Month: February 2013

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The weakest link in the Megamall heist

MANY things don’t fit in the statements of the police on the Jan. 26 Megamall robbery. As of this writing, the Mandaluyong police have claimed to have “identified” two of the six suspects in the robbery. But in reality, they don’t have the two suspects’ names and addresses yet. What they have are cartographic sketches that...

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Daytime Heists, Anyone?

Very recently, SM Megamall was hit by a high-profile robbery wherein several armed men broke glass casings and took off with high-value jewelry before anyone could stop them. Only a few months back, a similar incident also hit Robinsons Galleria where again several armed suspects intercepted an ongoing money transfer and even shot it off...

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NPA Atrocities in Mindanao Bolster Extortion Campaign

Mindanao suffers increased violence in the third week of February, ahead of NPA anniversary. In the third week of February 2013, the number of violent activities supposedly perpetrated by NPA rebels in the restive Mindanao region was found to have increased significantly vis-à-vis the preceding week of the month. Fully more than fifteen violent incidents...

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Passion, a License to Kill?

In September 2011, two separate shooting incidents transpired inside two different malls.  The first involved a distraught wife who shot her estranged husband dead and consequently, killed a security guard who came to her aid as she was about to shoot herself. The second incident involved a 13-year-old boy who killed his alleged 16-year-old lover...

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Lipa hotel heist leaves security guard dead, 2 wounded

The extant gun ban notwithstanding, criminal activity continues to occur in the metropolis – in some cases resulting in security personnel dying in the line of duty, whether having successfully repelled or deterred said criminal activity or not. Such was the case in Lipa City, Batangas, early Tuesday morning. Jason Saralde, a security guard assigned...

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How to Survive a Meteor Strike:  Lesson from the Russian Meteor Blast

How to Survive a Meteor Strike: Lesson from the Russian Meteor Blast

A falling meteor exploded in Russia’s Urals region last Friday, January 15, sending a shockwave that shattered glasses, broke windows, and shook buildings. The resulting blast affected Chelyabinsk City which injured almost a thousand individuals, including over 200 children, and damaged thousands of buildings. The blast prompted the suspension of classes and many offices. The...

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North Korea Defies World, Tests Nuke: What’s New?

The hermit kingdom has sent shockwaves around the world again, literally and figuratively. North Korea has confirmed that it has conducted an underground nuclear test last Tuesday, February 12. Seismic activity was detected by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) near the site of North Korea’s two previous atomic blasts, confirming that an underground nuclear detonation...

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Understanding the Hijab and Muslim Women

Understanding the Hijab and Muslim Women

In non-Muslim areas in the country, there’s always an air of “nakakatakot” when one sees a veiled woman because right away she becomes identified as a Muslim. And she isn’t wearing just a veil, but a black one which covers not only her hair, but her face as well. Yes, the one that looks like...

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Alternative Learning System: The Other Side of Basic Education (Last of Two Parts)

Alternative Learning System: The Other Side of Basic Education (First Part) (Last of Two Parts) In an attempt to address the concerns raised by our mobile teachers, SecurityMatters had an exclusive interview with BALS Director Carolina S. Guerrero last October 2012. Equitable Funding. Director Guerrero admits the increase in allowances of MTs and an equitable...

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