By Martin Sadongdong
The top intelligence officer of the Baguio City Police Office was arrested by anti-scalawag operatives of the Philippine National Police (PNP) Monday afternoon after he allegedly extorted P200,000 from a robbery suspect in exchange for the non-filing of other charges against him, and his life.
P/Colonel Romeo Caramat, chief of the PNP Counter-Intelligence Task Force (PNP-CITF), identified the suspect as P/Lieutenant Colonel Allan Docyogen, chief of the Intelligence Unit of the Baguio City Police Office.
Docyogen was apprehended in an entrapment operation conducted by the CITF, in coordination with the PNP-Intelligence Group (IG), in front of a restaurant in Barangay Azco, Baguio City at around 3 p.m.
Caramat said the anti-scalawag unit received a telephone call from the victim, whose identity was withheld for his protection, saying that a certain “PLTCOL Docyogen” was demanding P200,000 from him.
The victim was earlier apprehended by the City Intelligence Unit (CIU) of the Baguio police by virtue of a warrant of arrest issued by the Lucena City Regional Trial Court for robbery.
The victim is an alleged member of the “Termite Gang,” a robbery group notorious for digging underground tunnels to steal cash and valuables from establishments, especially banks and pawnshops.
Docyogen allegedly threatened the victim to pay him P200,000 so that the victim would not be “arrested again for his other crimes” and “killed.”
According to the victim, he initially paid the first tranche of the money worth P47,000 to Docyogen last Friday, April 12.
The balance, which he negotiated to be reduced to P50,000, was set to be paid on Monday, April 15.
However, the victim had already reached out to the CITF because he told the police he was afraid Docyogen might ask for more money even after he paid him.
The CITF then conducted the entrapment operation which resulted in the arrest of Docyogen after he received the P50,000-marked money from the victim.
Docyogen was detained at the CITF headquarters in Camp Crame, Quezon City and faces administrative and criminal charges, including extortion.