The Manila Times/ Jun 9, 1963 by Rodolfo Reyes
A movie actor who has been living the life of the hunted came out of hiding yesterday to denounce the crime syndicate headed by the “Big Four.” Roberto “Berting” Labra, 30, who has been known for his tough roles in the movies, said he had decided to fight the syndicate because his family was already starving. He said that no producer wanted to take him in when word spread around the movie community that the syndicate was gunning for him. He said that the producers considered him a big risk as he might destroy a picture if the syndicate caught up with him during filming.
Labra said he had been the object of a hunt by the ring since last March when he failed to live up to his promise to give Php5,000 as protection money to one of the “Big Four” and two Quezon City policemen associated with the syndicate leader. He identified the syndicate leader as the son of a
Labra said he was picked up by the QC policemen from his house in the middle of the night presumably to settle a misunderstanding with the syndicate leader. Instead, he said he was mauled and threatened with death if he did not “come across.” He said his assailants also took his ring and wrist watch. Labra said the syndicate leader must have harbored a grudge against him when he ashed the syndicate leader “to explain why Boy Sta. Romana was killed.” Sta. Romana, also a movie actor, was killed in a shooting incident with a
Labra gave a long written statement to task force “Untouchables,” headed by NBI Assistant Director Arturo Xavier. He was accompanied by MPD Pat. Angel Judalena. The “Untouchables,” a group of elite agents from the NBI, CIS,
In another front, the “Untocables” swooped down early yesterday morning on the houses of two suspected syndicate members in
Also raided was the house of Vrgilio Asistio on J.Luna st. He is a relative of Caloocan City Mayor Macario Asistio. Both Kit Acab and Virgilio Asistio were accused in a robbery case filed before the