3 LTO enforcers face extortion raps

by Arnell Ozaeta, ABS-CBN News Southern Tagalog

Posted at Apr 21 2012 04:32 PM | Updated as of Apr 22 2012 12:32 AM

BATANGAS, Philippines – Three members of the Land Transportation Office (LTO) Flying Squad and their two civilian aides have been arrested by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) for alleged extortion practices in Batangas.

Special Investigator Benjamin Japlit, Jr. of the NBI-CALABARZON regional office, identified the suspects as Bartolome Atienza, 52; Mermar Mercado, 35; and Joseph Dilay, 42, all LTO law enforcers assigned in Batangas.

Also arrested were civilians Redentor Silva, 45; and Felix Conducto, Jr., 29, both members of Baklas Plaka group, a civilian operative under the supervision of LTO.

According to the report, an entrapment operation was conducted following a complaint filed by Adeodato m. Logrono, Jr., a senior NBI agent and owner-proprietor of AML Trucking Services in Rosario, Pasig City.

The suspects were arrested while receiving marked money from Logrono at around 2 p.m. last April 18 along the National Highway in Brgy. Balagtas, Batangas City.

The marked money was recovered from Atienza, who was identified as the team leader.

The suspects are facing charges for violations of Article 294 of the Revised Penal Code and Republic Act 3019 or Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act.