In a brazen act of crime, four Philippine National Police (PNP) officers from Taguig, along with two civilian accomplices, forced their way into the Pasig home of a Japanese national, held him and his partner at gunpoint, and stole P30 million worth in cash and personal items.
The culprits were identified as S/Sgt. Jayson Bartolome, Pat. Kirk Joshua Almojera, Cpl. Merick Desoloc, Cpl. Christian Jerome Reyes, John Carlo Atienza, and AJ Mary Agnas.
After breaking into the victim’s home and safe, the Japanese national was able to contact local authorities, leading to a gunfight between the culprits and responding officers.
Bartolome sustained a gunshot wound but lived, whereas Atienza was not as lucky and died during the clash.
Following an attempt to escape the scene on foot, Reyes and Agnas were arrested, while Almojera and Desoloc surrendered themselves to the Taguig PNP, before being handed over to Pasig officers.
Two more suspected cohorts, former officers Ferdinand Fallaria and Ruwel Galang, are currently being hunted down by the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO).
Due to the event, PNP chief Gen. Dionardo Carlos relieved Taguig police sub-station 1 commander Maj. Nimrod Balgemino Jr. from duty in order to prevent any “undue influence” from hampering the probe.
Meanwhile, Taguig Mayor Lino Cayetano stated that the local government would conduct its own investigation into the incident after information was found that a city hall employee may have had a hand in the crime.