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First Posted 10:01:00 09/25/2009

Cebu City police arrested a Manila resident who allegedly used fake IDs to subscribe to a cell phone service and enjoy a free I-phone.

Police yesterday filed charges of estafa and falsification of public documents against Edilberto De Vera Galanza, 26, of Valenzuela City, who used fictitious name in applying for a postpaid cellphone plan.

Operatives of the Criminal Investigation and Detective Management Branch (CIDMB) arrested Galanza on Wednesday while he was applying for a subscription for an I-phone post-paid plan at SM City-Cebu.

Jojo Viray, head security operation of Globe Telecommunication Company-Visayas Region, earlier sought the help of the police about Galanza?s activities.

Galanza used the names Rolando Lim Abarquez and Edelbert Galanza, police said.

Police said the suspect would apply for a postpaid plan to avail of a free I-phone.

He would later sell the free cellphone given to him by Globe. He also failed to pay his monthly phone bills.

Police said the suspect used fake identification cards in his application.

Last July, Galanza went to the Globe office in Ayala Center and used the name Robert Cabico.

He used the name Rolando Lim Abarquez when he applied for a subscription in Globe?s E-mall branch in N. Bacalso Avenue, Cebu City.

Galanza told police a friend in Manila prepared his fake identification cards bearing the same picture but with different names and companies.

At least four I-phones worth P45, 000 each were recovered from the suspect.

Galanza told police that he was married to a Cebuana.


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