Lacson reveals return of 'kotong' cops in Divisoria

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 17) – Rotten cops are back in Divisoria, Manila’s famed commercial district, and this time they are asking for goods or merchandise instead of the usual bribe money, presidential aspirant Senator Panfilo Lacson alleged over the weekend.

Lacson, who served as the nation's top cop from 1999 to 2001, said the basis for his revelation was his conversation with vendors selling different goods and products in the busy shopping area.

But instead of forking over grease money, the senator disclosed that "kotong" cops in Divisoria now have a new modus -- they provide a list of items the sellers should shell out, including fruits and vegetables

"Kotong is back but in a different form," said Lacson, who launched a campaign to eradicate rogue cops during his stint as the chief of the Philippine National Police.

Aside from meting out the appropriate punishment, Lacson said the police top brass should also provide leadership by example to discourage corruption within the ranks.

Manila Police District spokesperson Capt. Philipp Ines said their office is still validating the claims made by Lacson.

"We will not tolerate such acts here in Manila," Ines told CNN Philippines' Newsroom Weekend on Sunday.