Cafgu robber

-Militiaman already AWOL from duty: battalion commander

A CAFGU member and his companion were detained in the Talomo Police Precinct after they reportedly robbed a waiter in front of the Matina I.T. Park around 4:30 a.m. on Monday.

Based on the report of the Davao City Police Office (DCPO), one of the suspects was identified as Mark Joshua Pabeca, 20, single, a government militiaman assigned in the 25th Infantry Battalion in Monkayo, Compostela Valley.

His cohort was John Paul Villanueva, 18, unemployed and a transient resident of S.I.R. Matina.

They allegedly robbed Harold Sabroso, 28, waiter and a resident of Sabroso village in Barangay 76-A.

Initial investigation showed that the victim was walking along MacArthur Highway when the two suspects approached him on foot and demanded that he fork over his cash.

Sabroso refused, which irked the suspect who grabbed his mobile phone worth P599 and immediately ran toward a nearby store. But the victim gave chase and he was met with a blow to the head with a bottle of beer by Villanueva.

The two suspects then proceeded to maul Sabroso with a 2×2 coco stick before they escaped toward an unknown direction. The victim, together with his family, reported the incident to the Sandawa sub-police station.

The suspects, who were about to leave, were apprehended by the police at the back portion of the store near the place of incident.

Recovered from their possession were the victim’s cellular phone and the two coco sticks used in hitting the victim.

They are now detained in the Talomo Police Precinct to face a robbery case with violence and intimidation.

Meanwhile, in a separate interview, Lt. Col. Davice Mercado, the commander of the 72nd Infantry Battalion, said they will recommend discharging the suspect from service. Although he was assigned to the 25th IB, the 72nd IB has administrative control over all government militias.

“The company commander is already going to the detachment where he (the suspect) was assigned,” he said.

Mercado said there was an earlier order to discharge Pabeca because of his performance.

“We observed that he was showing a lack of interest in his duty and was trying to find another work,” he said.