Isko orders probe of cops ‘detained’ by drug suspects

June 13, 2020
Isko Moreno

MANILA Mayor Isko Moreno has ordered an investigation into the incident where for several hours, six policemen from the Manila Police District-Ermita Station 5 were ‘detained’ in the house of the suspects they were supposed to arrest in San Andres Bukid, Manila on Friday night.

Moreno also wants to get into the bottom of the initial information that reached his office, saying the police team involved operated in an area that does not fall under their jurisdiction.

“We have to know with certainty what happened and why before we come up with any conclusion on the issue,” Moreno said.

The mayor also noted that the policemen only got to be ‘released’ from detention  when a reinforcement unit from the MPD’s special weapons and tactics (SWAT) team arrived and removed the padlock placed in the gate by the suspects’ relatives.

The operation’s main target identified as Saadudin Alawiya alias ‘Boss’, a sales agent, of 2458-D. Amatista St., San Andres Bukid, Manila and his associate, Abdullah Maute, 29,  of  No. 2458-C, also on Amatista Street, were subsequently arrested and processed at the MPD-Station 6 and not at the Ermita Police station. Police said the two are in the MPD station’s drug watchlist.

It was learned that the incident stemmed from a drug buy-bust operation conducted by a police team led by one Lt. Job Jimenez and members of the Station Drug Enforcement Team of the MPD- Ermita Station 5 at around 5 p.m.

In the course of the transaction,  Alawiya sensed he was talking to a cop posing as a buyer and rushed into his home.

The police pursued him and it was when the suspect’s relatives padlocked the gate, as they asked for the cops’ IDs and warrant of arrest and branded the operation as illegal. They claim that their suspicion was aroused when they saw that the original plate number of the van used by the operatives was covered with another one.

The cops were able to get out of the place at around 11 p.m. already, bringing along the two suspects with them.  Confiscated from them were eight

Sachets of shabu worth more than P258,000, two cellphone units and the P1,000 marked, buy-bust money.

This was after the suspects’ lawyers arrived, along with the barangay chairman and the SWAT team.

The suspects were brought to the MPD-Station 6 where they were processed and the drug markings and inventory were done.