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2 BIR personnel, cohorts nabbed for ‘exortion’ in Caloocan

December 8, 2022 Edd Reyes 1269 views

POLICE arrested two employees of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) and their two cohorts for allegedly “extorting” money from a business owner in an entrapment operation in Caloocan City.

Caloocan Police Chief P/Col. Ruben Lacuesta said they arrested the suspect: two BIR District 5 employees and their two cohorts, working as “freelancers.”

The entrapment operation was conducted by the joint operatives of the Caloocan Police Station Intelligence Section led by P/Lt. Ronald Allan Soriano and PNP (Philippine National Police) Intelligence Group (IG) composed of P/Lt. Felcepi Simon and P/Lt. Paul John Posadas, after receiving the marked money amounting to P1.8 million consisting at around 10:30 p.m. on December 6 at Barangay 132 Bagong Barrio, Caloocan.

In a report to National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) Director P/Brig. Gen. Jonnel Estomo, Lacuesta said that before the entrapment operation, the suspects told the owner of a panel board fabrication in Bgy. Potrero, Malabon City, that he had “tax liability” amounting to P13 million.

The suspects told the business owner that his tax liability could just go down if he could pay P4.5 million until they were settled to P3 million.

On December 2, 2022, the business owner paid an initial amount of P1.7 million in cash, but the suspects did not issue any receipt prompting him to seek police assistance which resulted in the arrest of the suspects.

Lacuesta said the two personnel of the BIR were charged with robbery extortion and violation of Section 17 of the Republic Act (RA) 6713 or “Code of Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees” while their two cohorts were charged with robbery extortion before the Caloocan City Prosecutor’s Office.