PAO files charges against 15 policemen in Caloocan robbery

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PAO files charges against 15 policemen in Caloocan robbery
PAO says the policemen used a minor to steal from a house they broke into in a supposed anti-illegal drug raid on September 7

MANILA, Philippines – The Public Attorney’s Office on Wednesday, September 27, filed criminal charges against 15 policemen from Caloocan City who were seen on a CCTV video stealing from a house where there was supposed to be an anti-illegal drug operation last September 7.

The policemen reportedly even used a minor to steal from the house. 

The following were charged by the Department of Justice (DOJ) with robbery, trespassing, violations of the anti-child abuse law (Republic Act 7610), and violation of domicile:

  1. Senior Inspector Warren Peralta
  2. Chief Inspector Timothy Aniway Jr.
  3. Police Officer 1 Sherwin Rivera
  4. Police Officer 1 Louie Serrano
  5. Police Officer 1 Marvin Poblete
  6. Police Officer 1 Jay Gabanata
  7. Police Officer 1 Jaime Natividad
  8. Police Officer 1 Jaypee Tulay
  9. Police Officer 1 Ariel Furio
  10. Police Officer 1 Rohelio Julaton
  11. Police Officer 1 Joel Leaban
  12. Police Officer 1 Rene Llanto
  13. Police Officer 1 Michael Miguel
  14. Police Officer 1 Francis Ruiz Quidic
  15. Police Officer 1 Jay-R Sabangan

Two unidentified respondents known only as “John Does” were also included in the complaint.

Closed circuit television (CCTV) camera footage provided by the 51-year-old businesswoman owner of the house in Barangay 188, Tala, Caloocan City showed the policemen – who were not wearing their uniforms – use a bolt cutter to break the lock of the gates. 

A minor was with the policemen and was seen taking two watches and a phone from the house. The busineswoman said cash of around P30,000 was also missing.

The raid was apparently conducted without a court-issued search warrant, and no  spot report was filed on the raid.

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre ordered the DOJ to look into including a possible child abuse case against the respondents.

The policemen were ordered relieved from duty by Northern Police District (NPD) Chief Supt. Amando Clifton Empiso. –

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