BIR exec robbed

Manila, Philippines - An executive of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) lost more than a million pesos worth of cash and valuables after armed robbers barged into her home in Quezon City where her sons were also hogtied.

Inspector Alan dela Cruz, Chief of the Theft and Robbery Section of the Quezon City Police District (QCPD), said that suspects robbed the home of BIR West Pasig Regional Director Emilia Combes, 53, on  Denver Dalton St., Fil-Invest 2, Barangay Batasan Hills.

The complainant told police that the suspects carted away two portable safety vaults containing pieces of jewelry and cash apart from electronic gadgets and some appliances. Dela Cruz assured that they are looking into a robbery group who could be behind the incident.

The police official declined to identify the name of the group and the possible suspects involved in the robbery due to ongoing follow-up operations. Dela Cruz said the robbery took place at 11:45 a.m. Tuesday when the only persons at home that time were the BIR official’s two sons--Exxon, 23, and Anthony, 20—as well as the housemaid and her nephew.

Emilia’s two sons told police that there were at least five unidentified male suspects in the robbery. Exxon and Anthony recounted that they were just chatting at the back of the house when they were surprised to see the suspects appear. Dela Cruz learned the gate of the house was not locked at that time.