Virac PNP investigates on harrassment in Cong. Sarmiento's residence


VIRAC, Catanduanes (Bicol Standard)--A manhunt operation is underway to track down the suspects who barged into the residence of Cong. Cesar Sarmiento at Brgy. Ibong Sapa, this town Saturday night.

The police report said more or less five suspects armed with unknown caliber of long firearms, and wearing military uniforms and bonnets forcibly entered the residence.

They allegedly handcuffed Rey Vargas y Morales, 71 years old, and John Tabios y Torzar, 31 years old, guards on duty/caretakers, both residents of aforementioned barangay, and one bystander identified as Antonio Barba y Avila, 60 years old, tricycle driver who happens to be at the area during the incident.

Said malefactors rushed to the receiving area and destroyed the its lock, and once inside proceeded to the master's bedroom at the second floor (right wing) and destroyed the lock of the door. 

The Congressman's grandson and one Joseph Calleja y Tiansay, 33 years old, single, businessman, resident of Pinarik, Legazpi City were inside the room but were able to hide before the suspects gained entry. 

Continued search was conducted by the suspects to the succeeding rooms who gain entry by forcibly destroying the locks but found no one thereat. 

The suspects tried to destroy the lock of another room where the Congressman's wife and daughter Estela Mariee Sarmiento y Alcantara, 60 years old and Sharita Sarmiento y Alcantara, 32 years old, single, Government Employee were inside but failed to gain entry. 

By then, the suspects left the area and immediately fled towards Virac Poblacion area onboard a maroon SUV. 

As of this writing, the Catanduanes Crime Laboratory Office has already processed the scene for possible lifting of latent prints and gathering of other pieces of evidence.