SIX police officers from Mabolo Police Station are accused of asking P200,000 from a suspect in return for his release.
But after she refused to pay, the officers filed charges against her, the suspect said yesterday afternoon.
Jean (real name withheld), daughter of the suspect, said that at 9 last night, the six police officers went to her house and searched the place.
They also woke her mother, 51, up. But since they didn’t find any drugs, the policemen brought her mother to the police station.
At past 10 p.m., the police officers called Jean using her mother’s phone and asked for P200,000 for her mother’s release. If not, they said they would file charges against her.
Out of fear that the charges will be filed against her mother, Jean asked the policemen if she could just give P50,000. But the policemen allegedly refused.
In a recorded phone conversation, the police men told Jean they would settle for P100,000 and they would just explain to their police chief why they released the suspect.
The policemen told Jean to give the money in 30 minutes.
“Ingon ani na lang, sige kami bahala og esplikar sa among hepe usa gatos lang. Siyaro di pa gyud na. Last na lang ni ha, paminaw sad last na lang ni kay daghan na kaayo kag hangyo, 30 minutos ug wa nay daghang estorya ha kay gihatagan na mog pabor ha (Listen, this is our last offer, we’re doing you a favor),” the voice on the other line said.
The policemen denied the accusation. They also said they were able to buy drugs from the suspect three times that day.
But Jean said it was not possible since her mother was watching her daughter in school the whole time.
Jean admitted that in 2010 up to 2013, her husband George (not his real name) sold drugs. Her husband was arrested last May, but was released after he allegedly paid the policemen P50,000.
George said that when he was arrested, the policemen drove him around the city while they made their demand.
Last July 1, George and Jean went to the barangay hall to swear to quit drugs. After that they started a water refilling business.
“Nisaad na ko atubangan ni Kapitan Ramil Ayuman nga dili na ko mobalik sa illegal nga negosyo (I promised to Barangay Captain Ramil Ayuman that I will not return to drugs),” George said.
Ayuman said he has received reports that George had been arrested .
“Akong tan-aw ana binoang gyud na ba. Ni-surrender na na sila diri uban iyang asawa nganong ig-on pa gyud? Lipay mi ani niya kay niundang na pero ang ako lang ba nga tinarong lang unta nga dakop (This is not right. The couple already surrendered, so why pick on them?),” Ayuman said.
Ayuman said he will provide security to the family of Ramil and Jean.
He urged Mabolo police not to threaten the complainants and to listen to their side.
Senior Supt. Rey Lyndon Lawas, deputy regional director for operation of the Police Regional Office 7, said he talked to the complainants and promised to have the matter investigated.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on July 16, 2016.
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