Militiaman faces charges for carnapping, slay try

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014


THE Davao City Prosecutor's Office affirmed the charges filed against a militiaman, who is member of Task Force Davao (TFD) and tagged in a shooting and carnapping incident at sitio San Pedro in Catalunan Grande on July 4.

Prosecutor Stella Esparagoza-Camino, in her resolution dated July 11, found probable cause to charge Floriano Dandoy Cuizon, alias Floc, a 30-year-old Special Civilian Armed Forces Geographical Unity Active Auxiliary (Scaa) of TFD for violation of Republic Act 6539 or the Anti-Carnapping Act of 1972 with frustrated homicide.

He was charged after he was pointed as the one who shot Din Mark Jhone Campos Sios-E, a 22-year-old motorcycle driver who was driving a black and red Raider J110 motorcycle owned by Raquel Apolinario.

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Camino affirmed the charges based on the testimony of Anthony Balangue, Barangay Matina Biao village chief Hilario Malaki III and the arresting PO3 Wilfredo Gallego.

Balangue, in his testimony, cited that he was summoned to the Talomo police station where he was shown the cartographic sketch of the Cuizon and another suspect identified as Julius Mulit.

Balague verified that they were the same persons whom he saw hiring Sios-e and asked the latter to take them to Catalunan Grande.

Malaki, meanwhile, stated in his affidavit that Cuizon, along with the cousins of Mulit, appeared before the barangay hall of Matina Biao to ask why Mulit was tagged in the incident. Malaki then endorsed Cuizon and the cousins of Mulit to the Talomo police station where they chanced upon Balangue, who pointed Cuizon as one of the suspects.

Investigators of Talomo police then interrogated the victim, who was still being treated at the Southern Philippines Medical Center. The victim revealed that Cuizon told him to stop a dimly lit area in Sitio San Pedro.

The suspect then pulled out an undetermined firearm and told the victim that he will be stealing. When the victim alighted from his motorcycle, Cuizon told Sios-e that he will kill him and then shot him in different parts of his body. The two then fled, with Mulit driving the motorcycle.

"Considering the foregoing, this office finds probable cause to indict the respondent who conspired with another for violation of Section 2 in relation to Section 14 of RA 6539 for taking away the motorcycle of Raquel Apolinario and employing violence against Sios-e. Let the information of the said crime be filed against him at the Regional Trial Court," Camino's resolution read.

Camino also filed a motion to issue a hold departure order against Cuizon and recommended a P300,000 bail bond for his temporary liberty.

But while the criminal charges against Cuizon are set to be raffled off to a branch of RTC on Thursday, the Davao City Prosecutor's Office is yet to resolve the same charges filed against Mulit. (RSA)

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on July 16, 2014.

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