My mom was a victim of ‘budol-budol’



MANILA, Philippines – Seven years ago, I fell prey to a robber, who caused me injury that has left a painful scar. But that physical pain was nothing to the one that I felt when criminal elements, notably members of the “budol-budol” gang, victimized my mother over the weekend.

Last Saturday, although I felt sick, I could not contain my excitement because after a long time, my family and I were together to celebrate my birthday with a simple meal at a restaurant.

That morning, my mother said she would go to the store to buy paracetamol for me. I waited for about 30 minutes but never came back. I thought she probably saw a friend and again forgot about the time.

I went out for an hour to meet a friend and when I came back, asked my brother where our mother was. He said she came back, went to my room and went out again in a hurry. My brother said she informed him that she would just go straight to the restaurant. So we proceeded as scheduled.

I tried calling my mother but both her mobile phones were turned off. Although I have gotten used to her being unreachable at times, the feeling this time was different. I was nervous.

My mom never made it to the restaurant. She returned home past 7 p.m. looking distraught. She was carrying a plastic bag containing crumpled papers. She cried and told me she was sorry and told us what happened.

She said that when she went out to buy my medicine, two women approached her, calling her by her name “Aling Dioning.”

The one who called her introduced herself as Carla Santos. My mom said she only saw the two for the first time but knew a Carla Santos a few years back. The two asked how her kids were, even mentioning me and my sibling’s names.

They said they needed to talk to her but she told them to just call her.

She said that when she was about to give her mobile phone number, the two women  accosted her and brought her to a van parked along an isolated area in Buenos Aires, Sta. Mesa, Manila.

Inside the van were another woman and a male driver. She said that while they were inside, the women asked her whether I, her daughter, trusted her.

Already scared, she said yes and asked why.

“Sigurado ka? Patunayan mo nga. (Are you sure? Prove it.)” She said she was told to bring my jewelry to them. Mom said she refused but that they threatened her about making her children “disappear.”

Then, they began telling her details about me and my siblings like where we worked, where we lived, what time we usually left the house. So my mom had no choice but to agree.

Without giving the address, they drove her to our house, with the man taking her phones and promising to give them back to her after she returned.

Mom, Carla and the other woman went out. The two gave her only a few minutes to get the jewelry. They waited outside our gate. When my mom came back to them, they walked to the parked van at the street nearest to our house.

They brought my mother inside the van, took my jewelry and drove off with her.

After hours of begging, they gave my mother transport fare inside a plastic bag and let her go along Santol area in Quezon City. But the fare turned out to be crumpled paper.

My excitement at the start of that day was reduced to dismay over the fact that I had I lost my jewelry – at least P70,000 worth.

But the dismay was replaced with relief as the loss of jewelry was of little cost to the fact that I got my mom back.

No amount of jewelry could top that.

And as for the perpetrators, police now have a cartographic sketch of the suspects.

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  • BenA

    Crimes such as this one deserve long-term jail sentence. WHAT DO YOU SAY , YOU SITTING JUDGES?

    • Marx Louis Wang

       like 60 years in prison, para paglabas nila mga 80 to 90 years old na sila… bale wala nang maniniwala sa modus operandi nila… doon na lang sa loob ng prisohan sila magbudol-budol… bugbog sarado sasapitin nila doon…hahaha

  • Pio Gante

    i hope that the authorities aim their sights and neutralize those ‘budol-budol’ groups that operate at afpslai and gsis who preys and take advantage of the vulnerability and gullibility of senior citizens on those places.

  • kevin

    That’s the way living in the Philippines dangerously….so Kabayan must be true in reporting….

  • __A_YAHOO_USER__

    It’s more FUNlowlowko in the Philippines

  • NoWorryBHappy

    The LGUs and police must work together in spreading information and sketches of these criminals. Being unable to catch them will only make them bolder. Pagsabihan ang mga
    mamamayan sa pamamagitan ng Twitter o Facebook.


    i dont mean to sound arrogant.. pero sa totoo lang.. 70k is nothing.. kung sino man dito gustong magpahampas sa mukha ng 70k, i will gladly give you that money.. but honestly speaking, your mom deserved it for being weak.. and going with them to the van.. at least you are all good.. and hope your mom learned from it

    • amapangarap

      tarantado! nobody deserves that just bcoz one is weak! eh kung sa nanay mo mangyari yan at sabihin ko na buti nga sa nanay mo, lalampa lampa kasi! maka comment ka lang eh no?


        ok lang sabihin mo yan.. totoo naman eh.. and sa totoo lang my mom is weak too.. pero hindi yun sasama sa van.. or nung nasa bahay na siya, tatawag muna sa akin yun.. then i will tell her to stay home at babarilin ko silang lahat

      • amapangarap

        tough talk. kahit sino kaya gawin mga pinagsasabi mo. but to say one deserves to be taken advantage just bcoz he/ she is weak? give me a f@ckin break.

      • BeMe_2

        these criminals have the power and sheer ability to hypnotize or influence you to be confused. the brain can only hold certain info/messages at a time. so pag maraming info na prinoprocess at the same time, your logical thinking becomes impaired, kahit gaano ka pa katalino. so you can’t blame the old woman. ikaw ba naman ikulong sa van at i-brain wash ka na papatayin lahat ng kapamilya mo habang iniisip mo paano kaya nila nalaman lahat about my family. I hope this happens to you, then you can comment logically. Blame the criminals and the government why these things are still happening rampantly.


        you want a f@ckin break?  Ok, i give you time to f@ck yourself

      • amapangarap

        matapang ka lang behind your keyboard mofo! try to grow some brain first, dickwad!

      • ihateprick

        Tama yan. MABUHAY ANG MGA KRIMINAL lipulin lahat ng mahihina. Iboboto kitang Presidente pare. Pagbabarilin mo lahat ng mahihina at mahihirap.

      • ihateprick

        Tama yan pare. Mabuhay ka!!!! Suportahan ang mga kriminal! Lipulin ang mga mahihina at pagbabarilin silang lahat.

      • ihateprick

        Tama yan pare, SUPORTAHAN ANG MGA KRIMINAL para LIPULIN NILA ANG MGA MAHIHINA. itira ang mga matatalino at mayayamang tulad mo. Iboboto kitang President or on second thought are you not already?

  • dotCommer64

    I just dont get why some people make a living by fooling other people, how can they sleep at night? I mean doing it once, or twice sounds explainable… but making it as a means of living, like a “regular” job is just plain evil.

    Police must catch these criminals, they are doing it everyday their conscience is already numb and they believe its “normal” to make a living like this. They will not stop.

  • James

    Having returned to her house, she was safe! After all her son who saw her come and go was in the house!  She should have padlocked the doors.  And instead of getting the jewelry and give to these criminals, she should have called her daughter, the police, and her neighbor!  

    Probably this is more easily said than done, especially when one is already confused and afraid.  

    Those criminals should be hanged!

  • tabalu

    ayaw ni pnoy yan, masamang balita yan eh!

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