Driver arrested for cattle rustling

A 41-YEAR-OLD driver was arrested after it was discovered that the cattle he was transporting was stolen, the police said.

Arrested and detained was Temoteo Abergas of Purok Tres in the village of Dumalian, San Miguel, Zamboanga del Sur.

Police said Abergas was driving a truck loaded with four cattle -- a horse and three water buffalos -- when intercepted around 2:15 p.m. Tuesday by the village chief of Dumalian.

The village chief held Abergas and called the police after he failed to present documents to transport the four farm animals.

The police, during the investigation, found out that the horse is owned by Felimon Rebalbusa of Tabina town. The horse was reported stolen in September of 2010.

The three water buffalos, on the other hand, are owned by Esela Mamintas and Zosima Nisnisan, both residents of Kapisan village in the town of Tabina.

The water buffalos were reported stolen on May 20, 2010 and October 15, 2012, the police said.

The animals were turned over to the Tabina police for proper disposition. (Bong Garcia)
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