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In an entrapment operation conducted by the CIDG operatives, suspect Lucila Figueroa Panela, a 61-year-old Insurance Agent was arrested after accepting the marked money from her victim identified as Jesse Ray Defensor, the President and CEO of JD&T General Insurance Agency on Thursday, September 16, 2021, in Guiguinto, Bulacan.

Accordingly, Defensor was persuaded by Panela and her cohorts, Jefferson Balot, Asuncion Llegos, and certain alias “Jennifer” and alias “Edgar,” to invest in a property in Tarlac with a promise of a double return of his money. He has already given a total of more than Php1 million in various transactions however, the promised return of investment did not materialize.

Likewise, a manhunt operation is being conducted to track and arrest Panela’s cohorts who were believed to be within the vicinity during the police operation but managed to escape and elude arrest.

PMGen Albert Ignatius D Ferro, CIDG Director is continuously reminding the public to be wary of any investment that promises a higher return of investment in a short period of time.

"Kami ay nananawagan sa ating mga kababayan na sa ating pagtutulungan ay masusugpo natin ang gawain ng mga tao o grupong patuloy na nananamantala sa gitna na krisis ng pandemyang ito, " he added.