TWO female members of the Quezon City Police District (QCPD) District were locked up in jail after they were caught by their superior allegedly extorting money from complainants right inside their Talipapa Police Station (PS-3).
QCPD director Chief Supt. Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar identified the respondents as SPO2 Helen Banguel, 39, WCPD investigator of Talipapa Police Station, who according to reports, has a pending administrative case of robbery extortion filed at NCRPO Regional Internal Affairs Service (RIAS); PO1 Mayet Eblahan, 25, who was in the PNP service on December 2013 and was assigned at Talipapa Police Station last January 2016. Both are presently assigned at the Women and Children Protection Desk of PS-3; and Ana Marie Acopio, who claimed to be working in a law firm.
Investigation showed that complainant Cristina Marcos went to the Women’s Desk of PS-3 Talipapa Police Station to seek assistance regarding the extra-marital affair of her husband. With the assistance of SPO2 Banguel, Cristina’s husband and his mistress were apprehended and brought to PS-3 for investigation.
After the confrontation between the two parties, Cristina decided to absolve her husband and his mistress. Upon informing SPO2 Banguel that she wanted to withdraw her complaint, SPO2 Banguel referred them to Ana Marie Acopio, an alleged secretary of an attorney and the one in charge of the preparation of Cristina’s documents. Acopio demanded a fee of P5,000 for miscellaneous fees from the complainant. Cristina asked SPO2 Banguel if the fee can be reduced but Banguel told her to talk to Acopio who is in charge.
The complainants went to the office of Supt. Danilo Mendoza, the station commander of Talipapa Police Station, and informed him that SPO2 Banguel and Acopio were asking for P5,000 from each of them.
Mendoza ordered the investigator to take the sworn statement of the complainants. After the statements were administered by SuptMendoza, he briefly instructed the complainants to give the money to the suspects. After receiving the entrapment money, the suspects, who were all inside the WCPD office at that time, were placed under arrest.
The pieces of evidence recovered from the suspects were four P1,000 and two P500 bills.
Administrative and criminal charges were later filed against the two cops.