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2 armed men rob Caraga bus

by Noel B. Najarro

Butuan City (14 September) -- Two unidentified men wielding short firearms of undetermined caliber and a bladed weapon, robbed a Butuan-bound bus 6:40 Friday evening, and escaped after divesting the bus conductor with his collections, and also cash, cellular phones and other personal belongings from the passengers.

Reports from Agusan del Sur police reaching police regional headquarters here stated that a certain pastor Andoy y Topas, who claimed to be an acting supervisor of Bachelor Express, Inc. reported to Prosperidad Municipal Police Station, Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur; that a unit of their Bachelor Express Bus, bearing Body Number 3165, driven by a certain Antonio Panaranda y Mutya, 32; a resident of Andaya Subdivision, Brgy. Obrero, Butuan City robbed the bus upon reaching a deserted place at Purok 3, Brgy. Sta. Irene of the said town.

The bus supervisor told police investigators that the suspects boarded their bus as it made stopped over at the town's Bus stop. They then declared hold-up upon reaching the aforementioned place of incident, and brandishing their weapons they collected money, cellular phones and other things from the bus conductor and the passengers.

They then ordered the bus to stop after getting what they've wanted, disembarked and escaped to unknown direction.

The suspects took off with them more or less P3,000.00 collection from the conductor of the bus identified as a certain Ramjun I. Albino, 29; a resident of Brgy. Cuyago, Jabonga, Agusan del Norte, and included even the four stubs of the bus tickets and his wallet containing some important documents, a Nokia Cellular phone belonging to Mae Anne Lumapaz y Mosende, 19; a resident of Brgy.Baan Riverside, Butuan City; another Nokia cellular Phone owned by Richard Ranon, 24; resident of Tagvlatawan, bayugan City and cash money amounting to P400.00 from Charlie Jean Layao, 19; of Talacogon, Agusan del Sur.

Prosperidad police took cognizance of the case. Caraga PNP chief CSupt. Lino DG Calingasan, promised to address the problem of highway robbery in an interview after a similar incident a month ago, where another bus of the same company bound for Davao City from Butuan was held up by three Caliber.45 pistol wielding suspects of more or less P100,000.00 divested from the bus personnel and its passengers, including cellular phones and personal belongings 8:20 in the evening as it reached Brgy. Hamogaway, Bayugan City. Calingasan said that he already had orders to the police of the province to resolve the previous case the soonest possible time.

One of the solutions proposed then was to have secret police marshals boarding the plying buses especially at night time. However, information gathered from the insiders of the regional police headquarters that the proposal did not materialize when the bus companies concerned seemed to hesitate in granting free passage to would-be police secret marshals. (Butuan Star/PIA-Caraga) [top]

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