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Friday, September 20, 2019

Tobacco firm bent to pursue charges vs robbery suspects

TOBACCO company PMFTC, Inc., has expressed concern on a series of robbery-holdup incidents involving delivery vans of cigarettes, mostly owned by the company, in Davao City even as it denied reports it is not bent on pursuing charges against the perpetrators.

The company, in a statement issued on Thursday, said it has been, in fact, cooperating with authorities in any investigation of such incidents, particularly if it involved PMFTC personnel and their products.

PMFTC, Inc. is a joint venture company between Philip Morris Philippines Manufacturing Inc. (PMPMI) and Fortune Tobacco Corp. (FTC).

"We view with serious concern robbery hold-up incidents involving our salesmen and delivery vans. The security of our people and the protection of our property are of paramount importance to PMFTC Inc.," the company's official statement said.

The company also denied reports it has a policy not to pursue robbery cases if these involved amounts less than P20,000.

"There is absolutely no basis to the allegation that we do not pursue robbery cases below a certain amount equivalent value of the stolen good. Any form of theft, big or small, is immediately reported to the police and we fully cooperate with the ensuing investigation," PMFTC said.

The company is apparently reacting to a statement issued by Davao City Police Office (DCPO) spokesperson Chief Inspector Milgrace Cajes Driz, who claimed that no case so far has been pursued against holdup-robbery suspects due to the company's policy.

The DCPO is also not discounting the possibility that these robbery-holdup incidents involving delivery vans of cigarettes are inside jobs.

"We are confused why the victims are not pursuing the charges against the suspects. We are looking on the possibility that this could also be an inside job since they have a company policy that if their collector gets robbed or lose below P20,000 worth of their sales then it's just okay and has insurance," Driz told Sun.Star Davao in an interview. (NCB)
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