Soldier-turning-con-artist in hot water

AN ARMY soldier assigned in Maguindanao province is now in hot water after he was tagged for snatching the bags of two women Monday night.
Michael Patria, 24, assigned with the Philippine Army’s 37th Infantry Battalion based in Buldon, Maguindanao, may be discharged from government service if he will be proven to be guilty of the charges filed against him Tuesday afternoon at the City Prosecutor’s Office.
Aside from the charges in court, the 10th Infantry Battalion is also conducting its own investigation against Patria who was allegedly giving a bad image into the military organization.
The suspect was arrested by elements of the City Mobile Group of the Davao City Police Office in Barrio Obrero here following the snatching complaints of two women.
Reports said the suspect took the bag of Rolaiza Duque as she was walking on the junction of F. Torres Street and J.P. Laurel Avenue here.
The incident was witnessed by Giovani Mark Palanca, 30, a member of the Civilian Volunteer Organization and resident of Number 47, Palma Gil street, Barrio Obrero.
Duque said the suspect shadowed her onboard a motorcycle while she was walking with her friend Reeu Pastoral.
The victim immediately sought assistance while Palanca, who witnessed the incident, followed the suspect and reported the incident.
But until this time, Patria denied the accusations, claiming the recovered snatched items at the utility box of his motorcycle were just left behind by a friend.  (ASA)
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