By Jeffrey Damicog
The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has arrested an extortionist who tried getting P20,000 from a seafarer in exchange for a certificate of proficiency in navigation.
NBI Director Dante Gierran identified the suspect as Malone Morales who was arrested by the NBI’s Anti-Organized Transnational Crime Division (NBI-AOTCD) during an entrapment operation on Friday in Ermita, Manila.
Morales has been charged before the Manila City Prosecutor’s Office for robbery/extortion.
Gierran said the arrest was made based on the complaint of a seafarer who has a pending certificate of proficiency in navigation at the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA).
The complainant recounted that on Dec. 5 he received a call from a certain Christian who told him he can get the certification in exchange for P20,000.
However, the complainant told the caller he doesn’t have the amount.
Because of the call, the complainant went to the MARINA Legal Division to follow up his certification and to report the call.
The MARINA Legal Division then advised the complainant to seek assistance from the NBI.
The complainant decided to seek the help of the NBI after the caller threatened to file a case if the P20,000 won’t be paid by Dec. 7.
The NBI arrested Christian, who was found to be Morales, during the entrapment operation where the complainant agreed to give the amount.