DILG probes QCPD-CIDG row over 'kidnapping'

Posted at 05/26/12 2:58 PM

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) has created an independent body to look into the dispute between personnel of the Quezon City Police District (QCPD) and the Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG) over the alleged kidnapping of a businesswoman convicted by a Manila court.

The case stems from the May 18 arrest of trader Marilyn Ong by QCPD for 7 counts of estafa worth P5.5 million.

She was reported to the PNP-CIDG as having been kidnapped for ransom by "unidentified armed men" by by Edna Alfuerte, Ong's business partner and co-accused and co-convicted in same estafa case.

The incident led to a near shootout between the two groups.

DILG Secretary Jesse Robredo said the PNP Office of Internal Security will conduct the probe in efforts to determine the alleged lapses committed by both QCPD and PNP-CIDG agents, their liability in the incident, along with recommendations on corresponding disciplinary actions against any erring officer. -- ANC