PNP-CITF arrests Bocaue police chief for extortion

Published September 23, 2018, 5:45 PM

by Francine Ciasico

By Freddie Velez

BOCAUE, Bulacan — In spite of President Duterte’s stern warning that police officers who break the law will be dealt with harshly, a high-ranking police officer was arrested here last weekend for alleged extortion.

(PIXABAY / MANILA BULLETIN)
(PIXABAY / MANILA BULLETIN)

Operatives of the Philippine National Police-Counter-Intelligence Task Force (PNP-CITF) led the joint teams that arrested the chief of police of Bocaue – Superintendent Jowen de la Cruz – around dawn last Saturday.

Senior Superintendent Romeo M. Caramat Jr., PNP-CITF director, said Supt. De la Cruz was caught in an entrapment that also involved elements of the Police Regional Office 3 (PRO3), the PNP’s Highway Patrol Group (HPG), and the Bulcan Police Provincial Office (PPO).

Investigation showed that Supt. De la Cruz had taken personal custody of a black Mitsubishi Montero owned by an arrested drug suspect and demanded from the latter an i-Phone worth P75,000 in exchange for his vehicle, said Caramat.

Supt. Joel Estaris, who led the entrapment operation, said robbery-extortion and car theft charges have been filed against Supt. De la Cruz by a brother of the arrested drug suspect.

 
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