THE Counter-Intelligence Task Force (CITF) of the Philippine National Police (PNP) arrested on Friday morning, February 22, a senior police officer over alleged extortion of fishermen in Tanza, Cavite.
CITF commander Senior Superintendent Romeo Caramat identified the arrested police official as Superintendent Armandy Dimabuyo, chief of the 402nd Cavite Maritime Police Station based in Barangay Julugan 5.
Caramat said the CITF operatives conducted the entrapment operation around 7 a.m. Friday after receiving complaints from several owners of motorized bancas in the area that Dimabuyo is demanding for P19,000 to P20,000 every month from their fishermen association.
The operation was conducted inside Dimabuyo’s office where he accepted the P18,000 extortion money from the complainants.
The arrested suspect is now under the custody of the CITF in Camp Crame while the filing of appropriate criminal and administrative cases is being prepared.
PNP Maritime Group Director Rodelio Jocson said all personnel of Cavite Maritime Station were relieved and replaced by the Special Operations Unit of Maritime Group under the stewardship of Superintendent Gaylord Tamayo. (SunStar Philippines)