Inter-Parliamentary Union delegate hurt in Pasay robbery

Posted 12:40pm (Mla time) April 05, 2005
By Joel Francis Guinto

(4th UPDATE) THE SECRETARY general of the Belgian parliament attending an international conference of legislators in Manila was injured after unidentified men robbed him at dawn Tuesday, the Metro Manila police chief said.

George Brion, a participant of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), sustained wounds on his hand and head after two knife-wielding suspects robbed him of 4,000 pesos and 60 US dollars in cash, Deputy Director General Avelino Razon Jr. said.

Razon said Brion was treated at the San Juan de Dios Hospital where the IPU secretariat paid for his medical expenses.

Meanwhile, Senate President Franklin Drilon, president of the 112th IPU assembly and Task Force Parliament chief Deputy Director General Reynaldo Velasco dismissed the incident as an "isolated case."

“The police are on top of the situation. The delegates to the IPU assembly remain secure, given the security arrangements provided by our police force. This is an isolated incident,” Drilon said.


made a similar statement in a press conference at Camp Crame national police headquarters.

Senator Rodolfo Biazon, an IPU participant, said the police must solve the case as soon as possible.

"He [Brion] went out of the hotel without informing police security," Razon said in a telephone interview.

Razon said Brion left the Westin Philippine Plaza Hotel at 5:45 a.m. and rode a tricycle near the Traders Hotel across Roxas Boulevard for San Rafael Church.

"The tricycle driver turned out to be an accomplice of the robber," Razon said.

The driver turned into a dark alley on Figueroa Street where the robber suddenly emerged and mugged the delegate, Razon said.

"He should have told security where he was going. His motive for going there (church) is suspect. Why did he want to go there at six in the morning?" Razon said.

Razon also revealed that a Brazilian delegate lost his passport in the PICC area, but belied reports that this was stolen.

The incident with Brion happened less than a week after the BK Money Changer in Manila swindled the wife of a Kenyan delegate, Joyce Ligale, of 13,000 pesos, Razon said.

Ligale reported the case to the police, which arrested the employee on duty, Razon said.

He said Ligale refused to press charges when the employee returned the money and admitted his crime.

The Philippine National Police (PNP) announced on Monday that security measures for the IPU summit were being implemented without a hitch.

The PNP's Task Force Parliament has laid out an elaborate plan for the IPU, covering the conference venue at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) and hotels where the delegates are billeted.

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