By Christopher Lloyd Caliwan

Quezon City Hall (PNA photo by Joan Bondoc)

MANILA – An employee of the Quezon City government was arrested for extortion during an entrapment led by Criminal Investigation and Detection Group agents on Saturday night.

The male 56-year-old supervisor of the QC Engineering Office was caught receiving marked money amounting to PHP5,000 cash and a PHP700,000 check inside a food chain in Visayas Avenue, according to a news release of the National Capital Region Police Office.

The complainant, a 47-year-old Filipino-Chinese businessman, said the suspect promised to help him secure all necessary permits for the warehouse of his pet food business, including building and business permits, zoning, and certificate of exemption, in exchange for money.

Previous bank deposits of PHP1.5 million and PHP1.1 million were made to the suspect in 2022, supposedly to cover all documents.

Despite all the payments made, no document was released.

On March 15, the suspect contacted the complainant again and demanded PHP1.7 million.

They negotiated and agreed for PHP700,000, prompting the complainant to contact the police. (Christopher Lloyd Caliwan/PNA)