2 Isabela cops nabbed for extortion


Posted at Jul 21 2011 11:31 PM | Updated as of Jul 22 2011 07:31 AM

MANILA, Philippines – Two officers of the Isabela Police Provincial Office were arrested for allegedly extorting money from a driver.

Authorities said they received a tip from an anonymous source on July 15, saying that a chief of police extorted money on a weekly basis, with amounts reaching P1,000.

“Nagsumbong ‘yung texter na kinukuhanan sila ng pera nung opisyal. Ginagamit niya daw panggasolina ng sasakyan,” said Police Superintendent Jimmy Garrido.

An entrapment operation conducted by the Provincial Investigation and Detection Management Section of Isabela Police resulted in the arrest of a junior officer who said he was merely following the orders of the chief of police.

“Nung matanggap namin ‘yung text, agad na nag-follow up kami tapos naaresto sa entrapment operation ‘yung PO1. Nag-positive siya sa UV powder mula dun sa ginamit na marked money. Dun niya ni-reveal na inutusan lang daw siya ng opisyal niya,” Garrido said.

Both the officer and the chief of police are detained at the provincial headquarters.

Authorities refused to name the arrested suspects. -- Report from Julius Camba, ABS-CBN Cagayan Valley