Ozamis Robbery Group behind Alabang Mall heist
MANILA, Philippines – The notorious Ozamis Crime Syndicate was said to be the suspects for the Alabang mall heist inside Alabang Town Center last Friday, said police officials.
Southern Police District Chief Superintendent Benito Estipona, identified the suspects as Ricky Cadavero, Michael Damolo and a certain “KC” who were all members of Ozamis Robbery Group.
Michael Damolo was identified as the car owner of the robbery at Alabang. A picture of a man, who tossed the grenade and was at the same time the driver of the car, were recognized by the PNP based on the CCTV camera installed on Madrigal Avenue at the entrance of the mall.
The cell group leader of the Ozamis Robbery Group was identified as Ricky Cadavero.
According to PNP, Cadavero was also part of the UCPB and Landbank Robbery and was caught in 2008 but was later released from prison.
He was also responsible for the last year October 29 JMY Money Changer Robbery at Robinsons Mall, Pala-pala, Dasma Cavite where 3 security guards got killed, this year’s February 10 Czarina Money Changer Robbery at Robinsons Galleria where 2 security guards and 1 suspect found dead, the March 29 Sanry’s Money Changer Robbery at Robinsons Galleria where 2 security guards found dead on the spot and the latest Robinsons Bank at Robinsons Metro East last June 2.
The Ozamis Group were also part of the 7 Eleven and LBC break-in.
“We identified Ricky Cadavero alias Kambal, very known, very well-known in the underground world, has a strong string of robbery cases under his belt,” said Sr. Supt. Conrad Capa, acting Chief of Police in Muntinlupa on his interview in the media (GmaNews) on Sept. 17.
“Ito ay member ng isang particular group who hail from a city on the Mindanao,” said C/Supt. Benito Estipona.
PNP records Ozamis Group as one of the largest robbery groups in the Philippines, expert in kidnapping, gun for hire, armored vans and robbery on money changers, pawnshops and banks.
The Ozamis Group successfully got the duffle bag for only 36 seconds.
“Mall guards engaged in a shootout with armed men at the lobby of the mall’s Madrigal Ave. entrance at around 10:15 a.m.” said Muntinlupa Police chief Senior Superintendent Ramiro Bauza.
“Suspects were sitting at the mall’s driveway as an armored van delivering cash to Czarina Money Changer approached,” Bauza added.
On his interview, Bauza identified the slain robber as Pepito Paler. This person was brought to Alabang Medical Center dead on arrival. And also the 2 security guards, who were identified as Alexander Tablada and Lope Bacomo, currently injured after the firing shootout.
Evaluation for Muntinlupa Police Chief
However, the newly-installed chief of the National Capital Regional Police Office Chief Superintendent Leonardo Espina acknowledged the disappointment brought by the Muntinlupa Police Chief Officer Bauza after arriving 20 minutes late and engaged a small meeting at Villamor Airbase in Pasay City on Monday.
“Many of us spend most of our time at our own stations. We should always be seen in the streets,” said Espina.
Bauza was immediately removed to his position as the Muntinlupa Police Chief Officer and was replaced to Southern Police District Chief of Directorial Staff, Sr. Supt. Conrad Capa as officer-in-charge of Muntinlupa Police Station.
“First, solving through investigation this particular case and filing against all those who are responsible for the robbery incident. Second, it’s for us to conduct man-hunt operations for this not to happen again,” said NCRPO Chief Leonardo Espina on his interview in GMA News.
Espina recognized the new rule of the Police officers about the “2-minute response time” so that he would severely put into effect the 8-hour shift to enlarge law enforcement and police force evidently.