The anchor of the real-life police investigation program SOCO (Scene of the Crime Operatives) has helped in solving criminal cases in his 23 years in the broadcast industry.
"With all the years I spent on the field, covering the most trivial to the most heinous and bizarre crimes, I've learned how to talk to suspects," said Gus Abelgas, whose weekly show now airs after Bandila every Friday night. It used to air before the news telecast of the Kapamilya Network.
Gus already lost count how many times his reports were used as evidence in court, although he reckons six to eight cases were solved with the help of his reports. The cases range from theft to rape, to homicide, and murder.
"My modus operandi (MO) is simple. I just talk to a suspect calmly," he revealed.
Through his late-night show, Gus is able to achieve more than what's expected of journalists. His interviews and videos make his long years of covering crime news even more useful when they are sought and presented as evidence.
Although he finds the pursuit of truth as an opportunity to build a legacy in the industry, he also knows it comes with a heavy burden.
"I've received death threats from people who are now in jail with my help. These threats have become so common they no longer threaten me," he said.
But danger isn't always on Gus's tail. Many times, he was the one flirting with it in the line of duty. Once he entered enemy territory to interview Bicol region's former most wanted fugitive, Corp. Jolito "Kumander Awa" Leosala.
"I was eating across the man, and there was a gun on the table. I could have used it against him or he could use it on me," he shared. Not long after Gus finished his story on "Kumander Awa" in 2002, the rebel was killed by the military.
Witness Gus Abelgas work his "MO" as he breaks down the country's most puzzling crime stories on SOCO (Scene of the Crime Operatives), every Friday right after Bandila on ABS-CBN.
Get the chance to listen to Gus on his weekly radio program SOCO on DZMM every Saturday on DZMM Radyo Patrol 630 and DZMM TeleRadyo (SkyCable channel 26).