- 16 Caloocan police sacked for raiding house without a warrant, carting off P30,000
- Search also on for their two companions, a crippled police asset and minor
- Caloocan City police chief said cops liable for illegal raid
MANILA, Philippines – 16 policemen from Caloocan City’s Police Community Precinct 4 were sacked after they were caught on CCTV illegally raiding and ransacking the house of a local woman tagged by a drug suspect as a supplier.
Footage of the raid conducted last September 7 shows the heavily-armed operatives — together with the drug suspect they arrested earlier that day, a cripple who was allegedly their asset, and an apparent minor — initially entering the gate and converging in the yard.
Several of them are then seen making their way inside the house together with the cripple and minor. The CCTV in the living room then records the minor pocketing a cellphone and watch which some of the operatives had inspected.
Lorena, the 51-year-old homeowner, denied she was a drug pusher and said some P30,000 worth of valuables and cash were missing after the raid.
She also explained that the suspect tagged her only because of a grudge with her father.
Admitting the incident left her traumatized, Lorena —who has since filed a case against the raiding police— said she wants justice for what happened.
“Gusto ko lang na maparusahan lang talaga sila,” she told ABS-CBN. “Wala man pinakitang papel na ‘Eto, puwede namin i-search ‘yung bahay’.”
[I really just want them to be punished. They didn’t show any document that said ‘Here, we can search this house.’]
For his part, Caloocan City police chief Sr. Supt. Jemar Modequillo vowed to sanction the policemen involved —including team leader Sr. Inspector Warren Peralta and PCP-4 station commander Chief Inspector Timothy Aniway Jr.— if they are found liable.
“Mabuti nga at meron tayong CCTV, at bakit sila naghimasok diyan na walang tinatawag na search warrant,” he said.
[It’s good there was a CCTV because it’s a wonder why they went there without a search warrant.]
Modequillo said they are also searching for the so-called police asset and minor who joined the raid so they can retrieve the valuables and an explanation for their participation.]
“Dapat nilang sagutin kung bakit may kasama silang ganitong pilay, may kasama silang itong parang bata,” he said.
[They should answer why they have a cripple and someone who’s apparently a minor with them.]
Here’s a video shared by TV Patrol: