I ordered cops’ dismissal in body cam extortion — Duterte
MANILA, Philippines — President Duterte revealed that he ordered the dismissal of three police majors who extorted P5 million from a bidder in the P334-million police body cameras project.
“The three majors were working on a body camera and they were arguing… maybe because of money. What else? Because of corruption. And so I said, fire them, dismiss them,” Duterte told defense officials at Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City last Wednesday.
“If they do not want to be dismissed, just do not allow them to enter the camp. Just tell him, ‘You are no longer a policeman.’ ‘Who said?’ You say, ‘Duterte.’ ‘I have not been investigated.’ Never mind the investigation. We’ll come to that later,” he added.
The three police officials who were dismissed from the service were identified as Majors Emerson Sales, Rholly Caraggayan and Angel Beros.
A bidder reportedly gave P5 million to the three police majors, who were members of the technical working group of the bids and awards committee.
Despite the payment, the bidder was still disqualified from the bidding, according to previous reports. Philippine National Police officer-in-charge Lt. Gen. Archie Francisco Gamboa signed the dismissal order for the three majors last Nov. 18.
The three policemen have 10 days to appeal their dismissal.