Last night, customers of nearby restaurant Ged & Bart’s were robbed and held at gunpoint at around 8:30 pm. A tweet by Mark*, a design student from De La Salle-College of St. Benilde (CSB) drew attention online, including that of the College Student Government (CGG) of CSB, and the University’s University Student Government (USG). The LaSallian has reached out with Mark for details on the incident.
“At around 8:30 pm, me and my friend were walking towards Ged & Bart’s to eat dinner. At the time, the robbery was already taking place, but it wasn’t obvious from the outside. Even the people outside didn’t notice so we still went ahead,” he recounts. “The moment we got to the door, someone pushed us in saying ‘pumasok kayo bills, babarilin ko kayo’ (get inside quick or else I’ll shoot you). It was only then that we realized what was happening,” he shared.
According to Mark, witnesses in the restaurant recount seeing at least six armed men, both Filipino and foreign nationals. “They took everything from everyone. Phones, wallets, laptops, bags, they even pointed a gun at my friend [because] he was hesitant to give his laptop he just bought a week ago. They made sure everyone surrendered their valuables,” he reveals.
The robbers left the restaurant using a car and motorcycle as their getaway vehicle right after.
Mark felt lucky to still have this belongings intact, however. “My bag, which I placed on the table, was left untouched. Some people said I was lucky. Maybe it was just a coincidence,” he says.
Mark and his friends have already reached out to the University administration and have come to the local barangay to report the case along with another customer and the entire staff of Ged & Bart’s. “The student government bodies told us that they have already forwarded it to the admin. Both the USG and the CSG,” he comments on the student governments.
This is a developing story. Tune in to The LaSallian for further updates.
*Names have been altered due to the request of the interviewee