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Bacoleño denies link to hold-up
BY ADRIAN NEMES III

“I have nothing to do with that.”

That was how robbery suspect Rey Mejica reacted yesterday to the police report linking him to the hold-up of a taxi driver in Brgy. Villamonte, Bacolod City, Thursday last week.

Edurdo Guinabo, 43, of Brgy. Guinhalaran, Silay City, Negros Occidental and employed by Christine Taxi, said the suspect hailed his vehicle at Cuadra-Gatuslao Streets, Bacolod at about 10 p.m. Thursday.

Guinabo said that when they reached the area near the St. Rose of Lima School, the suspect, who was armed with an ice pick, held him up and took his P800 in cash collection and cellular phone.

The suspect ordered Guinabo to alight from the taxi and used it as get away. The taxi was recovered at Hacienda Molave in Brgy. Vista Alegre at about 5 a.m. the following day, but the spare tire and the key were gone.

Chief Insp. Adonis Rosales, Station 4 commander, said Guinabo identified Mejica of ECC Villas Subdivision in Brgy. Alijis through the police’s rogues gallery as the one who held him up.

However, Mejica, in an interview with DYEZ-Bacolod yesterday, said he was not the one who robbed Guinabo because he was in Cuayan when the incident happened.

Mejica said it was unfair that he is usually being blamed for robbery incidents involving taxi drivers in Bacolod just because he had been imprisoned before.

He said that during the time of former Bacolod City Police Director Senior Supt. Ricardo dela Paz, he was also wrongly accused of robbing two taxi drivers, who did not pursue charges against him.

He added that he is willing to face this new complaint and is willing to meet Guinabo to prove his innocence.

Bacolod City Police Special Operations Group chief, Supt. Santiago Rapiz said it is just normal for Mejica to deny, but maintained that Mejica was positively identified by the taxi driver through his pictures.

Rapiz said that before they pursue charges against anybody, they see to it that they have enough evidences against her or him. He also said that the reason why other taxi drivers did not pursue charges against Mejica is that he paid them.*APN

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