Bacolod City Police officer-in-charge Senior Supt. Edgardo Ordaniel warned the public yesterday against a man introducing himself as a policeman, who extorts money from motorists.
Ordaniel issued the warning after a motorist told the police Tuesday that the suspect, who was identified as Rolando Villaruz of Brgy. Handumanan, Bacolod, asked for money from him.
Carlito Tingson Jr., 52, of East Homes 2 in Brgy. Estefania, Bacolod said he was on his motorcycle when he decided to gas up at Jetti gasoline station when Villaruz approached him.
Tingson said Villaruz, introduced himself as a policeman assigned at the Highway Patrol Group, and told him that he was being apprehended for not wearing a helmet.
Tingson also said Villaruz boarded his motorcycle and asked him to go to the nearest police station so they could record his violation.
On their way, however, Tingson said, Villaruz told him to give him money instead, since it was his birthday.
Tingson said he brought Villaruz to his house where he gave him P500 but after the suspect had left, he went to Police Station 4 to report the incident and learned that Villaruz was a fake policeman.
Ordaniel said that it was not the first time that a complaint for the same modus had been made and that Villaruz would use the names of “popular” policemen to carry out his plan and had in fact, been arrested in Brgy. Handumanan for the same offense.
Ordaniel said policemen wear complete uniform and their badges while performing their duties, otherwise they are bogus.*APN