2 Manila cops arrested for running a ‘tupada’

Published December 8, 2018, 3:14 PM

by Francine Ciasico

By Aaron Recuenco

A complaint lodged by barangay officials over illegal cockfighting operation has led to the arrest of two Manila policemen who were tagged as both its operators and protectors.


Senior Supt. Romeo Caramat, head of the Counter-Intelligence Task Force (CITF), said the barangay officials in Tondo area sought their help since they could not stop the illegal cockfighting operation over the regular presence of two cops.

The two policemen were identified as PO2 Melchor Raiws and PO2 Emerson Frutas, both assigned to the Police Station 1 of the Manila Police District.

“The barangay officials were alleging that the arrested police officers were the protectors and promoters of the said illegal cockfighting,” said Caramat.

“They said the tupada usually cause trouble and other crimes in their barangay,” he added.

The CITF operatives then mapped out an operation and later resulted in the arrest of two cops and five other civilians at noon yesterday Tondo district.

“One of the arrested policemen was even on police uniform during the arrest,” said Caramat, referring to Frutas.

Seized were a .45 pistol and a 9mm pistol, two fighting cocks, two tari or the baldes being attached to one of the legs of the fighting cocks, and P15,000 bet money.

The two cops and their five civilian arrested companions were taken to the CITF office at Camp Crame in Quezon City.

More or less 100 policemen have been arrested since the CITF was formed in February last year. At least seven, on the other hand, were killed—the highest ranking was a police superintendent.

Most of those arrested are involved in extortion rackets, particularly those relating to illegal drugs.