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Twelve persons, including seven police officers, were charged Monday over the alleged kidnapping and extortion of a 25-year old woman in Batangas last week.
Members of the Batangas Criminal Investigation and Detection Team(CIDT) were charged with kidnapping for ransom, robbery extortion, and arbitrary detention at the Batangas City Prosecutor's Office, Sr. Supt. Generoso Cerbo Jr., Philippine National Police spokesman, said.
Those charged were SPO3 Emmanuel Rabe, SPO2 Apollo Marasigan, SPO1Maximo Catedrilla Jr., SPO1 Donnabelle Campos, PO2 Jeffrey Malibiran, PO2 Jose Wally Banaag, and civilian utility man Celso Ansino. Also charged were PO1 Norel Calo of Silang police, a certain Athan and Jimmy, and two John Does.
Charges stemmed from the allegation that the policemen were participating in transactions for the release of Christina Rodriguez in exchange for P1 million.
Rodriguez was nabbed by Batangas police last Friday in Sto. Tomas town over drug charges.
The CIDG in Batangas has maintained that it was a legitimate operation and that Rodriguez was involved in gunrunning and illegal drug trafficking.
Calabarzon police launched an entrapment operation the night of April 20, leading to the arrest of the accused policemen and the rescue of Rodriguez.
Meanwhile, the Directorate for Personnel and Records Management (DPRM) issued over the weekend the reassignment orders for eight members of the Batangas Criminal Investigation and Detection Team (CIDT).
Ordered reassigned to the Police Holding and Administrative Unit of DPRM were: Chief Inspector Jay Agcaoili, Batangas CIDG Provincial Officer; andhis six subordinate Batangas CIDT personnel who were indicted before the City Prosecutor’s Office, namely, SPO3 Emmanuel M Rabe, SPO2Apollo Marasigan, SPO1 Maximo Catedrilla Jr., SPO1 Donnabelle Campos, PO2 Jeffrey Malibiran and PO2 Jose Wally Banaag. Also included in the reassignment order was PO1 Norel Calo of the Silang Municipal Police Station.
The Directorate for Investigation and Detective Management (DIDM) is set to initiate pre-charge investigation against involved CIDT personnel as an administrative disciplinary action.