FOUR narcotics police officers assigned at the Las Piñas Police Station Drug Enforcement Unit (SDEU) are now being hunted by their colleagues after they tried to extort money from relatives of an alleged drug suspect they earlier arrested Wednesday night in Parañaque City.
Acting Southern Police District (SPD) director Senior Supt. Eliseo Cruz identified the rogue cops as PO3 Joel Lupig, PO2 Vener Guanlao, PO1 Jefferson Fulgencio and PO1 Jeffrey de Leon.
Earlier, the police officers arrested one Cyrus Liguitan, of Block 60, Lot 6, Zone 3, Bgy. Bulihan, Silang, Cavite, somewhere in Las Piñas City allegedly for possession of illegal drugs.
The policemen demanded P200,000 from the suspect’s sister, Shelane Liguitan, 28, in exchange for the release of Cyrus, until it was lowered to P30,000, prompting the latter to seek the assistance of Cavite Provincial Police Intelligence Branch and Silang police.
An entrapment operation was conducted by joint elements of Cavite Provincial Police Office, Silang Police Station, Las Piñas City Police Station and Paranaque City Police Station at 11 p.m. at the corner of Quirino Avenue and Victor Medina St. in Parañaque City.
However, instead of the rogue cops, a 13-year-old boy appeared and told Shelane that he was asked by the police to receive the money, so he was arrested while the policemen who were on board an Izusu Highlander managed to escape.
Recovered from the boy was the P30,000 boodle marked money, a gun replica and Mio motorcycle without license plate allegedly owned by certain PO1 Buenaventura.
A report received by Las Piñas police chief Senior Supt. Marion Balolong said Cyrus Liguitan was later freed by the suspects but his relatives claimed that they have not seen him yet as of this writing.