Fake ‘NBI agent’ arrested in Urdaneta
A man, using an NBI magnetic insignia/logo attached to his Nissan van and in possession of other paraphernalia with markings of NBI, was apprehended in an entrapment operation conducted by agents of the National Bureau of Investigation Dagupan District Office and of the Urdaneta City Police at the Tarlac Pangasinan La Union Expressway exit in Urdaneta on May 25.
Apprehended in the operation led by NBI Agent Mark Caceres was one Aiko Angeles who was reported to have been using the NBI logo in transporting passengers from Manila to Northern Luzon and vice versa and charging them excessive fee for each trip in return for “seamless” travel, without need for travel and health documents.
The operation stemmed from the report received by the NBI that Angeles was using the magnetic NBI/insignia logo for his car-pooling business in transporting passengers from Metro Manila to Northern Luzon and vice versa in order to evade security check at police checkpoints along the highways.
The suspect, according to the NBI, was obviously taking advantage of the absence of public transport between Manila and Northern Luzon and has been collecting exorbitant transportation fees from passengers.
According to the NBI, Angeles offered his services through online, boasting that he can pass though police checkpoints without any fuss because of the NBI logo attached to the front of his van.
Seized from his possession were two NBI magnetic insignia/logo, one cap marked NBI, one fake NBI identification card, several fake police IDs, a magazine loaded with 14 live ammunition for 9 mm. pistol, vest and a T-shirt with NBI markings and his Nissan van with plate number NG 59852.
Shortly after his arrest and upon verification, Angeles was verified that he is neither an organic NBI operative nor an NBI confidential agent.
The suspect was brought to the NBI district office in Dagupan City where he was booked and detained. (Butch Uka)
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