October 18, 2016
MANILA, Philippines – Four suspected members of the notorious Akyat Bahay burglary gang, who were also caught in possession of illegal drugs, were arrested in successive operations conducted by the Quezon City Police District (QCPD) over the weekend, a police official said yesterday.
QCPD director Senior Superintendent Guillermo Lorenzo Eleazar identified the suspects as Elpidio De Tomas Rafael alias “Jojo Taruc,” 44; Francisco Penarubia Hilario alias “Boy Muslim,” 23; Raul Hilotina Ugtong, 55; and Michael Javier Mariano, 48.
Eleazar said the manhunt against the four suspects was launched after police managed to trace several transactions they made in one of the credit cards they stolen.
Police report showed that a certain Maria Filoteo of Naranghita St. in Brgy. Quirino 2B, Quezon City reported that her house was robbed last October 3 and among the stolen items were one laptop, an iPad, P15,000 cash, a wallet containing assorted credit cards, and certificates of registration of a Honda Civic (UCW 125) and an Isuzu Crosswind (XJF 535).
During the investigation, police discovered that one of the stolen credit cards owned by the victim’s son, Omar Jericho Filoteo, was used at a gas station located along Kamias Rd corner Kasing-Kasing St. in Brgy. Kamias, Quezon City on October 3.
Cops proceeded to the gas station and viewed the establishment’s CCTV footage.
In the video footage, police saw a black Toyota BB (BDZ 992) refueling and payment was made through Omar’s credit card.
Criminal Investigation and Detection Unit (CIDU) personnel obtained a duplicate receipt of the transaction confirming that it was charged against the account of Omar.
On same day, Omar himself monitored another transaction on his stolen credit card, this time at GEMTIME Store in Greenhills, San Juan City.
CIDU investigators again viewed the CCTV footage of the store and saw one of the suspects, who was later identified as Rafael, bought a wristwatch using the credit card.
Rafael was a known toughie and notorious illegal drug pusher in Brgy. Botocan, Quezon City.
Eleazar said he was listed number 7 in the drug watch list of QCPD-Station 9 in Anonas.
Eleazar said confidential informants of CIDU were tapped to locate the whereabouts of Rafael.
On October 14, combined operatives of CIDU and QCPD Station 9 conducted an operation against Rafael at Barangay Botocan.
At about 2:30 a.m. the next day, operatives saw Rafael half-naked with a fan knife visibly tucked in the waist of his lower garment.
Police approached him and when frisked, a sachet of suspected shabu was found in his possession.
Eleazar said Rafael admitted his participation in the Filoteo robbery and at about 3:30 a.m. of same date, he led the operatives to K-9 St. in Brgy. East Kamias, where his cohorts Ugtong and Mariano were arrested.
Seized from Ugtong ang Mariano were undetermined amount of shabu, drug paraphernalia and the credit card of Omar used in purchasing two watches and in refueling at the gas station.
The Toyota BB used by the suspects was also recovered in that place.
Eleazar said Rafael also led policemen to the hide out of Hilario, who even tried to elude the operatives.
But after a brief chase, he was subdued.
When he was frisked, a plastic sachet of shabu and the wallet of the victim’s son with several credit cards were recovered in his possession.
Eleazar said the suspects, who were presented to the media yesterday, are now facing charges of robbery and theft, as well as violations of Republic Act (R.A.) 8484 or the Access Devices Act of 1998, City Ordinance 5121 or the Possession of Deadly Weapon and R.A. 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.
“The dogged determination of our investigators again shows that the QCPD does not let up in its persistence to solve all crimes, in spite of the relentless war on drugs,” he noted. – EAN