Fake Reporter, PDEA Agent Arrested After Accused of Extortion to Drug Suspects
Authorities arrested two women posing as a reporter and an agent of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) for alleged extortion to drug suspects.
Two ladies allegedly impersonated journalists from a provincial newspaper and PDEA agents in Martires City, Cavite, and victimized drug suspects who were detained. According to the report, they demand money in exchange for the suspects’ release.
Carla Saylo Alumno, a young woman, and Jessica Salapar, a young woman, were apprehended as suspects. They were also recognized based on their identification cards, which stated that they were affiliated with Rectang Puna News and that they lived in Block 11 Lot 10 Brgy Cabuco, Trece Martires City.
Due to a complaint by a relative of the detained drug suspects, operatives from the AOCU-CIDG, PDEA Intelligence, and Investigation Service Counter Intelligence Division, and Naval Intelligence Service Force conducted an entrapment operation against the two suspects, according to the CIDG report. They were apprehended in Brgy Cabuco, Trese Martires City, as a result of the operation.
The two’s strategy is to pose as PDEA agents and target relatives of drug suspects who have been offered big sums of money in exchange for their freedom. However, after purportedly adding more, the latter remained doubtful, citing the fact that no one was dismissed in their case as a cause to seal it with the CIDG.
The suspects allegedly sought up to P100,000 from the imprisoned drug suspect’s relatives in exchange for their release. The apprehended suspects are also members of the Almira Robbery Extortion Group, according to the CIDG.
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