COTABATO CITY, Philippines – Police have arrested a suspect allegedly involved in ransacking and robbing a law firm office of Cotabato City administrator Atty. Cynthia Sayadi-Guiani.
The suspect, Samsodin Dumagkal, was arrested by Cotabato City-Philippine National Police (PNP) in Buliao, Barangay Poblacion Mother Friday night.
Police recovered from Dumagkal some of the items missing from the office, including a computer unit, a photocopy machine and a printer.
"’Yung iba, isinoli ng mga pinagbentahan niya, ibinenta niya kasi ng mura ‘yung ibang mga gamit…’yung iba hindi na natin nakuha," said Sr. Insp. Alex Lanestosa.
The PNP, however, was not able to retrieve the cash amounting to more than P200,000 taken from the vault of the law firm.
"’Di na natin ‘yun nakuha kasi sabi ng suspek wala daw silang nakuhang pera, pero iniimbestigahan natin ‘yan," Lanestosa said.
City administrator Sayadi lauded the arrest.
"Actually I am very happy, mabilis ang responde ng ating authorities, I commend the city PNP," she said.
She also advised the public and victims of the same crime in Cotabato City not to be afraid and pursue the filing of cases against the perpetrators.
"If you are a victim of a similar situation, run after this people kasi makikipagtulungan tayo sa policemen at ‘yung pulisya naman ay tutulong naman sa atin kapag nakita nila na pursigido tayong ituloy ang pagsasampa ng kaso laban dito sa mga criminal na ito, huwag matakot dahil hindi pwedeng mas magaling ang kriminal sa mga pulis," Sayadi said.
The PNP, meanwhile, is still searching for the other suspect identified as a certain "Bong."