BAGUIO CITY – A 58-year old government employee lost her P140,000 hard earned money after she was enticed by alleged members of the wanted Budol-budol gang to purchase alleged expensive jewelries in a low price along Sto. Tomas, Dontogan, here, Monday.
Senior Superintendent Ramil L. Saculles, City Director of the Baguio City Police Office (BCPO), identified the estafa victim as Sherley Tugaoen Turingan, 58, married, Gov’t employee, native of Luna, Apayao and resident of Baguio Stock Farm, Sto. Tomas Road, Dontogan, Baguio City.
Initial police investigation showed the victim met the suspects in the place of incident wherein one of them claimed that she was pregnant and was reportedly selling jewelries for her to have her abortion push through.
The suspects informed the victim that the pawnshops estimate the jewelries to cost around P300,000 but they were only selling the same at P140,000.
The suspects were allegedly able to convince the victim to buy the said jewelries and they went to a bank along Kisad road to withdraw P40,000 before proceeding to her house to get the P100,000 additional payment.
When she brought the jewelries to the shop of her daughter in the central business district for appraisal, they were shocked to find out that the said jewelries were fake.
The suspects are now the subject of a manhunt operation by responding police operatives.
By Dexter A. See