By Nora Sorino,
and Sita Asequia
of GSD-Iligan Bureau .
ILIGAN City — Chief Insp. Rolando Rigat, the leader of the Highway Patrol Group men accused of robbery and extortion, is relatively new in this city.
Senior Supt. Leony Roy Ga, Iligan City Police Office director, said Rigat is from Nueva Ecija and was just transferred here recently.
But another policeman, Rigat’s subordinate SP02 Crisanto Bernardo, is from Region 10, according to Ga.
Rigat and Bernardo have been charged with robbery and extortion before the city prosecutor’s office yesterday. They were also administrative charged before Camp Alagar’s internal affairs service for grave misconduct.
Ga said there were other members of Rigat’s group but only the two officers were caught along with HPG auxiliaries Mac Harvey Abad and Sidney Cañete.
Rigat and his group however may not stay behind bars for long because the crimes they are accused of committing are bailable offenses.
Authorities here said Rigat and Bernardo would likely report back for work but under “floating status” — meaning, confined to administrative work in an office under close supervision.
Ga said he hoped to see the outcome of the cases against Rigat’s group within six months.