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MMDA Suspends Towing Firm Linked In Viral Extortion Scam

The company was slapped with an indefinite suspension
by Andrei Medina | May 25, 2016
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The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has suspended the towing company who employs the individuals implicated in an extortion scam that was recently detailed online.

In a statement posted on their Facebook account, the MMDA relayed the instructions of their top official to the public, the Inquirer reported.

“Pending the result of the agency’s probe into the complaint, MMDA Chairman Emerson S. Carlos has already ordered the indefinite suspension of ALL Arcson tow trucks, including tow truck with plate number AVA 4494, the one used in the alleged scam,” the statement read.

“With the suspension, no tow trucks from Arcson Towing Services will be dispatched for operations starting today, May 24, 2016.”


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The scam came to light after a relative of the victim, Kristen Ann Uy de Baron posted a narrative of the whole incident online.

The post has since gone viral, and has been shared over 8,000 times as of this writing.

The MMDA for its part said they were investigating the incident and are committed to “cleansing its ranks of unscrupulous individuals.”

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Photo credit: Trix Lareza-Clasara

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