STATEMENT OF PDIR GUILLERMO LORENZO T ELEAZAR IN RELATION TO THE ARREST OF TWO (2) PASIG COPS
February 24, 2019
"NCRPO Internal Cleansing Program Bags 2 Pasig Cops in Drug Bust by PDEA" The NCRPO Regional Director, PDIR GUILLERMO LORENZO T ELEAZAR ordered PCSUPT BERNABE BALBA, Eastern Police District Director (EPD), to immediately relieve PCINCP ABRAHAM SATORRE, Chief DSOU of EPD, and PINSP EDWARD OLMEDO, PCP 9 Commander of Pasig City Police Station for command responsibility, following the arrest of two(2) Pasig cops directly under their command by PDEA Operatives. The two (2) Police Commanders were relieved, after 2 Policemen assigned in their respective units were caught in an anti-drug-buy-bust operation conducted by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Authority (PDEA) in Caltex Gas Station, San Guillermo Ave., Brgy. Buting, Pasig City on the afternoon of February 22, 2019. Earlier, the two (2) Policemen who were arrested in the buy bust operation were relieved from their post, identified by PDEA authorities as PO2 Marlou Roldan, assigned in PCP 9 Pasig City Police Station; and PO3 Mark Vista of DSOU, EPD. Another suspect, a civilian named Raymond Ryan Cruz was also arrested. PDEA Agents arrested the 2 Policemen and the civilian after a brief firefight between the PDEA agents and the 2 Policemen. PO2 Roldan sustained gunshot wounds and was subdued; while PO3 Vista who also sustained gunshot wounds, managed to escape. PO2 Roldan was brought to the nearest hospital. Meanwhile, the arrested civilian identified PO3 Vista as their companion in the buy-bust incident. Vista was traced shortly after by the PDEA operatives, at the Rizal Medical Center where he was confined for treatment of his gunshot wounds. The PDEA will take custody of the 2 Policemen after their release from the hospitals. As part of the PNP's strict implementation of the Internal Cleansing Program initiated by the C,PNP PDG OSCAR D ALBAYALDE, PDIR ELEAZAR said that, “The NCRPO will be relentless in the implementation of the program. It is right that these rogue cops involved in illegal drugs are caught by any law enforcement agency. Criminal and administrative charges will be filed against them immediately, and they should be dismissed from the service." NCRPO PDIR ELEAZAR added, "The relief of their commanders is immediate, while internal investigation is in progress. it is hard for me to believe that the immediate commanders of such rogue policemen are totally unaware of their men's behavior. I expect the commanders to know their men thoroughly. At the least, the commanders must also observe and note the lifestyles and behavior of their men."