THREE men claiming to be members of the communist New People’s Army (NPA) based in Laguna were arrested by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) during an entrapment operation last week in San Pablo City.
Atty. Moises B. Tamayo, chief of the NBI Laguna District Office, said they are to formally inquest today the suspects before the local court for robbery after they were caught receiving the marked money from an NBI operative in front of a convenience store in San Pablo City last April 4.
Tamayo identified the suspects as Christian Ronquillo Abellada, a.k.a. Christian Ronquillo Cordova, married, of Bgy. Cabugao, Ragay, Camarines Sur, but presently residing in Bgy. Sto. Angel, San Pablo City; Lolito Chica San Juan, married, of Bgy. Maharlika, Liliw, Laguna; and Mario Abrea Dumasig, married, of Purok 2, Bgy. Sto. Angel, San Pablo City.
Tamayo said the suspects, using several mobile phone numbers, have been texting a local businesswoman since last month and demanded “revolutionary tax” of P150,000 or face reprisal from the underground revolutionary movement in the province.
Abellada was identified as the one communicating with the victim using the alias “Ka Linda.”
The victim, who requested anonymity, immediately sought NBI assistance.
Tamayo said he immediately assigned several agents on the case under supervising agent Rosalie Laguardia, who instructed the victim to “play along” with the suspects where both sides finally agreed to haggle the initial RT to P2,000.
As soon as Abellada received the marked money, NBI operatives pounced on him and the other suspects.
Tamayo is also calling on other possible victims of the group to step forward so more charges can be filed against them.
He said the suspects have lined up at least five more prominent personalities in the city for harassment and extortion.