Police officer nabbed for alleged extortion in Cavite; entire unit sacked

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The entire force of a maritime police station in Cavite province was sacked Friday after its chief was arrested for alleged extortion from fishermen.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 22) — The entire force of a maritime police station in Cavite province was sacked Friday after its chief was arrested for alleged extortion from fishermen.

Authorities arrested Superintendent Armandy Dimabuyo, head of the 402nd Cavite Maritime Police Station in Barangay Julugan, Tanza town as he was caught in the act of accepting P18,000 from the complainant in an entrapment operation, police said.

According to a statement from the Philippine National Police (PNP), a number of motorized banca owners complained that Dimabuyo demanded ₱19,000 to ₱21,000 a month from the association of fishermen.

The PNP Counter-Intelligence Task Force (CITF), which goes after erring and abusive cops, said Dimabuyo will face criminal and administrative cases.

Meanwhile, the PNP Maritime Group said the entire station was relieved and replaced by a special operations unit.

The CITF urged the public to report and give information on rogue cops by texting or calling these numbers: 0998-970-2286 and 0995-795-2569.