Police in extortion try surrender to Navotas police

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Five out of the seven suspects accused of extortion.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 13) — Seven Navotas policemen accused of extortion surrendered to the police on Saturday.

A police report identified them as PO3 Kenneth Loria, PO2 Jonnel Barocaboc, PO2 Jessrald Pacinio, PO1 Emmanuel Alojacin, PO1 Mark Ryan Mones, P01 Christian Bondoc, and PO1 Jack Etcubañas.

The cops allegedly arrested victim Mark Echeparee in Brgy. Longos, Malabon at around 10 a.m. last Friday after claiming he had violated the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 (R.A 9165).

The suspects later called the victim's parents through his cellphone and demanded P100,000 for his release.

Authorities said the suspects threatened to kill him if the amount was not paid.

Police set up an entrapment operation with the victim's mother, however, the payment did not push through after the suspects claimed the police were informed.

The seven were later identified after follow-up operations by the Philippine National Police Counter Intelligence Task Force  in coordination with the Navotas police.

Following their surrender to the Navotas police, they were turned over to the Counter Intelligence Task Force. The victim has since returned to his family.