Ranking police nabbed for ‘extortion’ awaits raps-A A +A
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
POLICE Superintendent John Michael Deloso and Police Officer 3 Ernesto Galleto were brought to the Cagayan de Oro City Prosecutor’s Office at the Hall of Justice on Tuesday for inquest.
The suspects were later brought back to the National Bureau of Investigation in Northeastern Mindanao (NBI-10) office for custody.
Deloso was relieved Monday as the head of the Traffic Management Division of the Cagayan de Oro Police Office (Cocpo) following his arrest.
On TV Patrol Tuesday afternoon, City Prosecutor Fidel Macauyag said his office is holding a marathon hearing to determine the charges to be filed against Deloso and Galleto.
“Hopefully, tomorrow (March 19) morning we will be able to determine the charges appropriate for the case. We have to ascertain the crime committed before filing it to the Court to ensure it won’t be dismissed because the charges filed are inappropriate,” Macauyag said.
The NBI eyed robbery with intimidation charge against Deloso and Galleto, but the prosecutor’s office is also looking at direct bribery.
Robbery with intimidation involves taking some property or money from offended parties with threats if the latter don’t give in while direct bribery requires asking for a gift, money or whatever in exchange of not employing sanctions when violations are committed, Macauyag explained.
When asked if those two cases are open to bail, Macauyag confirmed the accused could go out on bail.
“If we find probable cause we will elevate this to the Court and prosecute the case,” Macauyag said.
Deloso and Galleto’s apprehension stemmed from the complaint of the Xavier Heights Jeepney Operators and Drivers Association (XHJODA) which alleged that the former were receiving P6,000 monthly fee from the transport group since December 2013.
On Monday, lawyer Ernie Palanan, the outgoing president of XHJODA, sought the help of NBI-10 to entrap Deloso as the group could no longer take the alleged extortion.
Palanan handed marked envelopes containing P2,000 and P4,000 to Galleto first and then to Deloso who came later.
In a text message Police Senior Superintendent Graciano Mijares, Cocpo chief, told Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro Monday evening that the police would initiate administrative charges if the situation warrants and would fully cooperate on the case. (GCA)
Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on March 19, 2014.