Bayan goes after cable thieves

Posted at 04/16/14 3:45 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Bayan Telecommunications said it is intensifying its campaign against cable thieves in Metro Manila and in the provinces.

Bayan is closely coordinating with the Philippine National Police (PNP) and local government units for its campaign against cable thieves.

This has resulted in the filing of over a dozen criminal cases and the conviction of six cable thieves in Metro Manila in the first quarter of 2014. Between 2010 to 2013, there have been 69 convictions against cable thieves nationwide.

Bayan said it expects more convictions in the next few weeks as 16 other suspects have been arrested and are currently charged in various courts nationwide.

 Bayan’s enhanced effort to run after cable thieves is aimed at ensuring continuous service and preventing service disruption among its customers especially those who rely on their telephone and data lines for business and livelihood.

Cable disruptions also deprive customers of the use of their landlines especially during emergency, such as when customers need to call the police, fire department or the hospital.