Blue Nile Group
staff out of jail:
my last newsletter I mentioned the arrest of some of the
management staff at Blue Nile Group. The seven
individuals spent a total of five weeks in jail and all
eventually all charges against them were dropped and the
There were a
number of rumors flying around regarding the raid
and now that the people detained have been released
it is probably an opportune time to set the record
straight. Below is an extract from a message
board post by a manager from that group:
the raid was conducted by the NBI. During the
raid they arrested seven staff members and
numerous dancers waitresses head waitresses etc.
The exact number of people arrested is still
unknown and will probably remain so. The staff
arrested included two foreigners one of the
Neros Managers and the Bedrock manager.
operation was large involving two teams of NBI
agents and they hit Blue Nile, Blue Nile
Executive, Neros and Bedrock simultaneously.
While conducting the raid normal customers were
detained in the bar they were visiting in some
cases for nearly three hours. The NBI agents
were armed and threatened to use their guns
should people become unruly.
course of the raid NBI personnel confiscated the
night’s takings from the cashier of each bar as
well as several official bar operating
documents. The money and the documents as of now
have not been returned.
the people to the NBI headquarters in Taft
Avenue Manila. Here in Manila the BNG employees
were questioned and many of the dancers were
subjected to dental checks in order to determine
if any of the girls were under age. Out of all
the girls they arrested they found a grand total
of ZERO underage. Not one underage girl was
found by the NBI.
being detained the majority of dancers and staff
were simply let go and put out on the street in
Manila with no money and no means of
transportation back to Angeles. Seven people
were detained for a further five weeks at first
in the NBI headquarters in Manila then at a
later date in a jail in Angeles.
investigating this raid several facts became
evident. Firstly they had a mission order to
conduct this raid. This mission order was
supposedly drawn up and signed by the Head of
the DOJ however later the head of the DOJ denied
having any knowledge of said mission order let
alone signing it. If this is the truth that
means the mission order was a forgery and the
signature that appeared on the mission order was
also a forgery. Secondly this mission order was
drawn up on the basis of a complaint lodged by
an anonymous representative of a group calling
themselves the concerned citizens of Angeles
city. This complaint stated that within the BNG
bars there were cocaine parties involving minors
as young as ten years old. This is of course a
totally false statement and noticeably the
complaint was not signed by any particular
person and no person has come forward to claim
responsibility for the complaint.
people detained by the NBI were charged with
period of time the prisoners were transferred to
jail in Angeles while the BNG lawyers fought to
get the case and the charges dismissed. After a
further period of time and intensive legal
negotiations the case was dismissed however the
people remained in jail in Angeles. The BNG
lawyers produced a zerox copy of the dismissal
notice and presented it to the acting district
judge in Angeles (the usual judge was away on
holiday) so she could then sign an official
release order for the prisoners. When presented
with the copy of the dismissal notice the Judge
questioned its validity and said that it must be
verified as real by a DOJ representative. The
next day the dismissal notice was verified for
the acting judge by a DOJ representative yet she
still refused to sign a release order stating
that it was not within her power to sign any
release orders as she was only the acting judge.
position went on for several days until the
acting judge eventually relented and signed the
release order. Upon receiving the release order
our lawyers presented it to the prison warden
and the prisoners were then released.
BALIBAGO BUGGIES: Trust Rick to keep
coming up with new things. The latest is Balibago
Buggies. These are neat, little, no frills vehicles
with automatic transmissions that you can rent with
or without a driver. Perfect for bar hopping out to
the Perimeter Road clubs or a trip to the SM mall.
For more info
BAR TUNES for your IPOD or COMPUTER:
If you want to take home some of the tunes you
hear in the clubs, just drop into Rick's Cafe
Internet Center in the rear of Margarita
Station. He currently has over 28,000
songs (Pop, Country, Christmas and more), that
have all been leveled out to the same volume
level, to chose from. Your time on the computer
to chose your songs is free. Rick's staff
will upload the MP3 songs you select into your
MP3 player, IPOD, etc. Cost is
P10 per song. (Bring your equipment and
proper cable for them to transfer the tunes for
you, or they will put your selections on a CD
for P10 per song plus P49 for the CD). Or pick
up the current dance songs on our premade DVD,
contains 1103 songs popular in the bars during
the last 2 or 3 years, only P999.
SLOT MACHINES: The slots
are finally turned on in the Blue Nile Group clubs.
There are machines throughout the clubs and there is
a room full of machines near the rear of Blue Nile.
Although not too busy, at least one manager seemed
to think they were doing better than expected.
On several visits I have only seen a few people
playing, but I believe they will be popular with the
increasing Korean, Singapore and Malaysian tourists
(especially when they see the game room attendants
pictured on the right!)
WHAT'S HOT IN THE CLUBS:
I'm a fan of the clubs
on Perimeter Road vs. the Fields Avenue clubs. Right now two
of my favorites are Fire &
Fire & Ice opens at 10 am
and has a happy hour until 3 pm. The free pool
table stays busy all the time and they have some of
the cutest dancers on Perimeter Road.
Honey Ko's has introduced much bigger glasses
for the customer drinks. Absolutely one of
the best values in town at P50 per drink.
The next best value for drinks on Perimeter Road
has to go to Roadie's. Not quite as big as
the Honey Ko's, their glasses are still above
the standard Fields Ave drink glasses. And
Roadie's has brought back the 5-6 PM
buy-one-take-one Happy Hour.
On main Fields
Dollhouse has made some
big improvements. I highly recommend the
Wednesday night photo shoot starting at 9 pm.
It is amazing to see that many girls in an Angeles
THE BLUE NILE GROUP: Despite
higher prices than many of the clubs, the Blue Nile
Groups of clubs continue to pack in the customers.
And, NO it's not the slot machines bringing them in
yet. It is the large staff's with good attitudes.
was sold a few months back.
Not a lot of visible changes except there seem to be a lot
more customers than last year. I recommend this club
for a drink or two on any bar hop, as I have since it was
the Y bar.
Rainy Season Specials
2:00PM to 6:00PM
Special Happy Hour Prices
6:00PM to 3:00AM
P49.00 Local Drinks
2:00PM to 3:00AM
All Day Special Happy Hour Prices
(13 straight hours of reduced prices)
2:00PM to 6:00PM
Special Happy Hour Prices
6:00PM to 3:00AM
2 for 1 Special
(Buy 1 local drink-Get 2nd free)
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This is a new Apartelle just a few blocks
from Margarita Station. it is a quiet hotel with
quality facilities at reasonable prices. For more info
USA FOOTBALL on the plasma screen
TV in Woody's Bar (in Medgar Apartelle). The owner is an
avid football fan and I expect his little lounge will be a
great place to see some of the games that you can't get in
your hotel room.
Want to stay right in the heart of the action? Check
Also in the heart of Fields Ave, the Mirage is located above
the Carousel Bar. These rooms are very reasonably
priced ($28-49) and I'm sure you will have to book early to get a
room here. Reservations can be made through our office
||This huge hotel is under construction on
Perimeter Road just a short walk past the ABC Hotel.
The owner has told several individuals he will only have
about 55 rooms! Based on the size of the project these
would all have to be big rooms. More on this probably
upscale hotel as it nears completion.
NIGHT: Since the ABC
Hotel opened they have had special events almost every
month. In early August they had a night of Wet & Wild
boxing. The contestants wore oversized gloves and to
win a round the boxer had to knock (or push) his opponent
into the pool through the one side of the ring with no
ropes. A live band entertained the crowd between events.
It was a great evening despite the heat and occasional rain
and Home Invasions:
Unfortunately this problem seems to be on the rise and it's
not even Christmas time.
1. In the most
violent one, an American named Scott and his girlfriend were
sitting around their home late one evening when a number
Filipino men (some armed with pistols) charged into the
home. They tied up the girl while some of them started
gathering laptop computers, cameras and other valuables.
When they tried to tie up Scott he though they intended to
execute them so he fought back against the armed men.
Shocked by his bizarre behavior they all fled the scene with
the loot they could carry.
2. Peter, an
Australian lived in a house on Narra St. One night he
got up about 3 am and went downstairs to get something and
noticed his front door was open. On closer inspection
he notice his TV outside on the wall. He must have
disturbed them in the act as they fled so fast they left
their flip flops and his TV behind. Peter decided to
move after the incident and had an unbelievable
confrontation with his
landlord that disturbed him even more than the break in. If
you are thinking of renting a 2 story apartment on Narra St.
my recommendation would be to keep looking. From what
I've heard, you don't want this landlord.
3. Two American
brothers were sharing an apartment near the VFW. One
brother, Adam, had just returned from Boracay a while back.
When he got up in the morning he had been broken into while
he slept. They stole a digital camera, cash from his wallet,
and a number of items from the downstairs. Fortunately
for him the discarded his passport and credit cards.
recently, Larry, another American that lived on Liza St in
Santa Maria had his apartment broken into during the
daytime. When his girlfriend was leaving some guys on
the street asked her where she was going and where Larry was
at. One hour later they returned to find the gate and
front door broken. The TV, VCR, laptop and even his clothes
5. An apartment
near Friendship leased by Aida from Margarita Station was
broken in to during daylight a little over a month ago. The
tenants were going to Subic for a few days. According to
neighbors some individuals arrived at the apartment only
minutes after the tenants drove away!
None of these
incidents are new to the Angeles City area. The first
one is the most disturbing because weapons were involved and
the bad guys didn't wait until the couple was asleep.
The police think they were likely workers from a nearby home
that was under construction. The workers at the site had
plenty of time to case the house and likely knew there were
enough goodies inside to justify a home invasion. They
went in in force and displayed the weapons. Every few
years someone is killed trying to stopped an armed intruder.
Seldom are any arrests made.
The second two
break-ins are the most common. Thieves usually break-in
during the hours before dawn. It is not unusual for them to
crawl into the bedrooms to see what they can find on the
night stands by the bed or in your pants.
The last two are IMO very
preventable. If you have guys hanging out in the
street outside your apartment or house, they will know when
everyone is gone. Leaving a house girl or someone
inside will almost always prevent daylight break-ins. The
last one in Aida's house was either an inside job (the
girlfriend telling someone when the coast would be clear) or
a case of someone in the house telling the wrong person the
house would be empty. No way this was random because the burglars were on the scene
with a vehicle so fast after the tenants left the neighbors thought
they were still in the house and just had guests. If
you have to leave a house empty, leave lights, a radio or TV
on so it somewhat looks/sounds like someone is home and
don't tell the girl at the sari sari store you will be gone
for 2-3 days!
BEST PRICE FOR INK CARTRIDGES:
Tired of being ripped off for ink
cartridges for you computer printer? I tried
refills once before and had trouble with my printer
afterwards. So I stayed away from using any refills
even when our ex-manager opened a shop in town.
Finally after Rick's Cafe used them for over a year
one of my managers starting using them without my
knowledge. Now that we have used them for over
a year without any noticeable difference even in
photo printing I feel pretty stupid. His
cartridges are about 50%+ cheaper and they work as
good as the brand names. The PRO RECHARGERS
shop is located adjacent to the entrance to
Sunset Garden Hotel.
Resort in Iba
celebrates it's 10th
now until 30th of September you can get a special rate
of only P 800 per night only (air-conditioned room)
right on the South China Sea. This is
the price of the rooms ten years ago when they first
Price valid only if booked through
Rick's Internet Cafe, Premiere or Sunset, Perimeter
Illusion the customer will get.