SM Megamall guards may have been ‘too lax’ – police

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ONE OF the suspects carries a pipe wrench in a plastic bag. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine National Police (PNP) said on Monday it would summon four private security agencies providing security to SM Megamall in Mandaluyong City following Saturday night’s daring jewelry heist carried out by six robbers inside the establishment over the weekend.

Chief Superintendent Tomas Rentoy, chief of the PNP Supervisory Office for Security and Investigation Agencies (SOSIA), said the initial police investigation showed that the security guards committed at least three lapses in responding to the robbery.

Saying the mall guards may have been “too lax,” Rentoy said the four security providers— Lambdan, Link Security, Blue Dragon and Star Force—may be fined or face suspension of their operations should they be found guilty of violating the regulations set by SOSIA.

“How did the perpetrator with a gun enter the establishment? The SOP (standard operating procedure) is to frisk or use metal detectors to determine if a person is armed,” he told reporters.

He said the four security providers should also explain why six of their personnel who rushed to the scene did not have firearms as seen from the footage taken by the mall’s closed-circuit television camera.

“They should also explain how the perpetrators were able to leave the mall without being detected by the guards,” he added.

ARTISTS’ sketches of two of the SM Megamall robbery suspects. PHOTO FROM EASTERN POLICE DISTRICT

Meanwhile, two of the suspects were facing charges in court for their involvement in several robberies in Metro Manila but were released after posting bail, the police said.

Although computer-generated digital sketches of the two were released on Thursday, the police did not identify them. Senior Supt. Florendo Quibuyen, Mandaluyong police chief, said the sketches were based on descriptions given by witnesses.

One of the suspects was described as between 30 and 35 years of age, 5’5” to 5’6” in height and with a fair complexion. He was seen on the mall’s closed-circuit television camera smashing the jewelry glass display cases on the ground floor of SM Megamall.

The other suspect, the only one who was carrying a gun among the six men, was between 35-40 years old, of slim build, 5’5” to 5’6” in height and with brown complexion.

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  • John Sulayman

    Lax? Understatement yun. Pati sa ibang malls lax sila. Ang routine nila lagi ay: “Hello sir/mam, welcome to [name of mall]” tapos *inspection ng bag hanggang kung anong nakikita nila sa ibabaw*

    • bugoybanggers

      Iyan ang instruction sa kanila.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/EA7TIY7PYXEU5UOXG2K5CY5F64 Eric

    Hoy wag kayong pa lax lax ha!…..ano kayo pulis?

    • gmaisthebestpresident

      hahaha. natawa naman ako dito.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_Z6R2QAY7UWNJMTCRTED3JZXPIA Joey

    inuna kasi ang pangongotong ng mga gwardyang iyan sa mga taxi na nakapila para kumuha ng pasahero sa mga mall. kaya hindi napigilan o nalabanan ang mga sira ulong magnanakaw. saksakan pa ng yabang.. kahit saang lugar na may mall, or bilihan, ganyan ang mga ugali, sa MOA, sa Ayala center… lahat!

  • kunsabagay

    We should all focus on why these types of brazen crimes are happening. 

     loose firearms + poor implementation of the gun ban law + massive corruption among our law enforcement institutions = this. 

    hope im wrong but i think we have reached a point of no return in our problem against loose firearms. no amount of gun ban would make this go away. 

  • JunPyo123

    Pumasok ako sa Megamall kanina, mahina nga talaga ang security (after that weekend heist yan ha). I was wearing a blazer on top of my office attire. Kapkap lang sa baywang at ayun, nakapasok na. Hindi nila sinubukang kapkapan o kahit pakiramdaman lang yung blazer ko. Kung may baril na naka sabit sa loob, safe na ako. Take 2 pakahapon naman. Yung blazer ko hawak-hawak ko na, nakatiklop. Di nila pinansin. Pano kung nakaipit sa loob ang isang maliit na revolver o kung ano pa man na easy to conceal na baril? Di porke’t naka-office attire safe na!

    Disclaimer: This post is not to give would-be robbers an idea. 

    • bugoybanggers

      Wag mong sisihin ang mga sekyu, kapag naman kasi kinakapkapan lahat mala MARTIAL LAW style, pwedeng magreklamo agad sa CHR at baka makulong pa ang mahirap na sekyu. Kasalan din ng mga TAO ang kanilang pagiging LAX.

      • JunPyo123

        Trabaho nila parekoy ang mangkapkap. Ang pagrereklamo ng isang tao ay hindi dapat makaapekto sa kapakanan ng sampu. Sa ibang malls mas strikto ang pag frisk at pag check ng bags. Sadyang mahina lang yung nasa Megamall. Parang sa MRT, ipakita mo lang ni binubuksan mo ang bag mo at inaabot sa kanila, okay na.

        Hindi tama na porke reklamador ang tao, magiging pabaya na sa trabaho ang mga sekyu. Alalahanin mo, security ang pinaguusapan natin dito.

  • akoombulator

    mahusay lang sila mangtaboy ng sasakyan

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/AND7MQ5FERICDOIAUW56RYT45A tower_of_power

    Bilibid nga nalulusotan …. yung max security detention sa CRAME and AGUINALDO ganun din … mega mall pa kaya pipitsugin na security guys lang ang nandoon.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_K3AUOVX5SXH4QSBROS76XUY3LE pizza ria

    ang siba kasi ng Shoe Mart sa negosyo, pati hardware kasi nasa loob na mall. yung hardware pagaari din ng SM. Pero walang pakialam ang SM dito kasi hindi kanila yung jewelry store na ninakawan.

  • calipso_2100

    Duh. As if kayong mga pulis hindi pumapasok sa mall (in civilian clothes) at hindi na fri-frisk na parang kinalabit lang ang likod o tyan mo.  Tapos ngayon na may nangyari ng masama tsaka nyo sasabihin may lapses ang mga security agency?  Dapat nuon pa tinawag na ninyo ang atensyon ng mga yan.

    Para kayong mga Senador na matagal ng tumatanggap ng milyon-milyong gifts, pero ngayon lang nagsalita dahil nagkabistohan na.

  • at-large

    Ano pa? mga kasabwat yan eh! kayo naman kulang sa pansit aw pansin pala.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/4XVVCOAZXYTPN2X3IPFCFDSKFM Melvin

    Mali ang total gun ban kasi paano naman yung mga totoong matitino na talagang kailangan ang kanilang baril for their own protection… Ang dapat gawin ay maglagay ng maraming checkpoints sa iba’t-ibang places and in random. At basta dalawang lalake riding in tandem ay isipin agad na sila ay may baril at dapat na check-in… Sa mga malls dapat siguro ay may metal detector ang mga guwardya. At kung maaari ay bawasan ang oras ng mga guwardyang naka-assign sa mga pinto…

  • bugoybanggers

    Aba naman, nalusutan? Siempre mangyayari ito. Alam na ba ninyo ang guidelines na ipinasa at inaprobahan para sa mga CHECKPOINT (kasama ang mga MALL).. Bawal mag bukas o mag halunkat ng gamit, kakasuhan ang mga sekyo o pulis kapag ginawa nila ito. Ang pag conduct ng Checkpoint ay kaway-kindat-tanaw lang. Ano pa ang mapala nito eh ginawa na kasi ang GUIDELINE, sinunod lang nga mga SEKYU sa SM.

  • speedstream2

    Given how the heist was done and given that all the culprits were able to get away clean after firing some shots, what’s the use of having four security outfits? Perhaps a bulletproof vest is now a must-have in one’s wardrobe?

  • K8

    most security checks like poking a stick in your bag is very useless. how would they know if i had a gun or grenade hidden inside and among the things inside my bag. they would just normally poke a stick look and that’s it. body checks are just done in the waistline among guys. one could easily hide a small firearm or knife below the knees. 

  • tilamsik

    4 times akong naholdup sa SM.  Twice inside SM Centerpoint and twice in SM Bicutan.  Wala naman kasing pedeng paniwalaan sa mga nagpapatupad ng batas e, so sino ang susunod?  Mga small time na magnanakaw lang ang susunod.  Pero mga sindikato, bat sila susunod?  Sino mang law enforcer ang babawal, parang ang plastik ng dating nya.  Oh please, not a senator!  They dont have any moral ascendancy to even comment on this issue.  They are much bigger thieves than those who perpetrated the heist.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WMSRSETBD2MYL6LIDYS446GNVI Haney Lore

    I wonder if the stolen goods are insured? 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/SPDAZIXLRDOGCON42ETFG4AG3A TonTon

    kasi ang mga guards ng mga mall natin, patusok tusok lang sila sa mga bags, di naman alam kung ano ang hinahanap. pero in fairness din naman sa mga security guards, dapat naman bigyan sila ng equipments ng mall owners or kaya mag lagay ng metal scanners / xray (like yung sa airport) yung mga malls.

    di lang mga guards ang may pananagutan dito, pati rin ang establishments… just my two cents. :)

  • Dawn Dare

    Mandaluyong police, nice try. Passing the buck to those guarding the mall. I thought there was a dragnet? Or is it just possible the police were not doing their jobs either? Is this part of a larger conspiracy involving those in police uniform?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/NV25ZPWMBDYFXEYR3AWQ43ZS5E Hein S

    Poking with a Stick is all they do.

  • Rovingmoron

    You know who is at fault here? The PNP, for sure. Why? Because the PNP allows the approval of licenses to security agencies, whose guards are not armed, especially in business establishments with heavy traffic as the SM Megamall. I’m sure this is not the last time that it will happen to a big shopping mall like the SM Megamall. Inside job? We never know!

  • Rovingmoron

    The truth is that some security agencies do not have the means to arm their guards. Maaring malakas lang tong mga to sa isa sa opisyales ng SM Megamall kaya na approve yung application nila sa bidding process. Imagine, the security guards manning the entrance do not have the metal detector gadgets. Kunwari merong hawak na detector but it is not working.

  • Le Commentor

    Oh men.. I thought their Magic Sticks are working.. :(

  • doodzie

    makaturo naman tong mga pulis natin kala mo ang sisipag nila sa trabaho nila . tsk tsk tsk … hugas kamay.. eh sa pagkakaalam ko  me pulis visibility ang pulis .. naka station pa nga sa me tabi ng pizza hut yan mga yan .. madalas nakaupo lang .. bat parang wala ata sila nun oras na un ..at ang mga rumesponde galing pa sa labas.. ahh bagay  ang office hr nga pala ng pulis eh gang 6pm lang hehehe.. OT na sila pagumabot ng 7pm. tsk tsk 

  • hustisyasigawko

    nasalisihan ako sa SM Fairview department store, 15 mins ang response time ng SM security. Nung tinanung ko kung may nakita ba sa CCTV ang sabi lang, sorry po, 1 lang po kasi CCTV namin jan, at rotating pa. Sabi hindi daw nahagip ang pangyayari. At hindi daw pwede makita ang CCTV footage or ireview kasama kami na biktima kasi protocol daw. Panu kaya nila nalaman na ni yung kumuha hindi nahagip, e hindi naman nila alam itsura ng bag ko… Mukhang hindi lang naman ang security agency ang may lapses, mas may lapses ang Management ng SM kasi mukhang tinitipid nila ang security part ng mall nila. 

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