PNP orders probe on Binangonan police station over alleged extortion activities
MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Thursday ordered an investigation on the Binangonan Municipal Police Station after its “civilian assets” were arrested for reported extortion activities.
In a statement, PNP chief Police General Debold Sinas directed Calabarzon police director Police Brigadier General Felipe Natividad to place Binangonan police chief Police Lieutenant Colonel Ferdinand Ancheta under investigation over command responsibility for the alleged extortion activities of his subordinates.
“I will not let this incident pass without implementing appropriate criminal and administrative action against those involved,” Sinas said.
In an entrapment operation, PNP Integrity Monitoring and Enforcement Group (IMEG) arrested Albert Domingo alias Joel, and Pablo Dolfo alias Botchok, both civilian assets of Binangonan Police Station, in front of Binangonan City Hall on Tuesday afternoon.
Seized from Domingo were cash, a cellphone, a gray Toyota Vios, and a motorcycle.
Also involved in the extortion activities were Police Senior Master Sergeant Randy Andanar, Police Senior Staff Sergeant Joel Acosta, Police Senior Staff Sergeant Joe Sevillena, Police Corporal Allan Alvarez, Police Corporal Marson Tayaban, and Police Corporal Lew Armesis, said PNP-IMEG.
They are now under monitoring and custody of PNP-IMEG for further investigation, said police.
Police said the operation stemmed from a complaint of a certain Kellu, who accused the police assets and lawmen of extorting cash from him in exchange for the release of an impounded motor vehicle.
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