Cavite gunman built house on a hill in Pampanga

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Ronald Bae built this house in the remote village of Ascomo in Guagua, Pampanga in August 2012. TONETTE T. OREJAS/INQUIRER CENTRAL LUZON

GUAGUA, Pampanga – Ronaldo Bae had built himself a large house on a hill here a few months before he went on a shooting rampage in Kawit, Cavite, on Friday and killed eight people, including four children.

The newly built two-story house in Purok 6 in Barangay (village) Ascomo here occupies 300 square meters on a 500-sq m lot. It is away from where his neighbors live.

“May kaya [rich]” is the impression the neighbors have of him because of the big house.

But the house was empty when Superintendent Henry Flores, Guagua police chief, and the village head, Angelo Layug, visited the place late Friday.

A police informant said it had only been a year since Bae lived in this town.

Senior Supt. R’Win Pagkalinawan, Pampanga police director, said Flores was able to talk to Bae’s wife, Maria Elena, by mobile phone on Friday.

She told Flores that Philippine Drug Enforcement Authority agents had confiscated two long firearms and a .45 cal. from her husband in a raid four years ago in Cavite, Pagkalinawan said.

The police had secured the house, apparently waiting for Elena, but had not entered the property.

Police investigators have not yet determined why Bae moved to Barangay Ascomo or why he chose to live near rice paddies across the lahar-filled Porac River. Neighbors said Bae’s wife comes from Barangay Ascomo.

Bae’s house here is so out of the way. From the Floridablanca junction of Jose Abad Santos Avenue (formerly the Gapan-San Fernando Olongapo Road), one makes a right turn that leads to a crossroad and Guagua’s farming villages, which old folk used to call Pasumil (for a sugar mill that had long since folded up).

A narrow street there leads to Purok 6. “At the end of this concrete road, there’s a section that descends. Go left. That’s where Nald’s house is,” a tricycle driver told the Philippine Daily Inquirer on Saturday. Nald is how Bae’s neighbors used to call him.

The house appeared empty, guarded only by a police patrol car. Children playing near the house said a couple lived there with a maid.

“We saw him on New Year’s eve. He was here often. That was the last time we saw him. He was drinking with someone at the rooftop,” said one of Bae’s neighbors.

Behind the house are more than 30 bottles of liquor. Two dogs, friendly to strangers, guarded the front and side doors. The lights at the garage were lit although it was empty.

Neighbors said Bae drove a blue car. He used to have two cars until he sold one when money for the house’s construction ran out, the Inquirer learned.

“He was friendly,” said another neighbor. That was because he gave the tricycle drivers some money during holidays.

The same neighbor said Bae used to go to a gaming arena in Floridablanca for cockfighting.

“He wagers P30,000 per fight,” the neighbor said. “I don’t know what happened to him. He’s a cool guy.”

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3RMNEZCQQHXWOQRXJROQ2CORFU Homer Guo

    what job does he have anyway? is it legal? galing din ba sa drugs? mayaman at namimigay pa.

  • batangpaslit

    sabi ko pa nga eh na may pera sia dahil kung kaya niang bumili ng Cal .45 Pistol at may tao pa siang tagal reload, he has some funds
    ang tanong nga lang….ano ba business nia o hanapbuhay?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XWH5SD6XPM3XKND6PJQQ32ZRAU Mabuhay

    drug pusher nga e…..jan sa Imus grabe rin ang drugs, para kang bumibili ng kendi…si Bong Revilla ang protektor kasi….(daw)

  • Komen To

    “She told Flores that Philippine Drug Enforcement Authority agents had confiscated two long firearms and a .45 cal. from her husband in a raid four years ago in Cavite, Pagkalinawan said.”

    Matagal na palang alam ng PDEA, bakit di pa na tiklo ng mga pulis yan noon pa? Sana naiwasan ang masaker. O baka nga totoo ang hinala ni Mabuhay. Wag naman sana dahil mataas ang tingin ko ke Agimat. Pero kung totoo, palalampasin kaya ng gobyerno ni PNoy yan? Lipulin na lahat ng salot na pushers sa lipunan at magkaron na tayo ng tunay na Bagong Lipunan (parang kopya ano)

  • Jason Cruz

    Wow 30k per fight.  daming pera ng unemployed na ito.    Only in the Philippines.   PDEA na naman  kasama sa kasong ito.  

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/55XNXOYBNF6BG3EWOM5V4YMWXM Pedro

    WHHAT ? This criminal  had been arrested  by PDEA agents  4 years ago!!  What happened to the case ?  Asan yung 2 long firearms  at .45 cal  na  nakumpiska  ng PDEA ?  PDEA  should answer these questions ?  Kung  naikulong  na  ito noong nahulihan ng baril 4 years ago, hindi na sana  nakapatay itong  si BAE.  PRESIDENT NOYNOY DAPAT PO AY MAPA-IMBESTIGAHAN NYO SA NBI YANG PDEA NA YAN ! !!

  • Fayha

    Paano sya makapagpatayo nang ganito kalaking bahay? Malamang galing sa Drugs na binibinta nya ang perang panggastos dyan.PDEA ano ma say nyo?

  • opinyonlangpo

    Nice villa.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/VS5EYSP4FPOTVQCJZ24NRE6Z2M Edgardo Mendoza

    NAPAKAGANDANG BAHAY DRUG LORD BA SIYA!!

  • pulis

    Segurado na lagyan ang PDEA..Pera pera lang yan..

  • OFW Franklin

    ipagbili itong bahay na ito at ilan pang ari arian niya at ipamahagi ito doon sa mga familia na napurwisyo niya.

  • pinoypower

    Ang mga kapitbahay ni Bae sa Cavite at Pampanga tahimik lang sa kanyang gawain kasi matulungin daw ito sa mga nangangailangan. Dahil dito ay bulag sila sa mga posibleng illegal na gawain nito. Kaya nga ng i-masaker ni Bae ang mga kapitbahay ay nagulat sila pero dapat isipin na inaani lang nila kung ano ang itinanim nila. Kailanman hindi tayo dapat magbulag-bulagan sa mga illegal na nangyayari sa kapaligiran natin. Malaki ang papel ng mga komunidad para masugpo ang kriminalidad at dapat ay i-report agad ito kung hindi ay tayo rin ang magdudusa sa bandang huli.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UWISP2YXGDQ7K2SIX2GI37B2EI Darwin

    Ang dapat na tanong ay kung bakit may mga ganyang ari-arian sya. Labas na kung out of the way man yang bahay na yan o hindi.

  • Diepor

    The house needs some paint

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