MANILA, Philippines (3rd UPDATE) – Thieves broke into the house of ABS-CBN News reporter Jay Ruiz in Quezon City and took off with some valuables before dawn Tuesday.
Ruiz said he woke up at around 5:30 a.m. to find the things in his house, located at Mapayapa Village 2, Barangay Holy Spirit, in disarray.
Ruiz said the thieves took 2 laptops, 3 cellular phones, ATM cards, a watch, and cash from his two cars. He said it was fortunate that the thieves did not steal the cars.
“Laking gulat namin ‘yung pintuan namin sa kwarto bukas. Bali parang sinungkit yung isang bintana, tapos doon pumasok, mukhang malamang doon kasi may mga footprints eh,” Ruiz told dzMM.
“More than ‘yung mga nawalang gamit, ang mas masakit dito ‘yung nawalan ka ng feeling of security. Syempre natutulog ka sa sarili mong tahanan kasama ang pamilya mo tapos hindi mo alam na pwede ka palang pasukin ng kahit sino,” Ruiz said.
He also said the thieves also took their time to raid his refrigerator and took chocolates.
Ruiz was with his wife, their baby twins, and 3 housemaids during the incident. No one was reported hurt among them.
The family's househelp Sarah Longko said she nearly saw the robbers.
“Pagkaupo ko po, may biglang bumukas. Pagkatapos ko timplahan ‘yung bata, nakita ko na po bukas na ang kwarto nila ma’m, akala ko wala lang iyon. Pagbaba ko may naaninag ako na bukas na ilaw,” she said.
Robbers entered room
Ruiz said the thieves even entered their room while they were asleep and took some of their valuables.
“Pumasok sa kwarto namin habang tulog kaming mahimbing. ‘Yung pantalon ko nandoon lang nakakalat, kinuha ‘yung wallet tapos ‘yung mga gamit sa loob. Nagtitingin-tingin doon sa mga kagamitan sa loob mismo ng kwarto,” he said.
Ruiz suspects that the robbers could have sprayed a chemical on them to prevent them from waking up.
“Nagtataka kami bakit hindi kami nagising, pati ‘yung mga kasambahay namin hindi rin nagising,” he said.
“Ang tingin ko ganoon eh, up to now masakit ang ulo ko eh. Especially when I woke up, I felt a little groggy,” he added.
Ruiz, assigned to the military and police beat, said he now knows how it feels to be victimized by criminals.
“Police reporter ako eh. Ang nako-cover ko mga biktima. Iba pala [ang pakiramdam] kapag ikaw ang biktima na mismo,” he said.
“Nakakapanghina eh… nang una kong paglabas, inuna ko ‘yung anak ko baka may nangyari sa kanila. Masakit iyung pakiramdam na hindi ka secure sa sarili mong tahanan. Mabigat pala po iyun,” he added.
The barangay’s chairman, meanwhile, said it was the first time that such incident happened in their village.
Because of the incident, other residents have also expressed concern over their security.
“Dapat maghigpit. Importante sa lahat, ang security agency dapat maghigpit sa lahat ng oras,” said Vida Ronque, vice president of the home owners' association.
Authorities also learned that the suspects attempted but failed to break into the house of one of Ruiz’s neighbors after robbing the reporter’s home.
The owners of the house were able to scare away the robbers by turning on the lights.
Ruiz said last week, 3 homes in the Phase 1 of the subdivision were also robbed.
Police said the subdivision's security guards are partly to blame for the series of robberies.
“Medyo kakulangan nila ‘yun sa pagbabantay sa village kasi trabaho nila ‘yun eh,” said SPO1 Mark Vincent Yu of the Quezon City Police District. -- reports from Raffy Santos, ABS-CBN News; Dennis Datu, dzMM