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Caloocan cops in illegal raid face robbery raps

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The Department of Justice has been asked to prosecute the Caloocan City policemen who tapped a minor in robbing a house they raided last Sept. 7 for allegedly committing various criminal offenses.

In a complaint, Gina Erobas, owner of the house raided by the policemen, accused 13 rookie police officers and their two superiors of robbery, child abuse, trespass to dwelling and violation of domicile.

Assisted by Public Attorney’s Office chief Persida Rueda-Acosta in filing the complaint, Erobas impleaded the following respondents in her complaint: Police Officers 1 Ariel Furio, Marvin Poblete, Sherwin Rivera, Jay Gabanata, Francis Ruiz Quidic, Rene Llanto, Louie Serrano, Jaypee Tulay, Rohelio Julaton, Jay-R Sabangan, Jaime Natividad, Joey Leaban and Michael Miguel; Senior Inspector Warren Peralta and Chief Inspector Timothy Aniway Jr.

All the 15 respondents have reportedly been relieved from their post in Caloocan City police station and transferred to other cities following the incident and the spate of killings of teenagers during anti-narcotics operations last month.

In her complaint, Erobas said the policemen raided her house for allegedly hiding shabu after her neighbor, who was arrested for possession of illegal drugs, identified her as his supplier. The neighbor turned out to be at odds with Erobas’ family.

Close-circuit television (CCTV) footages showed the policemen ransacking the house through the minor and taking at least P26,000 worth of valuables, including P6,000 cash.

The policemen were not in uniform and did not have a search warrant when they raided the house of Erobas. They also did not file a spot report on the raid.

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