AGENTS of the Philippine National Police Counter-Intelligence Task Force yesterday arrested an operative of the Northern Police District Drug Enforcement Unit accused of extortion by the family of a drug inmate during an entrapment operation conducted right inside the NPD-DEU office, a report to PNP chief, Director General Oscar D. Albayalde said.
PNP-CITF director Senior Supt. Romeo M. Caramat Jr. identified the arrested cop as PO1 Alexis Domingo. He said the suspect was immediately whisked to the PNP-CITF headquarters in Camp Crame following his arrest at around 11:24 a.m. yesterday.
“This should serve as a notice to some rogues in uniform out there that we are not sleeping on our job and will continue to arrest them even though we are busy with our other duties,” said Caramat, whose men were also performing other duties as part of the PNP security preparations for the martial law anniversary.
The sting was conducted by the PNP-CITF shortly after a walk-in complainant went to their office on Thursday and reported that the accused NPD-DEU operative was demanding a total of P9,000 from her in exchange for facilitating the transfer of her detained brother at the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology-run city jail.
It turned out that the woman initially gave P3,000 to the accused who told her that the amount is a ‘form of payment’ needed in transporting his brother from the NPD detention facility to the local city jail.
“The woman complained that after giving their hard-earned P3,000 to the policeman, the latter demanded another P6,000 from her,” Caramat said.
The official said this prompted them to coordinate with National Capital Region Police Office chief Director Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar in launching the entrapment operation wherein the suspect was arrested shortly after he received P2,000 in marked bills from the complainant.
Following the incident, reports said that NPD director Chief Supt. Gregorio Lim ordered the administrative relief and investigation of the immediate superior and 10 other colleagues of PO1 Domingo.
“Some of our policemen really never learn. They continue to engage in some malpractices, including extorting from detainees and their relatives,” Caramat said.
Cases like this as well as the presence of policemen who demand money from the public in exchange for the release of traffic accident reports or detention report needed to file a bail application are the things being abhorred by PNP chief, Director General Oscar D. Albayalde, he said.
“Our PNP chief is very much against these illegal activities. Ang sabi nga niya, maliit na bagay lang pero lumalaki ’yan,” Caramat said.