Latest Stories

Saudi man loses P65K in Makati hotel; hotel guard quizzed


MANILA, Philippines—Saudi Arabian Jamal Thabitim Alyafel, 40, was expecting all the good things in the Philippines when he came for a week’s tour — beautiful mountains and sceneries, friendly and accommodating people, a nice stay.

But not after he left his moneybag containing his Visa and ATM cards and cash amounting to $1,600 (P65,008) on a sofa at the lobby of Oxford Hotel in Brgy. Poblacion, Makati, last Friday.  Around 8 pm that day, Jamal said he left his moneybag on the sofa while arranging the fruits he brought at a market. He realized he left his moneybag after he reached his room, and went down immediately at the lobby to check it. He could no longer find it. He asked around, but no one saw it, he said.

Immediately, he reported the loss of the bag to the barangay (village office).

Jamal transferred to the Mandarin Hotel after the loss of the bag, and said Oxford hotel staff had not been that helpful.

On Monday, he personally went to Makati police, bringing with him a cell-phone-captured footage taken by the hotel’s security camera as proof.  He pointed as suspect Michael Juan, the security guard of the lobby caught in a closed-circuit television footage of the incident as the only one seemingly approaching the sofa twice, and appearing to take and place something in his pocket.

Investigator PO1 Noli Jucal said the CCTV footage was not that clear enough to identify the suspect, although it could stand as circumstantial evidence.

“Although we did not see in the video the actual taking of the valuables, the mere fact he was the only person seen at the area,” made Juan a probable suspect, Jucal said.

Jumal strongly hopes to get the money back and file a formal case before he leaves in the next 10 days.

Follow Us

Follow us on Facebook Follow on Twitter Follow on Twitter

Recent Stories:

Complete stories on our Digital Edition newsstand for tablets, netbooks and mobile phones; 14-issue free trial. About to step out? Get breaking alerts on your mobile.phone. Text ON INQ BREAKING to 4467, for Globe, Smart and Sun subscribers in the Philippines.

Tags: Crime , Foreign Nationals , foreign tourists , Global Nation , Police , theft

  • lastduckstanding

    I had my phone stolen by a Cebu Pacific flight attendant. More fun indeed.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VPSXDLCQEZGZDJSX32G7PYHNCI Noel

      How did you know it was flight attendant?  It could be another passenger near you.  If you were certain it was the attendant, did you report and file a complaint which was what you should have done?

  • Hey_Dudes

    Isa na naman nakawan?  Nakaw capital of the world na ba tayo?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VPSXDLCQEZGZDJSX32G7PYHNCI Noel

    Shameful.  All the good things he experienced while on tour for just a week got wasted with one crime.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000405903680 Garo Ungaro

    When you don’t value yourself and focus on material things in life..this kind of things happens..When hard works is not enough and opportunity arises, you got a choice…?Thats the level of moral,ethical values that exist in a sub standard society…?

  • http://www.facebook.com/jun.jacinto.98 Jun Jacinto

    He lost it, its not a crime. Kahit naman sa saudi pag naiwan mo pera mo at wala makakita kukunin din.

  • Pitbulldog

    65K was lost by this Saudi man and it is already a big issue.  Wow, that is just loose change for a Saudi citizen, malaki pa nga yata di hamak ang sweldo ng mga P-noy clerks dyan sa SABIC kumpara sa nawala niya.  It would be a more interesting read if that engot lost both his heads…

Copyright © 2014, .
To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.
Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:
c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94


  • Messy warehouse belongs to Unicef, WFP, says Soliman
  • Suspected Abu Sayyaf rebels release hostage
  • New meaning of Easter in Samar
  • Colombia hopes to share Garcia Marquez remains
  • Holy fire ceremony draws thousands in Jerusalem
  • Sports

  • Warriors beat Clippers in playoff opener
  • Pacquiao top Mayweather contender
  • Rain or Shine, Ginebra clash for No. 6 spot
  • Ateneo eyes quarterfinal spot vs Benilde
  • Style contrast marks OneFC ‘Rise of Heroes’
  • Lifestyle

  • Noli Yamsuan, Cardinal Sin’s ‘official’ photographer: ‘I could smell the aftershave lotion of the Pope’
  • Simplifying and lightening life
  • Where to go for Easter night-out
  • Joe de Venecia visits the Queen Mother of Cambodia
  • Fashionistas flock to designer’s wedding
  • Entertainment

  • Show-biz celebrities’ other choices of summer getaway
  • Why ‘Noah’ can’t dock his ark at Philippine theaters
  • Acclaimed artist goes wild while on holiday
  • Believing in this mermaid
  • Missing Xian
  • Business

  • Top-selling insurance agent opens her dream café
  • Connecting and transacting with one another
  • Building wealth for health
  • Why Mandaue Foam buys, rather than rents, space
  • A workplace of new possibilities
  • Technology

  • Nasa’s moon-orbiting robot crashes down
  • Netizens pay respects to Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • Nokia recalls 30,000 chargers for Lumia 2520 tablet
  • Facebook rolls out ‘nearby friends’ feature
  • Netizens seethe over Aquino’s ‘sacrifice’ message
  • Opinion

  • Epiphany
  • Unpaid creditor vs distressed debtor
  • Moving on
  • From culinary desert to paradise
  • Response to China: ‘Usjaphil’
  • Global Nation

  • Asia seeks Obama’s assurance in territorial spats
  • Cesar Chavez movie sparks memories of Fil-Am labor leaders
  • Filipinos in US poised for success
  • Visas for priests and other faith leaders
  • DOH to continue tracking co-passengers of OFW infected with MERS virus
  • Marketplace