Raps filed vs suspects in Bacolod mall heist
A ROBBERY complaint was filed before the City Prosecutor’s Office in Bacolod City yesterday against three of the 10 suspects who robbed the two jewelry stores in Gaisano City Grand Mall in the city last week.
Police Lieutenant Colonel Ariel Pico, spokesper
son of Bacolod City Police Office, said charged were Marlon Parohinog, Philip Bonn Rabenes, and Kenneth Bonon, all residents of Ozamiz City, Misamis Occidental.
On August 7, more than 10 unidentified assailants, who were armed with long and short firearms, destroyed the stall glasses of Haoling Jewelry Store and F&C Pawnshop and Jewelry Store using a hammer and carted away P4.5 million worth of jewelry at Gaisano City Grand Mall.
The three suspects were identified through the footages of closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras of the mall and the statement of the witnesses.
BCPO director Police Colonel Henry Biñas also lauded the operating units for their accomplishments as this bespeak of the commitment of the Bacolod police for the crime-free city.
Albayalde orders Biñas
Last week, Philippine National Police chief General Oscar Albayalde has ordered Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) director Police Colonel Henry Biñas to solve the robbery incident in Gaisano City Grand Mall.
This was confirmed by Bacolod City Mayor Evelio Leonardia yesterday after he held a meeting with Albayalde when he was in Manila last week.
Leonardia said that Biñas was given a deadline, which he refused to further elaborate the number of days, to solve the Gaisano City mall robbery incident in Bacolod.
“We cannot say that it’s a blank wall. There’s a certain gang that was even also mentioned by PNP chief Albayalde which was the same name that was given to me by Biñas, they (the suspects) were operating nationwide,” he said.
He added that BCPO is also doing its best that this will not happen again in the city.
However, Leonardia said that since Biñas assumed his post in BCPO, the crime volume in Bacolod had decreased.
“Our police are doing their best to maintain the peace and order in the city,” he said.
Leonardia disclosed that this incident should not be used as a basis that the business climate in Bacolod has been substantially affected./map