MANILA, Philippines - Authorities warned motorists coming from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 1 to watch out for a group of aggressive beggars dubbed as the "gagamba boys."
Police issued the advisory after a series of pictures documenting the modus operandi of the group surfaced in the Internet.
Police Chief Inspector Noelito Miranda of the Philippine National Police (PNP) Landside Security Patrol Station said the group usually targets vehicles coming from the airport that leave their windows partially open.
A beggar would force a hand or an arm inside the vehicle and ask the passengers for money. The boys would refuse to yield even when the vehicles already start moving.
While the boys do not steal from their targets, they would sometimes scratch the vehicle of those who refuse to hand over money, Miranda said.
"Ang problema, wala naman kasing mga complainant. So 'yung mga bata, pag nahuhuli naman, tinuturn over namin sa barangay at DSWD (Department of Social Welfare and Development). Maya-maya andiyan na uli. 'Yung mga mas matanda naman, wala kaming maisampang kaso kundi jaywalking," Miranda added.
The PNP also expressed concern that chasing after the gagamba boys might cause an accident on the streets.
Miranda said, "Ang advice namin sa public, kung nagasgasan 'yung sasakyan niyo o na-damage, ireklamo niyo sa pulis para mahuli natin. Huwag na rin nilang iwanang bukas 'yung bintana pag nasa area para 'di maabala."