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.

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  • lastduckstanding

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

    • 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?

  • Noel

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

  • 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…?

  • 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…

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