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President Duterte offers PHP14-M bounty for 7 cops linked to kidnapping, robbery, carnapping

MANILA (Philippines News Agency)  — President Rodrigo Roa Duterte has offered a PHP2-million reward for each of the seven policemen suspected involved in a kidnapping and robbery incident in Malabon City.

In a press conference in Camp Crame, Quezon City on Tuesday, Philippine National Police Counter-Intelligence Task Force (PNP-CITF) commander, Senior Supt. Jose “Chiquito” Malayo, announced that President Duterte, through PNP chief Director General Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa, has offered a PHP2-million reward for any information leading to the arrest “dead or alive” of the seven policemen suspected involved in the kidnapping and robbery extortion incident in Malabon City.

Dela Rosa is included in the official delegation of President Duterte’s state visit in Russia from May 22-26, 2017.

The seven at-large suspects were identified as PO3 Luis Hizon, Jr.; PO2 Michael Huerto; PO2 Jovito Roque; PO2 Michael Angelo Solomon; and PO1 Ricky Lamsen, who are all members of the Malabon City police; SPO2 Jerry Dela Torre, of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG); and PO2 Bernardino Pacoma, of the Civil Security Group (CSG).

Their alleged co-horts, the four operatives of the Drug Enforcement Unit (DEU) of the Philippine National Police (PNP) in Malabon City were arrested on Monday for kidnapping and robbery.

The suspects were identified as SP02 Ricky Pelicano, P02 Wilson Sanchez, P01 Joselito Ereneo and P01 Frances Camua.

Malayo said the four arrested policemen were already charged before the Department of Justice (DOJ) with carnapping, robbery, kidnapping and planting of evidence.

The arrest of the four suspects arose from the complaint of the family of alias “Norma”, who was abducted by said police officers in Quezon City after she visited her boyfriend Raymond Bongabon at the Medium Security Compound of the New Bilibid Prisons (NBP) in Muntinlupa City.

Ten DEU operatives allegedly detained Norma and demanded PHP2 million which was later lowered to PHP1 million after negotiations in exchange for her liberty.

The group also allegedly instigated the complainant to transact with her Chinese contact for one kilo of shabu which was picked up in a hotel in Novaliches, Quezon City.

The DEU operatives then contacted Bongabon to produce the PHP1 million for the release of the victim.

However, the payoff did not push through and the suspects decided to file a case against the victim with the shabu presented as evidence. (PNA)#REALNUMBERS

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