Beware of Scammers Impersonating First Lady Marie Louise “Liza” Araneta-Marcos

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Police Warn Scammers Using First Family’s Name

The Philippine National Police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG) has issued a warning to scammers who are using the name of the first family to deceive and extort money from unsuspecting individuals. This comes after the recent arrest of three men who attempted to extort ₱5 million from a businessman by dropping the name of First Lady Marie Louise “Liza” Araneta-Marcos.

Arrest of Gun-Toting Suspects

The suspects, identified as Francisco “Isko” Ouna, Joselito Agtuca, and German Reveza, were apprehended in an entrapment operation in Pasay City. They now face charges of robbery extortion, according to PNP-CIDG Chief P/Major General Romeo Caramat Jr.

Preliminary investigation reveals that the complainant, Gerald Hidalgo, was approached by the suspects who claimed to have connections with the first lady and her family. They threatened to shut down his establishment if he did not pay ₱5 million to “protect his emissions testing and medical business.”

Out of fear, Hidalgo immediately sought assistance from the police and reported the incident.

Seizure of Evidence

During the sting operation, the authorities confiscated the boodle money, a handgun with three magazines, 32 live ammunition, and the suspects’ licenses and permits to own and carry firearms.

Legal Consequences

The suspects will be charged with violation of Article 293 of the Revised Penal Code, specifically robbery extortion, before the Pasay City Prosecutor’s Office.

P/lt. Col. Jose Joey Arandia, the PNP-CIDG National Capital Region Director, urges the public to immediately report individuals who use the name of any member of the first family to extort money. He assures the public that the PNP-CIDG is prepared to take action and arrest those involved.

It is important for the public to remain vigilant and cautious when approached by individuals claiming to have connections with influential figures. Scammers often use the names of prominent individuals to gain trust and manipulate their victims. By promptly reporting such incidents to the authorities, we can help prevent further victimization and hold these scammers accountable for their actions.

Source: The Manila Times

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