Cop faces dismissal for alleged involvement in kidnapping

Published November 7, 2021, 4:24 PM

by Aaron Recuenco 

Gen. Guillermo Lorenzo Eleazar, chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP), has ordered the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) to initiate the summary dismissal proceedings against a a policeman who was arrested for alleged involvement in kidnapping activities.

Nabbed was Patrolman Wilfredo Mindanao, assigned to the Police Security Protection Group (PSPG), a police unit which is tasked to secure Very Important Persons (VIPs) and other people who need police bodyguards. Also arrested was Romeo Aday.

The two were collared after allegedly kidnapping a man whom they claimed to have caught in possession of illegal drugs.

Aday, who is reportedly a driver, allegedly introduced himself as an agent of the National Bureau of Investigation to the victim last Friday (November 5) under the Trece De Agosto Bridge in Barangay 679 in Paco. Aday claimed that the victim was under arrest for possession of methamphetamine hydrochloride or shabu.

The report said the suspects detained the victim in Mindanao’s residence in Paco, Manila and demanded PhP50,000 from him in exchange for his liberty.

After receiving a complaint from a vendor who witnessed the alleged kidnapping, policemen from the Manila Police District’s Paz Police Community Precinct PS 5 located the suspects and found them illegally detaining the victim.

Eleazar said that the MPD is conducting a deeper probe into the incident. He added: “I commend the MPD for its quick action in arresting these suspects and the rescue of the victim,” he said.

“Apart from the filing of criminal complaints of serious illegal detention and usurpation of authority in the Manila Prosecutor’s Office against the suspects, I have instructed the IAS (Internal Affairs Service) to initiate summary dismissal proceedings against Mindanao,” said Eleazar.

“We cannot allow these few rogues in the service to destroy the public’s confidence on the PNP now that we have made strides in regaining our kababayan’s trust. I am warning those policemen who will continue to undermine our mandate and erode the institution, you will be caught and made to face the consequences of your wrongful actions,” he added.