If you see something wrong on the photo, on my attire or on other things, I am sorry. I’m not expert on this. By the way, my photo may be just for fun but my post for today isn’t and seems to be odd. I used to post lighthearted articles but today, it’s gonna be serious. Yes, we have to be really serious because we are talking about our own safety in this write-up.
We know that crime is very rampant in the Philippines and one act of it is robbery. Due to a high number of robbery in our country, the police came up to different names of gangs that usually takes place in our areas. Actually, each gangs doesn’t consist of only one group. These are just names made by the police to easily identify what modus operandi happened. As for today, I decided to list the famous gangs in the Philippines and discuss each one of them. You already know the reason – awareness and safety.
Akyat Bahay Gang
The first in line is Akyat Bahay Gang. From the name itself, people who understand Filipino language will immediately know what the thieves from Akyat Bahay Gang do. For those who don’t, akyat means climb while bahay means house. So Akyat Bahay robbers climb houses to get their target. Our family was once a victim of this. Luckily, our main door was on the second floor and when he came to it, he found it difficult to open.
Bahala Na Gang
Bahala Na Gang is the oldest and largest gang in the Philippines to the point that the idea reached America. It was established among inmates in the notorious jails of the Philippines. But how did they get its name? Bahala na is a well-known attitude of Filipinos which means come what may. The said gang doesn’t only do robbery, but also heavy drug trafficking, murder, carjacking, kidnapping and other various crimes.
Dugo Dugo Gang
This one sounds scary because dugo, which is blood in English, was included in its name. Meaning, blood will be present in the modus operandi. Well, it’s quite true. The suspect will trick house helpers by saying that someone send them to get money or jewelry because of their false pretenses that their boss are in accident or something. Well, this advisory is for the house keepers out there. Don’t believe on strangers easily.
Budol Budol Gang
Boodle is pronounced as budol here in the Philippines. With that statement, you already know that the members of Budol Budol Gang are getting really big amount. How do they do it? Their first requirement is to look harmless or gullible so that when they talk to their victim, he won’t have a hint that he’s a victim. And with that, they get a chance to grab his bag or something. Others persuade the victims to give them any valuables they have.
Bundol Bundol Gang
If the last modus operandi was called Budol Budol, the next one is called Bundol Bundol Gang. Using a car, members of this gang purposely bumped another car, which is bundol in Filipino, to gave a distorted story telling that the victim’s car hit the suspect’s. With this false story, the suspect will be able to get charge from the damage of the victim. I suggest that cameras should be built everywhere to know the truth about this.
Bukas Kotse or Basag Kotse Gang
Bukas means open. Basag means crack or break. Kotse means car. With these translations, we can easily identify what these gangs are doing. For the Bukas Kotse Gang, the thieves forcefully open the door of the parked vehicle while for the Basag Kotse Gang, they will break the parked vehicle’s windshields. Both’s purpose is to hijack the car or steal valuables inside. So you should bear in your mind that your cars are not a safe storage.
From the word salisi which means alternately, in opposite directions or to go unnoticed, this gang is created. From this statement, Salisi Gang are those thieves who distract their victim so that when they’re not attentive to their things, they’ll quickly snatch them. It’s just like what happened to me. A beggar was asking for money when he suddenly grabbed my earrings. So to my readers, always be attentive to your belongings.
When there is Martilyo Gang, then there is hammer involved, the English word for martilyo. Their main target are the jewelry stores inside malls. We know that the guards don’t allow hammers inside malls but the robbers are smart that they buy them inside. After buying, they’ll use it to smash the glass on jewelry cases so that they can easily grab what’s inside. Some criminals use pipe wrenches so be aware.
Ipit Taxi Gang
Ipit Taxi Gang is the reason why taxicabs are not safe anymore. Well, members of Ipit Taxi Gang uses this vehicle to rob its passengers. The criminals can be the driver who will bring the passenger somewhere or uses sprays to make the passenger unconscious. Others are strangers in league with drivers who will just enter the taxi abruptly. I must say that this modus operandi is really dangerous because I’ve heard that many passengers are left dead.
I think, this is the only gang that is not related to its name. Donut do not occur in this modus operandi, instead, tires are the target of the robbers. According to Quezon City Police Chief Senior Supt. Richard Albano in a report, they often strike in mall parkings and steal expensive spare tires especially from SUVs, AUVs and pick-up trucks. They look for malls where it is easy to escape.