OPERATIVES from the Manila Police Ditrict-General Assignment and Investigation Section (MPD-GAIS) arrested two officials and three members of a labor group who allegedly mulcted P10,000 from a private company in a food establishment in Intramuros, Manila, while introducing themselves as members of the New People’s Army (NPA).
Now detained at the MPD-Integrated Jail are Alicia Apurillo, 63, president of the National Workers Brotherhood (NWB) with offices at Rm. 201, LA Building, M.H. Del Pilar St., Grace Park, Caloocan City and residing at 36 Rodriguez Subd., Dampalit, Malabon City; Armin Bulon, 46, vice president of NWB, and residing at 22 Gasper St., Pacheco Village, Malinta, Balubaran, Valenzuela; and staff members Justo Dingal, 50, of 57 Banana Road Potrero, Malabon; Oscar Alcoy, 40, of 9 Tercia Compound, Industrial St., Karuhatan, Valenzuela; and Victor Dingal, 42, of 5094 Macopa St. corner SV Ferrer, Camarin, Caloocan.
PO3 Alonzo Layugan of the MPD-GAIS said the suspects were nabbed in an entrapment operation conducted at around 10:30 a.m. based on a complaint filed by Eduardo Galope of Ayin Corporation.
Investigation showed that the suspects allegedly influenced the employees of the said company to stage a strike and file charges of illegal dismissal and unfair labor practice before the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).
The suspects then allegedly talked to the company owner and asked for P150,000 in exchange for which the employees will withdraw the charges. After some haggling, the amount was reduced to P100,000.
The initial amount of P50,000 was given to the suspects last July 26 and the balance was slated to be given the other day.
When the company owner sensed that the employes did not know what the suspects were doing, a complaint was filed against the suspects and based on that, an entrapment operation was laid out.
Charges of extortion and grave coercion were filed against the suspects before the Manila Prosecutor’s Office.