Man nabbed for extortion in Caloocan

Maan Macapagal, ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 03 2019 02:41 AM

MANILA - A man was arrested in an entrapment operation in Caloocan City for allegedly extorting money from truck drivers.

Operatives of the Philippine National Police-Counter Intelligence Task Force (PNP-CITF) apprehended the suspect after receiving P400 from a truck driver.

Ricky Papa, president of the Alliance of Concerned Truck Owners Organization, said they had to return the containers to the container yard after making deliveries.

“Pagkatapos ng biyahe, kailangan namin isauli ang container eh. Ang shipping lines ang naga-assign kung saang yard kami magsosoli kaya ayaw man o gusto namin kung sabihing isoli sa ganitong yarda 'yun ang gagawin namin,” he said.

“Ang sinasabi barangay eh, kaya nga kami nagbalak nang kumilos dahil gusto namin malaman pero ini-issue resibong bangketa lang,” he added. 

Police Col. Romeo Caramat Jr., task force commander of PNP-CITF, said another modus operandi was to “open” an express lane for P500 per truck to fast track the waiting time. 

“Umaray itong mga truckers initially P200-P300 pesos lang ang binibigay nila allegedly protection money na binibigay sa mga pulis ang koleksiyon. How true ang allegations ng truck owners inaalam namin,” Caramat said. 

He said the collection averaged P50,000 daily, which led the truck drivers to complain about the hefty “fee.”

“Matagal na kaming pinahihirapan nito dahil bago kami pumasok ng container yard, hinoholdap kami ng mga barangay na 'yan P300 to P400 ang abutan. 'Di kami papasukin kapag walang involved na pera,” a truck driver said. 

The suspect said he was just following orders from an “unknown” boss. 

“Nautusan lang po. Hindi po namin kilala,” he said. He will face a complaint of robbery extortion.