Miss Philippines Earth 2013 Angelee Delos Reyes. Photo taken from the official Facebook page of Miss Earth Philippines
MANILA - Miss Philippines Earth 2013 Angelee Delos Reyes admitted that she was "traumatized" after she and her boyfriend were victimized by riding-in-tandem suspects last February.
In an episode of "Red Alert" aired Friday, Delos Reyes recalled having dinner out with some friends in a restaurant in San Juan, when a man got off a motorcycle and approached her boyfriend, Yussef Esteves.
She then remembered feeling helpless and "stunned" after seeing that the suspect was armed.
"Baril 'yun eh. Isang pagkakamali lang, pwedeng wala ka na," she told host Atom Araullo. "Binigay na lang niya."
Asked for any advice on how to deal with such incidents, the beauty queen said, "Unang-una kong maa-advise ay isipin nila 'yung buhay nila agad."
"Kasi ako dati, deadma lang ako, hindi ko pinapansin 'yung mga ganyan. Sinasabi ko na hindi naman mangyayari sa akin 'yan pero hindi pala natin masasabi."
Rising number of victims
According to data from the Philippine National Police (PNP), over 3,500 were victimized by riding-in-tandem suspects in 2013. The data also showed that for the months of January and February this year, another 824 were robbed.
"Ang pagiisip lang ng mga 'yan talaga ay money, money, money. Pag lumaban ka sa kanila, hindi sila maghe-hesitate na patayin ka," explained PNP superintendent Roberto Domingo.
He warned against staying out late and advised to immediately call and report to the police should any untoward incident occur.
"Kung tayo ay magiging biktima, tandaan na lang natin ang itsura at plate number. Wag na wag na tayong lalaban dahil kung ano man ang makukuha sa atin, maaring maibalik," Domingo added.