MANILA, Philippines — A policeman assigned in Quezon City has been arrested for allegedly engaging in robbery-extortion activities, the Philippine National Police (PNP) said Wednesday.
In a statement, the PNP identified the cop as Police Corporal Myrldon Linga Yagi, who was assigned at Station 14, Holy Spirit, Quezon City Police District.
He was arrested during an entrapment operation launched by the PNP Integrity Monitoring and Enforcement Group (IMEG).
The PNP said the police officer was caught receiving the marked money worth P2,000 as the supposed payment of a complainant.
The complainant gave the money to Yagi so his fruit stand will not be dismantled and to get back his mobile phone that the policeman allegedly took by force, it added.
According to the IMEG, the complainant reported to them that he was mauled, gun-poked and threatened by Yagi.
Authorities were able to seize the marked money, one unit of Taurus 9mm pistol with serial number TZE 30683; two pieces of magazine with 16 ammunition, a PNP identification card and cash worth P1,635 from the suspect.
Yagi is presently under custody of the PNP-IMEG in Camp Crame while criminal and administrative charges are being readied against him.
Eleazar said he directed a thorough investigation into the incident to also determine the possible cohorts or other cops involved in robbery-extortion in the area.
“Dahil dito ay titiyakin natin na habambuhay na pagsisihan ni Police Corporal Myrldon Yagi ang ginawa niyang pangongotong lalo na kung lumabas sa imbestigasyon na talagang ginawa niya ito,” he said.
The PNP chief also threatened to dismiss police officers who continue to engage in illegal activities.