Saturday, December 28, my husband and I went to the grocery to buy food for Media Noche. We don't leave our kids at home very often, but when we do, we make sure that all doors are locked and that we give them enough warning to not open the doors for strangers. Repeatedly. We also make it a point to come back home as soon as possible. We left at 11:00 in the morning. For some strange reason, I wore my wedding ring and my engagement ring which I do not do when I go to the market or grocery for fear of losing them.
At 1:30 PM, we were back home. Everything was normal until my son told me that a SKY Cable repairman went to our home and that my 2nd daughter let him in. So I started lecturing them. Then my eldest said that my laptop was missing. I looked around the house and discovered my laptop and jewelries were gone. My husband was on the phone in an instant and reported the incident to SKY Cable, wanting to know if they dispatched an employee in our area for the day. They didn't. I asked the kids what happened, and this is what they narrated:
My eldest said someone rang our doorbell 3 times, and she told her siblings to ignore it. She was on the 3rd floor. My 2nd daughter was on the 1st floor. My youngest, my son, was on the 2nd floor in the Master's Bedroom.
My 2nd said the man got so annoying and told her, "May problema ang cable nyo, nag-spark. Masusunog kayo. Buksan nyo na ang pinto para maayos ko. Uuuuy. Dog. Doggie, doggie." He started taming my Labrador. My 2nd, scared of a possible fire, opened the gate. By the time my eldest reached the 1st floor, it was too late. The man was inside. My eldest said, "Manong, paki tanggal ang sapatos nyo." The man answered, "Sandali lang ito. Hindi ako maniningil. Nasan ang TV?" He went to the Family Room on the 3rd floor to check the cables and told my eldest (she's a black belter), "Pumirmi ka dito. Wag kang aalis. Mag-spa-spark." He went down to the Master's Bedroom where my son was.
My eldest felt something bad was about to happen, so she shouted and told her siblings to go up to her. My son went up right away, my 2nd stayed on the 1st floor. My eldest said that the man looked angelic when he was telling them to open the door, but when he sneaked a peak on the 3rd floor and shouted, "Diyan lang kayo," he looked demonic. My eldest said he started running around the 2nd floor and ran down the stairs where my 2nd daughter was. My 2nd said that he bolted out of the gate and hopped on his motorcycle. He was wearing a blue SKY Cable uniform and was carrying a messenger bag and folders.
After their narration, I was trembling. I cannot help but think of the "what-ifs". What if my son didn't go up and stayed in our bedroom? What if my eldest daughter tried to fight or question him? What if he wasn't able to get anything and became so frustrated? What if his mind went blank and took advantage of the fact that my 2nd daughter was alone downstairs? So many what-ifs. I was hysterical.
When I calmed down, I asked my neighbors and found out that the guy went door to door. The first unit owner let him in, but kept a close watch, so he wasn't able to get anything. The other unit owners didn't allow him inside. When he finally got what he wanted from our house, he left. Even the caretaker said that he actually looked like any SKY Cable personnel you see walking around. They thought I was home, so they didn't stop him from entering our house. But while this was all going on, people were outside our gate, in broad daylight.
My children are traumatized. Hell, I am traumatized. Even my husband is scared. It was so close to becoming a very dangerous situation. Now, we all stay together in one room since then. We reported the incident to the police. The policeman said the man was probably a member of the infamous Salisi Gang. He told us this was the first in our area, and there is a huge possibility of it happening again in other residences. Fact of the matter is, evil is around us 24/7. We just really have to learn to not be so trusting, not be complacent and to always stay vigilant.
2013 taught us something very important.
Life is the most precious. Money is easy to earn.
It was a very unfortunate incident, but it gave us a very valuable lesson.
This 2014, we will be more cautious.
Take it from me. Reading it from the newspapers or hearing it on TV is very different from the reality. Take heed. Be extra careful. Evil lurks around us.
Please re-post. Help me spread what happened to our family, so that no child will go through what my kids experienced. I also hope that SKY Cable will do something about this. This was not an isolated case. This link proves it.
Lucky to be able to hear my kids squabbling.
Lucky to be able to see my kids playing.
Lucky to be able to smell my kids' sweaty heads.
Lucky to be able to work hard for their future.
Lucky to be able to cook and clean for them.
Lucky to be able to embrace them anytime.
Lucky to be able to kiss them every second.
Lucky to just be with them.
Real happiness cannot be bought by money.
Genuine joy is just within your reach.
You just need to have your eyes opened sometimes.
I am lucky that I can watch them grow old with me.
Thank You, God,
Thank You, God, for all the hurdles and lessons.
They gave us stronger backs and sharper minds.
Thank You, God, for all the love and protection.
They gave us kinder hearts and braver souls.
Thank You, God, for all the blessings.
They prepared us for the years to come.
Thank You, God, for I know that You will always be here for our family to keep us safe and strong; healthy and happy; together and protected.