Cafgu members face multiple charges

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Friday, September 5, 2014


THE National Bureau of Investigation in Davao Region (NBI 11) has filed charges against two members of Civilian Auxiliary Force and Geographical Unit (Cafgu) for allegedly hijacking three 10-wheeler trucks loaded with goods on separate occasions.

Facing anti-carnapping, serious illegal detention, robbery, grave threats, and grave coercion complaints before the Compostela Valley Provincial Prosecutor's Office are Joel Malingin Taganas, 49, and Joel Jumangit Corbita, 43, both natives of Bukidnon.

NBI-Davao assistant regional director Eric Distor, agent-on-case, said the two are connected with the "Taganas Carnapping-Robbery Group", a group identified for the series of highway robberies.

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He said the group uses police siren and wears police uniform while on board a van.

They flag down victims, tie both hands and feet of helpers and drivers and leave them in an isolated place, while carting away the goods and truck.

Regional director lawyer Dante A. Gierran said they are tracking down the mastermind of the group identified as Oliver Malingin Taganas, alias Ronald, alias Balong or Lolong, and other five John Does, all at-large.

The respondents were arrested in an operation jointly conducted by NBI 11 led by Gierran, ComVal Provincial Police Office led by Senior Superintendent Abraham Rojas, and in coordination with Ret. Col. Dionisio Abude and Col. Ranny Cabañog.

Distor said they tracked down and neutralized the suspects along Davao del Sur-Davao Oriental highway.

He said the Taganas group is responsible for hijacking ten-wheeler trucks, including a cargo truck, in Davao region since August 2013 until July this year.

The complainants of the case are identified as Welson Salva, owner of a 10-wheeler truck with plate number MFH-928 that was missing since August 5, 2013 in Tagum City; Edgrado Colonel, owner of 10-wheeler truck with plate number MVW-343 loaded with 280 sacks of white corn along Digos City; and Wilfredo Ang, owner of 10-wheeler truck with plate number RHP-882.

The total loss will amount to P10 million. Each truck had estimated value of goods worth P3 million.

Gierran said they are calling other complainants to report similar incidents.

"Aside from tracking down suspects, we are also concerned of the economic losses of the complainants," Gierran said.

The suspects are currently detained at NBI 11.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on September 05, 2014.

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