Bogo City judge loses P120,000 to thief

AN UNIDENTIFIED person reportedly stole P120,000 from the drawer of a judge in Bogo City.

Police said the culprit entered through the main door of the chamber of Bogo City Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 61 Judge Antonio Diongzon Marigomen, 66.

An inspection in the courtroom, which is located inside the Marcelo H. Fernan Hall of Justice in Barangay Dakit, showed no signs of a forced entry.

PO3 Ryan Alarde, chief investigator, said that Marigomen discovered the burglary when he entered his chamber at 7 a.m. last Monday.

He saw the drawer where he had kept his money was already open.

The clerk of court and two other court personnel carry keys to the door of the RTC Branch 61. Only Marigomen holds the key to his chamber.

Alarde believed that the culprit may have been able to keep a duplicate key of the judge’s chamber and sneaked inside over the weekend.

“It is possible that the judge forgot the key and the culprit had time to copy it,” he said.

Police are not discounting the possibility that the perpetrator is an employee.

Naa ra gyod diha ang nangawat (The culprit is just roaming in the building),” said Alarde.

Marigomen did not tell the police why he failed to deposit his money in the bank.

The RTC Branch 61 is on the second floor of the building and it has more than 20 employees, while on the ground floor is the Municipal Trial Court in Cities, which has at least 10 staff members.

Police said the hall of justice building has no security guards and closed-circuit television cameras.

Marigomen requested Dakit barangay officials to deploy tanods to secure the building.

The other court in Cebu that was victimized by burglars was RTC Branch 15 at the old Palace of Justice building in the Capitol compound in Cebu City last February.

Three computer central processing units and evidence like 50 pieces of digital versatile discs (DVDs) were taken by the burglar.

The Palace of Justice was abandoned when the magnitude 7.2 earthquake damaged the building on Oct. 15, 2013.

Court operations were transferred to the Quimonda building in the North Reclamation Area, but some courtrooms in the old Palace of Justice still contain records and pieces of evidence.
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