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Armed highway robbers strike anew in south, loot P120k cash in seconds

BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occidental, Philippines – Three armed highway thieves robbed a salesman on the open highway in broad daylight and looted at least P120,000 Tuesday, 12 July 2022.

All in a matter of seconds.

This is the latest reported incident in a series of open highway robberies that have occurred in the south over the past few months.

Photo from NOCPPO.
Photo from NOCPPO.

Camp Montelibano reported the masked robbers on a motorcycle came up around 3pm from behind a parked truck of JT Philippines International and two of them, both armed with guns, declared a holdup.

The third one went to the front and took the cash, representing collected money of the firm, from the salesman, Virgilio M. Gillera, 32, Bayawan City, Oriental Negros.

He was with his driver, Marvie C Magbanua, a resident of Cauayan town, who then called police.

Photo from NOCPPO.
Photo from NOCPPO.

The truck was reportedly along Bagroy, a community in the village of Delicioso in Ilog, a town 100 kilometers south of here.

Magbanua later identified at the town police station one of the unmasked robbers as Nilo Topez Jr y Jimenez alias Lolong, Junas after he was shown photos of possible robbers on the E-rouges gallery, a collection of photos of the police.

This is the latest incident to have taken place in the southern national highway. At least two other cases were previously reported in Cauayan town and Sipalay City.

Julius D. Mariveles
Julius D. Mariveles
An amateur cook who has a mean version of humba, the author has recently tried to make mole negra, the Mexican sauce he learned by watching shows of master chef Rick Bayless. A journalist since 19, he has worked in the newsrooms of radio, local papers, and Manila-based news organizations. A stroke survivor, he now serves as executive editor of DNX.
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