Friday, September 7, 2012

One of two cops in extortion try on son of PNP NCRPO chief Espina surfaces

One of two policemen linked to an extortion try on incoming Metro Manila police head Chief Superintendent Leonardo Espina's son in Quezon City last Tuesday surfaced on Thursday.

PO2 Resty del Rosario claimed he was just following orders from SPO4 Jose dela Peña, and insisted they got no money from Espina's son, Quezon City Police District head Chief Superintendent Mario dela Vega said.

"Iche-check ko personally from him ano naging role niya. (Sabi niya) sumunod lang siya, just got instructions from SPO4 dela Peña (I will verify his claims. He said he was just following instructions from SPO4 dela Peña)," dela Vega said in an interview on dzBB radio.

The two policemen had been tagged in an extortion try on Espina's son at Santolan in Quezon City last Tuesday night. The elder Espina is to assume his new post Friday.

An initial investigation showed the two policemen accused Espina's son of having phone sex inside his car, and demanding P20,000 from him.

But after Espina's son allegedly withdrew the money, he had the two policemen talk to his father on the phone.

Dela Vega also said the two policemen are considered on floating status, being relieved from mobile patrol for now.

He said del Rosario claimed dela Peña boarded the younger Espina's car, and that he followed aboard the police mobile patrol car.

"Dalawang beses sila huminto sa Metrobank ATM at isang beses sa Chinabank ATM (They passed by two Metrobank ATMs and one Chinabank ATM)," dela Vega said, but added del Rosario insisted no withdrawal of money took place.

For now, dela Vega said del Rosario has submitted his explanation, and he instructed him to get dela Peña to surface.

He said he is giving dela Peña until 3 p.m. to surface, after which he may issue him a return-to-work order.

If he still does not show up, he will face administrative and criminal charges, dela Vega said.

These include extortion and grave misconduct, he added. — ELR, GMA News

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