S.O.C.O. exposes killer recruiter


Posted at Mar 16 2009 12:47 PM | Updated as of Mar 16 2009 08:54 PM

She promised them better lives but instead she gave them death. Gus Abelgas investigates the horrendous case of “Madam Charit,” a quack doctor turned recruiter who masterminded the massacre of several Batangueños she enlisted for jobs in the United States of America.

Witness the gripping investigation on the gruesome murders on ABS-CBN’s premier real-life police investigation program “S.O.C.O.: Scene of the Crime Operatives,” on its new timeslot this Friday (Mar 20) before “Bandila.”

“S.O.C.O.” was moved to an earlier timeslot in response to the popular clamor for an earlier schedule for one of ABS-CBN’s most-watched current affairs programs.

“The strength of our show is that viewers are informed and at the same time entertained by the exciting twists and turns during investigation,” said Gus, who in his 23 years in the industry has become an icon in crime reporting.

Starting out as a correspondent for a popular tabloid, Gus made a successful jump to television reporting in 1988, handling the police beat of ABS-CBN’s flagship news program TV Patrol.

He also covered the Senate, Department of National Defense and Malacañang during the early years of his storied career. However, he would always return to his bread and butter.

“This is where I’m most comfortable. I thrive in the action, the pursuit of truth and justice. Being able to report the news that people should know regardless of the danger, and at times being able to ferret out the truth in crime cases myself give me a sense of pride and fulfillment,” said the veteran anchor of shows like “True Crime” and “Private I.”

Gus displays his unique brand of reporting once again on “S.O.C.O.’s” first episode on its new timeslot. Join him as he exposes Madam Charit’s modus operandi and how a second batch of duped Batangueños escaped death on “S.O.C.O.,” this Friday (Mar 20) at 10:30 pm after “SNN: Showbiz News Ngayon.”

Replacing “S.O.C.O.” on its Thursday timeslot is Ces Drilon’s “I Survived,” a 45-minute docu-drama showcasing incredible stories of survival.