MANILA - A police officer who was caught in an entrapment operation for extorting money from a drug suspect's partner will still receive his wages until he is removed from the national police force, the Metro Manila police chief said Thursday.
"Sinibak nga natin 'yan sa pwesto ngayon pero may suweldo pa rin. Ang hangad natin masibak 'yan sa serbisyo para matanggalan 'yan ng suweldo at hindi na maging bahagi ng PNP," National Capital Region Police Office chief Guillermo Eleazar told radio DZMM.
Law enforcers earlier arrested Police Corporal Marlo Quibete, a member of the Eastern Police District's (EPD) Drug Enforcement Unit, for allegedly demanding P200,000 from a drug suspect. Complainant Eva Cabansag earlier claimed Quibete extorted money from her in exchange for the dropping of her case in connection with the arrest of her live-in partner on drug charges.
Eleazar was later filmed berating Quibete and grabbing his hair after the arrest.
The police chief has apologized for losing his cool, but said his action was justified.
"Humihingi ako ng paumanhin kung hindi ko nakontrol, pero ang mga taong 'yan ang dahilan kung bakit tayo nasisira. Para sakin, dapat lang na ganun ang trato sa mga tiwali," Eleazar said.
He said cops who are involved in crimes are fixated on an easy life.
"It's all about easy money for easy life," he said.
Asked about Quibete's actions, he said: "Ito 'yung pulis na hindi nag-iisip. Hindi nag-iisip para sa kapakanan niya, sa kapakanan ng pamilya niya, higit sa lahat 'yung pag mamahal niya sa serbisyo."
A special team has been created to further conduct an investigation on the extortion try, he added.
Quibete is facing criminal charges for robbery and extortion and is currently detained in Camp Bagong Diwa after his arrest Tuesday. He is also facing administrative cases for grave misconduct and will face an inquest later Thursday.
Eleazar said the public should expect a resolution in 2-3 months for the total dismissal of Quibete from police service.
Though due process will be observed for Quibete, Eleazar said the evidence against the police officer and his cohorts is strong and will definitely result not only to suspension but to their complete dismissal.
In a text message prior to the arrest of Quibete on Tuesday evening, evidence surfaced that he instructed his co-policeman Police Sergeant Frederick Nirvar Jr. to steal jewelry from arrested suspects.
Eleazar said the retrieval of Quibete's cellphone was legal because the police was caught during an entrapment operation.
The Metro Manila police chief has also ordered the immediate relief of EPD chief Police Brigadier General Bernabe Balba and Pasay City Police chief Police Colonel Noel Flores, citing command responsibility.