Three men who allegedly posed as a district representative and extorted money from a local government official were arrested by operatives of the Philippine National Police-Anti-Cybercrime Group (PNP-ACG) in Malabon City.
Police on Thursday identified the suspects as Dennis Jose Borbon, 24; Edgar Paulo Bularan, 30; and Menard Bassa, 20. Borbon and Bularan were nabbed on Wednesday while Bassa was arrested in a separate entrapment operation on Tuesday in Camarines Sur.
According to authorities, the suspects posed as Camarines Sur 4th District Representative Arnulf Fuentebella and tried to extort money from Cavite Vice Governor Jolo Revilla.
Fuentebella and Revilla asked for assistance from the operatives of PNP-ACG.
Police said one of the suspects called Revilla and introduced himself as Fuentebella. Citing information from Revilla, police said the caller claimed that he lost his wallet while on a travel going to Palawan and asked for P25,000.
Senator Christopher “Bong” Go was also supposed to be victimized by the suspects but the senator called Fuentebella to verify if he was really asking for money.
Seized from Borbon and Bularan were the following: one Oppo cellphone, one Starmobile cellphone, one micro sim card, 3 Globe prepaid load cards, one Metro Bank debit card, four GCash card, one Commission on Elections (Comelec) identification card, one SM Advantage card, one Mineski Infinity card and one Happy Plus card.
The suspects will be facing charges for violating Section 4 (b) (3) of Republic Act 10175 (Identity Theft) and Article 315 Revised Penal Code (Estafa) in relation to Section 6 of RA 10175. —KBK, GMA News