5 cops in EDSA 'kidnapping' case surrender


MANILA, Philippines – Five more cops from the La Loma police station reported to the Quezon City Police District (QCPD) Thursday evening, September 11, almost 4 days after their alleged involvement in a suspected EDSA robbery and kidnap case was revealed.


According to reports, the following members of the Philippine National Police (PNP) surrendered:


But the 5, through their lawyer, said they were not surrendering but rather declaring their innocence.


Three cops linked to the incident have already surrendered: Chief Inspection Joseph de Vera and PO2 Jonathan Rodriguez, both of the La Loma police station's investigation and follow-up unit; and Senior Inspector Allan Emlano from the Caloocan city police.


Only 1 current cop and 1 dismissed cop remain at large: Senior Inspector Oliver Villanueva and dismissed Senior Inspector Marco Polo Estrera. (Q and A: Getting rid of the PNP’s scalawags)


The 10 current and former police officers are tagged in a suspected EDSA robbery and kidnapping that went viral. The cops, most of them from the La Loma police station, allegedly stopped and abducted two motorists cruising along EDSA in Mandaluyong City.


The two were then taken to the La Loma police station and detained for over 7 hours. Cops allegedly took from them over P2 million in cash and more than P100,000 in ATM withdrawals.


Hachero and Rodriguez also have a pending case before the National Police Commission for the same modus in 2011. (READ: Can the PNP still be trusted? 'Remember Zamboanga')


Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel Roxas II earlier urged all remaining suspects at-large to surrender “for their own good.” – Rappler.com