NBI warns Bohol bizmen vs extort tries

TAGBILARAN CITY — The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) here warned local businessmen on Wednesday about extortionists who pose as members of rebel groups.

Lawyer Rennan Oliva issued the warning during the Bohol Provincial Peace and Order Council meeting at the People’s Mansion here after the local NBI has received a number of extortion complaints.

According to reports, some extortionists have asked businessmen to pay the so-called “revolutionary tax” or give aid to the revolutionary activities of the communist guerillas or rebels affiliated to Muslim extremists.

Businessmen have reportedly been contacted by the extortion ring either by calls or text messages via their cellular phones, Oliva said.

Oliva said the calls or texts were sent from outside Bohol, particularly Mindanao.

“Be wary of that,” Oliva warned. He advised the businessmen to report any instance of extortion and refuse to give in to the demands of the callers.

The NBI became aware of the situation after some businessmen were subjected to an extort try by alleged members of the New People’s Army and ISIS.

The local police have also started their own investigation following the increasing number of complaints lodged by local businessmen. Dave Albarado/PNA – northboundasia.com