Suspect who held hostage NegOr town mayor's family surrenders

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THE wife of a mayor, her daughter and two househelpers were successfully rescued by police after taken hostage by a gun-wielding man in Dauin town, Negros Oriental, which is around 18 kilometers from the province's capital of Dumaguete City, on Saturday, August 27, 2022.

Police Brigadier General Roque Eduardo Vega, chief of the Police Regional Office 7, said the 57-year-old suspect identified as Venirando Dalope, 57, a native of Barangay Tuliao, Santa Barabara, Pangasinan but temporarily residing in Barangay Masaplod Sur, Dauin, however, surrendered to the authorities seven hours after he took hostage Maria Carmen Truita, wife of Dauin Mayor Galicano Truita, their daughter Jemimie and househelpers Liza Tuban and Maricon “Connie” Abarientos.

Dalope, who was armed with a .45 pistol, reportedly barged inside the house of the mayor in Barangay Masaplod Sur around 9 a.m. Saturday and took the victims hostage.

Operatives of Dauin Police Station headed by their chief, Police Lieutenant Victor Bantoto, along with a special unit from the Negros Oriental Police Provincial Office and the National Support Unit, immediately responded after receiving a call from Mayor Truita and negotiated with the suspect to release the victims.

“The police were informed that the suspect was armed with caliber .45 pistol without a serial number, inserted with a magazine loaded with seven live ammunition. He was also initially seen slinging an m16 rifle," Bantoto said.

The suspect finally surrendered to the police after seven hours of negotiation.

His firearm was also confiscated by the police.

Vega commended his men for quickly resolving the hostage taking without any bloodshed.

“The timely report of the victims' family enabled the police to take immediate action which led to the speedy arrest of the suspect and safe rescue of the victims. I commend the police for the swift response,” Vega said.

During a follow-up operation, the Dauin police also retrieved a Colt M16 rifle with a magazine loaded with 30 live bullets from the stock room of the mayor's house.

A former security escort for the Ruita family, Dalope was believed to be suffering from a nervous breakdown.

Dalope is now detained at the Dauin Police Station detention cell pending a filing of charges in violation of Republic Act 10591, or “Comprehensive Law on Firearms and Ammunition” and “Serious Illegal Detention” against him. (AYB, TPT)