This past Sunday, a disturbance happened in Las Piñas City as a man (on a motorcycle) who allegedly robbed a foreign national encountered the police at a checkpoint that was set up as the law enforcers were already informed by the victim about what happened, according to a Manila Bulletin news report. The suspect turned out to be armed and this prompted the police to fire shots at him and eventually arrested him. The suspect was brought to a hospital for treatment.
To put things in perspective, posted below is an excerpt from the Manila Bulletin news report. Some parts in boldface…
A 37-year-old man who allegedly robbed an Indian national was seriously injured when he was shot by responding policemen on July 31 in Las Piñas City.
Police identified the suspect as Gian Bautista, a resident of San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan. He suffered a gunshot wound in the body and was rushed to the Las Piñas District Hospital for treatment.
Investigation showed the incident happened at about 12: 20 p.m. in front of a fast food chain at Casimiro Intersection, Barangay Talon, Las Piñas City
Members of the Las Piñas police were conducting Oplan Sita along Grandeur, Marcos Alvarez Avenue when they were approached by Narinder Singh, 37, Indian national, who said he was robbed by a man on board a motorcycle without a plate number.
The victim told police that the suspect immediately fled going to the direction of Alabang-Zapote Road after he was robbed of his cash and valuables. A chokepoint was immediately set-up in front of Casimiro Intersection for the arrest of Bautista.
Police manning the chokepoint flagged down the motorcycle described by the victim when it was spotted passing the area.
The police said the suspect pulled out his firearm and pointed it to the police, prompting them to shoot Bautista.
The above article ended stating that the law enforcers recovered a .45-caliber pistol with eight pieces of live ammunition, seven assorted cellular phones, and a belt bag containing a necklace, ring watch, assorted identification cards and cash amounting to more than P45,000.
Let me end this piece by asking you readers: If you are living in Las Piñas City, what is your reaction to this report? Do you believe that robbery is still a major problem in your local community? Do you know anyone who was robbed over the past twelve months?
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