MANILA, Philippines – Two men posing as agents of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) were arrested for alleged extortion against a “perya” operator in Bulacan, authorities said Thursday.

BI identified the suspects as Timothy James Tibia and William Ang.

Tibia and Ang were arrested in a sting operation on March 26 in the city of Pulilan.

“The individuals demanded P200,000.00 as protection money and threatened the complainant to shut down the operation of his 'perya' if he did not pay the demanded money,” the NBI said in a statement.

The agents managed to arrest Tibajia and Ang after receiving the marked money from the complainant.

Recovered from Tibajia were wallet with NBI badge, NBI security access pass and a Glock pistol.

Authorities further learned that Tibajia has an outstanding warrant for his arrest for violation of Republic Act 10591 or the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act, as well as for carjacking.

“Harassment is inflicted on perya workers. Police officers, journalists and other employees of inspection agencies extort money from owners”, Philippine Industry Association (PIPA) said in a position paper presented to a Senate committee on public order and dangerous drugs in February.

“Don’t offer illegal games, it’s that simple. You will never be harassed when there is no reason to harass you,” Dela Rosa said in Filipino.

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