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Cattle rustler arrested

By RPCRD, Police Regional Office 8
January 17, 2012

CAMP RUPERTO KANGLEON, Palo, Leyte  –  PSSupt Elizar Patano Egloso, Chief, RPCRD states that, anybody found to have violated the “Anti-cattle Rustling” law will be punished in accordance with Presidential Decree 533. It adversely affects food production for self-sufficiency in rice, corn and other staple crops, as well as in fresh meat and prejudicing the livelihood of our agricultural workers.

PNP PRO8, in its effort to decrease, if not to eliminate theft of livestock has strengthened police operations on cattle rustling.

At about 10:00 AM on January 13, 2012, at Borongan Public Market, elements of Borongan Police received information from a concerned citizen that a suspiciously stolen Carabao was being sold by a certain malefactor. Upon receipt of the information, investigation was immediately conducted led by PSupt Mario Cristino Alpez Lucero, chief of police, and was able to arrest the suspect identified as Jojo Año Badiola, 29 years old, married and a resident of Barangay San Jose, Borongan, Eastern Samar who was still at the vicinity.

Initial investigation disclosed that, said Carabao is actually owned by Mariles Dilao, of legal age, single, and resides at Barangay Songco, Borongan but it is under the custody of Silvestre Costuna of Barangay San Jose.

Subject person was brought to Borongan Police Station for documentation and proper disposition while the cattle was turned-over to the owner after proper authentication. Appropriate charges have been filed against the suspect.

Egloso reiterated that there is an urgent need to protect cattle owners/raisers from the nefarious activities of lawless elements in order to encourage increased source of meat and dairy products as well as in agricultural production.