Robbers carted away P1.5 million worth of cash from a money remittance center located at Osmeña Street, Barangay Poblacion Centro in Iloilo province’s Calinog town on Saturday, July 10.
Calinog police chief Captain Dadjie Delima said Western Union cashier Gladys Almirante, a resident of Barangay Mangil in Janiuay town, reported to the police two hours after the robbery took place.
According to Almirante, she just opened their office at around 8 a.m. when one of the two suspects armed with a short firearm suddenly entered and at gunpoint, he ordered her to turn over all the money inside the vault.
“For fear that she would be harmed, she gave the money to the suspect who was wearing white shirt and pants and [suspect] quickly left the place in a red motorcycle as their getaway vehicle. One of the suspects was the driver of the motorcycle,” Delima said.
The police chief added that the suspect tied the victim’s hands and wrapped her mouth using a packing tape. The victim was then brought inside the comfort room where she fainted after smelling an unidentified substance from the suspect’s handkerchief.
The victim gained consciousness two hours later and she immediately sought help from the police.
As of this writing, Calinog police had already identified the suspects.
“We are now conducting a manhunt operation against the suspects, but we could not yet divulge their names,” Delima added. (Ruby Silubrico)/WDJ