AN officer of the PNP Supervisory Office for Security and Investigation Agencies and newly-promoted police major was arrested after he was accused of extorting money from applicants for security guards during an entrapment operation Friday at the PNP-SOSIA office in Camp Crame.
Captain Gerry Manuel Revecho, the chief of the ID Production Section of the PNP-SOSIA was charged with violation of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act and the Anti-Red Tape Act. He will also face administrative cases for his actions.
PNP chief Director General Oscar D. Albayalde said Revecho was not allowed to take his oath of office as a newly-promoted police major (chief inspector) yesterday pending the resolution of his case.
Revecho was arrested by members of the Philippine National Police Counter-Intelligence Task Force (PNP-CITF) under Colonel Romeo M. Caramat Jr. during an entrapment operation shortly after he received P20,000 in marked bills from an undercover officer who posed as a representative of a security agency in exchange for the expeditious processing of the ID cards of their 32 security guards.
“I would like to mention that the PNP internal cleansing campaign is being vigorously pursued as well in front line service units especially those that cater to regulatory functions of the PNP,” Gen. Albayalde said of Revecho’s arrest.
According to the PNP chief, the arrest of the SOSIA officer was triggered by a number of complaints that have reached his office and that of the PNP-CITF regarding the supposed money-making activities of Revecho.
PNP-SOSIA director Brig. Gen. Noli Romana said he and PNP Civil Security Group under Major General Reynaldo G. Biay were the ones who requested the PNP-CITF to conduct the sting. Gen. Albayalde said he has ordered all PNP regulatory units specifically the PNP-SOSIA, the PNP Firearms and Explosives Office and the Motor Vehicle Clearance Division of the PNP Highway Patrol Group to expedite the release of clearances and other permits and IDs of their clients without demanding any favor.
“Gusto ko yung mabilis na serbisyo not only in SOSIA but all other PNP regulatory offices,” the PNP chief said. He added that the arrest of Revecho is part of the ongoing internal cleansing program of the police force.