A former seaman was nabbed the other night by operatives from the Manila Police District-Special Mayors Reaction Team (SMART) on the complaint of 11 girls aged 12 to 16 with whom he reportedly met in Sampaloc, Manila.
SMART chief P/Major Jhun Ibay presented before Manila Mayor Isko Moreno the suspect identified as Francisco Zorillo, 45, of 943-B Maceda St., Sampaloc, Manila.
Moreno thus appealed to all parents to guide their children so that they will not be victimized by those preying on the innocence of minors.
Ibay said Zorillo was arrested at around 10:45 p.m. at the corner of C.M. Recto and Nicanor Reyes Street in Sampaloc, while he was aboard his vehicle, a Suzuki Ertiga bearing plate number NBI 8034, as he was slated to meet up with one of the victims who, unknown to him, had already sought help from SMART.
The suspect reportedly tried to resist arrest and when frisked, yielded a hand grenade, three cellular phones, a condom, petroleum jelly, P3,100 cash money, three identification cards, two pre-paid sim cards and two bottles of liquor.
The operation against the suspect was hatched after the parents of 11 girls who all claimed to be his victims, went to the office of Ibay last January 30 to seek help for their kids.
It was learned that the suspect’s modus operandi would consist of looking for prospective victims via Facebook, make friends and once the victim’s confidence is gained, the suspect would arrange a meet-up.