ORMOC CITY-A woman who recruited members for an organization for a fee was arrested by the local police of Gandara, Samar on Saturday (Nov. 19).
Major Rio Tan, town police chief, identified the suspects as Analiza Austria, 37, a resident of Barangay Oyandic, Motiong, also in Samar.
Her alleged accomplice, Gilberto Abadiano, a resident of Brgy. Adela Heights, of Gandara, is still at-large.
Major Tan, in a telephone interview, disclosed that their station received information that the suspects were in Brgy. Canhumawid to recruit villagers for them to become members of the Alpha Omega World Development Marshall Program and with a corresponding fee of P300 each.
He said that upon receipt of said report he led the station personnel and proceeded to the said barangay. He added that upon arrival in the area, the two suspects were wearing Alpha Omega World Development Marshall Programmed ID’s, with logos of different departments including the Philippine National Police.
Major Tan continued that as the two suspects were asked for their authority to use the logo of the PNP, they two failed to show any and instead they showed a certificate of incorporation from the Security and Exchange Commission.
He said that he immediately called the higher headquarters to verify the said documents, but upon verification it was learned that the Alpha Omega World Development Marshall Programmed, Inc. was revoked by the SEC.
However, during the verification of the documents, Abadiano was able to leave the area and escape arrest as he was no longer seen at the place, the police chief said.
The local police filed charges against Austria, who is now detained, for violation of PD 38, Art. 179 (illegal use of insignia), and Art. 170 of the Revised Penal Code for falsification of public documents. (ROBERT DEJON)