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Bacolod City CIDG chief arrested for extortion

Feb 28, 2020 - 11:24 AM

(UPDATED) Major Melvin Madrona, who was arrested in an entrapment operation in a cockpit, is accused of demanding P5,000 weekly 'protection money' from the owners of a KTV bar in Bacolod City

ARRESTED. A mugshot of Bacolod City CIDG chief Major Melvin Madrona following his arrest for extortion on February 27, 2020. Photo courtesy of PNP PIO

Cebu police nab farmer for pretending to be kidnapper

Dec 23, 2019 - 11:26 PM

A security guard posts a photo of his missing daughter on Facebook. A farmer then pretends to be her kidnapper in order to demand ransom.

PNP set to fire 3 officials in P5-M body camera extortion case

Nov 18, 2019 - 12:48 PM

Lieutenant General Archie Gamboa is set to sign the dismissal order of 3 cops accused of extorting P5 million from a potential supplier of thousands of body cameras for the Philippine National Police

PROCUREMENT PROBLEM. Body cameras presented by the Quezon City Police District. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Extortionists arrested for promising release of Cagayan de Oro mayor’s son

Jul 15, 2019 - 10:02 PM

The group contacts Mayor Oscar Moreno through a certain Ryan Maborang, who claims he can facilitate the release of Sean Moreno, who is detained in Pampanga over drug charges

SUSPECTS. Cagayan de Oro City Oscar Moreno (center) is flanked by police officers from the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group Region X as suspects who tried to extort from him are presented. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Duterte: Suspend 18 immigration personnel for 'extorting' from Koreans

Apr 08, 2019 - 12:33 PM

Immigration bureau personnel allegedly tell Korean nationals they are 'fundraising' for the senatorial campaign of former Duterte aide Bong Go

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the 31st Annual Convention of the Prosecutors' League of the Philippines at the Asturias Hotel in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan on April 4, 2019. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Lawyer Avenatti arrested, accused of fraud and of extorting Nike

Mar 26, 2019 - 10:06 AM

Celebrity lawyer Michael Avenatti is arrested in New York based on separate complaints filed in that city as well as California

MICHAEL AVENATTI. Attorney Michael Avenatti speaks to the press after leaving the federal court house in Manhattan on March 25, 2019 in New York City. Photo by Don Emmert/AFP

Man claiming to be Saudi embassy attaché nabbed for extortion in Makati

Mar 13, 2019 - 11:38 PM

(UPDATED) Fahad Almusabih, a Sudanese who passed himself off as an attaché of the Saudi Arabian embassy, allegedly withholds a Yemeni student's passport and demands P100,000 for visa renewal

DETAINED. Fahad Almusabih, who presented an ID as an attaché of the Saudi Arabian embassy, has been arrested in an entrapment operation in Makati City on March 13, 2019. Photo from Makati police

Entire Pasay police station anti-drug team sacked for extortion

Mar 06, 2019 - 12:21 PM

The Pasay Police Station 1 drug enforcement team allegedly demanded P100,000 from the family of a detained drug suspect in exchange for freedom

LONE ARREST. Only one cop was arrested from the anti-drug team, PO2 Sajid Anwar Nasser. The rest were able to escape. PNP CITF photo

Eastern police, Pasay city top cops sacked after extortion incidents

Mar 06, 2019 - 11:30 AM

EPD director Chief Superintendent Bernabe Balba and Pasay city police chief Senior Superintendent Noel Flores are fired for command responsibility

SACKED GENERAL. Chief Superintendent Bernabe Balba of the Eastern Police District is fired for command responsibility. PNP photo

Cop arrested for extorting money from drug suspect's family

Mar 06, 2019 - 11:29 AM

(UPDATED) Metro Manila police chief Director Guillermo Eleazar has relieved newbie cop Marlo Quibete and the other members of the Eastern Police District's Drug Enforcement Unit

ARRESTED. Police Officer 2 Marlo Quibete is brought into the Marikina City Police Station  on March 6, 2019, following his arrest.   Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Bocaue police chief arrested for extortion

Sep 22, 2018 - 1:19 PM

Police say Superintendent Juwen Dela Cruz of Bocaue, Bulacan asked for an iPhone X in exchange for the release of a confiscated Montero SUV

TestSite: Testing

Jun 21, 2018 - 1:59 PM

Heart de Chavez met her end with a bullet in her cheek and another in the back of her head. They were fired, says Heart’s sister Arianne, by officers of the Philippine National Police.

2 LTFRB staff face dismissal for extortion

May 25, 2018 - 11:24 AM

Amelita dela Cruz and Jean Gunda, both from LTFRB-National Capital Region (NCR), are facing a complaints for allegedly extorting money in exchange for vehicle franchises

Tugade relieves LTO employees over alleged extortion

Apr 08, 2018 - 3:37 PM

This comes after rice traders and truckers tell President Rodrigo Duterte of alleged extortion activities in Nueva Vizcaya

Photo of Tugade by Exequiel Supera/Presidential Photo

PDEA sacks nearly all Calabarzon personnel

Mar 05, 2018 - 2:35 PM

The sacked personnel, including the regional chief, are linked to 'unlawful arrests and extortion activities' in Batangas and Cavite

'NO EXCUSES.' PDEA chief Aaron Aquino sacks the regional chief and more than 60 personnel from the PDEA Region 4A office. File photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

CA reaffirms Ombudsman order against ex-MRT chief Vitangcol

Feb 04, 2018 - 4:45 PM

The Court of Appeals says Al Vitangcol III, who is accused of extortion, did not raise new arguments in his petition

EMBATTLED. Former MRTA chief Al Vitangcol faces several cases over an alleged extortion attempt on a Czech company. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Duterte to probe mining, banana firms: Paying NPA taxes is money laundering

Jan 27, 2018 - 10:11 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte threatens to close down companies that have continued paying revolutionary taxes to communist guerillas even after his warning

PEACE? Banana exports have previously asked the government to continue peace negotiations with the communists to protect businesses from extortionist activities. File photo of a plantation in Tagum, Davao del Norte, by Romeo Gacad/AFP

Fake news, cybercrimes to gain more ground in 2018 – cybersecurity experts

Dec 09, 2017 - 8:05 AM

Global losses through business email compromise scams are expected to increase to $9.1 billion in 2018

Arrest warrant out vs Angeles City cops in Korean kidnap, extortion

Oct 11, 2017 - 4:28 PM

The 7 policemen are accused of kidnapping and extorting from 3 Koreans in Pampanga in December 2016

REPRIMAND. In this photo from February 2017, PNP Director General Ronald dela Rosa rebukes the 7 cops accused of kidnapping and robbing 3 Korean tourists in Angeles City in December 2016. Photo by Jun A. Malig/Rappler

Disguised Uganda minister catches corrupt hospital workers

Sep 16, 2017 - 8:24 PM

Uganda's health minister, Sarah Opendi, catches two medical workers demanding bribes for free government services


Pampanga town police chief relieved over men’s extortion activity

Sep 13, 2017 - 4:00 PM

Magalang town police chief Superintendent Al Cabauatan is relieved of his post after two of his subordinates allegedly extorted money from a woman to settle an illegal drug case against her husband

The making of a scandal: Comelec chair Andy vs Patricia Bautista

Aug 21, 2017 - 11:45 AM

For at least 10 months poll chief Andres Bautista and wife Patricia try to negotiate an amicable separation and division of properties She runs to the President when talks collapse in July and days later gives an explosive media interview

ACCUSED. Commission on Elections chief Andres Bautista is accused of obtaining ill-gotten wealth. Rappler file photo

Comelec chair cries, says wife's exposé unfair to kids

Aug 09, 2017 - 4:22 PM

Elections chief Andres Bautista quotes his wife as saying about her exposé s effects on their 4 children: No no The Universe will take care of them

MARITAL WOES. Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista holds a press conference at the Comelec main office in Manila on August 7, 2017, about his marital woes with his wife Patricia. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

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Aug 09, 2017 - 1:51 PM

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Comelec's Bautista sues wife for robbery, extortion

Aug 09, 2017 - 10:20 AM

Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista says he filed this case on August 8 a day after news broke that his wife was accusing him of keeping unexplained wealth

SUING WIFE. Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Andres Bautista says he has sued his wife, Patricia, for robbery and extortion. File photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

Morales charges own graft investigator with bribery

Jul 25, 2017 - 11:38 AM

UPDATED Associate Graft Investigation Officer Leonardo Nicolas allegedly tried to extort P3 million from Pangasinan officials in exchange for dropping complaints against them says the Office of the Ombudsman

EXTORTION. Cousins Isagani and Leonardo Nicolas are arrested in an entrapment operation where they accepted marked bribe money from an asset. Photos from the Office of the Ombudsman

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Mar 06, 2017 - 10:06 PM

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Korean vs Korean in Pampanga? Cops say yes

Mar 06, 2017 - 9:00 PM

The Pampanga police file a criminal complaint against Jung Young Hun before an Angeles prosecutor

KIDNAPPING CHARGES. Jung Young Hun alias 'Tomas' was last publicly visible on January 31, 2017 when he attended the case conference with investigators as a witness. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Napoles accuses De Lima of extortion over illegal detention case

Mar 06, 2017 - 1:35 PM

3rd UPDATE Senator Leila de Lima denies Janet Lim Napoles allegation describing her as a polluted source and pathological liar

COURT APPEARANCE. Janet Lim-Napoles appears in Sandiganbayan on March 6, 2017 for her pre-trial in graft and plunder charges in connection to former Senator Jinggoy Estrada's pork barrel. Photo by Rappler

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, February 24, 2017

Feb 24, 2017 - 8:56 AM

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Feb 21, 2017 - 10:30 AM

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Manila cops nabbed for extorting P250

Feb 13, 2017 - 7:04 PM

A newly formed police task force announces its arrest of 2 cops caught with a few hundred pesos in an entrapment

KOTONG COPS? The CITF nabs two police who were caught extorting money from motorists. Photo courtesy of PNP PIO

Kidnapping, robbery charges eyed vs Korean tipster in Pampanga

Feb 08, 2017 - 5:34 PM

The Korean tipster gets a 10 cut from illegal police operations says the Central Luzon police chief

TIPSTER? Thomas Jung, the Korean identified by Central Luzon Police as working with scalawag cops, attends the case conference with investigators on Tuesday, January 31, to file his statements as a witness. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Impunity: Welcome to the end of the war

Feb 07, 2017 - 8:46 PM

Heart de Chavez met her end with a bullet in her cheek and another in the back of her head They were fired says Heart’s sister Arianne by officers of the Philippine National Police

Korean 'tipster' working with corrupt cops – Central Luzon Police

Feb 01, 2017 - 9:00 AM

The Korean tipster identified by the Central Luzon Police as working with scalawag cops in Angeles City is the same man who helps rescue 3 Korean tourists

TIPSTER? Thomas Jung, the Korean identified by Central Luzon Police as working with scalawag cops, attends the case conference with investigators on Tuesday, January 31, to file his statements as a witness. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

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Jan 31, 2017 - 8:31 PM

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Korean returns to PH to file case vs extortion cops

Jan 31, 2017 - 1:18 PM

The Korean tourist Lee Ki Hun returns on January 31 and proceeds to Angeles City to file statements with Pampanga CIDG investigators

FILING CHARGES. The Korean tourist will stay in the Philippines for a few days to finish the filing of charges against cops accused of illegal arrest and extortion. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Angeles City police chief axed over men’s crimes vs Koreans

Jan 25, 2017 - 6:00 PM

When the Koreans were victimized by extortionist cops there was no official in the station City police director Senior Superintendent Sidney Villaflor lacked in supervision

LACKING IN SUPERVISION. Senior Superintendent Sidney Villaflor has been relieved as Angeles City police director for his men's extortion activities against Koreans in Angeles City, Pampanga. He is on floating status. Contributed photo

Vitangcol eyes charges vs DOTr execs over MRT-LRT common station

Jan 19, 2017 - 6:51 PM

Former MRT3 chief Al Vitangcol III claims transportation officials violated the procurement law when they allowed a compromise deal on the common station

TURNING AGAINST DOTR. While answering to his multiple graft charges before Sandiganbayan, dismissed MRT3 General Manager Al Vitangcol wants to sue officials of the DOTr over alleged violations of the procurement laws. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Ex-DOJ Secretary Nani Perez not yet off the hook – Sandiganbayan

Jan 18, 2017 - 6:18 PM

The anti graft court is proceeding with the civil forfeiture case stemming from the alleged extortion of 2 million from former Manila representative Mark Jimenez in 2001

CASE STILL ON. Former Justice Secretary Hernani Perez will continue to face civil charges over the highly-controversial extortion case in 2001

Lawmakers quiz South Korea's elusive 'Rasputin'

Dec 26, 2016 - 11:05 AM

UPDATED Choi Soon Sil initially refused to leave her cell but eventually agreed to meet 8 selected members of the committee behind closed doors

The empty seat (C) of Choi Soon-Sil, a long-time friend of South Korean President Park Geun-Hye, is seen during a parliamentary probe into a scandal as lawmakers set up a special hearing to question Choi at the detention centre where Choi is being held in Uiwang, south of Seoul, on December 26, 2016. South Korean lawmakers sought on December 26 to question the woman at the heart of a corruption scandal that triggered the impeachment of President Park Geun-Hye, as special prosecutors raided the home of a former top presidential aide. / AFP PHOTO / YONHAP / STR / South Korea OUT / REPUBLIC OF KOREA OUT NO ARCHIVES RESTRICTED TO SUBSCRIPTION USE

#AskTheTaxWhiz: 5 big lies about the BIR audit

Dec 19, 2016 - 1:20 PM

The Tax Whiz gives us the lowdown on the audit conducted by the Bureau of Internal Revenue on taxpayers accounts

Aguirre sacks BI intel chief over extortion scandal

Dec 14, 2016 - 10:26 AM

UPDATED Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II fires retired police general Charles Calima Jr after he was implicated in an alleged extortion case involving other immigration officials

JUSTICE CHIEF. Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre III fields questions from reporters at a news brieifing. File photo from Presidential Photo

P50-M extortion? Lam tried to bribe us, say immigration officials

Dec 13, 2016 - 2:41 PM

Two immigration officials accused of extorting P50 million from the Macau based gaming tycoon claim that they took the money as evidence of corruption but were framed up

Estrada fires all Manila traffic enforcers for extortion

Nov 28, 2016 - 1:50 PM

Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada says many employees of the Manila Traffic and Parking Bureau are allegedly involved in extortion and other illegal activities

Pasay City prosecutor convicted of extorting money, sexual favors

Nov 08, 2016 - 8:00 AM

The prosecutor John Giselher F Imperial is found guilty of soliciting money and sexual favors from a complainant who had a pending case in his office

Why did the MMDA suspend its accredited towing company?

May 25, 2016 - 2:13 PM

An MMDA accredited towing company is in hot water after its employees allegedly attempt to extort money from a frantic vehicle owner Here s what happened and what you can do to prevent it from happening to you

SUSPENDED. MMDA suspends all operations of Arcson Towing Company pending further investigation of the viral Facebook post by the victim. Photo by Kristen Ann Uy de Baron

Ex-MRT3 chief Vitangcol slapped with extortion charges

Apr 11, 2016 - 8:34 PM

Vitangcol tried to extort 30 million from Inekon and insisted that it pick a conspirator s firm as a partner to win the MRT3 expansion project says the Ombudsman

NPA to candidates: Coordinate with us for 'smooth' campaigning

Apr 04, 2016 - 1:02 AM

The New People s Army sets up checkpoints in Misamis Oriental Bukidnon and Agusan del Norte

Scandal in Indonesia: Minister denies extortion claims, defends President

Dec 15, 2015 - 1:59 PM

Minister Luhut Panjaitan says there is no truth to claims that he asked House speaker Setya Novanto to negotiate shares for the President in exchange for the extension of US mining Freeport s contract in Indonesia

Menko Polhukam Luhut Panjaitan (tengah) usai memberikan kesaksian pada sidang etik Mahkamah Kehormatan Dewan (MKD) di gedung Parlemen, Senayan, Jakarta, 14 Desember 2015. Foto oleh Agung Rajasa/Antara