The chief of police of Buenavista, Agusan del Norte was arrested on Tuesday (March 23) afternoon by operatives of the Philippine National Police-Integrity Monitoring and Enforcement Group (PNP-IMEG) for allegedly extorting “protection” money from local furniture makers.
Police Capt. Junil Gultiano was arrested during the entrapment inside the station chief’s office at 4:30 p.m., according to PNP-IMEG director Col. Ronald Lee.
Lee said the entrapment stemmed from complaints of several owners of furniture shops saying the suspect was allegedly demanding as much as P500 in cash per week from an association of furniture makers in the town.
Gultiano was allegedly caught in the act of receiving P1,000 marked cash from one of the complainants.
The arrest operation was backed by a team from the PNP Special Action Force and other police units.
“We have arrested another police officer accused of extortion in line with our continuing implementation of Gen. Gamboa’s directive to go after rogues in uniform regardless of their rank and stature. We assure the public too that we will immediately and properly act on all complaints against erring police officers and men being forwarded to us,” Lee said.
At posting time, Gultiano had yet to issue a statement about the charges.
Caraga police director Brig. Gen. Joselito Esquivel Jr. expressed dismay but warned scalawag officers that the PNP would use “the iron first hand of internal cleansing” to recover the trust and confidence of the public.
“The leadership of PRO13 never tolerates the wrongdoings or illegal activities of our uniformed personnel regardless of his/her rank. Our internal cleansing continues amidst the crisis we are facing nowadays,” he said
“This operation shall serve as stern warning to all police officers that they will face the full wrath of the law should they violate their sworn mandate.”
The PNP will be filing a case of robbery-extortion and an administrative complaint against Gultiano, Esquivel added.
Gultiano has been detained by the IMEG at the regional police headquarters in Camp Rafael Rodriguez. CLC