RCBC Cabuyao Bank Robbery Victims and Their Families

(RCBC Updates / Last Rites on Victims below the Videos)

Butch first told me about the RCBC bank robbery as his company is somehow related to RCBC. In his entry on A Season of Violence and Death, my husband writes:

The killers’ calculus was simple and chilling: No witnesses, lesser chances of getting caught. And so they went about their grisly business, systematically slaughtering ten people, whose grim fate was sealed the moment the butchers stepped into the bank .

The brutality and utter disregard for human life is so unusual and disturbing that it was the topic that my friends and I talked about yesterday just before our support group meeting of the Compassionate Friends. A friend (who is a banker herself) knew the bank manager, the spouse of her officemate. I just find it eerie to hear the last few minutes of their life together. Horrified, we started to discuss the incongruity of it all:

1. The neighboring bank might have heard some sort of commotion but didn’t raise any alarm. or the silencers did the job of utter silence?

2. Bank employees are told not to be confrontational during robbery and to NOT even look at the robbers as they give all the money. And still they were shot?

3. What happened to all the alarms situated in almost every nook and crany of the bank? And again, these bank employees are instructed not to turn on the alarm while the robber is in progress. The reason being that the robbers could shoot them if the policemen arrive at the scene. What good did that security precaution do?

So many questions lurked in our minds but the main question that arose: the families will suffer from complicated grief.

For the families that have been told their loved one has been murdered, there is so much to confront, for murder is always

SUDDEN – there is no preparation for this moment,

VIOLENT – someone has destroyed the life of their loved one in an act of violence,

DELIBERATE – someone has intentionally committed this deed.

When someone we know dies, we try to help their families in any way we can. We can’t help them by finding the killers but we surely can reach out and help them in their grief.

Losing a loved one through an act of violence is a very traumatic experience. No one can ever be prepared for such a loss. No amount of counseling, prayer, justice, compassion can ever bring a loved one back. Those left behind to mourn the loss of their loved one are sometimes referred to as ‘murder survivors’ and these people are victims of crime.

The much more complicated grief that follows this robbery/murder may be prolonged by the legal work and the final disposition of the case. A murder is an unnatural death; no ordinary rules apply.

My heart goes out to the families of the murdered victims.

Like my husband mentioned, the names of the dead bear mentioning, as a way of mourning, remembrance and sharing in the grief of those they left behind: Branch manager Roberto Panganiban Castro, tellers Benjamin Nicdao and Olga Gonzalez, operations assistant Noel Miranda, new accounts officer Teresa Umayam, cashier service head Bernardo Lapaan Jr., janitor Juan Leyva, security guard Baltazar Aguilando and a depositor’s representative Ferdinand Antonio and the Marketing manager Isagani Pastor later died in the hospital today.

May justice be served to these murdered victims and their families. For the ‘murder survivors’, I can offer you Grief Share as a way to help you cope during your grief journey.

Videos of the RCBC Bank Robbery:

Cops eye inside job in Laguna bank robbery-massacre

Relatives of slain bank employees cry for justice

For the latest Philippine news stories and videos, visit GMANews.TV

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The RCBC Bank Robbery and Its Aftermath by Butch

A Season of Violence and Death by Butch

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What Justice? by Rom

Wordsmithing and Wizardry by The Jester in Exile

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1. Schedule of Final Rites (Funeral) of the RCBC Bank Robbery Victims ( sent to me by my husband)

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(email from an RCBC co-worker and sent to me via my husband)

A fund raising campaign for the families of the victims of the Science Park massacre

The death toll truly speaks of the gravity of the crime, considered as one of the worst in this country’s history. A total of 10 people dead, 7 officers and staff, 1 security guard, 1 janitor and a client representative. An entire branch, wiped out.

Amid the frenzy of the investigation and preparations for a decent burial for all the victims, we focus on the people they left behind. One left an unemployed wife, a special child and a 5 year old son. Another will have to deprive her 8 month old baby a mother’s kiss forever. Most of the people who were taken away were bread winners’ their families’ only source of resource and strength. Now the waiting has started for justice to be served. With the authorities still scouring for leads that will answer their questions, finding justice might just prove to be another long and painful process.

As one RCBC family, let us try to ease the burdens of the victims’ loved ones. As a concerned co-worker, you too can do your share in wiping their tears away. We have opened a savings account for the families of the victims to help them source some means to get started with life anew. By simply donating any amount to SA Number 4-001-97908-1, you will be able to extend your love and support for these very unfortunate families. Any help coming from your friends and relatives will also be appreciated. Once put together, your help can go a long way in ensuring the education that will secure the very future of the children now suddenly orphaned by their moms and dads. Let the healing of wounds begin with your words of prayer and kind donations. You may start making your donations today and we will regularly update you how the fund drive is going.

Together let us pray for an immediate resolution of this case and for the wheels of justice to turn to the favour of these people who lost much.

3. An email is circulating containing a zip file of 23 gory photos of the murdered RCBC bank robbery victims. I felt sick to my stomach. Pools of blood everywhere.

One photo struck me of three women apparently told to lie face down and shot thereafter. Ugh, why can’t these people respect the privacy of the victim’s families? Let’s give respect to the victims as well. If you’re looking for them here, I didn’t post it in deference to the victim.

4. Inquirer’s Cabuyao Massacre update

5. This is to invite everyone to attend the daily 12nn-1pm mass at the TGY chapel, Podium 4 of RCBC Plaza.

The daily mass will be dedicated to the employees of the Science Park BC until such time that the case is solved.

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  • the viciousness of these criminals makes me really angry.

    the jester-in-exile’s last blog post..Wordsmithing and Wizardry

  • i really feel so sad when i learned about the news….They are trying to get a decent living by working, just to be killed senselessly.

    cielo’s last blog post..Justice and Prayers for the RCBC Bank Robbery Victims

  • My stomach churns everytime I hear this news. My heart goes out to all the victim’s families and friends. May justice be served.

    Fitz’s last blog post..The Principle of Leverage And How To Use It In Our Life

  • @jester- It makes me extremely angry. Just so cold-blooded. How can these killers live with blood in their money? ugh.

    @cielo- I feel so much for the families that feel the pain of this loss. The senseless killing is just too traumatic for them to bear.

    @Fitz- I truly hope the killers will be found and made to rot in jail.

  • sryan

    It’s hard not to live in fear but we can. My book club just finished reading a book that changed my thinking about living in a fearful world, “The Book of Mom” by Taylor Wilshire. This funny inspiring novel is packed with self help tools and spirituality that has softened the edges to my life. Sometimes laughing is the best medicine to life and having the tools to get us through the hard times. Have you read this book? I would love to find out what you thought if you have.

  • i can’t help but cry as i watched the news on tv. oh i didn’t just shed tears, i sobbed. awang-awa ako sa kanila.

    lady cess’s last blog post..When a Complaint Letter May Not Be Worth It

  • They have systematized robbery and theft … grabe na ang pagka-sophisticated. But do they have to kill? Have they found any leads yet who did it? Or are the lawmen involved … i won’t be surprised if they are.

    annamanila’s last blog post..Good Riddance Day — or so they thought

  • I used to be this bank’s internal auditor. I am now out of the country and so shocked about this tragedy and expressed my sudden reaction here: http://witsandnuts.com/2008/05/19/scary/

    With regard to your random question on bank alarm, this and the closed circuit cameras were destroyed by the robbers before the shooting/robbery was executed. This robbery was indeed perfectly planned.

    witsandnuts’s last blog post..Scary

  • Ade

    One of the victims was my dad’s intern. 🙁

    Ade’s last blog post..Metro Manila: A Survival Guide

  • as for now, i want to express our deepest sympathy to the bereaved Families who are victims of Violence and Death. And for the Killers hope u guys can SLEEP WELL.

  • The people who did this gruesome act deserve to die the most painful way. My heart bleeds for the survivors of this tragedy.

    mnel’s last blog post..Isang Pamamaalam…

  • The Filipino people as one voice condones with the families of all those who perished in this gruesome event… with alleged neutralization of the suspects, the true identities of those who were killed in police encounters continue to cast doubts whether or not, justice has really been served to those in the rcbc tragedy.

  • i was really shocked when i heard this news. those are heartless brutes, how could they do these kind of things. could those killers still kiss and hug their daughters and sons, love their wives, kiss the hands of their lolos and lolas; smile to their neighbors – after doing this brutality? i cant even think they could still sleep a wink!

    i feel for the families of the victims. i hope that God would give them strenght. i hope the killers would get what they truly deserve.

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  • With four “suspects” killed, it reflects what kind of butchers we have these days. And I’m not even talking about the suspects. So much so for “police intelligence”.

    [splice]’s last blog post..Berserk

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  • kelan kaya mahuhuli ang mga masterminds.

  • winiie

    Monsters my god they are monsters.

  • amorpatri

    its not my type to comment on the net but i feel very angry to those murderers who acted as animals and devils in carrying out their robbery.i sincerely pray for the victim’s families.and now let justice be given and more importantly find out those responsible.gve ’em Hell! let them suffer worse and feel the pain.justice?i say maim dem torture them until they rot!