PHILIPPINE NATIONAL Police (PNP) Director General Oscar D. Albayalde ordered on Wednesday the relief of the police chiefs of the Eastern Police District (EPD) in the capital and Pasay City Police over the involvement their stations’ anti-drug units in extortion cases. EPD’s head, Brig. Gen. Bernabe M. Balba, was relieved following the 15-man district drug enforcement unit (DDEU) in connection with the arrest of its unit chief, Police Corporal Marlo S. Quibete during an entrapment operation in Pasig City on Tuesday night. According to the police report, Mr. Quibete was allegedly extorting money from the complainant whose live-in partner was arrested through a buy-bust operation conducted by the DDEU personnel on March 4. Also relieved was Police Colonel Noel Flores as director of the Pasay City police following the arrest of Police Corporal Anwar Nasser for demanding P100,000 from a drug suspect. Brigadier General Christopher Tambungan, executive officer at PNP Directorate for Police Community Relations, will replace Mr. Balba, while Police Colonel Bernard Yang, National Capital Region Police Offices regional operations chief, will replace Mr. Flores. — Vince Angelo C. Ferreras