Police: Robbery could be a motive behind shooting of 2 Customs employees

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 17 2019 07:33 PM | Updated as of Aug 17 2019 08:12 PM

MANILA—Police are looking into whether the suspects involved in the shooting of 2 Bureau of Customs employees in Makati on Friday had intended to rob them.

According to Police Lt. Col. Rogelio Simon, Makati city police chief, the gunmen who attacked Maricon Manalo and Marietta Lasac apparently tried to force their way inside Manalo and Lasac's car and were targeting items in their possession.

“Kung papatayin sila, pagbaba na pagbaba sa mga sasakyan ay pinagbabaril na itong mga biktima natin sa loob,” Simon said Saturday.

“Pero nakita natin doon sa CCTV na talagang pinipilit nila na pabuksan ’yung kanilang sasakyan at parang meron silang alam na dala-dala nitong mga empleyado ng Bureau of Customs at iyon ang pakay nila.” 

Manalo and Lasac, who are sisters, are reportedly in stable condition. A third person who was with them inside the car was unharmed.

Police are investigating with the Customs agency's help.

“We treat this as a case na kailangan tutukan dahil mayroon kaming nakikitang anggulo nito kung bakit isinagawa itong ganitong krimen,” Simon said. 

Customs commissioner Rey Leonardo Guerrero has condemned the killings. — With a report from Michael Delizo, ABS-CBN News