IDMB chief and 10 other policemen face raps for arbitrary detention

Posted on May 26, 2011

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Chief Insp. George Ylanan, head of the Investigation and Detection Management Branch (IDMB) of the Cebu City Police Office, and 10 other policemen were charged for arbitrary detention and a violation of Republic Act 6713 or the Code of Conduct Unbecoming of Public Officials and Employees.

Lyzanne Labiste, a woman whom Ylanan and his team nabbed for allegedly demanding money from them, filed the criminal and administrative charges against the policemen before the Office of the Ombudsman in the Visayas.

Other than Ylanan, named respondents in the complaint are Insp. Jesus Arong, SPO1 Filomeno Mendaros, PO3 Cesar Pandong, PO3 Richard Cyril Valencia, PO2 Frederick Ybanez, PO2 Jerybel Lerio, PO2 Philip Plasus, PO2 Roy Carlo Veloso, PO1 Michael Maucesa, and PO1 Esmeraldo Quillosa—all members of the IDMB.

In her complaint-affidavit, Labiste admitted she was willing to receive a payment from the respondents in order to settle issues concerning them.

What seemed to be an amicable agreement turned out to be an entrapment operation hatched by Ylanan and his team last April 29.

“I want to make the police officers be held accountable for illegally detaining me. The facts show that there is clear abuse of power on the part of the police officers,” Labiste said.

She claimed to have suffered “sleepless nights and nightmares” following her experiences at the “abusive hands of the police officers.”

Last April 25, Labiste said Valencia allegedly barged into her room, pointed a gun at her, thinking that a man whom the police chased was inside her residence but the subject was later arrested in another house./ Reporter Ador Vincent Mayol

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