Robbery at lotto outlet in Baguio puzzles cops

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BAGUIO CITY—Police are investigating the robbery at a lotto outlet here on Feb. 28, with doubts raised that it may have been an attempt to cheat the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO).

Three men brandishing a revolver and a hand grenade took P1.2 million from the lotto outlet near a police outpost at the Dangwa bus station here.

One of the robbers wielded a revolver, a second brandished a hand grenade while a third ordered the outlet’s cashier to fill up a bag that could fit a computer notebook.

The cashier claimed she gave the contents of a cashier’s box amounting to P1.2 million, P5,000 in coins and a handgun, said Insp. Joseph Villaran, a Baguio police investigator.

But the outlet’s manager said they make a daily gross of about P20,000 to P30,000, raising questions on whether it was robbery or a ruse to cheat the PCSO.

Supt. Jesus Cambay, Baguio police chief, said the robbery took place in the early afternoon, casting doubt as to how much money the outlet would have earned for the day.

He also said people in the neighborhood had told investigators that they noticed nothing unusual at the time of the robbery. Frank Cimatu, Inquirer Northern Luzon

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  • Horst Manure

    1,2 M would take up a lot of room and doubt if it would fit in a small bag.

    • Jose Bonifacio

      good point, madalas barya or bente bente lang ang bayaran

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_W7TPARCYJFCSA3PBQAM3MVZO3E kurakut

    BAKA 1.2K. ASSUMING ANG AVERAGE NA PUSTA BAWAT TAO AY PHP 100, DERFOR 1,200,000 DIVIDED BY 100 = 12,000 TAO NA PUMUSTA. IBIG SABIHIN MAHABA ANG PILA. 

    • Jose Bonifacio

      hahah parang may edsa revolution… considering it will take 30 seconds to attend to one client, it would take 100 hours to attend to all of them (i hope my math skills served me right) As far as i know, lotto outlets operate, at best, 12 hours a day.

      • Demetrio Conan

        Yes!!..Korak ka dyan Tol, it will take 8 days and 4 hours to finish the bettings of 12,000 bettors assuming 12 hours a day lotto outlets operate  . hahaha..

  • speedstream2

    It’s doubtful if a lotto outlet can take it in bets that would amount to P1.2 million from an ordinary day operation. All factors considered, the odds do not favor such a take. Something doesn’t smell right.

  • garcia677

    This is a busy site here in Baguio city considering that the crime happened in the early afternoon. Had the lady shouted for help after the robbers took off then i”m certain sure that they were mugged by the people therein. I’m from Baguio City so by the look of it, it’s inside job. 

  • doublecross

    inside job!

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