PHILIPPINE National Police Integrity Monitoring and Enforcement Group (PNP-IMEG) director, Colonel Ronald O. Lee yesterday announced the arrest of a Cebu City police anti-narcotics agent accused of demanding an air-conditioning unit from the brother of a detained drug offender.
In a report to PNP chief, General Archie Francisco F. Gamboa, the official identified the arrested suspect as Corporal Wenefredo Olongayo, a member of the Station Drug Enforcement Unit of the Waterfront Police Station in Cebu City. Also arrested during the sting conducted amid the deadly COVID-19 threat was Olongayo’s civilian cohort Jevy Rea Gelig.
“Walang Covid-Covid sa amin pag ang huhulihin namin ay mga pulis na involved sa kotong,” Lee said in announcing the arrest of the suspect during an entrapment operation in Barangay Tejero in Sitio Silangan 2 in Cebu City around 3:15 p.m. Tuesday.
According to the PNP-IMEG director, they conducted the sting amid a complaint from the brother of detained drug offender Ramel Villarino that Cpl. Olongayo approached him and demanded an air-conditioning unit which he said should be directly given to his wife identified only as 'MJ.'
“It turned out that the group of Cpl. Olongayo arrested the suspect. However, while in jail, the policeman talked to the suspect’s brother and told him he will help the suspect post bail by downgrading the charges that will allow the accused to post bail in exchange for an air-conditioning unit for his wife,” Lee said.
Following the complaint, officers of the PNP-IMEG Visayas Field Unit, with the assistance of the Police Regional Office’s Regional Intelligence Division/Regional Special Operations Group and the Cebu City Police Station 3 launched the entrapment operation which led in the arrest of Cpl. Olongayo and Gelig.
Lee said recovered during the sting were the brand-new air-conditioning unit and several mobile phones. Cpl. Olongayo was also stripped of his PNP-issued Glock 17 semi-automatic pistol with two loaded magazines and badge.
The policeman’s motorcycle was also impounded by the PNP-IMEG.
PRO7 director, Brigadier Gen. Albert Ignatius D. Ferro ordered the filing of criminal and administrative charges against Olongayo who is now being held at the PRO7 RID office along with Gelig.