AGENTS of the Philippine National Police Integrity Monitoring and Enforcement Group (PNP-IMEG) on Thursday afternoon arrested a retired Quezon City policeman who tried to bribe them in exchange for the unhampered operations of his ‘video-karera’ machines, a report to PNP chief, General Archie Francisco F. Gamboa said yesterday.
PNP-IMEG director, Colonel Ronald O. Lee, said that retired Senior Police Officer 4 Brigidio Capio An, a retired member of the Q.C. Police District Intelligence and Detection Unit was arrested during an entrapment operation conducted at the Eagle’s Nest Coffee Shop inside the PNP national headquarters in Camp Crame at 5:30 p.m. Thursday.
According to Lee, the suspect who retired from the police force in 2014 called Lieutenant Col. Dominick S. Poblete, the officer-in-charge of the IMEG Luzon Field Unit thru the officer’s personal number and offered to initially give the IMEG officer P10,000 in ‘goodwill money’ to start their talk about a monthly ‘tong’ in order to freely run his illegal VK operations.
The PNP-IMEG director said he ordered the entrapment operation after Poblete informed him about the monetary offer. In the ensuing sting, the suspect was placed under arrest by IMEG Luzon Field Unit and Counter-Intelligence Division agents after he handed P10,000 in cash to Poblete while telling the officer that it would be on a weekly basis.
Lee said that the accused, a resident of PTBC, Balon-Bato, Q.C. is now being held at the PNP-IMEG headquarters in Camp Crame facing charges for corruption of public official.
The PNP-IMEG director said that they are still conducting follow-up operations to get all the VK machines being operated by the accused.
IMEG operations which led in the confiscation of over 60 VK and ‘fruit game’ machines’ over the past two weeks in the cities of Pasay, Caloocan, Muntinlupa and Bulacan have gotten the ire of the PNP chief who ordered the administrative relief of a number of top officials including Southern Police District director, Brigadier Gen. Nolasco K. Bathan and Bulacan Police Provincial Office director, Col. Emma M. Libunao.
The PNP chief likewise ordered National Capital Region Police Office director, Major Gen. Debold M. Sinas, to issue relief orders for the chiefs of police of Muntinlupa, Caloocan and Pasay cities.
The Journal Group earlier reported that a number of Police-Community Precinct commanders in Metro Manila are under fire for their failure to stop the presence of illegal ‘video-karera and fruit game’ machine operations in their areas which triggered the raids conducted by the PNP-IMEG and the NCRPO Regional Intelligence Division on orders of Sinas.
The simultaneous ‘one-time, big-time’ operations against the presence of the illegal gambling machines long associated with illegal drug use in Caloocan City, Muntinlupa City and Pasay City led in the confiscation of 19 ‘video-karera’ and 36 ‘fruit game’ machines and P39,670 in P1 bets and the arrest of eight persons, said Lee.