By Jeffrey Damicog
Three persons posing as personnel of the National Housing Authority (NHA) have been arrested after trying to dupe a construction contractor of P10 million.
National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Director Dante Gierran identified the three suspects as Enriquito Dizon, Lourdes Bonifacio, and John Alvin Diguanco.
Gierran said that the three suspects were arrested by the NBI’s Anti-Organized and Transnational Crime Division (NBI-AOTCD) in an entrapment operation in Quezon City last January 10.
The three have been charged with estafa in violation of Article 315 of the Revised Penal Code in relation to Presidential Decree 1689.
Also charged with them were two persons who were only known as Adel Gerona and Henry, who are both at-large.
Gierran said the NBI acted on the complaint of a contractor.
The complainant recounted that he was approached by the suspects who claimed to have authority to represent the NHA in securing housing project contracts.
The suspects were able to convince the complainant to secure the project by paying a P10-million buy-out fee.
The complainant agreed to meet the suspects at a restaurant in White Plains, Quezon City for the initial payment of P3 million.
However, the complainant started to doubt the offer and decided to check with the NHA if the suspects did have the authority to secure contracts.
After learning from the NHA that the suspects were bogus, the complainant sought the help of the NBI to arrest the suspects.