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April 30, 2021

CAGAYAN COP NABBED FOR EXTORTION

A police officer was nabbed for alleged extortion in an entrapment operation in Cagayan province on Friday.

Brig. Gen. Thomas Frias, chief of the Philippine National Police-Integrity Monitoring and Enforcement Group (PNP-IMEG, identified the suspect as Staff Sgt. Arphie Bryan Tuliao.

He was arrested during an entrapment operation along V8 Gas Station located along Barangay Camasi in Peñablanca town.

He added the operation stemmed from the IMEG Luzon Field Unit’s intelligence report that Tuliao is asking PHP40,000 each from the four suspects who were earlier arrested during a police operation against illegal gambling, particularly "sabong" or cockfighting.

Tuliao allegedly demanded the amount in exchange for not filing the case in court against the offenders. Frias added that it was later reduced to PHP12,000 after several transactions among the parties involved.

He said the suspect was caught in the act of receiving extortion money from the complainants in the amount of PHP6,000.

The suspect is now under the custody of the IMEG Luzon Field Unit office.