PNP Maritime Group official nabbed for extortion in Cavite

February 22, 2019

A RANKING official of the Philippine National Police Maritime Group was arrested by agents of the PNP Counter-Intelligence Task Force during an entrapment operation inside his office in Cavite which was triggered by complaints of extortion from local fishermen, a report to PNP chief, Director General Oscar D. Albayalde said yesterday.

Superintendent Armandy DImabuyo, the chief of the 402nd Cavite Maritime Police Station was placed under arrest after he received P18,000 in marked money from a complainant right inside the latter’s office in Barangay Julugan V in Tanza, Cavite 7 a.m. yesterday, said PNP-CITF director, Senior Supt. Romeo M. Caramat Jr.

According to Caramat, combined officers from the PNP-CITF and the PNP Intelligence Group under Chief Supt. Edgar S. Monsalve conducted the entrapment operation amid complaints forwarded to their office against the latter’s alleged extortion activities.

The complainants, mostly owners of motorized bancas in the area claimed that the PNP-Maritime Group official is demanding P19,000 to P21,000 a month from the local fishermen’s association in exchange for their unhampered fishing activities.

The suspect was immediately whisked to the PNP-CITF headquarters in Camp Crame for booking and documentation shortly after his arrest. Caramat said they will be filing criminal and administrative charges against the official who claimed innocence over the charges against him.

Following the arrest of Dimabuyo, PNP Maritime Group director, Chief Supt. Rodelio Jocson ordered the administrative relief of all personnel of the Cavite Maritime Police Station and had them replaced by members of the Unit’s Special Operations Group headed by Supt. Gaylord Tamayo.

Supt. Dimabuyo became the highest police official to be arrested so far this year by the PNP-CITF for robbery-extortion.

Last month, PNP-CITF operatives arrested a member of the PNP Highway Patrol Group Police Officer 3 Juwie Dalogdog of the HPG Dapitan City Team for robbery-extortion and illegal possession of firearm and ammunition. It turned out that the accused had been the subject of complaints from truck and wing van drivers entering the Puluan Port in Dapitan City and being forced to shell out P20 to P200 to the cop.

Last January 24, PNP-CITF agents, in coordination with Southern Police District director, Chief Supt. Eliseo DC Cruz also arrested the deputy commander of the Police-Community Precinct 9 of the Makati City Police Station for robbery-extortion.

Senior Police Officer 4 Danilo Paghubasan, a resident of MB 9, BCDA, Barangay Ususan in Taguig City was accused of preying on poor ‘habal-habal’ drivers in his community and threatening them with arrest if they won’t come across his monetary demands. The suspect was arrested right after he received P15,000 in marked money from a complainant.

Days before Paghubasan was arrested, , the PNP-CITF also 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 were arrested shortly after Intenal received P59,000 in marked money from the complainant in the presence of his superior.

The money was demanded from the sister of a suspected drug offender arrested by the Taguig City policemen. It turned out that she was told that if she gives the money, the drug case to be filed against her brother would be downgraded to a simple drug possession that would allow him to post bail.

Caramat said the arrests were made in the line with the ongoing internal cleansing program ordered by Gen. Albayalde. He also urged the public to report any complaints against rogues in police uniform and other public servants to their 24/7 hotlines 0998-9702286 and 0995-7952569.