Isko, MPD identify Metrobank robbers

July 15, 2019
Isko Moreno
From right, MPD District Director Gen. Vic Danao, Mayor Isko Moreno, City administrator Felix Espiritu and chief of staff Cesar Chavez during the presentation of the suspects’ photos in Metrobank robbery. Photo by Jerry S. Tan

MANILA Police Director Brig. Gen. Vicente Danao, Jr. and Manila Mayor Isko Moreno yesterday identified five suspects in the July 11 Metrobank robbery in Binondo, Manila.

Danao identified the leaders as Gilcar Dumagan Mofan alias ‘Jing Mofan’ and Marlon ‘Ailon’ Parojinog, who has a pending warrant of arrest for murder; while the three others were Noli Bonifacio Casuela alias ‘Lito Dapitan’;  Michael alias ‘Pilay’ or ‘Batang Calunod’ and Frederex Secretario.

Danao said the group belonged to the Parojinog Group in Ozamis City specializing in bank robbery. The group was also behind the bank robbery in Metro Cagayan.

“There were five suspects and one of them is said to be limping,” Danao said.

Meantime, Moreno expressed dismay with bank authorities who refused to cooperate with the police. He also questioned why the bank is hiding the amount taken by the robbers and has not filed any complaint.

“Why hide the amount? The bank is an uncooperative victim. Why not give information? Bakit kailangan nilang itago ‘yun? Hindi ako tsismoso. I’m not their lawyer. I can’t speak about their motive. Pare-pareho lang tayong may duda,” he told media.

Moreno offered P1 million reward to get the suspects arrested.

Meanwhile, Moreno said extortion suspects Melanie dela Cruz, 39, and Marlon Carpio, 19, were arrested by Special Mayor’s Reaction Team (SMaRT) chief Maj. Jhun Ibay during an entrapment operation at the corner of Claro M. Recto Avenue and Jose Abad Santos Street in Binondo, Manila.

The two were allegedly extorting P500 to P1,000 from vendors to allow them to sell along the stretch of Recto up to Soler.  

Ibay said the vendors earlier sought the help of Moreno regarding the extortion  activities of individuals identified only through their aliases as ‘Lanie’, ‘Zeny’ and ‘Carol Bakulaw’ victimizing sidewalk vendors in the area.

The suspects are now facing charges of robbery-extortion and coercion before the Manila Prosecutor’s Office.