Robbers fire shots inside Mall of Asia

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Gunshots rang out inside the Mall of Asia in Pasay City Sunday night and there were reports that a gang of robbers had broken into a jewelry shop inside the sprawling shopping center.

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Based on witnesses’ accounts, the gunshots came from the back part of the mall and occurred at about 7:30 p.m.

“My family and I were eating at Shakey’s,” a 26-year-old woman who asked not to be identified told The Manila Times.

“We were just getting our orders when we heard the shot, then a man ran inside Shakey’s and he was holding a gun,” the woman said. “Then people started running. . . there was a commotion. I don’t really know what happened.”

She said she grabbed her four-year-old daughter and began to crawl on the ground. “We heard glasses breaking but I kept on crawling until I got out,” she said.

The daughter had a bruise and a cut on her left knee from the shattered glass inside the restaurant.

The woman’s husband told The Times they were from Cebu and that it was their first visit to the mall.

“My baby kept crying. I think she was traumatized by the whole thing,” the man said.

Security guards locked down the mall, and prevented people from leaving. They also confiscated the cameras of some of the patrons.

One policeman, who refused to be identified, told The Times that the robbery suspects were probably members of the Martilyo Gang, which is notorious for holding up jewelry stores and pawnshops.

Subsequent radio reports also pointed to the Martilyo Gang as having carried out the robbery at MOA.

SM malls Vice President for Operations Steve Tan confirmed that Martilyo Gang was behind the incident. On his tweet at SM Supermalls official account on Twitter, Tan said “At 7:14pm this evening the martilyo gang had struck a jewelry counter at The SM Store in MOA. The police are already present in the area to conduct a thorough investigation. The mall is working closely with the pnp to resolve this.”

Police said two of seven suspects had been arrested. One of them had taken a hostage and the other was cornered inside the pizza parlor.

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  1. apolonio reyes on

    ” IT’S MORE EMBARASSING AND UNSAFE TO BE AT SM “. Yes, there are already several occasions where robbers was able to bring their guns not only their ” MARTILYO” inside many SM MALLS and now at MOA the biggest Mall in Asia.
    Two weeks ago, we treated my high school classmate who have not visited the country since they left more than 40 years ago. Since this was their last day and having MORE FUNDS ALL OVER THE PHILIPPINES, we had lunch at MOA which I said the Biggest Mall in Asia. They told us their beautiful experienced at Boracay, Cebu, Buhol, Iloilo, Baguio and other parts of Luzon. They said that they saw how the country improved and that in almost all they passed by , there are SM Malls. We also reminisced our high school days.
    After we finished lunch, I passed by Sucat and they saw SM Sucat and SM BF and other establishments which when they left the country was not even a road. Since they live with a relative at Sun Valley, near Bicutan, they invited us to have merrienda at SM Bicutan. After taking halo-halo, the wife of my friend felt stomach pain. Since they were already familiar at SM Bicutan, she went alone at the wash room. After almost 20 minutes, she returned with a very embarrass and red face. She asked us to bring them back to their house. When we took the elevator, most of the passengers covered their nose. When we reached the car, she was so embarrassed that she said they will just take a taxi.
    Nuon nasa sasakyan na kami ay sinabi nya bakit wala ba toilet papers sa SM? Hindi na sya umabot sa kasilyas at lumabas na at ang masama pa ay walang man lamang daw basurahan sa loob para matapunan ng underwear na ginamit nya. Sinabi ko din na nangyari na ito sa akin nuon 2008 ng bagong dating kami galling Canada at sinagot nya ” bakit naman napa kayaman na ni Mr. Henry Sy ay toilet paper lang di nya ma provide ang mga customers nya sa mga SM Malls “?
    Sinagot ko sya ” It More Fun In the Philippines and More Embarrasing at SM ” kapag inabutan ka ng sakit ng tiyan.