ROXAS City – A suspect in the holdup of EastWest Bank in Iloilo City was arrested here yesterday afternoon but for another crime.
Twenty-seven-year-old Christopher “Yoyoy” Dote of Brgy. Libo-o, Dingle, Iloilo faces a rape charge in Pan-ay, Capiz. He was collared around 2 p.m. in Brgy. Loctugan, Roxas City.
The arrest is considered a major breakthrough in ongoing police investigations not only on the EastWest Bank robbery but on other high-profile crimes.
Police said Dote is also a suspect in the murder of former Mayor Luis Mondia Jr. of Pulupandan, Negros Occidental early last year.
Mondia, 53, was shot to death outside the Jaro Cathedral in Iloilo City on February 17, 2010 a few minutes after attending a late afternoon Ash Wednesday Mass.
According to witnesses, the gunman was wearing a white t-shirt, about five feet, six inches to seven inches in height, chubby-faced and moreno, while his companion on a waiting motorcycle was about five feet four inches to five inches in height and wearing a blue shirt.
Recovered from the crime scene were three fired empty shells from a .45 caliber pistol.
Police said Dote is also a suspect in the robbery of an Indian national and consequent death of responding policeman PO1 Elizer Pingoy in La Paz, Iloilo City last July 17, 2010, and in the holdup of a businessman who lost P3.2 million in President Roxas, Capiz.
A further check on the suspect’s background led the police to discover that Dote also has a pending warrant of arrest for robbery with homicide issued on November 15, 2010 by Regional Trial Court Judge Florian Gregory Abalajon of Branch 33 in Iloilo City.
Meanwhile, the complainant in Dote’s rape case was a 16 year-old lass. According to her, Dote sexually assaulted her last month.
After she sought the police’s help, operatives of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) and Philippine National Police (PNP) Highway Patrol Group conducted a surveillance on the suspect.
As plotted by the police, the girl texted Dote to meet her in Roxas City yesterday afternoon because she needed money.
Dote’s arrest was immediately effected, said SPO4 Bito delos Santos, CIDG deputy provincial director.
Dote was brought to the CIDG in Iloilo yesterday. He denied involvement in the EastWest Bank robbery but admitted knowing some of the suspects in the death of Pingoy and Mondia./PN
Suspect in Iloilo bank robbery arrested in Roxas City By Felipe V. Celino Inquirer Visayas First Posted 23:52:00 01/24/2011
ROXAS CITY—The police arrested on Monday afternoon one of the suspects in the January 3 East-West Bank robbery in Iloilo City.
The police identified the suspect as Christopher Dote, 27, a resident of Barangay (village) Libo-on, Dingle town, Iloilo.
Dote was arrested by a joint team from the police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) and the Highway Patrol Group, SPO4 Bito delos Santos, the CIDG deputy provincial director, said.
Aside from the bank robbery, Dote had a pending arrest warrant dated Nov. 15, 2010 and issued by Regional Trial Court (RTC) Judge Florian Gregory Abalajon of Branch 33 in Iloilo City in connection with a robbery and homicide case.
Dote was also sought by the police in response to a rape complaint filed by a 16-year-old girl from Panay town in Capiz.
The police arrested Dote at about 2 p.m. in Barangay Loctugan, Roxas City, after placing him under surveillance.
Delos Santos said Dote was also implicated in the killings of PO1 Elizer Pinggoy of Lapaz, Iloilo on July 17, 2010 and former Pulupandan mayor Luis Mondia on Feb. 8, 2010 in Jaro, Iloilo City; the P3.2-million robbery involving a businessman in President Roxas town, Capiz on Dec. 10, 2010; and other robbery cases in Iloilo and Capiz provinces.
Dote denied he was involved in the Iloilo bank robbery but he admitted knowing some of the suspects involved in the killing of Pinggoy and Mondia and in the President Roxas robbery
Sapian execs to cite successful residents
BY FELIPE V. CELINO
ROXAS City — Local government officials of Sapian, Capiz will recognize the town’s residents who succeeded in their chosen field.
Sapian Mayor Arturo Orosco said the municipal government will acknowledge those working and living abroad, and also those in the country.
The recognition will be held during the town’s municipal and religious fiesta on third week of July this year.
Orosco hopes the activity will be successful.
Sapian is annually celebrating Tilibyugan Festival, a celebration in honor of its patroness St. Anne.
However, when Orosco assumed mayor in 2008, the Talahong Festival was introduced to improve the tourism potentials of the town.
Orosco wanted to prove the abundance of seafood products in Sapian.
Talahong was derived from the words “talaba” (oysters) and “tahong” (green mussels).
The festival was conceptualized based on the entrepreneurial and tourism purposes of showcasing seafood products, particularly tahong and talaba.
These two seafood products were as well identified as Sapi-an’s “flagship commodity.”
Sapian’s Municipal Council recently passed a resolution declaring the second Friday and Saturday of May as the days for the Talahong Festival.
Sapian is one of the coastal towns in the province, covering nine out of ten barangays./PN
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