2 retired AFP colonels probed for alleged extortion

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MANILA, Philippines – Two retired Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) colonels are being investigated after their alleged extortion victimizing local officials.

The two are reportedly part of a group that solicits funds for veterans and soldiers but uses “blackmail” so victims give in to their demands.

AFP public affairs chief Colonel Edgard Arevalo said that their modus operandi includes sending solicitation letters or selling raffle tickets while claiming they know an anomalous secret (of the victim) and threaten them to reveal it.

The two colonels under investigation were not yet named by Arevalo.

According to the AFP official, some 20 residents of  Negros Oriental and Cebu complained about the scam of the two.

The AFP will not tolerate illegal actions from soldiers, said Arevalo.

“Ito ay dapat magsilbing babala sa inyo… hindi po namin hahayaan lalo na sa Armed Forces of the Philippines na gawin ninyo ito sa amin sapagkat dinudungisan ninyo ang magandang pangalan ng Armed Forces of the Philippines,” he said.

[This should be a warning to you… we do not tolerate this acts in the AFP because you are destroying our good reputation].

For tips of similar illegal activities, concerned citizens are advised to call the AFP hotline number 02-926-52-42.