A MAN was arrested after stealing a drum half-filled with diesel fuel in the Cebu Provincial Capitol compound last Wednesday night.
Erwin Chua, a resident of Barangay Guadalupe, was brought by personnel of the Capitol Security Unit (CSU) to the Fuente Police Station after he was caught stealing a drum filled with diesel fuel kept at the front of the Cebu Provincial Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO).
Rhaffy Luche, head of PDRMMO’s Emergency Response, told reporters that Chua was driving his gray Pajero and entered the Capitol compound while officials were holding the culminating activity of the 448th Founding Anniversary of the Cebu Provincial Government.
Chua reportedly identified himself as a relative of a Department of Justice (DOJ) employee working at the old Palace of Justice.
When upon entering the compound, Chua immediately drove his car outside the PDRRMO office.
After parking his car near the PDRRMO, Chua then went to the back of the office and pretended to pee near a blue plastic drum.
Seeing that no one was around, Chua then started pulling the blue drum and slowly taking it to the back of his car.
Chua’s deed was caught in a CCTV camera installed at the back of the PDRRMO.
Just as he was leaving the PDRRMO, Luche and another fellow PDRRMO employee stopped him.
Luche said he started noticing Chua’s car after he was informed that a similar vehicle was behind the theft of two fuel drums, one filled with fuel while the other with water, at the PDRRMO a few weeks ago.
Luche said they started keeping barrels of fuel outside their office as backup fuel for their personnel who are working during weekends or holidays.
Baltazar Tribunalo, PDRRMO head, said they will file a case against Luche.
“Walay pakiluoyay kay kwarta na sa katawhan ang iyang gikawat (No pity since it’s the people’s money that he is stealing),” Tribunalo added.
One drum of fuel is reportedly worth P8,000. (JKV)