ALEXANDER Lumapac claimed that he is in love with Roxanne Valmoria and it pained him to learn that she is confined in a hospital, nursing her wounds after his cohort mauled her.
The 22-year-old native of Allen, Northern Samar, said that hurting the employee of St. Joseph the Patriarch Parish in Barangay Mabolo, Cebu City was not part of their robbery plan, which he said was masterminded by a certain Marwi.
“I am bothered by my conscience,” Lumapac said in Cebuano. “I courted her, but I did not push through.”
Lumapac denied he entered the quarters of Valmoria and hurt her, claiming he served as Marwi’s lookout.
The suspects stole more than P400,000 in cash from the church last Sunday night.
Lumapac was arrested by a joint team of Cebu City Police Stations 4 and 11 in a rented house in Barangay Mambaling, Cebu City at 11 p.m. last Tuesday.
Marwi was reportedly present in the vicinity, but fled after noticing the police.
Supt. Emelie Santos, Cebu City Police Station 4 commander, said that the team recovered P214,000 of the stolen money. She said that the team is verifying the identity of Marwi.
Lumapac, a marine engineering graduate, said he did not invent Marwi, who approached him in Plaza Independencia last week and persuaded him to help in the burglary.
He claimed that hunger and the need for money for medicine for his lung ailment lured him to help Marwi, so he drew the church’s map for him.
Marwi promised Lumapac half of the loot, but he only received a share of P75,000.
Lumapac said he bought a motorcycle worth P48,000; a flat-screen television, P8,000; mattress, P3,600; electric fan, P700; and a kitchen set. He spent the rest of the money on food. Police recovered these items.
Msgr. Alfredo Romanillos, parish team coordinator, said that the church will press charges against Lumapac.
Lumapac was not a scholar of the parish, said his aunt, a nun. He was a scholar of a nun-run school in Northern Samar, but he was expelled for violating several rules, including the curfew. (KAL)
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