New Metro Manila police chief vows to go after abusive cops

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Friday, September 7, 2012

MANILA -- The new chief of the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) said he will do everything to pursue abusive law enforcers after two cops allegedly tried to extort money from his own son.

In a radio interview on Friday, Chief Superintendent Leonardo Espina, new NCRPO head, said he will not allow the so-called "kotong cops" to destroy the image of the Philippine National Police (PNP).

"[D]apat tanggalin ang mga ganitong klaseng pulis [These cops should be discharged]," Espina also said in earlier interviews with reporters.

On Tuesday evening, two policemen chanced on a vehicle parked along Doña Hemady Street in Quezon City and saw the driver, who turned out to be Espina's son, chatting on his mobile phone.

The two cops, identified as Senior Police Officer 4 Jose dela Peña and Police Officer 2 Resty del Rosario, accosted the vehicle and accused Espina's son of engaging in "phone sex."

They allegedly demanded P20,000 as "fine" for the violation, which was later negotiated to P5,000.

Espina's son was allegedly ordered to take the front passenger seat while one of the erring cops drove the vehicle.

They then stopped in front of an automated teller machine near the PNP headquarters in Camp Crame so the police official's son could withdraw the money.

However, the younger Espina decided instead to call his father, who talked to dela Peña.

Espina said the phone was returned to his son presumably when dela Peña realized that he was talking to a high-ranking police official.

The new NCRPO chief also told the media that his son did not give the money to the erring cops, who belong to the QC Mobile Patrol Unit.

The two have been disarmed since the incident while their badges were confiscated. (Emmanuel Louis Bacani/Sunnex)

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