On Friday night while at Phillie's I was told that the Red Bar, Q Bar and Shipwreck were raided and girls taken away on Thursday night.
In fact, this was an inspection by the Balibago Barangay officials who checked ID's and only took those girls who were not wearing ID's. This was not a raid in a literal sense. Bar owners and Mamasan's know that each employee must be wearing their ID when working. Not to do so could leave one open for harassment. The bars remain open and business as usual.
Am announcing this as some people might get the wrong impression when they see the work "raid".
I will forward this to Barangay Captin Tony Mamac to see if he is going to be making these unannounced "inspections" on a regular basis.
This is what I was afraid of. Just got this Email from a reader and he has the wrong idea:
From Richard M.
Comments and Remarks: Harry. Thought I'd share this with you. Last night about midnight I get a text from a girl I know who works at the Q Bar down on Fields. They were raided by the Barangay. They took all the girls away, in 4 vehicles, and held them at their headquarters until the owner paid 1,000 peso each for their release. They were only gone for maybe 2 hours and no one was charged with anything. If that's not kidnapping for ransom I'll eat my shirt. (As I said above, the girls were in violation of Barangay regulations and the fine was justified. It is like not wearing a helmet when riding a motorcycle or motor bike. It is a violation you might get away with for a long time but when the police decide to crack down, you will have to pay a fine. The Barangay Captain has the right to inspect and that is what this was, NOT a raid. Now, believe me, other bars will start making sure their girls are wearing their ID's. Even in my little place I am making sure that ID cards are worn while on duty. Now, did they have to take the ladies away, not really, I am sure the owners would have come up with the fine money but there might have been some ladies working that had not obtained their ID's yet and that is a no-no. So, no harm done, no "RAID" per se!)
In answer to my query to Barangay Capt Tony Mamac, his reply follows:
Actually they are not 80. All in all 81. Yes we collected 1,000 each as payments for fines pursuant to the provision of Brgy Ordinance nr. 2 and we issued appropriate official receipt after payment of the fines. All those who will be found working without Barangay Clearance or Working Clearance shall be penalized with fines or appropriate charges for violation of said ordinance. They choose to pay the fines. It is their call. After numerous advise both during meetings and communications pertaining to the consequences for violating or ignoring the ordinance i think there is no need to inform them any actions nor inspections by the MANCOM in the future.It is their duties and responsibility to comply.