Bystanders maul 2 suspected pickpockets in Minglanilla-A A +A
Sunday, April 20, 2014
TWO suspected pickpockets were mauled by onlookers after an attempt to victimize five people during the Sugat Festival in Minglanilla on Easter Sunday yesterday.
Bobby Alganzado, 32, and Al Tantay, 27, were immediately brought before policemen in Minglanilla after a beating by onlookers when they were caught trying to steal from five people while the Sugat Festival rites were taking place in Barangay Poblacion at 4 a.m. yesterday.
PO2 Vincent Aliñabo of the Minglanilla Police Station said the two reportedly took advantage of the thick crowd.
Victims Lolita Enonsaon, Wilma Mantica, Wendelyn Magallon, Shane Diez and Brian Novicio reportedly lost their cellular phones to the two suspects during the incident.
The suspects did not go unnoticed though as people were able to chase them briefly and catch them.
Alganzado and Tantay tried to resist, but were instead beaten up severely.
The two, who are from the City of Naga and Talisay City, were allegedly known thieves in the two cities.
Alganzado was jailed in 2001 due to a murder charge against him. He was eventually released in 2008.
While Tantay was also jailed in 2002 due to illegal drug possession.
Both men are currently detained at the Minglanilla Police Station and will be charged accordingly.
In Cebu Province, Senior Supt. Noel Gillamacm director of the Cebu Provincial Police Office (CPPO), said the Holy Week was orderly.
The traffic was properly managed as the public head out to their respective hometowns.
Gillamac went to Bantayan Island to oversee the area, which is flocked by local and foreign tourists.
He said they have arrested a group of pickpockets from Barangay Pasil, Cebu City.
In Cebu City, on the other hand, a minor crime failed to spoil the Lenten week, police officials said.
There were no reports of pickpocketing and snatching during the traditional Sugat, or the meeting of the resurrected Jesus and Mary, in Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral and Barangay Guadalupe.
“We have organized the placement of spectators and strengthened police visibility,” said Chief Insp. Romeo Santander, head of Cebu City Police Office’s City Intelligence Branch.
Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama, on the other hand, expressed his satisfaction on the orderly conduct of activities in the city.
The activities that started with the staging of the Buhing Kalbaryo last Good Friday until the Sugat sa Guadalupe during the Easter Sunday yesterday was a success, Rama said.
He said the city has been preparing for the Lenten activities.
Rama also directed the police to keep an eye on businesses and other establishments that were open during the observance of Holy week.
Civilian volunteers also augmented the police force.
For Buhing Kalbaryo alone, the police estimated a crowd of 6,000.
“This is something we can be proud of,” Rama told Sun.Star Cebu.
The Local Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (LDRRMC) also established a command post in Cebu City Hall that backed the Command Control Center (C3) in monitoring the city. (With Daryl Niño Jabil, CNU Masscom Intern)
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on April 21, 2014.