A couple identified three police officers who robbed them of P100,000 cash last September 2 at 4:15 a.m along Quirino Avenue in Manila.
Noel Panganiban, 36, a seaman, and his wife Josephine, 31, identified the suspects from the photo gallery of the Manila Police District headquarters.
The victims said the policemen are Police Officer 3 Reynaldo Ferrer of Station 5, Senior Police Officer 1 Cornelio Flores Grayando of Station 4 and PO3 Joel Agujo Marquez of Public Safety Battalion.
Investigation head Senior Inspector Arsenio Riparip on Wednesday said he had invited his three colleagues for questioning but they are yet to report at press time.
“If they don’t report today, we will file the proper charges before the Manila Prosecutor’s Office,” Riparip added.
The victims said they were walking toward Roxas Boulevard when the police officers stopped them and forcibly opened their bag.
Upon seeing the money, one of the policemen, the Panganibans added, took it.
After the incident, a certain Rolando Bituin accompanied the victims to a nearby police station to report the incident.
The couple are residents of San Fernando Compound, Lucena City, Quezon.
The wife said she had just picked up her husband from the airport. They were just waiting for the first bus trip to Lucena. Her husband, she said, had wished to see the sunrise along Roxas Boulevard.
Meanwhile, four armed men, who were believed to be also police officers, were tagged as responsible for abducting Patrick Palcido, 41, a businessman of 1051 J. Marzan Street, Sampaloc, Manila, at 7 p.m. on Tuesday along Dapitan Street.
A sister of the victim, Sheila, witnessed the incident and reported it to the police.
Investigators from the Manila Police District (MPD) are still ascertaining if indeed the suspects are policemen.
At this writing, police have not received any hint as to the whereabouts of the victim.
Riparip said it is not yet confirmed if the suspects are policemen. He had invited the sister of the victim to identify the suspects from the photo gallery but Sheila has not reported to MPD headquarters.
The MPD commander, Chief Supt. Rolando Asuncion, vowed to eradicate rogue policemen.
Just last week, Asuncion disarmed PO3 Ranilo dela Vital and PO1 Joel Morales, both assigned at Police Station 5 in Ermita district, who took the P3,000 cash of a certain Alex Llamas, 44.
Llamas was asked to go to Paco Market last September 8 to buy food for police officers who were on training at the district headquarters. The policemen grabbed the money from him despite showing to the suspects the text message of Inspector Danilo Buyao, head of District Intelligence Division, directing him to prepare the food for the trainees.
Dela Vital and Llamas were charged for robbery and unlawful arrest before the Manila Prosecutor’s Office.
Before netizen uproar over a recent arrest-hold-up involving policemen of Quezon City, seven Manila policemen had been accused of extortion.
The suspects were identified as Senior Insp. Adolfo Balayo, commander of España Police Community Precinct and his subordinates PO1 Roestrell Ocampo, PO2 Masigan Bragais and four others whose identifies are being confirmed.
Riparip explained that the still unnamed police officers are yet to be confirmed by victims.
Balayo allegedly was bragging that he has a relative employed ar the Office of the Ombudsman.
According to investigator SPO1 Donald Panaligan, a certain Harries Estrada, 21, a delivery boy and resident of Josefina Street, Sampaloc, Manila, last August 14 complained that the group of Balayo went to the LPG (liquefied petroleum gas) store where he was working and confiscated several cylinders.
The accused demanded P30,000 in exchange for the release of the LPG cylinders.
The policemen also demanded from Estrada P1,000 every week, an amount that he deemed wastoo much, prompting him to seek help from MPD investigators.
Another complainant, a certain Mark John Gamboa of 110 Bagong Buhay Street, Galas, Quezon City, said the group of Balayo forced him to cough out P40,000 in exchange for his release after he was wrongly accused of being a car thief.
The group of Balayo was again summoned twice–on August 18 and 25–but the police officer failed to appear, prompting investigators to file charges of unlawful arrest, extortion and arbitrary detention before the Manila Prosecutor’s Office.