Ex-cop tagged as number one robbery personality in Cebu

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

SUCCESSFUL RAID. Shabu, money believed to be drug proceeds and a firearm and live bullets are seized from a house in Barangay Lamac, Consolacion, Cebu. The target of the raid is a dismissed cop, PO2 Antonio Aguisanda (second from left).(Allan Cuizon)


A DISMISSED policeman, tagged by police as the number one robbery personality in Cebu Province, was arrested during a raid in Barangay Lamac, Consolacion yesterday morning.

Supt. Rodolfo Albotra Jr., head of Cebu Provincial Police Office’s intelligence and investigation section, identified him as PO2 Antonio Aguisanda.

The 47-year-old ex-cop, who earned the nickname “Scarface” or “Pek-lat,” was also caught with packs of white crystalline substance believed to be shabu worth P328,000.

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The intelligence and anti-drug operatives of CPPO barged into the house in Sitio Sampaguita, Purok III, where Aguisanda was staying, past 9 a.m. following several days of surveillance.

Level 3 drug pusher

The operation was made on the strength of a search warrant issued by Regional Trial Court Branch 56 Executive Judge Teresita Abarquez-Galanida.

Albotra said they received reports that Aguisanda was engaged in selling shabu after lying low from his previous illegal activity.

Based on the amount of drugs seized from him, Aguisanda is a level 3 drug pusher who can sell at least 50 grams of shabu per week.

During the raid, Aguisanda was first caught with a .45 pistol with 28 live bullets. Police are checking if it’s an issued firearm.

The operatives then searched the house owned by Aguisanda’s girlfriend with the presence of barangay officials.

They found three large packs, five medium packs and nine small packs of suspected shabu allegedly owned by the police officer in one of the rooms.

They also recovered P9,520 in cash believed to be drug proceeds.

Aguisanda, when interviewed by Sun.Star Cebu, said some people are maybe angry at him and they wanted to get even.

“Sa katong pulis ko, daghan kong nadakop sa pagpamaligya og drugs. Mao siguro ni ilang bawos nako (I arrested a lot of drug personalities when I was still a cop. Maybe this is their way of getting even),” he said.

‘Framed’

As to the allegations that he sold drugs and was also involved in robberies, Aguisanda declined to issue a statement. “No comment lang sa ko ana,” he said.

His 45-year-old girlfriend, who asked not to be named, denied Aguisanda is involved in illegal activities.

“Gibutangbutangan ra na siya (He’s being framed),” she said.

Both are married and have children, but they are separated from their partners. They have been together for more than a year, the woman said.

Lamac Barangay Captain Nestor Maglasang said he heard about the illegal activity in his area, but he didn’t know an ex-cop was behind it.

“Nahibong nalang ko. Dili man sad na sila taga diri gyud dapita (They’re not from around here),” he said.

As to why Aguisanda is the number one personality in robbery, Albotra said the former was involved in hulidap incidents.

Bad example

Hulidap is a modus operandi where criminals disguise themselves as law enforcers conducting an operation only to extort money from their targets.

Albotra said Aguisanda’s group allegedly acted as operatives of the Provincial Intelligence Branch and busted criminals, but released them after given money.

“Nagda lang ni sila og bad image sa mga pulis (They’re putting the police in a bad light),” he said, adding that Aguisanda is also involved in hold-up incidents.

Aguisanda was discharged from service in 2008 by the anti-graft office for grave misconduct after asking money from a drug suspect.

In 2001, six policemen, including Aguisanda, were also accused of extortion after allegedly demanding money from the owners of a karaoke bar they raided in Lapu-Lapu City.

Aguisanda is detained in the Consolacion Police Station. Charges for possession of illegal drugs will be filed against him.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on August 20, 2014.

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