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July 27, 2021

Cop nabbed for extort try on PNP recruit

MANILA – A police officer was arrested for allegedly offering to facilitate the application of an aspiring policeman in exchange for a sum of money in Quezon City.

Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Gen. Guillermo Eleazar on Tuesday said the suspect M/Sgt. Edmund delos Reyes, was arrested by members of the Integrity Monitoring and Enforcement Group (IMEG) in an entrapment operation inside a fast-food chain along Boni Serrano Ave. in Barangay Bagong Lipunan near Camp Crame on Monday night.

Eleazar said the suspect demanded from the victim PHP6,000 for her to be included in the final list of PNP recruits who will take their oath on July 30.

Brig. Gen. Flynn Dongbo, IMEG director, said the suspect was placed under arrest shortly after he received marked money from the complainant.

Recovered from the suspect were two PHP1,000 bills, four PHP1,000 bills used as boodle money, and his PNP ID.

"Despite stern reminders to our police to refrain from wrongdoings and corruption, there are still a few who try to take the crooked path and violate the law. Our leadership will not stop in eradicating corruption within the ranks of our police force," Eleazar said.

Eleazar said he has ordered an investigation on the incident to identify the suspect's accomplices inside the PNP.

"Ito ay upang masiguro natin ang integridad ng ating proseso at maging patas sa lahat ng mga aplikante (This is for us to ensure the integrity of our process and be fair to all applicants)," he added.

The arrested suspect was brought to IMEG headquarters for documentation and will be facing criminal and administrative charges.

Dongbo, meanwhile, called on the public to report PNP personnel (uniformed and non-uniformed) involved in any irregularities to the PNP-IMEG hotlines: Smart -- 0998-970-2286 or Globe -- 0995-795-2569. Information may also be forwarded to Facebook Page: Integrity Monitoring and Enforcement Group. (PNA) By Christopher Lloyd Caliwan