Robberies at government offices
Published by the Visayan Daily Star
Editor-in-Chief & President
Bureau Chief, Dumaguete
MAJA P. DELY
|CARLOS ANTONIO L. LEONARDIA
In the past few months, five local government treasuries have been entered and robbed with large amounts of cash as well as checks taken by suspects who have, until now, not been apprehended, much less charged for the crimes.
The first to be recorded took place right in the treasury of the Negros Occidental capitol. This was followed by those in the cities of Escalante and Bago, and in the towns of Cauayan and, lately, Hinobaan.
The last one is still under investigation, and the local police is reportedly working on the identities of the suspects. In most of the cases, the possibility of an inside job has not been discounted, although no findings on the results of the probes have been reported yet.
The successive incidents of thefts perpetrated in town and city halls, and even in the provincial capitol, have become alarming, because they seem to indicate that these offices are not very rigid about the security measures they apply for the protection of government property.
They also indicate as well, that the perpetrators have become very daring and ingenuous in the way they stage their capers. Their ventures must be very productive because, so far, the amounts stolen must already exceed millions.
We do not belittle the efforts of the local police, but perhaps a more concerted effort should be made to go after the members of the group who are in this act. It is not unlikely that they are now targeting other town and city offices, encouraged by their success, so far, and the inability of the authorities to catch them.
It is appalling to see that no arrests have yet been made, and that the chance of ever recovering the amounts stolen are getting dimmer and dimmer.*