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Tuesday, May 25, 2010


Did you know that action star Ramon Revilla, Sr., Jose Bautista in real life, served as a customs cop when he retired from the movies in the 60s? He was detailed with the Customs Police Secret Service Division at the time when he single-handedly averted a gun duel in what would be a bloody confrontation between two of his companions on the waterfront.

In 1972, Revilla made a successful movie comeback via Nardong Putik.

A movie-actor-turned-customs cop played a real life hero's role Tuesday when he averted an actual gun duel between two of his companions on the waterfront. Maj. Jose Bautista of the customs police secret service division, popularly known as Ramon Revilla appeared at the scene--- in front of Pier 9, South Harbor--- when the two would-be combatants, with guns drawn, had already sought cover behind crates piled at the area. Bautista disarmed one of them, Special Police Officer Luzvimindo Ilagan, before he could fire a shot. Ilagan subsequently received a nasty cut on the temple when he was pistol-whipped by Bautista from whom he tried to wrest his gun. Ilagan's quarry, it was gathered, was Lt. Genaro Organo of the port patrol division. Organo was Ilagan's detail commander at the time of the incident at 4:30 p.m.

Preliminary investigation conducted by Col. Hugo Bolono, chief of the CPS uniformed division, showed that an altercation between Organo and Ilagan preceded the near-gun duel. It seemed that Organo accosted Ilagan inside the inner fence at Pier 9 and asked him what he was doing in the area. Ilagan, who was supposed to be at the pilot landing in front of the CPS headquarters, allegedly resented Organo's question and told his superior officer to mind his own business. One word led to another and then Ilagan reportedly whipped out his gun, pointed it at Organo, and dealt a right cross on his superior's chin. Organo, the investigation showed, sought cover behind a pile of crates and also drew his own service pistol. The commotion attracted the attention of Bautista, who was then on board a jeep cruising in the area and he rushed to the scene.

Philippine Herald/
June 20, 1969


TheCoolCanadian said...


Andy Warhol's statement: “Life imitating art” is right on the money here. These cops were so childish they should be sent to Grade School and be given the so-called GMRC (Good Manners & Right Conduct) of olden days.

Ramon Revilla, Sr. had indeed made a successful comeback via Nardong Putik. It seemed that what made that movie a smash hit was the fact that a male extra ate a live rat in front of the camera, without any cut, from munchng to swallowing the critter, with innards showing and blood everywhere!

It would be interesting to know what sort of diseases that poor guy had after munching a rat caught from some Manila sewer.

Now that's Eeeeew, with a capital E. It sure beats Cronenberg's splatter movies hands down.

Anonymous said...

It's the MACHO GUN CULTURE here.Tumatapang yung mga dating COBARDE! Kung mano-mano lang mga tyope!


Rodolfo Samonte said...

Ramon Revilla (wala pang yung sr. dahil wala pa yung jr.) was a handsome, debonaire, tall and dashing actor who was groomed in romantic roles (I think he was paired by Sampaguita with Myrna Delgado) same as Pancho Magalona and Ric Rodrigo (both good-looking actors), but his career was in the doldrums, and that's probably why he worked for customs. Then Nardong Putik came and this changed him from the debonaire actor to an action star and box-office stardom. Magalona also reinvented himself to an action and award-winning actor, Ric Rodrigo did not. Just my two-cents.


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