January 12, 2017 12:38 AM
By: Dolly Yasa
BACOLOD City – A desktop computer and other paraphernalia stored at the Annex Building of the Bacolod City Government Center were discovered stolen on Jan. 9, 2017, a City Hall official said on Jan. 11.
Retired police official Celestino Guara, now Executive Assistant to Mayor Evelio Leonardia and cluster head on Peace and Order, Police Matters, Traffic, and Fire, said in a press conference that the theft was “an act of political sabotage by the people not allied with the present administration.”
The incident was reported to Police Station 4 by Stela Rose Rayos, head of the Permits and License Division, 10 p.m. Monday.
Initial investigation by P03 Armando Lagunday and PO2 Renante Flores indicated that at around 7 a.m. Monday, POSO guard on-duty Peter John Denosta (who was on the 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. duty shift) discovered that the back door of the Annex Building was already open and that some items were missing.
The stolen items include:
One set of computer worth P35,000;
One printer (HP laserjet P1102) with toner worth P12,500;
One amplifier worth P10,000;
three long extension cords worth P1,500;
One short extension cord worth P350;
Hair iron titanium worth P3,500;
One box of coffee worth P1,000; and
Three bottles of vitamins worth P300.
The incident was discovered by job order casual employee Judith Dadivas, the blotter report added.
Guara said the thief replaced the desktop computer with a defective one, and that the stolen one contains confidential files.
He explained that the stolen computer was one of those currently used by the Permits and License Division in its ongoing Business One-Stop Shop at the Government Center from Jan. 3 to 20, 2017.
The one-stop shop is located at the lobby, 2nd floor, and Annex Building.
“There is a good public response to the one-stop shop as evidenced by hundreds of clients who processed their permits every day, thus we suspect that some people want to sabotage it by replacing the computer used in the one-stop shop,” Guara added.
The two guards at the Public Order and Safety Office (POSO), who oversee the Annex Building, left at 6:05 a.m., but the next guard reported at 6:30 a.m., so the perpetrator had at least 25 minutes to steal the computer and replace it, he added.
The POSO guards on duty from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. are Justin Grandea and John Mark Escalon; while the guard on duty from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. is Peter John Denosta.
“Initial investigation revealed there was no forcible entry in the locks of Annex Building,” Guara said.
Guara said they believe that the stealing of computer at the Annex Building was done by the same group that burned the warehouse behind the Accounting Office at the Bacolod City Government Center in August 2016.
The warehouse was set on fire Aug. 20, a Saturday, at noon time when no one was around in the area, he added.
It was reported to the POSO personnel who put out the fire with the help of other people around.
In a press conference then, Guara had said he believes it was deliberately done because the boxes at the warehouse would not have burned if someone did not set them on fire.
Guara suspects that it was done by someone who has a grudge against the current administration.