Monday, May 27, 2002

State witness in Chiong case arrested for gun.... possession


        AUTHORITIES yesterday arrested for gun possession a police asset who was instrumental in solving the celebrated Chiong kidnapping case.

    Mabolo police arrested Rolando dacillo, 51, of Kamagong, Lahug, Cebu City while in possession of a .45 handgun (serial number 12564) in a tigbakayan near the barangay hall.

      A police team, led by SPO3 Juanito Pajantoy, proceeded to the area after receiving an armed person alarm through 117.

        Dacillo is also reported to have fired his gun last Saturday during a tigbakay (illegal cockfight).

        "The gambling stopped after Dacillo fired his gun," SPO1 Crusito Flordiles, one of the arresting officers said.

      Although Dacillo has a permit to carry a firearm, this expired on April 30, 2000 yet.

      His mother went to the Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Bureau (CIIB) to get a mission order for the firearm, but CIIB Chief Marlou Martinez refused her.

        In a telephone interview, SPO3 Roy Codiņera of CIIB admitted that Dacillo has been his asset when he agreed to testify against the seven suspects in the Chiong kidnapping case in 1997.

       "He was instrumental that the case was solved. He saw how the suspects forced the victims into a vehicle, Codiņera said.

        Dacillo was with his wife on their way home after watching a movie in Ayala Center when he witnessed the kidnapping in 1997.

       Codiņera said Dacillo bought a gun because he feared for his life. The policeman helped in securing a license for the gun and a permit to carry.

      Although the Chiong case has been resolved, Codiņera said Dacillo still continues giving him information.

        But the Mabolo police are determined to file complains against Dacillo for illegal possession of a firearm.  MBG

NOTE:   1. THE ABOVE TEXT IS THE FAITHFUL REPRODUCTION OF THE ORIGINAL
                     DOCUMENT REFORMATTED FOR  CLEARER APPRECIATION.
          2. RED COLOR OURS FOR EMPHASIS.                                                                 
            
HOME      INDEX     NEXT ISSUE