A PHILIPPINE National Police Intelligence Monitoring and Enforcement Group (PNP-IMEG)-led anti-rogue cop operation in Marikina City on Tuesday resulted in the arrest of a member of the Regional Drug Enforcement Unit of the National Capital Region Police Office who kept for his personal use a stolen motorcycle seized from drug offender last April 5, PNP-IMEG director, Brigadier General Ronald O. Lee announced yesterday.
In a report to PNP chief, General Archie Francisco F. Gamboa, the official said their operation which was done in full coordination with NCRPO director, Major Gen. Debold M. Sinas resulted in the arrest of Patrolman Orlando Estrella Perez, a 43-year old resident of Kagitingan Street in Calumpang, Marikina City.
“There will be no respite in our crackdown against scalawags despite the ongoing strict enforcement of the Enhanced Community Quarantine to help prevent the further spread of COVID-19.
This is in line with our continuing effort to identify and arrest PNP personnel who illegally use recovered and carnapped vehicles and motorcycles as part of the massive internal cleansing program ordered by Gen. Gamboa,” Lee said.
Lee said recovered from the rogue policeman during the operation in his residence in Kagitingan Street at around 4:50 p.m. Tuesday was a stolen black Mio Sporty motorcycle with plate no. 1303-0575580.
The suspect was stripped of his PNP-issued Pietro Beretta semi-automatic pistol with two magazines without ammunition, the official said.
According to Lee, the operation was triggered by an information from the PNP Intelligence Group.
He said the PNP-IG headed by Brig. Gen. Jesus D. Cambay Jr. discovered that the suspect was using the stolen motorcycle which he and his colleagues recovered during an anti-illegal drug operation in Marikina City last April 5.
“It turned out that the stolen motorbike was not included in the inventory of confiscated evidence during that operation in Marikina City and was instead kept by Pat. Perez for his personal use,” said Lee.
An angry Maj. Gen. Sinas ordered the conduct of summary dismissal proceedings against the arrested policeman whom he ordered to be subjected to a thorough tactical investigation by the PNP-IMEG and the NCRPO-RSOG to determine if his colleagues have knowledge of the irregularity.
Sinas also ordered the administrative relief of all personnel of the NCRPO-RDEU and their reassignment to other Metro Manila police units following the incident. He also ordered the conduct of a drug test on the RDEU officers and men.
Lee said they found out prior to Tuesday’s operation the accused cop confiscated the motorcycle during the April 5 operation in Marikina but did not report it to the Investigator-on-Case.
Instead, he brought the motorbike to his residence and turned it into his service vehicle.
Journal Group sources said that Pat. Perez was previously monitored to be involved in illegal drug activities specifically the so-called ‘hulidap/bangketa’ operations and pilferage of confiscated drug evidence.
The cop’s former superior was investigated and charged after he was caught pilfering part of the 30 grams of shabu recovered in an anti-narcotics operation April 6.
The officer and other members of Marikina City SDEU were relieved last April 6 after the NCRPO found out that the officer declared only 13 grams of shabu were recovered during the operation instead of 30 grams.
However, the cop was not included in the National Drug Watch List.
The accused is now being held at the PNP-IMEG lock-up facility facing a string of criminal and administrative charges.