February 23, 2024

After nine years in hiding, two siblings long wanted for the 2003 robbery with homicide involving 21.8 kilos of gold bars at the Lepanto Consolidated Mining Company in Mankayan, Benguet were nabbed in Davao de Oro on April 14.
The Police Regional Office-Cordillera reported the arrest of suspects Danny Nabulay, 43, and Rimando Domyong, 46, both from Mankayan. They were residents of Barangay Pantukan, Compostela Valley at the time of their arrest.
Nabulay was listed as one of the most wanted persons and has a bounty of P250,000 under the Department of the Interior and Local Government and Department of National Defense’s “Case Operational Plan Yaluban”.
Operatives of the Provincial Intelligence Unit of Benguet Police Provincial Office, Regional Anti-Cybercrime Unit-Cordillera, Criminal Investigation and Detection Group of Davao de Oro, and Pantukan Municipal Police Station arrested the suspects through the warrant of arrest issued by Benguet Regional Trial Court Branch 64 Judge Agapito Laoagan Jr. on Dec. 3, 2014.
Both suspects are now under the custody of the Benguet police.
The suspects were among the six individuals charged with robbery with homicide after killing five individuals and carted away with them gold bars worth P14 million in 2003.
The slain guards and an engineer were transporting the 21.8 kilos of gold bars in a van from a refinery to a vault in another building in Paco, Mankayan when the robbers approached the vehicle and opened fire with assault rifles.
The four guards, namely Abraham Damogo, Peter Chopchopen, Francisco Mallari and Romeo Pongod and company engineer Ricardo Tamayo Jr., were killed during the heist, which is the biggest robbery incident in the region.
In 2013, another suspect, Agustin Quibang, was arrested in Isabela City, Basilan while in 2014, security officer Raymund Rosete was also arrested in a posh resort in Palawan. – Ofelia C. Empian