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Latest News Philippines: Lim orders suspension of 2 WPD cops – Journal.com.ph:
AFTER having been identified as the ones who extorted foreign tourists on at least two occasions during the Holy Week, two policemen from the Manila Police District-Station 5 were ordered suspended by Mayor Alfredo S. Lim effective yesterday.
Lim gave the directive to MPD director Chief Supt. Alex Gutierrez, who reported that the two, identified as PO2 Reynaldo Faller Olivo, 37, of Blk.5 Lot 11, Model Community in Tondo, Manila, and PO1 Vincent Paul Ubaldo Medina, 26, of 2253 F. Muñoz St., Singalong, Malate, Manila, are currently on floating status while summary dismissal proceedings are being instituted against them.
Lim also ordered that criminal charges be filed against the two before the Manila Prosecutor’s Office.
Prior to the said directive, Korean tourists Lee Jun Hee and Baek Sung Kyun, accompanied by an official from the Korean Embassy, complained that Olivo and Medina accosted them last April 7, a Black Saturday, for unknown reasons, made them board a mobile patrol car and then took their P20,000 cash.
Several days later, Japanese tourist Iwasaki Kinitchi, 53, filed a complaint at the MPD-General Assignment Section accompanied by Makati policemen, claiming that he too was victimized by Medina and Olivo in Makati City last April 4, which happens to be a Holy Wednesday.
In his complaint, Kinitchi said the two policemen accosted him and warned that he would be charged with illegal stay if he would not shell out money, so he was forced to turn over his cash amounting to P155,000 in all.
Only last Monday, Yukiya Haga, 40, billeted at the Bayview Park Hotel on Roxas Blvd., Manila, claimed that some eight policemen tried to extort P1 million from him last March 19 while he was at the MPD-Station 5 and identified Medina as one of the said policemen.
Haga claimed he was framed up for rape when he failed to produce the amount.
Lim ordered Gutierrez, Station 5 chief Col. Rolando Tumalad and mayor’s complaints and action team director ret. Col. Franklin Gacutan to investigate the claims of Haga and assured the Japanese and Japan Embassy vice consul Yoshikazu Narisawa that such activities are not being tolerated in Manila and that appropriate actions will be taken following the investigation.
Haga said he went to Manila on March 17 to meet his Facebook friend `Brenda’ and that on March 19, while having some drinks at the Starbucks Coffee at the ground floor of Bayview Hotel where Haga was billeted, Medina and a certain PO1 Ronald Flores came and arrested him and then brought him to Ermita Police Station 5.
There, Haga said he was told that ‘Brenda’, using the name Raquel Eustaquio and who claimed to be a 17-year-old student from St. Paul’s College, had filed rape charges against him, which he vehemently denied.
Haga told the mayor the chief of the precinct’s SIIB whose name he failed to get, approached him along with several other policemen as they all asked him to produce P1 million, along with a certain Luisa who claimed to be Brenda’s sister.
When PO2 Sol Peruda of the Women and Children Protection Center allegedly kept on following up when he could produce the money and he said he did not have that kind of money, the charges were filed against him.
Meanwhile, Haga’s lawyer said that upon their verification, it turned out that Brenda assumed another name and personality in filing the complaint, as they were able to trace the real Racquel Eustaquio.
In an affidavit, the real Eustaquio denied she is from St. Paul’s College and that she knows Haga. She also said that she had not been raped and that she did not have anything to do with Haga. Her mother also stated that Eustaquio does not have a sister by the name of Luisa.
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