AGENTS of the Philippine National Police Integrity Monitoring and Enforcement Group (PNP-IMEG) on Thursday afternoon arrested the chief of the Bacolod City Criminal Investigation and Detection Group and his pal for robbery-extortion, PNP-IMEG director, Colonel Ronald O. Lee announced yesterday.
In a report to PNP chief, General Archie Francisco F. Gamboa, the PNP-IMEG chief identified the accused as Major Melvin Madrona and his civilian cohort Jay-R dela Cruz, a 40-year old cockfighting fowl handler from the Guanzon Cockpit Arena in Mansilingan, Bacolod City. Madrona denied the charges against him and said he is ready to face his accusers in court.
“We have arrested another police officer accused of extortion in line with our continuing implementation of Gen. Gamboa’s directive to go after rogues in uniform regardless of their rank and stature. We also assure the public that we will immediately and properly act on all complaints against erring police officers and men being forwarded to us,” Lee said.
According to Lee, the two suspects were placed under arrest during an entrapment operation inside the cockpit arena in Mansilingan shortly after they received P5,000 in marked bills from the complainant around 5:35 p.m. Thursday. The arresting officers came from the PNP-IMEG Visayas Field Unit who were backed-up by a team of commandos from the PNP Special Action Force, the 6th Criminal Investigation and Detection Unit and the Police Regional Office 6 Regional Intelligence Division, Lee added.
The official said that he ordered the conduct of the sting following a complaint from the owners of the Ztrip Zone KTV Bar located at Golden Field Commercial Complex in Barangay Singcang, Bacolod City.
It turned out that the complainants identified as Ashly Alba, Rosalie Pesquera and Rizaldy Claver sought the assistance of the PNP-IMEG after the accused allegedly demanded a weekly ‘P5,000 protection money from them.
The three told PNP-IMEG officials that they were asked to give the P5,000 every Thursday of the week in exchange for the unhampered operations of their KTV bar.
Lee said that their investigation showed that at around 11 p.m. last February 8, members of the Bacolod City CIDG led by Madrona raided the KTV bar and arrested Pesquera, 10 of their lady dancers and 12 of their Japanese customers.
The policemen brought Pesquera, the KTV bar workers and their Japanese clients to their office in Bacolod City and released them the following day on the condition that Pesquera will give them P5,000 a week.