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Security guard is suspect in Sultan Kudarat Electric Cooperative theft

John Unson - Philstar.com
Security guard is suspect in Sultan Kudarat Electric Cooperative theft
In this January 27, 2021 photo, personnel of Police Regional Office-12 check entry and exit points of Sultan Kudarat province.
via The STAR / John Unson

TACURONG CITY, Philippines — The police have launched an extensive hunt for a security guard who allegedly stole P1.6 million from the cashier's office of a cooperative power utility in Sultan Kudarat.

The alleged theft by Ariel Bernabe was recorded by security cameras, according to the management of the Sultan Kudarat Electric Cooperative, or Sukelco, whose franchise area covers the province.

Police Brig. Gen. Alexander Tagum, director of the Police Regional Office-12, said Thursday intelligence agents are now trying to locate the suspect, a resident of nearby Isulan town.

"Our personnel in Tacurong City and in Isulan municipality are working together to put him behind bars," Tagum said.

Police investigators said Bernabe was hired as a security guard at the Sukelco office about a year ago.

Tagum said he has directed the Sultan Kudarat Provincial Police Office to tap the support of local officials in Isulan to help find Bernabe.

The Sukelco management is now helping the Tacurong City police prepare a criminal case against the suspect.

SULTAN KUDARAT

TACURONG CITY

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