KC Montero, 112 others arrested in Makati bar

June 29, 2020

AT least 113 individuals, including foreigners and “Ang Probinsiyano” character actor and television host KC Montero and his wife, were arrested for allegedly violating mass gatherings inside a bar Sunday afternoon in Makati City.

Makati police chief P/Col. Oscar Jacildo said he ordered the raid on Skye Bar located at the 18th floor of M1 Tower at 141 H.V. Delacosta St., Bgy. Salcedo at around 5:35 p.m., following reports that the bar allowed its customers to drink and dine and hold exclusive gatherings in violation of government guidelines that bars are not allowed to open in areas under General Community Quarantine (GCQ).

Police said that during the raid conducted by joint elements of Intelligence Unit and Tactical Motorcycle Riders Unit (TMRU) led by P/Maj. Gideon Ines, customers, including foreigners were caught in the act drinking liquor in each tables and violating social distancing.

However, bar employees denied the accusations and insisted that they are following the government guidelines in observing physical and social distancing by allowing only 20 to 30 percent of customers or around 200 since the establishment can allegedly accommodate at least 800 people.

Montero, known in real life as Casey Miller for his part said he and his wife only went to the establishment to eat since he, and other customers, thought the bar was allowed to open.

He added that contrary to the claim of authorities, all of the customers were observing social distancing and the tables were far apart.

The arrested customers, including one of the bar owners identified as Felix Maramba, were temporarily held at the Barangay Guadalupe covered court to allow physical distancing before they were brought one by one to Makati Police Station for booking procedure as requirement for possible filing of appropriate charges under R.A 11332 or the "Mandatory Reporting of Notifiable Diseases and Health Events of Public Health Concern Act of 2018"