Okay, we heard that there was another Budol Budol gang victim in Las Pinas again this weekend (yes, Christmas!).
This is just a few weeks after we reported another Budol Budol Gang (click on the link to find out about the first victim’s story) operation in a private subdivision wherein an elderly woman was robbed of her laptop, three cellphones and other valuables.
The most recent victim (how many victims do we need to have before there’s action?!), we heard was an elderly balikbayan.
The same set of people responsible for the first Budol Budol incident were identified by the victim. Wow, imagine that. Great job by Las Pinas Police not to have caught them and to have allowed them to victimize residents once again in the same vicinity.
Here are some tips on how to avoid being a victim of this shameless Budol Budol Gang:
1. What did our parents tell us when we were kids? Yes, DON’T TALK TO STRANGERS.
This is the best way to avoid being hypnotized and ordered what to do by Budol Budol Gang members. If you don’t talk to them, they won’t have a chance to victimize you.
2. Walk away when you sense something suspicious.
These people will amaze you with their stories so it is best to just walk away when they start talking about something that you don’t have any knowledge of.
Their usual modus is to mention familiar names or stories. If they ask how your grandchildren are and you don’t have grandchildren, just walk away and report the incident to your security guards. They will claim to be friends of your nephews and nieces too so be wary of their stories.
3. Don’t be greedy.
The gang members will try to say that they are in a current business deal and will ask for your help and will promise you commissions or other freebies. Do not believe them. You can’t get money THAT easily. Don’t let them blind you with money.
4. Report to security personnel.
Once you are in the safety of your house, call your village security guards immediately or your local police hotline.
Report what happened to you and describe to them the people who tried to victimize you.
5. Be aware of your surroundings.
Although not everyone around you is out to get your money and belongings, it is still best to treat everyone around you as possible Budol Budol Gang members or other evil individuals.
You don’t have to say “hi” or answer all the questions hurled at you especially by strangers.
Remember, there are a lot of evil people out there. Let us not help them out by making it easier for them to get our hard-earned money.
Let us all be aware. Let us all be careful.