member of the Philippine National Police (PNP) shows the new Glock 17 Generation 4 pistols after a distribution ceremony of the pistols at the police headquarters in Manila July 2, 2013. Philippine President Benigno Aquino attended the ceremony in which 22,603 pistols were distributed to PNP officers as part of the government’s effort to arm each police officer in the country with a handgun in order to strengthen the police force, local media reported. (MNS photo)

member of the Philippine National Police (PNP) shows the new Glock 17 Generation 4 pistols after a distribution ceremony of the pistols at the police headquarters in Manila July 2, 2013. Philippine President Benigno Aquino attended the ceremony in which 22,603 pistols were distributed to PNP officers as part of the government’s effort to arm each police officer in the country with a handgun in order to strengthen the police force, local media reported. (MNS photo)

MANILA (Mabuhay) – The three police officers being linked to a P1-million robbery incident in Pasay City will be investigated and punished if found guilty, Malacañang assured the public Monday.

Sisiyasatin at lalapatan ng disiplina kung mapatunayang lumabag sa patakaran,” Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr said in a text message.

Two policemen, PO1 Ronald Villanueva and PO1 Alas Soliman, have already been arrested in connection with the robbery, while another one, PO2 Mark Manguera, remained at large as of Monday.

The incident occurred while the Philippine National Police (PNP) is trying to save up its image following the involvement of several policemen in illegal activities, from rape to extortion. Its overall chief, Director General Alan Purisima, is facing a plunder complaint for alleged ill-gotten wealth.

Last week, a messenger of a travel agency was supposed to deposit P1 million to a bank when two motorcycle-riding men held him up at gunpoint.

The suspects immediately fled the area after getting the money, but the messenger was able to seek help from law enforcers.

The robbers passed the loot to two waiting colleagues near Overseas Workers Welfare Administration and tried to hide in a residential area where they were cornered.

Arrested were Alexander Pantoja and Lemuel Camposagrado. The police, however, failed to recover the stolen money from them.

PNP guns

The suspects yielded a 9-mm Glock 17 with the markings “PNP property,” which was traced to Villanueva and turned out to be one of those issued to the Philippine National Police last July.

Villanueva was eventually arrested in Gen. Trias, Cavite. Recovered from him was P349,000, believed to be part of the loot. He then tipped police to Soliman, who was arrested in Valenzuela City. Soliman yielded a 9-mm Glock 17G pistol, but no money.

The police also went to the house of Manguera in Manila but failed to locate him. His wife turned over a 9-mm Beretta pistol.

Initial investigation showed Villanueva, Soliman, Manguera and a certain Arnel, who is also at large, were the ones who rode the motorcycles.

A CCTV footage showed the six outside Manguera’s house where police believed they divided the loot. (MNS)