- An AWOL cop who has been allegedly fooling co-police officers for money was arrested in Marikina
- The suspect and his wife, who is at large, also uses their 8-year-old daughter in their ‘swindling’ operations
A suspect identified as former Inspector Jay-are Olaguera who was dismissed for going AWOL (Absent Without Official Leave) was arrested in an entrapment operation at his residence at Barangay Nangka, Marikina on Tuesday.
The 32-year-old suspect posed as Senior Superintendent Benito Ramos and an upperclassman at the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA.)
He allegedly sent a text message to Superintendent Roland Bulalacao on Saturday and asked the latter to send him P3,000 through a money transfer.
The suspect sent another text message on Monday and asked Bulalacao to send the money to a certain “Chief Inspector Ortega.”
Quezon City Police District deputy director for operations Senior Superintendent Crizaldo Nieves said in a press briefing that the suspect mentions legit names of police officers along with their ranks and designation to make his victims believe.
But Bulalacao, realizing that it was just a con, reported it to the Quezon City Police District’s Special Operations Unit (SOU) and an entrapment operation was launched after Bulalacao discovered that the money he sent was claimed in Marikina City.
The suspect reportedly used his eight-year-old daughter to claim the money at a Smart Money Padala outlet in Barangay Nangka.
The operatives followed the daughter to their house, where Olaguera was arrested.
Two P1,000 bills and two pieces of P500 bills were seized from the suspect.
An Android phone, allegedly being used by Olaguera in his swindling activity, was also seized for evidence.
National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) chief Director Oscar Albayalde said the suspect was a member of PNPA Sansinirangan Class of 2007 and underwent the Officers Basic Course after graduation. Olaguera was then assigned to the Compostela Valley Provincial Police Office in Camp Catitipan, Davao City.
President of the Sansinirangan Class Chief Inspector Jefferson Ison said they will be submitting a resolution to the PNPA Alumni Association Inc. to remove the suspect from the roster of their class.
It turns out that there were more troubling complaints from other cops — that Olaguera and his wife were sending them SMS and FB messages.
Olaguera and his wife, who is still at-large, are facing charges of swindling/estafa and violations of Republic Act No. 10175 or the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012 and Republic Act No. 7610 or the Special Protection of Children against Abuse, Exploitation and Discrimination Act.