Ex-solon’s brother loses P1.4M to robbers in Bacolod

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A former congressman’s brother lost some P1.4 million in valuables to robbers who broke into his house in Barangay Tangub in Bacolod City Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 19.

Police are gathering leads on the robbery at the house of Dr. Carlitos Orola, a brother of councilor Bartolome Orola and former Rep. John Orola.

Bacolod City Police Station 8 head P/Maj. Charles Gever said their initial findings showed two persons rang the doorbell at the doctor’s house around 4 p.m. Wednesday (

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

The robbers then hogtied the housemaid, took 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 said the robbers probably monitored the house prior to the heist.

Police said the driver saw suspicious individuals near the area recently, likely checking when Orola was not home.

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