Man arrested for carrying 'bayawak' accuses cop of extortion

Posted at Sep 20 2012 10:49 AM | Updated as of Sep 20 2012 06:49 PM

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A Manila policeman was charged with robbery extortion by a man he arrested for carrying monitor lizards.

Jerry Urgelles claims PO3 Jessie Villlanueva extorted P20,000 from him after he was arrested for carrying the reptiles.

Urgelles only managed to produced P3,000 after selling the reptiles in Arranque Market.

The complainant was eventually released after Villanueva realized that he could not produce more money anymore.

Villanueva, who denied the accusation, has been relieved from duty and is also facing administrative charges.

- Umagang Kay Ganda, September 20 2012