CCPO identifies former police assets who conduct search without warrant

FORMER police assets who pretended as policemen and forcibly entered the house of their target to conduct a search without a warrant and later left carting away valuable items like cellphones have already been identified by police.

Lieutenant Colonel Wilbert Parilla, deputy city director for operations of the Cebu City Police Office (CCPO), said they already have the names of the suspects but refused to divulge them as they still have to verify if the accusations hurled against them by their alleged victims are true.

He said they received reports that these fake policemen are being coddled by rogue policemen who were dismissed from service.

“We have reports of former police assets but still it needs to be validated, although we have already their names,” Parilla said in mixed Cebuano and English.

He added that they received information that the group was also involved in robbery and holdup incidents.

In connection with this, the CCPO ordered the police stations in Cebu City barangays where the group conducted the crime to monitor the movements of these fake police personnel.

Police Brigadier General Roderick Augustus Alba, chief of Police Regional Office in the Central Visayas (PRO 7), advised the public to first ask for a search warrant issued by the court if the group wants to enter their homes to conduct a search as part of the anti-illegal drug operation or call the barangay or their nearest police station for assistance.

“We encourage our communities to report to us directly sa pinaka malapit na police station or sa barangay makipag-coordinate,” Alba said.

Alba said the real police officers are those who present a search warrant and a warrant of arrest signed by the executive judge during an anti-illegal drug operation.

With Christmas around the corner, Alba said criminal activities are expected to rise, thus the need for the police to monitor the movements of criminals in their respective jurisdiction. (AYB, TPT)