Pols’ brother loses P1.4-M in jewelries, gadgets to burglars

The house of Dr. Carlitos Orola at Barangay Tangub, Bacolod City is a mess after armed robbers carted away valuables worth P1.4 million Wednesday afternoon. (Photo courtesy of Bacolod City Police Office)

By Glazyl Y. Masculino

BACOLOD City –  A doctor who is also the brother of a city councilor and a former congressman here lost an estimated P1.4 million worth of jewelries, gadgets, and other personal to robbers who raided his house at Barangay Tangub here Wednesday.

Police Major Charles Gever, head of Police Station 8, identified the victim as Dr. Carlitos Orola, a brother of Councilor Bartolome Orola and former congressman John Orola.

Gever said two persons rang the doorbell at the doctor’s house around 4 p.m. Wednesday.

One of Orola’s housemaids then went outside to check but the two persons threatened her at gunpoint and forced her to open the gate.

When the gate was opened, the robbers hogtied the housemaid, asked her for the house keys, and stashed her in the second floor of the house. The other housemaid was asleep in their room.

The robbers then entered four rooms and carted away the valuables. They fled on board a white van.

Gever said they are eyeing more than three suspects, and they already have one person of interest.

He added that the robbers probably monitored the house prior to the heist.

“The victim’s driver saw suspicious individuals near the area recently, probably checking when to strike since Orola was not at home when it happened,” he added.

Gever said he cannot say if there was inside job in the robbery. The persons at the house during the incident were also investigated.