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MANILA, Philippines - With just two days left before the resumption of classes on Monday, parents trooped to the Divisoria market to do last-minute shopping of school uniforms and supplies for their loved ones.
Naty Bautista, who just received her salary, said she spent P1,000 for uniforms for her nine grandchildren who are enrolled in elementary, high school and college. She said the other school supplies can be bought later, depending on her budget.
Susan Gonia, who came all the way from Quezon City, said she a limited budget and only that time left to buy uniforms worth P180 each for her son.
Because the market is a bargain haven and always crowded at this time of the year, thieves usually prey on hapless shoppers.
Police said at least two incidents of theft are recorded every day.
That is why authorities are advising customers not to bring too much cash or wear expensive jewelries so as not to attract the attention of opportunists.