2 women who posted video of worms in corned beef arrested for extortion

Joworski Alipon, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 07 2016 09:08 PM

Aldara and Sistine Piñero were apprehended after allegedly extorting money from a food manufacturing company. Photo by Joworski Alipon, ABS-CBN News

CEBU CITY - The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) in Central Visayas apprehended 2 women in an entrapment operation on Tuesday after allegedly extorting money from a food manufacturing company.

Aldara and Sistine Piñero earlier posted a video of worms they allegedly found in a corned beef brand which they bought from a grocery store. It was posted on Facebook last November 16 and reached the attention of the manufacturing company.

The two then demanded that the company give them P735,000, based on the number of views of the video, in exchange for deleting the video.

The company, however, sought help of the NBI-7 to find out if it was a modus operandi of the suspects.

Aldara said that they immediately posted the video so the public would know. They didn't refer the matter to the concerned government agencies.

They refuted the company's claim of extortion, saying that they were offered by the company to settle their complaint.

However, the food company is doubtful since the video shows that the can was already opened and the corned beef already on a plate.

The company's general operations manager also said that if worms were indeed in the corned beef, there would already have been foul odor, but the two women said there was none.

NBI-7 Director Patrocinio Bernales said that they will file charges of violation of the Anti-Cybercrime Act and Robbery by means of Intimidation against the Piñeros