AGENTS of the Philippine National Police Counter-Intelligence Task Force (PNP-CITF) yesterday hauled to jail a Metro Manila Development Authority traffic enforcer accused of extortion during an entrapment operation in Malibay, Pasay City, PNP-CITF director, Senior Superintendent Romeo M. Caramat Jr. said.
In a report to PNP chief, Director General Oscar D. Albayalde, the official identified the suspect as Emilio M, Guinto.
He said the suspect was placed under arrest by his men after he received P5,000 in marked bills from a complainant at the Mercury Drug Store along EDSA Malibay at around 9 in the morning.
Caramat said the operation stemmed from a complaint lodged in their office last Friday morning by walk-in complainants Herbert Natividad and Van Lester Dimanlig, both employees of New Oriental Club in Pasay City.
Accordingly, the suspect flagged down near the San Juan de Dios Hospital around 7:30 a.m. last Thursday a Toyota Grandia with conduction sticker VI3836 while it was being driven by Dimanlig.
The suspect introduced himself as a policeman and accused Diimanlig of driving a colorum vehicle and later demanded P5,000 from the complainant to avoid being issued a traffic citation ticket and his van won’t be impounded.
Caramat said since Dimanlig has no money, the subject traffic enforcer asked for the contact number of the driver’s team leader.
He said the MMDA traffic enforcer later made a series of calls to Natividad and reiterated his demand.
Natividad however told him that the money was not yet available thus the pay off was set yesterday.
Caramat said that the suspect instructed the complainant to proceed to Mang Inasal in Malibay where the pay off was consumated which led to his arrest inside the Mecury Drug Store beside Mang Inasal.