Actor with beauty queen-girlfriend robbed in San Juan City
MANILA, Philippines — An actor became a high-profile victim of a street robbery in San Juan City after two men riding together on a motorcycle—one of them being described as a “Rene Requiestas” look-alike—aimed a gun at him and seized his valuables last Saturday evening.
The San Juan Police identified the victim as 28-year-old actor Yussef Esteves, whose real name is Joseph Smisek, a resident of Barangay (village) Wack Wack, Mandaluyong City.
The robbers remained unidentified, as of Sunday, but police reports described them as riding on a black motorcycle without a plate number. The back rider was specifically described as a look-alike of the late comedian Rene Requiestas and about 5 feet, 4 inches tall, and wearing a black helmet, black jacket and short pants.
The robber happened at around 10:45 p.m. in front of Eatfresh Hong Kong Street Food Restaurant along Abad Santos Street, Barangay (village) Little Baguio, San Juan City.
Smisek, who was with his girlfriend, Miss Philippines Earth Angelee Delos Reyes, and several other friends, had just finished eating at the restaurant and had stepped outside of the restaurant, preparing to leave, when they were robbed.
Two men riding together on a motorcycle suddenly stopped in front of them, with the back rider getting off. He then pointed a gun at Smisek and ordered him in Filipino to “take off your bag and give it to me.”
Smisek told the police that he was forced to give his bag at gunpoint. The sling bag had P800 in cash, a P35,000 iPhone, another P8,500 cell phone, and a P15,000 pair of Ray-Ban sunglasses inside it, along with four books and the keys to his condominium, when it was seized.
After taking the loot, the robber then returned to the motorcycle and the two men sped off towards P. Guevarra Street. Police are continuing the investigation into the robbery.