beware of makati taxi cabs

i got an email from a friend just today. it’s a warning when you are planning to take a cab in makati. i think it is better that we are aware of these incidents.

please read after the jump….

dear friends,

i just met with a friend yesterday who had just emerged from a 9-hour ordeal. he was kidnapped in the heart of the makati business district!

around noon the day before, he emerged from lpl towers on leviste st., salcedo village to go to a lunch meeting in pasong tamo. he decided not to take his car because parking in makati can be a hassle. talking on the phone, he hopped into the first available cab.

later he realized the cab was taking a route that was unusual. he called the driver’s attention to this but was ignored. the cab entered into urban road, the road by urban bank which is parallel to buendia. it stopped and three other men got in.

he tried to struggle but they stabbed his wrist which of course bled profusely. when he heard the sound of a gun being cocked, he stopped struggling and gave in to all their demands. they had him withdraw from all four bank accounts, took his cel phone and palm pilot and dropped him off in cavite somewhere near trece martires. the motorists ignored him as he tried to flag them down but he was finally able to make it back to makati somehow.

he reported the incident to the makati police and was told that it was the third such incident in the week. one happened to a student who got a cab in rockwell, the other to a citibank female executive who was taking a cab
from paseo de roxas to glorietta but ended up in cavite. the cabs were stolen. i assume all targets were well-dressed (my friend was in coat and tie) and upwardly-mobile looking. where hapless expats and tourist used to be the victims of similar crimes, young executies and students are now the new targets. the please warn your friends to be careful about taxicabs especially in the makati district.

5 Comments so far

  1. Lynn (unregistered) on February 1st, 2007 @ 1:57 pm

    Modi operandi like these have long been reported. But each time I read something like this, it still scares me. Especially now, I often ride a cab. Tsk, tsk. Need to be really, really careful. And pray before leaving the house.

  2. cenon (unregistered) on February 1st, 2007 @ 2:00 pm

    Have you checked this report with the Makati police? I know lots of people who work in Makati.

  3. migs (unregistered) on February 1st, 2007 @ 10:10 pm

    Hey, thanks for the heads up. I always ride a cab in Makati…hopefully, these untoward incidents happen less often.

  4. Jordan (unregistered) on February 9th, 2007 @ 2:18 pm

    Damn, I was just in Manila at that time and was traveling around all those places. Good to know regardless.

  5. Peloyski (unregistered) on February 14th, 2007 @ 9:28 pm

    When i flag a cab in the Makati area, i always make sure that particular taxi belongs to a reputable company. This is by no means a sure guarantee, though but one assumes these companies keep a better eye on their drivers and car units.

    Also, if you have the time, save the main numbers of major taxi companies operating in your area and call them when you need transpo. The main office sends a call out to units near your office/house/etc. By far the safest mode of getting a commute ride imo.

    And always text a taxi’s serial number, name of cab company, and license plate no, to a loved one/your boss etc. while in transit. It’s what i do. Better safe (and paranoid hehe) than sorry.

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