TAGUM CITY – One of the perpetrators in a series of crimes committed in a span of two days in the city last week surrendered to the authorities in the early evening of August 28, 2018.
Peter Carlo C. Riña a 32-year old resident of Purok Ilocandia, Mankilam turned himself in at the Tagum City Police Station six days after he and two other companions perpetrated a series of armed robberies in five different areas in Barangays Magugpo West, San Miguel, Magugpo Poblacion and Visayan Village on August 21-22, 2018.
During the course of committing the illegal acts, the trio managed to illegally take hold of a 12-gauge shotgun with five pieces of shotgun ammunition, one (1) Suzuki raider which the perpetrators used as a getaway vehicle, and one (1) unit black cash box; all these items were turned over by Riña to the Tagum City Police, save for two of the five ammunitions which the suspect said to have fired within the confines of his residence.
Report from the Tagum City Police stated that Riña surrendered to the station for fear of his life since the authorities have been persistent in their continued effort to track him down which made hiding no longer possible.
The City Government of Tagum, headed by Mayor Allan L. Rellon, and the Philippine National Police – Tagum headed by the Police Superintendent Philip Jefferson S. Ayban, OIC- Chief of Police, presented the suspect to the media on Wednesday, August 29, 2018, during a Peace and Order Briefing held at the AVR of the City Hall.
Both Mayor Rellon and Police Chief Ayban fielded questions lobbed by members of the media in relation to the status of the peace and security in the City amidst the recent spate in crimes committed in Tagum and what the actions of the authorities will be to address these issues, with Ayban encouraging the public to contact the hotline numbers of the PNP if they have information about crimes and individuals suspected of committing the crimes.
Based on the police accomplishment report, the city police will also be filing cases of anti-fencing and illegal possession of firearms against the suspect, on top of robbery. Richi Gulle/CIO Tagum