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2 Isabela trial court staff arrested for extortion

CITY OF ILAGAN – Two employees of the Isabela Regional Trial Court Branch 18 were caught receiving money from a litigant during a May 7 entrapment operation in Alibagu village here, a belated police report showed.

Court clerk Marlyn Garo and court stenographer Rubiminda Diamante had allegedly demanded P15,000 from the mother of a man convicted in March for domestic violence in exchange for facilitating his application for probation, according to Ilagan police chief Supt. Rafael Pagalilauan.

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Judge Rodolfo Dizon notified the police after learning about the extortion attempt.

The convict’s mother, Remedios Domingo, was unaware Dizon had approved her son’s probation, police said.

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But the court workers claimed they were being framed.  /kga

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