Fake NBI agents nabbed for extortion

Published September 13, 2018, 7:12 PM

by Roel Tibay

By Jeffrey Damicog

Three fake agents of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) have been arrested by the NBI for having extorted almost P1 million from a Chinese national.

NBI Deputy Director Ferdinand Lavin identified the three arrested suspects as Romald de Rosales, Christian Maximo and Rolroyce Figueroa.

“The director (NBI Director Dante Gierran) is very mad at the situation and we will go all the way,” Lavin disclosed.

Lavin said the mobile phones of the suspects will be checked to determine who their contacts are.

“Kung meron dito agent na (If there is an agent) involved definitely that agent will be sanctioned,” he assured.

Lavin bared that the suspects have been repeatedly visiting the NBI main office even though they are banned from doing so over allegations of being involved in extortion activities.

The suspects were arrested by the NBI’s Special Action Unit (NBI-SAU) in an entrapment operation in Pasay City last Tuesday based on the complaint of a Chinese national.

NBI-SAU Chief Emeterio Dongallo Jr. said agents seized from the suspects a passport of the victim; two marked P1,000 bills; P109,220 in cash; four mobile phones; two handguns; an NBI badge; and two NBI identification cards.

Dongallo said the complainant is facing a criminal complaint before the Pasay City court after he was arrested during a traffic violation and caught illegally possessing a firearm.

The complainant recounted that the suspects approached him immediately after criminal raps were filed against him before the Pasay City Prosecutor’s Office, introducing themselves as NBI agents.

The suspects made the complainant believe that they could help him get the charges dropped.