2 Quezon City Mall Heist Suspects Fall

Two of the six suspects were arrested in a town in Iloilo last Monday who was said that they were the suspects in the 14-million robbery at the money changer shop at Robinson’s Galleria in Quezon City last March 29.

Namely Willy Enriquez and Ereno De La Cruz were the 2 suspects who were arrested. According to the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) chief Director Alan Purisima, the two were on a motorcycle when they were cornered in Ajuy, a town in Iloilo at about 8 p.m. last Monday.

Also, Purisima mentioned that Enriquez yielded a .45 caliber pistol and De La Cruz a .38 caliber revolver.

“They sensed the presence of policemen and were on their way to Bacolod City to while away the days when cornered. They gave themselves up peacefully,” Purisima said.

Enriquez and De La Cruz were soared to Manila yesterday afternoon and are planned to be carried to Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig City.

Director Chief Superintendent Mario De La Vega of Quezon City Police District (QCPD) said that Enriquez was recognized by the security guard namely Roderick Relocio as one of the 6 suspects who robbed the P14 million meant for the Sanry’s moneychanger shop in the basement of Robinson’s Galleria last March 29.

A secutiry guard, Rodrigo Villa, was killed in the firefight while the 5 other guards namely Relocio, Josua Toniza, Jeremy Rabe, Paul Adrian Sarmiento, and Lea Del Mundo suffered wounds.

The suspects ablaze extensively and threw 2 hand grenades, yet only one exploded, to cover their escape on motorcycles.

De La Vega uttered that Relocio broke into tears when showed with Enriquez’s photo from the rascal’s gallery of the Pasay City police, where the asserted member of the Ozamis pilfering gang is facing burglary in band charges, also for robbing a moneychanger shop.

There was a warrant of arrest for Enriquez who was then issued by the Pasay City Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 110.

Bullets linked to other crimes

De La Vega said that the bullets recuperated at the robbery assumed the same marks as those yielded by a member of the Ozamis robbery gang who was killed in a grapple with security guards at the Alabang Town Center in Muntinlupa City last Feb. 10.

Bullets conveying the same marks as those in the Galleria robbery were also used in a shooting at the Appovel Subdivision in Cagayan De Oro City last Aug.18, 2011; a robbery at a money transfer outlet in San Pedro, Laguna last July 9, 2011; and another gunfire on Highway Babag 11 in Lapu-Lapu City last June 9, 2011.

Equipped with a warrant of arrest from the Pasay City court, police officials invaded the Ozamis robbery gang’s known homes in Parañaque City on April 5 and in Cavite and Taytay, Rizal on April 9, but were disappointed to come up unsuccessful.

Headed by Inspector Elmer Monsalve, a trailer team from the QCPD, they rushed to Iloilo after an informer reported that the presence of Enriquez was just within the area.

Chief Superintendent Cipriano Querol, director of the Police Regional Office 6, expanded Monsalve’s team with police officers from the towns of Lemery, Passi and Ajuy and the joint operation paid off with the arrest of Enriquez and De la Cruz.

De la Vega said they are sure of the participation of Enriquez in the Galleria robbery, but they are still trying to determine the role of De la Cruz in the Ozamis gang.

DOF Chief To Pacman: We Love You, But Please Pay Taxes

“Nobody is exempted from the Bureau of Internal Revenue’s (BIR) investigation” according to the country’s finance chief. These words are reminding Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao to be aware of what the policies are.

However, Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima said that the tax agency is not distressing Pacquiao.

“I don’t think the BIR will dare harass an eight-time world champion. I believe this is just the BIR doing its job. No one is exempted from being investigated by the BIR. Even me, they ask for my files. We love Mr. Pacquiao and we respect him and we wish him the best. But at the same time we have a duty to make sure that we review everyone’s income tax return. And I don’t think Congressman Pacquiao should take this personally. I bet you most BIR people are fans of his and this is only the BIR doing its job,” Purisima said.

He also mentioned that the boxing champ doesn’t need to feel uneasiness about the issue if he already paid all his taxes. Also he gave assertion that there would be no double taxation if Pacquiao already paid his compulsions in the US.

“I think what the BIR is doing is to ask for documents because that’s part of the audit of any taxpayer. They’re asking for the amount of the taxes paid in the US and then the amount of taxes and revenue from the Philippines so that they can determine what taxes are due or not. There is no harassment,” he said.

Purisima stated that the BIR would not dare bother Pacquiao who is a “national icon, a national symbol and a national pride.”

He as well urged Pacquiao to give in his minutes to the bureau because it is his obligation as a citizen of the country.

Pacquiao on the other side asserted in a press conference that the charges filed by the BIR were meant to harass him.

Last February, the tax agency filed disrespect charges against the boxing champ for disregarding the BIR’s letters asking him to submit documents to the agency concerning his profits and corresponding tax payments.

A letter of Authority was issued by the BIR’s regional director Rozil Lozares for the boxing icon requesting him to acquire the documents regarding his profits.

Pacquiao’s tax payments significantly dropped to some P7 million in 2009 from P100 million in 2008, according to the tax agency.

Seemingly, Pacquiao disregarded the BIR’s request for documents.

BIR needs to examine 33 tax records including Pacquiao’s annual income tax return in 2010 which comprises his book of accounts, list of assets, as well as his earnings from his fights against Antonio Margarito and Joshua Clottey.

The tax agency also requested Pacquiao to supply them datum of his product endorsements.

The BIR filed a case against the boxing champion at the Office of the City Prosecutor in Koronadal in relation with their ongoing investigation.

Under heavy anxiety to raise incomes, BIR has been moving up efforts to collect taxes.

It is their goal to collect P1.066 trillion this year amount higher than last year’s objective of P940 billion and the actual tax-take of P924 billion.