The Extortionist

How does a person become an extortionist? When she was a kid, did this woman say, “When I grow up, I’d like to be an extortionist.” Or did she wake up one day, saw that the rice pot was empty and decided there and then to be an extortionist? Or was it a slippery slope, maybe she initially did it to test if she can get away with it and it developed into a habit?

Good thing authorities finally caught up with Rowena Bauit Caronan a.k.a. Michelle Lueng a.k.a Michelle de Guzman. She will be facing charges of estafa and usurpation of authority.


Now if only authorities will also charge Gloria a.k.a. Gollum a.k.a Saruman a.k.a commander-in-cheat with usurpation of authority.

Anyways, here’s the Tempo news report [via ilocandianewsteam] on the extortionist:

BAGUIO CITY – A 26-year-old jobless woman, who had been posing as an employee of a local radio station here, was arrested by policemen after dozens of individuals filed extortion charges against her before the local police on Tuesday afternoon.

Chief Supt. Eugene G. Martin, regional director of the Police Regional Office (PRO) in the Cordillera, identified the suspect as Rowena Bauit Caronan, alias “Michelle Lueng” or “Michelle de Guzman,” 26, a native of Tuguegarao City, Cagayan, and a resident of Kilometer 3, La Trinidad, Benguet.

Initial investigation showed that Caronan has been introducing herself as an employee of Bombo Radyo Baguio so she could get free goods and cash from owners of stores and mini-marts.

The suspect promised the store owners that she will pay her debts as soon as she receives her bonus from the said radio station.

However, after a long period of time, Caronan failed to settle her obligations prompting a number of victims to file separate complaints against her before the police. She is now facing charges for estafa and usurpation of authority.

3 Comments
  1. i think that sometimes, when people get pushed to their limits (losing their jobs, bankruptcy, victims of calamity), they’d become extortionists. still, extortion is not a good way to finance you life and the lives of your family. it’s dirty money.

  2. Hi Kayni,
    Yup, that’s true. I just hope they go extort the corrupt government officials [hehe] and not other people who are also trying to make ends meet. Thanks.

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