PNP intensifies security near airport vs Bundol Gang
By Abigail Kwok
Posted date: November 12, 2010
MANILA, Philippines— After the arrest of the leader of the notorious Bundol Gang and three other members, police are now hunting down the remnants of the robbery group. National Police Director General Raul Bacalzo directed the police Highway Patrol Group to set up 24-hour mobile patrol units on major roads near the airport including Airport Road in Paranaque City, C5 road, EDSA, Diosdado Macapagal Avenue and other connecting thoroughfares where other members of the gang could strike.
Motorcycle policemen are also set to complement mobile checkpoints to protect arrivals from the airport.
The arrest of four members of the Bundol Gang in Paranaque and Pasay cities this week has effectively crippled the group, whose origin can be traced to southern Philippines.
HPG director Chief Superintendent Leonardo Espina said the gang usually victimizes balikbayans (returning residents) between 12 midnight and 6 a.m. Members force vehicles of newly arrived victims coming from the international airport to stop and then rob them of their cash and valuables.
The gang’s latest victims were Gregorio, Emma and Krizia San Diego, who recounted that on November 5, the suspects on board a black Toyota Fortuner blocked their Montero vehicle along E. Rodriguez Avenue/C-5 flyover causing them to stop.
San Diego said the suspects dragged him and his wife toward the Toyota while their daughter was pressed at the backseat of the Montero. The couple were dumped at the grassy portion of a mall near Sucat Road, Paranaque, while their daughter was dumped along Quirino Avenue.
Complainant said they lost an aggregate amount of P544,335.050 in cash, valuables and personal belongings, while the Montero cost about P1.4 million.
“The HPG is coordinating closely with local units of the National Capital Region Police Office to put up mobile detachments in strategic points and maintain 24/7 preventive patrol,” he added.
Emergency hotlines are also available at (02) 726-1261 to 62 and 0906-3745375.
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