By Dominique Gabriel G. Bañaga
Three suspected robbers were arrested by Silay City police after they allegedly robbed a house owned by a pharmacist at Fortuna Subdivision, Barangay 5, Silay City, Negros Occidental, late Friday evening.
Police identified the victim as 57-year-old Sandra Buison and 34-year-old Vaneasa Ishizuka, both residents of the said barangay.
Based on records released by Silay City Police chief, Police Superintendent Noel Polines, the robbers, identified as Alvin Rey Jimenez, Johnie Villarete, and Paul Martin Duque, allegedly victimized Buison and Ishizuka at gunpoint.
The robbers forced the victims to give up their valuables before boarding a Nissan Sedan and fled south on their vehicle.
The victims quickly contacted Silay City police, who passed the information onto their counterparts in neighboring cities of Talisay and Bacolod.
A follow-up operation later resulted in the arrest of the suspects along the Circumferential Road in Barangay Bata, Bacolod City.
Cops recovered from their possession the stolen valuables, along with several firearms, sachets of suspected shabu, and drug paraphernalia.
Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) acting director, Police Senior Superintendent Jack Wanky, meanwhile, said the suspects are being investigated into links with the infamous Aki Cuadra Robbery Group, which has been responsible for the string of robbery and theft incidents in Bacolod City and neighboring cities and municipalities.
Wanky also said the three arrested suspects could also be responsible for the failed robbery attempt of a delivery truck along Circumferential Road, Friday afternoon.
The suspects are facing charges for robbery, possession of illegal drugs, and illegal possession of firearms and ammunition.
All three are detained at the Silay City Police Station./WDJ