By Martin Sadongdong
A rookie police officer and a traffic enforcer who allegedly connived in extorting money from a truck operator were arrested by anti-scalawag operatives of the Philippine National Police (PNP) in Makati City Thursday.
Police Director Romeo Caramat, chief of the PNP-Integrity Monitoring and Enforcement Group (IMEG), formerly the Counter-Intelligence Task Force (CITF), identified the suspects as Patrolman John Felix, a mobile patroller at Makati City Police Station 2; and traffic enforcer Jason Parcon.
Combined elements of the PNP-IMEG and Southern Police District (SPD) nabbed Felix and Parcon along Palm Avenue, Makati at 5:45 a.m. after they received the P600-marked money from Silverio Samson, a truck operator.
Samson said that Felix and Parcon demanded P100 from him for every truck that passed through Dasmariñas Village en route to a construction site he was working at.
However, Samson argued that he secured necessary permits for all the trucks to enter the village.
For more than a month, the suspects continued to extort money from Samson until the victim, apparently fed up with the system, finally coordinated with the PNP-IMEG which led to the entrapment operation.
Felix and Parcon were brought to the PNP-IMEG detention facility at Camp Crame in Quezon City for documentation and filing of appropriate criminal and administrative charges.