Two Police Colonels face dismissal for P5k “kotong” – Robredo

Two Central Luzon-based senior police officers assigned at the PNP Aviation Security Group are facing dismissal from the service after a Singapore-bound lady plane passenger lodged a complaint against them before the National Police Commission for alleged grave misconduct thru extortion.

Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse M. Robredo, identified the extortion suspects as Senior Superintendent (Col.) Amador Hernandez and Superintendent (Lt. Col.) Eulogio Lovello Fabro, both assigned with the PNP Aviation Security Group at the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport, Clark, Pampanga.

The DILG chief, who is also the Napolcom chairman, said he has recommended the administrative relief against the two police officers pending investigation and resolution of their cases.

“I encourage the public to come out and report to us all “kotong” activities of our police officers including traffic law enforcers. We will spare no one, even high-ranking police officials in this campaign,” Robredo said.

The case against Hernandez and Fabro was first brought to the DILG chief’s attention by former Isabela congressman and now Isabela vice-governor Rodito Albano, whose constituent, Mary Ann Delgado, first approached for help.

“I told him (Albano) this case would fall under our Inter-Agency Anti-Kotong campaign,” the Robredo said.

The two subject PNP officers had undergone, after due notice, summary dismissal hearing pursuant to Section 42 of Republic Act 6975 as amended by Section 53 of RA 8551 in relation with Napolcom Memo Circular 2007-001.

The Napolcom, which is a collegial body and a policy-making office of the PNP, is set to decide on the fate of Hernandez and Fabro anytime soon, the DILG chief said.

Delgado, a resident of Binguang, San Pablo, Isabela, claimed that at about 11:00 am on October 3, 2011, she checked in at the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport, for her Singapore trip. She was with friends Brigida Estorquia and Nonilona Cureg.

When Delgado’s baggage passed through the airport’s X-Ray machine, the personnel assigned thereat noticed and later found out that she was carrying cash of more than P20,000 which she failed to declare in compliance to a Central Bank Circular that “excess money of more than P10,000 should be declared” before the local Bureau of Customs office.

A few minutes later, Delgado said she was brought inside the airport’s PNP ASG office where she met Senior Superintendent Hernandez who was in full police uniform and wearing a name tag in his chest. She said Hernandez was with a man wearing a jacket whom she later identified as Supt. Fabro.

Inside said office, Hernandez confiscated Delgado’s passport and inspected the cash money she was to bring to her Singapore trip. “Sinabi nila na kung dadalhin ako sa Customs ay made-delay ako sa flight ko at kukunin duon yung pera at iiwanan na lang ako ng P10,000. Nang magtanong ako kung ano magandang gawin, sinabi sa akin ni Supt. Hernandez na kung ano daw ang maluwag sa akin,” Delgado said.

“Sa takot ko at sa aking pagmamadali ay nakikiusap at nagmamakaawa ako ngunit patuloy pa rin siyang nagpaparinig at nananakot. At dahil sa aking takot ay na-alok ko siya ng halagang P1,000 ngunit pinagtawanan nila ako. Nagpa-dagdag sila ng nagpa-dagdag hanggang umabot ng P5,000,” she added.

Out of fear and the fact that she will be left behind of her flight if she failed to accede to the police officers’ demand, Delgado conceded. After getting the money, the police officers had her passport photo copied and forced her place her signature at the back of the paper.

“Nang tinanaong ko siya (Hernandez) kung bakit ako pipirma ng blangko, sinabi niya sa akin kung agrabyado daw ba ako. At sa laking takot ko ay napa-pirma ako para maka-alis na,” she said.

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