By PNA and U.S. News Agency / Asian
Agents of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) in Aurora arrested two men Wednesday for allegedly using the name of unit commander Director Samuel D. Pagdilao in their extortion activities.
Pagdilao identified the arrested suspects William Frondozo, 22, and Albert Laquian, 41, both residents of Barangay Mijares, Dipaculao, Aurora.
He said the two were nabbed around 12:30 p.m. during an entrapment in Maria Aurora Public Market.
Pagdilao said the entrapment stemmed from the complaint of Yusof Nazer Sultan and Ceferina Sultan, stall owners in Maria Aurora Public Market, that a group of men who introduced themselves as CIDG agents were demanding extortion money from every stall ranging from P500 to P1,000 a week.
The suspects were previously reported conducting checkpoint at the area and extorting money from motorists.
Pagdilao said the suspects showed the arresting team a fake ID of the unit to the legitimate CIDG operatives.
According to the suspects, a certain Boss Apo from Nueva Ecija is the leader of the syndicate.
The group is engaged in robbery extortion in which they name-dropped Pagdilao’s name and the already defunct CIDG’s Task Force Maverick in their illegal activities.
The CIDG chief denied any knowledge of the two’s illegal activities while Senior Supt. Rhodel Sermonia, the former chief of the defunct Task Force Maverick also denied he ordered anyone to demand protection money from the victims.
The suspects are presently detained at Maria Aurora Police for filing of usurpation of authority and robbery extortion cases against them.