Guam - Three police officers are in custody at the Department of Corrections Hagatna Lockup. David Q. Manila, Anthony Quenga and Mario Laxamana were picked up on arrest warrants late Friday night. DepCor Spokesperson Jeff Limo says the officers have been separated from the general population of other pre-trial and federal detainees. Limo says there is "highly controlled" movement at the lockup when the officers are out of their cells to ensure their safety.
The officers were charged in an indictment handed down late Friday by a Superior Court grand jury and arrest warrants were issued for the three officers. Officer Manila is assigned to the Agat Precinct. Officer Quenga is assigned to the Tumon-Tamuning Precinct and Officer Laxamana is assigned to the Dededo Precinct.
Police Chief Fred Bordallo declined to comment on the arrests of his officers saying he is working in coordination with the Attorney General's Office on releasing any information related to the Blue House investigation. Bordallo saying there will be a press conference but he could not say when it would be held. The Attorney General and his spokesperson have not returned calls for comment.
KUAM has been unable to confirm whether the indictment was sealed, which means it would not be made public until a later time. Manila testified during the federal trial of Blue House owner, Song Ja Cha admitting on the stand that he paid for a drink and then had sex with one of the workers. He also testified that he went to the bar, at the request of Cha, to inform one of the workers that she couldn't leave until she had paid off her debt to the owner. Workers testified during the trial that other officers would frequent the bar including two they identified as "Mario" and "Tony".
There were only two officers by those names who were assigned to the Tumon-Tamuning Precinct at the time the Blue House was open and operating as a brothel.
The women testified that they were scared when the officers came to the establishment and claimed that Cha would threaten that if the girls did not do what she told them, her "friends-the police" would arrest them. The arrests come just weeks after the Governor stepped in and ordered the police department to conduct a thorough investigation into the alleged police involvement.
Chief Bordallo established a special task force of senior officers to conduct the investigation in cooperation with the Attorney General's Office.