Eight of the ten cops who were involved in the EDSA “hulidap” case in September last year were ordered arrested by a Mandaluyong city judge.
Mandaluyong City Regional Trial Court Banch 213 Judge Carlos Valenzula issued warrants of arrest against Senior Inspectors Marco Polo Estrera, Allan Emlano and Oliver Villanueva, Senior Police Officer 2 Ramil Hachero, Police Officer 2 Eronn Decatara, Police Officer 2 Weavin Masa, Police Officer 2 Jerome Datinguinoo, and Police Officer 2 Mark De la Paz.
Judge Valenzuela postponed the arraignment of two other police officers, Chief Inspector Joseph de Vera ad Police Officer 2 Jonathan Rodriguez, after a petition was filed by their legal representatives before the Department of Justice. Their arraignment was set in August.
The cops were charged with highway robbery, kidnapping and serious illegal detention after they arrested two men during a mock buy-bust operation along EDSA in September 1, 2014.
Complainants Samanodin Abdul Gafur and Camal Mama narrated that they were on their way to buy a heavy equipment in Subic when the policemen blocked their car and arrested them.
The two claimed they were brought by the suspects to La Loma Police Station where the policemen took their money and emptied their ATM cards of cash.
National Capital Region Police Office Chief Director Carmelo Valmoria confirmed the warrants of arrest against the eight policemen and directed the Eastern Police District to turn them over to the court. The suspects are currently under restrictive custody of the Philippine National Police.
“What I know is they are under restrictive custody so there is a police official accountable for them,” Valmoria said.
Senior Inspector Allan Emlano is being held at the PNP-Regional Holding and Accounting Unit in Camp Bagong Diwa in Bicutan, Taguig. Senior Inspector Oliver Villanueva is held at the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group office, while the rest are under the Quezon City Police District.