Manila Traffic and Parking Bureau worker nabbed for car theft, rob-extort

A STAY-in worker at the Manila Traffic and Parking Bureau was arrested by agents of the Regional Special Operations Unit of the National Capital Region Police Office for car theft and robbery-extortion in an entrapment operation on Saturday night in Sta. Cruz, Manila.

NCRPO director Major General Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar identified the suspect as Rolando Toquero, 33. He was arrested at the MTPB compound located on Quezon Boulevard Central Market, in Sta. Cruz, Manila, past 8 p.m.

The operation stemmed from the complaint of Mr. Teodorico Gervacio, the -owner of a 10-wheeler truck, who claimed that Toquero and a traffic enforcer known only as alias “Maloy” were extorting money from him in exchange for the release of his impounded truck. Gervacio’s driver Jhuren Galvez was arrested by the suspects for allegedly beating the red light and driving without a license in Sta. Cruz.

“Maloy” seized the temporary license of Galvez but did not issue him any receipt. Galvez was then escorted to the RWM Towing Services Impounding area wheres Toquero demanded P10,000 for the release of the truck.

The suspect is now facing charges for Robbery-Extortion with intimidation and violation of Republic Act  6539 as amended by RA 10883 (New Anti-Carnapping Act of 2016).

Eleazar said the same cases will be filed against the suspect’s cohorts identified as Romy Maniquez, the alleged owner of RWM Towing Services and ‘Maloy’.

Meanwhile, Ramil Coronel, 41, of No. 1443 Saint Louis Compound 5, Malinta will be charged for usurpation of authority, robbery extortion, falsification of public documents and resistance and disobedience by police before the Valenzuela City Prosecutor’s Office after he violently resisted when authorities arrested him on Saturday morning.

Coronel who posed  as government employee, was extorting money from small business owners in Valenzuela City.

The suspect approached businesswoman Jerry Allones Tello, 44, owner of sari-sari and eatery  at No. 2023 Apolonia St. Mapulang Lupa and accused her of violation of her business and sanitary permit. He also warned Josephine Jerus Lladoc, 43, owner of vulcanizing shop beside Tello’s store for expired business permit.

With Edd Reyes