Authorities Arrest Policeman and Sibling After Caught Extorting P500,000 Cash From Chinese National
A policeman and his sibling were arrested for attempting to extort P500,000 from a Chinese national at a hotel in Pasay.
According to Pasay City Police Station, a Malaysian national, a friend of the victim, sought assistance after two men claiming to be operatives from the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) Pasay allegedly apprehended the victim on charges of human trafficking.
The Malaysian national received a text message from the victim requesting P500,000 in exchange for her release. The local police officers immediately responded and encountered one of the suspects in the hotel lobby.
Pasay City Police Station chief PCol. Froilan Uy said that the suspect introduced himself as a member of the District Special Operations Unit. Uy discovered that there are no ongoing DSOU operations in Pasay, which raised further suspicion.
“Nagpakilala na DSOU naman siya so tinanong ng ating mga opisyal ‘yung kanyang Chief kung merong operations na ginagawa ang DSOU dito sa Pasay pero ang tugon ay wala kaya lalo na silang nagduda,” Uy said.
The cops proceeded to the fourth floor where they discovered the Chinese woman in handcuffs, leading to the arrest of the suspect and his sibling.
The arrested suspect was confirmed as a Police Staff Sergeant holding the rank of a member of the DSOU of the Southern Police District, while his sibling was found wearing a camouflage shirt.
“Ang aming assessment kaya siya nandun sa ground floor ng hotel, hinihintay na niya ‘yung ipapadalang pera, eventually para mapakawalan itong babae na nasa itaas ng hotel,” Uy added.
The police authorities confiscated a firearm, various identification cards, P14,000 in cash, and three mobile phones. Additionally, a fake ID was discovered on the apprehended policeman, which he was using under a different name.
Previously, five Manila police officers accused of extortion and theft in computer shop
The suspects have declined to give statements but now face a multitude of charges, including illegal detention, robbery extortion, violations of the Comprehensive Law on Firearms and Ammunition, Falsification of Public Documents, and illegal use of PNP Uniform.
Administrative complaints are also being prepared against the suspect.