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What is extortion with Consent?: Cases of Budol-budol Gang

what is extortion

welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

Extortion is the practice of obtaining something, especially money, through force or threats. However, with the crime committed by the “budol-budol” gang in the Philippines, it’s like extortion with consent.

[VIDEO]: Look through these circumstances when one is extorted with money as if hypnotized – and the various cases filed against Budol-budol gangs.

Budol-Budol Gangs

A gang that extorts money and valuable items from their willing victims are called Budol-Budol in the Philippines. It is not sure if they use some kind of hypnotism or just the power of the tongue. Making too good to be true promises and befriending their targets are their main strategies.

Senior Citizens are Targets of such Crimes

Senior citizens who have some money or valuables kept for retirement are favorite targets of the budol-budol gangs. They are trustful and easy to convince. Very open to friendship with strangers as well. Therefore, they are prone victims to the crimes committed by the group.

Government Urges Sacrifice from Seniors

Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez earlier said that the government was reviewing the value-added tax (VAT) exemptions granted to people 60 years old and above. Dominguez sought help from senior citizens. He said the money the government would be able to save from VAT exemptions would go to much-needed investments in agriculture, infrastructure, and social services

How about Senior Citizens Protection?

Since Senior Citizens are asked to sacrifice for the society, can there be efforts to protect them from Budol-budol crimes? Families are not always there to monitor them. Can there be a surveillance protocol using technology to track down such activities? Again, another public service effort that must be looked into by people in power.

Perhaps More Attention Needed

The current lifestyle does not allow quality mingling with the seniors in the family. Work demands, little children supervision, and spousal responsibilities can lessen one’s time to be there for the elderly. Community activities can help.

What is extortion in a Caring Community?

Social activities are vital for the well-being of senior citizens. They should have their own group or association in their community. It would be hard to entice them with false offers when they have some other people to confide with.  What is extortion in a caring community? Busted crime, that’s all!

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Extortion Signs on Vhong Navarro’s Beating Incident

welcome By: Elena Grace Flores
It is not fair to judge before the trial ends but as an experienced individual with different kinds of people whether they are in business, high society or mere social climbers. Clear signs were seen during interviews of the people involved that Extortion was the primary goal of the crime. Read this for some background in the beating of Vhong Navarro:

Cedric Lee, Philippines Businessman, Allegedly Behind Vhong Navarro Attack


According to Navarro, a group of men held him at gunpoint and threatened him and his family after he arrived at the home of a 22-year-old student. They forced him to admitting on tape that he tried to sexually assault her, and then told him that they would not release the tape if he paid them an undisclosed amount of money.

Extortionists are great con artists. They have the talent to make you believe that their story is legible – but on the other hand, it is proven as well that evidence don’t lie. The credibility of the details of Cedric Lee’s and the alleged rape victim’s narrations seem to be changing all the time in contrast with the footage from the CCTV videos. History repeat itself also – and Cedric Lee is well noted for his ex-business partner’s maltreatment. This is no “brainer” at all!

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