A criminal complaint has been filed before the Department of Justice (DOJ) yesterday (September 27) against 15 policemen who allegedly a minor in stealing from a house in Caloocan City.
The case was filed by 51-year-old complainant Gina Erobas concerning the incident which took place last September 7 at her home in Barrio Sta. Rita, Barangay 188, Caloocan City.
Those who have been named respondents in the case are members of Caloocan City Police Community Precinct (PCP) 4.
They are Chief Inspector Timothy Aniway Jr., Sr. Insp. Warren Peralta, and Police Officers 1 (PO1) Sherwin Riera, Louie Serrano, Marvin Poblete, Jay Gabanata, Jaime Natividad, Jaypee Tulay, Ariel Furio, Rohelio Julaton, Joel Leaban, Rene Llanto, Michael Miguel, Francis Ruiz Quidic, and Jay-R Sabangan.
In the complaint, they are accused of robbery, trespass to dwelling, violation of domicile and violating Sections 10(a) and 10(c)(3) of Republic Act 7610, the Anti-Child Abuse Law.
Two other unidentified respondents were included in the complaint only as “John Does”.
Northern Police District (NPD) Chief Supt. Amando Clifton Empiso had earlier ordered the relief of the 13 PO1s after learning of the incident.
Empiso acted on the complaint of the 51-year-old businesswoman who brought footage of her closed circuit television (CCTV) camera which showed what the policemen did to her house.
The footage showed the policemen just barged into her house on September 7 at around 9 p.m. and even used a bolt cutter to open the gate.
A child, who was with the policemen, was seen taking two watches and a phone. The victim, said the cash amounting to around P30,000 was also missing.
The Caloocan City police said the incident was part of a follow-up operation after an arrested drug suspect pointed the businesswoman as her source of illegal drugs.
However, the homeowner denied being involved in the illegal drugs trade.