The Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) branch in Taft Avenue corner Remedios St. in Manila was robbed by armed men earlier today, April 18, at 2:00 AM. The amount stolen reached an estimated P6 million in cash.
Radyo.inquirer.net reports that three bank personnel were about to load cash into the ATM of the said branch when two men armed with high caliber firearms approached and threatened them the moment they got off the armored van. The suspects quickly fled the spot in an L-300 Van.
The police are already conducting an investigation on the incident. CCTV cameras of the bank and nearby establishments are already being reviewed. After the incident, the three personnel locked themselves inside the armored car and did not immediately coordinate with the police.
Early this year, January 27, the Philippine National Bank (PNB) branch in Sta. Cruz, Laguna was robbed. Six armed robbers, one of them a female, entered the bank located just in front of the provincial capitol and declared a holdup. However, two suspects who escaped using an orange Toyota Vios with license plate number AAP 9437 were apprehended by the authorities in the nearby Nagcarlan town who set up check points after the Sta. Cruz police raised an alarm.