Rob extort suspect tags Taguig cops as ‘brains’

January 24, 2019
Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar
Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar

A BAIL processor arrested for robbery-extortion by agents of the Regional Special Operations Unit by the National Capital Region Police Office has tagged three alleged members of the Taguig City Police Station Drug Enforcement Unit as the ones who ordered him to demand P1 million from a relative of an arrested drug offender for lowering the charges to be filed against the suspect, NCRPO chief, Director Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar said yesterday.

Eleazar said he has ordered a thorough investigation into the allegations made by Hasnaira Saban Haslimon who is now facing a robbery-extortion case. “I have directed my RSOU and the Southern Police District headed by Chief Supt. Eliseo Cruz to confirm the identity of the policemen involved so that proper criminal and administrative charges can be filed against them,” the official said.

According to the official, Haslimon was arrested in an entrapment operation conducted by the NCRPO-RSOU following a complaint from Maria Ella Obre whose cousin, one Sittie Pagayao was reportedly arrested by members of the Taguig City Police Station DEU last January 21.

Eleazar said that Obre complained to the law enforcers that one ‘Toytoy’ and three other policemen demanded P1 million from her so that the case they will file against Pagayao would be lowered to mere possession of dangerous drugs instead of or selling of dangerous drugs.

Eleazar said that the complainant said she was invited by ‘Toytoy’ and the three cops and was asked to produce the amount. The official added that further investigation showed that Haslimon was instructed by ‘Toytoy’ to contact the complainant and agree to the woman’s appeal that they reduce the amount they are demanding to P150,000.

The NCRPO chief said that around 6 p.m. last January 22, Haslimon was arrested when she showed up at the McDonald’s branch in Tuktukan, Taguig City and received the money from the complainant.

Eleazar said that a case for robbery-extortion under the Revised Penal Code was recommended against the suspects before a Taguig City prosecutor’s office.

It was the 2nd time that members of the Taguig City police have been accused of the same shenanigan. Last Saturday, members of the Philippine National Police Counter-Intelligence Task Force under Senior Supt. Romeo M. Caramat Jr. arrested a Taguig City Police precinct commander and one of his men accused of robbery-extortion following an entrapment right inside their office.

Chief Inspector Paul Bryan Torres, the head of the Taguig City Precinct 6 and his man, Police Officer 1 Ariel Intenal  are now being held at the CITF jail. The two were arrested shortly after Intenal received P59,000 in marked money from the complainant in the presence of his superior 8:30 p.m. last Saturday.