ALARMED by series of robbery incidents inside government offices in Davao Region for the past months, Police Regional Office-Davao Region said it has already taken precautionary measures and investigation to identify the perpetrators.
PRO-11 spokesperson Supt. Antonio Rivera said they are conducting their own investigation to determine whether the perpetrators behind these robbery incidents in various local government unit (LGU) offices were committed by only one organized group.
Police said robbers broke into the treasurer's office of Mati City, Carmen town in Davao del Norte and another in Davao del Sur.
"We are stil trying to determine if the perpetrators are just the same group. We are still conducting investigations to prove it," Rivera said during the recent AFP-PNP press conference at the Task Force Davao Headquarters.
Rivera also encouraged the LGUs to also create their own special investigation team to look into the matter.
The recent reported robbery incident took place last Tuesday in Carmen where the town's treasurer's office was robbed of P700,000 cash from the office's vault.
Rivera said they are not ruling out the possibility that the incident was an "inside job."
"Pwede din yung inside job angle but it will be eliminated once any other evidences will be revealed," Rivera said.
"May pattern na yan sila eh. Usually yung mga past incidents ginagawa nila yung crime during Saturday or Sunday evening or dawn kasi walang mga tao," he added.
Senior Supt. Samuel Gadingan, director of the Davao del Norte Provincial Police Office (DNPPO), also said that everything will be cleared once the investigation results will come out.
In a separate interview, Sr. Supt. Milgrace Driz, spokesperson of Davao city Police Office (DCPO, said they will not relax despite the heightened security details in the city.
"Naa man tay directive sa higher office to intensify our security especially in government offices. So far wala man nakawatan diri. Dili ta magcompyansa lang (We received a directive to intensify our security details especially in government offices. So far we did not receive reports of robbery in our offices. But we will not relax)," Driz said.
"Tistingi nila (Let them try)," she added.