Guv on CIDG chief's arrest: We don't want that kind of officer

GOVERNOR Eugenio Jose Lacson reminded police officials that they are in Negros Occidental to protect every Negrense and they are not here to take advantage of their position or to enrich themselves.

Lacson made the reminder amid the arrest of Major Melvin Madrano, head of the Philippine National Police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG) in the province, for allegedly extorting weekly protection money from KTV operators.

"That's not the kind of officer that we want here in the province. What happened in that entrapment is really a disgrace to this person. He is very new in Negros Occidental especially in Bacolod City and he has done that. It's an abuse of the law especially for an officer who is supposed to apprehend violators and protect every individual from harm," Lacson said.

"Be a partner to protect the people here," Lacson made the challenge to the law enforcement agencies.

He said Madrano will be given his day in court so he will be given all the opportunity to defend himself in court.

Lacson recalled that Madrano visited his office before the incident happened.

Madrano was arrested along with his civilian cohort, Jay-R de la Cruz, by operatives of the PNP Integrity Monitoring and Enforcement Group in a cockpit arena in Barangay Mansilingan.

Medrano and De la Cruz allegedly received P5,000 in marked bills from an owner of a KTV bar in Barangay Singcang who complained that he was forced to pay the amount every week to spare the establishment from police raids.

Madrano and De la Cruz were already out from police custody after they posted bail.

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