Baseco precinct commander sacked after his men were caught extorting from drug suspect

Published November 16, 2019, 11:18 AM

by Dr. Eduardo Gonzales

By Aaron Recuenco

The commander of the Baseco Compound Police Community Precinct (PCP) in Manila was sacked from his post following the involvement of four of his men in extortion on the wife of a drug suspect they allegedly arrested.

National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) (MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)
National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) (MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)

The NCRPO leadership did not name the sacked PCP commander. But his replacement was Police Capt. Javen Dominguez.

“The police commander has so many accomplishments in the area and based on the investigation, he has no involvement in that incident,” said Maj. Britz Estadilla, spokesman of the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO).

NCRPO director Brig. Gen. Debold Sinas said that he also initiated a dialogue with policemen assigned at the Baseco to remind them against committing any wrongdoing.

“I reminded them of the existing no-take policy of the NCRPO. I told them that I will not hesitate to file cases and relieved  cops proven to be involved in illegal activities,” said Sinas.

Earlier, anti-scalawag operatives of the Philippine National Police (PNP) arrested four policemen in an entrapment conducted after they demanded P200,000 in exchange for the release of a drug suspect they had earlier arrested.

They were identified as  Police Corporals Nickson Mina, Juan Carlo Guzman, Fransis Mikko Gagarin; and, Patrolman Tom Hikilan.

They were arrested after receiving the P200,000 marked money right inside the police station.

Sinas said the dialogue with Baseco policemen was also aimed at conducting an in-depth probe on the extent of corruption in the PCP.

“This is to delve deeper into the details of the case and the possible involvement of other Baseco PCP personnel in the kidnapping and extortion,” said Sinas.

“The dialogue also served as a venue to address the needs of the community and also to assess the delivery of police service of said police office,” he added.

All members of Baseco PNP personnel has also undergone drug tests.