WPD DRUG BUSTER BUSTED
THE head of the Western Police District's anti-drug unit has been sacked
due to numerous complaints of extortion against him and his men.
Deputy Director General Edgar Aglipay said Supt. Marcelino Pedroro, Jr.
should be relieved while the extortion complaint is being investigated.
Pedroso and his men were accused of trying to extort P600,000 from a
Chinese storeowner in Binondo, Manila. The businessman was told that drug
charges will be filed against him if he did not pay up.
Aglipay, head of the Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Force
(AID-SOTF), vowed to file charges against Pedroso and his men should they
be found guilty of the accusations against them.
He said Pedroso's relief should serve as a warning that he will rid
AID-S0TF ranks of personnel involved in extortion cases like frame-up,
planting of evidence, "bangketa," "hulidap," "kalawit," and kidnapping.
"Bangketa and kalawit cops are the devils in the organization. We will not
stop until we crush the last in their tribe," Aglipay stressed.
Metro police chief Director Ricardo de Leon earlier ordered Pedroso
investigated after four of his men and those from the intelligence unit
were accused of shaking down a Chinese couple.
The Metro police chief also ordered WPD director Chief Supt. Pedro Bulaong
to revamp the WPD's anti-drug unit and other support units to stop
Aglipay said there will be no whitewash of Pedroso's case, adding that the
officer's calling cards were also recovered from a raided shabu laboratory
in Paranaque City last year. He said that at least 302 erring policemen
have been arrested since the drive against police scalawags was launched
Among those arrested was Senior Insp. Wilfredo Abordo, head of the Manila
police station 8 anti-drug unit. Abordo was captured inside Camp Crame last
month for his involvement in the kidnapping of suspected drug lord Benito
Chua in Las Pinas City.
Abordo, a member of the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) Class
'98, and 13 others were charged with kidnapping before the Department of