LEGAZPI CITY, June 2 (PNA) -- Police and Army soldiers arrested a man who introduced himself as a New People's Army member and extorted money from a provincial board member of Catanduanes in an entrapment operation at Barangay San Vicente, Viga town at about 9 a.m. Tuesday.
Suspect Al V. Usero, alias Ka Jorge and Ka Melvin, did not resist arrest when caught by combined elements of the Viga Municipal Police Station led by SPO1 Erwin Pichuela and members of the 83rd Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army.
A report reaching Camp Gen. Simeon A. Ola here said Board Member Arnel Turado, a resident of Barangay Cavinitan, Viga, Catanduanes, received a text message from Usero asking for Php20,000 in payment of his revolutionary tax.
In their exchanges of text messages Turado was able to lower the amount to Php5,000 and the two agreed that the provincial official would pay through the Smart Padala mode of payment.
The authorities immediately set up the entrapment operation.
They found in Usero's possession a Php1,000 marked money, fake paper bills and two cellphones. (PNA) RMA/FGS/JH/CBD