AGENTS of the Philippine National Police Counter-Intelligence Task Force yesterday arrested the deputy commander of the Police-Community Precinct 9 of the Makati City Police Station for robbery-extortion, PNP-CITF director, Senior Superintendent Romeo M. Caramat Jr. said.
In a report to PNP chief, Director General Oscar D. Albayalde, the official identified the arrested suspect as Senior Police Officer 4 Danilo Paghubasan, a resident of MB 9, BCDA, Barangay Ususan in Taguig City who was accused of preying on poor ‘habal-habal’ drivers in his community and threatening them with arrest if they won’t come across his monetary demands.
Caramat said that in coordination with Southern Police District director, Chief Supt. Eliseo DC Cruz, members of the PNP-CITF and the PNP Intelligence Group arrested SPO4 Paghubasan during an entrapment operation at the Pamayanang Diego Silang Village in BCDA around 6:45 a.m. yesterday.
“The suspect was arrested right after he received P15,000 in marked money from a complainant,” the official said.
According to Caramat, a ‘habal-habal’ driver from Bgy. Ususan identified as Arman Lucero complained to their office that SPO3 Paghubasan demanded from him P15,000 as alleged ‘membership fee’ in their illegal terminal.
The complainant said that he was told by the cop that he will not be allowed to pick up passengers in the area unless he pays the required ‘membership fee.’
Caramat said, they discovered that SPO3 Paghubasan has been collecting P150 daily from at least 40 ‘habal-habal’ drivers or P6,000 a day in the same area while warning that those who will fail to pay him will be apprehended by his cohorts from the Taguig City PCP 8 as soon as they travel along C-5 Road in Palar Village, Taguig City.
NCRPO chief, Director Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar yesterday ordered the administrative relief of SPI4 Paghubasan and his immediate superior, Chief Inspector Armando Yu and reassigned them to the SPD District Personnel Holding and Accounting Section.