Anti-narcotics cop, pal nabbed for rob-extort

AGENTS of the Philippine National Police Integrity Monitoring and Enforcement Group (PNP-IMEG) late evening Saturday arrested an anti-narcotics policeman and his pal accused of promising police recruits who have flunked their medical tests that they will gain entry into the force in exchange for money, PNP-IMEG director, Colonel Ronald O. Lee announced yesterday.

In a report to PNP chief, General Archie Francisco F. Gamboa, the official identified the suspects as Patrolman Ralph Rigor Ramos, assigned with the PNP Drug Enforcement Group and civilian Kathyrin Acquilito.

Lee said that the two were arrested by combined operatives of the PNP-IMEG, the PNP-DEG, the National Capital Region Police Office’s Regional Intelligence Division-Regional Special Operations Group, the PNP Special Action Force’s 82nd Special Action Company  and the NCR Field Unit of the PNP Criminal Investigation and Detection Group during an entrapment operation in front of the Mine Stop in South Mall, Las Piñas City at 10 p.m. Saturday.

The PNP-IMEG director said they conducted the sting amid information that the rookie cop was promising some police recruits who have failed the PNP medical examination that they will be able to pay their way into the 205,000-strong police organization.

“One of the complainants was a PNP-SAF applicant who failed the medical examination but was told by the suspect that once he pay him, someone will endorse him and will pass the needed medical examination,” Lee said. The PNP-IMEG director said that undercover officers placed the policeman and his cohort under arrest after he received the marked money from the poseur.

The official said that they coordinated their operation with PNP-DEG director, Brigadier General Romeo M. Caramat Jr. who happened to be his classmate from Philippine Military Academy ‘Tanglaw-Diwa’ Class of 1992.

The rookie cop and his cohort will be facing criminal charges for robbery-extortion. Lee said that they will also recommend to Caramat the conduct of summary hearing procedures against the erring cop for grave misconduct.

Pat. Ramos became the 7th erring policeman to be put to jail by the PNP-IMEG since last February 27. Gen. Gamboa earlier told his men: “Palagi ko naman ito inuulit ano. Huwag kayong sumama doon sa six PNP personnel per day dismissed at ito, meron na naming gustong sumama doon sa mga matitigas ang ulo,” he said.

Since last February 27, PNP-IMEG agents have already hauled to jail seven erring policemen and a dismissed policewoman as they continued to implement the PNP chief’s massive internal cleansing strategy.

Last February 28, operatives of the unit arrested the erstwhile chief of the Bacolod City CIDG office and a civilian-pal accused of extorting money from an operator of a local KTV bar.

Three days later, PNP-IMEG agents arrested a former policewoman said to have been hooked on casino for demanding P40,000 to as much as P80,000 from policemen seeking transfer to another office during a sting in Pasay City.