Cagayan Valley warns police recruits on scammers


TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan: The Philippine National Police (PNP) in Region 2 (Cagayan Valley) has warned police applicants not to fall prey to sweet talking recruiters asking applicants of a large amount of money in exchange for easy entry into the police service.

Chief Supt. Robert Quenery, PNP-Region 2 director, advised those who want to join the police service to deal only with the police regional office 2 (PRO2) here.

“I would like to warn the public at large and those who want to enter the police service in particular to transact your business only with PRO2 and be wary of unscrupulous individuals who promise to help process your applications for monetary consideration,” Quenery said.

PRO2 issued the warning after the Regional Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (RCIDG2) arrested on Tuesday a businessman who sweet talked police applicants promising their entry to the police service in exchange of a hefty sum of money.

The suspect, Marcelo Relos, 53, of Barangay Caritan Centro here who currently heads the Police Hotline Movement, Inc. was arrested during an entrapment operation.

Senior Supt. Armel Gongona, RCIDG2 chief, said several police applicants, including Sherwin Delelis of Barangay Dodan in Aparri town, complained that Relos has assured them of easily passing the recruitment process at PRO2 for a certain fee.

Delelis was an applicant for regional police office’s first semester Police Officer 1 (PO1) Recruitment Program for 2017 and was promised by Relos of easy entry into the police service for P100,000.

Quenery said the PNP recruitment process is free and that the applicant has only to pass certain requirements based on merit and physical and mental fitness.

The police director also warned all police personnel in the region not to indulge in any irregularity or face administrative and criminal charges.

The first cycle for P01 regular recruitment program has started in April. Oath taking is tentatively set on July 1.


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