Dino warns vs ex­tor­tion­ists us­ing Duterte’s name

Cebu Daily News - - NEWS - /COR­RE­SPON­DENT BENJIE B. TALISIC

PRES­I­DEN­TIAL As­sis­tant for the Visayas Michael Dino has or­dered to in­ves­ti­gate the pres­ence of a group of ex­tor­tion­ists in the re­gion us­ing the name of Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte.

The of­fice of Sec­re­tary Dino re­ceived some in­for­ma­tion that the mem­bers of this group claim­ing to be the staff of Pres­i­dent Duterte asked their sub­jects to give them P200 to P300 a month in or­der to ben­e­fit from the ad­min­is­tra­tion’s pro­gram that would pro­vide hous­ing, jobs, medicines and even money.

The sec­re­tary sought the help of law en­force­ment agen­cies like the National Bureau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion and Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tion and De­tec­tion Group to in­ves­ti­gate the mat­ter and to iden­tify the leader of the group.

Chief Supt. Jose Mario Espino, Po­lice Regional Of­fice (PRO-7) direc­tor, said in an in­ter­view that the po­lice have al­ready been aware of this kind of modus.

Espino said that this group is us­ing the name of the Pres­i­dent or some other prom­i­nent per­son­al­i­ties to ask for do­na­tion to help the poor peo­ple.

Espino added that the group is even us­ing the name of the PNP or­ga­ni­za­tion to so­licit money for Marawi vic­tims.

Espino ad­vised the pub­lic to be cau­tious when deal­ing with the group to avoid be­ing vic­tim­ized. He also urged them to im­me­di­ately re­port the in­ci­dent to their near­est po­lice sta­tion.

Espino said that the Re- gional In­tel­li­gence Di­vi­sion, how­ever, could not act on the mat­ter un­less there is a for­mal com­plaint.

Supt. Roy­ina Garma, regional chief of the Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tion and De­tec­tion Group, told CEBU DAILY NEWS in a phone in­ter­view that they al­ready re­ceived an or­der from Sec­re­tary Dino to con­duct an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the al­leged ex­tor­tion ac­tiv­ity dur­ing their meet­ing yes­ter­day at the OPAV with the sec­re­tary and the NBI agents.

Garma did not dis­count the pos­si­bil­ity that this kind of il­le­gal trans­ac­tion drag­ging the name of the Pres­i­dent might de­mor­al­ize him and af­fect his rat­ing if this could not be stopped.

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