ELEMENTS of the Philippine National Police (PNP) Counter-Intelligence Task Force (CITF) arrested the chief of police of Bocaue Police Station for allegedly demanding an Iphone X from a complainant during an entrapment operation in Bulacan.
CITF chief Senior Supt. Romeo Caramat identified the suspect as Supt. Juwen dela Cruz, Bocaue police chief, who was arrested at 12:07 a.m. in Bocaue.
The police officer was arrested by joint elements of the CITF, Highway Patrol Group (HPG) and Intelligence Group (IG) in an entrapment operation led by Supt. Joel Estaris, deputy commander of CITF.
Accordingly, the suspect was arrested based on the complaint that the police officer demanded an Iphone X in exchange for the release of a Montero SUV of a drug personality they arrested in connection with illegal drugs in the province.
The complainant said the Montero SUV vehicle of his brother, who was arrested by the Bocaue Police Station for violation of RA 9165 was taken during his arrest and was placed under the custody of the arrested police officer.
He added that the SUV was being used for police operation and personal travel by the arrested COP.
It was also said that the vehicle was not declared in a blotter as part of the evidence.
The complainant added that the police officer asked for an Iphone X worth P75,000 in exchange for the release of said vehicle.
The complainant then asked the help of CITF which immediately conducted an entrapment operation that resulted in the arrest of the suspect.
Operating troops also recovered a Montero SUV, a Toyota Vios, a Wigo and two motorcycles in the area.
The said vehicles were found to be not included on the inventory of confiscated items from different drug operations of the police station.
It was learned that several vehicles were also confiscated and placed under the custody of the COP and using the same modus, it will only be released after paying certain amount to the arrested COP.
The suspect is now in the custody of the CITF for proper disposition and filing of appropriate charges.