Robbery, theft victims asked to pursue cases against suspects

By Jennifer P. Rendon

Don’t let petty criminals get away with their deeds.

The Iloilo City Police Office (ICPO) stressed this point to encourage victims of theft and robbery cases to cooperate and pursue the case against their assailants.

Colonel Joeresty Coronica, Iloilo City police chief, said that in most cases, these petty criminals turned into big-time offenders,

“We should not wait for these repeat offenders to victimize other persons,” he said.

In most cases, Coronica said that complainants would initially run after the suspects but once their items or cash were returned, they easily settled the case.

Coronica raised the issue following the arrest of two high-value individuals (HVIs) in a police anti-illegal drug operation on Jan. 15 at City Proper, Iloilo City.

Police recovered illegal drugs worth P1.7 million from the possession of Ernesto Guevara, Jr., 43, of Barangay Rizal Pala Pala 2, City Proper and Ryan Bordon, 36, of Barangay Tanza Bonifacio, City Proper.

Before becoming big-time drug personalities, police claimed that the two started as thieves.

Guevara has six theft cases, three of which have been settled out of court.

Bronson, on the other hand, had three robbery/theft cases, with one that was already settled.

Coronica said that it’s the reason why they need everyone’s cooperation in the fight against all forms of criminality.

Your contribution, no matter how small, will make a difference,” he said.