Authorities are still facing a blank wall as to the
identities of the suspects who held up the
P400,000 payrol money of the PDEP mining in
Tayasan two days before the elections last Monday.
At the same time, election crowd at the mall netted one more P6000- robbery case now under investigation.
Intial investigation showed that at around 10:45 am on Saturday, May 11, 2013, around 20 fully armed men believed to be rebels flagged down the Toyota Hilux pickup of the PDEP mining and declared a hold up at the isolated sitio of Bantog, barangay Lag-it in Tayasan, some 75 kilometers north of Dumaguete City.
Some P400,000 representing the wages of the mining firm’s employees for Mid-May payroll, were carted away by the suspects who fled going westward.
Negros Oriental Provincial Police Office provl commandr Sr. Supt Noli Roman and 302nd brigade commander Col Francisco Patrimonio told a press conference the incident was not election-related. But he admitted the robbery was planned on election eve when people are busy for their poll duties.
Romana is not discounting the possibility the hold up was the handiwork of bandits in the area, considering that last Saturday’s incident was the second and that the suspects could have studied the pattern in withdrawing large sums of money for the salaries of its employees which is undertaken every month.
Romana said the company has blue guards but not that armed.
Meanwhile, an amount of P6,000 was reportedly stolen by unidentified suspect who managed to get inside the Robinsons Mall in Calindagan and destroyed the tarpaulin stand of Sparkles kiosk located at the ground floor of the said mall.
Realyn Loriano, 28, single and sales clerk of Sparkles told the police that at about 9:30 am when she was about to open their store she noticed that the tarpaulin which used to cover their kiosk was already disarranged.
Upon checking, the money placed on the cash box which was supposed to be deposited in the bank was already gone.
The crime was believed to have occurred between Wednesday evening, after the closing of Robinsons store or early Thursday morning before the mall opened.
Loriano said she immediately reported the incident to the management of Robinsons to check the CCTV cameras for the possible identification of the suspect. But the mall refused to grant her request as she was asked to write first a letter of request addressed to their main office in Manila before they would allow her to see the CCTV camera.
The theft and robbery section of the Dumaguete City Police have yet to determine if the crime was an inside job or not. (by CHOY GALLARDE and BOY J. PILONGO)