Soldier nabbed for bus hold-up

A MILITARY official is disappointed over the alleged involvement of a soldier in a robbery inside a bus in Malaybalay City in Bukidnon province Saturday.

Captain Christian Uy, the Philippine Army’s 4th Infantry Division (4ID) spokesman, said Monday that whatever was the reason of Private First Class Leonil Rosqueda, he should not have tried carrying out the robbery.

Uy said Rosqueda, a resident of Villa Angela Subdivision in Barangay Balulang village is an active soldier assigned at the 85th Infantry Battalion in Gumaca, Quezon province.

He said Rosqueda, 25, was on leave for the holidays.

Rosqueda is currently detained at the Malaybalay City police office.

Authorities intercepted the bus that Rosqueda allegedly robbed in Barangay Aglayan, Malaybalay on Saturday night.

Uy said Rosqueda is not a member of the 4ID as the latter is assigned in the Visayas islands and not under the jurisdiction of the division.

“Pero ngalan nga sundalo siya, daku siya ug kadaut sa imahe sa organization (But the fact that he is a soldier, what he has done can damage the image of the Philippine Army),” Uy said.

Uy said they have already informed Rosqueda’s unit and has committed to facilitate and assist the investigating authorities for the processing of the case that is possibly filed against him.

Uy said they will assure that there will be no whitewash on the investigation of the crime his fellow soldier allegedly committed.

Rosqueda was armed with a .45 caliber pistol when he allegedly held up passengers of a bus owned and operated by Rural Transit Mindanao Incorporated (RTMI).

He will be facing criminal and administrative cases in court.
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