Police colonel nabbed for extortion

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 for extortion.

PNP-CITF commander Col. Romeo Caramat Jr. identified the arrested police officer as Lt. Col. Allan Docyogen, the chief of the Baguio City Police Office’s Intelligence Unit.

Docyogen was arrested past 2 p.m. yesterday 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, Bgy. Azo, Baguio City.

Caramat said they launched the entrapment after they received a phone call from a complainant that 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.  

Police found out that the complainant was a member of the “Termite Gang” whose members were 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 out on bail, the complainant said he was asked by Docyogen to produce P200,000 in exchange for not being arrested again for his other crimes and not being killed by the accused.

Caramat said they found out that the initial P47,000 payment was handed over 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 Docyogen’s arrest.