Filipino Gangs in the Philippines

Filipino Gangs

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Filipino Gangs are present in the Philippine Islands and Internationally, most of these are located in the United States of America (California primarily). There is a very large number of Filipino street gangs in the Philippines and United States, Organised crime is also known to exist between a number of gangs.

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In general, their are gangs located in the Philippines that deal in organised crime, and follow a general hierarchy. These gangs can be linked to certain families or barkadas (groups). A number of gangs are known to deal in illegal narcotics, some known criminal activities include home invasion, kidnapping and torture, extortion, arson, grand theft auto, robberies, sale of illegal narcotics, battery assault, shootings and numerous known & unknown homicides. Some gangs are so largely spread out among the island nation, that it is hard to keep track of the various branch’s, this is evident in one of the largest and most infamous gangs among the Philippine Islands, known as the “SSC” gang also known as the “Sigue-Sigue Comando”. Filipino gangs are also known to be located in parts of Europe and Asia, the Middle East, Australia, New Zealand and primarily in the United States, Mexico, and Canada.

Philippines A number of gangs in the Philippines are known to be active around the nation, the majority being centered in Manila, with locations in and around the general Metro Manila region. One of the most infamous areas in the City is Tondo, Manila. Tondo is known to be the “Hub” of Gangs in the region, with the majority of street gangs being located in this district.

Apart from a very large number of local street gangs, there are a number of organized gangs among the Philippines.

True Brown Style 13

True Brown Style 13 “Vera Indio Istilo at Trese” (TBS 13) is one of The most infamous & largest street gangs in the Philippines because of its crime related activities throughout the country. Murder, homicide, illegal drug trade, and home invasions is their primary criminal activities. The TBS 13 gang originated from San Diego, California, USA. Filipina-mexicanas deportees brought the gangs name and formed a clique in the Philippines. The clique which started in the Philippines was exclusively for females. But as the gang grew, the former female members accepted male members to join the gang, and those members made the gang infamous in the Philippines. True Brown Style 13 is the most popular Gang in the Philippines.Their colors are Red,Blue & Black their Sets are either Blood or Crip. Other True Brown Style 13 Hoods are connected with Bloods & Crips in the USA.

Filipino Mafia

The Kuratong Baleleng was an organized crime syndicate that once was an anti-communist vigilante group. They were known nationwide due to their end in an alleged shootout with the Police on May 1995 in Quezon City.[1]

For most Filipinos, the Kuratong Baleleng is that notorious group of bank robbers that met a bloody end in a supposed shootout with the police one May morning in 1995 in Quezon City. But down in Ozamiz City, in northwestern Mindanao, Kuratong is said to be well-loved — and well-connected, even if no one denies that it is a criminal syndicate.[1]

Armed with assorted type of high powered firearms and operates in the cities of Ozamis,Cagayan De Oro, Pagadian and Dipolog, and other neighboring cities and municipalities in Mindanao (in southern Philippines), Cebu in Visayas (in Central Philippines), and Metro Manila in Luzon (in northern Philippines). The group is engaged in robbery/hold-up, carnapping, illegal drugs trafficking, smuggling of rice and sugar, Human smuggling, Gun Running, Extortion, Loan sharking, prostitution, illigal gambling, murder for hire, Protection rackets from Politicians,Businessmen and Drug dealers.[1]

The members of the group are on the “BISAYA” speaking christians, no accurate estimation of the groups number since it has never been infiltrated and fear has become Kuratong Baleleng’s most effective weapon.The Kuratong baleleng is the most well organized crime gang in the Philippines, it was rumored that some criminal gangs such as Abu sayyaf got killed without any permission to operate from the Kuratong Baleleng Bosses. “They have no qualms in killing perceived enemies,” says a local journalist who asked not to be named. “They are untouchables.” This perception is fueled by the fact that authorities refuse to even investigate criminal activities allegedly perpetrated by the group. The gang also has business ties with other ASIAN gangs such as Japanese YAKUZA and The Chinese Triads and the Russian Mafia. The Kuratong baleleng is also known for supplying rebels such as the NPA and Abu sayyaf groups.It was also rumored that the organization has gone International, and not online in the Philippines but, also some neighboring parts of the nation such as Malaysia, Indonesia, Hong Kong, singapore and even Saudi Arabia and Middle east.

Joining this gang is not easy since this is a highly organized crime syndicate and most members are Family associated by blood. The gang organization are consist of BOSSES these bosses are known as “PAPA” manong or Ninong the Head Boss or the father of the Family or Clan which comprise of the underboss the second in command. The Next are the “KUYA or MANOY” Big brother or the CAPTAIN. Each Captains consists of Soldiers or “Sondalo” these sondalo are the one’s who always do the dirty works for the BOSSES. The Gang is hard to infiltrate and for that matter has never ever been infiltrated since the gang has bigtime protection such as former Generals ,Former mayors and former military people.[1]

Akyat Bahay Gang

The Akyat Bahay Gang is known as a violent home invasion-oriented gang which also has a history with drug dealing. [2]

Bahala Na Gang

The Bahala Na Gang (“Come What May”) is one of the most notorious of Filipino Gangs, they were established among inmates in the notorious jails of the Philippines in the early 1940s and eventually spread its operations throughout the globe. The gang is known to have chapters in North and Latin America as well as Europe alongside their Philippine presence. A tattoo of a Question Mark (?) located on any part of the body is a mark of the infamous Filipino gang. The Bahala Gang, despite rumours that the gang is “dying” out, mainly due to the majority of its leaders being in jail, still has a presence in the Philippines and primarily in the United States.[3]

Sigue Sigue Comando Gang

The Sigue Sigue Comando Gang is one of the largest Gangs in the Philippines. The Gang has thousands of members spread around the Philippine Islands, the gang is involved with home invasion, kidnapping and torture, extortion, arson, auto theft, robberies, sales of illegal narcotics, battery assault, shootings and numerous known & unknown homicides.[4] Sputnik Prison Gang-a prison gang Batang Cityjail-a prison gang

Bacolod Underground Crips

Bacolod Underground Crips 13 (BUC13) is a type of gang that has been known for its number of vandals in the city of Bacolod, Negros Occidental. The gang is involved with shootings and mostly vandalism. The gang is widely spread in the city of Bacolod and is not involved with other gang wars except their own. The gang is said to have connected with True Brown Style 13 and other Crip gangs in Bacolod City.

Watch Dogg Committee

Watch Dogg Committee (WDC) is an underground type of gang wherein people, especially the poor and the oppressed and other members of the community, unite to liberate themselves from all forms of enslavement,violence and corruption, abusive use of power or authority, and create a condition in which there are no oppressors and oppressed. This gang is more on “activism”, somewhat peaceful, but sometimes uses violence to get what they want such as to maintain order in their territory or to teach an enemy a lesson. It is widely existing in Mindanao and Visayas.

United States

Filipino Gangs in the United States are largely focused in and around the Southern California region (SoCal) and generally the entire West Coast region. Due to their hispanic culture they are more assimilated with other Latino gangs. There are thousands of Filipino gang members which mostly center around the California region, Chicago, New York, and Miami. They represent a diversre array of backgrounds and affiliations with some being with the Bloods, Crips, Sureños, Norteños, Peoples, and Folks. There are a number of Filipino Gangs located on the west coast, below is a list of Major Filipino Gangs in the region.

Temple Street 13 Gang

The Temple Street Varrio over time has expanded outside its original territory and has established itself in the far corners of the L.A country, Northern Califas and in Las Vegas, Nevada, Salt Lake City, Utah, Pennysylvania, Washington and Oregon. And in addition to having established grounds on the west side of L.A TST has heads representing their Varrio in South Central, San Fernando Valley, Palmdale, Lancaster, Antelope Valley, Cerritos, Glendale, Long Beach, Pomona and Oakland. TST has even branched out Internationally, having presence in cities in the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, Mexico, El Salvador and the TST is well represented across the sea in the Philippines with the Pinoy Locos Clique which formed from the Temple Street Varrio.

The TST Pinoy Locos 13 Clique was originally started out in the Early 1980s and became one of the most notorious gangs in the Philippines, it also started out in the homegrounds of west central L.A but eventually with the deportation of many of the Filipino gang members of the Clique back to the Philippine Islands, the Clique became larger than ever back in the Philippines alongside the United States and its linked TST Cliques.

B Down Boys

The B Down Boys are a Filipino gang from the San Diego area.[5]

Bahala Na Barkada

Bahala Na Barkada is a Filipino gang from the San Diego area.[5]

Bahala Na Gang

The Bahala Na Gang (“Come What May”), also known by its abbreviation BNG [6], is one of the most notorious of Filipino Gangs, they were established among inmates in the notorious jails of the Philippines in the early 1940s and eventually spread its operations throughout the globe. The gang is known to have chapters in North and Latin America as well as Europe alongside their Philippine presence. A tattoo of a Question Mark (?) located on any part of the body is a mark of the infamous Filipino gang. The BNG have a large influence primarily focused around the Los Angeles area and Bay area. According to last reports, they are located in the following Los Angeles areas:[7][3] Los Angeles, West Covina, Glendale, Hawthorne, Montebello, Pomona, Cerritos and Carson

TFS

The Filipino Stoners, also known as TFS, is one of the most notorious of Filipino Gangs in northern california. Established by filipinos of the mid 1940’s who were sick of the racism they dealt with. The gang is known to have gang members all over California and some in the Philippines

Watch Dogg Committee

Watch Dogg Committee (WDC) is a Filipino-African-American secret brotherhood. This group was first formed in Crown Heights, New York, U.S.A. in 1985 as a protection group against oppressive gangs. 1995, Watch Dogg became a gang when most of its members affiliated with the Bloods. 1996, Watch Dogg reached Los Angeles and became an inter-gang (with members from different gangs and groups such as Flipside 13, Tau Gamma Pinoy, Tropang Hudas, etc.). The word “Committee” was added to emphasize that the group is a mixture of different members from different gangs. It reached the Philippines in the year 1997. Though it is believed that the group disbanded in U.S. in the year 1996, there are still members in Crown Heights, New York and San Francisco Valley, Los Angeles. Members are widely present in the Philippines particularly in Dipolog City, Katipunan Zamboanga del Norte, Dumaguete City, Bayawan City, Bukidnon, General Santos City, and etc.

Hellside Gang

The Hellside Gang (HSG) is a Filipino street gang located on the West coast of the United States. The gang’s turf is known to be at Gardena, Alhambra and Baldwin Park.[7][3]

Insane Diego Mob The Insane Diego mob is a Filipino gang from San Diego. The gang is known to be located on the South Side of San Diego.[5]

JEFROX

JEFROX (JFX) was founded in 1979, is a Filipino Street Gang, with locations in Los Angeles (Maplewood) and Valleyside (Panorama, San Fernando, North Hills, Mission Hills and Northridge).[7] Spoiled Brotherz also known as Spoiled Bratz (SBZ) originally 13 heads from Los Angeles, is the ruthless, 2nd to the last click of the gang and was active in the valley around 1998-2005. Multiplied from Los Angeles to The ValleySide. Spoiled Brotherz became the number one click in their generation passing other clicks from the 90’s, and highly respected in Los Angeles and The ValleySide. Because of numerous attempted murder, battery and drive bys. Their main rival was Van Nuys Asian Boyz (ABZ) and Mara Salvatruchas (MS). Recent incedent was the shootout on Panorama Sea Food City and the Kennedy High drive by attempted murder. The youngest click and that are still active until now are called No Mercy Pinoy (NMP) Valleyside. This click was originated from Spoiled Brotherz Click (SBZ).

Mabuhay Pinoy Trece

The Mabuhay Pinoy Trece (MP13) is a Filipino gang with locations in Eagle Rock, Walnut, Highland Park and parts of Los Angeles. [7][3]

Pinoy Real Gang

The Pinoy Real Gang (PR), pronounced Pinoy Re-al street gang was founded in the early 1980s in Atwater Village, California. Located 9 miles Northeast of Downtown L.A. Pinoy is a Filipino slang name for a Filipino male. Real used in a Spanish term, pronounced Re-al which means Royal or King. The gang name is abbreviated to PR or PRG (G meaning Gang). [7] Pinoy Real Gang has known established sets and cliques throughout Southern California and Las Vegas and the Philippines. Active sets includes: Atwater Village, Granada Hills, Norwalk, West Covina, Hawthorne, Rancho Cucamonga, Pasadena, Las Vegas, Culver City, Cerritos, Chino Hills, Anaheim and Rowland Heights.[8] The gang has been associated with recent gang turfwars and crimes, most recent was an icedent involving the Jefrox (JFX) gang, where a person was tortured and beaten by some PRG members.[9][10]

Real Pinoy Brothers

The Real Pinoy Brothers (or Real Pinoy Brotherhood, RPB)formed in San Francisco in the mid 80s. Daly City 2nd generation were led by Uno and Dos. RPB are located in Palmdale, Carson and the San Fernando Valley and also Northern California such as in cities of San Francisco, Daly City, San Jose, Milpitas, Fremont as well as Las Vegas,NV (Inactive).Las Vegas founders were Temper and Droopy.Temper was from the Bay Area,Droopy was from the Los Angeles Area.RPB was most notorious for violence whihc included kidnapping,extorsion,robberies,car theft and attempted murder.[7]

Satanas

The Satanas (STS) is a large Filino Gang with a lot of locations spread out in the US west coast, places in Los Angeles such as West and South Barrio Rampart, East and South Barrio Long Beach, Lakewood, Palmdale, Cerritos, Barrio South Oxnard, Santa Ana, North and South Valleyside, Barrio Norwalk, West Covina and La Puente.[7][3] The Satanas also have a presence in the San Diego Region of the US west coast.[5] The Satanas also have links with the TST (Varrio Temple Street), as this is the clique the Satanas originated from.[11] Tres Cantos The Tres Cantos (TCS) , is a gang that originated in Eaglerock, and also has cliques in Los Angeles.

Tropang Hudas The Tropang Hudas are known to be around Baldwin Park, Eagle Rock and Glendale.[7] Unique Boys

The Unique Boys are a Filipino gang from San Diego. The gang is known to be located on the South Side of San Diego.[5]

Canada

Filipino Gangs in Canada are present, probably due to the large numbers of Filipino’s living in Canada. The TST temple Street Varrios (Of which the Pinoy Locos 13 is also linked to) has also a significant influence in Canada among other places. Most recently a number of Vietnamese and Filipino gangs where involved in a turf war, with a number of Bashings, a Drive By and 8 recorded stabbings. The fights have involved a variety of bladed weapons. The groups commonly favour machetes, swords and illegal switchblades and butterfly knives, police said

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Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) is an international criminal gang that originated in Los Angeles, California. It has spread to other parts of the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Central America. The majority of the gang is ethnically composed of Central Americans (mostly Salvadorans) and active in urban and suburban areas.

In the U.S., the MS-13 has an especially heavy presence in Los Angeles County and the San Francisco Bay Area in Northern California; the Washington, D.C. metropolitan areas of Fairfax County, Virginia, Montgomery County, Maryland, and Prince George’s County, Maryland; Queens, New York; Long Island, New York; Newark, New Jersey, Plainfield, New Jersey; Jersey City, New Jersey; Elizabeth, New Jersey; the Boston, Massachusetts area; Charlotte, North Carolina; and Houston, Texas. There is also a presence of MS-13 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Members of MS distinguish themselves by tattoos covering the body and also often the face, as well as the use of their own sign language. They are notorious for their use of violence and a subcultural moral code that predominantly consists of merciless revenge and cruel retributions. This cruelty of the distinguished members of the “Maras” or “Mareros” earned them a path to be recruited by the Sinaloa Cartel battling against Los Zetas in an ongoing drug war south of the United States border. [5] [6][7] Their wide-ranging activities have drawn the attention of the FBI and Immigration and Customs Enforcement, who have initiated wide-scale raids against known and suspected gang members – netting hundreds of arrests across the country

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The Mexican Mafia (Spanish: Mafia Mexicana), also known as La eMe (Spanish for “the M”), is a highly organized Mexican American criminal organization in the United States.[1][4] Despite its name, the Mexican Mafia did not originate in Mexico and is entirely a U.S. criminal prison organization. Sureños, including MS-13 and Florencia 13,[15] use the number 13 to show allegiance to the Mexican Mafia.

M is the 13th letter of the alphabet. Law enforcement officials report that La eMe is the most powerful gang within the California prison system.[16] Government officials state that there are currently 155–300 official members of the Mexican Mafia with around 990 associates who assist La eMe in carrying out its illegal activities in the hopes of becoming full members.[

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Sureños, Sur 13, or Sureños X3 are groups of loosely affiliated gangs[10] that pay tribute to the Mexican Mafia while in U.S. state and federal correctional facilities.

Many Sureño gangs have rivalries with one another and the only time this rivalry is set aside is when they enter the prison system.[4][6][11] Thus, fighting is common among different Sureño gangs even though they share the same common identity. Sureños have emerged as a national gang in the United States.[5]

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The Sinaloa Cartel (Spanish: Cártel de Sinaloa or CDS)[9] is an international drug trafficking, money laundering, and organized crime syndicate.[10] Established during the mid-1980s,[11] the Sinaloa Cartel is based primarily in the city of Culiacán, Sinaloa,[12] with operations in the Mexican states of Baja California, Durango, Sonora, and Chihuahua.[13][14] The cartel is also known as the Guzmán-Loera Organization and the Pacific Cartel, the latter due to the coast of Mexico from which it originated. The cartel has also been called the Federation and the Blood Alliance.[13][15][16][17] The ‘Federation’ was partially splintered when the Beltrán-Leyva brothers broke apart from the Sinaloa Cartel.[18]

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The United States Intelligence Community considers the Sinaloa Cartel “the most powerful drug trafficking organization in the world”[19] and in 2011, the Los Angeles Times called it “Mexico’s most powerful organized crime group.”[20] The Sinaloa Cartel is associated with the label “Golden Triangle”, which refers to the states of Sinaloa, Durango, and Chihuahua. The region is a major producer of Mexican opium and marijuana.[18] According to the U.S. Attorney General, the Sinaloa Cartel is responsible for importing into the United States and distributing nearly 200 tons of cocaine and large amounts of heroin between 1990 and 2008.[21] According to the National Drug Intelligence Center, within the U.S. the Sinaloa Cartel is primarily involved in the distribution of cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, marijuana and MDMA.[22]

As of 2015, the Sinaloa Cartel is the most active drug cartel involved in smuggling illicit drugs into the United States and trafficking them throughout the United States.[2

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Filipino Gangs in the Philippines and Worldwide

Filipino Gangs

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Filipino Gangs are present in the Philippine Islands and Internationally, most of these are located in the United States of America (California primarily). There is a very large number of Filipino street gangs in the Philippines and United States, Organised crime is also known to exist between a number of gangs.
About
In general, their are gangs located in the Philippines that deal in organised crime, and follow a general hierarchy. These gangs can be linked to certain families or barkadas (groups). A number of gangs are known to deal in illegal narcotics, some known criminal activities include home invasion, kidnapping and torture, extortion, arson, grand theft auto, robberies, sale of illegal narcotics, battery assault, shootings and numerous known & unknown homicides. Some gangs are so largely spread out among the island nation, that it is hard to keep track of the various branch’s, this is evident in one of the largest and most infamous gangs among the Philippine Islands, known as the “SSC” gang also known as the “Sigue-Sigue Comando”. Filipino gangs are also known to be located in parts of Europe and Asia, the Middle East, Australia, New Zealand and primarily in the United States, Mexico, and Canada.


Philippines A number of gangs in the Philippines are known to be active around the nation, the majority being centered in Manila, with locations in and around the general Metro Manila region. One of the most infamous areas in the City is Tondo, Manila. Tondo is known to be the “Hub” of Gangs in the region, with the majority of street gangs being located in this district.
Apart from a very large number of local street gangs, there are a number of organized gangs among the Philippines.
True Brown Style 13
True Brown Style 13 “Vera Indio Istilo at Trese” (TBS 13) is one of The most infamous & largest street gangs in the Philippines because of its crime related activities throughout the country. Murder, homicide, illegal drug trade, and home invasions is their primary criminal activities. The TBS 13 gang originated from San Diego, California, USA. Filipina-mexicanas deportees brought the gangs name and formed a clique in the Philippines. The clique which started in the Philippines was exclusively for females. But as the gang grew, the former female members accepted male members to join the gang, and those members made the gang infamous in the Philippines. True Brown Style 13 is the most popular Gang in the Philippines.Their colors are Red,Blue & Black their Sets are either Blood or Crip. Other True Brown Style 13 Hoods are connected with Bloods & Crips in the USA.
Filipino Mafia
The Kuratong Baleleng was an organized crime syndicate that once was an anti-communist vigilante group. They were known nationwide due to their end in an alleged shootout with the Police on May 1995 in Quezon City.[1]
For most Filipinos, the Kuratong Baleleng is that notorious group of bank robbers that met a bloody end in a supposed shootout with the police one May morning in 1995 in Quezon City. But down in Ozamiz City, in northwestern Mindanao, Kuratong is said to be well-loved — and well-connected, even if no one denies that it is a criminal syndicate.[1]
Armed with assorted type of high powered firearms and operates in the cities of Ozamis,Cagayan De Oro, Pagadian and Dipolog, and other neighboring cities and municipalities in Mindanao (in southern Philippines), Cebu in Visayas (in Central Philippines), and Metro Manila in Luzon (in northern Philippines). The group is engaged in robbery/hold-up, carnapping, illegal drugs trafficking, smuggling of rice and sugar, Human smuggling, Gun Running, Extortion, Loan sharking, prostitution, illigal gambling, murder for hire, Protection rackets from Politicians,Businessmen and Drug dealers.[1]
The members of the group are on the “BISAYA” speaking christians, no accurate estimation of the groups number since it has never been infiltrated and fear has become Kuratong Baleleng’s most effective weapon.The Kuratong baleleng is the most well organized crime gang in the Philippines, it was rumored that some criminal gangs such as Abu sayyaf got killed without any permission to operate from the Kuratong Baleleng Bosses. “They have no qualms in killing perceived enemies,” says a local journalist who asked not to be named. “They are untouchables.” This perception is fueled by the fact that authorities refuse to even investigate criminal activities allegedly perpetrated by the group. The gang also has business ties with other ASIAN gangs such as Japanese YAKUZA and The Chinese Triads and the Russian Mafia. The Kuratong baleleng is also known for supplying rebels such as the NPA and Abu sayyaf groups.It was also rumored that the organization has gone International, and not online in the Philippines but, also some neighboring parts of the nation such as Malaysia, Indonesia, Hong Kong, singapore and even Saudi Arabia and Middle east.
Joining this gang is not easy since this is a highly organized crime syndicate and most members are Family associated by blood. The gang organization are consist of BOSSES these bosses are known as “PAPA” manong or Ninong the Head Boss or the father of the Family or Clan which comprise of the underboss the second in command. The Next are the “KUYA or MANOY” Big brother or the CAPTAIN. Each Captains consists of Soldiers or “Sondalo” these sondalo are the one’s who always do the dirty works for the BOSSES. The Gang is hard to infiltrate and for that matter has never ever been infiltrated since the gang has bigtime protection such as former Generals ,Former mayors and former military people.[1]
Akyat Bahay Gang
The Akyat Bahay Gang is known as a violent home invasion-oriented gang which also has a history with drug dealing. [2]
Bahala Na Gang
The Bahala Na Gang (“Come What May”) is one of the most notorious of Filipino Gangs, they were established among inmates in the notorious jails of the Philippines in the early 1940s and eventually spread its operations throughout the globe. The gang is known to have chapters in North and Latin America as well as Europe alongside their Philippine presence. A tattoo of a Question Mark (?) located on any part of the body is a mark of the infamous Filipino gang. The Bahala Gang, despite rumours that the gang is “dying” out, mainly due to the majority of its leaders being in jail, still has a presence in the Philippines and primarily in the United States.[3]
Sigue Sigue Comando Gang
The Sigue Sigue Comando Gang is one of the largest Gangs in the Philippines. The Gang has thousands of members spread around the Philippine Islands, the gang is involved with home invasion, kidnapping and torture, extortion, arson, auto theft, robberies, sales of illegal narcotics, battery assault, shootings and numerous known & unknown homicides.[4] Sputnik Prison Gang-a prison gang Batang Cityjail-a prison gang
Bacolod Underground Crips
Bacolod Underground Crips 13 (BUC13) is a type of gang that has been known for its number of vandals in the city of Bacolod, Negros Occidental. The gang is involved with shootings and mostly vandalism. The gang is widely spread in the city of Bacolod and is not involved with other gang wars except their own. The gang is said to have connected with True Brown Style 13 and other Crip gangs in Bacolod City.
Watch Dogg Committee
Watch Dogg Committee (WDC) is an underground type of gang wherein people, especially the poor and the oppressed and other members of the community, unite to liberate themselves from all forms of enslavement,violence and corruption, abusive use of power or authority, and create a condition in which there are no oppressors and oppressed. This gang is more on “activism”, somewhat peaceful, but sometimes uses violence to get what they want such as to maintain order in their territory or to teach an enemy a lesson. It is widely existing in Mindanao and Visayas.
United States
Filipino Gangs in the United States are largely focused in and around the Southern California region (SoCal) and generally the entire West Coast region. Due to their hispanic culture they are more assimilated with other Latino gangs. There are thousands of Filipino gang members which mostly center around the California region, Chicago, New York, and Miami. They represent a diversre array of backgrounds and affiliations with some being with the Bloods, Crips, Sureños, Norteños, Peoples, and Folks. There are a number of Filipino Gangs located on the west coast, below is a list of Major Filipino Gangs in the region.
Temple Street 13 Gang
The Temple Street Varrio over time has expanded outside its original territory and has established itself in the far corners of the L.A country, Northern Califas and in Las Vegas, Nevada, Salt Lake City, Utah, Pennysylvania, Washington and Oregon. And in addition to having established grounds on the west side of L.A TST has heads representing their Varrio in South Central, San Fernando Valley, Palmdale, Lancaster, Antelope Valley, Cerritos, Glendale, Long Beach, Pomona and Oakland. TST has even branched out Internationally, having presence in cities in the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, Mexico, El Salvador and the TST is well represented across the sea in the Philippines with the Pinoy Locos Clique which formed from the Temple Street Varrio.
The TST Pinoy Locos 13 Clique was originally started out in the Early 1980s and became one of the most notorious gangs in the Philippines, it also started out in the homegrounds of west central L.A but eventually with the deportation of many of the Filipino gang members of the Clique back to the Philippine Islands, the Clique became larger than ever back in the Philippines alongside the United States and its linked TST Cliques.
B Down Boys
The B Down Boys are a Filipino gang from the San Diego area.[5]
Bahala Na Barkada
Bahala Na Barkada is a Filipino gang from the San Diego area.[5]
Bahala Na Gang
The Bahala Na Gang (“Come What May”), also known by its abbreviation BNG [6], is one of the most notorious of Filipino Gangs, they were established among inmates in the notorious jails of the Philippines in the early 1940s and eventually spread its operations throughout the globe. The gang is known to have chapters in North and Latin America as well as Europe alongside their Philippine presence. A tattoo of a Question Mark (?) located on any part of the body is a mark of the infamous Filipino gang. The BNG have a large influence primarily focused around the Los Angeles area and Bay area. According to last reports, they are located in the following Los Angeles areas:[7][3] Los Angeles, West Covina, Glendale, Hawthorne, Montebello, Pomona, Cerritos and Carson
TFS
The Filipino Stoners, also known as TFS, is one of the most notorious of Filipino Gangs in northern california. Established by filipinos of the mid 1940’s who were sick of the racism they dealt with. The gang is known to have gang members all over California and some in the Philippines
Watch Dogg Committee
Watch Dogg Committee (WDC) is a Filipino-African-American secret brotherhood. This group was first formed in Crown Heights, New York, U.S.A. in 1985 as a protection group against oppressive gangs. 1995, Watch Dogg became a gang when most of its members affiliated with the Bloods. 1996, Watch Dogg reached Los Angeles and became an inter-gang (with members from different gangs and groups such as Flipside 13, Tau Gamma Pinoy, Tropang Hudas, etc.). The word “Committee” was added to emphasize that the group is a mixture of different members from different gangs. It reached the Philippines in the year 1997. Though it is believed that the group disbanded in U.S. in the year 1996, there are still members in Crown Heights, New York and San Francisco Valley, Los Angeles. Members are widely present in the Philippines particularly in Dipolog City, Katipunan Zamboanga del Norte, Dumaguete City, Bayawan City, Bukidnon, General Santos City, and etc.
Hellside Gang
The Hellside Gang (HSG) is a Filipino street gang located on the West coast of the United States. The gang’s turf is known to be at Gardena, Alhambra and Baldwin Park.[7][3]
Insane Diego Mob The Insane Diego mob is a Filipino gang from San Diego. The gang is known to be located on the South Side of San Diego.[5]
JEFROX
JEFROX (JFX) was founded in 1979, is a Filipino Street Gang, with locations in Los Angeles (Maplewood) and Valleyside (Panorama, San Fernando, North Hills, Mission Hills and Northridge).[7] Spoiled Brotherz also known as Spoiled Bratz (SBZ) originally 13 heads from Los Angeles, is the ruthless, 2nd to the last click of the gang and was active in the valley around 1998-2005. Multiplied from Los Angeles to The ValleySide. Spoiled Brotherz became the number one click in their generation passing other clicks from the 90’s, and highly respected in Los Angeles and The ValleySide. Because of numerous attempted murder, battery and drive bys. Their main rival was Van Nuys Asian Boyz (ABZ) and Mara Salvatruchas (MS). Recent incedent was the shootout on Panorama Sea Food City and the Kennedy High drive by attempted murder. The youngest click and that are still active until now are called No Mercy Pinoy (NMP) Valleyside. This click was originated from Spoiled Brotherz Click (SBZ).
Mabuhay Pinoy Trece
The Mabuhay Pinoy Trece (MP13) is a Filipino gang with locations in Eagle Rock, Walnut, Highland Park and parts of Los Angeles. [7][3]
Pinoy Real Gang
The Pinoy Real Gang (PR), pronounced Pinoy Re-al street gang was founded in the early 1980s in Atwater Village, California. Located 9 miles Northeast of Downtown L.A. Pinoy is a Filipino slang name for a Filipino male. Real used in a Spanish term, pronounced Re-al which means Royal or King. The gang name is abbreviated to PR or PRG (G meaning Gang). [7] Pinoy Real Gang has known established sets and cliques throughout Southern California and Las Vegas and the Philippines. Active sets includes: Atwater Village, Granada Hills, Norwalk, West Covina, Hawthorne, Rancho Cucamonga, Pasadena, Las Vegas, Culver City, Cerritos, Chino Hills, Anaheim and Rowland Heights.[8] The gang has been associated with recent gang turfwars and crimes, most recent was an icedent involving the Jefrox (JFX) gang, where a person was tortured and beaten by some PRG members.[9][10]
Real Pinoy Brothers
The Real Pinoy Brothers (or Real Pinoy Brotherhood, RPB)formed in San Francisco in the mid 80s. Daly City 2nd generation were led by Uno and Dos. RPB are located in Palmdale, Carson and the San Fernando Valley and also Northern California such as in cities of San Francisco, Daly City, San Jose, Milpitas, Fremont as well as Las Vegas,NV (Inactive).Las Vegas founders were Temper and Droopy.Temper was from the Bay Area,Droopy was from the Los Angeles Area.RPB was most notorious for violence whihc included kidnapping,extorsion,robberies,car theft and attempted murder.[7]
Satanas
The Satanas (STS) is a large Filino Gang with a lot of locations spread out in the US west coast, places in Los Angeles such as West and South Barrio Rampart, East and South Barrio Long Beach, Lakewood, Palmdale, Cerritos, Barrio South Oxnard, Santa Ana, North and South Valleyside, Barrio Norwalk, West Covina and La Puente.[7][3] The Satanas also have a presence in the San Diego Region of the US west coast.[5] The Satanas also have links with the TST (Varrio Temple Street), as this is the clique the Satanas originated from.[11] Tres Cantos The Tres Cantos (TCS) , is a gang that originated in Eaglerock, and also has cliques in Los Angeles.
Tropang Hudas The Tropang Hudas are known to be around Baldwin Park, Eagle Rock and Glendale.[7]

Unique Boys
The Unique Boys are a Filipino gang from San Diego. The gang is known to be located on the South Side of San Diego.[5]
Canada
Filipino Gangs in Canada are present, probably due to the large numbers of Filipino’s living in Canada. The TST temple Street Varrios (Of which the Pinoy Locos 13 is also linked to) has also a significant influence in Canada among other places. Most recently a number of Vietnamese and Filipino gangs where involved in a turf war, with a number of Bashings, a Drive By and 8 recorded stabbings. The fights have involved a variety of bladed weapons. The groups commonly favour machetes, swords and illegal switchblades and butterfly knives, police said

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Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) is an international criminal gang that originated in Los Angeles, California. It has spread to other parts of the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Central America. The majority of the gang is ethnically composed of Central Americans (mostly Salvadorans) and active in urban and suburban areas.

In the U.S., the MS-13 has an especially heavy presence in Los Angeles County and the San Francisco Bay Area in Northern California; the Washington, D.C. metropolitan areas of Fairfax County, Virginia, Montgomery County, Maryland, and Prince George’s County, Maryland; Queens, New York; Long Island, New York; Newark, New Jersey, Plainfield, New Jersey; Jersey City, New Jersey; Elizabeth, New Jersey; the Boston, Massachusetts area; Charlotte, North Carolina; and Houston, Texas. There is also a presence of MS-13 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Members of MS distinguish themselves by tattoos covering the body and also often the face, as well as the use of their own sign language. They are notorious for their use of violence and a subcultural moral code that predominantly consists of merciless revenge and cruel retributions. This cruelty of the distinguished members of the “Maras” or “Mareros” earned them a path to be recruited by the Sinaloa Cartel battling against Los Zetas in an ongoing drug war south of the United States border. [5] [6][7] Their wide-ranging activities have drawn the attention of the FBI and Immigration and Customs Enforcement, who have initiated wide-scale raids against known and suspected gang members – netting hundreds of arrests across the country

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The Mexican Mafia (Spanish: Mafia Mexicana), also known as La eMe (Spanish for “the M”), is a highly organized Mexican American criminal organization in the United States.[1][4] Despite its name, the Mexican Mafia did not originate in Mexico and is entirely a U.S. criminal prison organization. Sureños, including MS-13 and Florencia 13,[15] use the number 13 to show allegiance to the Mexican Mafia.

M is the 13th letter of the alphabet. Law enforcement officials report that La eMe is the most powerful gang within the California prison system.[16] Government officials state that there are currently 155–300 official members of the Mexican Mafia with around 990 associates who assist La eMe in carrying out its illegal activities in the hopes of becoming full members.[

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Sureños, Sur 13, or Sureños X3 are groups of loosely affiliated gangs[10] that pay tribute to the Mexican Mafia while in U.S. state and federal correctional facilities.

Many Sureño gangs have rivalries with one another and the only time this rivalry is set aside is when they enter the prison system.[4][6][11] Thus, fighting is common among different Sureño gangs even though they share the same common identity. Sureños have emerged as a national gang in the United States.[5]

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The Sinaloa Cartel (Spanish: Cártel de Sinaloa or CDS)[9] is an international drug trafficking, money laundering, and organized crime syndicate.[10] Established during the mid-1980s,[11] the Sinaloa Cartel is based primarily in the city of Culiacán, Sinaloa,[12] with operations in the Mexican states of Baja California, Durango, Sonora, and Chihuahua.[13][14] The cartel is also known as the Guzmán-Loera Organization and the Pacific Cartel, the latter due to the coast of Mexico from which it originated. The cartel has also been called the Federation and the Blood Alliance.[13][15][16][17] The ‘Federation’ was partially splintered when the Beltrán-Leyva brothers broke apart from the Sinaloa Cartel.[18]

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The United States Intelligence Community considers the Sinaloa Cartel “the most powerful drug trafficking organization in the world”[19] and in 2011, the Los Angeles Times called it “Mexico’s most powerful organized crime group.”[20] The Sinaloa Cartel is associated with the label “Golden Triangle”, which refers to the states of Sinaloa, Durango, and Chihuahua. The region is a major producer of Mexican opium and marijuana.[18] According to the U.S. Attorney General, the Sinaloa Cartel is responsible for importing into the United States and distributing nearly 200 tons of cocaine and large amounts of heroin between 1990 and 2008.[21] According to the National Drug Intelligence Center, within the U.S. the Sinaloa Cartel is primarily involved in the distribution of cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, marijuana and MDMA.[22]

As of 2015, the Sinaloa Cartel is the most active drug cartel involved in smuggling illicit drugs into the United States and trafficking them throughout the United States.[2

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Crime Groups in the Philippines

Crime Groups in the Philippines

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I recently received an e-mail describing the modi operandi of the top 17 criminal groups in the country and would like to share the information through this blog.

I do not mean to present the Philippines as a country where one’s safety can not be guaranteed. The Filipino people are in fact known throughout the world for being warm, friendly and hospitable. And many tourists who keep coming back or have moved to the Philippines can attest to that.

This post is, in fact, meant to inform and educate us all, whether residents or visitors here in the Philippines. Crime groups operate everywhere in the world and we need to be aware of their activities in order to take the necessary precaution and prevent the loss of our possessions.

Sometimes, foreign tourists who come to the Philippines are victimized by these gangs when they allow themselves to be too trusting of strangers. I would suggest to foreign visitors to exercise judiciuosness when travelling. As a rule of thumb, it would be wise not to do things that one would not do in one’s home country. This way, they could be guaranteed of a considerably pleasant vacation not only in the Philippines but in any other destination.

Below are the names of some of the top criminal groups in the Philippines that mostly operate in public places with a description of how they conduct their criminal activities.

Salisi Gang

Where they operate: Hotel lounges, coffee bars, cafes, and restaurants frequented by perceivably wealthy tourists and businessmen

Suspects are typically well-dressed, mild-mannered, and project an aura of legitimate businessman or an affluent matron; complete with jewelry, attaché case and other props to appear and look wealthy.

The perpetrator moves closer to the would-be victim and waits patiently until the victim is engrossed in a serious conversation with a companion or leaves his/her bags and other belongings unattended. In a swift motion, the perpetrator takes the unattended bag or belongings and casually leaves the place.

Another variant, involves two or three accomplices who distract the would-be victim by engaging them in a conversation, often pretending to know the victim from somewhere or ask for a lighter. When distracted, the accomplice takes the unattended bag or belongings of the victim.

Another tactic involves a perpetrator who loiters around the hotel’s front desk and waits for a guest to deposit his room key or is busy conversing with the Front desk staff during registration. Once the victim is already busy talking with the front desk staff, the perpetrator makes his move by walking beside the victims and grab the bags or belongings unattended in a swift motion and casually leaves the location.

Tutok-Kalawit Gang

Where they operate: malls, sidewalks, schools, public buses, and jeepneys

Tutok-Kalawit involves a man or woman suddenly hugging a victim like they are old friends. In truth, the con man or woman is discreetly poking a sharp object on the side of the victim while quietly telling him to turn over his cash and valuables.

Another variant of this criminal tactic would be two thieves accusing a victim of something bogus. The victim would naturally deny the charge and confront his accuser. The thieves would then ask the victim to show his/her ID. Since IDs are usually kept in wallets, thieves will grab the wallet from the victim and run away.

Ativan Gang

Where they operate: bars, boardwalks, restaurant, and other tourist spots

Ativan perpetrators commonly victimize foreigners who roam alone in public places. The group is usually composed of three (3) to four (4) males or females who befriend the would-be victim. After gaining trust and confidence, the victim will be taken for a ride to other tourist sites and during meal time, the victim will be brought to their house usually situated in a squatter colony where the victim will be treated for lunch, snacks, or dinner. The served drink is spiked with Ativan – a powerful anti-depressant/ sleeping pill. Even before finishing the drink, the victim will succumb to a deep sleep and while sleeping, will be stripped of his cash and valuables and will be brought out of the house and left at a completely random location.

Another variant of this tactic is when a male victim is seduced and picked-up in a bar, restaurant, park and/or a tourist site by a gorgeous female, well-dressed and well-mannered. The victim will be approached and befriended until a casual conversation and seduction process takes place which culminates in negotiated sexual activities. The victim will either be brought to a pre-arranged hotel/motel or to his own hotel room. Once at the designated room, the victim will be offered liquor or drink which the perpetrator mixes with highly potent Ativan pills. Once the victim is unconscious, the suspect will divest the victim of his cash/valuables, and then leave the victim at the scene. Most of the victims of this crime wake-up after two to three days and it takes another two days before the victim can fully recover from the drugs and discover the losses.

Ipit Gang

Where they operate: crowded areas such as passenger jeepneys, railway stations, and malls

Ipit gang members operate in groups of four or five. Gang members shove or push a prospective victim to distract him or her, while their accomplice picks his pocket. In jeepneys and buses, suspects squeeze-in and distract their victims while their accomplice snatches the victim’s wallet and/or mobile phone.

Budol-Budol Gang

Where they operate: malls, airports, restaurants, and coffee shops frequented by perceivably wealthy tourists and businessmen

Budol-Budol is a transaction scam principally involving a supposed bundle (budol) of cash that is actually padded inside with sheets of paper cut in the size of money. Only the exposed sides however are real money, everything in between are plain paper cuttings.

Budol-budol gang members are often described as sweet-talking, charismatic, and convincing. Other victims even report having been hypnotized by the group.

Reports and stories of the Budol-budol operations vary from a balikbayan (returning overseas Filipinos) urgently needing a huge amount in Philippine Peso in exchange for his dollars, to a stranger’s emergency offer to swap his bundle of cash with a mobile phone or an expensive piece of jewelry. After gaining the potential victim’s trust the two parties barter their items – the bundle of money for whatever product the to-be victim is peddling. Mobile phones and jewelry are the most commonly lost items. Some high profile cases involve rare paintings, expensive furniture and millions worth of checks to the Budol-budol gang. After the deal is made, the gang and the victim splits.

Another, more sensational and dramatic variant of this crime is the use of fake gold bars, which the suspects use as bait for their victims. The ploy commonly used involves a Filipino treasure hunter or a Japanese survivor has knowledge of a secret Japanese fortune which was plundered by the retreating Japanese Army during World War II which is yet to be completely recovered. A sample of the gold bar is shown to the would be victim for physical examination and since the gold bar actually looks genuine, an offer is made to sell the whole fortune by asking the victim to pay half the cost of the gold bars under terms and conditions agreed upon. One of the conditions is that the gold bars can be delivered or a map can be provided and brought to the site where the bars can be dug up. After the payment, the perpetrators will never show up and the victim will soon discover that the gold bars which were delivered or unearthed from the site are gold plated lead bars.

Kotong Gang

Where they operate: airports, hotels, restaurants, malls, and public parks frequented by foreigners and balikbayans

Common victims of this are foreigners, balikbayans and their dependents who are lured into exchanging their foreign currencies into pesos at a rate higher than the prevailing exchange rates. The group/individual approaches and offers a tempting high rate to the would-be victim.

During the transaction, which usually takes place outside or right in front of a foreign exchange shop, the equivalent peso is counted before the victim three times. Initially, the victim is allowed to count the money he will receive to make him feel confident that he will get the exact amount for his foreign currency. After, a recount is done by one of the perpetrators spreading the pesos in his palm to cover his fingers that are folding a portion of the bunch. The suspect distracts the attention of the victim, often by telling him to be extra careful of robbers, while wrapping the bundle of money in a newspaper or placing it inside a paper bag. The victim eventually discovers that he was shortchanged when he counts the money while inside a car or upon arrival at his house or hotel.

Laslas Bag/Laslas Bulsa Gang

Where they operate: malls, open-air markets, and public transportation perpetrators of this crime usually target victims in crowded areas.

A man/woman/child pretending to be lost or selling an item approaches the victim to distract his/her attention. An accomplice slashes the bag/pocket of the victim who is busy being distracted by another suspect. All money and goods are stolen.

Ipit Taxi Gang

Where they operate: Taxis

The Ipit Taxi scheme usually involves three (3) perpetrators. The trio uses a taxi cab spray painted with a different name and sporting stolen or fake license plates. The driver usually drives around looking for a potential victim who is hailing a taxi cab. Unknown to the victim, the locking mechanisms of both rear doors are not working. The driver then drives the cab to a pre-arranged area, usually a dimly lit street or highway, and slows down pretending he has engine/mechanical trouble. At this juncture his cohorts approach both doors of the cab, jump in and sandwich the victim who is forcibly divested of his cash and valuables. After the victim is robbed, the driver takes the victim and dumps him in a quiet place or highway.

In another variant, the taxi driver, with the help of an illegal solicitor, will ask the victim to pay an additional amount or forcibly divest him of all cash and valuables, then the victim is dumped in a remote area.

Estribo Gang

Where they operate: Public transportation

Attackers prey on passengers inside a bus or jeepney by positioning themselves near the estribo or vehicle’s exit and then hold up everyone inside. In other instances, a crafty criminal will set up at the exit of a crowded bus or jeepney and systematically pick the pocket of passengers passing through.

Bukas Kotse Gang

Where they operate: main roads under heavy traffic, parking areas in malls, churches, schools, etc.

Thieves typically work in pairs. Spotting a potential victim driving a car with unlocked doors, a pair will force their way into an occupied parked car or a vehicle stopped at an intersection. Other times, using a car of their own, the pair will force the victim to maneuver his or her vehicle off the road. One of the attackers will force the victim to open his door. The attacker pushes the victim to the front passenger seat, drives the car to a deserted area, and robs the victim. Sometimes, the attackers also steal the car.

Dura Boys

Where they operate: public transportation terminals, jeepneys, and buses

This tactic is usually carried out by a group of three. The first member informs the victim that a man/woman has spit on her sleeve and back. The victim will be distracted trying to wipe the spit on her sleeve while one of the other members of the gang steals the victim’s valuables, usually a wallet or a mobile phone.

Akyat-Bahay Gang

Where they operate: Residential areas

The Akyat-Bahay is the most common robbery scheme in the Philippines. This crime is usually orchestrated by three to five people. These thieves target homes that are unoccupied especially during the holiday season (i.e. Christmas, Holy Week, and Summer Vacation) or during severe weather conditions (i.e. typhoons) when members of the household can barely notice break-ins into their homes. The gang also employs children who can easily enter homes illegally through tight spaces.

Pitas Gang

Where they operate: Provincial and city operation buses, jeepneys, motorized passenger sidecars (tricycles), and schools

Thieves typically target passengers seated near the windows of public buses, jeepneys, and tricycles. Among the items usually snatched by thieves include wrist watches, rings, necklaces, mobile phones, and hand bags.

Another variant occurs when a group of thieves grab the ears of women and young girls and steal their earrings or snatch their bracelets from their wrists.

Zest-O Gang

Where they operate: Provincial/city operation buses.

This scheme is usually executed by three members. One of the perpetrators wears a bus conductor’s uniform and ask their potential victim “ilan ho” or “how many?” The unsuspecting victim assumes that the man is the bus conductor and responds with the amount of fare the victim should pay. The criminal then forcibly hands the victim a Zest-O juice or any food item and demands that the victim pay for the item. The two accomplices will vouch that the victim ordered from the vendor. The victim will then be forced to pay up.

Laglag-Barya Gang

Where they operate: Provincial/city operation buses, jeepneys, railway stations

Members of this gang drop coins or small bills near their victim. While the victim helps to scoop up the money, other gang members start robbing the victim. In most instances, a gang member blends with the crowd and serves as lookout or “stopper,” when someone tries to run after his companions.

Baraha Gang

Where they operate: Restaurants, shopping malls, department stores, supermarkets

Members of this gang are typically waiters and cashiers who target credit card users in business establishments. Once the victim gives his credit card to the waiter/shop attendant the card is swiped to a skimming device that will capture the victim’s credit card account.

Besfren Gang

Where they operate: Bargain malls and open-air markets

This gang targets shoppers who check out items sold in stalls (i.e. watches, jewelry, mobile phones, and other electronic gadgets). One of the gang members stands next to the victim and borrows the item being checked, pretending that he/she is a friend of the victim. The thief will quickly flee the stall premises bringing with him/her the said item. The store owner/attendant naturally assumes that the victim is an accomplice and will ask him/her to pay for the item.

Dugo Dugo Gang

My own family has had an encounter with the group called Dugo-dugo gang twice already and luckily for us, their scheme was foiled each time. This group makes a phone call to a house at a time when the homeowners are not home. When the household help answers, they pretend to be the owner and concocts a story about having been in a serious vehicular accident and being treated in a hospital. They then instruct the maid to gather whatever valuable possessions are in the master’s bedroom (cash, jewelry and the like) and meet with the gang’s representative so that the hospital bill could be paid. The house maid usually obeys the gang member’s instructions out of a sense of duty to her perceived employers. The gang member runs away with the valuables as soon as these are handed over to him/her.

The maid is oftentimes too overwhelmed by the whole incident to even think of verifying the identity of the caller. At times, the perpetrator will even offer the explanation that his/her voice may sound different as he/she is in so much pain or some other reason.

A variation of the concocted story is the employer gets into an accident where someone else (usually a child or elderly person) gets seriously hurt and is brought by the maid’s employer to the hospital.

This post is not meant to instill fear or cynicism in us. Being armed with such knowledge can only make us wiser in the way we interact with strangers.

This way, my hope is that we will be better able to enjoy our recreation time with our families while keeping ourselves away from the clutches of these criminal elements.

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Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) is an international criminal gang that originated in Los Angeles, California. It has spread to other parts of the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Central America. The majority of the gang is ethnically composed of Central Americans (mostly Salvadorans) and active in urban and suburban areas.

In the U.S., the MS-13 has an especially heavy presence in Los Angeles County and the San Francisco Bay Area in Northern California; the Washington, D.C. metropolitan areas of Fairfax County, Virginia, Montgomery County, Maryland, and Prince George’s County, Maryland; Queens, New York; Long Island, New York; Newark, New Jersey, Plainfield, New Jersey; Jersey City, New Jersey; Elizabeth, New Jersey; the Boston, Massachusetts area; Charlotte, North Carolina; and Houston, Texas. There is also a presence of MS-13 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Members of MS distinguish themselves by tattoos covering the body and also often the face, as well as the use of their own sign language. They are notorious for their use of violence and a subcultural moral code that predominantly consists of merciless revenge and cruel retributions. This cruelty of the distinguished members of the “Maras” or “Mareros” earned them a path to be recruited by the Sinaloa Cartel battling against Los Zetas in an ongoing drug war south of the United States border. [5] [6][7] Their wide-ranging activities have drawn the attention of the FBI and Immigration and Customs Enforcement, who have initiated wide-scale raids against known and suspected gang members – netting hundreds of arrests across the country

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The Mexican Mafia (Spanish: Mafia Mexicana), also known as La eMe (Spanish for “the M”), is a highly organized Mexican American criminal organization in the United States.[1][4] Despite its name, the Mexican Mafia did not originate in Mexico and is entirely a U.S. criminal prison organization. Sureños, including MS-13 and Florencia 13,[15] use the number 13 to show allegiance to the Mexican Mafia.

M is the 13th letter of the alphabet. Law enforcement officials report that La eMe is the most powerful gang within the California prison system.[16] Government officials state that there are currently 155–300 official members of the Mexican Mafia with around 990 associates who assist La eMe in carrying out its illegal activities in the hopes of becoming full members.[

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Sureños, Sur 13, or Sureños X3 are groups of loosely affiliated gangs[10] that pay tribute to the Mexican Mafia while in U.S. state and federal correctional facilities.

Many Sureño gangs have rivalries with one another and the only time this rivalry is set aside is when they enter the prison system.[4][6][11] Thus, fighting is common among different Sureño gangs even though they share the same common identity. Sureños have emerged as a national gang in the United States.[5]

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The Sinaloa Cartel (Spanish: Cártel de Sinaloa or CDS)[9] is an international drug trafficking, money laundering, and organized crime syndicate.[10] Established during the mid-1980s,[11] the Sinaloa Cartel is based primarily in the city of Culiacán, Sinaloa,[12] with operations in the Mexican states of Baja California, Durango, Sonora, and Chihuahua.[13][14] The cartel is also known as the Guzmán-Loera Organization and the Pacific Cartel, the latter due to the coast of Mexico from which it originated. The cartel has also been called the Federation and the Blood Alliance.[13][15][16][17] The ‘Federation’ was partially splintered when the Beltrán-Leyva brothers broke apart from the Sinaloa Cartel.[18]

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The United States Intelligence Community considers the Sinaloa Cartel “the most powerful drug trafficking organization in the world”[19] and in 2011, the Los Angeles Times called it “Mexico’s most powerful organized crime group.”[20] The Sinaloa Cartel is associated with the label “Golden Triangle”, which refers to the states of Sinaloa, Durango, and Chihuahua. The region is a major producer of Mexican opium and marijuana.[18] According to the U.S. Attorney General, the Sinaloa Cartel is responsible for importing into the United States and distributing nearly 200 tons of cocaine and large amounts of heroin between 1990 and 2008.[21] According to the National Drug Intelligence Center, within the U.S. the Sinaloa Cartel is primarily involved in the distribution of cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, marijuana and MDMA.[22]

As of 2015, the Sinaloa Cartel is the most active drug cartel involved in smuggling illicit drugs into the United States and trafficking them throughout the United States.[2

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Asian Gangs are now in the Philippines

Asian Gangs are now in the Philippines

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Tiny Raskal Gang or TRG
Asian Boys or ABZ
White Tigers
Manace of Destruction or MOD
Wah Ching or WC

Bandidos Motorcycle Club is now in the Philippines and Worldwide

Bandidos Motorcycle Club is now in the Philippines and Worldwide

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Motto “We are the people our parents warned us about”
Founded 1966
Location San Leon, Texas
Founder Donald Eugene Chambers
Type Outlaw motorcycle club
Region Worldwide
Website www.bandidosmc.com

The Bandidos Motorcycle Club, also known as the Bandido Nation, is a “one-percenter” motorcycle gang and organized crime syndicate with a worldwide membership. The club was formed in 1966 by Don Chambers in Texas. Its motto is We are the people our parents warned us about. It is estimated to have 2,400 members in 210 chapters, located in 16 countries. The club considers itself to be an Outlaw Motorcycle Club. The Federal Bureau of Investigation as well as the Criminal Intelligence Service Canada have named the Bandidos an Outlaw Motorcycle Gang.
History
The club was formed on March 4, 1966 in San Leon, Texas by Donald Eugene Chambers. Many people think Chambers named his club the Bandidos after seeing a TV commercial with the Frito Bandito enthusiastically promoting Fritos corn chips. This is not true, as the cartoon came out in 1968 (although he did adopt an obese machete- and pistol-wielding Mexican Bandido as the center patch for the club’s colors). Don Chambers, having served in Vietnam as a Marine,modeled the club’s colors after the scarlet and gold motif of the United States Marine Corps. After Chambers’ presidency ended due to his conviction for murder in El Paso, Texas, Ronnie “Seneca” Hodge was elevated to president.
Organization


The Bandidos has over 90 chapters in the United States, 90 chapters in Europe, and another 17 in Australia and Southeast Asia. In the United States, the club is concentrated in Texas, but extends into Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas, New Mexico, Colorado, Montana, Wyoming, South Dakota, Utah, Idaho, Nevada, Washington, Oklahoma, Nebraska, and several other states. The Rock Machine Motorcycle club in Canada merged with the Bandidos in 2000; there was a chapter in Toronto, Ontario until a dramatic internal conflict led to their deaths. The Bandidos are also found in Australia; aside from the non-locale-specific Nomads chapter, the chapters are located in Adelaide, Ballarat, Brisbane (Bayside, Centro, City), Byron Bay, Cairns, Geelong, Gold Coast, Hunter Valley, Ipswich, Melbourne, Mid North Coast, Mid State, Mission Beach, Noosa, North Victoria, Northside, Sunshine Coast, Sydney, and Toowoomba, and were acquired with much bloodletting. In recent years the club has also expanded heavily into Germany, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Belgium, Italy, Luxembourg, France and the Channel Islands. Additionally, it is looking into setting up shop in Russia and Eastern Europe and also in Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines and Thailand. The Bandidos are organized by local chapters, with state and regional officers, as well as a national chapter made up of four regional vice presidents and a national president.

Like the Hells Angels, The Bandidos also have a number of puppet, or so-called “support,” clubs, who are used as proxies for both legal and illegal activities. These groups usually wear reverse colors (gold border with red background rather than the Bandidos’ red-border–and–gold background). They also commonly wear a unique patch (known as the “Heart Patch”) consisting of a round patch in Bandidos colors on the front upper left of the colors (vest), as worn by the member. Most of these clubs are regional.

Trinitario / Trinitarios or 3ni DPL Gang is now in the Philippines (Filipinas)

Trinitario / Trinitarios or 3ni DPL Gang is now in the Philippines (Filipinas)

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Trinitario
Founded 1989
Founding locatio New York City Department of Corrections
Territory New York City, Upstate New York, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Hudson
County, Philadelphia, New Jersey, Boston, Hartford, Bridgeport, Providence, Miami, Orlando, Tampa, Spain
Ethnicity Hispanic (Primarily Dominican)
Membership 25,000 worldwide
Criminal activities Drug Trafficking, Weapons trafficking, Assault, Witness intimidation, Murder, Robberies
Rivals Dominicans Don’t Play, United Blood Nation, Latin Kings

The Trinitarios or 3ni are a violent New York-based multinational organization composed of Hispanics.Trinitario was established in 1989 within the New York State prison system[2] and since spilled into the streets, with chapters in all five boroughs of New York City. Reports of Trinitario activity have also been made in New Jersey, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Alaska, Spain, and the Dominican Republic. In Long Island places like Freeport, Brentwood, and Port Jefferson Station have a 3ni presence. It is considered the fastest-growing gang in New York, recruiting members from high schools local to the gang’s area of activity, with the highest numbers of reports coming from Chelsea, Gramercy Park, Harlem, the Morris Heights section of The Bronx and Washington Heights.[Their slogan is “Dios, Patria, y Libertad”, which means “God, Fatherland, and Liberty”.Trinitario is a Hispanic organization formed in prison, providing protection and unity for Hispanic inmates within the New York City Department of Corrections. The name “Trinitario” means the Trinity Brotherhood in Spanish. The public wrongly associates their name with La Trinitaria secret society that served as the keystone in the quest for independence in the Dominican Republic. Members view themselves as being, like the founding fathers, freedom fighters and protectors for Hispanic people, though in this case within the New York City Department of Corrections.It was originally composed of members of smaller, now-defunct Hispanic gangs such as Los Papi Chulos, Dominican Power, and Dominican Posse, as well as unaffiliated drug dealers. Many members remained affiliated with the gang after serving their sentences, and began recruiting in their neighborhoods, the path many prison gangs take as they become street gangs.

They are known (as featured on an episode of Gangland) for the use of the machete as their weapon of choice.

Locations and Membership

About 30,000 members worldwide (France, Philippines, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Dominican Republic etc.). One of the largest street gangs in NYC with over 10,000 members, and 10,000 more in other states like Florida, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Alaska, and Pennsylvania.

Extension

Trinitarios is one of New York City’s most violent and fastest rising street gangs. With their reach spreading into neighboring New Jersey and beyond, these machete-welding Latino gangsters are now battling older, more established gangs, like the Latin Kings and Bloods, for control of the streets and the lucrative east coast drug market. What started as a prison gang has now become a dominant presence in the boroughs and the suburbs; as they prey on communities in the Tri-State area, Trinitarios are quickly rising on the radar of law enforcement agencies.According to New York Law Enforcement, the Trinitarios are the fastest growing gang in New York. According to the DEA and the NYPD they may be considered the toughest gang in NYC.According to the FBI National Gang Assessment for 2010, the Trinitarios have become a threat on the East Coast.[2] In addition, they have become an emerging gang in the New England area.

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List of active rebel groups

List of active rebel groups

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International
Al-Qaeda (Islamist)
Jama’at al-Jihad al-Islami (Islamist)

Afghanistan
Hezb-e-Islami Gulbuddin(Islamist)

Algeria
Al-Qaeda Organization in the Islamic Maghreb
also operates Morocco, Mauritania, Niger and Mali (sometimes “Al Qaeda in the Sahel” (Islamist)

Angola
Front for the Liberation of the Enclave of Cabinda (separatist nationalist)

Burma
Democratic Karen Buddhist Army(Buddhist/nationalist)
Committee for Emergence of a Federal Union (CEFU)
Karen National Union (ethnic/Democratic)
Kachin Independence Organization
Karenni National Progressive Party (KNPP)
the Shan State Progressive Party (SSPP)
Shan State Army-North (SSA-N)
Shan State Army-South (SSA-South)
New Mon State Party (NMSP)
Chin National Front (CNF)

Colombia
National Liberation Army (ELN) (Marxist)
Popular Liberation Army (Marxist)
Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia[ (FARC) (Marxist)
Black Eagles (rightwing paramilitary)

France
Comité Régional d’Action Viticole (Winemaker)
National Liberation Front of Corsica (Corsican nationalism)

Greece
Sect of Revolutionaries (leftist/anarchist)
Conspiracy of Fire Nuclei (leftist/anarchist)

Haiti
National Revolutionary Front for the Liberation of Haiti

India
Abhinav Bharat (Hindu nationalism)
Communist Party of India (Maoist) (Marxist)
Harkat-ul-Mujahideen[12] (Islamist)
Hizbul Mujahideen[13] (Islamist)
International Sikh Youth Federation  (Sikh)
Jaish-e-Mohammed[15] (Islamist)
Khalistan Commando Force (Sikh)
Khalistan Zindabad Force (Sikh)
Lashkar-e-Taiba[18] (also in Pakistan) (Islamist)
National Socialist Council of Nagaland – Isaac-Muivah (Christian)
Students Islamic Movement of India (Islamist)
United Jihad Council (Islamist)
United Liberation Front of Assam (separatist)

Indonesia
Jemaah Islamiyah
(also known to operate in other parts of South East Asia such as Singapore and the Philippines) (Islamist)
South Moluccas – (Christian)
Free Papua Movement

Italy
Informal Anarchist Federation (leftist/anarchist)

Iran
Jundullah (Baloch nationalism/Islamist Sunni)
PJAK (affiliates of Turkey’s PKK) (Kurdish nationalism)

Iraq
Al-Qaeda in Iraq (Islamist)
Islamic Army in Iraq (Islamist)
Mahdi Army (Islamist)

Lebanon
Hezbollah
Various Palestinian groups

Mali
National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad

Mexico
Popular Revolutionary Army (Marxist)
Zapatista Army of National Liberation (anarcho-communist)

Nigeria
Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta(anarcho-communist)
Boko Haram

Pakistan
Balochistan Liberation Army (Baloch nationalism)
Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (Islamist)
Tehreek-e-Nafaz-e-Shariat-e-Mohammadi (Islamist)
Fedayeen al-Islam (Islamist)
Lashkar-e-Islam(Islamist)
Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (Islamist)
Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (also operated in Kyrgzstan) (Islamist)
Lashkar-e-Omar(Islamist)

Palestine
Palestine Liberation Organization
Fatah
Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigade
Force 17
Tanzim
Fatah Hawks
Abu-Arish brigades
al-Awda Brigade
Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine
Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine – General Command
Abu Ali Mustapha Brigades
Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine
Palestine Liberation Front
Hamas
Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades
Qawasameh tribe
Morbiton (People’s Army)
Palestinian Islamic Jihad
Al-Quds Squads
Popular Resistance Committees
Abu Samhadana clan
Army of Islam (Gaza Strip)
Fatah Revolutionary Council

Paraguay
Paraguayan People’s Army (leftist)

Peru
Shining Path (Maoist)

Philippines
Abu Sayyaf (Al-Harakat Al-Islamiyya) (Islamist)
Moro National Liberation Front (nationalist)
Moro Islamic Liberation Front[ (Islamist)
Rajah Sulaiman Movement (Islamist)
Misuari Renegade/Breakaway Group
Philippine Raja Solaiman Movement (Islamist)
New People’s Army (Communist)
Partido Komunista ng Pilipinas-1930 (Communist)
Alex Boncayao Brigades (Communist)

Russia
Caucasus Mujahadeen (Islamist)
Ingush Jamaat (Islamist)
Shariat Jamaat (Islamist)
Yarmuk Jamaat (Islamist)
Kataib al-Khoul (Islamist)

Rwanda
Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda
(also active in the Democratic Republic of the Congo) (ethnic)

Somalia
Al-Shabaab (Islamist)

Sudan
Union of Forces for Democracy and Development
Rally of Democratic Forces (rebel group)
National Movement for Reform and Development
Justice and Equality Movement[42]
Sudan Liberation Movement/Army

Thailand
Pattani United Liberation Organization (Islamist)

Turkey
Kurdistan Workers’ Party (Kurdish nationalism/Marxist)
Kurdistan Freedom Falcons (Kurdish nationalism/Marxist)

Uganda
Lord’s Resistance Army (operates mainly in northern Uganda, but also in parts of Sudan and D.R. of the Congo). (Christian)

United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland
Continuity Irish Republican Army: 1994–present (separatist/Irish nationalist)
Real Irish Republican Army: 1997–present (separatist/Irish nationalist)
Óglaigh na hÉireann (Real IRA splinter group): 2009–present (separatist/Irish nationalist)
Republican Action Against Drugs: 2008–present (vigilante/Irish nationalist)
Orange Volunteers: 1998–present (Ulster loyalist/sectarian)
Real Ulster Freedom Fighters: 2007–present (Ulster loyalist/sectarian)
Red Hand Defenders: 1998–present (Ulster loyalist/sectarian)

Yemen
Houthis (separatist nationalism/ Islamist Shia)
Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (Islamist)