During the 60’s, the Philippines as they say was a hellish place because there is less attention in fixing the law and justice system. This has given notorious criminals, gang lords and public enemies an opportunity to proliferate.
Many people are unaware of their stories. Here’s a list of Philippines’ most legendary tough guys:
1. ASIONG SALONGA a.k.a HARI NG TONDO
*Asiong is Manila’s most feared criminal who controlled Tondo for several years. He had a notorious career of robbery, murder, extortion and other crimes, but he was loved, respected and idolized by many of his neighbors. It is because Asiong was believed to be sharing his prosperity among the poor people of Tondo.
Asiong’s legendary life ended quickly at the age of 27 when he was shot dead in a drinking session with his gang on October 1951.
Asiong’s life was told in a 2011 documentary film, ‘The Manila Kingpin’, starring Jeorge ‘E.R’ Estregan.
2. ARTURO PORCUNA a.k.a BOY GOLDEN
*He was among the toughest gang leaders of Manila in the early 60’s. He was a prominent gangster who proliferate violence among feuding gang groups. He met his bloody death in the early morning of December 24th, 1963. He was shot dead by a group of police while at their house with two new members of his gang.
His life was told to life in a documentary film released in 2013, titled ‘ Boy Golden: Shoot To Kill, the Arturo Porcuna Story starring Jeorge ‘E.R’ Estregan and KC Concepcion.
3. BENJAMIN GARCIA a.k.a BEN TUMBLING
*He was known to be a police assassin who murdered 7 police officers in just a month. What forced him to hate police more was when his young wife was raped. Ben Tumbling was once Malabon’s most wanted criminal.
He was assassinated in an ambush at the young age of 23. His life was portrayed in a 2012 film, ‘Alyas Ben Tumbling.’
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4. MARCILA AMA PEREZ a.k.a BABY AMA
*His criminal life started when he stole money to fund a friend’s education. He was sent to Bilibid Prison to serve his sentence. He experienced severe torture from his fellow inmates in Muntinlupa.
Baby Ama lost control of himself when he learned that his pregnant wife committed suicide after a prison guard allegedly raped her.
After the incident, he became a hitman inside the prison who murdered some rival inmates. Baby Ama faced his death when he was executed by electric chair.
His life was portrayed by action star Rudy Fernandez in the 1976 film, ‘Bitayin si Baby Ama’.
5. LEONARDO MENECIO a.k.a NARDONG PUTIK
*He was a notorious criminal and known for having an amulet that, some believe, protected him which was why he was able to get away from police arrest. He is known for several crimes most of which include his involvement in the assassination and murder of several political figures in the 60’s. He was also known for gunning down NBI agents.
Nardong Putik died in an ambush allegedly conducted by NBI agent Epimaco Velasco. It was reported that the police authorities recovered 60 bullets from his body before he died.
His life was portrayed in the 1972 action film, ‘Nardong Putik Kilabot ng Cavite’.
6.WARLITO TOLEDO a.k.a WAWAY
*He is feared in Cebu because of his rape and murder cases. He was believed to have raped and murdered 40 women in a single day. No women appeared to complain against him. Although he had numerous criminal charges, Waway was able to get away from the police.
It was believed that his own wife was raped and murdered and so it prompted him to avenge her death in his own sick twisted brand of justice. Until now, no one has given any information about his notorious criminal.
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