The Philippine National Police have launched an investigation into the reported armed robbery in the capital town where a native of Sorsogon was divested of his cellphone and cash by three armed men at broad daylight last Friday (June 17).
Julius Dax Bagaipo, 21, a resident of Bulan, Sorsogon, told the police that he was on his way to Sto. Domingo from Buyo and was passing by sitio Tablate in barangay Juan M. Alberto (Poniton) at 11 A.M. of said date when three unidentified men, their faces covered by shirts, flagged them down.
Two of them pointed short firearms at him while the third man had a bolo, he said, adding that the guns were probably Cal. 45 pistols. The robbers took his MyPhone T23 worth P4,000 as well as cash totaling P8,000, including company collections of P6,000, before fleeing towards a grassy area. The trio also took his passbook and loan registers.
Bagaipo said the one with a bolo had a scratch wound on his right eye, was about 18-23 years old, 5’4″. Slim, Tagalog-speaking and wearing a dirty-white T-shirt over brown long pants. The first gunman was about 30 years old, 5’2″, medium built, wore a gray cap, blue T-shirt over dark pants while the other armed man served as lookout.
The victim sought assistance from the nearby Philippine Army detachment but the responding soldiers failed to find the suspects. Another team from the police headed by Insp. Rogelio Hernandez also conducted hot pursuit operations to trace and identify the robbers.