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Detectives of CIG NCR and Southern District Field Unit along with the Castillejos Police Station,Zambales PPO, and Office of the Senate President Representatives launched an entrapment operation against a group of extortionists on the evening (10:30 PM) of August 15, 2022 in PrK5 Villa Garcia, San Pablo, Castillejos Zambales.

The police operation resulted in the apprehension of BRYAN REYES LEDESMA, a 23-year-old
online seller and DANILO GUILLERMO LEDESMA a.k.a. Danilo L, a 46-year-old farmer and the
seizure of the followine pieces of evidence:

• Marked money placed on top of boodle money;
• Mobile Phone inserted with sim card (used to transact with the victim : and
• Identification Cards of the arrested suspects.

Incidental to the lawful arrest, authorities also recovered from the possession of Danilo
Ledesma an ARMSCOR caliber .45 pistol with magazine and seven (7) rounds of ammunition, a
black sling bag, and a mobile phone.

PBGen Ronald O Lee averred that the said police operation stemmed from the assistance
sought by Senate President Juan Miguel Zubiri to CPNP, Pen Rodolfo S Azurin regarding a
series of messages from a group of people posing as Governor Jec Jec Villa of Siquijor and Board
Member Abner Lomongo.

Accordingly, the arrested persons together with KENNETH REYES LEDESMA and SARAH ARCIAGA CONTRERAS, both at large, are extorting money from Senator Zubiri for their supposed political convention.

The Senator sensed that such political convention and the ones who spoke to are bogus since
the suspects are continuously demanding a sum of cash amounting to Php50,000.00.

The suspects agreed to personally meet the Senator's Staff in Zambales. At that instance, Senator Zubiri through his representative sought the assistance of the PNP. The CIDG NCR was tasked to investigate and conduct police operation.

Background investigation against the arrested persons revealed that Danilo Ledesma was
previously arrested for violation of RA 9165 on May 2021 in Castillejos, Zambales.

Complaints for violations of RPC Art 294 (Robbery Extortion) and Art 177 (Usurpation of
Authority) were filed against the suspects while an additional complaint for violation of RA
10591 was filed against Danilo Ledesma on August 16, 2022 at the Provincial Prosecutor Office
on Olongapo with PS Docket No. 111-193-INQ-22H-00314 to 0037, while in-depth
investigation to ascertain the identities and other illegal activities of the suspected individuals is
on•going.