Belgian, Malaysian arrested in Dipolog City

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Saturday, April 19, 2014

TWO foreigners were separately arrested for attacking hotel guests and for acting unruly at the airport pre-departure area in Zamboanga del Norte, the police reported Saturday.

Arrested were Dany Roelandt, a Belgian national, and Tech Chon Low, a Malaysian national, according to the Zamboanga del Norte Police Office.

The police said that Roelandt was detained at the Dipolog City Police Station, while Low was released from police custody and turned over to his fiancé Jorgie Rabong.


The police said that Roelandt was arrested based on complaints filed against him by Wilson Flores, 29, and his younger brother, Daryl, both residents of Alabang, Muntinlupa and guest of Hotel Camila II located in the village of Turno, Dipolog City, the capital of Zamboanga del Norte.

The Flores brothers told the police that Roelandt, who was allegedly drunk, went to their table at the pool area of the hotel and uttered unpleasant words against them while they were together with their relatives and other guests around 9:15 p.m. Thursday.

The police said that Roelandt’s fiancé, Gloria Trazona, also tried to calm him down but was ignored and slapped Wilson in the chest.

Roelandt subsequently pushed Wilson and this prompted Alma Balasa-Cuenca to call the police and sought for assistance, the police said.

The police said Roelandt was positive for alcoholic breath when taken to the Zamboanga del Norte Medical Center for alcohol examination.

The hotel management also filed a complaint that Roelandt went wild inside the pool area, which damaged the stainless handle of the glass door, including the door lock.

The hotel security guard, Luceo Dalap, also complained that he was allegedly choked by Roelandt.

Meanwhile, Low was arrested around 9:40 a.m. Wednesday when he became unruly at the Dipolog City airport when an Office of the Transport Security (OTS) personnel told him that it is prohibited to bring lighters aboard the plane.

The police said the OTS personnel found six disposable lighters from the baggage of Low while conducting a manual inspection at the airport’s pre-departure area.

The police said that Low took all the lighters and threw it on top of the inspection table and became unruly that prompted an Aviation policeman to intervene and pacify.

Low was not able to board the flight after the airline firm manager, Raymund Baylon, did not allow him to board the aircraft for being unruly, the police said.

Low was later released from the police custody and turned-over to his fiancée.

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