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2 cops caught extorting money from drug suspect

Two Caloocan policemen were arrested Wednesday night for allegedly trying to extort money from a drug suspect they earlier apprehended.

Police report showed that PO2s Christian Geronimo and Kristoffer San Juan were nabbed in a entrapment operation conducted by operatives of Northern Police District (NPD) and Crime Investigation and Detection Group of Camp Crame inside the Caloocan Police Station at about 6 p.m..

Senior Supt. Roberto Fajardo, NPD director, said the two police officers were caught receiving P100, 000 marked money from the live-in partner of the arrested drug suspect.

Fajardo said the woman asked for their help after Geronimo and San Juan told her to produce P100,000 in exchange for the liberty of her partner.

He said the woman showed them the text message of the two cops, asking her to just pay in exchange for the release of her partner.

A source from the police, who asked not to be named, said Fajardo personally confiscated the badges and guns of the erring cops.

The source said that Fajardo was very mad that night because of what the two operatives did.

The NPD chief said the policemen’s illegal act will not be tolerated, saying that the public must report such behavior of cops so that they would be punished.

“I do not tolerate misfits and scalawags in the NPD. We are bringing these records out so that hopefully the public may be encouraged to help us identify further those undesirable policemen in their communities so that we can institute proper action against them; the support of the public is paramount in reporting erring policemen as (they are) partners in cleansing our ranks,” Fajardo said. (JEL SANTOS)