COTABATO CITY – A public school teacher of Makilala, North Cotabato is in jail after having been arrested by police during an entrapment operation in Kidapawan City on Friday due to alleged extortion activities.
Elements of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) Kidapawan Field Office launched the entrapment at past 9 a.m. inside a roadside eatery on Osmeña Drive in Kidapawan City.
The CIDG, in a report, identified the suspect as Jovanny Daven, 30, of Barangay Balite, Magpet, North Cotabato, and a teacher of the Kisante National High School in Makilala town.
Police operatives, led by CIDG, carried out the entrapment after the school administrator of the Kidapawan-based Institute For Motorbikes and Auto Mechanics Incorporated, a technical-vocational school, reported about Daven’s mulcting activities.
After he received the money during the entrapment, the police nabbed him. He did not resist arrest.
Daven, however, denied the allegations.
“It was our agreement that every student from the Kisante National High School who availed of the parallel enrollment at the vocational school will pay PHP2,000 each,” Daven said.
“Nothing goes to my pocket, our agreement with the school is all the money collected will be used for the development of the Kisante school,” Daven said without saying whether a formal written agreement exists to support his claim.
Daven also serves as coordinator of the Joint Delivery Voucher Program of the public school.
Currently detained at the CIDG-Kidapawan detention facility, Daven faces charges for violation of Republic Act No. 9485, otherwise known as the Anti-Red Tape Act of 2007 and extortion. (PNA)
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