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July 1, 2021

Fake cop, 6 cohorts nabbed for extortion in QC

MANILA – The anti-scalawag unit of the Philippine National Police (PNP) has arrested a man posing as a police officer and his cohorts for alleged extortion during an entrapment operation in Quezon City.

Integrity Monitoring Enforcement Group (IMEG) chief, Brig. Gen. Thomas Frias, identified the suspects as Joaquin Flores, a dismissed police officer, and his cohorts Domingo Corpuz, Renz Manago, Elton Lopez, Gabriel Momjuan, Armando Silao and Ocito del Monte who were arrested during an operation in a coffee shop along Maginhawa St., in Barangay Teachers Village at around 12:50 p.m. on Wednesday.

The operation stemmed from the complaint of Talisay, Batangas Vice Mayor Charlie Natanauan against Flores, who introduced himself as a police colonel, and his cohorts who allegedly demanded PHP380,000 in exchange for the immediate release of the resolution on his case from the Office of the Ombudsman.

Acting on the complaint, Brig Gen. Nelson Yabut (Ret), Ombudsman Security Consultant, personally appeared before the IMEG to certify that there is no case filed against Natanauan and the suspects are not connected with the Office of the Ombudsman.

The suspects were placed under arrest during an entrapment operation shortly after Flores received marked bills from the complainant.

Seized from the suspects were two pieces of 1,000 peso bill (dusted); PHP300,000 boodle money; a .45 caliber pistol, a magazine and five ammunition, one Glock Cal .40 with magazine and ammunition, assorted cellphones; two radios; and five assorted IDs.

The suspects were brought to the IMEG for booking and documentation where they will be facing appropriate criminal charges including usurpation of authority under Article 177, swindling under Article 315 of the Revised Penal Code, and illegal possession of firearms, Frias said.

He said further investigation is now ongoing to identify other possible victims of the suspects. (PNA) By Christopher Lloyd Caliwan