A 37-YEAR old woman posing as an Army Major to recruit candidate soldiers in the country was hauled to jail by agents of the Philippine National Police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG) in an entrapment operation in Taguig City on Tuesday, PNP-CIDG director, Major General Albert Ignatius D. Ferro said.
Cassandra Stephanie Torres Galvez, known for introducing herself as ‘Major Maria Christina Galvez’ has been identified in Army intelligence reports as a con artist who has been introducing himself as an Army officer and recruiting applicants to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in exchange for a fee.
The PNP-CIDG director said that some victims of the woman have given her a huge amount of cash in exchange for the immediate processing of their AFP applications.
On Tuesday, Maj. Gen. Ferro said members of the CIDG Quezon City District Field Office, with the assistance of the 15th Army Intelligence Battalion and Army Intelligence Regiment and the Southern Police District, arrested the suspect during an entrapment operation in Purok 1, New Lower Bicutan in Taguig City.
The suspect who was all dressed up in an Army Major’s uniform was placed under arrest after she received P40,000 in boodle money topped by a marked P500 bill from an undercover agent.
Apart from the boodle money, the suspect also yielded several AFP identification cards bearing the name ‘Major Maria Christina Galvez,’ one set of Army General Office Attire or GOA uniform and an AFP pixelized uniform, all with patches of a Major and one ammo box containing 50 live caliber .45 ammunition.
Ferro said the suspect is now being held at the CIDG Q.C. office and facing charges for robbery-extortion, violation of the Access Device Act and estafa.
The PNP-CIDG director said that such unscrupulous individuals are taking advantage of PNP and AFP aspirants.
“I urge all PNP and AFP applicants not to be enticed by such illegal acts, being in the PNP/AFP service makes one prouder if earned the right and hard way,” he said.