A “budol-budol” suspect, who allegedly conned a livestock buyer in March in Dumaguete City, was arrested in Tanjay City, Negros Oriental, for pretending to be an Army officer at around 11:05 a.m. yesterday.
The police identified the suspect as Emmanuel Liganao, 34, from Isulan, Sultan Kudarat, Cotabato, but residing in Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental.
The details of his arrest were not immediately known, but initial police investigation said Liganao also allegedly victimized Sixto Maputi of Estancia Subdivision in Maslog, Sibulan town, Negros Oriental, in March.
In a late blotter entry, Maputi and meat vendor Ronnie Bairoy reported at the Dumaguete City Police Station that Liganao told Bairoy he was looking for a buyer of his three cows. Bairoy contacted Maputi in Dumaguete and introduced him to the suspect, police records show.
The three then went to Barangay Agan-an, Sibulan, behind the St. Joseph Seminary where the three cows were. Maputi agreed to buy the cows for P36,000, but said he had to go back to Dumaguete to get the money.
When Liganao was given the money, he told Maputi to wait for a while since he needed to go to the Holy Child Hospital, also in Dumaguete, and then they will both go and get the cows in Agan-an. When the suspect did not return, Maputi went to Agan-an to get the farm animals, and was informed that Liganao does not own them.
When Maputi learned of Liganao’s arrest, he positively identified him as the one who conned him of P36,000.*RG
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