Camp Aguinaldo not safe from burglars



Burglars are striking at the heart of the military.

Following a series of burglaries in the quarters of officers and enlisted personnel, nightly checkpoints are now the rule inside Camp Aguinaldo, the general headquarters of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

According to official reports, at least 15 military quarters have been robbed since January this year.

The thieves took cash, laptop computers, cameras and phones, among other things.

In the latest case, which occurred before dawn last June 16, the burglars stole a Mazda 323 sedan parked in front of the residence of a colonel on Capinpin Avenue inside the camp.

The thieves were able to get past the checkpoints inside the camp and past the sentry guards at the gates.

AFP spokesperson Colonel Arnulfo Burgos Jr. said the nightly checkpoints, which start from 10 p.m. and ends at 5:30 a.m., started three months ago in reaction to the string of burglaries.

He said the suspects were caught in four of the cases, and that the burglars turned out to be outsiders. He said some were minors.

Even with the security provided by the camp, soldiers living in military quarters have been told to secure their own homes.

Where Camp Aguinaldo was once believed to be safe from burglars, residents have now started to put up fences and window grills.

“Our camp commander says it is the responsibility of residents to enforce security measures in their homes while they maintain security within the perimeter of the camp. We should not be complacent,” Burgos said.

He said based on the police investigation, two or three suspects entered the quarters of Colonel Nelson Chedrome of the AFP Dental Service through the kitchen window which only had a window screen.

The suspects got two expensive cell phones and the keys of the colonel’s Mazda 323 and Nissan X-Trail. But the latter vehicle was not taken away. The Mazda was recovered in Angat, Bulacan on Wednesday.

The colonel and his wife discovered the theft on returning home before dawn last Saturday.

Police investigators believe the suspects avoided the checkpoints by leaving the camp after 5:30 a.m.

Meanwhile, the AFP has been unable to restore power to the AFP Grandstand and adjoining offices because of bureaucratic red tape, 45 days after lightning disabled three transformers.

The AFP Public Affairs Office (PAO), the Women’s Auxiliary Corps office, the Defense Press Corps working room, the Del Pilar Lounge (a holding area when ceremonies are held in the grandstand), the personnel barracks and the audio-visual room have been without power since May 4.

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  • hustlergalore

    Alam na namin yan, matagal na.
    Hindi na ito news.
    Nakakapuslit pa nga ang iba diyan ng dolyar at pabaon e.

    Huh? ano kamo? tungkol ito sa mga smalltime?

  • Hagler

    di na nakapagtataka, inside job yan for sure!

  • AllaMo

    Uuh, hindi ba sa Aguinaldo din nakatira yung mga ka-mistah ni reyes? E, di dun nga nakatira ang mga dambuhalang kawatan. Hehehe)

  • dequis

    baka may kasamahan silang naturuan ng mga akyat bahay gang

  • ApoLapullapu

    Military camps in our country are not purely military camps. Civilian homes are inside the camps and civilian members of the military men’s families are living in the camps too. Thus Security is too loose. Movement of people inside are not restricted and disciplined because not only soldiers are occupying the camps. It is time to move the camps outside of Metro Manila and soldiers’ families must be prohibited from living inside the camps. As it is practiced now, families are allowed to live inside the camp and when the soldiers retire, they don’t get out anymore. Look at Camps Aguinaldo, Camp Crame of PNP and Fort Bonifacio and practically all military camps throughout the archipelago. Security is very difficult, except perhaps in military camps in the ARMM where the soldier’s – especially the officers – families are living in cities or towns outside of the region.

    • Kilabot ng mga Balahibo

      I agree.

      This is a camp with administrative nature. And have very little fortifications, much less security against burglars and other civilian infractions.

      If you want high fortifications and security try fire bases and forts outside Metro Manila. After all, lessons from the past coup’s tend to de-fang military bases within metro districts, and for good reason too.

      Try stealing anything in Limay.

  • Ulipur

    Burglars and other dregs of the society are nothing compared to the SCOUNDRELS AND SCALAWAGS (SAS) in Camp Aguinaldo….This has been the reality for a long long time.

    These SAS and their padrinos in the political system have bled the govt coffers…..DRY

    Making our defense capability the laughingstock…in this part of the world..

  • Pedro

    Agreed Sir ! Burglars steal only cell phones and lap tops etc only worth a few thousands of pesos ! While the buwayas inside the camp steal by the millions of pesos ! Meron na ring nakakulong , pampalubag loob sa taong bayan. . pero dapat maikulong nang lahat yang mga buwayas dyan sa camp aguinaldo

  • Coi Bautista Hombrebueno

    i hope someone would resign for this – if there’s still honor in the military. Phones and lap tops – not to mention that according to the grapevine – even ordinances are allegedly being “diverted” to private paramilitary armies like the Ampatuans have.

    • Coi Bautista Hombrebueno

      Additionally, what is the real state of our defense capability when our own armed forces could not defend their own camps. :(

  • Roose Bolton

    Camp Aguinaldo thieves and crocodiles not safe from smalltime burglars!!!

  • gmaisthebestpresident

    Laki pala ng sweldo ng Coronel sa AFP. Kayang bumili ng Mazda 323 at Nissan X-Trail. Anu pa kaya kung General na.

  • Anton_Agaton

    Mali pala ang sinulat ni Tulfo na “Thieves don’t steal from each other”

  • stan smith

    In the early 70s we used to live in Camp Aguinaldo when my Dad was still in the Philippine Army. He was alloted a house for military officers called FIELD OFFICER’S QUARTERS [FOQ], whereas Enlisted Men built their houses at the EM’s Barrio near White Plains provided by then Pres. Ferdinand Marcos. Tahimik pa noon ang Camp Aguinaldo dahil Martial Law pa. We left Camp Aguinaldo when my Dad retired in 1976, isinurrender nya yung FOQ na tinirhan namin dahil retired na siya and we lived outside the camp since then. Yung EMs Barrio naging squatter colony na ngayon, dumami ang tulak, akyat bahay at addict dahil mukhang napabayaan na ng Camp Commander. Malamang na taga EMs Barrio ang tumira ng sasakyan dahil alam niya ang pasikot sikot sa loob ng Kampo, at posibleng nailabas niya ito ng hindi sinisita dahil may DECAL. In fairness, mahigpit ang ingress sa Camp Aguinaldo dahil kung hindi ka residente, you have to register with the Military Police in every gate. Civilian employees are instructed to pin their IDs when entering the camp. At kung walang DECAL ang sasakyan, you have to surrender your driver’s license. Yung Gate 5 [near White Plains] ang entrance sa EMs Barrio. Dapat managot dyan ang Camp Commander at ang Commander ng Military Police na nasa loob mismo ng kampo. 14 similar incidents na pala ang nangyari pero bakit parang hindi nababahala ang pamunuan ng Camp Aguinaldo at parang itinago pa sa press?

  • Ramon Bautista JR.

    Kung Manghusga naman yung iba ng mga opisyal ng militar.
    Hindi lahat ng military officer ay corrupt.

    Eh ano naman kung may mazda at nissan sya?
    posible naman na hindi lang naman ang opisyal ang nagttrabaho. Ang asawa naman nya possibleng mataas ang kinikita.

  • Francis81

    Maraming NPA regular combatants naging security guards. Ang iba sa kanila naka asign diyan sa loob ng Camp Aguinaldo. Ginawa nila ito at tinembre sa red media para ma discredit at ma demoralize ang AFP. Suggestion lang sa Camp Commader at J2, i BI niyo ang mga private sikyo na naka assign at naka tira diyan. Isama niyo na rin ang mga civilian employees na naka tira sa loob. Mga civilian employees ng AFP at PNP miembro ng COURAGE.

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