By Bonita L. Ermac
ILIGAN CITY — Members of the Regional Highway Patrol Unit 10 (RHPU 10), Iligan City Highway Patrol Team (ICHPT) were arrested by the personnel of the Counter Intelligence Task Force (CITF) with the elements of Iligan City Police Office (ICPO) around 6:15 in the evening, March 7.
This after receiving P3,000 in marked money from the driver of the vehicle to whom they had issued a traffic citation.
Police Senior Superintendent Leony Roy Ga, City Director here identified the suspects as follows: PSINSP Rolando C. Rigat, Chief, ICHPT; SPO2 Crisanto T. Bernardo and two civilian auxillaries Mac Harvey T. Abad and Sidney Canete.
The marked money was recovered inside the comfort room of Chief Rigat when the latter attempted to dispose of it. Likewise, small bills of different denominations amounting to five thousand pesos were recovered from his drawer.
The operation stemmed from a complaint sent to the Citizen’s Complaint Hotline, 8888, Office of the President from motorists traversing Macapagal highway in Iligan City that elements of the RHPU 10, ICHPT on board RHPU 10 mobile car with body number 1003, were allegedly extorting money from motorists in the guise of having committed traffic violations. A second complaint from the area collaborated the report.
City Director Ga confirmed that his office received at least three complaints of extortion activities, conducted thorough investigations until the CITF led by PSSUPT. Chiquito Malayo from the national headquarters came down to address this illegal activity.
The suspects will be facing robbery-extortion and administrative case of grave misconduct. “Most probably, dismissal from the service ang magiging penalty sa kanila”, said Ga.
Meanwhile, ICPO regularly reminded their personnel not to resort in any illegal activities like extortion and ensured Iliganons that their policemen will not do such things, he said.