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Saturday, August 30, 2014


CHARGES were filed before the City Prosecutor's Office on Friday against five men who allegedly threatened three businessmen at San El Trading on Ramon Magsaysay Ave. in Davao City on Thursday.

The suspects Luigi Peralta delos Santos, 41, a businessman, of Phase II Solariega Subdivision in Barangay Talomo, and Noel Modelo Gabriel, 38, a driver, of Talusa Subd. also in Talomo, were charged for violation of the Republic Act 10591 or The Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition, and Grave Threat.

Other suspects were identified as Christopher Benjamin David, 38, a police auxiliary; Armanuel Sulit Atienz, 37, a police auxiliary; and Rubis Jainar, 33, all residents of C.M. Recto Street in Barangay 34-D, were charged for Grave Threat.

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Members of the Sta. Ana Police Station and Task Force Davao (TFD) brought the five suspects before the office of Prosecutor Oliver Seniel around 10 a.m. Friday for inquest proceedings, following their arrest on August 28.

Record from the Sta. Ana Police Station showed that the suspects were arrested by the TF Davao troops following the complaint of the three victims identified as Ryan A. Gaw, Nestor D. Ma, and Willard D. Yap, all businessmen.

According to the complainants, they were at the trading when the five suspects on board an Isuzu DMAX with plate number LGY-417 arrived around 1:30 p.m. Thursday. Suspects were looking for Ma; however, they subsequently harassed the victims.

Captain Ernest Carolina, spokesperson for the Philippine Army's 10th Infantry Division, earlier said according to the complainants delos Santos was wielding his handgun that prompted the victims to call for police assistance.

The TF members headed by Colonel Macairog Alberto immediately responded to the area and arrested the suspects who tried to escape.

Delos Santos was found in possession of a Chamber caliber .9mm pistol with its serial number AB711727 loaded with magazine that has 15 live ammunition while Gabriel was found in possession of a magazine that has 16 live ammunitions. The two do not have legal documents of their guns, thus, the arrest.

The other three suspects were also arrested. They are currently detained at the Sta. Ana Police Station for its proper disposition. (ICT)

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on August 30, 2014.

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