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Cop caught with previously seized vehicle

Kristina Maralit

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A policeman detailed in Pasig City was arrested for using a motorcycle seized as evidence in an earlier anti-narcotics operation, the Philippine National Police-Integrity Monitoring and Enforcement Group (PNP-IMEG) reported Thursday.

IMEG chief, PBGen. Ronald Lee, identified the arrested cop as Cpl. Esteven Mark Pandi, who is assigned at the Pasig City Police’s Drug Enforcement Unit (DEU).

Acting on a tip from a civilian informant, IMEG operatives accosted Pandi Wednesday afternoon along Evangelista Street in Santolan, Pasig.

According to Lee, the suspect was caught using a motorcycle without a plate number owned by an arrested drug personality in Pasig City on 4 October 2019. The vehicle now is part of an inventory of confiscated evidence.

“The motorcycle was declared evidence against a drug suspect but this policeman has been using it in violation of the law,” Lee said.

Pandi was also caught with a back rider, in violation of quarantine protocols enforced as part of the anti-coronavirus disease measures.

Apart from the motorcycle with no license plate, also confiscated from his possession were a .45 pistol, a 9mm pistol and two magazines with 20 bullets.

The rogue cop is detained at the PNP-IMEG with a string of criminal and administrative complaints prepared against him.

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