Luningning loses van to carjackers

Posted at 06/16/12 12:13 AM

MANILA, Philippines – Two armed carjackers stole the vehicle of dancer Lea Carla Santos, also known as Luningning, and her boyfriend outside their Quezon City condominium early Friday.

Luningning’s boyfriend Jhon Pamintuan said the two men pointed a gun at him after he dropped off Luningning at the lobby to park their black Starex van (ZMP-828) at around 5 a.m.

“Sabi ko huwag po, huwag po. Kaya lang pagtulak kong ganon, napatumba ‘yung isa kaya dun ako nakatakbo. Nakaputok ako, siguro mga tatlo,” Pamintuan said.

The building’s security guard and barangay officials were able to respond immediately but failed to stop the carjackers from taking the vehicle.

“Nakawala po si Sir Jhon tapos tumakbo. Nu’ng nakatakbo siya at sumakay na ‘yung dalawa, pinutukan ko ng dalawang beses pero ‘di ko pa rin napigilan. Nakuha pa rin nila ‘yung sasakyan,” said security guard Marlon Guerzon.

Pamintuan required stitches for a wound on his forehead after he tried to fight the attackers.

“Naka-[tungo] siya tapos nataranta na ako, nagsisisigaw na ako diyan,” said Luningning.

Luningning and Pamintuan were scheduled to leave for US but had to cancel their trip because of the incident.

Their luggage and other valuables for the trip were inside the stolen van.

Last January, a Nissan Grandia owned by dzMM anchor Carl Balita that was in the same area was also stolen.

Police have yet to identify the suspects in the two incidents. -- Report from Francis Faulve, ABS-CBN News