TWO men who posed as congressmen to extort money from a number of senators and congressmen were arrested by agents of the Philippine National Police Anti-Cybercrime Group in an entrapment operation in Malabon City on Wednesday afternoon, PNPACG director Brigadier General Dennis P. Agustin announced yesterday.
The official identified the suspects as Dennis Jose Borbon, a 24-year-old former congressional staffer of the ‘1—Ang Edukasyon’ party-list, and Edgar Paulo James Bularan,30.
Agustin said that they have discovered that the suspects used the same modus operandi to victimize Senators Christopher Lawrence ‘Bong’ Go, Imee Marcos and Ramon ‘Bong’ Revilla Jr., One-Pacman party-list Representative Mikee Romero, Manila Teachers party-list Rep. Virgilio Lacson and Sen. Revilla’s son, Cavite Vice Governor Jolo Revilla.
The suspects have reportedly gotten P20,000 from Sen. Revilla; P15,000 from Rep. Lacson; P25,000 from Cavite Vice Gov Revilla and P25,000 from Rep. Romero. Sen. Go reportedly got wind of the scam and sent a mere P1 to the suspects while Sen. Marcos did not bother to send a reply to the text message sent to her.
Now an online seller and blogger, Borbon is a resident of Bernales Tres in Barangay Baritan in Malabon City while Bularan is his assistant who is staying in his house.
According to Agustin, the two were arrested by members of the Regional Anti-Cybercrime Unit (RACU) 4-A headed by Lieutenant Colonel Julius Suriben shortly after they attempted to withdraw the P15,000 sent to their ATM account by Vice. Gov. Revilla around 12:55 p.m. Wednesday at the BDO branch in General Luna Street, Baritan, Malabon City.
The official said that the sting was conducted shortly after Camarines Sur (4th District) Representative Arnie Fuentebella and ViceGov. Revilla sought the assistance of the RACU 4-A in identifying and arresting the suspects.
It turned out that one of the suspects called Vice Gov. Revilla on his personal mobile number and introduced himself as Rep. Fuentebella. During their brief conversation, the fake congressman told Revilla that he lost his wallet while on a private trip in Coron, Palawan and asked the Cavite official to lend him P25,000.
Seized from Borbon’s possession were two mobile phones found to have been used in calling or texting the complainants.