By: Denz Laguipo
THE Philippine National Police (PNP) of Caloocan City has not filed criminal charges against nine of its cops who were accused of robbery by a city resident who was a target of anti-drug operations last week.
Police said the supposed crime of robbery slapped on the nine policemen assigned at the Caloocan City PNP – Station Against Illegal Drugs (SAID) is still being investigated to ascertain the truth on the complaint.
Police record showed that SPO2 Noli Albis, SPO2 Remigio Valderama, PO2 Jay Jano, PO2 Benedict Antaran, PO2 John Francis Taganas, PO1 John Ray Dela Cruz, PO1 Carlomar Donato, PO1 Alexander Buhayo, and PO1 Rodie Germina were accused of robbing the personal things of Calanday family last December 5 at around 4 p.m.
Emilia Calanday said the nine armed men swooped down on his house in Barrio Santo Niño in Barangay 187 (Tala) and took some of their personal belongings without asking her permission.
The incident was caught in a CCTV placed near the area, which strongly suggest that there is a strong evidence to prove the guilt of the nine SAID cops.
In her complaint to the police, Calanday said the nine policemen came out from Toyota Innova (JBU-434) and forcibly barged into her house only to rob their personal belongings.
PNP Caloocan record noted that the Toyota Innova was issued to the PNP SAID-Caloocan North.
A dispatched book of SAID confirmed that the nine cops accused of robbery were on board the said vehicle when the robbery happened.
The probe on them was based on the directives of Senior Supt. John Almazan, the city’s PNP chief.
While the probe in ongoing, SPO2 Albis, SPO2 Valderama, PO2 Jano, PO2 Antaran, PO2 Taganas, PO1 Dela Cruz, PO1 Donato, PO1 Buhayo and PO1 Germina were transferred to the PNP Caloocan Administrative Holding Unit.
However, despite the sacking, still there is serious cloud of doubt on the Caloocan PNP’s war on drugs because Almazan only acted on the case on Thursday late afternoon, three days after the crime took place.
Police said the investigation is being done as necessary legal step before the PNP decides to file appropriate criminal charges on the nine “bad eggs” in the PNP.