Are minors of the streets turning into criminals?
Just recently videos of adolescents who were caught on cam snatching some things from passengers went viral. One of those videos showed a group of street kids harassing and robbing passengers of a jeepney along Macapagal Avenue in Manila.
In another social media post, videos taken from inside of the jeepney were also shared by a netizen who happened to be one of the passengers.
Apparently, the teenagers crowded around the jeepney and tried to grab some food from passengers. Some hit and even spit at the passengers. One girl even went to one side of the vehicle and pulled the hair of a woman passenger.
Then again, on September 14, another social media post of a similar incident was shared by a passenger who was inside a bus.
On his post, netizen N. J. Jamolin warns the public to be more wary of their surroundings after he caught on video what appears to be an attempted robbery incident involving an old man who was tightly holding on to his bag despite the numerous attempts of a number of young delinquents to take it from him.
As he was inside a bus, he decided to take a video which he afterwards reported to the proper authorities.
In August, the Alisto program of GMA Network shared about the kids who were caught on cellphone cameras as they tried to forcibly get something from their targets.
The public is enraged over such incidents of robbery involving minors — especially that the arrested young offenders would only be turned over to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and would eventually be discharged to the custody of their parents/guardian. There’s no guarantee at all if those offenders wouldn’t go back to their old ways again.
Meanwwhile, Police Director Guillermo Eleazar, via an interview by dzRH’s Henry Uri, disclosed that any similar incident should be immediatelt brought to their attention via the contact numbers of National Capital Region Police Office’s (NCRPO): SMART – 09999018181 and GLOBE– 09158888181