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5 members arrested

By Albert T. Mamora and Francis Allan L. Angelo

FIVE suspected members of the notorious Basag Kotse gang were apprehended in Guimbal, Iloilo after victimizing a businessman in San Jose, Antique Sunday afternoon.

Alvin Rodis Resurrecion, 34, of Brgy. Tuklong, Kawit, Cavite; Troy Lacre Giltendez, 33, of Brgy. Nueve de Febrero, Mandaluyong City; Giovanni Soroño Nuevas, 38, of Rosario Subd., Angono, Rizal; George Llorante Grabador, 45, of Kalayaan (V-Town), Angono, Rizal; and Edward Dimen Legaspino, 26, of Brgy., Tuklong, Kawit, Cavite were nabbed in a checkpoint mounted by the Guimbal PNP.

The five suspects allegedly ransacked the Nissan Patrol of an Antique-based businessman past 5pm Sunday near the tennis court of the EBJ Freedom Park in San Jose, Antique.

The victim, who requested anonymity, was playing tennis when the suspects allegedly smashed the left glass window of his car and carted away a bag containing P100,000 worth of checks and cash and P40,000 worth of jewelry and other personal items.

San Jose PNP commander, C/Insp. Gilbert T. Gorero, said several witnesses saw three persons milling around the victim’s car. One of the persons then smashed the glass window using his fist wrapped with a thick piece of cloth.

A witness also saw a white Mitsubishi Montero Sport parked beside the victim’s car. The suspects later fled onboard the Montero Sport with plate number NBI-262.

The San Jose police relayed a flash alarm to police stations in southern Iloilo to intercept the Montero Sport.

But the suspects managed to slip past the checkpoint of the Miag-ao police. A chase ensued until they were apprehended near the Guimbal Elementary School where police officers were already awaiting them.

C/Insp. Almaquer, Guimbal police commander, said they did not find the bag containing the loot.

“Maybe they threw the bag away while escaping from Antique,” Almaquer said.

The suspects were brought back to San Jose, Antique midnight of November 30 for investigation.

Witnesses identified three of the five suspects as the persons who actually smashed the victim’s car.

Nuevas was the alleged lookout behind the Nissan car while Legaspino manned the front portion of the vehicle.

Grabador allegedly smashed open the window and pulled the bag out of the car.

The suspects denied any participation in the car robbery saying they were on their way to Iloilo City to visit a relative of Legaspino. But they failed to identify the person they were supposed to visit.

The suspects also claimed to be natives of General Santos City in Mindanao but later moved to Luzon.

Legaspino said he is a seaman while Resurrecion said he is planning to work abroad soon.

The police found out that Giltendez was the group’s driver while Nuevas acted as back-up driver.

Nuevas, Resurrecion and Grabador further claimed that they were only accompanying Legaspino to Iloilo City. From there, they will proceed to General Santos City to spend  Christmas.

Legaspino and Giltendez said they were planning to proceed to Negros Occidental to visit some relatives whom they did not identify.

Based on the certificate of registration (CR No. 8381619-1 dated, April 1, 2009) recovered from the getaway car, the white Montero Sport is registered in the name of a certain Jose Alberto Hernandez Dilanco, of No. 4 Doña Rita Diaz Street, Phase 1, Fortunato Village in Sucat, Parañaque City.

The getaway car has a special commemorative plate of the 100th anniversary of the Freemasons’ Dapitan Lodge No. 21.

The police also recovered a receipt with Authorization No. 370, signed by Bro. Cesar Ortega, Dapitan Lodge 21 secretary 21. The receipt allowed Dilanco to use the commemorative plate with License No. 0370 and sticker issued on November 11, 2009.

Legaspino said they rented the Montero Sport from Red Wheel Rent-a-Car in Las Piñas City.

Legaspino did not provide the exact address of the car rental service. He said he was paying P3,500 for the car’s daily rent. He said he deposited P20,000 for the car and told the police that he will secure a fax copy of the rent contract if asked by police investigators.

The Bukas Kotse gang has been preying on car owners in Western Visayas, most of them in Iloilo City where more than 30 car robberies were reported to the police.

June 2020

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