Five 'Salisi' gang members nabbed in Boracay Island

April 1, 2010 10:08 pm 

BORACAY ISLAND, Aklan, April 1 – Five suspected members of the notorious Salisi Gang were arrested in an entrapment operation conducted by the Boracay Special Tourism Police Office (BSTPO) Maundy Thursday,

The suspects were identified as Ryan Capuno, 26, resident of Taguig, Bicutan City; Eddierick Bechayda, 28, of Caliraya Street, Quezon City and Rachelle Ann Recaña, 21; Juanito Villarico, 26 and Anita Esperanza Santiago , 22 Makati City.

Some of their cohorts are still being pursued by police authorities.

The entrapment operation was joined by the composite team consisting of the Kabayan Action Center, Kabalikat Civicom, Philippine Guardians Brotherhood Inc. and the barangay tanods of Boracay.

The chase led to the boarding house of the suspects in Sitio Lagutan, Barangay Manoc-Manoc Boracay. The police recovered several items owned by foreign tourists. "We are still investigating as to when they have arrived in Boracay Island but we have been receiving series of complaints from the tourists these past few weeks," said PO2 Bobby Abayon.

Among the recovered items in the house were a wallet containing P9,500 and US $ 2 owned by Adriano Lopez, a trainee of ABS-CBN; three rosary booklets, official LTO receipts from the Land Transportation Office; one black Seiko wallet owned by a certain Donata Hacque Beinuts; a black wallet of Capuno which has P28,500 in it; a Cuerpo wallet with P50; native wallet with P270; a blackberry cellphone; a digital camera; a white Nokia N73; a Silver Nokia 6300; a violet Nokia 3310; two black Nokia 1202; a citizen wristwatch; a fossil female watch; a blue berry sunglass; low ride sun glass; channel sun glass; Italy design sun glass and its case; a samsung black camera; branded perfumes and others.

"Owner of the said items are encouraged to file their affidavit as we will pursue charges of robbery cases against them at the Aklan Provincial Prosecutors Office," said Abayon.

Earlier, the BSTPO have arrested four Salisi Gang members in Boracay. (PNA) RMA/JNAguirre

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