aquino, the disloyal Commander-in-Chief who sent Special Action Force commandos in a suicide mission and left them to die in the hands of blood-thirsty Moro Islamic Liberation Front fighters in Mamasapano, has not designated a new PNP chief leaving the national police in crisis.
The vengeful Noynoy was dismayed by the PNP Board of Inquiry report that he and his beloved Alan Purisima were responsible for the massacre of the SAF 44.
The PNP won respectability and public empathy because of the ultimate sacrifice made by the 44 police commanods on January 25.
We are hoping that the PNP will not “backslide” to its old ways and regain the “bad guy” image.
But last Friday, two Quezon City policemen along with seven others were arrested by operatives of the Central Police District (CPD) Criminal Investigation and Detection Unit (CIDU) in connection with two hulidap incidents.
This is not the first time or the second time policemen were involved in kidnapping for ransom or extortion, known as hulidap, under the supervision of DILG Secretary Mar Roxas.
Roxas calls his law-enforcement pakulo as “Lambat-Sibat” which should be “Lambat-Kotong.”
There are a number of hulidap or lambat-kotong victims who have not come forward to file formal charges for fear of reprisal from these scalawags.
Facing charges for kidnapping, serious illegal detention, extortion and carnapping are PO1 Adrian Momo Jr., 29, and PO1 Puut Bagtong Piya, 37.
At least 50 other policemen of the QCPD Station 6 in Batasan Hills, including station commander Supt. Victor Pagulayan, were relieved for their alleged involvement in the hulidap activities.
CPD director Chief Supt. Joel Pagdilao named Supt. Robert Sales to replace Pagulayan.
Pagdilao did not explain why Momo and Piya, formerly assigned at the Batasan station, remained in active duty after they figured in a previous hulidap case. They were reassigned to the National Capital Region Police Office’s Regional Police (NCRPO).
The two headed the gang that abducted 22-year-old Calvin Rey Noche and three of his friends in Fairview, Quezon City.
The CID launched the manhunt after Noche’s parents reported to the CPD headquarters that they had paid P50,000 to secure their son’s release.
Noche was taken to a game cock farm in Ismael Park Homes, San Mateo, Rizal province, and then to the Batasan station where the suspects forced him to sign a contract “pawning” his Pajero for P300,000.
The Pajero was later recovered in the Batasan Hills area while the Honda Jazz was recovered in Barangay Holy Spirit.
The gang initially demanded P1 million and uploaded a photo on Facebook showing the victim lying down and wearing a blindfold. His hands and feet were tied.
But Noche’s parents could only pay P50,000, sent through an online cash remittance service. Noche was released at the gate of Samaka Village, Fairview, on Tuesday.
A Starex van that the suspects used in the abduction was spotted at the Batasan police station compound, where the CID team arrested Momo, Piya and their accomplices while they were actually negotiating with another victim, Larry Jade Siervo, 18. Siervo said he was accosted and accused of carrying illegal drugs.
Ano ba ang pagkakaiba ng mga kriminal na pulis sa Abu Sayyaf at berdugong MILF? Wala po!
Govt dragging foot on pcg men’s abduction
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the captives of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG).
The latest hostages include two members of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) and a barangay captain abducted last month in Dapitan City, Zamboanga del Norte.
The PCG men were assigned to assist foreign tourists coming to Mindanao despite travel advisories issued by other countries, including the US.
These kidnappings for ransom have been going on too long, and a number of hostages may end up being beheaded by the ASG, who continue their reign of terror in southern Philippines.
Their fate would not have been given much attention until a video clip showing the PCG men pleading for their lives went viral online.
Their weeping relatives pleaded to President Noynoy on news broadcasts, frustrated over the DOTCs’ “foot-dragging” to secure the hostages’ safe release.