• Jobless dropouts take to robbery

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    WITH neither skills nor competencies to land themselves decent jobs, a band of high school dropouts took to robbery to earn a living. But they still lacked the skills in not getting caught.

    Two high school dropouts were caught after divesting a taxi driver from Valenzuela P6,000 and a mobile phone on Thursday.

    Romulo Rico told the police that he was driving along Bayan-bayanan Avenue, Marikina around 12:30 a.m., when four men flagged him down and boarded his cab. He said that they requested to bring them to Barangay Malanday in Valenzuela City, Bulacan.

    When they reached Purok 2, Malanday, the four men, armed with knives, forced him to give them his earnings and mobile phone. He fought back.

    Police Officer 3 Ryan Escorial, one of the police investigators of the case, said the driver was stabbed on his right shoulder and left hand. The four fled but Rico was able to report the incident to Malanday Police station.

    Two of the culprits, Manuel Catalan and Jordan Montevirgen, were caught at 7 a.m. According to Sr. Police Officer 1 Fidel Draculan of Marikina City police station, one of them already has a criminal record and was identified by Rico.

    The police found later that the two, both residents of Malanday and in their 20s, are high school dropouts, married and jobless. They claimed that they didn’t know the other two suspects and denied robbing Rico.

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