P9.4-M Pantawid money grabbed

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CAMP VICENTE LIM, Laguna: Over P9 million meant for beneficiaries of the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) were stolen by three armed men in a daylight heist in Pagbilao, Quezon on Tuesday.

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Region 4-A police director Chief Supt. Jesus Gatchalian said that five employees of PhilPost were on board a Starex van (WFC 753) when they were accosted by three armed men along Maharlika Highway in Sitio Polong Guiting, Barangay Silangang Malicboy at around 12 noon.

Gatchalian said the victims, identified as Brian Magbutay Dizon, Odith Jaurigue Cadano, Geraldine Fabila Badong, Niño Santiago Calabia and Patrick James Gesulga Putungan, all employees of Philpost Regional Office in San Pablo City, had just taken their lunch in Valmyn’s Eatery when one of the suspects pointed a gun at driver Dizon and demanded the vehicle’s key.

Reports said Dizon refused to give the key, prompting the suspect to shoot him twice in his left foot.

Subsequently, one of the suspects commandeered the van but got stuck in heavy traffic.

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