Cebu City mayor strips 11 cops accused of robbery, rape of cash allowances

Published April 8, 2021, 3:17 PM

by Calvin Cordova 

CEBU CITY – Mayor Edgardo Labella has stripped 11 policemen from the Sawang Calero Police Station here accused of robbery-extortion and rape of their cash allowances while they are under investigation. 

Mayor Edgardo Labella (Facebook / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)

“We will stop the allowances especially that these are very serious allegations. We will stop the giving of allowances and we will ask Atty. Rey Gealon to file necessary charges,” Labella said. Gealon is the head of the city’s Legal Office.

Policemen assigned here are entitled to receive monthly cash allowance ranging from P4,000 to P8,000 from the City Hall. The amount that a policeman will receive will depend on his rank.

Labella did not take the allegations against the 11 policemen lightly.

He expressed disappointment over accusations that the Sawang Calero Police Station had a “secret detention cell” where some civilians were allegedly tortured.

Labella has ordered the City Legal Office to conduct its own investigation.

“I know we still have a lot of good policemen but if we have this kind of policemen, it can destroy the image of the entire police and it’s unfair for policemen who are sincere with their job. That’s why we have to discipline them to prevent more policemen from becoming like them,” Labella said in Cebuano.

The accused policemen have been relieved and were charged after they were accused of extorting money from a 35-year-woman in Minglanilla, Cebu. One of the policemen was also accused of raping the woman twice.

A businesswoman also sought help from the Integrity Monitoring and Enhancement Group-Visayas Field Unit (IMEG-VFU) of the Philippine National Police after a group of policemen from the Sawang Calero police station also tried extort money from her.

IMEG-VFU has already filed initial charges against the 11 policemen.

The Commission on Human Rights-Central Visayas has also launched an investigation over reports that the police station had a secret jail.