4 cops collared in multi-million Pasig robbery

4 cops collared in multi-million Pasig robbery

By Arwen Pascua

MANILA — National Capital Region Police Office Director PMGen Vicente Danao recognized the Eastern Police District under the stewardship of PBGen Orlando Yebra, District Director; Pasig police chief PCol Roman Arugay and his men for their exemplary performance and vigilance, which led to the successful arrest of the suspects in the multi-million-peso robbery incident and prompt identification of their cohorts.

The successful operation emanated from a robbery incident that transpired at around 12:10 AM, 18th of December 2021 at Sta Elvira St., Brgy Kapitolyo, Pasig City wherein the victims were identified as Joana Marie Espiritu y Flores, 26 years old, and Kani Toshihiro, Japanese National, 42 years old, both residents of the said place of incident.

Following the report, RD DANAO personally went to the Pasig City Police Station and immediately ordered the relief of the policemen involved to include their Sub Station Commander for Command Responsibility.

Danao likewise ordered an in-depth investigation to include other cohorts and to conduct manhunt operations for the remaining suspects who are still at large.

PCOL ARUGAY, identified the suspects in the incident as follows:

PSSg Jayson Bartolome y Reyes who is presently assigned at Taguig CPS with badge No. 165158 (Arrested/PUPC);
PCpl Merick Desoloc y Salazar who is presently assigned at Taguig CPS with badge No. 264902 (Arrested/PUPC);
PCpl Christian Jerome Reyes y Galano who is presently assigned at Taguig CPS with badge No. 265270 (Arrested/PUPC);
Pat Kirk Joshua Almojera y Esole who is presently assigned at Taguig CPS with badge No. 343283 (Arrested/PUPC);
AJ Mary Agnas y Tunacao, 22 years old, single, staff of the victims and resident of Zone 5, Brgy. Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City (Arrested/PUPC);
Jhon Carlo Atienza y De Guzman, male, 30 years old and resident of No. 128 Zone 2, Brgy. Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City (Found dead with gunshot wound at Kalayaan Avenue corner Tolentino St., Brgy. Pinagkaisahan, Makati City);
Ferdinand Fallaria y Pajila who is at large and dismissed PNP personnel formerly assigned at NCRPO; and Rowel Galan who is at large.

After the incident, the victims immediately sought assistance from authorities with the help of Barangay Security Force member Merick Bautista.

Wasting no time, responding officers onboard a mobile car, immediately conducted hot pursuit operations and were able to trace the possible location or direction of fleeing suspects at West Capitol Drive to Sta. Monica in Brgy. Kapitolyo, Pasig City.

The suspects, in their attempt to elude arrest, tossed cash money in the amount of PHP 1.3 million. During the process, suspects fired at the responding police officers prompting the latter to retaliate until the two suspects abandoned their motorcycles and climbed the closed gate at West Capitol Drive Corner Sta. Monica Brgy. Kapitolyo, Pasig City.

Suspects flagged down and forcibly took the motorcycle of one motorist before fleeing towards BGC/Makati City area. The stolen motorcycle, however, was later recovered abandoned beside the Pasig Mega Parking, Caruncho Avenue, Brgy San Nicolas, Pasig City. While the suspects abandoned a Yamaha Mio Sporty which was recovered at the closed gate at West Capitol Drive Corner Sta. Monica St., Brgy. Kapitolyo.

The following pieces of evidence were also recovered from the other suspects’ possession and control:

PCpl Christian Jerome Reyes y Galan – one caliber 9mm Beretta pistol bearing serial No. M14956Z with one magazine loaded with 15 live ammunition, cash amounting to P100,000; PNP ID card; and cash amounting to P8,941,000 found inside the top box of his Yamaha NMAX motorcycle with plate number 1801-0038538;
PCpl Merick Desoloc y Salazar – cash money amounting to P100,000.00; one unit Nokia cellphone; and one caliber 9mm Beretta pistol bearing serial No. M24231Z with one magazine loaded with 9 live ammunition;
Pat Kirk Joshua Almojera y Esole- one caliber 9mm CANIK pistol bearing serial No. T6472-19 BG17570 with one magazine and loaded with 12 live ammunition; and one caliber 9mm Pietro Beretta pistol bearing serial number G42160Z with PNP property markings found at the scene where suspect Jhon Carlo Atienza y De Guzman was found dead with a gunshot wound.

The Station Intelligence Section, Pasig CPS led by PMAJ JOSE LUIS R AGUIRRE together with Sub-Station 1 personnel led by PMAJ DIOGENES C GAOAEN, Special Weapons and Tactics Team led by PLT MELVIN J BALBAG and Criminal Investigation Section led by PCMS Rolando Anselmo Jr and PSMS Miguel Torallo, immediately conducted follow-up operations leading to the arrest of PCpl Reyes and AJ Mary Agnas y Tuňacao.

On the other hand, PCpl Merick Desoloc y Salazar and Pat Kirk Joshua Almojera y Esole voluntarily surrendered to Taguig CPS under PCOL CELSO RODRIGUEZ and subsequently turned over to Pasig City Police Station for appropriate disposition.

Arrested suspects were properly informed about the nature of their arrest and were apprised of their constitutional rights in a dialect understood by them. Appropriate Criminal charges were readied for filing in court, Today, December 19, 2021, against the arrested suspects.

Administrative complaints of the involved PNP personnel will be handled by their units/offices.

Once again, the NCRPO under the helm of PMGEN DANAO commended the Eastern Police District under PBGEN YEBRA and the Pasig City Police Station led by PCOL ROMAN ARUGAY for their swift action and response, despite the pandemic that we are facing during the holiday season.

RD DANAO strongly condemned the act of robbery extortion involving four (4) metro cops and the immediate arrest/ apprehension of the four (4) suspects and a civilian an indication that the PNP is serious in its intention to weed out scalawags, misfits, and hoodlums in uniform.

“I will ensure to cleanse our ranks. As I have said, any criminal act committed that would endanger the police organization will never be tolerated to protect its integrity. I assure and guarantee that they will be charged accordingly and immediately and that other Metro Cops will have second thoughts in doing the same,” Danao said.

“For the past years, the NCRPO has gained the trust and confidence of the people. We owe these gains to the reforms that we have instituted within the organization to ensure peace and order in Metro Manila. Therefore, we will not allow undeserving men to taint the name of our organization, especially of the NCRPO.” (ai/mtvn)

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