Scared of Duterte, Cebu's 'most wanted' carnapper surrenders

Because he is scared of President-elect Rodrigo Duterte, Cebu City's "most wanted" carnapper came out of hiding and voluntarily surrendered.

Arao-arao (left) and President-elect Duterte (right); Credits: Sun.Star, Facebook
John Glen Arao-arao, 35, has been considered as the number one car thief in the Queen City of the South despite having stolen only one vehicle.

He claimed to have stolen the jeepney-type vehicle of her older sister and sold it for P10,000 to buy canned goods for their father whose care had been placed solely under him.

After selling it, he fled Barangay Mambaling, Cebu City and went to Tanauan, Leyte to hide, Sun.Star Cebu reported. He stayed there for two years and worked as a helper in a hardware store.

Arao-arao's brother, who knew his whereabouts but kept mum about it, had persuaded him to surrender after learning that he topped the list of the Lambat-Sibat Most Wanted.

Cebu City's "most wanted" carnapper admitted that he voted for Grace Poe but when Duterte emerged as winner in the presidential election, he panicked because the latter vowed to go after criminals including drug lords and thieves if he wins.

Arao-arao surrendered to the Investigation and Detective Management Branch (IDMB) at Pier 1 in Cebu City on Friday night, the report said.

Police Supt. Aileen Recla of the IDMB said Regional Trial Court Judge Raphael Yrastorza issued Arao-arao's arrest warrant for carnapping. The bail was set at P100,000.

Speaking in Cebuano, Cebu City's "most wanted" carnapper said: "My conscience is clean but I fear for my life."