Two Manila policemen were arrested Thursday morning for allegedly extorting P50,000 from four individuals whom they arrested on suspicion of human trafficking. Members of the Philippine National Police-Counter Intelligence Task Force (PNP-CITF) raided the Manila Police District (MPD) Special Operations Unit and arrested Police Officer 1 (PO1) MJ Cerilla and PO1 Erdie Bautista based on the complaint filed by one of the relatives of those arrested. The cops were immediately handcuffed by members of the PNP-CITF along with the “striker” which they believed was part of their operations. MPD Director Rolando Anduyan said he ordered the CITF to immediately conduct the raid after one of the relatives complained to the police. At first, they reportedly asked for P100,000 but later reduced the demand to P50,000. The “payoff” was made and Bautista took the marked money. The four other members of the MPD District Operations Unit are also being investigated. Meanwhile, the chief of police of the unit was relieved. He claimed that the operation was legal and they have complete documents.