Leader of extortion gang preying on bus firm nabbed in Maguindanao
SULTAN KUDARAT, Philippines -- The alleged leader of an extortion gang that attempted to collect P1 million from a bus company plying the Cotabato-General Santos route was arrested in a sting operation on Thursday.
Senior Supt. Raul Supiter, director of the Sultan Kudarat provincial police, said the 43-year-old Jerry Ibrahim was arrested in Datu Saudi town in Maguindanao while receiving a package containing dummy paper bills from a courier.
Ibrahim’s entrapment was carried out by the Sultan Kudarat provincial police based on a report by the management of the Husky Bus that a group was asking for P1 million “protection money” and threatening to burn down its units if its demand is ignored.
Several drivers and conductors of Husky buses had been harassed by gunmen while on secluded stretches of the Cotabato-General Santos Highway in Maguindanao in recent months.
Supiter said the operation that led to the arrest of Ibrahim was assisted by the Maguindanao provincial police office, the Army’s 2nd Mechanized Battalion and intelligence agents from the Army’s 601st Infantry Brigade and the 6th Infantry Division.
“The arrested suspect is now in our custody, to be prosecuted very soon for his criminal offense,” Supiter said.
The operator of Husky buses, Biocrest Multi-purpose Cooperative, on Friday issued a statement appreciating the prompt action by Supiter's office.
Supiter said they succeeded in their entrapment operation due to the cooperation of the bus company in locating Ibrahim, a dispatcher of passenger vehicles at the municipal terminal of Datu Saudi in southwest of Maguindanao.