UV-Express robbery gang to be charged in court

Posted at 10/18/2012 12:56 PM | Updated as of 10/18/2012 12:56 PM

MANILA - The Department of Justice (DOJ) has recommended the filing of charges for illegal possession of firearms and explosives against 6 of the 10 individuals of a UV-GT-Express robbery group nabbed in Parañaque City.

In a 10-page inquest resolution, the DOJ recommended the filing of the information in court against Ludy Dagupioso aka "Boy," Red Marlon Guarino aka "Red," Ritchie Cahinta aka "Jun," Luiz Bondoc aka "Kingkong," Almario Rentillosa aka "Allan," and Arvin Manal aka "Arvin/Vin."

The DOJ said it found the two essential elements for the said offense present:

(a) the existence of the subject firearm of explosive which may be proved by the presentation of the subject firearms or explosive or by the testimony of the witnesses who saw accused in the possession of the same, and

(b) the negative fact that the accused had no license or permit to own or possess the firearm or explosive which fact may be established by the testimony or certification of a representative of the PNP Firearms and Explosives Unit.

Respondents, along with other respondents Jonnalyn Sarmiento aka "Jhonna,"Janice Brillatica aka "Janice," Ritchie Cahinta aka "Jun-Negro," Ronelyn Consorte aka "Rhea," and Princess Losa aka "Princess," were, meantime, recommended to undergo preliminary investigation for robbery and violations of the Anti-Fencing Law.

Sarmiento and Brillatica were also recommended to undergo preliminary investigation for violations of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act.

Respondents were arrested following a chase with law enforcers on Oct. 6 in Parañaque City who were conducting an operation following numerous complaints about this notorious gang.

On board a heavily tinted AUV with plate no. UIZ 786, they sped off instead of slowing down at a checkpoint.

Respondents "Allan" and "Kingkong" managed to elude arrest, and were nabbed in a followup operation.

The group's modus allegedly involves declaring a robbery inside their colorum UV-Express, divesting victims of their belongings, and forcing victims to withdraw from their ATM accounts.

The group is also allegedly behind the killing of a security aide of Justice Secretary Leila De Lima, Alister Quintos, in May.