A POLICE non-commissioned officer accused of demanding money from Philippine National Police (PNP) applicants while promising their hassle-free entry to the force is now in jail after he was arrested by agents of the PNP Integrity Monitoring and Enforcement Group (IMEG) in an entrapment operation outside Camp Crame, PNP-IMEG director Brigadier General Flynn E. Dongbo told People’s Tonight.
Police Master Sergeant Edmund O. de los Reyes, assigned with the PNP Crime Laboratory Group, was placed under arrest right after he received P6,000 in marked bills from an applicant who fully cooperated with the PNP-IMEG, said Dongbo in a report to PNP chief General Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar.
According to the official, undercover officers of the PNP-IMEG arrested the accused inside the Jollibee branch along Colonel Boni Serrano Avenue in Bgy. Bagong Lipunan, Quezon City.
He said they found out that the Crime Lab personnel demanded P6,000 from a female PNP applicant with the assurance that her name will be included in the final list of the new batch of recruits who will take their oath of office this coming July 30.
Recovered from the suspect were the boodle money topped by two marked P1,000 bills and his PNP identification card.
The accused was immediately taken to the PNP-IMEG headquarters in Camp Crame for booking and filing of criminal and administrative charges following his arrest which came while President Duterte was talking about his anti-corruption program in his last State-of-the-Nation-Address.
“Sa kabila ng mga mahigpit na paalala sa ating mga kapulisan na umiwas sa maling gawain at katiwalian ay meron pa ring iilan na sinusubok lumihis ng landas at gawin ang mali at labag sa batas. Ang ating pamunuan ay hindi titigil upang sugpuin at linisin ang katiwalian sa hanay ng ating kapulisan,” Eleazar said.
“Paiimbestigahan natin ang kasong ito sapagkat ang ating PNP recruitment procedure ay dapat hindi nababahiran ng anu mang katiwalian o korapsyon upang masiguro natin ang integridad ng ating proseso at maging patas sa lahat ng mga aplikante,” the PNP chief added.
According to Dongbo, they have received an information from the PNP Crime Lab leadership regarding the modus operandi of the suspect.
“We will identify his accomplices in the service so that they will also be dismissed from the PNP,” the PNP-IMEG director said.
Dongbo again called on the public to report the presence of any uniformed and non-uniformed personnel of the PNP who are involved in irregularities to the PNP-IMEG hotlines 09989702286 or 09957952569.
Information may also be forwarded to the Facebook page Integrity Monitoring and Enforcement Group, he added while assuring that the identities of the informants will be kept in utmost secrecy.