Aquino alarmed by spate of robberies



President Aquino is alarmed by the spate of armed robberies in shopping malls and other high-profile crimes in Metro Manila despite a nationwide gun ban, Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas said Wednesday.

Roxas said he met with  Philippine National Police Director General Alan Purisima and other senior police officials at Camp Crame Wednesday for a discussion of the armed robberies in the metropolis in recent days.

“The President himself is alarmed and he is monitoring all these incidents,” Roxas said in a radio interview.

The robberies at two jewelry stores in SM Megamall in Mandaluyong City on Saturday and at a Western Union remittance center in Parañaque City on Tuesday have prompted the PNP to order security agencies to arm their guards in shopping malls.

In Makati City, police, local government officials, business and security agency owners agreed on Wednesday to undertake a joint security plan to protect businesses in the financial district.

The agreement came as a reaction to the attacks at SM Megamall where six men, one of them armed with a .45 cal. pistol, smashed glass display cases and made off with at least 200 pieces of jewelry.

As usual

Unarmed security guards were unable to stop the robbers.

Roxas said he shared the public’s concern that the gun ban and police checkpoints do not seem to deter criminals, who seem to be “taunting the government.”

He said police should improve the deployment of forces to stop criminals from launching attacks in the metropolis.

Roxas acknowledged, however, that manpower shortage was a major cause of the police’s failure to stop crimes.

“There is really a big problem [involving] manpower and we cannot solve that immediately. Besides lack of manpower, there is also the problem [involving] intelligence gathering and other resources,” Roxas said.

Still, Roxas said the police should intensify intelligence gathering and protection at shopping malls following the brazen attacks at SM Megamall on Saturday.

Makati security

He said the PNP also must improve its coordination with security agencies and other “force multipliers” like village guards.

The Makati security plan involves the 8,000 to 10,000 security guards in the city’s commercial district, the village guards in Barangay (village) San Lorenzo, and the city’s traffic enforcers and parking authority, according to Senior Supt. Manuel Lukban, city police chief.

Under the plan, Lukban said police and private security teams would be deployed to shopping malls like SM Makati, Glorietta, Landmark, Greenbelt and Rockwell and to businesses along Padre Burgos Avenue and even to the Makati Stock Exchange.

In addition, four security patrols will rove around the central business district, Lukban said.

Police and private security agencies will also share an “emergency link” radio channel for monitoring and quick relay of information, he said.

Security cameras

In his radio interview, Roxas said he was also considering requiring businesses to have security cameras before they could be issued business permits.

Besides shopping malls, he said, jewelry stores, pawnshops, banks, money changers and other financial establishments should be equipped with closed-circuit television (CCTV) as part of their security arrangements.

“We are trying to look for a legal basis [for] requiring CCTVs in establishments [that] keep huge sums of money. We are currently studying this option,” Roxas said.

“This may not only help prevent or deter crimes, it could also help in arresting the perpetrators who might be caught on CCTVs. The footages can be used as evidence,” he said.

Arm the guards

The manpower shortage and the attacks at SM Megamall had prompted the police to order the arming of security guards in shopping malls.

The PNP on Wednesday ordered security agencies with shopping mall contracts to arm their guards.

The order covers shopping malls throughout the country.

Security agencies who would fail to arm their guards would be fined P5,000.

Chief Supt. Tomas Rentoy III, chief of the PNP Supervisory Office for Security and Investigation Agencies (SOSIA), announced the order at a meeting with officials of 12 security agencies serving major shopping centers in Metro Manila Wednesday.

Rentoy told reporters that mall guards were issued only nightsticks and metal detectors, making them helpless against criminals armed with guns.

“They are amenable [to the new regulation]. We will require all the security guards in the malls to [carry sidearms]. We will also require guards posted in malls to undergo the mall security specialized course,” Rentoy said.

Unarmed guards

The PNP is also requiring shopping malls to have security plans, Rentoy said.

“We will inspect all malls starting next week to check their operational readiness in executing their security plan to include emergencies and armed robbery,” he said.

According to Rentoy, the security guards who responded to calls for help during the attack on two jewelry stores in SM Megamall on Saturday night were all unarmed because shopping malls had a policy of not arming guards.

The policy was intended to show the public that shopping malls were safe places, Rentoy said.

“But [after the robberies in SM Megamall], we saw that the perpetrators [had become bolder] because the guards [were] unarmed,” he said.

Rentoy tried to ease fears that arming security guards may alarm shoppers, saying guards have firearms training.

“But they should always be courteous to the people entering the [shopping malls],” Rentoy said. With a report from Jaymee T. Gamil

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  • hislordship

    I trust all these additional armed security personnel will be properly instructed in the correct and safe use of firearms before they are issued with the firearms.

  • bogli_anakdami


    ay sus ginoo… kunyari pa ang down syndrome na to…

    is prez gung gong alarmed or at least aware of robberies in his administration??

  • mhertz

    Is it true that mostly prior to election, robberies become frequent?

  • Edgardo Mendoza


    • bogli_anakdami

      eh di export ang mga flip kriminales sa singapore, di ba?

      • Edgardo Mendoza

        oo dapat ipadala sa singapore para bitayin kaso kokontra si DAMASO!

      • bogli_anakdami

        eh di isama si kaksaker padre dumbasso sa bitayan… singaporeans are not devout katolickdicks, di ba?

  • Vincent

    “Roxas acknowledged, however, that manpower shortage was a major cause of the police’s failure to stop crimes.”

    Paanong hindi magkakaroon ng manpower shortage kung ang ibang pulis busy sa pangongotong at panre-rape? (SPO1 Castro, among others)

  • boybakal

    Aquino alarmed by spate of robberies….

    Kasi nga akala ni Pnoy si GMA lang ang magnanakaw kaya diyan lang siya nakatutok.
    Di niya nalalaman kung ano ang nangyayari sa bansa.

  • fache

    The security procedures of checking patrons of SM Mall to get into the shopping mall  is too lax and without merit. My wife and I went to SM Mega Mall a year ago when vacationing in Manila after long absence. There is a line for female and male and the security guard that is supposedly checking everybody of illegal weapons or items are being searched by merely holding a drummer’s wooden stick and not properly doing the proper inspection. Security management should do spot checking of their security personnel and, if, they are not doing their job properly should be let go! 

    • bogli_anakdami

      i went thru the same checkpoint in MOA… the female security frisked and patted me down longer than the rest… kc, she noticed the bulge in my uhmm uhmm… my wallet full of benjamins…

      • MarcyPulilan

        Kaya ako pag napapa frisk gusto ko female guard.

  • farmerpo

    Notice to all who were born yesterday. Election time is Robbery and Kidnapping time. So please be aware. PS: carnapping is also a good source of campaign funds.

  • TonTon

    “President Aquino is alarmed by the spate of armed robberies in shopping
    malls and other high-profile crimes in Metro Manila despite a nationwide
    gun ban”

    yeah! ALARMED! the goverment is SOFT in dealing with criminals. though crimes cant totally be stopped, – it can be contained.

  • okayayonip

    CHECK POINTS are ineffective, why? patitigilin mo ang sasakyan, ibaba ang salamin, sisilip sa loob ang pulis, magtatanong kung merong dalang baril at iba pang bawal na armas natural ang sagot wala, its clear paaalisin na ang sasakyan, bawal maghalughug sa loob o magbukas ng anuman sa sasakyan eh papaano kung ang 45 caliber ay nasa glove compartment at ang baby armalite ay nasa trunk ng kotse. pag-isipan din ninyo kung anong magandang resulta nito.

  • DGuardian

    Ang dapat pagtuunan ng pagsisikap ng gobyerno ay ang paghuli at pagpaoarusa sa mga kriminal dahil hindi titigil at uulit muli ang mga iyan.  Nasanay na sila sa puwersahan o patraidor na pagkuha sa pera at ari-arian na pinaghirapang ipundar ng iba. Sa isang iglap ay mga multi-milyonaryo na sila. Dapat na silang i-neutralize. Salot sila sa lipunan at binibiktima nila ang mga law-abiding at nagsisikap na mabuhay nang marangal na mga tao.  Ang problema ay halos lahat sa miyembro ng ating PNP at AFP ay mga corrupt at mga magnanakaw din at ang obsession ay easy money. Sobrang nakakaawa ang mga biktima nila. Dapat nang ibalik ang death penalty para naman maproteksiynan ang mga inosenteng mga mamamayan. Sana ang Senado at House of Representatives at magpasa ng bill na magbabalik ng  death penalty sa murder, rape, plunder, robbery, treason, kidnapping, carjacking, terrorism, at iba pang mga heinous crimes.

    Imbes na pagkakamkamin ninyo ang mga pork barrels at marami pang iba’t ibang pondo at perks, kayo sanang mga Senador at Congressmen ay gawin ang original ninyong tungkulin –  ang mag-legislate o gumawa ng mga batas na magpoprotekta sa mga mamamayan, lipunan, sa likas na yaman sa lupa at karagatan, at sa lahat ng bahaging lupa at karagatan ng PIlipinas. Dapat ding kayong gumawa ng mga batas na magtataas sa antas o level ng pag-iisip, character, values, visions, at goals ng mga Pilipino at sikaping bigyan nila ng pagpapahalaga ang mga tradisyon, kultura, history, likas na yaman at kapaligiran ng Pilipinas. Gumawa rin kayo ng mga batas na magtatanim sa bawat Pilipino ng pagmamahal na marubdob sa Inang  Bayan at malasakit sa kapakanan ng kapwa Pilipino at ng komunidad. Sana din ay i-give up ninyo na ang inyong mga pork barrels at mga bonuses, at iba pang milyung-milyong mga benipisyo para mapatayuan ng desente at maipagkakapuring mga tahanan tulad ng condominium buildings ang mga informal settlers. sa buong bansa. Sa laki ng bilyun-bilyon at trilyun-trilyong pork barrels, allowances at marami pang iba ay puwede ring magpatayo ng mga paaralang pang elementary,at high school at unibersidad para sa mga informal setllers. Dapat ay sikapin ninyong mabigyan ng mataas na edukasyon ang bawat Pilipino at hindi ginagamit ninyo lang ang mga informal settlers tuwing eleksiyon.

  • Weder-Weder Lang

    “Crime rate has gone down.” — President Aquino

    “Crime rate has gone down, but more trusting citizens are reporting crimes now.” — Mar Roxas

    So kakainin ba nila ang sinabi nila?

  • bongarroyo

    ang tanong kelan ba humina ang holdapan at nakawan na nauuwi lagi sa patayan tuwing nalalapit ang eleksyon?

  • $37644997

    Sir,promotion of more PNP and AFP personnel might help.

  • MarcyPulilan

    Ganyan talaga pag election time, fund raising ito ng mga kandidato para may ipang suhol sa mga botante. Kaya bawal ang baril pag eleksiyon, para suportahan ang find raising nila.

  • Fred

    eh bakit si Gen Purisima hindi naaalarma at ngiting aso pa nga sa interview?

    • mrgracia

      Bobo talaga ‘yang si Purisima. Kelan pa naging “blessing in disguise” ang pagpatay sa 13 katao? Bogak ka talaga, Purisima! Ano ba ang class rank mo sa PMA? Ma dah pa kah!

  • Spike

    Its more fun to steal in the philippines  dahil puro bobocop ang pulisya at abnoy ang mga namamahala

  • $23257130

    grave na talaga ang kriminalidad sa buong bansa. habang natutulog sa pansitan si abnoytard. ppppppppppppwwwwwwwwwweeeeeehhhh. kadiri. eeeeeeewwwwwwwwww

  • XY ZEE

    Kung di tayo kayang i-protekta ng gobyerno,
    anong punto pa na magbayad ng buwis para sa sahod ng mga pulis?

  • pdred

    Election season!

  • wilfredo

    disgusting !!!

  • wilfredo


  • regd

    Bigyan ng armas mga sikyo, tapos sila na naman ang mangholdap. Tama yan!

  • Fulpol

    “armed their guards, of the malls”


    higher sales for the arm dealers…

    risky for the shoppers…

  • batangsulpok

    Tulog lagi sa pansitan ang mga Pulis dahil sa kaiinom ng libre kaya naglalakihan pa ang tiyan, parang amo nilang si Purisima, patawa-tawa lang.

  • Fulpol

    “CCTV to deter crimes”


    higher sales for CCTV dealers….

    crime is doing a great deal in businesses like dealers of CCTV and firearms…

  • Fulpol

    for the past 3 years, incumbent politicians got little money for their campaign in 2013 election…

    no money for campaign, less chances of winning…

    where to get the funds? 

    ………….. robbery
    …………. illicit activities
    …………. extortion

  • warpiglets

    dapat ituro rin sa mga schools na ang pamumuno ni PabNoy ay napakataas ng krimen, patayan, maraming nakawan, holdapan, batang hamog, iskwater, maduming lansangan, nag aagawan sa jueteng money, daming pokpok, yan ang legacy ni PabNoy

  • Albin

    Alarmed pa lang? Si Lacireda nga ang sinisisi ang media.

  • Horst Manure

    If the PNP won’t chase un licence guns who will????

  • generalproblem

    hay naku panahon na naman ng election kaya maraming mga politician na pinapagana na yung mga goons para magnakaw. lagi namang ganyan yan di na kayo natuto. meron pa silang martilyo gang na sinasabi mga tauhan ng pnp o kaya ng afp yang mga yan. ang masakit eh mga preso yan na pinakawalan

  • Night

    munggago talaga tong si mongolyd prince….. DIBA IKAW ANG PRESIDENTE??? ANO GINAGAWA MO????


    • epros

      Kaw ha ha

  • Edward Solilap

    Pag ganito ang issue e gusto ng governo ang barilan pag maraming namatay e rub out eeee hayaan mo nalang tumakas ang magnanakaw kung ikaw ang Pulis kc baka mapornada pa ang pension mo pag minamalas ka e makukulong ka pa, nasaan na ba ang mga human right advocate kuno kumilos na kayo at magprotesta doon sa mga magagaling na magnanakaw.

  • Philcruz

    Calling Ping. Calling Ping. Or Dirty Harry Lim.

  • billy gunner

    aquino is alarmed. nothing more, nothing less. LOL

  • DarkSideOfTheMoon2

    need FPJ

  • TheSmilingBandit

    Arming the security guards with the .38 special means diddly squat. All the countries that used to use the .38 special has already replaced them with the 9mm, the 10mm, or the .45 caliber.


    what do you expect? it’s election season. akala nyo ba sa government funds lang sila nagnanakaw?

  • Albert Einstien

    me mga PROTEKTOR sa gobyerno mga yan…SINDIKATO E…at yung bosing nila PROTEKTADO ng KKK din ..baka meron din mga yan PALACE STCKER sa NOO…..tulad yun mga niratrat sa atimonan…both sides ng mga sindikato me mga patong..grabe…HOUSE CLEANING na PNP at AFP…bilisan nyo po….l

  • kurakut


  • nanyo_nanyo

    i am alarmed therefore i will monitor….
    translation: pati ba naman yan problema ko pa, ni wala pa nga akong ka valentino lapit na valentines

  • Mattino2011

    Nagtaka ka pa Pnoy, election related yan, pang pondo sa  palapit na campaign period

  • Albert

    PNOY alarmed at spate of robberies??? Wake up to the real world to the crime that the rest of the Philippines see and experience everyday. Most crimes do not even get reported because the public know they are just wasting their time.

  • Willie

    Nakakapagtaka pa ba naman ang mga nakawang nagaganap ngayon? Nalalapit na kaya ang eleksiyon. Duh!

  • ever green

    barya barya lang ang ninanakaw ng mga armed robbers na yan……ung mga sa gobyerno, hindi naman naka- armas milyon at bilyon naman ang ninanakaw…..bakit hindi na “Alarmed” si Pnoy????


    Huwag kayong mag- alala mga kababayan kong hunghang. Pinagsabihan ko ang mga pulis na huwag nilang huhulihin ang mga magnanakaw. Mga botante yan ni Nancy Binay sa May election. Sayang boto nila kung makukulong sila.

  • lemon88

    Sa tuwing malapit ang election laging ganito ang nangyayari dto sa bayan natin. Ibig sabihin nyan inutil talaga ang PNP natin. At talagang marumi ang political system at ang mga politiko  dto sa pilipinas.

  • tra6Gpeche

    The criminals pestering the peaceful public are, at least,
    one step ahead of the law enforcers. They are definitely smarter, more daring, more
    sophisticated and well armed than the PNP. Not only that! These criminals are
    sprouting like mushrooms everywhere, especially in Metro Manila. Is it because
    the PNP is inept, lazy, full of hot air or conniving with these criminals? If the
    PNP Director Alan Purisima has no idea or plan of how to end this lawlessness, Mr.
    Aquino should find a capable Filipino who can devise a plan of stopping these
    criminals before they attack. Don’t let the Filipino people live in fear!

  • Adam_d_langgam

    ows … si tita talaga na alarm na naman.

    eh kung si simeon d’retard ayaw pailalim so comelec gun ban, bakit ang mga kriminal susunod?  mas masaya talaga simeon pag me baril …. sa bagay ang baril ni simeon d’retard blanks ang laman .. tanong mo pa ke korina, bernadette, shalani, grace etc etc etc  …..

    kayong mga magnanakaw, delikado kayo.  mino-monitor pala ni budoy ang activities n’yo.

  • thecop

    What’s happening to our country Mr. President?!

  • larry

    “Aquino alarmed over spate of robberies” really?  only now? where have you been?

    • buttones

      Yes Larry, why now? This violence in our malls, these daily deaths on our streets, our PH records of homicides by guns is almost three times the US- I mean doesn’t Aquino read the newspapers? Where does this guy live? On Mars?

  • elpobre

    Chief Lukban, baka naman itong 4 patrols ay tagakulekta lang ng datong sa mga kulorum na lugawan at pares-pares sa kalsada malapit sa MBD.

  • disqusted0fu

    Pnoy said that the Filipino people are his bosses. Since he is exempted from the gun ban, then so are his bosses.

    Pnoy and his administration are alarmed and they are monitoring the incidents, and so are the rest of the Filipino citizens! That’s why as your boss, they want you and your administration to stop the yapping and start actually doing something about it and prevent such incidents from happening. There wouldn’t be any difference from a regular civilian and a Commander in Chief if both are just alarmed with the situation.

    • FernandoBusi

      Ha ha ha I like your logic. 

  • disqusted0fu

    Filipinos have been going abroad because they are scared of their livelihood in the PH since there aren’t many job opportunities and they are definitely scared of their security with these kinds of incidents always happening. If Filipinos themselves are scared of living in their own country, what more the foreigners? How can we attract more foreign investments and create more jobs?

  • niceguy60

    No need to arm anybody. Businesses should be insured so they could recover crime related loses. Business owners should not risk their lives to these thieves. I would say let the thieves get what they want. Just ensure all evidence are gathered like that CCTV recordings as suggested to make it easy for the police to apprehend the bad guys later. Then government should hire more police for peace and order Implementation. The hiring will at least reduce unemployment.

  • themask celestial

    Kakatawa ang PNP sa news today, crime ang pinag-uusapan, pilit na ipinapasok ang pag-taas ng satisfaction rating statistics ng PNP. Buti naman natauhan si P-Noy, dati pinagpipilitan na mas mababa ang crime admin nya. I don’t know, mukhang wala na atang time si P-noy na magbasa ng news. The first step to solve any problem is to accept that there is a problem.

  • RomyLitz

    With the spate of sex and violence increasingly swamping the metropolis  every day unabated and uncontrolled, goes to show that these culprits are heavily armed and trained like the types of “Marantan Species”, cops and robbers or cops and rapists or worse, cops and murderers. The Mall’s security chief must be fired ASAP..The policy or slogan or motto of every establishment in the city must  always be “Hope for the BEST but prepare for the WORST !! There are many killers wearing military uniforms on the loose…Shoot to kill order must be re-activated !!

  • Your_King

    Alarmed is all Aquino is? Well that’s reassuring (sarcasm). What happened to Aquino’s call for gun ban? It seems many people are literally and purposely not following the law and rules. But then again how can we be shocked…we’ve seen even the President not follow the law and rules as well so that’s probably why that’s is all Aquino can do is be alarmed because he’s guilty of the same thing. It’s like a parent who smokes who can’t do anything about their kids smoking since the kids probably learned it from their parents.

  • JohnDoeGB

    Noon pagmalapit na ang election kidnap for ransom ang usual na reported crime, noon yon… noong hindi pa automated ang elections. Ngayon armed robbery na lang, automated na kasi ang elections. Noon millions yong ransom dahil sa palagay ko malaki din kasi yong barayan sa election. Ngayon siguro mahirap na ang dayaan o maliit nlang ang operations cost. Just a theory…

    Pero sana may kakayahan ang PNP na ipreempt ang mga ganitong criminalidad para maging at peace na man tayo lahat. Ngayon magrerequire na sila na armahan ang security guards, eh di mas mataas na rin ang chances na madadamay ang mga civilian sa putukan. Hay naku! Sana mas may kakayahan nlang yong DILG secretary at Presidente natin sa pagsugpo ng mga ganitong bagay. Tumataas lang ng tumataas ang criminalidad.

  • carlorocci

    Noon pa man pagkatapos mo maupo bilang presidente, ehhh, mataas na krimen. Nagbubulag-bulagan ka lang at denial to death ka……

    Ngayon at hindi na maawat, quak, quak ka na lang….

    Ngayon ka pa na alarma, ehhhh, matagal na yan nangyayari…..

  • deltabird

    Provide denial of entry or deterrence by using a state of the art facial recognition systems such as the B7 engine that can screen facial characteristics and will trigger cognizance from a known database. Provide impact resistant cases using polycarbonate materials as in high end shops. Arming “macho” and crash course trained guards may present greater danger in stressful combat scenarios unless they are trained regularly with enough practice rounds with protector not oppressor mentality to be able to make a stable but courageous split second decision when to shoot and when to hold his / her fire.

  • childofreasons

    what the fawk! unarned security guards of malls and business , is this really true or a joke?

  • iping2sison

    Taasan ang sahod ng mga sekyu at bigyan ng higit pa sa karampatang benepisyo dahil buhay nila ang nakataya. Mga agency owners ay yumayaman sa sakripisyo ng mga kawawang sekyu.

  • julieboy

    It normally happens when election time is around the corner..Looks like fund raising time for some hooligan politicians..The gun ban is respected by law abiding citizens,the criminals dont care at all on whatever laws are implemented.Illegal firearms should have a death sentence as a penalty.Wala na silang takot sa batas.Hindi sila nahuhuli at nakakalusot naman sa justicia.Our security guards,wala ng baril kulang pa sa training and some have police records pa.You can increase their salaries it will not motivate them to risk their lives,knowing wala silang laban sa mga criminals.Key element is the justice system,they are not scared to commit a crime.

  • nuke24

    Even cops and military are afraid this time to those criminals.. Our justice system can easily execute cops than criminals. If cops kills those criminals media and human rights are backing them up. Ending the cops and military were in jails or a fugitive. 

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