Court convicts son, mother for pawnshop heist

A MOTHER and her son were ordered jailed for up to 10 years for robbing a pawnshop of more than P1 million worth of jewelry in Barangay Pardo, Cebu City in 2007.

Regional Trial Court Judge Bienvenido Saniel Jr. found Allen Ibaño and her son, Alex, guilty beyond reasonable doubt of robbery.

“In the premise, the prosecution has duly established beyond reasonable doubt the accused are guilty as charged...the court is morally convinced of their guilt,” read Saniel’s 13-page decision.

Both accused were found guilty of robbery for being “principals by inducement” and were ordered jailed from six months to 10 years.

Police arrested Alex, 36, his 58-year-old mother Allen, and another suspect Caniboy Temple, 31, for robbing Exquisite Pawnshop and Jewelry in Pardo last April 16, 2007.

Alex, who used to teach in a university in Cebu City, was tagged as the alleged mastermind.

His mother and Temple allegedly helped Alex in providing logistics, especially the .357 Magnum revolver and the two .38 caliber revolvers that were used in the heist.

The accused ran off with assorted jewelry totaled P1,047,850.

Police arrested them in Campo Tres, Barangay Jaclupan, Talisay City.

Temple was later released after the court granted his demurer to evidence and dismissed the case against him.

Both Allen and Alex denied any participation in the heist.

Allen claimed that Rolex E. Jaboc, another accused, implicated her when she was not able to lend him P10,000 for his sick wife.

In his confession, Jaboc said he arrived from Negros Occidental in the first week of April 2007 to look for a job and stayed with his wife’s sister in Campo Tres.

Jaboc was the first one arrested by the police operatives an hour after the robbery at 8:05 a.m., and he was the one who squealed on the identities of his cohorts.

He said that several days after his arrival, Alex, who resided near the house of his sister-in-law, befriended him and invited him to go to his house. It was during this meeting, Jaboc narrated, that Alex discussed his plan to rob the pawnshop.

Alex reportedly told him to look for two other trusted persons that would participate in pulling off the heist.

Jaboc then invited Caramihan brothers Bernard, 28, and Alvin, 30, all from Negros Occidental, to come to Cebu “for work.”

When the brothers arrived in Cebu, Alex and his mother allegedly gathered them and Jaboc in the house of the Ibaños where they discussed the details of the robbery.

The Caramihan brothers also executed almost the same details in their judicial confessions.

In the decision, Judge Saniel pointed out that “By the nature of their participation in the commission of the robbery–as principals in inducement, as principals by direct participation–it is obvious that there was conspiracy between and among them.”

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