Two Malolos City cops arrested over protection racket from tricycle drivers

Published July 6, 2020, 7:53 PM

by Aaron Recuenco 

Police arrested two traffic cops in Bulacan and two of their alleged bagmen after they were accused of mulcting protection money from tricycle drivers and extorting grease money from motorists who would be caught violating the law.

Brig. Gen. Ronald Lee, director of the Philippine National Police-Integrity Monitoring and Enforcement Group (PNP-IMEG), said Senior Master Sergeant Vic Godwin Lajom and Patrolman Jay Mark Tuazon, both assigned with the Malolos City Police-Community Precinct 5, were arrested at noon on Monday based on the complaints of the alleged extortion racket of the two policemen.

“We have received several complaints regarding the involvement of the two policemen in a massive protection racket in their area where they demand money from tricycle drivers and traffic violators in exchange for the nullification of their traffic citation tickets,” said Lee.

Based on the complaint, the two cops have been enjoying protection racket from tricycle drivers under the jurisdiction of the Community Precinct 5.

Aside from regular payola from tricycle drivers, Lee said the two cops were also accused of extorting money from motorists who would be apprehended for traffic violations.  

Lee said Lajom and Tuazon have been using Wendell Mendoza and Kenneth Villena as their alleged collectors.

At around 12:30 p.m. on Monday, IMEG agents conducted entrapment operation in front of the Community Precinct and resulted in the arrest of the two cops and their civilian cohorts.

“We have received several complaints regarding the involvement of the two policemen in a massive protection racket in their area where they demand money from tricycle drivers and traffic violators in exchange for the nullification of their traffic citation tickets,” said Brig. Gen. Lee.

Lee said the four arrested were taken to the PNP-IMEG headquarters at Camp Crame for booking and filing of criminal charges for robbery-extortion. He added that the two cops will also be facing administrative charges for grave misconduct.

 
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