• Malate bar owner robbed by former Pasay kagawad

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    The owner of a prominent entertainment club in Malate has filed robbery charges against a former barangay kagawad (councilman) of Pasay City who allegedly snatched his diamond necklace and a companion’s clutch bag containing P60,000 payroll money in broad daylight last week.

    Cafè Malate owner Bobby Velasco and architect Eric Reyes told the Paco Police Precinct on Friday that at around 3 p.m. on January 8, he visited the ongoing construction of a new club branch on Agoncillo Street, also in Malate, when he and Reyes went out from the construction site to have a good glimpse of the new edifice from the outside.

    Minutes later, a motorcycle-riding man appeared, parked his vehicle with its motor running and alighted. Suspect Ramon Villareal, 36, a village councilman and resident of Ignacio, Pasay City, drew a .45-caliber handgun, cocked it and pointed to shocked Velasco and Reyes.

    Velasco said he attempted to run but the suspect quickly snatched his necklace from behind and grabbed Reyes’s bag, containing payroll money.

    Villareal immediately boarded his vehicle, picked up a lookout companion and sped away. It took only a few seconds for the suspects to complete their heist.

    Precinct commander Senior Insp. Federico Mateo said his men are already searching for suspect Villareal. He said he has instructed his subordinates to finish the needed documents and file the case right away before the Manila Prosecutors Office.

    Mateo told The Manila Times that Villareal has a pending robbery case, hut was out on bail. He added that he also sought the help of Pasay City police to trace the whereabouts of the suspect.

    Velasco vowed not only to bring Villareal before the bar of justice, but also promised to fight motorcycle ridding criminals. He has sought the help of other private anti-crime groups to pressure the Manila City Hall to act decisively against criminals riding in tandem.

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