Poll bet tagged as rob gang member

Posted at 10/25/10 7:56 PM

MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine National Police (PNP) stood pat on its stand on Monday that a woman who was arrested while campaigning for the barangay chair position of Labuyo, Tangub City in Misamis Occidental is indeed a member of the notorious Ampang-Colangco robbery group.

Mary Anne Angcap, who was implicated in the armed robbery of the SM Banco de Oro branch in Dasmarinas, Cavite last month, was arrested on October 19.

She was collared by virtue of 2 arrest warrants issued by the Bacoor Regional Trial Court.

She was also included on the list of the most wanted persons in the country.

Angcap has denied involvement in the robbery.

During her arrest, she told her supporters that a certain “Nikki” only used her name.

"Iyung pulis na humuli sa akin sinabihan ako na huwag akong mag-alala at matakot dahil ang totoong Nikki ginamit lang ang pangalan ko at siya mismo ang nakahuli nito,” she claimed.

“Magpasalamat daw ako sa Panginoon at siya ang pinapunta upang humuli sa akin dahil napag-utusan lang sa taas dahil sa pagpasok ko sa politika."

However, Chief Inspector Joselito Savares, PNP-Regional Police Intelligence and Operations Unit official, maintained they have enough evidence to prove that Angcap is a member of the robbery gang.

She posted a P400,000 bail and was able to run in Monday’s election.