The head of the Manila Police District’s (MPD) traffic unit and her subordinate were sacked from their posts after one of them was caught collecting weekly payola from operators of buses, particularly those passing the Lawton area.
Relieved from their posts were Traffic Enforcement Unit head Chief Supt. Lucile Faycho and Police Officer 2 Joseph Buan, who was captured on July 28 in an entrapment operation set up by operatives of the Counter Intelligence Task Force (CITF), according to MPD spokesman Supt. Erwin Margarejo.
The CITF received reports that Buan and his colleagues were collecting P500 to P2,000 weekly from bus operators of Viofel, EPL, and Yohan Bus Company.
Margarejo clarified that Faycho was relieved for “command responsibility.” She, however, will be investigated by the Internal Affairs Service (IAS).
“After 30 days, we expect IAS to release a resolution detailing the penalties or sanctions,” Margarejo told The Manila Times.
Named temporary head of TEU was Chief Insp. Alejandro Pelias.
Buan’s arrest outraged Mayor Joseph Estrada.
“This unfortunate incident undermines our efforts to professionalize our city police force, so I want to know how and why this criminal activity had been tolerated, and who are the people protecting it,” Estrada said in a statement.
Estrada directed MPD head Chief Supt. Joel Coronel to report to him those in cahoots with Buan.
Coronel said they will wait for the result of the investigation before deciding whether or not to file charges against the two police officers.
“Depending on the results of our investigation, if we find probable cause to charge them, then that’s the time they
will have to be transferred or reassigned permanently,” he said.
If Faycho is cleared of any criminal or administrative liability, she will be reinstated to her post, Coronel said.
On July 7, CITF personnel also arrested Chief Insp. Ramon Nazario, commander of the police community precinct at the University Belt, based on the extortion complaint filed by a group of vendors.
Nazario was arrested along with Barangay 409, Zone 42 Kagawad Gregorio Bernardo and Raymund Baga.
On July 21, CITF personnel again conducted an operation in Manila, arresting P01 Raymund Gulapa who allegedly demanded P15,000 from an arrested drug suspect.