Bar rumble involving US soldier settled out of court


PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Philippines—Two American soldiers involved in the annual Balikatan military exercises figured in a rumble inside a bar in downtown Puerto Princesa City last November 16 with local patrons and the club’s staffers.

City police chief, Superintendent Abad Osit, told the  Inquirer last Sunday that an employee of the club and the two American soldiers filed separate complaints for physical injury in the city police on Saturday but eventually agreed to settle amicably.

An entry in the police blotter said the two soldiers—Anthony Desaldo, 22, and Keith A. Brautigan, 24—went to the Warehouse 45 Disco Bar in Barangay San Miguel here for drinks at around 11 p.m. on Nov. 16.

A bouncer at the bar, Allan John Gapulao, claimed in the complaint he filed that the US soldiers were intoxicated when they arrived and were “creating trouble.”

Gapulao said that when he asked the two to leave the bar,  the American soldiers made a scene at the parking lot and challenged him to a fight.

In the soldiers’ complaint, Brautigan claimed that 18 to 21 persons attacked them when they tried to leave the bar.

The Americans claimed that their attackers wielded a metal pipe and threw rocks at them as they tried to run back to their hotel, the Ipil Travelodge Puerto Princesa, which was near the bar.

They said the owner of the bar and the village chief in the area, Patrick Hagedorn, a nephew of Puerto Princesa Mayor Edward Hagedorn, threatened them even as they had returned to their hotel.

Brautigan suffered a broken nose and head injuries while Desaldo had a bruised right cheek. The club’s bouncer, Gapulao, had four stitches in the head caused by being pummeled with a steel pipe, the police said.

Osit said both sides have settled the case and would not press charges.

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  • JK1000

    Kapag ikaw lasing dapat ikaw hinto na. Sabi Instik, ” Ang tao lasing lagi perwisyo gawa”

    • tadasolo

      why do you have to stupidly relate the behavior of people who are drunk and having a good time to a larger issue. This is the disease of Filipinos. Filipinos commit crime in other countries just like any other human beings. Have you ask yourself how many Filipinos are in jail in the Middle East, Japan, China and many more for drug related offense. The stupidity of this newspaper is to sell you emotions to be angry to vent at other people. They will manipulate you

      • JK1000

        You cannot twist the fact that there’s a victim here, the bouncer was beaten up by these two drunks. I’m just stating the truth, learn how to respect others opinion.  If you think this newspaper is so stupid, then you’re free to leave, It’s like if you don’t like your job, then quit . You need to grow up !  Learn how to respect others opinion.

      • tadasolo

        why are you so emotional about it in context of hating other people. grow up my friend they are are using you. THIS IS BAR WHERE THERE ARE GIRLS AND BOOZE. This is not the congress or senate. These happened in bars everyday, everywhere and they get drunk and fight. You are making a fool of yourself or maybe you have never been in a bar before and spend you time in a convent 

      • JK1000

        Hahaha ! I don’t hate anyone,  It’s just an opinion of mine. Stop being a kid or a toy. GROW UP and starts playing the guitar and piano. You’re like a drunk loser who can’t stop whinning about anything.  Stop telling lies, your boys are not even inside the bar. Send them back home now !   By the way, I LOVE U.S.A. , the greatest country in the world.

      • tadasolo

        i am not whining nor a loser but an observer who wishes anybody no ill but would rather comment sometimes and deal with stupid things to make life more interesting. With our the bar room brawl and beer and women we will all be miserable indeed

      • kanoy

         whats strange about this also is this newspapers need to run such a trivial matter such as a drunken bar brawl not once but twice front page news? while 39 of their colleague;s killer sits pampered with special treatment in jail but this paper finds a bar fight more worthy of front page news

      • andresa igbac

         if it’s trivial, then why are you still commenting on it? and the byline says it’s a southern luzon news, so maybe it won’t appear in Wed Inquirer’s front page but in the regional news. and why are you complaining anyway in case you’re just a reader of this free website? are you by chance also buying the printed or even the digital edition? or are you just a freeloader? don’t complain if you’re just a freeloader.

      • kanoy

         lets look at your reasoning here by using your ”logic” since this is a REGIONAL (southern Luzon) newspaper then it makes perfect sense that twice reporting a drunken bar brawl in the City of Puerto Princesa in Palawan, Philippines is located 306
        nautical miles southwest of Manila, 205 nautical miles from Panay and
        about 250 nautical miles from Zamboanga
        Because, after all, we never have a drunken bar brawl to report front page here in our REGION of southern Luzon…uh huh i see your ”logic” and pity your children who will surely fail geography under the guidance of your ”logic”

  • Joe Kano

    This exact same story was reported on Sunday, and there is no update here. There must have been an empty news hole.

    You would think that a newspaper running the same story days later would at least attempt to interview the one source that makes a minor bar brawl semi-newsworthy: “the owner of the bar and the village chief in the area, Patrick Hagedorn, a nephew of Puerto Princesa Mayor Edward Hagedorn,” who allegedly made threats after the incident.

    This “reporting” is so lazy. 

  • PurpleDaisy13

    re: “Brautigan claimed that 18 to 21 persons attacked them when they tried to leave the bar.”

    18 to 21 local Filipinos outnumbered and attacked US soldiers in the Philippines? 

    That gang of Filipinos will not see the end of this…..US soldiers will come back to retaliate and teach them a lesson not to mess with the US military.

    • JK1000

      Idiot !  How could you say that. those two drunk servicemen are so drunk trying to enter the bar and after they were stop by the bouncer, they beaten up the bouncer. Stop condoning such shameful acts by these two drunks.

      • PurpleDaisy13

        re: “those two drunk servicemen are so drunk trying to enter the bar”

        Typically, US Servicemen exit a bar drunk…not enter a bar drunk. 

        Our US military doesn’t care what fake stories your local Filipinos fabricate.  If you want to look favorably by our US military against your fears against China’s threat, aggression, and power….give our US soldiers the red-carpet treatment every time they want to walk into any of your bars and get drunk.

        Make them feel at home as if they owned the place…because with their monthly salary, they could probably buy up the whole bar with little effort.

        Stop trying to cause trouble with our US soldiers unless you want to cause trouble with Chinese soldiers on your own.

  • jose_rizal11

    Its more fun in the philippines hahaha!!!

  • mary hadalittle

    No offense to anyone here but i happen to know the two jackasses that got in the fight and like i said before they are jackasses that showed up drunk trying to start trouble in a local bar which they have been known to do in other places as well.  dont condone their actions just because they are service members.

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