• Policemen in extortion try identified


    FOUR police officers of the Manila Police District (MPD) Anti-Illegal Drugs were identified by the PNP Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) for alleged involvement in extortion activities during an entrapment operation.

    CIDG-National Capital Region (NCR) chief Senior Supt. Ronald Lee identified the four policemen allegedly involved in extortion activity as SPO2 Marvin Flores, SPO1 Francis Anthony Leones, PO3’s Elmer Rebeta and Michael Castillo.

    Lee said that the four MPD policemen were identified after they were snitched by a police asset who confirmed that they were involved in alleged extortion activities.

    The CIDG official said the police asset, identified as a certain Michael Mastura, revealed to them that he is the one being asked by the four MPD policemen to negotiate with the wife of an arrested drug suspect identified only as a certain Ibrahim Malawit, and demand money in exchange for the arrested suspect’s release.

    “They (MPD policemen) promised to free the arrested drug suspect in exchange for P200,000,” Lee said.

    The CIDG official said that the suspect’s wife, identified as Nora Sakaludan, was able to shell out the said amount. However the four MPD policemen still sought for an additional amount for Malawit’s release.

    Lee said that Sakaludan told them that she was able to shell out a total amount of P350,000 to the four MPD policemen who still asked for an additional P100,000.

    The CIDG official said that they were prompted to conduct an entrapment operation after Malawit’s wife sought their help. This resulted in the arrest of the police asset and his companion, identified as Imam Abdul Kajar Salik. Recovered from them was the P50,000 additional amount being asked by the four MPD policemen.

    “If it is proven that the four MPD policemen are involved in extortion, they could be facing an administrative case and we will also file a case of robbery extortion against them,” Lee told reporters in Camp Crame.


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