Again, Metro Manila nearly crime-free during Pacman fight

Metro Manila was nearly crime free yesterday as millions of Filipinos watched the boxing title match between Saranggani Rep. Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao and Antonio Margarito of Mexico.

While many Filipinos were watching the boxing match, suspected members of the notorious “Martilyo Gang” struck in Manila’s Binondo district known for jewelry shops shortly before noontime Sunday, police reports said.

Aside from the reported robbery incident in Manila, the reports said that all police regional offices have reported no criminal incidents at the time Pacquiao and Margarito were slugging it out at the square ring.

Reports reaching Camp Crames said that ‘Martilyo Gang” members wearing black jacket robbed the Gold Dust Marketing, a jewelry shop along T. Alonzo st., corner Ongpin, Binondo in Manila at around 11:37 a.m.

The suspects, using hammers, smashed the shop’s windows and display cabinets and carted away still unknown amount of jewelry in less than 20 minutes.
Members of the Manila Police District (MPD) are now conducting a hot-pursuit operation against the suspects.

The robbery incident in Ongpin took place two days after the National Capital Regional Police Office (Ncrpo) deployed teams of Motorized Anti-Crime Operatives (MASCOs) in Manila’s Binondo area.

MASCOs were deployed in key strategic areas in Manila and the rest of the metropolis to deter or counter criminal elements and combat crimes, which is usually on the upsurge during the holiday season.

“We are doing this in preparation for the Christmas season… as you know, people flock at the Binondo area during the Holiday Season,” said by National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) director Chief Supt. Nicanor Bartolome,

With the influx of people, especially during the Holiday Season in Metro Manila, the NCRPO sees the need for a much greater police visibility to deter criminal elements with their nefarious activities.

“The MASCOs complement the foot and mobile patrols deployed by the different police districts and stations in Metro Manila,” Bartolome said. (Anthony Vargas)

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