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Crackdown vs PNP scalawags continues

Kristina Maralit

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The Philippine National Police (PNP) continues its crackdown against erring personnel as its anti-scalawag unit collared two cops and a civilian for alleged illegal activities in separate operations in Metro Manila.

Capt. Joseph Pedro Bocalbos, commander of Paz police-community precinct in Ermita, Manila, and his cohort , Joyce Sajines, were arrested in an entrapment operation inside the community precint on Wednesday, the PNP’s Integrity Monitoring Enforcement Group (IMEG) disclosed on Thursday.

According to IMEG chief PCol. Ronald Lee, the unit launched the sting operation following complaints from market vendors in the area that they are being required to shell out a daily P150 ‘tara’ for Bocalbos.

With the assistance of the Regional Intelligence Division/Regional Special Operations Group of the National Capital Region Police Office and the Manila Police District, the IMEG Luzon Field Unit launched the entrapment operation.

Sajines was reported acting as Bocalbos’ “collector” in exchange for the continuous illegal vending of the complainants along the public market of Brgy. Paz in Paco, Manila, the PNP-IMEG’s report read.

“Once they fail to give the amount, they are being subjected to harassment by the officer,” Lee noted.

Bocalbos and Sajines are now being held at the IMEG’s lock-up facility in Camp Crame pending the filing of criminal charges against them.

The arrested police officer will also be slapped with administrative charges for grave misconduct.

Meanwhile, IMEG agents on Wednesday accosted PSSgt. Joel Zalun Bunugan, a policeman assigned as an ambulance driver of the PNP Health Service Transport Section in Camp Crame.

Bunugan, according to Lee, was arrested for alleged extortion activities.

“We also caught on the same day another policeman violating the strict ‘No Kotong’ policy of the PNP leadership. He was demanding money from police applicants by claiming he can alter the result of their medical records in exchange for a big amount of money,” stated Lee.

He added that the suspect was arrested during an entrapment operation at a supermarket in Commonwealth Avenue in Fairview, Quezon City after he received the P100,000 marked money from a complainant identified as Alexander Ecle.

“We conducted the sting amid information that the accused was promising some police recruits who have failed the PNP medical examination that they will be able to pay their way into the 205,000-strong police organization,” Lee noted.

Bunugan is also now detained at the IMEG facility and will be facing both administrative and criminal charges for robbery-extortion.

Lee then assured that the PNP will not cease in going after scalawags in the organization even as the country is in the middle of a national public health emergeny due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

“This is in line with our continuous effort to identify and arrest police scalawags despite the pandemic we are facing these days, as part of the massive internal cleansing program ordered by PNP chief, Gen. Archie Gamboa,” Lee stressed.

He then urged the public to forward any information regarding erring PNP personnel, uniformed and non-uniformed, to the following PNP-IMEG hotlines: SMART — 0998-970-2286 or GLOBE — 0995-795-2569.

Information may also be forwarded to Facebook Page: Integrity Monitoring and Enforcement Group.

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