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Suspected extortionist arrested in Labo town

by PSupt. MC Tejada

Labo, Camarines Norte (5 June) -- A suspected member of the New Peoples Army (NPA) and a wife of a known rebel member, Severino Samonte y Gadil aka Jack, operating in the province of Camarines Norte was apprehended while actually extorting money from a rice mill owner in barangay Kalamunding here around 7:45 a.m. last Monday (June 1).

P/Supt. Marlon Celetaria Tejada, acting chief of police here, in his report to P/Supt. Emmanuel Malaluan Talento, provincial director of Camarines Norte Police Provincial Office, identified the suspect one Lolita Obal Samonte, 34 years old, a resident of sitio Batteries in barangay Masalong, this municipality.

Joint intelligence operatives of Labo Municipal Police Station, Alpha Coy 31st IB, PA and MIB led by SPO1 Menardo Ando Salamero and TSGT Alan Reyes Rafer, respectively, caught the suspect in flagrante delicto while actually extorting money in the amount of P2,500 and packs of cigarettes from one Maylene Mati-Ferrer, owner of Ferrer Rice Mill.

In an investigation, Tejada bared that prior to the arrest of suspect, Samonte introduced herself as a member of NPA and handed over an extortion letter to Ferrer last May 21, purportedly coming from a certain Ka Edgar (TNU), also a member of rebel group operating in barangay Masalong, Calabasa and Talobatib, all in Labo town.

The victim, however, did not yield to the extortion scheme but instead reported it to the elements of Labo MPS and Alpha Coy 31st IB, PA resulting in the arrest of the suspected NPA member when she returned to the place to collect the amount.

A criminal complaint for violation of Article 294 of the RPC (Robbery Extortion) has already been filed in court against Samonte with already inquest proceedings at the Provincial Prosecution Office in Daet, docketed under NPS-V-09-INQ-09F-00060. The suspect is now under the custody of BJMP Daet in line with the PNP's legal offensive action against suspected member of rebel groups.

Talento, meanwhile, commended the members of Labo MPS, intelligence operatives of Alpha Coy 31st IB, PA and MIB who were directly involved in the successful conduct of intelligence operation resulting in the arrest of the suspect. (LMPS/PIA) [top]

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