Filipino Gangs around the world
Filipino Gangs in the Philippines
By Eugene Kowalzki
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Akyat Bahay Gang
The Akyat Bahay Gang is known as a violent home invasion-oriented gang which also has a history with drug dealing.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Bahala Na Barkada
Bahala Na Barkada is a Filipino gang from the San Diego area.
Bahala Na Gang
The Bahala Na Gang (“Come What May”), also known by its abbreviation BNG , 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:
Los Angeles, West Covina, Glendale, Hawthorne, Montebello, Pomona, Cerritos and Carson
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.
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.
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.
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). 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. 
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).
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.
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.
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.
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. The Satanas also have a presence in the San Diego Region of the US west coast.
The Satanas also have links with the TST (Varrio Temple Street), as this is the clique the Satanas originated from.
The Tres Cantos (TCS) , is a gang that originated in Eaglerock, and also has cliques in Los Angeles.
The Tropang Hudas are known to be around Baldwin Park, Eagle Rock and Glendale.
The Unique Boys are a Filipino gang from San Diego. The gang is known to be located on the South Side of San Diego.
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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