Sat. Jul 31st, 2021

MANILA — A former police officer was arrested in an operation by Philippine National Police-Integrity Monitoring and Enforcement Group (IMEG) members for allegedly extorting money in Pasay City.

IMEG Director, Col. Ronald Lee identified the suspect as former Staff Sgt. Beverly Banan who was arrested Monday afternoon.

Banan was previously assigned with the Police Regional Office (PRO) 1 Regional Human Resource and Doctrine Division and was declared dropped from the rolls in 2013.

Based on a police report, the suspect demanded some PHP40,000 to PHP80,000 from an undercover IMEG officer posing as a policeman seeking transfer to another unit.

The suspect was arrested during an entrapment in a fast food chain after receiving the PHP49,000 boodle money topped by a marked PHP1,000 bill from an undercover agent at 3:25 p.m.

Recovered from her possession were PHP1,000 marked money and the rest of the boodle money, three cellphones, and PNP documents related to the transfer of the policeman to another unit.

Lee said the arrest was done following a series of directives from PNP chief, Gen. Archie Gamboa to validate the alleged involvement of some PNP personnel in extortion activities and anomalies in the recruitment process, reassignment, and promotion of personnel.

The suspect is now under the custody of PNP-IMEG in Camp Crame facing robbery-extortion charges. (ia/PNA)

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