Police unhappy over victim’s refusal to file raps

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Friday, May 10, 2013


A POLICE official in Cagayan de Oro is unhappy over the refusal of victims and witness to testify against their attackers despite the determination of authorities to jail the suspects involved in crime.

Senior Inspector Alfredo Ortiz, Carmen police station commander, said he was disappointed with the collector, whose name is withheld for security reasons, of Rusi Motors who was robbed in Macanhan, Barangay Carmen last week for refusing to file a complaint against the suspect who was identified as Jonathan Abecia alias Tanggoy, 27, of Mabasa, Barangay Balulang this city.

Ortiz said the said collector positively identified Abecia as his perpetrator when the latter was presented by the police, but he did not pursue filing charges in court fearing for his life.

“This is exasperating. We exerted so much effort just to arrest the suspect but when he was arrested, the victim did not push through with the filing of the case,” Ortiz told Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro.

“We did surveillance on the suspect until dawn just so we could arrest him. The victim has positively identified the suspect,” he added.

Ortiz said the police were lucky because they were able to recover four sachets allegedly containing shabu and a hunting knife when Abecia was arrested.

“It was a good thing that we confiscated from him a knife and suspected sachets of shabu from his pocket in violation of Sec. 5 of the RA 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act and violation of the gun ban law per Comelec’s election code that we filed against the suspect,” he said.

Abecia, according to Ortiz, bailed out from jail for another crime when he was again arrested by the police.

Ortiz urged the public to seriously cooperate with the police for the early resolution of crimes in the community.

Ortiz said the police arrested in Carmen a female suspect for Estafa in Butuan City.

He said Blandina Demetrio, 60, married, of Libertad, Butuan City, was arrested following a coordinated report from the Butuan police that the suspect is in Carmen, this city and is feared to have defrauded other big-time businessmen or wealthy people.

“When we received the report, we immediately went to Vamenta Blvd, along Seriña Street. There we arrested the suspect at around 4:00 in the afternoon on May 4,” Ortiz said.

He even said the police have discovered that Demetrio also has a pending warrant of arrest in Cagayan de Oro for the same crime.

The arrested suspect will be turned over to Butuan City authorities to face two estafa cases, Ortiz said.

A bail bond of P26,000 and P40,000 for the two respective cases was recommended by the issuing court for Demetrio’s temporary release, Ortiz added.

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on May 10, 2013.

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