Three policemen implicated in extortion activities were arrested following operations in Taguig City and Albay this week.
Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Gen. Debold Sinas identified the arrested cops as Senior Police Officers 2 Carlo Sison of Tipas Police Sub-station and Ernan Mullasgo and Gerald Capuz, both assigned in Camalig, Albay.
Sinas said Thursday that based on a report submitted by Col. Thomas Frias Jr., acting director of the Integrity Monitoring and Enforcement Group, Sison was arrested in an entrapment operation along C6 Road in Barangay Napindan on Wednesday night.
Sison was the subject of a complaint by Jordan Delfin Maxian, from whom he allegedly demanded P15,000 to clear his links with illegal drug activities and exclude him in police operations.
In Bicol, operatives of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) Regional Field Unit 5 and Albay Police Provincial Office, acting on the complaint of lawyer Paulino Baclao Fernandez Jr., arrested four suspects, including Mullasgo and Capuz, at the Provincial Engineering Office in Barangay Salugan, Poblacion in Camalig on Tuesday afternoon.
Also arrested by CIDG agents were one Melody Quides, alias Baby, and Jay Quides, a security guard.
Two handguns, five mobile phones and marked P1,000 bills were recovered from the suspects.
The complainant alleged that the suspects demanded P2 million. If he will not agree to the amount, they will kidnap his parents.
The CIDG said the suspects connive with the Concepcion group that is involved in robbery, extortion and gun-for-hire activities in the Bicol Region.
The four already underwent inquest proceedings at the provincial prosecutor’s office.
Sinas vowed swift and decisive action against members of the police force involved in irregularities and misconduct.
He added that PNP anti-corruption measures will continue to weed out corrupt cops.
“The PNP disciplinary policy does not offer any compromise with willful acts of breach of discipline, misconduct and corruption,” Sinas said.
Sinas, meanwhile, ordered the creation of a Special Investigation Task Group to get to the bottom of the killing of the top health officer of Guihulngan City, Negros Oriental and her husband.
City health officer Dr. Mary Rose Sancelan and Edwin, also employed at the local government unit, were shot near their house in Carmen Ville Subdivision, Barangay Poblacion on Tuesday afternoon by motorcycle-riding assailants.
Sinas had read the spot report of Brig. Gen. Ronnie Montejo, director of Police Regional Office 7 in Central Visayas, and is waiting for more feedback.
“We still don’t know the reason for the shooting,” Sinas said.
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