6 ex-military men nabbed after Western Union heist

Posted at 01/18/11 4:04 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Police arrested 6 ex-military men after robbing a Western Union outlet in Taguig City, Monday afternoon.

Director Nicanor Bartolome, Metro Manila police chief, said operatives immediately arrested Mark Pabito after he and 5 other armed men carted away P240,000 from the Western Union outlet in Western Bicutan around 4:30 p.m. Monday.

During interrogation, Pabito led police to their group's safehouse in Old Balara, Quezon City, where 2 more suspects -- Bernardo Pelagio and Boyet Regildo were arrested.

While police raided the warehouse, a separate team of policemen were pursuing a red Honda CRV with license plate CRV 555, used by the suspects as a getaway vehicle during the heist.

The suspect's getaway vehicle was flagged down by policemen manning a checkpoint along Katipunan Avenue, also in Quezon City.

Three more suspects identified as Manuel Galan, Mario Roda and Delfin Galan were subsequently arrested.

Bartolome said that Manuel Galan, a former major of the Philippine Air Force is the leader of the group. He said the other members of the group are either former militiamen or soldiers.

He said his office has informed other regional offices in Luzon of the arrest of the suspects, who are suspected of having involvement in killings and other robberies.