MANILA, Philippines — Five policemen in Zamboanga were arrested for extortion on Monday (March 22), according to the Philippine National Police (PNP).
PNP Officer-in-Charge Police Lieutenant General Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar said, Police Major Orlyn Leyte, Officer in-Charge of Police Station 9, Zamboanga City Police Station and four members of PS9 Station Drug Enforcement Unit namely, PSSg Hegenio Salvador, PSSg Asser Abdulkadim, PCpl Ismael Sasapan andPCpl Juman Arabani were arrested by the PNP Integrity Monitoring and Enforcement Group (IMEG) during an entrapment operation in Zamboanga City on Monday.
Recovered pieces of evidence were marked money amounting to P2,000 and a firearm.
The entrapment operation stemmed from a complaint from Mrs. Melanie Casabuena Saloria. According to the complaint, Major Leyte allegedly demanded P90,000.00 from the victim, as “settlement” for her alleged involvement in illegal drug activity.
Eleazar said the PNP is already preparing to file cases against the involved personnel for Robbery Extortion and Violation of RA 3019 Anti Graft and Corrupt Practices Act and RA 6713 Code of Conduct and Ethical Standard for Public Official and Employees.
“The PNP will not tolerate personnel engaging in any unlawful and illegal acts. Officers must serve as role model to their subordinates,” Eleazar said.
The five arrested PNP personnel will be placed under Automatic Leave of Absence while under detention, he added. They are temporarily detained at Zamboanga City Police Office for proper disposition and eventual filing of case. AAC