PHILIPPINE Sports Commission officials said they will review the security inside the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex as well as the public use of its facilities in a bid to curb incidents of petty crimes inside the premises.
PSC executive director Atty. Guillermo Iroy said they have been receiving reports of burglary inside the government-owned sports complex, mostly committed by persons posing as athletes or clients of the venue.
One such case happened last Sunday during a Shakey’s V-League game at the PSC-owned Ninoy Aquino Stadium on Sunday where a suspected thief was caught trying to cart away bags, shoes and ATM cards from the referees' lockers.
Iroy said the PSC may be forced to limit the public use of the facilities if such incidents continue to rise.
Iroy also cited numerous incidents at the Rizal Memorial Swimming Pool where burglars wear complete swimming gear just to be able to gain access to the facilities and commit petty crimes.
Aside from being the main hub of sports in the metropolis, the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex also serves as the quarters of several national athletes and also houses the offices of the PSC and other national sports associations.
After getting caught, the suspect in the V-League case was mugged by the victims and some bystanders.
“We will try to avoid the incident from happening again. We also have to secure our clients,” said Iroy, who said that the security agency will file charges against the suspect if the victim doesn't.
Even though the league has an in-house security, Iroy said that he will also advice V-League officials to tighten their own security during games.