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Public, especially elder citizens, warned on ‘budol-budol’ gang

By Jeannette Andrade
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 21:55:00 01/22/2011

Filed Under: Police, Philippines - Metro

THE MANILA Police District (MPD) yesterday warned the public against the budol-budol gang which preys on elderly city residents after another senior citizen was victimized by the group of con artists on Friday morning.

Police Officer 3 Reginald de los Reyes, of the MPD General Assignment Section (GAS), revealed that the gang, which usually works in groups of four or five, specializes in duping people of their belongings by showing off a supposed large sum of money to their intended victims.

?They pretend to be asking for help from their prey then ask the victim to keep their ?money? but in exchange, they would ask the victim for insurance that he or she would not run off with the cash in the form of jewelry or cash,? De los Reyes explained. He added that it would be too late by the time the victim finds out that the ?bills of money? are actually folded newspapers because the group has already fled.

Same group

De los Reyes pointed out that the same group of budol-budol gang men have previously preyed on at least two senior citizens in the city, taking from them more than P500,000 worth of cash and jewelry. They either claimed to be needing assistance in the purchase of fire extinguishers or fingerlings for a fish pond.

He said that Erlinda Alviz, 65, of Maceda Street in Sampaloc, is possibly the same gang?s third victim.

In her complaint, Alviz claimed that she was victimized by four budol-budol gang members, including a woman, on Friday morning, and lost P335,500 worth of cash and jewelry to the group.

The four suspects, she pointed out, were with her from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. on that day.

On Wednesday morning, 73-year-old Loreta Agaton was tricked by the gang into giving up her P500,000 worth of jewelry in exchange for what was supposed to be P900,000 inside a bag.



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