Cop, 4 cohorts nabbed for robbery-extortion

A police officer and four (4) members of the Truck Ban Traffic Management Office of Apalit, Pampanga was arrested in an entrapment operation for extortion and robbery by a joint team of 3rd Battalion 35th SAC, Apalit MPS, and PNP-IMEG-LFU, authorities announced Friday.

Citing reports from Integrity Monitoring and Enforcement Group (IMEG) Director, Brig. Gen. Thomas Frias, Philippine National Police (PNP) chief PGen. Guillermo Eleazar disclosed that the operation resulted in the arrest of PCPL Leomar Calegan y Barizo 37 years old, married and a resident of Brgy Maimpis, San Fernando City, Pampanga; Marlon De Guzman y Yabut 39 years old married and a resident of Danga, Colgante; Menard Mendoza y Gaddi 32 years old, residents of Sta Lucia Matua, Masantol, Pampanga; Michael Maniulit, 50 year old, a resident of Muzon, Colgante, Apalit and Noel Manarang y Mendoza 23 years old, single and a resident of San Vicente, Apalit, Pampanga, all members of the Truck Ban Traffic Mgt Office, Apalit, Pampanga on June 4, 2021 along the intersection of Quezon Road Mc Arthur HW and San Simon Exit, Apalit, Pampanga in front the Caltex Gas Station.

Eleazar said that the suspects were arrested after receiving money from the driver of a passing truck where an IMEG operative posted as porter who handed the extorted money.

Confiscated in their possession, control and custody were assorted identification cards from the traffic enforcers. Meanwhile, PNP ID , one caliber 9 mm pistol, Glock 17 with serial number PNP 51168, two Mag Assy and 30 pieces ammunition were confiscated from PCPl Calegan.

Cash amounting to Eight Hundred Four Thousand and One Hundred Seventy Pesos ( PHp 804, 170.00 ) believed to be the total amount of collected money from truck drivers passing the area and the entrapment money, two pieces five hundred peso bills bearing serial numbers DFO 62587 and KG960843 respctively were also recovered from the suspects.

“Sunod sunod ang huli ng PNP IMEG sa mga tiwali at korap na pulis at sibilyan sa pamamagitan ng mga sumbong na ating natatanggap patungkol sa kanilang illegal na gawain. Lalo pa nating paigtingin ang ating counter intelligence at palakasin ang ating Internal Affairs Service na syang nag iimbestiga sa mga tiwaling pulis” Eleazar said.

Sa ating mga minamahal na kababayan, wag po kayo matakot magsumbong kung may mga nalalaman kayong masamang gawain sa hanay ng kapulisan at agad niyo itong ipag bigay alam sa amin. Magtulungan tayo sa paglilinis ng aming hanay. We know the public deserves a clean and disciplined police and we remain on our toes to keep cleaning our ranks under the PNP Intensified Cleanliness Policy. But we can only do this with the support of the community at large”, Elezar added.

Arrested suspects were brought at IMEG-LFU office for documentation and proper disposition. Appropriate cases for violation of RA 3019, the Anti Graft and Corrupt Practices Act; RA 6713, Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Government Employee; and Robbery Extortion will be filed against the suspects. PNP.GOV.PH