U-Belt police commander, 2 others arrested for extortion

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Police arrested and relieved from service the commander of the University Belt (U-Belt) police community precinct (PCP) in Manila along with two others for allegedly extorting money from vendors through civilian collectors.

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At about 6:45 p.m. on Friday, agents of the Philippine National Police’s Counter Intelligence Task Force (CITF) conducted an entrapment operation against Chief Insp. Ramon Nazario after being tipped off by vendors that police personnel from the U-Belt PCP as well as a barangay official and a civilian were reportedly extorting money from them.

After verifying the tips, the civilian suspects were identified and monitored by the CITF every Friday. They were seen proceeding to the U-Belt PCP to remit weekly collections to the police personnel of the precinct.

The CITF then conducted the entrapment operation within the compound of the U-Belt PCP, a precinct under the Manila Police District’s (MPD) Police Station (PS) 4 (Sampaloc), resulting in Nazario’s arrest.

Also arrested were the two barangay officials of Barangay 409 Zone 42 identified as Kagawad Gregorio Bernardo and a certain Raymund Baga.

Police recovered the marked money used in the entrapment operation and the vehicle used by the suspects when collecting money from vendors.

According to Supt. Aquino Olivar, commander of MPD’s PS 4, Nazario was first brought to the MPD headquarters for booking procedures.

The suspects are now in the CITF headquarters in Camp Crame for documentation and filing of appropriate charges.

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