By Ria Fernandez
A housemaid ended up in jail after she lost her employer’s money and assorted pieces of jewelry to a member of dugo-dugo gang in front of Manila City Hall last Sunday.
Luisa Carandang, 42, of Puerto Prinsesa City is facing a qualified theft case filed by her 62-year-old employer, Carolina Tabisora.
Investigation revealed that the suspect received a telephone call from unknown person in the afternoon of Feb. 3 informing her that her employer figured in a vehicular accident.
She was then instructed to get money in the cabinet and bring it to Manila City Hall.
Carandang arrived at the place and met a certain alias “Pineda”, who was about 25 to 30 years old, 4-foot-11 to 5-foot-2 tall, medium built, and clad in pink blouse and black pants.
Thereafter, she turned over to “Pineda” P12, 000 cash placed inside a small wallet and a black pouch containing assorted pieces of jewelry with an estimated value of at least P700, 000.
On-case investigator Police Officer 1 Paul Valencia reminded the public, especially the house helpers, to refrain from entertaining calls from people they do not know.
“Sa dugo-dugo gang, kawawa talaga mga katulong diyan kasi tawag lang sa phone na nadisgrasya amo nila, kunin yung ganyan, which is sinusunod lang nila. Wala silang intent to gain pero sila nag-commit ng crime kaya napupunta sila sa qualified theft (In dugo-dugo gang, maids usually fall as victims because thru a phone call they will be told that their employers met an accident and will be instructed to get something, which they will only follow. They have no intent to gain but they are the ones who committed the crime that’s why their case qualifies as qualified theft),” he said.