BATANGAS CITY, THE PHILLIPINES — Two Liberians who allegedly swindled P8 million ( US$1.8M) from two retired teachers in 4 months were arrested in an entrapment operation by Batangas police Wednesday.
Batangas provincial director Omega Jireh Fidel identified the suspects as Joseph Gbala, 36, and Jackson Gale, 42, both natives of Monrovia, Liberia. Both were presented to members of the media during a press conference.
According to Fidel, the suspects first befriend their victims through the internet, making them believe that their investments would be doubled in no time.
"This is a case of 'Budol-Budol," Fidel said.
Investigations also disclosed that the suspects sent the victims two suitcases with vaults, but it was not until Wednesday that it was discovered that they were full of black paper.
Ironically, only 90 dollars were recovered from the suspects' possession.
The suspects, police said, are believed to use a special liquid to produce counterfeit money.
Meanwhile, Batangay City police chief Supt. Manuel Castillo warned the public to be wary of making transactions with strangers on the internet.
"If it's too good to be true, then it's not true," he said.
The suspects, who have been charged with swindling, are now detained at the Batangas City police station even as their entry to the country is being questioned by authorities.
Police are also looking into granting them bail, depending on the gravity of their offense.
(Report from Angelique Atienza, ABS-CBN News, Southern Tagalog)