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‘Dugo-dugo’ gang strikes, gets P40M

Maid of ex-Malabon mayor duped

By Beverly T. Natividad
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 00:15:00 12/20/2008

Filed Under: Police, Crime, Local authorities

MANILA, Philippines ? The family of former Malabon Mayor Amado Vicencio fell prey to the ?Dugo-dugo? gang, losing over P40 million in jewelry and cash on Thursday afternoon.

In the gang?s standard style of robbery, one of the housemaids of the Vicencios was duped into handing over money and jewelry to a gang member based on a concocted story that Florenda, the mayor?s wife, had been involved in a vehicular accident and was in need of money.

Supt. Roberto Villanueva, Malabon police chief, said the housemaid, Ruby Dionisio, 23, recounted to probers that at around 4:30 p.m. Thursday she received a call from a woman who said she was Florenda, her employer.

The Vicencio family was, at the same time, on vacation in Tarlac, leaving their residence in Araneta Subdivision, Barangay Potrero in the care of maids.

The female caller said they got involved in a vehicular accident and hit a foreigner. She added that she was in jail and needed money to bail herself out.

The caller then instructed Dionisio to get an attaché case and some cash from her cabinet inside her room so she can deliver the same to a certain ?Flory,? a lawyer, at SM North Edsa.

Dionisio then forcibly opened her employer?s room and took out the attaché case ? which contained between P36 million and P40 million worth of jewelry ? and P200,000 in cash and proceeded to SM North Edsa as instructed.

Villanueva said the househelp eventually realized her mistake when she got home and tried to contact the Vicencios in Tarlac. Vicencio then reported the case to the police.

Villanueva said they would require the housemaids at the Vicencio residence to undergo a polygraph test and to determine the exact description of the Dugo-dugo gang members Dionisio met in the mall.

Villanueva said some facts of the case are still sketchy ahead of the completion of the ongoing investigation.



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