A police officer of the University Belt (U-Belt) police community precinct (PCP) in Manila and two others, have been arrested for extortion, an official said.
Acting on a tip, the PNP’s counter intelligence task force (CITF) set up an entrapment operation on Chief Insp. Ramon Nazario, precinct commander; Kagawad Gregorio Bernardo and a certain Raymund Baga of Barangay 409 Zone 42 who have been allegedly extorting money from the vendors on U-Belt and using civilians as collectors, Senior Supt. Chiquito Malayo said.
Nazario, Bernardo and Baga were arrested at 6:45 p.m. on Friday after intelligence personnel validated the vendors’ statements by monitoring the collection that was remitted weekly to the suspects, said Malayo, chief of the PNP-CITF.
Police recovered the marked money used in the entrapment operation and the Toyota vehicle used for collection by the suspects.
The CITF operation was done within the compound of the U-Belt PCP, a precinct under the Manila Police District’s (MPD) Police Station (PS) Station 4 in Sampaloc.
Malayo said his office has yet to determine the amount that was being collected from the vendors but identified Baga as the “bagman”.
Meanwhile, Nazario was relieved from his post immediately after the operations.
Supt. Aquino Olivar, commander of the Sampaloc Police Station 4, said Nazario was first brought to the main headquarters of the Manila Police District (MPD) for proper disposition of his case.
The suspects are now at the CITF headquarters in Camp Crame in Quezon City for documentation and filing of appropriate charges. DEMPSEY REYES