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    Murder - Real Close to Home

    Wife has a group of ladies she works out with every day - all from our gated community. One of the ladies' husband was gunned down last night - right outside of the sub-division gate.

    There's a gas station right outside the gate, with an adjoining lot used to park buses.

    It seems that the husband owned and rented the lot to a local politician who hadn't paid rent for months. Husband apparently had a meeting scheduled last night to resolve the issue. He left home without telling his wife where he was going, and never returned.

    Sub-division guards heard a number of shots around ten PM, but didn't venture outside of the gates to investigate as they thought the firing was coming from the Air Force base across the street.

    His wife went looking for him at first light this AM, and found his body crouched behind his car door on the side of the lot. He had been shot eleven times. No witnesses. No weapon.

    But, several hours later, the cops pulled an image from the gas station CCTV. The individual, who appears to be following the husband, allegedly has been identified as one of the politician's bodyguards. The gas station nighttime guard is nowhere to be found.

    Too bad. He was a decent guy. My wife is at the wife's house now.

    Lots of guns around here. RIP

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    Blimey!

    Dodgy to get involved with the local big wigs. Stay say mi amigo!

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    Quote Originally Posted by pseudolus View Post
    Blimey!

    Dodgy to get involved with the local big wigs. Stay say mi amigo!
    Rule of thumb throughout Asia - don't get involved in business with politicians, elites, or associated mafia types.

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    Jaysus, scary stuff! That poor woman

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    Quote Originally Posted by thaimeme View Post
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    Blimey!

    Dodgy to get involved with the local big wigs. Stay say mi amigo!
    Rule of thumb throughout Asia - don't get involved in business with politicians, elites, or associated mafia types.
    Will be interesting to see how this plays out. The victim's wife is from a wealthy, prominent family here - big landowners and developers. In fact, they owned the land on which my sub-division - now close to 400 homes - was built.

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    Sounds like there may be a gunfight at the AdobO K Corrall......

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    Quote Originally Posted by Davis Knowlton View Post
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    Blimey!

    Dodgy to get involved with the local big wigs. Stay say mi amigo!
    Rule of thumb throughout Asia - don't get involved in business with politicians, elites, or associated mafia types.
    Will be interesting to see how this plays out. The victim's wife is from a wealthy, prominent family here - big landowners and developers. In fact, they owned the land on which my sub-division - now close to 400 homes - was built.

    Which means justice should be done. Average Joe no hope

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    Wife just got home. It's eight rounds, not eleven. Gas station guard has turned up, but claims he heard noises, went and looked, but saw nothing.

    CCTV also got the alleged shooter's motorcycle plate. It is the bodyguard. He's in the wind.

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    Not in the same league, but in all of my years traveling on business and pleasure in Africa, S & N America, Europe, Asia, Oz and NZ . . . the only time I was mugged was in Manila - at knifepont - it really is the most dangerous place around

    Murder at the doorstep . . . amazing Asia

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    Quote Originally Posted by panama hat View Post
    Not in the same league, but in all of my years traveling on business and pleasure in Africa, S & N America, Europe, Asia, Oz and NZ . . . the only time I was mugged was in Manila - at knifepont - it really is the most dangerous place around

    Murder at the doorstep . . . amazing Asia
    Only place I ever had a hand gun put to my head (twice) anywhere in Asia was in the PI.

    Stay safe Davis.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Davis Knowlton
    Gas station guard has turned up, but claims he heard noises, went and looked, but saw nothing.
    Please do not rely on his word. I am confused because you claimed to work in security there.

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    ^Not sure what you're on about, Snub. I have absolutely nothing to do with this investigation, and whether or not I believe the security guard is immaterial.

    I do have a security business in Manila, and have for the past 15 years, but we do specialized work and have never had anything to do with security guards.

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    Unpleasant for all, keep you and yours safe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bower View Post
    Unpleasant for all, keep you and yours safe.
    Indeed. It's been quite a shocker here. It's a fairly tight-knit community...I've lived here 13 years. The victim's wife was one of the 8 ladies who went on a recent trip to Korea with my wife. I had met the victim a few times, but really didn't know him very well. People here are quite upset...my wife is currently at another gathering, as his kids and other relatives arrive from the US.

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    Is the guy who got killed Filipino?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Storekeeper View Post
    Is the guy who got killed Filipino?
    Yes. Wealthy family. Own a lot of property down here, a number of gas stations, farms, etc.

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    Good chance of a clan feud then.

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    ^I reckon. The victim's extended family is quite influential locally; the politician allegedly involved is running for Vice-Mayor in the upcoming local election.

    Should be interesting.

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    We read about this stuff all the time. Always a shocker when someone we know gets offed.
    Friend of mine sells armored cars in SEA. Says the PI is his best market.

    Quote Originally Posted by Davis Knowlton
    The victim's extended family is quite influential locally; the politician allegedly involved is running for Vice-Mayor in the upcoming local election.
    Appears an elephant stomp in progress. Stay clear.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Davis Knowlton View Post
    ^I reckon. The victim's extended family is quite influential locally; the politician allegedly involved is running for Vice-Mayor in the upcoming local election.

    Should be interesting.
    I suppose the "Vice" bit would suit him well then.

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    Stay low, stay safe DK.

    It can be an unpleasant world sometimes....

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    Quote Originally Posted by thaimeme View Post
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    Blimey!

    Dodgy to get involved with the local big wigs. Stay say mi amigo!
    Rule of thumb throughout Asia - don't get involved in business with politicians, elites, or associated mafia types.
    Really Jeff? How many Asian businesses do you have then? And pray tell, how would you not rent land to a politician if he said he wanted to rent it?

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    Sounds like a shitstorm about to happen. Stay safe Davis.

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    To close out the thread, the case was dropped. No witnesses, no evidence. Guard who heard shots but didn't bother to investigate has moved on. Motorcycle guy caught on CCTV has no evidence to hold him. The guy who probably ordered it is walking around free.

    Case closed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Davis Knowlton
    Case closed.
    Shame.

    Thanks for the update though.

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