Recidivist soldier

Suspect tagged in carnapping alleged fired gun at ambulance
A SOLDIER, tagged in carnapping in Davao City in December 2014, is facing another criminal charge after he fired at an ambulance in Digos City at 2 a.m. yesterday.

Ambulance driver Wilfredo M. Romero, 44, resident of Chapter 1 in Barangay Aplaya in Digos reported to Ulas sub-police station and identified Staff Sgt. Jurito Ante Teja, 48, resident of Panacan in Davao City as the one who attacked them.

According to the report, Teja was seated on the passenger seat of the Hi-Ace van with no plate heading toward Davao City when the ambulance—its sirens blaring as it was carrying a patient inside–passed by their vehicle at around 1:20 a.m.

The driver then recalled that the soldier fired his gun at them from behind. He didn’t report the incident ot the police first since he was ferrying a patient in an emergency situation.

After receiving the report, personnel of the Talomo Police Precinct then conducted checkpoint at UM Matina area. They were able to flag down Teja with his companion on board the same van around 2 a.m.

Police seized from his possession a .45 caliber pistol with serial number 1213578 with two magazines loaded with six bullets and other magazine loaded with five bullets.

Upon verification he failed to prevent pertinent documents of the gun. The suspect is now detained in Talomo police.

Chief Insp. Alfredo Santillana, commander of Talomo Police precinct ,said in an interview that they have filed a  case against the soldier in violation of RA 10591 or “Illegal possession of Firearm.”

“We will also investigate the van that they used because someone might have reported it as being carnapped so we could add that to the charge,” Santillana said.

Apparently, a carnapping charge was filed againts the suspect in December 2014. He was while he was assigned to the CMO Iligan City while the case is being investigated.

Teja and alleged National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) agents were caught on a closed circuit television (CCTV) camera stealing three vehicles from a shop in Bago Aplaya together with other three suspects on Dec. 9, 2014.

Arrested were Lindsey Jay Villarin Valdez alias Jay, 35, married, self-employed and a resident of Matina Aplaya; Romulo Estrada Patente alias Dava, 42, married, self-employed, resident of Bangkal and currently residing at Ladian, Marahan; and Randy Pogoy Pasco, 36, married, self-employed and a resident of SIR Matina.

The suspects were identified by the Talomo Police through a CCTV footage taken during the incident.

The same footage showed Ante, a member of Philippine Army Civil Relationship Group in Panacan, who apparently led the illegal activity together with alleged members of the NBI identified as alias Toto Balboa and Joel Ferelino, and other unidentified companions.

They allegedly stole a satin silver Honda Fit, a blue Honda Fit, and white Toyota BB, all bearing temporary plate numbers and all registered under the name of one Evelyn Q. Amad.

Police recovered the blue Honda Fit from the shop of Maximiano Fernandez Subior alias Pulong at Purok Lizada, Dacudao in Daliao, Toril. The vehicle was allegedly brought by alias Gilbert Jimenez, while the satin silver Honda Fit and the white Toyota BB vehicle were recovered from the shop of Eltagonde Barilla alias Tata at Juario Compound in Ma-a.