Pampanga town police chief relieved over men’s extortion activity
PAMPANGA, Philippines – The Regional Police Office 3 (PRO3) has relieved the police chief of Magalang town here after two of his men allegedly extorted money from the wife of a drug suspect they earlier arrested.
Chief Superintendent Amador Corpus said in a statement on Wednesday, September 13, that the relief of Superintendent Al Cabauatan was “a matter of standard procedure” while the PRO3 investigates the incident.
On Tuesday night, September 12, operatives of the Pampanga Provincial Police Office’s Public Safety Company arrested Senior Police Officer 1 Jessie Lopez in an entrapment operation in Barangay San Nicolas 1, Magalang town.
The entrapment operation was triggered by the complaint of Maricar Canlapan, who reported to the provincial police that Lopez and Senior Inspector Philipp Pelle had demanded P30,000 “as settlement” for the illegal drug case filed against her husband, Roel Canlapan.
Only Lopez showed up during the entrapment operation.
Authorities recovered from Lopez the P30,000 he received from the Canlapans, his .45 caliber Norinco service firearm loaded with 11 live bullets, and two mobile phones which supposedly contain the text messages he had sent and received from Mrs Canlapan.
Corpus said he ordered the filing of robbery and extortion charges against Lopez and Pelle at the Pampanga Provincial Prosecutor’s Office.
He said filing charges against the erring cops reflected the efforts of the Philippine National Police to "remove bad eggs in the police force."
Corpus also ordered the Angeles City police to investigate the shooting of a female agent of the Public Safety Savings and Loan Association, Incorporated (PPSLAI) in Angeles City on Tuesday, September 12.
Rosana Agrano, 46, was shot in the head by a lone motorcycle-riding gunman in broad daylight in front of the parking entrance of Super 8 Supermarket in Barangay Sto Domingo, Angeles City.
The victim remained in critical condition as of posting.
According to police, Agrano was walking in front of the supermarket at 2:50 pm on Tuesday when the suspect shot her in the head.
The initial investigation showed that Agrano is a resident of EMS Barrio community just outside Camp Olivas, the headquarters of the PRO3. She owns a sari-sari store and works as an agent of the PPSLAI, which is located inside the regional police camp.
The PPSLAI offers loan and savings services to officers and employees of the PNP, Bureau of Fire Protection, and Bureau of Jail Management and Penology.
The PRO3 investigation will ialso determine if the shooting incident was work-related or if any public safety officer was involved in the attempt to murder her. – Rappler.com