Baguio police official nabbed

Oscar D. Albayalde

COMBINED agents of the Philippine National Police Counter-Intelligence Task Force and the Intelligence Group yesterday arrested a high-ranking police official in Baguio City on charges of demanding P200,000 from a wanted robbery suspect so that he won’t be arrested for his other criminal offenses and worse, get summarily executed, a report to PNP chief, Director General Oscar D. Albayalde said.

PNP-CITF commander, Colonel Romeo M. Caramat Jr. identified the arrested police officer as Lieutenant Colonel Allan Docyogen, the chief of the Baguio City Police Office’s Intelligence Unit. Docyogen joined the PNP thru Lateral Entry in 2003.

According to the PNP-CITF chief, Docyogen was arrested past 2 p.m. yesterday shortly after he received P50,000 in marked money from the complainant in front of the Daddy’s Restaurant at 101 MS Florendo Building in Abanao, Barangay Azo, Baguio City.

Caramat said that they launched the entrapment operation with the help of the PNP-IG headed by Brigadier General Edgar S. Monsalve after they received a phone call from a complainant that a certain ‘Lt. Col. Docyogen’ was demanding P200,000 from him.

It turned out that the complainant was arrested by members of the Baguio City police on the strength of a warrant for robbery issued by a Lucena City Regional Trial Court. Caramat  said they have found out that the complainant is a known member of the so-called ‘Termite Gang’ whose members are known for tunneling into pawnshops and banks to steal cash and other valuables.

However, the complainant was allowed to post bail by a local court and thus, was set free by the local police. While already in bail, the complainant said that he was asked by the police official to produce P200,000 in exchange for not being arrested again for his other crimes and not being killed by the accused.

Caramat said that they found out that the initial P47,000 payment was handed by the complainant to the accused on Friday last week. The complainant was also told to pay the remainder of the amount which was reduced to P50,000 yesterday.

The accused police official also reportedly tried to force the suspect-turned complainant to give him some of his properties by signing a deed of sale although the demand did not materialize following his arrest.

The suspect is now under the custody of the PNP-CITF facing criminal and administrative charges which would lead to his dismissal from the police force and a stiff jail term once convicted by the court.

“This is part of our ongoing internal cleansing campaign as ordered by Gen. Albayalde to ferret out misfits and scalawags in the police force,” Caramat said.