THE leader of the Ozamiz City-based robbery gang behind an unsuccessful heist last Monday escaped from Cebu through Barangay Tangke, Talisay City on board a pump boat.
Junjun Cabando, also known as Dionesio Caba-tingan, reportedly chartered a 30-seater boat for P15,000.
This latest development was revealed by City Intelligence Branch (CIB) Chief Romeo Santander during an ambush interview yesterday.
Santander said a woun-ded Cabando was seen limping with his live-in partner Mercy Laguitao.
Cabando was hit in the buttocks during the shootout with police.
He said Cabando was tracked down last Wed-nesday through a joint operation conducted by the Presidential Anti-Crime and Emergency Response (Pacer) and the CIB.
Santander said Caban-do reportedly paid the rental fee on the boat. “Ila kuno ning gipakyaw,” he said.
Santander said they are verifying these reports with the sea vessel’s personnel.
He said they have yet to find out how many people accompanied Cabando.
Cabando was able to flee during the gunfight with authorities.
They found his motorcycle parked on Alcohol St. with bloodstains.
Cabando allegedly boarded a vehicle for Sitio Wireless, Barangay Su-bangdaku, Mandaue City after the shootout. He fled to Compostela, spent a few hours with relatives and left.
His three cohorts, however, were killed in the botched robbery where they almost took P1.2 million from a bank teller of Chinabank.
Three-year-old Angel Adelan will finally see her father today.
“Nag-sige na intawn ug pangita ang bata asa na iyang papa (She has been looking for him),” her mother Gina said.
The bodies of her husband Antonio, 38, and the two other slain robbers, Mario Dapitan and Nelson Magsanay, were transported back to their hometown last night at 7:30.
Gina, also 38, said she didn’t want to leave her husband’s body here in Cebu.
“Luoy kaayo kung ako siyang biyaan diri. Siya rang usa (I couldn’t let his body remain here. He’d be the only one),” she said.
In a previous interview, relatives of the slain robbers said they didn’t have much money when they arrived in Cebu City from Ozamiz City.
They admitted they didn’t know about the illegal activities. Back home, they said they are farmers, charcoal-makers and log suppliers. They even asked a neighbor to accompany them since it was their first time to visit Cebu.
In a phone interview, Concordia Dapitan, 59, told Sun.Star Cebu the police gave them P3,000, for which she was grateful.
She said Surelife Funeral Homes also gave them a cheap package for the caskets.
“I want to thank everyone for their help even though my son had killed someone,” she said in Cebuano.
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