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Man who claims to be NBI agent nabbed in entrapment operation; POGO workers ‘rescued’

A man said to be introducing himself as an NBI agent was arrested in an entrapment operation of the Southern Police District in a building reportedly occupied by a POGO company in Pasig City.

Before this, friends of two Chinese nationals said to have been kept in the said establishment sought police help when they received a call from a man who claimed to be an NBI agent demanding P250,000 in exchange for the release of the victims.

Unknown to the said man, the SPD had laid out an entrapment operation that resulted in the arrest of the suspect who was not named and the rescue of the two Chinese victims.

It was learned that when the SPD operatives arrived at the site of the operation, there were already NBI operatives who were there reportedly to conduct a rescue operation for the POGO workers, accompanied by personnel from the Chinese Embassy.

Initially, the NBI reportedly refused to allow the SPD operatives to enter the building where the victims were being kept.

The matter was subsequently resolved when the Pasig Police intervened. The SPD eventually gave way.

Meantime, rescued in the said operation were POGO workers that included 70 Chinese nationals; 2 Taiwanese; 1 Malaysian; 16 Vietnamese and 44 Filipinos.

The suspect is currently detained at the SPD police station while a verification is being made if he is really an NBI agent.

An investigation is underway.

Itchie G. Cabayan
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