Arson and robbery charges were filed before the Provincial Prosecutor’s Office against a resident of Amlan town in Negros Oriental, who was nabbed for allegedly robbing his former employer and burning her house in Maslog, Sibulan, Monday.
Suspect Jomar Rabao, 24, single, of Tambuhangin, Amlan, scaled the back fence and entered the house of Doris Uymatiao, 68, a widow, in Maslog, Sibulan. He reportedly carted away about P1 million in jewelry and cash, then torched the mattresses before going out, the police said.
Neighbors, who responded to the fire alarm, chanced upon the suspect who was carrying a bag with the stolen items, arrested and turned him over to the police, who arrived minutes later.
Sibulan firemen and the Filipino-Chinese volunteer fire brigade personnel put off the blaze. Estimated cost of damage was placed at about P2.5 million.
In an interview, Rabao said he burned the house out of anger and hatred for being employed there for six years with a meager salary, the first two years with a daily pay of P80 only and the next four years with a P115 daily salary.
He added that he resigned as helper two months ago because he cannot anymore stand the injustice.
The recovered items include a white gold pendant, a Jade pendant, seven gold pendants, 15 gold rings, three white gold rings, five pairs of white gold earrings, 10 gold earrings, three gold and pearl earrings, one orange stone earrings, two white gold bracelets, six gold bracelets, two white gold with diamond bangles, three gold bangles, five gold bracelets with orange stone; P11,410 in cash, 700 Hong Kong dollars,
Two US dollars, five gold necklaces, one gold bracelet with red flower charms, three gold necklaces with pendants, one gold choker necklace, two white gold necklaces with pendants, two white necklaces, four ladies watches, two gold hair accessories with orange stones, one white jade with pendant, eight diamond stones, three gold brooches, and three gold earrings.
The items were inventoried on orders of Sibulan chief of police, Senior Insp. Nelson Lamoco, and witnessed by the owner, and the media.*JG
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