AGENTS of the Philippine National Police Counter-Intelligence Task Force early morning Friday raided an illegal ‘tupada’ in Tondo, Manila and arrested two members of the Manila Police District found to be involved in the banned cockfighting activity while still in their half-uniforms, PNP-CITF director, Senior Superintendent Romeo M. Caramat Jr. announced yesterday.
In a report to PNP chief, Director General Oscar D. Albayalde, the official identified the arrested Manila policemen as Police Officers 2 Melchor Rawis and Emerson Frutas, both assigned with the MPD Station 1 in Tondo.
Caramat said the two were still wearing their GOA B uniform when arrested along with five other civilians during the ‘tupada’ raid in Road 10, Rawis, Tondo at 11:45 a.m. Friday.
Confiscated during the raid were one caliber .45 pistol with six bullets and a Glock 9mm pistol with three magazines containing 19 live ammunition belonging to the two policemen as well as two fighting cocks, two gaffs or ‘tari’ and P15,000 bets in different denominations.
According to Caramat, they conducted the raid amid a complaint from local barangay officials regarding the presence of some MPD operatives who are involved in the ‘tupada’ operations in their area which has been tagged as main reason behind the proliferation of petty crimes and trouble in the said barangay.
The seven suspects were immediately taken to the PNP-CITF headquarters in Camp Crame for booking and detention shortly after their arrest. The two policemen will be facing criminal charges for illegal cockfighting and administrative charges for grave misconduct.
Friday’s raid came nearly three weeks after PNP-CITF operatives raided a ‘tupada’ operation in Bgy. Bayangan, Muntinlupa City where they arrested PO2 Yob Enguio, a policeman included on the ‘narco-list’ of President Duterte and five civilians.
Recovered during the raid were four fighting cocks, two ‘tari’ and P8,600 in bets.
Caramat described PO2 Enugio as a former Muntinlupa City policeman who was ordered transferred to the Basilan Police Provincial Office in 2016 after he was accused of being a drug distributor in the city.
The Muntinlupa raid also came in the wake of complaints sent to the PNP-CITF hotlines wherein callers accused a policeman of operating an illegal cockfighting in their community.