A Philippine National Police Counter-Intelligence Task Force-led operation in Dapitan City in Zamboanga del Note on Friday resulted in the arrest of a member of the PNP Highway Patrol Group accused of robbery-extortion, PNP-CITF director, Senior Superintendent Romeo M. Caramat Jr. announced yesterday.
In a report to PNP chief, Director General Oscar D. Albayalde, the official identified the arrested suspect as Police Officer 3 Juwie Dalogdog, a member of the HPG Dapitan City Team stationed at the Puluan Port in Barangay San Vicente, Dapitan City.
Caramat said that the HPG operative was arrested following complaints from truck and win van drivers in the area that the policeman is extorting P20 up to P200 from them in exchange for their unhampered entry into their areas of jurisdiction particularly those entering and exiting the Puluan Port.
Around 3:30 p.m. Friday, members of the PNP-CITF, joined by agents from the PNP Intelligence Group under Senior Supt. Edgar S. Monsalve and the Zamboanga del Norte Provincial Mobile Force Company conducted the entrapment operation which led in the arrest of the accused.
Recovered from the suspect’s possession were P200 in marked bills, P470 in different denominations which were all believed to be ‘proceeds’ of his illegal activity and a loaded caliber .45 pistol with a magazine containing nine live ammunition.
Caramat said they conducted the entrapment operation in coordination with the PNP-HPG headed by Chief Supt. Roberto B. Fajardo and the Police Regional Office 9 headed by Chief Supt. Emmanuel Luis D. Licup.
The suspect was placed under the custody of the PNP-CITF field office in Mindanao while charges for robbery-extortion and violation of Republic Act 10591 or the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulations Act of 2013 are being readied against him.
The illegal possession of firearm case will be filed against PO3 Dalogdog after the cal. .45 pistol seized from his possession turned out to be without serial numbers and not covered with any documents from the PNP Firearms and Explosives Office.