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2 cops, 3 cohorts nab for robbery extortion

July 7, 2023 Alfred P. Dalizon 306 views

AGENTS of the Philippine National Police Integrity Monitoring and Enforcement Group on Thursday afternoon arrested two Cavite policemen and three civilian accused, who are all accused of trying to file a trumped up rape charge against an Egyptian, PNP-IMEG director P/Brig. Gen. Warren F. De Leon said yesterday.

In a report to PNP chief General Benjamin C. Acorda Jr., the official said that the five appeared to have conspired with each other to demand P200,000 from the Egyptian in exchange for the settlement of the trumped up case.

The accused are identified as Corporal Roderick Bajado and Staff Sergeant Randy Batonghinog while the civilians are identified as Nemecio Sevilla, 38; Jacquiline Rubenacia, 40; and Jessa Rose Dalsaitan,18.

Cpl. Bajado is a member of the Dasmariñas City Police Station and resides in Barangay San Francisco, General Trias City while S/Sgt. Batonghinog is assigned at the Imus City Police Station and lives in Murphy, Cubao, Quezon City.

The three civilians are all residents of Barangay Anabu 2-C in Imus, Cavite

According to De Leon, members of the IMEG Luzon Field Unit headed by Lieutenant Colonel Joseph Fajardo Jr. arrested the five during an entrapment operation at the Orchard Residential Estates in Bgy. Salitran 4 in Dasmariñas City 5 p.m. Thursday.

The IMEG operatives conducted the operation with the support of officers from the PNP Special Action Force under Major Gen. Rudolph B Dimas and the Cavite Police Provincial Office under Colonel Christopher F. Olazo

The PNP-IMEG director said they launched the sting following a complaint from an Egyptian identified as Mahmoud Ouda.

The Egyptian complained that around 10 a.m. last Wednesday, Cpl. Bajado and the three civilians went to his house in Orchard Residential Estates and told him he must settle a complaint for attempted rape.

The teenager was supposed to be the attempted rape complainant in the case.

The complainant said he was threatened that he would be jailed and would-be humiliated via his social media accounts if he will not shell out P200,000 in exchange for dropping the rape case against him.

The Egyptian, knowing that he did not commit anything wrong, sought the help of the PNP-IMEG in arresting the suspects.

An ensuing entrapment operation led in the arrest of the five suspects who yielded P112,000 boodle money topped by two marked P1,000 bills.

Cpl. Bajado was stripped of a PNP-issued Glock 17 semi-automatic pistol with a magazine containing 15 live ammunition upon his arrest.

S/Sgt. Batonghinog yielded a Pietro Beretta 9mm pistol with a magazine loaded with 15 bullets, a Norinco cal. 40 pistol with two magazines, a cal. .22 rifle with nine life ammunition and one unserviceable air gun upon his arrest.

PNP-IMEG agents also impounded a gray Toyota Altis (XPW-351) used by the two policemen during their arrest.

All five suspects were immediately brought to the IMEG lock-up facility in Camp Crame while charges of robbery-extortion are being readied against them.

Brig. Gen. De Leon said they will also recommend the filing of administrative charges against the two Cavite policemen.

All five have denied the charges.