MANILA Police District (MPD) chief Brig. Gen. Vicente Danao, Jr. yesterday warned a Northern Police District (NPD) policeman who was nabbed for extortion not to post bail while he (Danao) sits as the MPD chief.
‘Don’t post bail or don’t go out yet while I am here. It will be better if you stay in prison and help there,’ Danao said in an interview, adding that he will not allow anybody from the MPD to tarnish the image of the police, particularly for a measly P50, just like what happened in the case at hand.
Danao’s pronouncements came after MPD operatives nabbed the said NPD policeman who was found to be allegedly engaging in extortion activities victimizing truck drivers whom he allegedly requires to pay parking fees in Tondo, Manila.
Now detained at the Manila Police District-General Assignment and Investigation Section (MPD-GAIS) is cop-turned-suspect Patrolman Arnel Pastrana Agustin, 35, of Tondo, Manila and reportedly assigned at the NPD Traffic Enforcement Unit. He was cornered by the Manila District Traffic Enforcement Unit (MDTEU) along Road 10 at around 7 a.m.
Corporal Jed Magat of the MDTEU said that based on a complaint lodged by truck driver Rico Aleon, the suspect sought him out and told him to shell out a parking fee. Thinking he was a Manila policeman, Aleon gave him P50 but the suspect told him the amount was too small.
Magat and his companion, Police Corporal John Patrick Caranguian, reportedly saw what happened and when they approached Agustin, who was then wearing a full police uniform, they accosted him.
Agustin said he was there just to pee and then ran away.
The cops chased and cornered Agustin, who was then found in possession of a cal .45 gun loaded with eight live ammunition and a butterfly knife.
Investigation showed that the suspect had long been the subject of a complaint by truck drivers who allege that Agustin had been mulcting them.
Police Staff Sergeant Kaiser Mijares said that on verification, it was discovered that the suspect was previously dismissed from the service but managed to return in 2013.
Allegedly, he always introduced himself as a member of the MPD and had been engaging in extortion activities for the past three years. He was on duty when nabbed.
Charges of usurpation of authority, robbery extortion and illegal possession of firearms in relation to Omnibus Election Code were filed against the suspect.
Danao meanwhile said that there is no reason for cops to still engage in extortion activities, specially after President Rodrigo Duterte already raised their salaries.#