Truckload of corn hijacked in Ecija

SAN JOSE CITY – A big truck carrying 750 cavans of yellow corn on Thursday was hijacked by two armed men in this city, police said yesterday.  

City police head Lt. Col. Heryl Bruno said the alleged heist was pulled off on Maharlika Highway near a gasoline station in Bgy. Kita-Kita at 10 p.m. on Thursday.

The  Isuzu 18-wheeler truck loaded with corn  came from Diffun, Quirino.

Police identified the victims as Fortunato Carbonel, 39, driver, of Bgy. San Francisco, Aglipay; and helper Daniel Gaudia, 32, of Bgy. Cajel, Diffun, both of Quirino province.

Carbonel and Gaudia were turned over to the local police by members of the La Paz, Tarlac PNP.

Bruno said the hijacking was perpetrated about an hour after the truck momentarily stopped near a gasoline station for the driver and the helper to take a rest.

The two victims were allegedly hogtied and blindfolded with packaging tape and after which, one of the suspects commandeered the truck and drove off to an unknown direction.

After traveling for about half an hour, the two victims were transferred to a van-type of vehicle and later dumped in Bgy. La Purisima, Tarlac, where they were able to seek immediate police help.

Both the San Jose City and the La Paz police are investigating the incident.