Man pretending to be cop arrested for extortion in Rizal

Maan Macapagal, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 15 2019 10:03 AM

MANILA - Authorities arrested a man who pretended to be a police officer for extorting money from a complainant who was promised employment in the Philippine National Police despite not meeting the height requirement.

Robel Yap Canlas, 59, was caught in the act of receiving P4,000 in a convenience store in Rodriguez, Rizal on Sunday afternoon.

A female PNP applicant sought the help of the PNP-Integrity Monitoring and Enforcement Group after Canlas failed to deliver on his promise that she would receive a height waiver in exchange for a total of P40,000.

She said the suspect introduced himself as SPO2 Gerome Canlas who offered to help her enter the PNP. Believing he was a real police official, she gave the P40,000 payment last October 23, 2018.

Instead of giving her the height waiver, the suspect asked for another P20,000 as payment for neuro and medical examinations.

The complainant obliged and sent the P20,000 through money transfer.

Last June 6, the suspect advised the complainant to have her neuro exam outside Camp Crame and then submit the result to the PNP hospital.

On July 14, the suspect asked for another P4,000 as payment for a so-called processing fee. This prompted the complainant to go to the PNP-IMEG and ask for help.

IMEG operatives confiscated from the suspect a PNP bag which contained 1 calibre 45 gun, some bullets, a fake PNP ID and badge.

The PNP-IMEG is preparing the criminal cases to be filed against the suspect.