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The Hostage-Taker

He is Senior Inspector Rolando del Rosario Mendoza.

Former Senior Insp. Rolando del Rosario Mendoza was a multi-awarded officer who was cited in 1986 by Jaycees International as one of the 10 outstanding policemen of the Philippines.

In January this year, he was ordered sacked by the Office of the Ombudsman together with four other policemen for allegedly extorting P20,000 from Christian Kalaw, a chef at Mandarin Hotel, who was also said to have been forced to swallow a sachet of “shabu” (methamphetamine hydrochloride).

The officers reportedly accosted Kalaw for illegal parking, driving without a license and use of illegal drugs on April 9, 2008, in Manila.

Administrative charges were brought against Mendoza. He was relieved as chief of the Mobile Patrol Unit and dismissed by the Philippine National Police on Feb. 16, 2009, with all his retirement benefits forfeited.

A recipient of 17 awards and commendations, Mendoza was fired in spite of a recommendation by the PNP Internal Affairs Service and prosecutors that the case against him be thrown out after Kalaw failed to attend proceedings against the officer.

Inquirer.net 8/24/10

Read more about him here.

He has served his country and his profession well. From my innermost gut, I don’t think he will resort to such an action if he does not feel strongly about the injustice done to him. Yes, the end doesn’t justify the means -the Philippines is taking the brunt of this drama – but if we are to follow this melodrama from its very beginning, we are likely to understand where Senior Inspector Rolando del Rosario Mendoza was coming from. It’s shocking to read this (follow the thread from the original post Crooked Manila Cops Get Served by Viral E-mail):

  1. andres rizal April 6, 2009 at 1:47 am | #19 Reply | Quotewhats the update with regards to their crminal and administrative cases? its been almost a year now.. anyone?
  2. andres rizal April 30, 2009 at 10:25 pm | #20 Reply | Quotenow i have the latest information about these cops.. based on records that a friend gave me.. they were all cleared out from their ciminal charges.. why? the story that this so called “chef” is full of crop after all..it was all fabricated, just to cover up the whole true story, first of all he was not even a regular chef at the said hotel, we was just an assitant there and not in a regular basis..the time that he was arrested for a traffic violation, he was not even connected with tha hotel anymore..
  3. andres rizal April 30, 2009 at 10:34 pm | #21 Reply | Quotethis is the other part on why these cops was cleared, the story that this chef gave to the authorities was not supported by any evidence… itproves the viral e mail that was loaded last year all over the net is an imaginary one, just to cover up a family problem..imagine the abuse that can be done to our computers now,destroying peoples lives with the use of an e mail…
  4. andres rizal April 30, 2009 at 10:48 pm | #22 Reply | Quote

My freind from la salle told me this story, that this Christian Kalaw is really a drug addict..the time that the incident happen last year the father of Christian wanted him to take a drug test, Christian afraid of his father then admitted that he will be tested positive if the drug examination will be taken.. Christian Kalaws parents could not take the shame from having a drug addict son.it was then that Christian made a story that these cops forced him to swallow shabu..just to cover up his dependense from illegal drug, and to prevent further disgrace of the family they diverted the story to the cops…just to show others that they dont have a drug addict son..

Now, where oh where is Christian Kalaw?

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  3. the current Manila Chief of Police should be meted out with the same verdict – take out also all his benefits … command responsibility din.

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