On Monday evening the first raid on a bar in Barrio Barretto took place. From what this Horse has been able to find out, around 11 PM, a Filipino and Korean entered the lobby. The Korean went to the bar and bought drinks for one of the GROs. They then went to one of the rooms at the hotel. After the Korean and Filipino left a bit later several cars with plain clothes and uniformed officers arrived.
They took the whole staff including the foreign manager and the cashier of the restaurant to Camp Olivas. They were held for several hours and many of the girls were convinced to sign papers that they were working as prostitutes.
Late on Tuesday, they were taken back to Olongapo. As of this writing, the girls are to be released, but formal charges against the manager and owner are being considered.
It has been reported that the CIDG officers are from Pampanga and did not coordinate this raid with the regional headquarters which are in Barrio Barretto. It is also questionable if there was any search warrant or mission order.
Let's see, now we have to worry about Filipino's and Koreans as well as American HSI agents. Soon they will be recruiting Australians and Canadians, then Germans, maybe Italians, who the hell knows. I wonder what charges they are considering, maybe guilty of making too much money? What a crock of shit!
UPDATE: Latest details:
1. The CIDG started at 1.5M. Tommo was able to obtain an Attorney and he sent a negotiator. He started at P5K/girl (about 80K).
2. It didn’t get off the ground, so everyone was taken to the fiscal in Olongapo. It’s my understanding that all the girls have been released (no money) and Tommo and the night manager were going to be charged with trafficking. Still no word on that.
3. I was 100% correct about him not having underage girls. Geez, the youngest one is probably 28 and has 4 kids.
Summary: Every time these CIDG or NBI people come up, after a raid, with no evidence of any wrong doing, they immediately go for the charge of "Human Trafficking". It will be interesting to see how this plays out. Tommo runs a very straight operation. Maybe they thought they had easy money after hearing about the result of the Atlantis Raid.