Cop faces charge for ‘offering’ to help set female detainee free

AUTHORITIES filed charges yesterday afternoon against the police officer who allegedly accepted a bribe in exchange of a pregnant woman’s freedom.

A complaint for robbery/extortion was filed by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) 7 against PO2 Joselito Laspiñas of the Waterfront Police Station before the Cebu City Prosecutor’s Office.

During the inquest proceeding conducted by Assistant City Prosecutor Noel Cellona, Laspiñas opted not to avail himself of a preliminary investigation.

The complaint, as a result, will be endorsed to court for trial. Robbery/extortion, a violation under the Revised Penal Code, is a bailable offense.

Last Monday afternoon, Laspiñas was caught at the Plaza Independencia in an entrapment by an NBI 7 team led by agent Teddy Saavedra.

Freedom for P3,000

Laspiñas allegedly extorted P3,000 from Michael Detuya for him to let go of the latter’s live-in partner Jennifer Lantaca, who was arrested inside a mall on Colon St. for theft last Saturday afternoon.

Lantaca was accused by her employer of stealing four shoulder bags and a pair of sandals.

Saavedra did not categorically tell reporters whether they will also file charge against Laspiñas before the Office of the Ombudsman-Visayas.

He said the Cebu City Police Office (CCPO) and the Police Regional Office (PRO) 7 yesterday requested for copies of the document pertaining to Laspiñas’s arrest.

In an earlier report, CCPO-Investigation and Detection Management Branch (IDMB) Chief Aileen Recla said they will file an administrative complaint against the police officer once the robbery/extortion case is already filed in court.

Laspiñas may be dismissed from service if he is found guilty and he may not receive his retirement benefits. The policeman is four years away from retirement.

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