2 AC cops nabbed in P.5-M extort try

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    ANGELES CITY – The police chief of this city  vowed to build up an “airtight case” against two of his policemen who were  caught blackmailing and  extorting P500,000 from  a Swedish tourist here last Tuesday. 

    Senior Supt. Eden  Ugale said he would provide adequate security  to witnesses against  PO3 Manachem Baking and PO2  Ricardo Cabrera,  Jr. who were arrested by agents of the Criminal  Investigation and Detection  Group (CIDG) in asting operation as they received the second  payment of P280,000 of the total amount they  demanded from tourist Goran Smedjer, 64, in  Barangay Malabanias here.

    Ugale admitted that  both Baking and Cabrera were being monitored amid reports they had  been involved in various illegal activities that included  selling of seized  illegal  drugs and even  seized motor vehicles. Last Jan. 25, Smedjer  invited two young  women to his apartment in Malabanias.

    After a few minutes, another  woman, in the company of Baking and  Cabrera, barged into his   apartment and angrily  claimed to be the mother of one of the young  women. It is not clear whether the young women  were minors.

    The CIDG report said  that the two cops negotiated with the tourist, saying  no complaint would be filed by the alleged  mother against him if he would pay P500,000. 

    Smedger, however,  sought the help at the  CIDG office where  agents laid out plans for a sting operation against  the suspects who were  caught red handed  with  some P280,000 of the second payment handed  them by the tourist in his apartment last Tuesday. 

    Ugale said   there had  been raw reports on wrongdoings involving Baking and Cabrera, but  no official complaint had  ever been   filed against them because both witnesses and victims were  probably intimidated.  “Now that we have a complainant, I am urging other victims to come  out so cases against them would be solid.

    I  vow protection for the  complainants and witnesses,”Ugale said. Ugale said he had  heard of blackmail  schemes similar to what happened  to the Swedish tourist last Tuesday. 

    “I have warned all police station commanders  against such schemes and I told them that those  involved would have to  face the full force of the law,” he added. The CIDG agents found in   the possession of the two cops an M16  rifle, a .9 MM and .45 pistols, a .22 revolver, a  bullet proof vest and a  Toyota Innova car.

    This, even as Ugale  noted significant decrease in criminal cases  in Angeles City since  some  3,700 cops were deployed in the city and  at Clark Freeport for the  Asia-Pacific    Economic Cooperation Summit.

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