CCTV footage of the 4 suspects entering the Mabuhay Manor Hotel
Manila, PHILIPPINES — The CCTV footage of the Mabuhay Manor Hotel shows how four suspects came in and robbed hotel employees and a guest at three a.m. Tuesday.
The suspects ran away with around P3.5 million worth of cash, personal belongings and pieces of jewelry.
What was taken from the hotel itself only amounts to P33,000 cash and the .38 revolver pistol of the security guard.
The one who lost the most was the hotel guest, Dominador Castro, an Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW). Taken from him was USD15,800; gadgets worth USD 7,000; a Rolex wristwatch worth USD 30,000; and sets of jewelry amounting to around USD 30,000.
Castro said his family was about to check out when the incident happened. They were all shocked and felt helpless.
“Natutukan ako. ‘Dapa, papatayin kita,’ ganun kaagad eh. Tapos yun, ‘Dapa, papatayin ko kayo! Dapa, walang titingin!’ Yun lang,” he said, recounting the incident.
( A gun was pointed at me. “Get down or I’ll kill you,” he said right away. And then, “Get down, or I’ll kill you all! Get down, nobody look!” That’s all.)
Another victim, Robert Castro, suggested tightening security, “Kasi ngayon, season di ba maraming mga bakasyunista, maraming mga kababayan natin na nag-i-stay dito (This season there are many vacationers staying in the hotel).”
The Southern Police District said the suspects disconnected the hotel’s telephone line which made it impossible for the employees to immediately report the matter to them.
The authorities are also looking into the accountabilities of the hotel management in the incident.
“Kung may lapses yung management, hotel management, yung motel management, yung security guards, the staff, isasama natin yan (possible lapses by the hotel management, security guards and the staff will be looked into),” said SPD Deputy Chief Police for Operations, PSupt. Gene Licud. — Rajel Adora | UNTV News & Rescue