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Sunday, 18 May 2008

Friday’s bloody bank robbery in Laguna that left nine people killed and one seriously wounded.

Friday’s bloody bank robbery in Laguna that left nine people killed and one seriously wounded.This, despite the admission of Edwin Ermita, vice president for corporate affairs of Rizal Commercial Banking Corp. (RCBC) that they found no need for radical changes in bank security."On Monday may meeting kami with the PNP as part of the Joint Anti-Bank Robbery Action Committee (We will meet with the PNP as part of the Joint Anti-Bank Robbery Action Committee)," Ermita, who is also president of the Bank Security Management Association, told dzRH radio in an interview.He said that at this point, they saw no need to radically change security arrangements for banks, adding they had always sought to protect bank employees and customers.Ermita said that under the present security setup with the PNP, the bank security focuses on protecting customers and employees within the bank premises.
The PNP, for its part, is tasked with security for bank customers outside bank premises, including automated teller machine (ATM) sites."Yung nangyayari sa labas ng bangko, pagka-withdraw, malayo na pinangyarihan. That is already the responsibility of police authorities with regard to that (What happens outside the banks is the responsibility of the police)," he said.Police are now hunting down the robbers who killed nine persons and seriously wounded a tenth during the robbery on the RCBC branch in Cabuyao, Laguna.Calabarzon police director Chief Supt. Ricardo Padilla has described the robbery as the "work of the devil."President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo had already ordered police to solve the crime at the soonest possible time.PNP chief Dir. Gen. Avelino Razon Jr added that with no new major leads on the matter so far, police have tightened security for the lone survivor, Isagani Pastor, to ensure that he will recover.Razon said Pastor could provide vital information regarding the incident.



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