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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

SBMA tightens security after theft

SUBIC BAY FREEPORT, Philippines—Freeport security has been tightened in the residential area here after the vacation house of former Commission on Elections chairman Christian Monsod and his wife, economist Solita “Winnie” Monsod, in the Kalayaan area was looted in December.

The theft case has remained unresolved, the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority’s law enforcement head admitted Monday.

Asked why this happened in a tightly secured area, Orlando Madella Jr., the SBMA law enforcement department chief said: “Prior to this incident, it is not our job to guard specific houses. But we have people roving in the area. After the incident, at the request of Mr. Monsod, we put a guard there.”

Madella said the Monsods identified a houseboy, a certain Arnold, a suspect in the December 19 looting.

“Our problem is [Arnold] was not registered in the SBMA pass and ID (identification card), so we don't know his full identity. But the search for him is still ongoing,” said Madella.

The security chief said an assortment of valuables was taken from the house, such as "comforters, a golf set, DVD player, perfume, Swiss knife, among a couple of things."

He said his department has been searching local establishments, like junkshops and pawnshops, in Olongapo City and nearby towns for the stolen items. By Robert Gonzaga - Inquirer Central Luzon Desk

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