Kidapawan cops hunt down group that uses text messages in extortion, threats

October 8, 2014 6:48 am 

KIDAPAWAN CITY, Oct. 7 — Police here are hot on trail of a group of persons who have been extorting huge amount of money in a new modus operandi, police said.

The suspects who are the subject of covert operations use mobile phone text messaging system and prey on members of the Kidapawan chamber of commerce and industry and even local officials.

Local officials and business leaders here have expressed alarm over extortion activities sent through text messages.

Supt. Gilbert Tuzon, Kidapawan City police chief, told members of the Sangguniang Panglungsod in a session that his office is doing something about it.

Among those who received extortion text was Kidapawan City Councilor Judith Navarra.

The extortion had been going on for some time in the city and many traders have received the same extortion text by individuals.

Navarra said the message she received from a cell number not on her phonebook told her to shell huge amount of money or she will be liquidated by gunmen riding tandem in the city.

Tuzon could not say what group or organization was behind the extortion but vowed to identify, arrest and prosecute the suspects.

As far as the Kidapawan police office was concerned, no trader or local official who received the demand has granted the amount demanded.

Tuzon appealed to anyone who received extortion messages to coordinate with his office or any law enforcement agency for appropriate action.

Police investigators said the extortion could be the handiwork of jobless men who have nothing to do but sow fear.

But Tuzon said the police are not taking this thing lightly. (PNA)

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