Two persons die in Muntinlupa armored van robbery

February 10, 2012 11:00 pm 

MANILA, Feb. 10 — Two persons were killed, including a security guard and armed robber, in a shootout on Friday after a foiled armored van robbery at the parking lot in Muntinlupa City.   

SPO3 Rodel Perez of the Muntilupa police identified the security guard as Elmer Tagol of the Gallantry Security Agency, who died instantly after engaging at least three motorcycle-riding robbers in a violent, close range shootout, killing one, who was later identified as Venancio Pioquinto.    

Perez said that Tagol's colleague Elmo Toreda survived with a gunshot wound in the shoulder.

The shootout took place at around 11:15 a.m. Friday at the parking lot of the Ayala-owned Alabang Town Center, where the two guards and a teller of East West Bank were about to deliver cash to a business establishment inside the mall.

Perez said the two security guards were coming out of the van when about three robbers on two motorcycles opened fire at them. Despite being wounded, Tagol managed to fire back, fatally hitting Pioquinto.

The three others then decided to escape, leaving the undetermined amount of cash inside the armored car intact. The unnamed teller escaped unhurt. (PNA)

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