NBI arrests, charges lawyer of Optical Media Board

Published June 11, 2021, 6:53 PM

by Jeffrey Damicog

National Bureau of Investigation

A lawyer of the Optical Media Board (OMB) has been arrested for allegedly extorting P500,000 from the owner of a mobile phone store in Naga City in exchange for the non-closure of the establishment, the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) announced on Friday, June 11.

NBI Officer-In-Charge Director Eric B. Distor identified the arrested suspect as Ferdino M. Condez.

The NBI said that Condez was arrested last June 9 in Naga City during an entrapment operation conducted by agents of the NBI’s Naga District Office (NBI-NADO). Seized from him was the marked money used in the entrapment operation.

“Subject Condez was presented for inquest proceedings before the Office of City Prosecutor of Naga for violation of Article 295 (Robbery/Extortion) of the Revised Penal Code as amended, and violation of Republic Act No. 3019 (Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act),” the NBI said.

The complaint against Condez was filed by the manager of HYH Cellphone and Accessories. The manager told the NBI that members of the OMB had previously raided the store and confiscated all of its memory cards and several cellphones.

“Complainant asked the Subject not to close the store but Subject told him to pay P500,000 in exchange for the non-closure of said store,” the NBI said.

The complainant sought the NBI’s help, it said.