Police sets up task force, desk to handle bank robberies

Police sets up task force, desk to handle bank robberies
By Kristine L. Alave
Last updated 03:34am (Mla time) 07/17/2007

MANILA, Philippines — After receiving complaints from officials about the police’s failure to go after bank robbers, the National Capital Region Police Office has ordered the creation of a task force to speed up the investigation of these cases.


In his order dated July 6, NCRPO chief, Deputy Director General Reynaldo Varilla, directed all police districts in Metro Manila to put up a desk that would concentrate on bank robbery cases and go after the suspects involved in these illegal activities.


He also ordered the activation of the Joint Anti-Bank Robbery Special Operations Task Force that would oversee the police desks.


According to Varilla, he issued the order after a meeting last June 29 among NCRPO top officials, bank security managers and members of the Joint Anti-Bank Robbery Action Committee.


During the meeting, bank officials reportedly expressed their dismay over the failure of police authorities to pursue cases and arrest the suspects of bank robberies.


Chief Supt. Luizo Ticman, Eastern Police District director, told the Inquirer they have already set up desks in police stations and assigned officials to the task force.


He added that they have also been coordinating with bank representatives and local government officials to improve security in banks. According to Ticman, he has urged bank officials to install indoor and outdoor close circuit televisions to monitor the exits and entrances.


In the past few months, several daring bank heists have taken place, including a holdup inside SM Fairview in Quezon City and the robbing of an armored van of the Metropolitan Bank and Trust Co. in Makati City.


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