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"Religious leader" arrested for extortion in Calbayog City

"Religious leader" arrested for extortion in Calbayog City

(Photo from PNP IMEG)

TACLOBAN CITY — Authorities in Calbayog City have arrested a man posing as a religious leader for extorting money from police applicants in Samar.

According to a report by the PNP Regional Office, the suspect was identified as Paulo Mendoza, 36, a resident of Midsayap, Zamboanga del Sur. Mendoza introduced himself as a "pastor" of a sect. He was sued by two complainants for allegedly taking twenty-thousand pesos to facilitate their entry into the PNP.

The incident was carried out during the visit of PNP Chief General Debold Sinas to Calbayog City last Friday. 

Members of the Integrity Monitoring and Enforcement Group (IMEG)  conducted an entrapment operation at the Bay Park Hotel in Calbayog where Mendoza was arrested. Authorities are also investigating Mendoza's accomplice in the said modus. 

Sinas said that the recruitment process of the PNP should not cost anything. 

He told the media that the suspects used his official visit to Calbayog City to further con the victims.

“The recruitment system practically eliminates windows for “human intervention” in all stages from the documentation, general knowledge and aptitude test, medical examination, neuro-psychiatric screening, drug-testing, and agility test. All recruits are nameless and are recognized only as digital barcodes by an automated data-processing system.” he added. iTacloban (with reports from PNA)

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