MANILA, Philippines – Six police officers of the Taytay, Rizal Philippine National Police (PNP) traffic enforcement unit have been relieved from their posts after they were accused of mulcting money from jeepney and FX taxi drivers plying the Tikling, Taytay, Rizal route.
Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Jesse Robredo gave the order to relieve the cops and file administrative charges against them on Wednesday.
The cops were identified as Chief Inspector Ruel C. Lacanienta, the chief of the Tikling PNP traffic sector; Police Officer 2 Harold Orfanel; Police Officer1 Ron Miranda; PO1 Daniel Igtiven; PO2 Rommel Reodique; PO1 Reylan Gumapad; and PO1 Cergie Gonzales.
Robredo acted on the recommendation of Senior Superintendent Francisco Penaflor, Senior Police Assistant to the DILG chief, who led the investigation of alleged mulcting or “kotong” in Tikling.
"I am aghast to learn that despite our nationwide campaign against ‘kotong cops,’ these police officers failed to mend their ways, mulcting and extorting money from public utility drivers and other motorists in their self-perceived and concocted traffic violations against their would-be victims," Robredo said in a statement.
"Paano na ‘yung mga daan-daan pang ibang mga motorists na biktima at bibiktimahin pa nila, mga tao na kahit walang traffic violation ay magbabayad na lang dahil sa takot at para di na maabala pa," he added.
The accused cops will be transferred outside of Region 4A.
Robredo likewise ordered the sacking and filing of charges against 9 traffic aides from Quezon City and 1 from Capas, Tarlac for allegedly extorting money from one of his nephews and the Region 5 Palarong Pambansa team where one of Robredo’s daughters is a delegate.