Fake cop recruiting rookies arrested

A MAN posing as a National Capital Region Police Office recruitment officer was arrested by agents of the Philippine National Police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group in an entrapment operation in General Trias City in Cavite on Wednesday evening, PNP-CIDG chief, Major General Joel Napoleon M. Coronel said.

Rajib Bautista Ampuan was placed under arrest shortly after he received P40,000 worth of boodle money topped by a marked P500 bill from an NCRPO applicant in Barangay San Francisco in General Trias City around 8 p.m. Wednesday, said the PNP-CIDG director.

According to Coronel, members of the Cavite CIDG Field Office launched the entrapment operation after complainant Richard Gomias went to their office and complained that Ampuan was asking P40,000 from him in exchange for the facilitation of his NCRPO recruitment papers.

“It turned out that the suspect identified himself as a policeman who is in-charge of the recruitment of Patrolman in the NCRPO and told the complainant he can have his application papers approved by the NCRPO in exchange for P40,000,” said the official.

Coronel said that the complainant began entertaining doubts in his mind when the suspect pestered him into immediately giving the P40,000 he was asking prompting him to seek the Cavite CIDG’s assistance.

During the sting, the suspect was arrested after he received the boodle money from the complainant. Also recovered from the suspect’s possession ere two mobile phones, one set of PNP General Office Attire uniform bearing the name of ‘SSG Ampuan’ with Badge Number 558130, one set to PNP athletic uniform and five folders containing the documentary requirements of five NCRPO applicants identified as Leneric Grande, Marichu Ragas, Grazel Maureen Ragos, Shemer Corpus and John Paul Cuerdo.

Coronel said the suspect will be facing charges for robbery-extortion, usurpation of authority, estafa and violation of Article 179 of the Revised Penal Code or illegal use of police uniforms and insignia.

He also reminded the public especially those who wish to join the police force to be extra cautious and mindful of individuals or groups who promises them  easy ways to enter the organization in exchange for money.

“Being a Police Officer is way better and deserving if it is achieved in the right manner and through hard work,” Coronel said.