By Rodrigo S. Victoria
TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte Oct. 18 (PIA)--
The Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) - Region 8 on Tuesday presented to the media the cash and checks worth P3.8 million recovered rom the suspects in the Department of Social Welfare and Development(DSWD) heist.
The recovered amount is a part of the P 8 million that was allegedly taken by suspected robbers.
CIDG-8 investigation division chief SPOII Vicente Yamon presented the recovered cash money in P1,000, P500 peso bills still intact in bundles including some coins and nine pieces LBP checks worth P13 thousand plus to worth in all in the amount of P3.89 million.
Presented also was one caliber 45 pistol, seven live ammunitions, one back pack and two pieces of clothing believed to be used by the suspects.
The presentation of evidences was made inside the regional office of CIDG-8 located at the port area this city.
Yamon said that the evidences were recovered in the house from one of the in- laws of a suspect early this morning in Barangay 64 (Bliss Sagkahan) this city.
The chief of CIDG said they have arrested police suspect SPOI Arnulfo Boco along with a certain Johnny Agcang, who was arrested in Ormoc city. Recovered from Agcang was cash money worth P30 thousand. Both were detained at the regional office of CIDG.
Yamon further said that a certain Zaldy who is believed to be a suspect in the crime was still at large as of press time. A manhunt operation is currently conducted for the arrest of Zaldy.
Costino Goco, the driver of DSWD-8 who is with Management division chief Vilma Aguilar when the heist happened, was also arrested. Goco, allegedly, was the one who gave the information to Boco about the money being held by Aguilar.
Goco, according to Yamon, wants to be state witness.
He added that CIDG will be filing an inquest proceeding to the suspects this afternoon.
According to Yamon, the suspects will be charged with the crime of robbery with intimidation which is bailable criminal offense.
It was learned that Aguilar, who is carrying P8 million of government funds and her driver Goco, were allegedly held up along Maharlika Highway, in Caibaan at around 8:20 a.m. on October 17.(PIA 8)