Iloilo police reject organized crime theory in recent robberies

Iloilo police reject organized crime theory in recent robberies

RAZALAN
RAZALAN


ILOILO – The Iloilo Police Provincial Office (IPPO) has confirmed that individuals involved in three recent robbery incidents were not part of an organized syndicate.

IPPO chief Colonel Bayani Razalan also clarified that these were isolated incidents carried out by opportunistic individuals targeting small amounts of money and expensive mobile phones.

“These are not acts committed by an organised group. If that were the case, the targets would have been larger. However, they only managed to steal small amounts of cash and a few high-end mobile phones, which suggests that these were crimes of opportunity rather than planned operations,” Razalan said.

The first reported incident occurred on the morning of June 14 in the city of Santa Barbara, where a call center agent was injured.

Further thefts took place on June 24 in the towns of Oton and Pavia.

In Oton, a 40-year-old woman had her phone stolen around 3:30 a.m. in barangay Poblacion West.

In Pavia, Dave, 31, had his phone and 1,200 pesos stolen. Two suspects have since been charged with robbery with violence and intimidation.

To prevent further incidents, Razalan ordered increased police vigilance, especially against motorcyclists, and deployed additional personnel during night hours. He also stressed the importance of cooperation between the police, financial institutions and local barangay officials to maintain peace and order.

“Let us help each other maintain peace and order in our province,” Razalan said.PN