Crooked Manila Cops Get Served by Viral E-Mail

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Call it the revenge of the nerds. If anyone reading this has ever been shaken down for money by some corrupt “officer of the law” on some trumped up charge – and this happens so often enough to ordinary citizens it is no longer funny – you might get a kick out of this little tale. Revenge is a dish best served by a viral e-mail, apparently.

This morning I got forwarded an e-mail from photographer and blues aficionado Eddie Boy Escudero that originated from his La Salle alumni yahoogroups. It described a scenario so despicable it might make you curl your hands into fists of rage, railing at the injustice of it all.

Here’s how the original e-mail went (in all caps, at that):

HI ED.

THANKS FOR THE E MAIL. I’D LIKE TO TELL YOU MY SON’S EXPERIENCE WITH THE MANILA POLICE LAST WEDNESDAY EVENING AT ABOUT 10PM.

CHRISTIAN WENT TO THE CONDO AT THE CORNER OF VITO CRUZ AND TAFT AVE. TO RETURN HIS COUSIN’S LAPTOP. HE HANDED THE LAPTOP TO HIS COUSIN AND WENT BACK TO THE CAR. WHEN HE GOT TO THE CAR, THERE WAS A COP ASKING HIM WHAT HE WAS DOING THERE, WHY HE WAS PARKED ON A NO PARKING AREA. CHRISTIAN SAID, IF IT WAS A NO PARKING AREA WHY IS IT THAT THERE ARE A LOT OF CARS PARKED. THE COP SAID OPEN YOUR TRUNK AND CHRIS ASKED, WHY YOU HAVE A WARRANT?

ANYWAY, THE CAR DOORS AND WINDOWS WERE OPEN AND ANOTHER COP SEARCHED THE INTERIOR WHILE ANOTHER OPEND THE TRUNK. IN THE TOOLBOX THEY FOUND THE PLASTIC END OF SPARK PLUGS. THE COP SAID PARAPHARNELIA. THE SAME COP BROUGHT TO THE TRUNK USED PLASTIC SACHETS OF SHABU AND STARTED TO SHOUT DRUGS TO, DRUGS.

SO THEY TOOK CHRISTIAN AND YOU KNOW WHERE, TO THE ATM OF BPI. THEY SAW HIS CARD AND ASKED HIM TO WITHDRAW ALL HIS MONEY. FORTUNATELY HE DOES NOT KEEP HIS MONEY THERE. ONLY HIS SALARY IS DEPOSITED THERE. SO THE COPS WERE INISTING THAT HE WAS A USER. AND MY SON WAS SAYIN DO A TEST NOW SO THEY’LL SEE IF HE’S POSITIVE. HE SAID I CANT WORK IN MANDARIN AS A CHEF IF I’M A USER. HE SAID HE HAD TO GET POLIICE, NBI, BARANGAY, COURT AND MEDICAL CLEARANCE BEFORE HE COULD START WORKING. SO THE POLICE TOOK HIM TO THE HEADQUARTERS AT UN AVE. AND THERE FORCED HIM TO EAT SHABU. IT TOOK A WHILE BEFORE HE ATE IT. SIX COPS WERE PUNCHING HIM AND SCARING HIM WITH THEIR GUNS. TILL THR POOR GUY PEED IN HIS PANTS OF FEAR. HE HAD TO SWALLOW THE DRUG. THEN THE COPS STARTED TO LAUGH. NOW WE’LL SEE IF YOU ARE NEGATIVE OF SHABU.

200,000PHP AND WE’LL LET YOU GO. OR THIS WILL BE AT THE FISCALS OFFICE IN THE MORNING .CALL YOUR FRIENDS AND PARENTS. THIS ORDEAL STARTED AT 10PM. HE WAS ABLE TO CALL ME AT 5AM THE FOLLOWING DAY. POOR SON OF MINE WAS REALLY TRAUMATIZED. A FRIEND OF HIS CAME WITH TWENTY THOUAND THE COPS GRABBED IT AND LET HIM GO AS IF NOTHING HAPPENED. I WAS IN LIPA ALL THE TIME THIS WAS HAPPENNING. CHRIS LATER FOUND OUT FROM HIS COUSIN THAT SEVEN OF HER FRIENDS WERE ALSO APPREHENDED BY THE SAME GROUP OF COPS AND ALSO TOOK THEM TO THEIR ATM’S. THEY GOT ALL THEIR MONEY IN THE ACCOUNT. THIS COP IS CAPT.MENDOZA OF THE MOBILE GROUP AND SARGENT GAVINO.

YOU GUYS KNOW INFLUENTIAL PEOPLE IN THE SERVICE, PLS LET THEM KNOW ABOUT THIS.I WOULD ALSO LIKE FOR THEM TO GIVE THE MONEY THEY TOOK BACK TO MY SON SO HE COULD GIVE IT BACK TO HIS FRIEND. THE MORE PEOPLE KNOW ABOUT THIS SO CALLED POLICE OFFICERS THE BETTER. THIS IS THE TYPE OF GOVERNMENT THAT WE HAVE NOW. DISARM THE POPULATION AND THIS TYPE OF ABUSE HAPPENS. THANKS AND PASS IT ON.

BOB

A horrific tale indeed. But who was Bob? I replied to Eddie Boy by e-mail.

An hour or so later came the reply, in snippets of forwarded messages.

From Didi Guannzon-Lucindo came the explanation:

Ref your text message earlier today…

The e-mail was forwarded to my husband TONY’s La Salle Engineering e-group by a classmate, who is a friend of the victim’s father, MR. BOB KALAW of Lipa, Batangas.

I checked with TONY’s classmate from Engineering who forwarded the e-mail of his friend BOB, and ED SANTOS e-mailed me last May 13 that

“Bob Kalaw is a friend of mine and this really happened… my email happened to reach Pnp Chief Sonny Razon thru my friends in masonry…He had an investigation launched thru their internal affairs and you know the policemen involved got back at them and personally apologized for the incident. Unfortunately though, the P20k was not returned.”

The following day, May 14, I got a call from an officer of the Manila Police District, who then e-mailed me :

“I am POLICE SUPERINTENDENT Eleazar Pepito Matta, I gave you a call you this afternoon regarding the email “Beware of a group of Manila Cops”, at present I am the Chief of the General Assignment Section of the Manila Police District, which has jurisdiction over erring police officers in violation of the existing laws, rules/policies of the PNP.

As a backgrounder of the said case/issue, our Office already received orders to conduct investigation regarding the matter as early as April 17,2008. Last April 25,2008, Sr Insp Mendoza and PO3 Gavino were sanctioned administratively, they were relieved from their present assignment with the District Mobile Patrol Unit (DMPU) and was subsequently transferred to the District Mobile Force (DMF).

We also exerted effort to contact and locate Mr Bob Kalaw and Ed Santos thru email and in any available ways but our efforts were futile. We would like to request assistance from you to help us locate and contact both Bob Kalaw and Ed Santos, this way we will have the chance to further our investigation regarding the matter at hand and also to regain our image as a members of the Manila’s Finest and the PNP as a whole.”

And then yesterday afternoon, MAYOR LIM himself called me after the forwarded e-mail got to his attention. He asked for an update, said that the relief of the cops involved is not sufficient, because they should be charged administratively and criminally. Thereafter, I e-mailed him the updates from ED SANTOS and PSUPT. ELEAZAR MATTA above.

I am now trying to reach MR. KALAW through my husband’s college Fellows, one of who said BOB KALAW is his cousin and another guy who texted me and turned out to be the younger brother of another of their Fellows from La Salle Engineering, who is also from Lipa and knows MR. KALAW.

I only hope BOB KALAW and his son are not intimidated and will file the necessary charges so that stronger action can be taken against the errant cops.

At the very least, this whole experience has shown to me that there are many citizens like you showing concern, and waiting for results… and there are government officials like PSupt. Matta and Mayor Lim who have their ears on the ground and are responding to reports like MR. KALAW’s.

Apparently it does work to send out an indignant e-mail, as long as it gets passed around to the right people. Officers Mendoza and Gavino, you scum bags got served – by a mail server. Now how about the P20,000?

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22 thoughts on “Crooked Manila Cops Get Served by Viral E-Mail

  1. Nice. First Back to my Mac catches a laptop thief. Now this. If only the Internet could unseat corrupt presidents or tyrannic governments… 😀

  2. Alfredo Lim isn’t the luddite that he looks, after all. Or maybe he is, and was going, like “email? wazzat? anyway send those borks over and lemme spray my pretteh stencils all over their bumholes”

  3. bastard cops indeed — serves them right. but anyway, was there a “no parking sign” where he parked? not overlooking the terrible thing the cops did but might help next time if he parked properly and maybe not use the excuse he used.

  4. I don’t think it matters whether there is a No Parking sign or not. If the pigs (as we used to call them in the US) want to extort you they will just make up rules.

    I have been stopped before for things that are not even illegal…. like “going through a red light” … yeah I did… after stopping I checked traffic and then I proceeded to turn right on red, as is permitted by the traffic code.

    I have started carrying a copy of the driving manual from the Lorraine Driving School in the car so that I can give the cops a lesson on the traffic laws and teach them what they are since they don’t know them if/when they stop me for non-existant violations. Training on Traffic Laws instead of Tong… that is what they get from me.

  5. My gosh what an absolutely horrific experience. At least there is one good thing coming out of forwarded e-mail warnings.

  6. Hi, Got here thru the Pinoywriters yahoogroup.

    Stories like this make my blood boil. For what they’ve done to that boy and his other friends, sanctioning or suspension or simply transferring them to another assignment is not enough! They should return all the money they took. And yes, Mayor Lim should have them charged criminally. I hope the victims pursue the case.

  7. ahh galing ah… pero madai kasing ganyan n nagpakita sa pulis at nakita na lang kung saang kang kungan, baka di n din mag pakita yun…

  8. This is soo true. our police grop is filled with bastard cops who are so proud of themselves and terrorize the citizens just because they have a gun.

    There have been same scenarios in our area, Hemady. Police will be staying along E. Rodriguez starting 1AM until 5AM. They will apprehend anyone they like. Unfrotunately my sister’s boyfriend Jake* have been victimized by these bastards. The “police” are stationed in front of the Christ the King Seminary, they stopped Jake’s car and asked him why he was turn right to E.Rodriguez since there was no right turn. Jake was puzzled since there is a STOP LIGHT along E. Rodriguez that shows anyone coming from Heamy can turn Right. So he explained this to the “police” but they keep on insisting that there in NO RIGHT TURN and it is illegal (The hell with them, we turn right going to E. Rodrgiguez every single day becasue there really is a stop light). And they asked Jake where he came from, what he was doing there, and asked him to open the trunk of his car. Jake went out his car too to check out what the police were doing and to show people driving by what was going on and to catch some attention. When the “Police” didn’t find anything they asked Jake to get back in the car and asked for P5,000 so they’ll let him go– for something he didn’t do!! Jake asked then why should he give them money since he is not guilty. The police answered “Basta Sir para hindi na kayo mahirapan” Jake was not intimidated by this, he asked for their names and precint, since they we’re not wearing any name patch, but the cops won’t answer, they even told him “Sir para mas mapadali na ang lahat magbigay na kayo” Jake started calling my sister and told her what was happening and to ask the driver to meet him. While doing this, Jake was taking a video of the police, when the police saw this they were pissed and started cursing “Puta**********, Sir bakit meron pang ganyan, hindi naman kailangan.” And then when Jake won’t stop they just let him go. We showed this footage and told the whole story to the Barangay, but apparaently the “Police” are still there every Friday and Saturday night.. same time, same place.

    So sad, this country is filled with corrupt people.

  9. Wow… fuck the pigs I say.

    *ahem*

    Seriously though, thank God for our internet community’s vigilance. This is awful and I honestly don’t know what I would have done in his shoes.

    Will forward this around as well. ^_^

  10. I also received the said email. I forwarded it to Hataw – a tabloid newspaper that is in my Multiply network. The reporters followed up the story and the police suspects were apprehended.

    The police men are now facing robbery, robbery extortion, grave threat and physical injuries. The suspects areS/Insp. Rolando Mendoza; Insp. Nelson Lagasca; SPO1 Nestor David; PO3 Wilson Gavino and PO2 Roderick Lopena.

    The victim was Christian Kalaw, 30, chef of Mandarin Hotel and resident of 188 P. Torres St., Lipa City.

    Read more about the story on this link:
    http://hatawtabloid.multiply.com/journal/item/322?replies_read=3

    TLC

  11. Galing talaga ng internet! My hubby also sent me a link to a similar sitch –in the sense na the crook was also caught thanks to the net. A guy in a car enthusiasts’ forum posted that his Skyline GT-R was “test driven” by a potential buyer but was never returned. All his ka-e-groups were on the lookout for his car. Fortunately, someone saw the stupid car thief driving around in the stolen car. They stalked the guy and kept updates coming in the forum. Finally, someone got the smart idea of blocking the car thief’s garage so he couldn’t get out and they called the cops. The car thief was apprehended. All this happened in Canada in a space of TWO DAYS!!! The thread went on for about 37++ pages. hehehe. Ang galing talaga ng internet! Sana, mas marami pang mga vigilant na netizens ang umaksyon laban sa mga pest*ng corrupt law enforcers at law breakers!

  12. Hi,
    I just got the viral e-mail…thanks to the fast response of the upper authorities..now i know email workes in tracking down crooked policemen..

    My brother got the same experince last March 30, 2008…He was asked to pay P350,00 by the greedy members of Manila Special Action Team (MSAT).
    My brother was rescued by the SWAT team…thanks to them…

    We filed a criminal case and and an administrative case…i hope we will find justice with this though we fear for our lives…I know God is with us…

    The story was also publish on diffrent papers

    More power to you…

  13. It doesnt take much. All you need is righyeous angger and a computer to bring justice. Before long, someone will be able to overthrow tyrant with just a button. I hope that day comes soon.

  14. whats the update with regards to their crminal and administrative cases? its been almost a year now.. anyone?

  15. now i have the latest information about these cops.. based on records that a friend gave me.. they were all cleared out from their ciminal charges.. why? the story that this so called “chef” is full of crop after all..it was all fabricated, just to cover up the whole true story, first of all he was not even a regular chef at the said hotel, we was just an assitant there and not in a regular basis..the time that he was arrested for a traffic violation, he was not even connected with tha hotel anymore..

  16. this is the other part on why these cops was cleared, the story that this chef gave to the authorities was not supported by any evidence… itproves the viral e mail that was loaded last year all over the net is an imaginary one, just to cover up a family problem..imagine the abuse that can be done to our computers now,destroying peoples lives with the use of an e mail…

  17. My freind from la salle told me this story, that this Christian Kalaw is really a drug addict..the time that the incident happen last year the father of Christian wanted him to take a drug test, Christian afraid of his father then admitted that he will be tested positive if the drug examination will be taken.. Christian Kalaws parents could not take the shame from having a drug addict son.it was then that Christian made a story that these cops forced him to swallow shabu..just to cover up his dependense from illegal drug, and to prevent further disgrace of the family they diverted the story to the cops…just to show others that they dont have a drug addict son..

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