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Isabela cop busted for extortion



Another rogue cop will face charges and probable dismissal after attempting to extort money from a drug suspect in Isabela Province.

Eleazar had already ordered the start of the summary proceedings against Police Master Sergeant Sherwin Gamit, who is assigned at the warrant section of the Cauayan City Police.

Gamit was arrested for robbery-extortion and for illegal possession of firearms.

An administrative case will also be filed against the police sergeant.

“Despite our repeated warnings, the exploitation and mischief of some of our colleagues continue, so I also assure our countrymen that we will continue our aggressive campaign to sweep out these types of police from our ranks,” he added.

Gamit was caught by operatives of PNP-Regional Integrity Monitoring and Enforcement Team, Isabela Police Intelligence Unit, and the Cauayan Police receiving P300,000 marked money from the female relative of a drug suspect.

The money is supposedly for “fixing” the case of the drug suspect.

Authorities seized the marked money, a caliber .22 handgun without serial numbers, and a caliber 9mm police service firearm with three loaded magazines from the accused cop.

Cash worth P5,055, assorted receipts, a PNP identification card, ATM cards and a black leather ID case were also confiscated from him.

Gamit is already under police custody as charges against him are being readied.

Since July 2016, more than 5,200 policemen have been already dismissed from the service, while at least 18,000 more were penalized as part of the aggressive internal cleansing and instituting discipline in the ranks.

Eleazar added: “We need the help of our kababayan on this goal that is why we are continuously encouraging the public to report to us any abuse and wrongdoing being committed by our men and I assure you of our swift action,” said PGen Eleazar.

He said the public can report to the PNP via the PNP’s Integrity Monitoring and Enforcement Group or through the PNP’s E-Sumbong.