Fish vendors express alarm over robberies-A A +A
Saturday, October 5, 2013
MEXICO -- A group of small-scale fish traders here expressed alarm over the increasing number of robbery incidents in the locality.
The group claimed that a robbery syndicate is preying on fish vendors in remote barangays here.
The latest incident happened Thursday in Barangay San Juan wherein a fish trader on board a "kolong kolong" (tricycle) was harassed by armed men riding in a motorcycle.
"Lahat ng napagbentahan noong araw na iyon ay tinangay ng mga hold upper. Kawawa naman ang nagtitinda dahil inuutang lang ang puhunan tapos minsan lang nanakawin ng mga ganitong klase ng tao," Elmer Galapon, also a fish trader said.
Galapon noted that it was not the first incident. He said that robbery incidents are prevalent in the locality and other neighboring places involving ambulant vendors.
"Kung bakit sa dami ng pweding gawing biktima ay pati ang maliliit na nagtitinda ay pinapatulan pa nila. Sana maisip din nila na kapag nawalan ng puhunan ang kanilang nagiging biktima ay magugutom din ang kanilang mga anak," he stated.
The group asked the local officials and authorities to closely monitor their respective communities to prevent the entry of lawless elements.
"Sana matulungan po kami ng mga kinauukulan lalu na yung mga nasa barangay," another trader, who requested not to be identified, said.
Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on October 05, 2013.