2 Megamall security firms face fines

Posted at 01/29/13 1:36 PM

MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine National Police Supervisory Office for Security and Investigative Agency is enforcing a fine of P10,000 to P20,000 to 2 security agencies for failing to attend today's investigation on the SM Megamall robbery last Saturday.

Chief Superintendent Tomas Rentoy, chief of the PNP-SOSIA, said absent at today's investigation were representatives from Starforce and Link Security Services. 

Two other agencies, Blue Dragon and Lamdan Security, attended today's probe on lapses.

Rentoy said the two absent agencies will face fines as well as possible suspension of the duty guards. He added that the extreme penalty would be revocation of the license.

The PNP-SOSIA is questioning a security guard of Lamdan Security who was assigned at the entrance and exit of SM Megamall B during last Saturday's robbery.

Rentoy earlier said the security guards failed to conduct thorough frisking of the suspects, allowing the latter to enter the mall with their guns and rob F and C Jewelry Store.

The PNP-SOSIA also found out that the first security guards to respond to the robbery incident were not armed.

The guards also failed to immediately cordon the area off to prevent the suspects from escaping.

The PNP-SOSIA said the Lamdan Security Agency was the one tasked to man the ground floor of the mall, where the F and C Jewelry store is located.

The security agencies have been ordered to submit incident reports. Report by Gus Abelgas, ABS-CBN News