BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occidental, Philippines – Highway robbers went green and, unfortunately for the victims, successfully pulled off a highway heist in an upland village around 90 kilometers south here using sugarcane leaves.
Probers of the Kabankalan City Police said the noontime armed robbery happened yesterday, 10 November, in the sub-village of San Antonio, around 16 kilometers from the city center.
The robbers, who remain unidentified, threw what the police described as a “bunch of sugarcane leaves,” in the middle of the road when the tricycle the four victims were riding on was about to pass.
When the vehicle slowed down, the robbers came out of the sugarcane field and pointed their “weapons” at the victims whose belongings were then taken away from them.
Three of the victims are employed by the Negros Women for Tomorrow Foundation, a non profit that helps the disadvantaged.
A total of at least P30,000 was stolen from Vivien Medina, deputy center chief of NWTF, Aurelie Geocada, and Vincent Goza, both loan officers.
The three rented the tricycle driven by Warjhon Medina to collect payments from their members in the area.
The police added the suspects fled towards the river in the village.