NOT just once, but at least three students shared their first-hand observations and experiences about robbery (“hold-up”) attempts through a community group in social media, all posted in a not-so distant timeframes.
All, pertaining to a particular place: the front premises of University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines.
Around 5PM of Saturday (October 14), one Jericho Rivera in the social media community group intended for USTP students, faculty, and alumni, shared his story about two suspected robbers who ride along with him inside a jeepney. There were two of them wearing jackets and wielding knives hidden on their sleeves.
“Gi taparan ko kaganina pagsakay nako sa front seat sa jeep tas nagpakita ug kutsilyo then nangutana asa ko munaog,” he recalled.
(One sat beside me in the front seat of the heep and he showed his knife, then he asked where I’ll drop off.)
“Base sa akong nakita sa iyang nawong, naa siyay tattoo sa left eye na teardrop. Beware.” He added.
(Based on what I’ve seen on his face, he has a tattoo on his left eye that resembles a teardrop.)
Around 6 p.m. of the same day, another student, JC Cardosa, shared his close encounter with the robbers, this time they were three of them.
He said that they attempted to get his cellular phone and wallet inside his backpack, and had it not for some people who walked in he was not able to get away with them without being harmed.
“Dayun gitan-aw nako iyang nawong, iya dayon kong gi sipa. Wala na dayon ko misukol kay tulo sila kabuok. Dakuon ang lawas peeo mobuon nga tao,” he shared.
(The I looked him in the face but he kicked me. I no longer fought back because they are three of them. One has a large body but a petite person.)
But it turns out, this was not the first time it happened.
Claniel Dane Pascua told the online community to be aware of the front premises of the school because there are robbers whom her friends also fell victim to their activities.
“Unta lang pud naay mga pulis labi na pag gabii dirang dapita kay gasunod sunod nag gakabiktima akong mga classmates,” she lamented. She also hoped that lamp posts will be installed on the said areas.
(Hope that there will be police detailed on those areas at night because my classmates have been victimized lately.)
The university has already put up a concrete post beside the highway of CM Recto. Unfortunately, to some unknown reason, there are no police officers assigned on the area. But there are times that the police visibility was high, especially on times where Martial Law was on its first three weeks.
These robbers might have been on and off the detention cells, as there were reports before that on the said areas, the police were able to arrest three robbers. However, it was not clearly positive that these are the same robbers who sow terror to the students now.
Their emergence is, at the very least, coincidental. In a time where “Tokhang” was suspended by the Philippine National Police, and the moment the City if Cagayan de Oro was given a “Galing Pook Award” for its governance.
Definitely, the commission of crime may not necessarily relate to illegal drugs use, as some would commit such because of extreme poverty. However, it is such a shame for us, as a community that we keep on ignoring criminalities in our own backyards. Can the police work harder without being labeled as agents of extrajudicial killings?