At long last, through the brave efforts of a victimized American Expat, two well known investigators of Station 4, Villaneuva and Sicat were arrested last night, 5 Mar.
His name was George, an American from Arizona, living in an apartment not far from Fields Ave. The drama began when he picked up a girl on the street near Phillies. It was a girl, not a Billy Boy. To him she seemed nice but once he got her home he noticed she had her name tattooed in large letters on one arm and one leg was tattooed from the ankle up to her knee. When the deed was finished and they exited his apartment two gentlemen in civilian clothes stopped him to tell him he was with an underage girl and, gosh, by golly they proceeded to scare the shit out of him and here comes the visit to the ATM machine. Initially they asked for P250,000 which George insisted was way beyond his means. They finally settled on P175,000 but of course you cannot get that large amount out of a ATM at one time. Now starts the payments where finally George had paid enough to where he still owed P60,000. The two cops gave him a couple of days to obtain the money for the final payment along with threats and advice to not tell anyone about what was happening.
George did tell a lady he knew and she contacted a retired PNP Colonel by the name of Neopito Guttierez, Cell: 0947 793 3457. This is an important number for all visitors and Expats living here to record. He is heading up the newly formed Mayor's Anti-Corruption Task Force. This is a great move by the Mayor to go after the corrupt police that have been extorting so many foreigners in nefarious extortion actions for many years. Col Guttierez met with George and also called in Police Superintendent Rene Aspe who is also involved with this task group.
Together a plan was worked out to entrap these two policemen. I will not bore you with the details other than to relate that the operation was a success and the two cops are in detention at this time, waiting transfer to the City Jail. Would you believe that one of them had someone offer George P50,000 to drop the charges. What a jerk, they take P115,000 from George, ask for P60,000 more and then offer P50,000 to drop the charges. This shows how brazen these characters are. The only glitch in the operation was that the crooked cops never took the marked money. They got spooked. This bothers me but the Col says that they have the cell phone text messages and the complaint from George which he feels is sufficient. I believe the prosecutor agrees.
If you have been reading my column frequently you will know that I have mentioned Station Four quite often in regards to the extortion of foreigners. Maybe now, at least temporarily, this practice will cease. It may even slow down the actions of some of the other police stations in town.
Any updated information will be posted in my Apr column.