In the evening (8:30 PM) of November 5, 2019, detectives of the CIDG Anti-Fraud and Commercial Crimes Unit (AFCCU) arrested two (2) men during an entrapment operation in the vicinity of Chowking Fast-food Chain, Gen. Roxas Avenue, Araneta Center, Cubao, Quezon City. 

The operation stemmed from the complaint lodged by Ramonito Baustista, the incumbent Brgy. Chairman of San Jose Malino, Mexico, Pampanga that one ROMEO SANITA y SAMBILLO a.k.a. “Jack” introduced himself as an employee of DPWH who is in-charge of several DPWH projects including the construction/rehabilitation of Flood Control in Calaylayan, Abucay, Bataan.  On June 2, 2019, Sanita was able to collect a sum of money amounting to Php250,000.00 in exchange of a DPWH construction project. 

However, verification made with the DPWH Central Office revealed that the suspect is not an employee nor affiliated with the department and that the construction projects in Abucay were already completed since 2018. 

On November 4, 2019, the suspect contacted again the complainant asking for an additional amount of Php2 Million to start the supposed project prompting the complainant to sought the assistance of the CIDG, thus the operation. 

One ANTHONY REYES y CASTRO was also arrested during the police operation.  The following pieces of evidence were confiscated: 

  1. Boodle money including the eight (8) pcs of Php500.00;
  2. Mobile phone;
  3. DPWH ID bearing the name of “ROMEO S SANITA;” and
  4. LTO Professional Driver’s License under the name of “ANTHONY CASTRO REYES” 

Arrested persons were brought to AFCCU for proper documentation and inquest before the Office of the City Prosecutor of Quezon City for violations of Article 315 (Swindling/Estafa), Article 293 in relation to Article 294 (Robbery with Violence Against and Intimidation of Person), and Article 177 (Usurpation of Official Function),  all under the RPC.   ###