A Warning to Frequent Flyers


Last week, a friend of my brother went to the airport accompanied by their whole household to fetch his dad. His dad, who worked in Hong Kong, was coming home for good.  So he has with him all his stuff from HK like computers and other gadgets.

On the way home, they stopped at a gas station along SLEX to withdraw some cash, probably to pay for the rented car. They exited SLEX via the Southwood Toll Gate. Less than a kilometer away from the toll gate, a car cut them off and stopped in front of their vehicle. From what they can remember, four men with handguns and rifles came out, aiming at them and approached their vehicle.

One of the men commandeered their vehicle while the others “secured” them. The one driving the vehicle drove them around for a while before dropping them off somewhere in Alabang, alive. The armed men took off with everything they have.

The men were armed and were not wearing any mask.

The family suspects that someone from the airport tipped these criminals that they are carrying a bunch of valuables.

Knowing that a lot of my friend’s parents travel abroad a lot, I relayed to them the story. One of them reminded me that his father was an airport police and that he was told of these kind of modus operandi before. According to him, the criminal syndicate inside the airport has people on high places. His dad usually just turn a blind eye on these matters as he has no one to report it to.

Apparently, it’s not just robbery and car-napping but also drug trafficking.

My friend suggests, for your safety, to always travel light and avoid bringing valuables. If you really need to, send them via FedEx or UPS or other freight service that you trust. It’s more expensive but at least it makes you less of a target.

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3 Responses to A Warning to Frequent Flyers

  1. Renz says:

    I’ve heard this modus operandi from the news. Your friend is lucky they didn’t take away the car because the news says that the victims are left alone amidst the highway without a car.

    • Renz says:

      Oh They took the car….

  2. brother says:

    They were dropped off in an area in Cavite were bodies of salvage victims are usually found. It was such a blessing that no one got hurt.

    Sadly, this incident is not something new:

    http://www.philstar.com/Article.aspx?articleId=594813&publication

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