CAMP RUPERTO KANGLEON, PALO, Leyte- At least four women and a man were arrested by police operatives of this city after they claimed to be members of the Philippine National Police(PNP) last November 29.
The suspects, identified as JM Piolo Leuterio, 18; Romilyn Cerida, 28; Sheryll Dugay, 37; Angelica Daban, 38; and May Ann Canona, 29, were arrested while they were applying for a loan before a lending agency.
However, the personnel of the Lils Lending Shop called up the Office of the Regional Personnel and Human Resource Development Division of the PNP-8, based here, to check if the five accused were indeed members of the police organization.
It turned out that the suspects were not members of the police organization reason why they were arrested by the city police led by Chief Inspector Alex Echon at about 4:50 pm.
It was learned that the suspects identified themselves as police officers holding the rank of police officer 1.
Leuterio claimed to be PO1 Eliazar Barbaje; Cerida as PO1 Ma. Mae Dumas; Dugay as PO1 Christine Varquez; Daban as PO1 Zarah Jane Dizon; and Canona as PO1 Christita Viovicente.
All are residents of the city and now detained at the Tacloban Police Station 1 and were charged for usurpation of authority. (PR)