26 June 2008


who's laughing now Tiny?


Taguig shuts down Embassy bar
By Rhodina Villanueva
Friday, June 27, 2008

The Taguig City government has ordered the closure of the Embassy bar at The Fort following a complaint filed against its disc jockey, who allegedly mauled a balikbayan customer inside the bar early morning yesterday.
The order was served by the Taguig Business Permits and Licensing Office (BPLO) to the management of the Embassy Supperclub.
Alex Vargas, 20, a balikbayan, was allegedly mauled by the club's regular disc jockey, DJ Pauly Mac early yesterday morning.
No one from the club, particularly its bouncers, came to Vargas' aid or pacified the suspect.
Relatives of the victim yesterday sought the help of Taguig Mayor Sigfrido Tiñga about the alleged maltreatment Vargas suffered in the hands of Embassy employees.
Acting on the complaint, the mayor tasked BPLO head Jeff Minglana to immediately enforce a closure order against Embassy Supperclub.
In her sworn statement made before investigators of the Taguig police, the victim's cousin, Leslee Santos, 18, said that after the incident, two personnel of Embassy bar even escorted the grinning suspect out of the club. No arrest was made.
"The deejay, Pauly Mac was rapping in front of my cousin and nudged him, trying to get his attention to listen to him. As my cousin tried to walk away, Pauly Mac pushed him real hard and started punching him on the face," Santos said.
The victim was already slumped on the floor when another guy grabbed him. "I thought that he was trying to help him up and take him to a safer place, but it turned out to be the exact opposite. As soon as the man grabbed him off the floor, I saw Pauly Mac punch him a couple more times, and saw my cousin fall and lay flat on the ground," Santos added.
Vargas is being treated for head injuries in an undisclosed hospital.
Minglana said the complaint alone was ground for the automatic revocation of the establishment's license to operate.

"There is a valid complaint made by a patron against Embassy Supperclub. The mauling happened inside the establishment and worse, it was perpetrated by a club employee," Minglana said on his issuing a closure order.
He said the closure order will be served not only against Embassy Supperclub, but also its sister establishments in Fort Bonifacio.

The Embassy Supperclub has recently gained notoriety after a series of squabbles and scandals involving their patrons that happened just outside the club. Last December, club customers beat up an international pilot to death.
"We cannot allow these incidents of lawlessness paint a negative image of our city. People should always feel safe here in Taguig," Mayor Tiñga said.
Meanwhile, Taguig police chief, Superintendent Alfred Sotto Corpus said appropriate charges are now being readied against the suspect.


FIRST READ ON PEP: Is Embassy hangout of celebrities closing down?
Bong Godinez
Thursday, June 26, 2008
09:10 PM

Have we seen the last of Embassy Bar and Restaurant?

A few hours ago, a rumor reached PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) claiming that the favorite hangout of celebrities and the elite is closing down.

The reason, according to our source, is that authorities had it padlocked after an alleged brawl took place, involving one of the club's resident DJs and a patron. Our source went to the area this afternoon and found out that the club will not be operating tonight.

FIXING THE TROUBLE. At 6:32 pm, PEP managing editor Karen Pagsolingan, gave Embassy co-owner Tim Yap a phone call.

Tim admitted that an "altercation" did happen, but he clarified that the person involved was an emcee, and not one of the resident DJs. The emcee, according to Tim, was just a guest and not in any way employed or directly connected to the club.

Those who were involved in the scuffle were reportedly asked to file a formal complaint to help the police prepare a comprehensive report, which will determine if charges need to be filed.

the photo that just keeps giving

Tim said "they are fixing things" and are now working closely with the authorities to iron out the problem. The owners are raring to resume normal operations so as not to impede the events that Embassy is slated to host this coming weekend.

In a text message received by PEP at 9:48 p.m., he said (published as is): "We are currently investigating the incident (a fist fight that occured this morning) alongside the Taguig city mayors office. After we sort out the incident and file an official report to the police, which we are doing now as we communicate, we intend to reopen. Right now, Embassy Cuisine, Cafeteria and Members Only are all open."

HUB OF CONTROVERSIES? Located at The Fort, Fort Bonifacio in Taguig City, Embassy was founded in 2005, by maverick entrepreneur Erik Cua along with partners Tim Yap, Fernando Aracama, and Jon Herrera.

Positioning the bar and restaurant as the "it" place for the high-end revelers, Embassy instantly gained a following. Its regular patrons are celebrities, socialites and elite personalities.

Embassy gained notoriety, however, by a number of reported near-brawl incidents and tussles, involving famous personalities, who are media magnets. The most publicized was that of model Borgy Manotoc versus Carlo Brown. The latter filed serious physical injuries against the son of Rep. Imee Marcos.

Brian Gorrell's blog and his readers called it a "drug den." Some also claimed that other illicit activities were freely being carried out inside the bar. But Embassy denied these allegations and dismissed the talks as exaggerated and based merely on hearsay meant to tarnish the bar's reputation.
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