Cabbie released on bail

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Friday, June 13, 2014


THE Talomo Police Station released Friday the taxi driver who was accused of spraying a chemical through his air-conditioned vent and robbing his passenger.

Talomo police officer-in-charge Alfredo Santillana, in an interview, said Santos Descallar Diez, 53, a resident of Barangay Tigatto in Buhangin this city, was released around 4:30 p.m. Friday after he posted P100,000 bail.

Diez was earlier charged with robbery under the Revised Penal Code based on the complaint filed by victim Jesus Famacion Dizon II, who claimed to be a pastor residing at Phase II on Malindang Street in Central Park, Bangkal. Read related story here

The accused was arrested on Sunday after he showed up at Talomo Police Station around 10 a.m. to clear his name. The complainant, however, positively identified him as the driver of the taxi he boarded last Saturday evening.

The police brought the suspect before Prosecutor Panfilo Junior R. Lovitos around 9 a.m. Tuesday for inquest proceedings.

Dizon, in his sworn statement, said that when he arrived at Davao City International Airport at 8 p.m. from Manila Saturday evening, he boarded a Krizia taxi with plate number LXE-374.

"When I woke up, I was surprised to find myself lying in a muddy and grassy portion on a road and unfamiliar place, that my eyesight was already blurred and my eyes were swollen. I noticed that my personal belongings were missing," Dizon said.

Dizon said he could not find his white gold wedding ring worth P7,500; messenger bag worth P1,500; brown Rusty Lopez shoes worth P2,000; brown belt worth P800; eyeglass worth P7,000; one polo shirt, gray t-shirt and brief, all worth P2,000; and Samsung phone worth P10,000, among others.

Diez, however, who said he has been a taxi driver for 19 years, denied the accusation hurled against him. He said he did not steal anything from the complainant, adding that he even returned to the airport because there was another flight arriving.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on June 14, 2014.

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