PDI man loses company ring in Makati sidewalk robbery

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SIDEWALK ROBBERY. The ruse (left) and a sample of the stolen ring JOSEPH AGCAOILI THE RUSE (left) and a sample of the stolen ring JOSEPH AGCAOILI

Beware of this robbery scheme that involves a cast of three or more men, a script and a prop.

An INQUIRER employee lost his company ring to a gang he encountered on a Makati City street on Black Saturday. The robbers, even without brandishing a weapon, used intimidation and misdirection to prey on their victim.

Roy Sarmiento, 50, said he was walking on Dela Rosa Street around 11:15 a.m. to get a jeepney ride going to the office on Chino Roces Avenue when a burly man called his attention.

“He tried to block my way and then told me: ‘The man you accidentally bumped earlier is calling you,’” he recalled.

Sarmiento said he indeed drew contact with another pedestrian minutes earlier, but explained to the burly stranger that the former “was the one who hit me.”

But the burly man insisted that Sarmiento stay put and face the earlier pedestrian he supposedly offended. By this time, the pedestrian had caught up with Sarmiento and introduced himself as a policeman in plainclothes.

This “cop”—who claimed he was posted in the area by his “commanding officer”—grabbed Sarmiento by the arm and asked him to hand over his ID and wallet.

“After seeing that there was no money in my wallet, he asked me to remove my ring so he could check if it had a name inscribed on it,” Sarmiento said, referring to the Service Award ring he got from the INQUIRER in his 15th year with the company.

The alleged police officer took the ring and, as he examined it, repeatedly berated Sarmiento.

He then tossed the ring into a grassy spot along Dela Rosa, then told Sarmiento: “Try to find it. If you can’t, I’ll smash up your face.”

Sarmiento was forced to walk over to the grassy patch and began searching.

After about 10 minutes, he found an entirely different ring— not the gold one he got from the INQUIRER, but a cheap piece made of stainless steel. The alleged officer had apparently tossed this second ring into the grass to distract Sarmiento while he pocketed the INQUIRER ring.

“When I looked back, they were already gone,” he said.

Sarmiento also recalled that, all along, “a third man” was watching the encounter a few meters away, apparently serving as a lookout. This third man was also gone by the time he had found the steel ring.

In an interview on Tuesday, Makati police chief Senior Supt. Manuel Lukban said the men “probably used a new modus (operandi).” With a report from Niña P. Calleja

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  • randyaltarejos

    I couldn’t imagine that this is happening in the heart of Makati commercial district. Wala bang mga traffic cops doon sa lugar na yun. Next time, bring with you a pepper spray. Because if you run away from them, what they will do is to call people that you have snatched something from them. It could be possible na ikaw ang magulpi ng taong bayan, hindi sila. So you better be ready for action!

    • nicosan fopalan

      ayala is the heart of makati. gilid lang ang delarosa. walang pulis sa area na yun. di ko alam kung baket. baka nagpapalamig. mainit sa labas e.

      • Sollie Sinson

        i think this is near the highway. people go down on the bus along the highway going to delarosa to take a jeep going to buendia.

    • Mux

      So what if there are cops? They are in on the action. They get a cut of every crime committed. All police are corrupt. ALL! ALL! ALL!

  • Keith_P

    See, this is why you shouldn’t stop for anyone when you’re out on the street or any place public. Unless you actually know that person, ALWAYS ignore people who call your attention. If someone introduces himself as a police officer but is in plain clothes, ignore. And even if this may sound heartless — ignore them even if it seems that they are in need of help (dyan sa Makati napakaraming mga babaeng may dalang bata tapos.manghihingi lang daw ng pamasahe). Naglipana ang mga gàgó ngayon. It always pays to be careful.

    • Sollie Sinson

      Hindi alam ni binay siguro na ganyan kalala sa makati

  • Lord_patawad

    even if you see makati as the most premier place in the country, you are always on your own here. walang pulis na makikita dito sa tinatawag na Central Business District ng bansa. maraming mga ganyang modus dito na hindi na lamang nag rereklamo ang mga empleyado, dahil unang una, kanino ka magre reklamo, wala kang makikitang pulis.
    kung mamasdan lang nila ang sakayan ng bus dito sa harap ng LKG bldg, daming mandurukot na nakikisabay sa pagsakay sa bus. nadukutan na rin ako dito minsan.
    may modus pa sila na kapag standing ang bus, makikipag siksikan yan. kapag may na spot na sila na magandang cellphone or alahas, biglang may sisigaw sa kanila ng “para” sa pagitan ng pasong tamo at south super highway, gagawa sila ng scenario upang makuha ang attention ng target nila at malito. sabay bababa silang lahat (about 4 to 5 animals) dala na ang nadukot nila. alam ito ng mga kunduktor pero tahimik sila, baka daw balikan sila.
    ngayon, nasan ang pulis? hanap kami ng pulis sa area, wala, zero, nada. kung maghahanap ka ng pulis, meron mangilan ngilan akong nakikita sa may makati ave, pero mas feeling sosyal pa sila sa mga empleyadong matataas ang kilay sa makati.

    • Sollie Sinson

      na snatch na rin bracelets ko dyan sa pasong tamo. di ko sure kung kasabwat ang driver ng jeep kasi paghinto nya saka umakyat at snatcher sabay takbo. pag lingon ko nakasandal pa sa poste nang aasar na naka smile pa.

  • Cruxofthematter

    It is indeed a privilege to work for Inquirer and I sympathize with Sarmiento, If only justice could be done to those perpetrators. But without prejudice to Sarmiento, would the PDI have published MY INCIDENT? Good that they published this because it shows the evils of this country and that we should be careful. Bad feeling for those who do have get to have their side even get noticed, not even by the neighbor. How much more by the PDI?

  • koolkid_inthehouse

    Create jobs jobs jobs. Decent permanent full time jobs with benefits. There are billions lost to big famous robbers that you so lovingly elected.

    • nicosan fopalan

      lot’s of jobs. it’s just some people find it easier to just rob than work full time

      • koolkid_inthehouse

        where? please post online or direct the readers where to go. thanks.

    • GustoKoHappyKa

      madaming trabaho..pero meron sadyang TAMAD at ayaw magtrabaho…gusto easy money sa pagnanakaw..

  • jojo webmail

    my Philippine Tribune ring is more valuable than the PDI ring.

    • nicosan fopalan

      nobody’s asking

    • shark_ga

      More valuable ba? How come you can’t even get the name of your favorite rag right? It’s The Daily Tribune, hindi Philippine Tribune.

      FAIL.

    • Sollie Sinson

      what does it has to do with the incident?

  • okabato

    A new version of hulidap. They spotted the gold ring and that was the main target. What is inside the wallet was secondary, if there is something of value inside fine they will take it too but the ring was the objective that’s why they had that cheap ring to toss. Lesson of the story: Don’t wear expensive looking jewelry while being a pedestrian, you will look like a dead rat to flies. Very inviting to partake.

  • kilabot

    the victim acted as if he didn’t work with pdi.
    being in media, he doesn’t seem street-smart;
    he should have recognized the sting right away.

    • Tyril

      Its perfect that the victim did not act street-smart. This is in order for the crime to occur and to be reported, so that not so street-wise Filipinos will not experience this

    • Handiong

      Not all employees of PDI are “media” men or women. There are accountants, admin clerks, etc. Not everyone in PDI is a street-smart reporter.

  • jinx

    A stupid modus operandi only morons can concoct. It only works a little bit because of the burly guy’s threatening approach. If needs be, just avoid these morons, or better yet, if you have a gun, dispose of these garbage right away. Our country is so overpopulated that we can’t help having hooligans preying on the weak.

  • david

    isa lang ang message nitong article: wag kang tanga.

  • pubringjuandelacruz

    this is weird, almost the same thing happen to me but without the “stealing” part. if someone poses as a cop, anyone on their right mind should ask for badge and identification.
    jeez… for f’s sake, don’t be so dumb this days!

  • ernesto

    walng hiyang tao na yan pag sa davao city yan tingan lang natin kung di sya matigok

  • speedstream2

    Chances are better than good that the police know those characters since they operate in “territories”. The perps can be made to cough up that ring. Hopefully.

  • Sollie Sinson

    OMG at 11.15 am where there are so many people in that area. No one is secured anywhere anymore.

  • rlo

    Robbery by pretending to be a cop. That’s how low the PNP has driven its reputation down to. Next time I rob someone. I’ll pretend to be SWAT or SAF. That’s badass.

  • Albert Einstien

    KKK na naman..KRIMINALIDAD , KAHIRAPAN at KURAPSYON…pnoy admin legacy..ano pa nga ba…..pati inquirer tanghaling tapat at sa prime district pa ng bansa..lalo na siguro sa mga LIBLIB na lugar sa mga probincya wala na lang nag-rereport kasi USELESS din pagod kapa…. .lol

    • Pedro

      may nadapang bata sa kanto, si pnoy din ba ang sisisihin mo?

  • $2931613

    ang galing naman ng modus operandi na to!! PROUD TO BE FILIPINO!

  • Pedro

    If there was someone who made Makati rich it was Ayala. Binay did not do anything. And yet dumb people still vote for them.

    • red dragon

      lagayannnnnnnnnnnnn mga gagon pinoys

  • Dipal

    No cops around the area. It’s been like that ever since. A lot of squatters, perennial floodings. nagkalat ang basura, etc. While other cities find ways to add more streets to decongest traffic, in Makati: the Binays tolerate setting up tarpaulin tents with their ugly faces on any occasion (funeral, birthday, karaoke, association meetings, at kung ano pang pa-ek-ek) at will that block streets. To add more, the Binays have gated all the streets in Barangay San Antonio leading to their residences. Animoý baluarte! But wait…that is not the worse of Makati. Try cruising the streets wee-hours at night: Kalayaan, Buendia, Pasong Tamo, etc. What you notice? Street lights are TURNED-OFF! It”s dark! But try visit Banuyo and Santol streets where they live. It’s so bright and the lighted lamp posts are closely spaced.

  • Commentator

    punyemas na makati yan. akala mo mayaman. eh puro namamalimos na matanda at mga batang kalye na sumasakay sa mga jeep.

    ganyan pala kayo sa makati..galing ng mga negrong binay talaga

    • kismaytami

      Naranasan mo na ba yung mga pulubing sumasampa sa mga airconditioned bus sa EDSA-Ayala bus station? May binibigay na sobre. Minsan, nabasa ko sa sobre… “Penge pong pambili ng rugby”.

      • riccisan

        nice :) lols

      • Commentator

        at least HONEST sila na pangbili ng rugby ang pinagpapalimos nila. eh yung mga hayop na pulitiko, pera na nga ng bayan ang ginagasta nagsisinungaling pa!

  • Brax82

    This PDI guy just shows what kind of Writers are working for the Inquirer…

  • topolcats

    Its more fun to be a criminal in the Philippines !

  • bok

    calling the vigilante groups in makati to eliminate the criminals.

    • Lord_patawad

      is there such thing in makati?

  • Luis Antonio Sereno

    That is why even if i missed PH. I won’t dare to comeback for so many reasons: slums are everywhere; filthy, beggars and shirtless people are there anywhere you go even in CBDs. When i was in ermita, manila few months ago. A supposed to be a haven place for tourists is infested of beggars wit so many kids. How wil u attract foreigners to come over if these are the sights they’ll see the moment they step in from the airport? Compared to bangkok, singapore and other cities i have visited. Manila is simply in a sorry state!

  • Tito Gomez

    Company ring. Uso pa ba yon?

  • Beersheva

    Is this the Lord of the Rings gang?

  • kismaytami

    Sigurado ako, kabisadong-kabisado ng kapulisan ang ganitong mga modus. Yun nga lang, kapag dumulog ka sa kanila, ang isasagot sa iyo, “Wala ho kaming magagawa riyan, palipat-lipat kasi sila ng lugar.” So ang pinaka-maiging gawin ay huwag na lang mag-aksaya ng oras sa mga inutil na alagad ng batas, anyway wala naman silang magagawa. Forget about it and move on na lang.

  • tulfotumbong

    keep on walking till you reach other people so they can’t bully you in front of other onlookers. stupid of you to stop.

  • riccisan

    hmmm why wear those rings in the first place??? Makati is not heaven anyway. thats why we must always be in low profile.

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