A police precinct commander and one of his subordinates were arrested for robbery-extortion following an entrapment operation in their office Saturday night in Taguig City.
Philippine National Police Counter-Intelligence Task Force director Senior Superintendent Romeo M. Caramat Jr. identified the arrested policemen as Chief Inspector Paul Bryan Torres, head of the Taguig City Precinct 6, and his subordinate Police Officer 1 Ariel Intenal.
Caramat said Torres and Intenal were the latest police officers jailed in line with the PNP’s intensified internal cleansing program.
The two were arrested shortly after Intenal received P59,000 marked money from complainant Rochelle Calle of Barangay Ususan in Taguig City, in the presence of Torres at around 8:30 p.m.
Calle went to the PNP-CITF headquarters in Camp Crame and reported Torres for asking P100,000 in exchange for the downgrading of the criminal charges against her son Raven, who was arrested for drug trafficking.
Raven was arrested shortly before noon Saturday and Chief Insp. Torres reportedly demanded P100,000 from Calle so that instead of filing a non-bailable drug trafficking case against her son, the case would be downgraded to a mere illegal possession of dangerous drugs.
Under Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, possession of dangerous drugs is a bailable offense.
Caramat said the two policemen will be facing criminal and administrative charges for robbery-extortion and grave misconduct which will merit their dismissal from the police force upon conviction by court.
Meanwhile, Quezon City Police District Director Police Chief Superintendent Joselito T. Esquivel Jr. reiterated that the entrapment operation conducted against the former members of the Station Drug Enforcement Unit (SDEU) of Galas Police Station (PS 11) under Police Chief Inspector Erwin Guevarra was legitimate and part of the relentless PNP internal cleansing program.
Esquivel made the statement after Guevara filed countercharges before the Office of the Ombudsman against the policemen who conducted the legitimate entrapment operation against him and some of his subordinates.