As you can see in my Facebook status here, it was an unlucky Monday. I know I’ve been a victim of thievery several times before that I already consider it a form of TITHING 🙁 Somehow, you never expect it to happen again to you and then bam! there goes another one. So that’s what happened to me last Monday in, of all places, the company parking lot. I was just a few steps to my car when a man in a motorcycle very casually grabbed my handbag away from me and sped off. I was at first speechless from shock, but managed to shout “please run after him!!” to nothingness. It was dark, and there were no roving guards. At least the ones who came responded very late 🙁 It was an early Christmas for that snatcher, as he carted away with him an XXXXX amount of cash and three of my high-end gadgets.
This incident would have a bizarre turn as my officemate told me that she heard on TV how a motorcyle-riding man was apprehended in the same area early this morning, after he tried to snatch again the bag of another woman. And that he was a policeman! The Inquirer story is here.
So I did what I needed to do and go to the police station to identify him in a line-up. Fear not, he already has my vital documents and cellphone pictures in that bag he stole from me anyway. It was quite unnerving to see this Manila policeman being bunched up with accused thieves and rapists in that small room. Unnerving as well that the plate of the motorcycle they apprehended from him read “Manila’s Finest” . Hmm, Manila’s Finest….. “Snatcher?” Why would he be so stupid to do a crime with that sticker on?
The investigating officers were very encouraging as well , telling me there’s little hope that I can recover the stolen goodies. This early on? Wow. You could at least try, right?
Someone told me I’ve become another statistic, and it’s true. I have little faith of going through the motions of filing for the police blotter and being interviewed for a complaint that just goes through the archives of “unsolved cases.” But unlike what happened to me in the past, what’s different with this one is that there’s no more John Doe, but a (police)man properly arrested and identified. It will be in the courts tomorrow, and the motorcyle bandit will be appropriately slapped with “non-bailable” charges (hope so). I will try to cooperate with the courts to seek justice for my case, and his other “unnamed” victims.
There’s so many things going on in my mind, mostly about how things seem to be headed for the worst, in my chaotic comfort zone that’s the City of Manila. Things like, why couldn’t Mayor Lim light up that portion of Roxas Boulevard Service Road where so many crimes have occurred? Whatever happened to company-wide security bulletins, so that people can at least be warned and informed? I’ve talked to other managers and the same fate has befallen them, in that service road 🙁
It’s been a long day at the police station, and am tired.