SAN Jose City -- A hijacking incident victimizing a Manila-bound trailer-truck loaded with 800 cavans of rice was reported to the police here on Thursday.
Acting provincial police director Senior Supt. Eliseo T. Tanding said the alleged hijacking incident which was perpetrated by five unidentified men transpired in Bgy. Tayabo at 1 a.m.
Tanding said members of the Sta. Maria Police Station in Pangasinan reported the incident to them after driver Brenjeck Malabad, 30, of Daramwagan Norte, and his helper Arjay Mandaros, 23, of Bgy. 3, both of San Mateo, Isabela, sought help after their cargo and vehicle were hijacked.
Tanding said a team he dispatched to Sta. Maria found out that the hijacking occurred after the two victims, who were onboard a black HOWO trailer-truck (SU-1899) loaded with 800 cavans of rice, parked their vehicle on the road shoulder of Maharlika Highway in Bgy. Tayabo at 1 a.m.
Mandaros alighted from the truck to check its tires when three unidentified men suddenly emerged and poked their guns at them.
They also plastered their mouths, blindfolded them and tied their hands and feet with duct tapes.
They were later moved to an unidentified type of vehicle driven by the suspects’ two other cohorts, and after several hours of travel, the two were dropped off along the Magilas trail in Bgy. Cauplasan, Sta. Maria, Pangasinan.
Tanding said the suspects also divested the two victims of their cellphones and money amounting to P8,000.
He said they were still conducting follow-up investigation through the use of CCTVs along the routes taken by the hijacked vehicle.