RECOVERED ITEMS. Cash and mobile phones are recovered from the possession of Davao City cops Chief Master Sgt. Renante Medina and Master Sgt. Christopher Ararao after their group robbed a businesswoman in Barangay San Jose, General Santos City on Oct. 3, 2022. While leaving the victim's house, local police flagged the vehicle of the suspects and recovered the PHP165,000 cash and other personal belongings the group stole. (Photo courtesy of GenSan CPO)

DAVAO CITY – The chief of the Police Regional Office in Davao Region (PRO-11) has ordered the relief of two police officers effective Wednesday for their involvement in a recent robbery in General Santos City.

Chief Master Sgt. Renante Medina of the Foot Patrol and Bike Unit, and Master Sgt. Christopher Ararao, were both assigned to the Bunawan police station before their relief.

They are implicated in an Oct. 3 robbery in Brgy. San Jose, General Santos City.

In a statement, Brig. Gen. Benjamin Silo Jr. said he immediately ordered the relief of both cops, including their immediate supervisors and commanders.

Administrative cases against the duo have also been readied while they are on automatic leave of absence.

"We would not tolerate any personnel engaging in any acts of lawlessness or crimes. Hence, everyone could expect a fair and honest investigation," Silo said.

Medina and Ararao along with their civilian cohorts– Edwin Salvador, 40, and Winston Jay Ongco, 30– entered the house of businesswoman Jacky Faeldin on Monday night.

While leaving the victim's residence, personnel from the General Santos Police flagged down the vehicle of the perpetrators and recovered the PHP165,000 cash and other personal belongings of Faeldin from the group.

Authorities also recovered a Bushmaster rifle, two .45-caliber pistols, two 9 mm. pistols, and two rifle grenade explosives from the group. (PNA)