PNP nabs recruitment ‘fixer’

A woman claiming to be able to help police applicants pass this year’s recruitment was arrested in an entrapment operation in Taguig City on Thursday night, PNP chief Gen. Guillermo Eleazar said.

Arrested was Evelyn Aleman, alias “Evah Fonda,” an agent of the Public Safety Savings and Loan Association Inc. (PSSLAI), Eleazar said in a briefing.

Members of the PNP Integrity Monitoring and Enforcement Group (IMEG) arrested Aleman after she allegedly received P50,000 cash from a person who pretended to be an applicant in Bicutan, around 9:00 p.m.

The entrapment stemmed from the result of cyber-patrolling by the Anti-Cybercrime Group (ACG), who found that Aleman was offering assistance to police applicants in exchange for money, via her Facebook account.

Aleman has been asking P50,000 per applicant, in exchange for passing of the neuro-psychiatric exam, Eleazar said.

She also claimed to have been able to help a lot of applicants join the PNP and will help until they take the oath, through a doctor carrying the rank of police colonel, he added.

Aleman is now under the custody of the IMEG and will be facing appropriate criminal charges, Eleazar said.

Eleazar ordered the ACG and the IMEG to investigate if Aleman indeed has cohorts in the PNP, including her husband who has been confirmed to be a policeman, and to further intensify the operations against persons who use similar modus operandi.

He also called on applicants not to entertain persons who would offer them assistance in the recruitment, and report these to the PNP.

“Huwag kayong maniniwala sa mga ganitong klaseng modus. Binago na natin ang kultura ng kurapsiyon at palakasan sa recruitment system kaya masasayang lang ang pera ninyo,” Eleazar said.

Aleman’s arrest came just hours after the PNP launched a system of recruitment that uses quick-response codes, in a bid to stop the decades-long issue of backers or “padrinos” having a hand in the entry of applicants to the force.

The new system is also aimed at giving applicants equal chances of getting into the PNP, and preventing the entry of scalawags.

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