Monday, April 14, 2014

Global Impact: Update--A Tip for All Travelers: Don't Resist Assailants Who May Be Armed

According to, the remains of a Filipino assistant cook Jaycob Escobedo Gaban, 27,  who was murdered in Roatán (Honduras) on April 7 while working on The Norwegian Pearl.

Mr. Gaban's remains will arrive in Manila on April 19 aboard UA Flight UA183 at 2110 hours and will be flown to his hometown in Sorsogon, Bicol on April 20.  

COMMENT: Gaban was reportedly using his iPad in an open-air restaurant in Roatán when an assailant attempted to steal it from him by force.

Imagine leaving US$500 in cash on your table? 

It is no wonder that the criminal tried to steal it as Mr. Gaban was apparently working on the iPad.
Gaban instinctively resisted, which I strongly recommend DISCOURAGE our readers doing, as most criminals in Honduras carry handguns.

When the victim resisted, a concealed pistol the assailant was carrying was displayed and fired, killing the victim.

I strongly recommend that anyone who can afford an iPad should take the additional step of insuring such high-value electronics through:
The assailant was later arrested by police, but not before Mr. Gaban had already been shot and killed.

Gaban is survived by his wife and daughter.

Labor Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz immediately instructed to provide the crew member's Gaban's full assistance, including counseling.

The Government of the Philippines is poised  to release death and burial benefits due to the family, as well as scholarships for both spouse and daughter.