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13 get life imprisonment for 2004 Banco de Oro robbery

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The Valenzuela City Regional Trial Court (RTC) has sentenced 13 people to life imprisonment over a December 2004 bank robbery in which a policeman was killed.

Branch 75 Judge Lilia Mercedes En­car­na­cion Gepty of Valen­zuela RTC Branch 75 found the fol­low­ing guilty of rob­bery with homi­cide, with­out el­i­gi­bil­ity for pa­role: Bunny Servilla, Joel Men­doza, Alex Adri­ano, Zaldy Man­galin­dan, Ale­jan­dro Gau­dan, Rey­naldo Bus­ta­mante, Ben­jie Adicer, Zaldy Se­lim, Ricky Ca­batsa, Rolly Fer­nan­dez, Melvin Lac­son, Chris Ablas and Nilo Oce­nar.

They were also ordered to pay P350,000 damages to the families of Police Officer 1 (PO1) Victor Zabala and Balthazar de Gula, who were killed in a shootout following the robbery, as well as P150,000 each to Chief Insp. Rhod­er­ick Juan and PO1 Fer­nando Mar­i­ano, who were wounded in the en­counter.

The 13 men were accused of robbing the Banco de Oro branch in Dalandanan, Valenzuela City, and taking P330,000 in cash and valuables. While they were able to escape in two vans, they engaged the police team in a shootout that killed Zabala and injured Juan; a grenade also exploded during the incident.

The robbers split up and hid in separate compounds in the area but another police team later arrested them.

“Their co­or­di­nated ap­proach and the fact that they fought back against the re­spond­ing po­lice of­fi­cers show that they are more than re­solved not only to rob but to kill any­body who stands in their way,” read the decision.

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