Business hours at Metrobank’s Santo Cristo branch in Manila’s Binondo district start at 9 a.m. But the robbers entered the bank at 8:43 a.m. on Thursday.
It wasn’t a forced entry. One of the seven men knocked on the door of the bank at Santo Cristo Street and Claro M. Recto Avenue, and a security guard let the group in.
The Police said that there was no resistance and that they would understand if the robber was pointing a gun at the guard, but there was none.
Investigators discovered this puzzling.
But even more puzzling, There was the reluctance of bank staff to let police in after they reported the robbery.
They permitted the thieves to come in, but they denied entry to the police.
It took an appeal from Major Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso to the bank’s safety chief to allow the police in. By then, it was two hours after the thieves went out of the bank.
It was unclear how much the robbers had taken, but Metrobank issued a statement, saying none of its clients had lost money in the heist.
Metrobank condemned the robbery and said it would work with the police for the arrest of the robbers.