Ten men pretending to be NBI agents arrested inside Ayala Alabang Village for attempted robbery, serious illegal detention and usurpation of authority

Not so long after the in-village drug-related raids happened, Ayala Alabang Village is back in the news again as a result of a group of ten men who entered the village, went to a certain residence and attempted to rob a foreign resident while pretending to be agents of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), according to a Manila Bulletin news report. The suspects have since been arrested and will be charged.

To put things in perspective, posted below is the excerpt from the Manila Bulletin news report. Some parts in boldface…

Ten men posing as National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) agents were arrested for serious illegal detention and attempted robbery charges filed by a resident of the exclusive Ayala Alabang Village in Muntinlupa on Nov. 22.

Brig. Gen. Kirby John Kraft, Southern Police District (SPD), said the 10 suspects are also facing charges of usurpation of authority and trespass to dwelling.

The arrested suspects were identified as David Tan Liao, 46, travel agency agent; Fritz Ian Petil Cafino, 33, and Ronaldo Cadalena Zuniega, 33, both utility personnel of Long-Shang Travel Agency; Andy Ko Sy, 50 driver and translator; Erlindo Cuago Auditor, 48, tricycle driver; Roderick Segundo Ensano, 48, taxi driver; Bienvinido Biolango Vildad Jr., 47, driver; Ernesto Solamillo Baay, 45, driver; Roberto Daradar Pacis, 65, messenger; and Jonathan Caliwag Salud, 46, immigration officer.

The police are looking for Jose Romel Herbolingo Congreso, 50, and four other unidentified suspects.

According to the police, the detention and attempted robbery happened at about 9 a.m. inside the village.

The suspects, who were on board two vehicles, entered the Madrigal Gate of Ayala Alabang Village. They informed the village guards that they would be visiting friends residing on Maria Cristina Street.

Once inside the village, suspects went to the house of victim Weijian Pan, 33, a Chinese businessman, at Country Club Drive.

Introducing themselves as NBI agents, the suspects allegedly threatened Erick Cai, 19, a Chinese interpreter, and forcibly opened the gate.

After entering the house, suspect Liao approached the victim and demanded P40 million in exchange for his liberty. The suspects detained the victim until 7 p.m.

Another victim, Juvanie Baterna Lapinig, 30, Pan’s personal driver, was able to call the village security guards and asked for help. The security guards immediately responded to the call leading to the arrest of the suspects.

Kraft thanked the security guards for their prompt response and arrest of the suspects.

This recent development is very disturbing. Could you just imagine how a group with bad intentions could enter your village and then attempt a robbery inside while pretending to be agents of authority? The usurpation of authority is alone a very serious topic that needs to be discussed in the local community as criminals can pretend to be authority personnel members and use their fake authority to victimize people.

Let me end this piece by asking you readers: What do you think about this recent development? Does this news make you feel uneasy about the security of your home and your village? If ever you get approached by a group of people who claim they are agents of authorities (examples: police, the military, health department), what would you do to find out if they are telling the truth?

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