Highway robbers posing as passengers robbed passenger van in Surigao Norte

Highway robberies who vicitmized already many helpless motorists in the past, rearing its ugly head anew in Caraga region?

This developed as three unidentified robbers who posed as passengers held and robbed at least ten passengers of a Surigao City-bound Hyundai-Grace van Wednesday evening 8 p.m. along national highway in Barangay Alipao, Alegria, Surigao del Norte, belated police report said.

Surigao del Norte Provincial Police Office here said the Hyundai Grace passenger van color gray, bearing plate number LYE 504 from Butuan City was traveling along national highway when three of its passengers, all male armed with .45 cal pistols wearing a “tubaw/shawl” announced a hold up.

One of the suspects who seated beside the driver pulled a .45 cal pistol and declared a hold up and ordered the driver to parked the passenger van at the side of the road.

Two companion robbers at the back also armed ordered all passengers of the van to surrender their wallets, mobile phones, jewelries and other valuable items.

More than P100,000.00 cash money, jewelries, mobile phones and other valuable personal belongings were snatched away by the robbers from helpless, shocked and trembling in fear passengers

Police said passenger victims who declared they were robbed were;

1. Nenita Behing Pedrosa, 42 yrs old, married, businesswoman and res of P-11, Navaica, Brgy San Juan, Surigao City . Taken from her possession were cash money amounting to Php 5,500.00 and one unit Nokia cell phone 91K

2. Ramil Iligan Escanilla, 25 yrs old, single, driver and res of Navaica, Brgy San Juan, Surigao City

3. Niño Jack Dalongos Pongo, 21 yrs old, single, owner of the vehicle and res of P-7, Navaica, Brgy San Juan, Surigao City. Taken from his possession were cash money amounting to Php 700.00 and one Nokia cell phone and

4. Mark Glenn Moca Espinoza, 22 yrs old, single and res of Poblacion, Alegria, Surigao del Norte. Taken from his possession was cash money amounting to Php 500.00.

Police admitted some of the passenger robbery victims out of embarrassment failed to come out into open that they were robbed.

Surigao del Norte Police Office said they immediately dispatched responding team to the scene of the crime which is about 39 kilometers away from Surigao City for investigation. (PNA/Ben Serrano)

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