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Yesterday’s Greenbelt 5 shootout happened a day before the 2nd anniversary of the Glorietta 2 explosion.

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This is too much. Waaaaaay too much:

Robber killed in Greenbelt shoot-out

Wearing bonnets and the black uniforms of bomb squad agents, six men got off a van near the Greenbelt 5 basement parking area and hurried up the stairs, telling a guard that they were checking a call about a bomb in the building.

One of the men was later found to be carrying a grenade launcher.

In a brazen noon-hour robbery Sunday at the classiest of the Greenbelt malls in Makati City, gunfire rang out, one of the six intruders fell dead, mall workers dove for cover, and shoppers scampered to a nearby chapel to pray the rosary.

“This was very daring, as if they were challenging us,” Chief Insp. Dennis Macalintal, head of the Makati police investigation unit, told reporters after the attack on the Rolex luxury watch store on the mall’s ground floor.

The other five robbers escaped in a Toyota Corolla and a Honda City after a blazing shoot-out with two police escorts of Taguig Mayor Freddie Tiñga—who were then having lunch with Tiñga at the mall—and with the Greenbelt guards, police said.

Before the shooting erupted, an unidentified employee at a shop near Rolex said she saw the armed men “hammering the show cases [at Rolex] to get the watches.”

The dead suspected robber lay face down in the Rolex store entrance, its glass windows shattered. The grenade launcher and a .45 cal. pistol lay near him.

The other robbers were armed with Armalite rifles, police said. Inquirer.net

Incidentally, this latest bold crime happened a day before the 2nd anniversary of the Glorietta 2 explosion (which is today).

The photo I took of Greenbelt 5 last September 13 when my wife and I celebrated our 10th year anniversary.

The photo I took of Greenbelt 5 last September 13 when my wife and I celebrated our 10th year anniversary.

Is there a conspiracy going on? Or was it just pure coincidence?

Authorities attribute this adventuristic and bold crime to the hard times especially since hundreds of families are left homeless due to the recent typhoons.

It’s possible. There are so many angles to explore. But for sure, this is not an ordinary crime. It was done in broad daylight, in a crowded place, in a classy mall, in a (supposedly) tightly guarded establishment, and with the robbers posing as bomb squad agents, armed to the teeth with firepower fit enough to annihilate an Abu Sayyaf squadron.

I attribute this brazen evil to the 2010 Philippine National Elections. These demons in coat and tie need extra cash.

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