Metro Manila police chief Director Guillermo Eleazar has recently relieved the police chiefs of the Eastern Police District (EPD) and Pasay City over extortion incidents.
EPD director Chief Superintendent Bernabe Balba and Pasay city police chief Senior Superintendent Noel Flores were sacked for command responsibility. after back-to-back extortion incidents involving the entire EPD and Pasay police station anti-drug units. The instruction came from police chief Director General Oscar Albayalde.
The EPD drug enforcement unit (DEU) was accused of extorting P60,000 from the family of a detained drug suspect in exchange for freedom. The same incident also involved the Pasay City police station 1 drug enforcement team (SDET), which supposedly asked for P100,000.