Marine special operative ‘disables’ bus robber

A Marine enlisted personnel member of Philippine Marine Corps special operations unit Force Reconnaissance Group, Corporal Reymark Tingson successfully disabled a bus robber, Romano Taylo on before dawn of October 21 in Malibay, Pasay City.

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The Philippine Marines said Taylo of Malibay, Pasay City suffered a gunshot wound on his left leg above the knee when he exchanged gunfires with Corporal Tingson.

Taylo has a companion, but was able to escape.

“The shootout happened after Taylo snatched the bags and personal belongings of the three passengers seating at the back of the bus driver while having them at gunpoint while his companion acted as the lookout,” the Marines said.

“As the safety of the other passengers was put in the highest priority, CPL Tingson waited until the robbers alighted the bus which he followed. Warning the robbers to drop, Taylo shoots CPL Tingson, forcing the latter to retaliate, hitting the culprit on his leg to disable him,” the Marines added.

Recovered from Taylo were a Cal. 22 Revolver, stolen items, and cash worth PHP 12,000.00.

The Marines noted that Taylo will be charged with Robbery (Hold-up), Direct Assault with Attempted Homicide and violation of R.A. 10591 which is the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act.

“This is a clear manifestation that [Corporal Tingson] is a Marine living with the Corps’ motto of Karangalan, Katungkulan at Kabayanihan. He is a Marine worthy of emulation,” Philippine Marine Corps acting commandant Major General Nathaniel Y. Casem.