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Analyzing the LBC-Laoag heist

Written by Ilocos Sentinel posted on Sunday, June 2nd, 2013

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It was illogical why the holdupers who robbed on June 1 the LBC Express-Laoag branch office on Rizal St., in downtown Laoag  did not wear any mask or hood to hide their identities. Was it because they knew that the installed CCTV camera inside the LBC office was not functioning due to the absence of electricity caused by the scheduled brownout in the city? 

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Be that as it may, did they not consider the possibility that the eyewitnesses to the incident could give cartographic sketches of their facial look and body built to the police investigators? With computer high-technology, their sketches could easily form clues about the suspects’ identities. At this point in time, the police investigators may now be closer to their lead. What comes next is the long arm of the law that will eventually catch them from their hideout

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 I think, the heist artists were still rookies in the dirty job. They have the speed and agility in staging the holdup with precision. However, their loot was cheap and minimal to the tune of P300,000 cash only. If they equally divide the money among themselves by four shares, each is richer by P75,000.

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 For a hungry person who is poor as a house rat, that share of money is already a manna from heaven. He could already feed his starving family for a month or two. He could send his dropout children to school. He could buy a denim pant and ordinary cellphone for his teen daughter or son.

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 Due to extreme poverty, any jobless family man for that matter is tempted to steal and rob money from others for survival. He knows the risk but he gambles his life, come what may. This kind of jerk mostly comes from the slum areas, the breeding place of criminals and other lawless elements.

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By general contrast, some unscrupulous government officials turn crooks by stealing taxpayers’ money. They pocket millions of pesos in the form of kickbacks from government-funded projects and other shadowy government transactions. For them, the urge to get richer is irresistible. They are not contended owning one mansion here and abroad or riding in one luxury car.

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Worse, if the male crook has a mistress to support or vices to maintain. It all boils down to collapse of moral values. To liberate oneself from sins and other worldly evil things, one must reform  to be God-fearing and practice the act of a true christian.#(jun r. guiang)

 

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