Convicted Filipino Extortionist on the Run for Twelve Years Caught in Bangkok
BANGKOK – Deputy national police chief Pol General Wut Liptapanlop announced the arrest of Filipino extortionist Patrick Philip Gutierez Alemania, 41, Wednesday.
Alemania was sentenced to life imprisonment by a Philippine court after being convicted for extortion on February 10, 2004 after colluding with four others to extort over Bt100 million (P133 million) in ransom from a family of ethnic Chinese-Filipino businessman who operated an animal feed business.
Pol General Wut Liptapanlop said Alemania was a gang leader and was accused of involvement with other ransom extortion gangs in the Philippines.
Police found that Alemania lived in the Romklao area of Lat Krabang where taught English at a language institution by day and was a singer by night.
He is the first person to be extradited since the new administration of President Rodrigo Duterte took office in the country. Duterte won presidential elections in May after campaigning on a platform to uproot corruption and quash illegal drug trade within six months of his presidency.
Philippine diplomats have cancelled his travel document and will extradite him to the Philippines.
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