Cops arrest 'rugby boys' in EDSA

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 14 2011 01:36 AM | Updated as of Sep 14 2011 09:36 AM

MANILA, Philippines – A group of minors allegedly responsible for a series of robberies along EDSA was arrested by officials of the Quezon City Police District on Tuesday.

These young people, also commonly called "rugby boys," are often seen under the Metro Rail Transit (MRT) in EDSA-Cubao inhaling solvents used as roof sealants.

They are also suspected to be behind a series of "bukas-kotse" robberies along EDSA.

Police also arrested a 29-year-male who admitted to being a member of “Bahala Na Gang”.

One of the minors, a 13-year-old girl, said she had been previously arrested for abusing solvents.

"Nakagamit na ako pero hindi araw-araw,” she said.

Authorities said the group will undergo counseling and rehabilitation. However, they noted that the group usually returns to their old ways once released.

"Mayroon tayong mas pinaigting na kautusan ngayon na hulihin sila. Pero just the same, babalik at babalik sila because they are just minors. We have already proposed several measures para i-amend ang batas,” said Director Allan Purisima of the National Capital Region Police Office.

Police are currently conducting operations to arrest crime organizations who may have an influence on the minors. -- Report from Doland Castro, ABS-CBN News