I have received text messages informing me that the Camelot Bar was raided around 10 PM. I am sure further details will filter down the pipe as time goes by.
This bar was raided before but never closed. I wonder what the hell is going on. Why a second raid? I have no further opinions or details at this time.
UPDATE: This is what I have been told so far: "yes Harry, no IJM, no warrant, was CIDG. One customer complained to the police for no money back. Girls taken away in jeepneys, bartender, one head waitress being held at cidG, Pampang. Some girls were hurt from the officer while he pulled the girls into a jeepney".
Here is what is strange. This is the second raid for Camelot, one of the so called "Big Bars" and it is very unusual for such a raid. Why? Because the big six feel that they are "Protected". When Barangay Captain Tony Mamac started up the "PEACE" organization the only Clubs to sign up for membership were the small ones. Despite many appeals for the bigger Clubs to Join, "the big six", the snubbed their noses at Tony and basically said "Forget it". They had their own protectors who were high up in the food chain. Then Tony got caught up in his political quest for the Vice Mayor slot and PEACE has sort of died out. Nothing has been heard from Tony since the election was over.
So, now, what is happening? Small bars, big bars being raided, those with and without "Protection". Why is the local CIDG so active now? Why would a customer complaint be handled by the local CIDG instead of the police at Station 4?
Why are they now manhandling the girls, not showing any respect at all? The atmosphere now seems to be like the start of deer hunting in the US. Is this the season for jacking up the bars? Is there a conspiracy behind it all. Will some people benefit financially if bars are forced to close or is there a push for higher protection money, if such a thing does exist? There is a cloud hanging over the entertainment area now. All the girls are apprehensive, worried. Bar managers are at risk as are owners. Bernie, a victim of the first Camelot raid is still in jail (But in hospital) along with 7 other ladies. What is the objective? How deeply is City Hall involved if at all?
I wish all bars would close for one day and have one big fiesta at the park where all owners, managers, employees, the whole lot gather for food, singing, fun, togetherness, coming together, talking, speeches. Not a day of protest, just a day of unity. A one day holiday. One day to forget about the cloud, one day where all our common interests come together.
Some of this shit happening now is illegal, some is legal but one thing is true, there is no unity. The big six look after themselves, the smaller bars are by themselves but man, we should all be ONE. At least for one day!