By Aaron Recuenco
If only she became contented with what she has, then Christmas would have not been bleak for this lady police sergeant from the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG).
But Senior Police Officer May Ann Malcontento appeared to be not contented with what her salary and recently released bonus could afford and was accused of extorting an expensive Louis Vuitton bag and a P50,000 “luck money” from a woman arrested for illegal recruitment last December 14, 2018.
Senior Supt. Romeo Caramat, commander of the police’s anti-scalawag unit Counter-Intelligence Task Force (CITF), said Malcontento also demanded a wristwatch from the victim—all were personally delivered to the lady police sergeant late Friday afternoon right in front of Camp Crame in Quezon City.
But unknown to Malcontento, the victim had coordinated with the CITF operatives and the supposed delivery of the alleged extorted items was part of the plan to arrest her.
“Based on the complaint, the suspect would always demand the bag, P50,000 and a wristwatch by calling her through phone. In exchange, the suspect said the victim would no longer be harassed,” said Caramat.
The Louis Vuitton bag being demanded by the suspect, according to Caramat, is worth P34,000.
The victim, a resident of Pasig City, was formerly arrested and charged for illegal recruitment and estafa. But the case against the victim was already dismissed.
The dismissal of the case, however, was not enough for Malcontento to allegedly threaten the victim. The suspect would allegedly threaten the victim to be harassed or be subjected to entrapment operation of the CIDG.
Caramat said the suspect was collared after receiving the items she allegedly demanded from the victim.
“The arrested suspect is now under the custody of CITF for proper filing of necessary charges,” said Caramat.
Nearly 100 policemen were already arrested by the CITF since its creation in February last year. The CITF was created to run after erring cops amid the involvement of policemen to various illegal activities.
Based on the CITF data, more than 1,000 policemen are still the subject of verification which stemmed from the complaints of their supposed victims and neighbors.
On the other hand, at least seven cops were already killed in various police operation by the CITF. The highest ranking police official killed was a police superintendent, or roughly equivalent to lieutenant colonel in the military.
The PNP leadership has been repeatedly warning its personnel that it would ensure dismissal of any cop who would be arrested for wrongdoing as part of internal cleansing program.