A 22-YEAR-old woman posing as a Police Major from the Special Action Force and demanding money from Philippine National Police (PNP) or Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) applicants with the promise of a hassle-free entry into the two armed services was arrested in an entrapment operation in Cabagan, Isabela this week, a report to PNP chief General Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar said on Saturday.
The PNP chief ordered the filing of criminal charges against the accused even as he emphasized anew that they already have a “No Palakasan” system in their recruitment system which sees to it that all recruits will be “faceless and nameless.”
Suspect Jebelyn Canceran Buncag was found to be posing as “Major Sharynyl Raffin” during a series of investigation conducted by the PNP Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG), said CIDG director Major Gen. Albert Ignatius D. Ferro.
The official said with the assistance of the local police, his men launched the sting which led in the arrest of the suspect for large-scale estafa and carnapping last Tuesday.
It turned out that a number of complainants have surfaced to accuse the suspect of receiving money from them with the promise that she will guarantee their entry into the PNP or the AFP.
Ferro said the suspect allegedly demands P500,000 to as much as P700,000 from individuals wishing to become police or military officers. She is believed to have amassed at least P1.3 million from a number of her victims.
Recovered from the possession of the suspect during the sting were the marked money paid to her by a complainant as well as a suspected stolen motorcycle.
“We would like to remind again the public not to patronize such illegal activity just to enter the PNP and AFP service. Huwag po tayong maniwala sa mga pangakong may kapalit na halaga. There are procedures we follow to be part of these prestigious organizations,” said Ferro.