Six Angeles City policemen, including an inspector, were relieved of their duty after it was discovered they were involved in an extortion plot against a retired US serviceman.
Angelito Jose, an Air Force veteran, was arrested on April 1 on a charge of possessing illegal drugs.
The American later told officials that he gave $2,000 to Inspector Michael Rey Bernardo, Joseph Garcia, Jonathan Labao, and Rafael Tagle to make the charges and risk of being imprisoned go away.
The man accompanied Jose to a bank in Clark Freeport to withdraw the money a few days after his arrest.
Jose’s sisters also gave the police officers another 50,000 pesos.
An investigation into the matter showed that two other lawmen were involved in the extortion attempt – they included Dionisio Roque Jr. and Gerry Fabia.
All six men were relieved of duties in Angeles City but were reassigned to Nueva Ecija.
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