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Two PNP personnel, 2 cohorts nabbed for extortion in Iligan City

Elements of the Philippine National Police-Counter Intelligence Task Force (PNP-CITF) collared two more police personnel, including an officer, and their two civilian aides for alleged extortion in Iligan City, police said yesterday. 

Chief Supt. John Bulalacao, PNP spokesman, identified the arrested PNP members as Senior Insp. Rolando Rigat, chief of the PNP-Highway Patrol Team in ILigan City, and his subordinate SPO2 Crisanto Bernardo.
The two civilians are Mac Harvey Abad and Sidney Canete, both members of the HPG Civilian Auxiliary.
Quoting reports reaching Camp Crame, Bulalacao disclosed that at 6:15 p.m. on Wednesday, March 7, 2018, CITF personnel with elements of Iligan City Police Office launched an entrapment operation against the two policemen.
According to PNP-CITF commander Senior Supt. Jose Chiquito Malayo, the entrapment operation was prompted by complaints from several motorists in the area.
Malayo said that the four suspects were arrested after receiving P3,000.00 marked money from the driver of the vehicle who was cited by the HPG personnel for a traffic violation.
The marked money was recovered inside the Comfort Room of the Chief, ICHPT when the latter attempted to dispose the marked money, Malayo said.
Likewise, small bills of different denominations amounting to P5,000 were also recovered from the drawer of Rigat, Malayo added.
The CITF commander explained that the operation stemmed from a complaint sent to the Citizens Complaint Hotline, 8888 of the Office of the President from motorists traversing Macapagal Highway in Iligan City that elements of RHPU 10, ICHPT on board RHPU 10 Mobile Car with body no. 1003 are allegedly extorting money from motorists in the guise of having committed traffic violations.
Another complainant from the area corroborated the complaint.
Bulalacao said that the arrested personnel are now being processed in Iligan City Police Office for the filing of appropriate criminal and administrative cases.
Over the past 12 months, CITF has arrested 60 errant PNP personnel for alleged irregularities while 65 others were charged with various administrative cases as the PNP imposes its iron fist policy on organizational discipline and internal reform.
The PNP-CITF was created by PNP chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa as part of the internal cleansing program of the 185,000-strong organization — aimed at weeding the ranks of unscrupulous personnel.

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