Fake money seized in La­pasan

Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro - - Top Stories - By Al­wen Salir­ing

THE Na­tional Bureau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion-North­ern Min­danao (NBI-10) has an­nounced the seizure of coun­ter­feit peso bills worth P161,700 from a 36 year-old man in an en­trap­ment oper­a­tion in Barangay La­pasan Thurs­day, Septem­ber 28.

Au­thor­i­ties iden­ti­fied the sus­pect as Char­lie Quin­tana, a res­i­dent of Ilaya, Barangay Car­men, this city.

Quin­tana was brought to the City Pros­e­cu­tors Of­fice yes­ter­day for the in­quest pro­ceed­ings as he was charged for vi­o­la­tion of ar­ti­cle 168 of the Re­vised Pe­nal Code or the il­le­gal pos­ses­sion and use of false trea­sury or bank notes.

But, au­thor­i­ties said the sus­pect may post bail.

Agents of NBI and the Cen­tral Bank of the Philip­pines re­cov­ered 74 pieces of fake P1,000 peso bills, in­clud­ing 158 pieces of P500 bills and 87 pieces of P100 bills.

Lawyer Hans Bar­baso, NBI-10 re­gional di­rec­tor, said a tipster told them that the sus­pect will dis­pose coun­ter­feit peso bills this week, prompt­ing them to con­duct sur­veil­lance and test buy, which turned out pos­i­tive.

The en­trap­ment was made when the sus­pect and the agents ne­go­ti­ated and agreed to meet in an es­tab­lish­ment in barangay La­pasan.

“True enough sa gi­himo nato nga test buy nakakuha ta og 2 pieces from the sus­pect ug nag-pos­i­tive nga peke gyud siya ac­cord­ing sa ex­am­iner,”Bar­baso said.

Bar­baso said the sus­pect is trad­ing the fake money to his cus­tomers at a lesser price.

“Ang iyang bali­gya sa P1,000 is P350 sa P500 is P200 ug sa P100 is P25,” Bar­baso added.

Au­thor­i­ties are still dig­ging up as to where the fake money orig­i­nates and the peo­ple be­hind its pro­duc­tion.

Bar­baso said the fake bills may have cir­cu­lated al­ready in the city.

“Gi­imbesti­ga­han pa nato kung du­gay na siya ug kung naa pa siyay mga kauban or sindikato kay sa among info karon pa ni­gawas iyang pan­galan,”Bar­baso said.

“Wala pa tay info kung kinsa iyang na­bali­gyaan kay lately pa ni sila ga-op­er­ate. Posi­ble nga nag-cir­cu­late na siya maong hangyo nato sa katawhan nga mag­ban­tay,” Bar­baso added.

Au­thor­i­ties are urg­ing the pub­lic to be metic­u­lous in de­ter­min­ing the gen­uine bills from the fake ones.

Mean­while, Quin­tana said there were peo­ple whom he can­not iden­tify who handed him the money and trade it for a lesser price.

He said he has no sta­ble job, thus forced him to en­gage in the il­le­gal ac­tiv­ity to sur­vive.

The sus­pect was a mem­ber of Batang City Jail af­ter he was con­victed for frus­trated mur­der and il­le­gal pos­ses­sion of firearms charges. He was re­leased last 2010.

“Tin­uod na. Nabuhat nako tun­god sa kawad-on. Naay mga tawo nga mo­hatag nako unya akong kita ani is ang tubo ra gyud,” Quin­tana said.

“Bag-o lang ko ani mga tunga-tunga sa Septem­ber ug dili pa ko hanas. Kung naay mopalit moadto ko sa ilang balay or magkita mi,” Quin­tana added.

(AP)

A worker washes a statue of Soviet Union founder Vladimir Lenin in St.Peters­burg, Rus­sia, Thurs­day, Sept. 28, 2017. On Nov. 7, 2017 some Rus­sians will com­mem­o­rate 100 years of Bol­she­vik Rev­o­lu­tion.

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