American killed inside his P’que coffee shop


An American businessman was shot dead in the coffee shop he owned at his Parañaque City residence Tuesday morning.

Investigators have yet to determine the motive behind the killing of Jeff Watt, 62, who was shot at point-blank range by a man who barged into the shop around 7:51 a.m. at the corner of Swaziland and Surinam streets inside Better Living Subdivision.

Parañaque chief of police Senior Supt. Andrei Felix said they had ruled out robbery since “nothing was taken or touched” inside the establishment during the shooting.

Watt and a female helper were opening the shop for the day’s operations when an armed man entered and approached the American, who was then seated. The intruder shot Watt twice in the head with a .45-cal. pistol, Felix said.

As the helper screamed, the gunman fled by joining a cohort who was waiting outside on a motorcycle that had no license plate.

Watt was pronounced dead at Parañaque Doctor’s Hospital. Watt left behind his Filipino wife and their two children.

The victim’s wife told investigators that she was not aware of any enemies her husband may have had, Felix added.

Felix said the establishment had a security camera but the footage that morning still had to be reviewed and cleaned by experts. Watt’s cell phone was also sent to Camp Crame to be checked for any text message that could help establish the motive or the identity of those behind the killing.

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  • anu12345

    “Felix said the establishment had a security camera but the footage that
    morning still had to be reviewed and cleaned by experts”

    Sana hindi nila sinabi. Baka kasi hindi alam ng mga bad guys.

    • Rey

      Alam mo naman sa atin. Masyadong madaldal ang mga pulis at reporters. Sa ibang bansa, pag may solid lead ang mga pulis, di sinasabi hanggat di nahuhuli ang salarin.

  • charlie_oscar

    Ako Ang Assasanino!

    • Loggnat

      Don’t be bewildered if you get a visit from InterPol. If you don’t think the Americans cannot track your IP number, you are in for a big surprise.

      • kanoy

        lol the USA has far more important matters to attend to rather than waste money and resources on tracking all the weirdos on blogging sites

      • Loggnat

        The murder of one of its citizen should be a good tracing task for rookies during training time, i think. :))

  • walangutak

    Wala ring nahuli at walang nakakaalam kung sino ang salarin. Magkapareha na talaga ang mga security guards at ang kapolisan, laging walang alam. Ano ba itong Better Living subdivision, pipitsugin at wala man lang security guards, o kasama na yan ngayon sa modern training ng mga security guards na ipikit ang mga mata pag may krimeng nagaganap sa kanilang hurisdiksyon.

    • jack_bagbaga2011

      magiging “Bitter Living Subdivision” na yan

    • Rey

      Mr. Walangutak, ang kalakhan ng Better Living Subdivision ay inopen po matagal na para sa publiko. At ang pinangyarihan ng krimen ay commercial area na. Wala nang pakialam ang BLS doon. Kung wala kang impormasyon tungkol sa isang bagay ay huwag nang magkomento.

  • R_U_CK

    Philippines is one of the most dangerous countries in the world.

    • go88

      You should try Africa then …. Philippines -apart from places like Jolo- is a kindergarten compared to the western african economic capitals. Be ready to kill if you decide to leave your house at night there.

      • kanoy

        True,,,,but Africa is not Asia and when it comes to Asia the RP leads the race by far also in gun possession where 70% of the RP owns guns…BUT,,,,guns don’t kill,,,people do and the reason behind the RP lead in murder are the 120,000 political killings,,not private,,,but I don’t care what country you are living in,,,the RP, Africa or the USA,,,when its time for your ticket to be punched,,,it will happen….we may not agree with it,,,but its all by a divine plan,,,,so keep your house in order,,there is no second chance

      • yoyeng torotot

        @kanoy, ha? DIVINE PLAN? nag PLAN yun Diyos para mamatay yun American?

  • Mamang Pulis

    me atraso siguro yun matanda sa pera–o baka may pinagalitan na dating empleyado–rumesbak–kalooy.

    • Kilabot ng mga Balahibo


      ako rin.

      siguro may kalaguyo yung misis nya! win-win kung mag ppay out yung insurance and inheritance, rather than divorce with a pre-nup which is just child support.

      ouch…this is too negative.

  • David Bobir

    I expected to see a story like this. Last week it was the Australian manager of a resort in Subic. (No mention of it whatsoever in PH media) This weeks murder of a foreigner was due. It’s more fun in PH. Murder conviction rate in PH low…of foreigners almost non existent…why wouldn’t you kill us? Probably a family member or some connection. It usually is. He probably wouldn’t “lend” them money or something. Or maybe he fired someone for stealing or not doing their job. It’s all it takes.

    • foreignerph

      Well that’s the “culture”, I’ve been told, along with the necessary bribes that are tripled for foreigners. Whenever a woman marries a foreigner, she is considered to have won the jackpot and gazillions of “cousins” in dire straits pop op with unpaid “medicine” bills, dying buffaloes, dying kids and debts. Jealousy and gossip is never far away in the PH. Cope with it or leave. I left ;-)

      • Exo

        Then don’t get a wife from just anywhere. Choose someone with good background. I am actually wondering where the foreigners got their wives. You guys usually get the worst ones.

        Btw, there are far more foreigners killed in Thailand than in the Philippines. Foreigners being killed in the Philippines is rare and as you mentioned, it is usually a domestic case.

      • go88

        Philippines is not that foreigner friendly … I’d say foreigners are at risk here because many are perceived as walking money bags. Foreigners may be killed because of domestic case but also because of robbery.
        Sooner or later they will attract unwanted attention unless they live in a very secured place.

        Sad to say many of the foreigners who come to the PI aren’t of the decent and educated type. They come here because they can’t get a girls/gf and think they can buy girls so they tend to end up with prostitutes and other gold diggers. I am not saying all foreigners are like that but many are.


    This shooting was in front of my school. One of his daughters was in 2nd grade. We were really scared the whole day.

    • kanoy

      Any idea how long he iive in RP? 2ND grade makes her 8

  • disqus_WIkXYUshrh

    Dapat ang tanungin diyan ay ang maid kung may kinalaman ang boyfriend niya sa patayan. Baka selos lang yan dahil baka mahilig sa kalabit yang kano na yan. Walang ninakaw. 45 caliber ang ginamit para siguradong dedo.

    Daming storyang ganyan.

  • Exo

    There are far more foreigners killed in Thailand than in the Philippines.

    • go88

      Well there are also more foreigners in Thailand than in the Philippines.

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