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American killed inside his P’que coffee shop

By Jaymee T. Gamil

Philippine Daily Inquirer

11:58 pm | Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

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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Skywalker

This reads to me like a professional hit.  The motive is as yet unexplained.

 

This is not a Philippines specific issue, it happens everywhere.

 

Whether anybody will be brought to justice is another story.

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smokey

This reads to me like a professional hit.  The motive is as yet unexplained.

 

This is not a Philippines specific issue, it happens everywhere.

 

Whether anybody will be brought to justice is another story.

wow another shot in the head day time in a business ... hummmmm   most people cant ride 10 blocks without getting noticed for no helmet and these guys go everywhere with a gun and no plate so much for the election ban guess a hit man needs to work 

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Chris24

Very sad.  Living his dream operating a humble coffee shop, married into the culture, only to have some ***holes cut his days short, out of jealousy or some other petty motive.

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johnboy999

wow another shot in the head day time in a business ... hummmmm   most people cant ride 10 blocks without getting noticed for no helmet and these guys go everywhere with a gun and no plate so much for the election ban guess a hit man needs to work 

 

Because of the plate shortage for nearly 1 year now you see a hell of a lot of bikes out there with either "For registration" plates or no plates at all. The police were told not to enforce the "no plate, no travel" policy so they are not generally pulling up motorbike riders without plates, although at a checkpoint they probably would be asking for proof of registration. Just riding around without plates isn't going to get people randomly chased down right now. The sooner they sort this plate policy out the better, because when they do, if you see a bike with no plates then you would know there is something dodgy about it. Right now, you couldn't tell if it is legit or not. Obviously the hitmen like to wear full face helmets to avoid being identified and the helmet laws now mean they blend in much easier so it's harder to spot them.

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Paul

Who could it be?

 

Wife?

Jealous girlfriend?

Loan shark he owes?

Former business associate?

Jealous competing business owner?

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Cannonball

Who could it be?

 

Wife?

Jealous girlfriend?

Loan shark he owes?

Former business associate?

Jealous competing business owner?

Could very likely be all of the above, we will probably never know.

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Kim_

Wife? due to

1) the poor guy has a high life insurance

2) the poor guy just finalised his SS transfer to her&kids

3) she met a guapa guy and needs a widow status to be able to remarry

 

:popcorn:

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Raven

Wife? due to

1) the poor guy has a high life insurance

2) the poor guy just finalised his SS transfer to her&kids

3) she met a guapa guy and needs a widow status to be able to remarry

 

:popcorn:

guapo... :D

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smokey

Because of the plate shortage for nearly 1 year now you see a hell of a lot of bikes out there with either "For registration" plates or no plates at all. The police were told not to enforce the "no plate, no travel" policy so they are not generally pulling up motorbike riders without plates, although at a checkpoint they probably would be asking for proof of registration. Just riding around without plates isn't going to get people randomly chased down right now. The sooner they sort this plate policy out the better, because when they do, if you see a bike with no plates then you would know there is something dodgy about it. Right now, you couldn't tell if it is legit or not. Obviously the hitmen like to wear full face helmets to avoid being identified and the helmet laws now mean they blend in much easier so it's harder to spot them.

dont make excuses so you see two guys on a bike no plate you dont think ? something is a miss.... i got pulled over for a frigging seat belt so i guess a lot more is seen them you think 

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Peter C

guapo... :D

 

gwapo !

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johnboy999

dont make excuses so you see two guys on a bike no plate you dont think ? something is a miss.... i got pulled over for a frigging seat belt so i guess a lot more is seen them you think 

 

I'm not making excuses, I'm explaining that a very big problem caused by mismanagement/incompetence within the LTO is having an unwanted side effect in that it's making it much easier for these people to "blend in with the crowd". Just as an example, one of our bikes was bought brand new and in cash last May and we still can't get any plates from the LTO for it, and believe me, we've been trying to get them! Before, a bike with no plates would set off alarm bells, but now it's a common occurrence to see it and they're just not going to be spotted so easily. Hopefully they are going to start to pull their finger out at the LTO and start issuing new plates again and then the dodgy bikes with no plates would be spotted again. Also, previously, it was uncommon to see 2 people on a bike with helmets. Hardly anyone was wearing helmets, but now that the helmet law is being pretty well enforced in the cities, seeing 2 people on a bike with helmets wouldn't be unusual either. So, what I am saying is that recent changes within the last year or so are making it much harder for these hitmen to be spotted either before or after the crime. Do you see where I'm coming from now?

 

And as for you getting pulled for your seat belt, that's easy to explain. You're a rich foreigner so you can easily pay for the enforcers lunch - easy target :P

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Wolfpack

Who could it be?

 

Wife?

Jealous girlfriend?

Loan shark he owes?

Former business associate?

Jealous competing business owner?

 

someone with enough money to own a .45 with bullets...that actually shoots 2 rounds successfully...

 

wondering if the American embassy looks into these murders at all?

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alexccms

Maybe it's extortion.

 

If you don't pay then they kill you.

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Davaoeno

Maybe it's extortion.

 

If you don't pay then they kill you.

 

have you experienced that a lot in the Phil ??  Have you known a lot of foreigners that that happened to ?

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