Stabbed and robbed in an MRT station | Lifestyle.INQ

OCTOBER 27, 2022

One early Sunday night, my brother, Wally, decided to take the MRT to check on his office in Quezon City. As he alighted with other passengers, he called up his daughter to ask about plans for that night.


The elevated walkway was well-lit, so he decided to stop walking while the other commuters passed him by. After the call, he turned around and came face-to-face with a man looking straight at him.


He felt a sharp object pierce his side, then he fell to the floor. Another man, apparently an accomplice, approached them. He realized he was now alone on the walkway. The two men made off with his necklace and watch.


My brother had just enough strength to go down the stairs to the MRT office. He was rushed to the nearby hospital. He had to spend a few days in the intensive care unit.


While he is now recovering, it will take some time for him to get over the trauma.


I thought of my son, Mark, who rides the MRT/LRT sometimes. I am sure most parents feel the same anxiety whenever their children commute.


When something bad happens, we think it is just being in the wrong place at the wrong time. In my brother’s case, if only a roving guard had been around, the crime would not have happened.


We should keep in mind basic safety rules when commuting.


Do not become a target. It would be wise to blend in the crowd and not draw too much attention to yourself. Avoid displaying possessions such as jewelry, gadgets, bags and wallets. They don’t even have to be the expensive kind to be stolen.


Avoid dimly-lit or deserted areas. There is safety in numbers. Stand near others who are waiting for the ride.




Don’t wear earphones. You must be aware of your surroundings. Not hearing what is around you keeps you from sensing signs of impending danger.


Avoid using your mobile phone. It’s eye candy to thieves. Do not leave your bags and belongings on an empty seat. Keep them close to you.


The buddy system is a good way to protect each other. Note the crowd you are traveling with. If anyone looks suspicious, make a mental note of what he or she is wearing.


There were no CCTV cameras where my brother was mugged. The crooks got away, and they could be waiting for their next victim.