CAMP MARCELO A ADDURU, TUGUEGARAO CITY – A PNP member of Cauayan City Police Station who was caught extorting money from the family of a drug suspect faces a penalty of up to dismissal from the service if proven guilty by the court.
Police Master Sergeant Sherwin Gamit, a warrant server at the Cauayan City Police Station was earlier arrested by operatives of the Regional Integrity Monitoring and Enforcement Team (RIMET), Provincial Intelligence Unit, Isabela Police Provincial Office and the Cauayan City Police Station after having been caught in the act of receiving P300,000 marked money from the sister of the drug suspect. The entrapment operation stemmed from the complaint of the drug suspect’s sister that Gamit is demanding three hundred thousand pesos in exchange for him “fixing” his brother’s case.
Police seized from Gamit the marked money used in the transaction, a caliber .22 handgun without serial number, and a caliber 9mm PNP service firearm with three loaded magazines.
“Ang kapulisan ng Rehiyon Dos ay kabilang sa mga pinaka disiplinadong miyembro ng PNP sa buong bansa. Kung kaya naman nakakalungkot na mabahiran ng iisa o iilang miyembro nito ang magandang imahe ng mga Valley Cops. Gayunpaman, magsilbi sanang babala at aral ang pangyayaring ito sa ating mga kapulisan na manatili na lamang sa tamang landas at tumalima sa kautusan ni Police General Guillermo Lorenzo Eleazar, ang ama ng Pambansang Pulisya na maging mabuting halimbawa sa mga mamamayan,” Police Brigadier General Steve Ludan, PRO2 Regional Director said in a statement.
“Sa ilalim ng pinaiiral na Intensified Cleanliness Policy ng PNP, wala tayong sasantuhin sa ating paglilinis sa ating hanay. Ito ay ating ipagpapatuloy upang tuluyan nang masawata kung meron mang mga gumagawa pa ng mga kahalintulad na iligal na gawain dito sa ating nasasakupan,” RD Ludan added.
Cases of robbery-extortion and illegal possession of firearms were filed against Gamit by Cauayan City Police Station earlier today through inquest proceedings. On the other hand, an administrative case against him is also being readied at the Regional Headquarters.
Gamit is still at the custody of Cauayan Police Station pending the issuance of an order by the court for his commitment in jail.
(Courtesy: PNP – Region 2 Press Release)