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Singer robbed, wounded in ATM attack

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He came away with six stitches on the head and utter disappointment with people who were apparently too slow to help.

A professional singer suffered more than just physical trauma after being robbed at an automated teller machine (ATM) site in Mandaluyong City before dawn Tuesday.

Joel Mendoza, 44, a Viva recording artist, said he was attacked by a pistol-wielding man despite having his driver parked near the bank and that some tricycle drivers who heard him shout for help did nothing to stop the assault.

Also, the local police only started attending to his case “four hours after the incident,” Mendoza told the Inquirer on the phone when reached at Victor R. Potenciano Medical Center on Edsa.

He said he had just checked his balance on a Metrobank ATM on Libertad Street around 4 a.m. and was about to return to his Toyota Rav 4 SUV when a man approached and pushed him.

The man demanded his wallet and also grabbed the envelope in his back pocket, which Mendoza said contained P20,000 in cash that he withdrew earlier from a Hongkong & Shanghai Bank Corp. branch in Taguig City.

As Mendoza reached into his other pocket for the wallet, the man hit him thrice in the head with a pistol. The assailant was about to shoot, he said, when his driver Arnold Joseph Raflores rushed out of the SUV and engaged the robber in a scuffle.

Raflores wrestled with the robber and forced him to drop the gun—but another man came and picked up the weapon from the ground.

“That’s when I realized that there were two of them,” Mendoza said.

A hard kick from Raflores sent the two men running toward a parked scooter, which they used to flee with Mendoza’s P20,000.

Mendoza recalled shouting for help during the scuffle as he saw some tricycles drivers nearby.

“But they didn’t do anything” and only approached when the robbers were already gone to give them directions to the nearest hospital, he said.

Mendoza, who required six stitches for his head injuries, remained under observation at the hospital at press time.

The victim also complained that the Mandaluyong police only started talking to him four hours after the incident.

City police chief Senior Supt. Florendo Quiboyen, however, defended his men against insinuations that they were slow in their response, saying they received the report an hour after the robbery.

He said the investigators immediately went to the scene and deferred talking to Mendoza while he was still undergoing treatment. “Our concern was to get as many statements as we could from witnesses,” Quiboyen said.

The officer said one of the two attackers had been identified based on the rogues’ gallery shown to Raflores.

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  • Hey_Dudes

    Kawawa naman itong singer na ito.  Nagpapakahirap kumanta para kumita tapos hoholdapin lang pala siya?  Wala na bang pag-asa?

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/MIO7L24LL3V5AT2IRFAWZR4FAM FRED

      meron pa… kumandidato ka.baka sakali ikaw ang pag-asa ng bayan

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_YMRXSOYS6ZCDDW43HZ4Z2XKVMQ BrAX82

      Oo nga, pang dadrugs nya na nga lng kukunin pa… kawawang singer bow..

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/DRM3P22KM7UVOQUIO6FOTVLSSI X44

    Talo na naman si mamang pulis. Naisahan na naman ni kawatan. Laging huli sa action o may ibang istorya dyan? Baka naman one and the same sila

  • Ravens727

    Hindi na bago ito……lalapit lang yang mga pulis na yan pag tapos na ang bakbakan…….nakakahiya…….

    • http://www.facebook.com/estee.muri Estee Muri

       Kasi naman hindi nila nakikita ang DA-ANG MATUWID !   Nasa  visayas at nagangampanya instead of attending to  his works .

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/ZNY7QZZDDBH4EBGB5ZS4IOUATE mave

        hala sisi naman sa Presidente whahahaha..what a loser..

  • Bansot

    When a uniformed officer used his government issued weapon to subdue criminals, he is charged with excessive used of force or unecessary used of force. But if he came late in attending to a criminal incident he is accused of being  slow poke, a coward, or a cohort of the criminals. Where would you stand and what would you do, if you happened to be that law enforcer???? It seems to be a no win situation….

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/MIO7L24LL3V5AT2IRFAWZR4FAM FRED

      ano pa ang kaalaman sa law enforcement kung hindi nila alam, kung saan sila lulugar.. useless training???? pero minsan.. trained young tao.. wala namang balls o bayad kaya…

  • billijo

    Doesn’t this guy read/watch the news ? Who in their right mind goes to a teller machine at that time of morning to check their bank balance with P20,000 sticking out of their pocket. Consider it an in-expensive lesson. He could have killied you.

    • billijo

      or your driver.

  • $26606290

    Internet banking in the safety of your home!

    Don’t blame the tricycle drivers. May baril pare ko.
    Stop blaming the police for the hassle brought about by this avoidable incident.
    Swerte ka pa rin. Carnap nga, broad daylight, binabaril kaagad.

  • Bansot

    I don’t condone this crime but to me it appears that your negligence is contributory to this unfortunate event. Common sense wiil tell you that you’re inviting trouble  by carrying a sizeable amount of money duirng this wee hours . As well, I wonder why you were pistol whipped when you have given up your monies, without any resistance while your dirver who fought and struggled againts them was never hurt at all.. isn’t it unusual??

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WJX5I5FJL52QCZDUKDNWOTIZHQ Lateralus

       madali lang magsalita kapag hindi ikaw ang nanakawan, hehe

      • Bansot

        “NAIVETY” is incurable!!!! as we all know.

      • Bansot

        Lateralus, place your arm in the open mouth of a crocodile and hope that the croc  will not snap it,but should  you lost your arm, blame the zookeepper. Please tell me what the court would tell you should you  bring your case infront of a judge…. THAT’S 
        ” NAIVETY” , but a simple term is ‘ST..P…TY”….

    • Loggnat

      It could be a drug transaction gone bad….. :))) Checking his balance at 4:00 am…. hehehe likely story…. :)))

  • tanga_hanga_ni_abnoy

    wag mo rin sisihin ang mga pulis kc magbibihis pa yun matapos kang nakawan tapos babalik sa ofis, magm makeup baka makilala mo sila

  • $14170612

    kanta u nalang ng pusong bato brod

  • $16638896

    mas safe pa rin mag withdraw sa mall kahit may pila kesa sa mga bangko na sarado na, parang suicide na ngayon yan sa dami ng criminal sa paligid. as a citizen, common sense ang kailangan natin upang hindi mapahamak, mahirap umasa sa pulis dto sa pinas.

    • Jane Tan

      nyahahaha onga… kahit may pulis sa labas ng banko, hinde naman marunong lumaban o gumamit ng baril yan.

    • Yoda_C3PO

      Hahaha uu..mga pulis dito titignan ka lang kasi naman wala silang proper training…tapos ang lalaki pa ng mga tiyan… papano naman hahabol yang mga yan

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/VS5EYSP4FPOTVQCJZ24NRE6Z2M Edgardo Mendoza


  • GustoKoHappyKa

    teka teka… 4am..may pera ka naman sa bulsa (P20,000)..at nag inquire balance ka sa ATM… baka naman ka transaction mo lang yon 2 sa droga…

    saka wag sisihin ang mga tricycle driver kung di ka matulungan..may baril eh…

  • PapatowtyHantam

    cool story

  • D L

    well the question would the singer pay the hospital bill or funeral expenses of the tricycle driver, it won’t be just 20000 pesos. even as to the wounds the singer got he paid maybe in the hospital ER P7000 for stiches, then maybe P7500 for CT scan, then follow up will be total around 20K pesos in addition to those 20K he was robbed.

    yes, probably given the amount involved maybe it was just drug related “transaction” which went wrong.

    Metro Manila is currently extremely dangerous place to venture out at night. It was very safe 7-12 years ago. I was openly pick pocketed in Divisoria around 11pm after we went into a wrong street, but I always trying only to carry small amount I’m not afraid to lose, lost only 600 pesos plus my wife was scared to death, and I always keep in mind the potential cost of hospital bills on such encounters.

    • marienkind

      All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing. If everybody started taking into account the danger of standing up to crime and the potential cost of hospitalization or death, imagine how our society will end up.

      • D L

        ok tell that to the doctors, i’m not sure they are any better than robbers when denying admittance of patients without means to pay hospital bills.

        so your choice is only between legalized criminals who will rob you more and non-legalized criminals.

        maybe need to start first with legalized criminal hospital practices, then to deal with chinese yoke over filipino people then overall situation may improve.

        remember those robbers may just act out of hunger or desperation, it doesn’t make it right, but it is understandable.

    • Marx Louis Wang

       funeral expenses of the tricycle driver??? where did you read that???

      • D L

        ok, say tricycle driver interfered and was killed, who will pay for the hero’s funeral expenses that may come around P40K funeral expenses plus the cemetry lot not sure how much say $25K. you?

  • Marx Louis Wang

    lesson… don’t withdraw or check your money on ATMs.

  • Marx Louis Wang

    Isang nag-aaplay magpulis at kukuha ng exam… nagpipil-ap ng form… nakita ang tanong sa sex… tinanong ang isa sa mga magbabantay sa exam… “Mam, ano po ba ang dapat isagot sa sex? ebridey or tuwais a wik?”

  • gyvv

    mahirap matsambahan, mabuti na ung listo…

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