Japanese tourist robbed of P80k in Manila


MANILA, Philippines—A Japanese tourist was robbed of P80,000 in cash late Monday afternoon after two armed men forced him into a van outside a Manila mall and took him for a ride before abandoning him in Pasay City.

Sereiji Hiroshi, 66, temporarily billeted at a hotel along Maria Orosa Street in Ermita, Manila, lodged on Tuesday a complaint before the Manila Police District General Assignment Section (MPD-GAS) about the brief kidnapping and robbery.

Police Officer 3 Donald Panaligan, case investigator, said that the robbery and kidnapping happened around 4:30 p.m. at the corner of Maria Orosa and Pedro Gil streets, near the Robinson’s mall.

Based on the complaint filed with the police, the Japanese tourist was walking along the street corner when two men accosted and pointed their handguns at him.

The armed men allegedly forced the elderly tourist into a gray van and drove off with him. During the trip, the men allegedly divested him of his cash.

Hiroshi said the men dropped him off somewhere in the vicinity of the Mall of Asia in Pasay City. The victim was able to flag down a taxi and asked to be ferried back to his hotel.

Panaligan said the tourist was not able to take note of the van’s license plate and simply asked a friend to accompany him on Tuesday to the police to file a report.

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  • Mafe

    Is this incident and some sort an uncontrollable? or we just really have an incompetent police force. I think the later is the appropriate one.

  • Anonymous

    Another case of being “MORE FUN IN THE PHILIPPINES”….there’s a lot “MORE FUN” coming…that’s for sure…

  • Ralph L

    poor old man… hindi na naawa sa matanda. you think mahuhuli ang criminal??? just go inside any manila police station and look around. 

  • Anonymous

    So this is” More Fun in the Philippines” that our government is campaining. Dapat isama nyo rin na its “More Safe in the Phils”. Mga inutil na mga taga Dept. Of Tourism. Sino nga pala yung Cabinet member ni P-Noy sa dept. of tourism? di ko kilala eh.

    • fav

      @tokyoplace wag mo ng alamin kasi lahat sila busy sa empeachement trial kay corona!!!! mas safe daw ang philippines kong dun nila uubusin ang oras nila hanngang matapos ang term ng mga senador ang tongressman natin

  • John

    if these criminality would be eliminated if not reduced to the minimal…all progress that we are saying would just come…so focus on providing employment to the people…as there are really those who want fast money, clean up our police force..if possible reorient and re-indoctrinate them.

  • fav

    itsssssssssss freakingggggg moreeeee funnnnn in the PHILIPPPINESSSS!!!!!…

  • Anonymous

     Its more fun in Manila. Hanggang sa mamatay itong matandang turistng hapon na to di nya makakalimutan ang experyensyang ito. Di lahat ng turista nakatikim ng ganitong excitement, di ba? Kahit dalhin mo sa Palawan yan, isang linggo lang makakalimutan na nya ang underground river. Pero ito, super experience ito. Ok, di ba?

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