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14 nabbed as cops stumble into ‘sextortion’ den in Nueva Ecija



Fourteen men were arrested when lawmen stumbled into an apartment allegedly hosting sexual extortion activities via the internet, amid a drug sting in San Jose City, Nueva Ecija, on Wednesday night.

Col. Jaime Santos, Nueva Ecija provincial police director, said the 14 were found operating pornographic media and website links that would entice clients to engage in cybersex.

Clients will be exposed if they fail to give a certain amount, he said, citing reports from operatives.

Police identified those arrested as Emmanuel Claudio, 31; Darren Zabala, 28; Mark Roxas, 30; Jomari Robles, 22; Gerald Villamor, 28; Richard Bryan dela Cruz, 35; Andrew Robles, 25; Christian Libunao, 30; Christiano Juntino, 22; Jerome de Leon, 27; Alfredo dela Cruz, 31; Roberto Revillo, 18; Mark Anthony Castillo, 23; and Michael Jolo Palma, 20.

Most of them are from San Miguel, Bulacan, and Cabanatuan City, while some are from Gapan, Bocaue, Malabon City, and Orion, Bataan, police said.

Operatives seized various equipment, including a router, an internet modem, 18 computer monitors, 17 mouses, 17 keyboards, and 17 CPUs at the apartment.

Allan Coloma, the sextortion den’s alleged operator, managed to elude arrest.

According to Santos, members of the city police were conducting a buy-bust operation against one Ronnie Wagan in Brgy. Abar 1st around 10:30 p.m., when they discovered the den.

After handing over a sachet of shabu to an undercover policeman in exchange for P500, Wagan apparently sensed the operation and ran.

This prompted the poseur-buyer and back-up operatives to give chase, until a bystander pointed them to an apartment where Wagan supposedly entered.

Upon entering, operatives caught 14 men in the act of engaging in illegal cyber activities, according to a report from the provincial police.

Wagan remains at large but will be charged for violation of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Law, while those arrested at the sextortion den are being investigated with the help of the PNP Anti-Cybercrime Group.

(Photos courtesy of Nueva Ecija provincial police)