Killing wasn’t part of plan: suspect

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Tuesday, January 7, 2014

THE security guard accused of robbing a bank in Daanbantayan and killing three of its workers last New Year’s Eve wept while admitting to the crime.

Berly Tudtud, 28, security guard of First Agro-Industrial Rural Bank Inc. (Fair Bank), allegedly shot accounting clerk Jennelyn Migabon, 26; fellow security guard Dean Deserto, 26; and Cecilia Torres, 30, girlfriend of Deserto.

Tudtud used his service shotgun in the crime. He also allegedly stole P80,000 cash from the bank.


The Cebu Provincial Police Office (CPPO), headed by Senior Supt. Noel Gillamac, presented Tudtud to Gov. Hilario Davide III at the Capitol yesterday.

With Gillamac were Supt. Rodolfo Albotra and Senior Insp. Wilson Abot of the CPPO Intelligence Branch.

Tudtud was arrested in Sagay City, Negros Occidental last Sunday afternoon.

In an interview, Tudtud said it was not his plan to kill the victims. He said he just wanted to take the bank’s money after the management dismissed him.

A check with the Firearms Explosives Security Agencies and Guards Supervisory Section (Fessags) 7 showed that Tudtud was a licensed security guard.

Senior Supt. Marvin Sanchez, head of Fessags 7, said Tudtud underwent the required training and psychiatric examination for his job.

Sanchez said the suspect has no derogatory record and had clearances from the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and PNP.

Tudtud had his training at the Academy-Private Security Training School Inc. in Barangay Carreta, Cebu City and completed it last March 2012.

Sanchez said Tudtud’s shotgun was registered under Ricarte Security Agency where Tudtud worked.

The agency told police Tudtud’s wife needed money that could have prompted the suspect to become desperate.

“Kanang pagpatay nako wa gyud na nako tuyua gyud. Mangayo lang ko’g pasaylo sa hingtungdan (It was not my intention to kill. I would like to ask forgiveness from the relatives),” Tudtud said while crying.

Tudtud’s last day of work was on Dec. 31 after his contract was terminated due to attitude problem.

Tudtud said he just took the money from the bank to spend for New Year and to use in finding another job. He said he took P30,000 only, not P80,000.

He said he did not expect some people inside the bank since it was a holiday.

Before going to Sagay, Tudtud went to Mandaue City, then to Toledo City, where he took a boat ride to San Carlos City in Negros.

He said the money and the shotgun were buried in Barangay Dakit, Bogo City, where he stayed.

Gillamac said the crime was well-planned, considering that it happened at 11:45 p.m. on Dec. 31, when people celebrated the New Year and it was noisy.

Gillamac said the robbery was just a secondary reason, and the real motive was to kill Deserto. Tudtud believed Deserto spread rumors about him that resulted in his dismissal.

The police recovered P20,000 from Tudtud’s wife in Bogo.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on January 07, 2014.

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