Entire Pasay police station anti-drug team sacked for extortion

Rambo Talabong
The Pasay Police Station 1 drug enforcement team allegedly demanded P100,000 from the family of a detained drug suspect in exchange for freedom

LONE ARREST. Only one cop was arrested from the anti-drug team, PO2 Sajid Anwar Nasser. The rest were able to escape. PNP CITF photo

MANILA, Philippines – The entire anti-drug team of the Pasay City Police Station 1 was sacked on Wednesday, March 6, after allegedly extorting from the family of a detained drug suspect in exchange for freedom.

According to the report from the police Counterintelligence Task Force (CITF), they received a complaint from a certain Joan dela Torre who alleged that her partner George Revilla was arrested by the Pasay station’s drug enforcement team (SDET) then demanded P100,000 for his freedom.

The entrapment occurred early morning March 6, led by Metro Manila police chief Director Guillermo Eleazar. Dela Torre handed P100,000 as boodle money before cops barged into the scene. 

Only one policeman was arrested: Police Officer III Sajid Anwar Nasser.

Some 6 other cops were inside the police station during the sting but were able to escape counterintelligence cops. They also took the P100,000 boodle money with them.

Cops are currently in pursuit of the escaped policemen, but Eleazar has already ordered the firing of all members of the drug team as a pre-emptive measure.

The police chief of Pasay City, Senior Superintendent Noel Flores has also been relieved for command responsibility. – Rappler.com

Rambo Talabong

Rambo Talabong covers the House of Representatives and local governments for Rappler. Prior to this, he covered security and crime. He was named Jaime V. Ongpin Fellow in 2019 for his reporting on President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs. In 2021, he was selected as a journalism fellow by the Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics.