Plainclothes cops manage to sneak guns into QC mall


MANILA, Philippines—Two of four plainclothes policemen deployed Friday to test security at a new mall in Quezon City managed to get past the mall’s security guards and metal detectors, not once but twice, although the two others were caught, police said.

All four went through the Aurora Boulevard gate of Robinsons Magnolia, where thieves recently shot it out with guards after stealing an expensive spare tire of a vehicle parked inside.

Inspector Elmer Monsalve, homicide section chief, said he hid his .45-claiber  pistol in the crotch area of his jeans and was able to get past the main entrance guards twice.

“I went straight inside everytime. They did not notice everytime they frisked me at the sides. The metal detector alarm even went off,” Monsalve said after the exercise.

Police Officer 2 Julius Balbuena of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Unit was also able to sneak in his  pistol, snug in the crotch of his jeans.

“I went in twice. They checked my backpack but didn’t find my gun hidden in the front of my pants,” he said.

Two other CIDU policemen were caught with their guns. One who wore his in a holster tucked in his waistband, while the other hid his pistol in a small sling bag.

QCPD director Senior Superintendent Richars Albano said mall security must be tested to avoid a repeat of the daring robbery of a jewelry store in SM Megamall in Mandaluyong City last month.

He added that the QCPD will be sending out more “rabbits” and that Quezon City malls must be on their toes.

“We are not here to discredit the security of the malls. This should serve as a warning and a lesson to mall security,” Albano said.

Robinson’s Magnolia security manager Pepe Galantao said the mall remains safe even though two policemen managed to smuggle guns inside.

“We will be reviewing what happened,” Galantao said, adding that their mall security was usually strict.

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  • Mark Philip Wu

    At the end of the day, what can the guards really do when you put the gun in your private parts? They’re not gonna dare linger in those areas, especially not in high end shopping malls. Metal detectors are useless since we don’t remove all metal objects anyway, it could just as well sound for a cellphone or a watch or your jewelry than a gun

    • batangpaslit

      i concur…well said

  • Horst Manure

    As shown by the last lot of crooks you go to a shop and purchase what ever weapon/s you want and that will intimidate shop employees  even a can of WD40 sprayed in the eyes would work robberies are a fact of life and here with no justice or judiciary system its open season.

  • jnl2060

    The security gurards only augment what the police, living on taxpayers money, cannot provide. In the end of the day maintaining peace and order is still the cops’ job. Increasing the numbers of guards and arming them will do more harm than good. If that’s the case then we better get rid of the inutile cops and save our taxpayers money.

    • batangpaslit

      agree….natumbok mo

  • batangpaslit

    Indeed, there is need for ample training of blue guards as well adequate detecting devices that works.
    I would like to suggest, if the police command is serious in keeping peach and order, perhaps a police detail would be posted in big malls to assist the blue guards in case they need police assistance immediately.

  • Boy_08

    Pupulaan niyo pa ang mga sikyo eh pare-pareho lang naman kayong di ginagawa ang inyong mga trabaho. Mas angat pa nga ang estado ng mga sikyo kesa sa inyong mga pulis kasi sila hindi nangongotong di kagaya niyo. Pwe!

  • bArrackeR

    You cops should be man enough to admit your incompetence.. Ang hirap sa inyo, ang pagpu-pulis ay sideline na lang.. Kaya dumami ang mga kriminal dahil karamihan sa inyo protektor ng mga sindikato.. Mag-trabaho na lang kayo ng sinumpaan niyong tungkulin kaysa manisi kayo ng mga jaguar.. Ang kriminal hindi lang sa mga malls tumitira.. Nandiyan ang mga mamatay-tao, snatcher, holdaper, kidnapper, carnapper, etc. at lahat yan nasa kalsada at tabi tabi lang!!
    Hoy mga pulis na patola mahiya kayo sa mga pamilya niyo, ipinagmamalaki pa naman kayo ng mga anak niyo na pulis ang mga tatay at nanay nila yun pala mga Bopols kayo!! Pwe!! Bwahahahahaha

  • Jane Tan

    Hey Galantao, last i checked even the parking lot of the mall is considered part of the mall.

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