Friday, August 18, 2017

Ombudsman investigator, labor arbiter arrested for extortion on Pangasinan Rep. Amado Espino, son

The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) arrested a graft investigator of the Office of the Ombudsman and his cousin for trying to extort millions of pesos from Pangasinan Rep. Amado Espino Jr. and his son, Bugallon town Mayor Jumell Anthony Espino.

NBI Director Dante Gierran said Ombudsman Senior Graft Investigator Leonardo Nicolas and his cousin, lawyer Isagani Nicolas who is a labor arbiter of the National Labor Relations Commission (NLRC), were arrested during an entrapment operation Friday afternoon at a hotel in Lingayen, Pangasinan.

Gierran said the NBI acted on the complaint of the legislator who said the Nicolas cousins were trying to extort as much as P3 million for the dismissal of cases pending against the Espinos before the Office of the Ombudsman.

If the amount was not paid the suspects threatened the cases would be filed in court and the Espinos would get dismissed from their positions.

The Espinos claimed that the graft investigator had been calling the provincial legal officer and provincial accountant since May demanding money for the dismissal of cases filed against the Espinos before the Ombudsman.

After the Espinos turned down the initial P1,350,000 demand, the suspects upped the ante and demanded P3 million.

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