MANILA - Two policemen were arrested for allegedly extorting P300 to P500 from bus and van drivers in Malibay, Pasay, authorities said Wednesday.
The duo, PO2 Jerry Adjanu Jubail and PO1 Michael Domalanta, both assigned at the precinct in the area, were captured in an entrapment operation last Tuesday.
Police have been receiving reports of extortion there since last year, said Senior Supt. Jose Chiquito Malayo of the PNP-Counter Intelligence Task Force
"We have it validated at na-confirm natin eto na nga, nag-entrap tayo kahapon at nakuha natin sila," Malayo said.
(We have it validated and it was confirmed. They were entraped and captured.)
The police station commander with jurisdiction over the terminal was temporarily relieved from his post.
Official data showed that 71 policemen have been arrested as the PNP cleansed its ranks of rogue troops. Out of the 71, 3 are officers and 68 are non-commissioned officers.
Another 100 alleged civilian cohorts were also arrested.
Malayo said it is not easy to conduct surveillance on fellow police personnel, especially when it involves immediate superiors of so-called "scalawags."
While the number of police scalawags are few relative to the whole PNP population, it still brings a negative image to the organization, he said.
"The Chief PNP is very clear in his mandate na i-enhance ang internal cleansing down to the lowest level," Malayo said.
Less than a week into his installation as new chief PNP, Director General Oscar Albayalde warned that dismissal proceedings await those who will be caught sleeping on their jobs.
When he was still the police chief for the capital, Albayalde dismissed some 200 policemen, suspended 800, demoted 99 and sent 300 to Mindanao.
As Chief PNP, Albayalde ordered the Internal Affairs Service to fast-track resolutions of pending police cases.
“Hindi porke nakasuhan ka guilty ka. Yun talagang alam natin na may kasalanan we have to (be) very fast, kung talagang kailangan suspendihin, suspendihin na namin, kung kailangan i-dismiss sa serbisyo, idi-dismiss na natin outright,” he added.
(Just because you were charged, doesn't mean that you're guilty. Against those who are guilty, we have to be very fast. If they have to be suspended, we will suspend them. If they have to be dismissed, we will dismiss them outright.)