Thursday, March 15, 2012

Hang Filipino Jewel Thieves

Filipino jewel thieves caught
  • Published: 8/03/2012 : Bangkok Post on line
Police on Thursday arrested a team of six Filipinos accused of stealing jewellery worth more than 6.39 million baht from a store in Bangkok's Siam Paragon shopping mall.
Metropolitan Police Bureau chief Winai Thongsong said police received a telephone call from the owner of Gems Pavilion who reported the jewellery was found to be missing immediately after the six Filipinos left the store.

Pol Lt Gen Winai said police followed the suspects to Centre Point hotel where they had checked-in. They found the stolen jewellery - gold and diamond rings and diamond necklaces. The retail value of one of the stolen necklaces was about two million baht.

He said their actions had been recorded by security cameras in the shopping mall.

Reader responses:
Discussion 4 : 08/03/2012 at 08:11 PM4
hang them if you have to. they are a disgrace to the Filipino community.

Discussion 9 : 10/03/2012 at 10:56 PM9
People like this are a shame, When Filipinos steal they for sure go for the gold, I feel bad that now everyone will have this impression because these 6 came here from the Philippines just to steal. the best way to treat them, send them back in body bags, we dont need trash like this in thai land. give them 100years or death by hanging. When I told my Filipino friend about this, they said that these people should be HUNG, maybe even strokes of the rotan. harsher punishments so future people will think twice.

Discussion 10 : 15/03/2012 at 09:51 AM10
Ah yes! Hang them, the 'crime and punishment' answer to every difficulty. Dear Filipinos, it has taken hundreds of years to rid your country of the barbaric practice of the death penalty, and you would now have other countries do it for you. Please be wiser, it is as ineffective in Thailand as it was in the Philippines. Besides, robbery without lethal violence is not subject to the death penalty in Thailand.

Comment from ex-Senator Pimentel of Philippines:
 With due respect to the  understandable outbursts from our compatriots, I believe those are but the product of hurt emotions.

Primarily induced by outrage -occasioned by shame - such an act embarrasses all of us, Filipinos!

It does but it also does not mean that we should 'crucify them'.

Punish them, imprison them, make them bear the pain of enforced separation from family and country.

But putting them to death is certainly not commensurate with the robbery they are said to have committed.

The value of the stolen jewelry put together is certainly not worth putting out the life of a single human being, whether Filipino or of another race.

Nene Pimentel

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