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Bacolod City, Philippines Monday, March 2, 2020
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CIDG official released on bail


Police Maj. Melvin Madrona, head of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group in Bacolod City, and his companion, who were arrested in an entrapment operation at a cockpit in Hacienda Guanzon, Barangay Mansilingan, Bacolod, Thursday, posted bail Saturday.

Madrona and Simeon dela Cruz, alias “Jay-R,” posted bail of P100,000 each for robbery extortion before the Hall of Justice in Bacolod, Saturday, P/Maj. Carmelo Nermal, Station 7 chief, said yesterday.

On top of that, Madrona paid an additional of P3,000 in bail for resisting arrest charges, Nermal said.

Robbery extortion and resisting arrest are criminal charges, while Camp Crame has the jurisdiction on the administrative charges against Madrona, Nermal said.

Philippine National Police chief, Gen. Archie Gamboa, has already issued a directive for the dismissal of Madrona.

Operatives of the Philippine National Police-Integrity Monitoring and Enforcement Group in Visayas, Special Action Force and Regional Intelligence Division, nabbed Madrona and dela Cruz, a cockfighting fowl handler, in an entrapment operation inside the cockpit arena after they received P5,000 in marked money from the complainant at about 5:35 p.m. Thursday, a report of P/Col. Ronald Lee, PNP-IMEG director, to Gamboa said.

“The complainants were told that by giving P5,000 every Thursday their KTV bar will not be raided,” Lee said.

Records show that Madrona was charged on March 22, 2017 with physical injury, arbitrary detention and grave coercion by an Overseas Filipino Worker whom he reportedly mauled after they figured in a vehicular accident. Madrona was then assigned with the Quezon City Police District Station 5.

Madrona was caught by a closed-circuit television camera mauling the OFW marine engineer in the Quezon City Police District Station 5, and was later relieved and transferred to the PNP headquarters Support Service.*


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