I went to the airport yesterday riding a jeepney.
My niece and I were sitting right across from each other. We were sitting just at the back of the jeepney driver because we knew that we were probably one of last people to get off the jeepney on that route.
We took the jeepney from Bajada, so it was quite a ways to Buhangin area. So the jeepney kept stopping, either to get passengers or let the passenger get off. Just then at the Bajada bridge just past Abreeza mall, 5 guys get in the jeepney. I did not notice that these people were together until somebody said later. 3 of them seated next to me, the other 2 were sitting across the other 3, just 2 people seated next to my niece.
The guy next to me keep moving and I felt uneasy. He keeps covering his hands with his backpack. I felt something was going on with the guy. I just felt that his hand was just so near to my cell phone. My cell phone at that time was inside my pocket, which could be an easy access for the guy to get. I took my cell phone off from my pocket and I was just holding it. I was also hugging my purse. Our jeepney was starting to get crowded already.
After those guys got in the jeepney, next stop a lady got in, she had her purse and groceries with her. She was seated next to one of those 5 guys. Our jeepney kept going, then finally when we reached like 2 miles or so near the airport those 5 guys got off. Maybe like 3 minutes passed, by the lady that had the grocery bag became frantic and declaring that her cell phone was stolen. The older lady and her teenager kid were saying maybe one of those guys got your phone? They said they didn’t see it, but possibly. I think there were 6 of us that were left behind. So I told the lady to go to the police station and report the incident. I could see that she was really shaking. She said that she doesn’t know where to go because she’s not from here. I told here just ask the traffic enforcer that’s directing the traffic, and he would tell here where the police station was in the area. She decided to wait to report near where she’s staying because she knows some policemen there. Me and the other passengers just said okay then.
Right before riding the jeepney. Me and my niece were at the LBC shipping something. The cashier there told us that the day before we came, they had some incidents there. She had plenty of customers there and all of them where busy writing info on the papers and the cashier was busy encoding the info on to the computer. Apparently one of those customers put her bag down on the bench. The bench location was not far from the entrance door. I guess the customer had some expensive equipment that needed to ship and she was just filling out the paper for the shipping info. Nobody noticed that somebody took the bag. So the customer wanting to get the bag and to give to the cashier for shipment, the bag was gone. So the customer was really crying. The cashier said that the police was there at her office for awhile investigating. It’s kind of scary and annoying.
It’s really not normal to have here that kind of incident. I’m pretty sure the mayor and the vice mayor will not be happy hearing a lot of like that happening here. I’m still thinking that we are still safe here compared to other cities. I know when I was in Manila and Cebu before, I can’t even talked on my cell phone inside the jeepney, LRT or the bus. I had to hide my cell phone and I have to really hold my purse so tightly. My friend also told me not to wear any good jewelry. Unless we will be going to Makati area. I am still pretty secure living here in Davao City, even with some occasional incidents happening here.
I’m just warning everybody here that no matter where you are just don’t leave your stuff unattended. Lots of bad people nowadays. They just want to earn money the easy way. They don’t want to work extra hard. They just want to steal. So just keep an eye always on your surroundings.