TAYABAS CITY -- Policemen manning a checkpoint held a fellow policeman after he was found ferrying seven persons for a fee despite the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) rule, along the provincial road at Bgy. Ibabang Ilasan in this city.
Quezon police director, Col. Audie Madrideo said Patrolman Nerio Jojo Bravo Jr., currently assigned at District Mobile Force Battalion at the US Embassy in Manila was placed under arrest along with his 7 passengers.
He identified them as Joseph Adan, Jayson Nanea and James Paulo Abcede, residents of Bgy. Masin; Raymund Lavado, of Bgy. Ilayang Ilasan; Aillen Villafria of Bgy. Silangang Palale; Maria Dialola and Arvie Lavado of Bgy. Ibabang Ilasan, all of this city.
City police chief Major Mark Amat said his men who were manning the checkpoint flagged down a black Mitsubishi X-Pander without attached plate number at 12: 15 p.m. following reports that its driver has been transporting Unauthorized Persons Outside Residence (UPOR) from Rizal province.
When asked, Bravo who was wearing a police uniform failed to present necessary documents for him and his passengers to justify the legality of their travel.
During investigation, Amat said it was found out that the rookie cop earlier made an arrangement with his passengers through Facebook Messenger that he will pick them up in Taytay, Rizal and will have them ferried in this city in the amount of ₱2,500 each.
"Patrolman Bravo has been using his authority as a police officer by wearing uniform to get through all the Quarantine Control Points", said Amat.
The suspects are currently detained in Tayabas City Police Station custodial facility.
Quezon police under Madrideo is strictly enforcing ECQ rule in the entire province, which so far, has 53 confirmed coronavirus desease (COVID-19) cases including 28 health workers with 7 deaths.