A gasoline station in Puerto Princesa City fell prey to a “palit-pera” modus operandi Wednesday but was not reported to the police.
Chief Insp. Reginald Pagulayan of the City Police Substation 2 said the incidence was recorded in a CCTV footage.
Pagulayan, however, said they are now verifying the incident to determine the identities of the two suspects seen in the video and to know if they are operating under an organized criminal gang.
“Siguro magbigay na lang kami ng reminder sa mga gasoline stations and kung sakaling mangyari ‘yan uli ay kunan nila ng litrato ‘yong mga gumagawa n’yan and i-report sa amin agad,“ he pointed out.
The “palit-pera” incident at the Phoenix gas station in Brgy. Sicsican was perpetrated by unidentified riding-in-tandem suspects who outwitted the cashier by confusing her between P100 and P1,000.
Rachel Ogsoc, the cashier at Phoenix, said two men wearing helmets were at their gasoline station around 6:00 p.m. to buy P100-worth of gas.
After the transaction was completed, Ogsoc said one of them told her he gave P1,000 and should be given a change of P900.
“Yong driver sabi nya pakarga raw ng P100 [na gasolina]. Pagkatapos ko ikarga, sabi nong lalaki ang binigay nya isang libo tapos binaryahan ko sya ng P900,” she said.
But the unidentified man refused to accept the change and instead gave P100 to ask back for his P1,000.
“Pagkaabot ko noong isang libo, sinabi nya bakit P100 lang binigay mo dapat isang libo,” she added.
Ogsoc said she got confused because the man was already creating a commotion, but had already sensed that something was amiss.
After the two men had left, Ogsoc said she requested their management to review the CCTV and discovered that her suspicion was true that she was victimized by the “palit-pera” modus.
To help warn the public, the gas station posted the CCTV online.
Currently posted in the Facebook Page of Palawan News, the CCTV footage now has 4,500 views and 78 shares.
Ogsoc did not offer any explanation why the management of the gas station did not have the “palit-pera” incident reported to the police.