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PNP nabs 2 for extortion
attempt on congressman


Bacolod Rep. Anthony Golez said two persons were apprehended by the police yesterday in connection with the call he received last week of an alleged threat on his life that turned out to be an attempt to extort money from him.

Golez said on March 25 someone called to inform him of an alleged plot to assassinate him.

Since he became a congressman he has received three threats on his life, Golez said.

Golez said the caller said he was from Dipolog and was hired to do a job in Bacolod. However, the caller said that when he arrived in Bacolod he was told that the job was to act as a look-out in the assassination of Golez.

When the congressman asked the caller where he was, he said he ran away when he learned of the assassination plan and was back in Dipolog.

Golez said he sought the help of the Philippine National Police Directorate of Intelligence in Manila and the number was traced to a call made from Dumaguete City and not Dipolog.

The following day Golez said he got a call from another person threatening him that he would be killed.

When he sent a text to the first caller to ask for more information on those plotting to kill him, the man said “I hope you can help me because I have no work,” Golez said.

Golez said he then realized that the man wanted to extort money so he discussed the matter with the PNP Directorate for Intelligence and an entrapment plan was set up.

The Negros Occidental and Oriental police were then activated to assist, he said.

Golez said the man who tipped him of the plot on his life asked for an initial P10,000 and another P10,000 to be given later.

“I told him I would give him the money and asked him to work with me in Manila so he could help identify the people plotting to assassinate me,” Golez said.

Yesterday, Golez said instead of P10,000 he transmitted P1,000 through Cebuana Lhuillier  to Dumaguete City.

The police then apprehended the man who picked up the money who then led them to Raymund Sumbero, 33, of Barangay Sum-ag Bacolod, and Marilyn Siarez, 23, of Guihulngan, Negros Oriental, the alleged masterminds.

The two, who are detained in Dumaguete, have also been charged for illegal possession of firearms and shabu, Golez said.

Golez commended the swift action of Senior Supt. Noel de los Reyes, executive director of the PNP Directorate for Intelligence, for orchestrating the operation that led to the arrests, and Senior Supt. Rey Lyndon Lawas, Negros Oriental provincial police director, for carrying out the actual arrests.

Golez said he wants to find out if the move of the two who were arrested was related to local politics, as the man had dropped names of prominent Bacoleños.*CPG




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