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Angelescity.com interviews: Richard Agnew!

Saturday, December 11



Richard Agnew is one of the long-time entrepreneurs who have made his mark in the city’s entertainment industry. He is a long-time resident in Angeles City for some 18 years now. He is also a veteran investor in Fields Avenue. Agnew is currently most prominent as the president of the fledgling organization for bars and clubs in the tourist district, the Association of Bar Owners in Angeles City (ABAC).

Angelescity.com had the opportunity to sit down with Mr. Agnew recently and have a chat about ABAC and the nightlife district in general:

 AC.com: What is ABAC? What is its purpose?

Agnew: ABAC is basically a self-regulating, self-disciplining body in partnership with the local government to help in the implementation of its laws and policies in the establishments in the entertainment district. It is an organization not only for bar owners and managers—who are, admittedly, mostly foreigners—but for its rank-and-file staff as well, which are all Filipinos. ABAC may also act as a consultant or adviser in matters regarding the entertainment strip to the Mayor’s Office.

AC.com: As the president of ABAC, how do you view the current attitude of the local government—Pamintuan’s administration—to the nightlife district?

Agnew: I can say that Mayor Pamintuan has a more honest stance with regards to the entertainment here. In fact, it was at his behest that our organization [ABAC] was formed. If it were not for him, for his support, we wouldn’t be here. You can say that ABAC is here to help Mayor Pamintuan implement his plan to transform Fields Avenue.

AC.com: Do you think Fields Avenue is going to be the next Pattaya, Thailand, as some—like Mayor Ed—envisions?

Agnew: Personally, I don’t think that Fields Avenue is ever going to be like Pattaya. We don’t have the necessary infrastructure to receive the millions of tourists like what they have in Pattaya. First and foremost, Pattaya has a beach and we don’t. I think Subic, which is just 40 minutes away, should be Angeles’ beach. For foreigners, a 40-minute trip to the beach is no time at all. But in terms of the clubs here, the entertainment here, we’re already so far advanced. Nowhere else in this country can you find something like Club Asia or Golden Nile. We’ve got world-class choreographers who’ve worked in Las Vegas to train our dancers. We’re decades ahead of the clubs in Manila and Cebu. Now, if we can only get the big name hotels here, then maybe we can reach Pattaya’s level.

AC.com: How is ABAC involved with the newly-formed tourist police force?

Agnew: The tourist police force is a first multiplier that is under the local PNP, that’s primarily Station 4 under Major Tan. We [ABAC] supplied their uniforms and equipment—from their PNP-issue top-quality shoes and top-class radios, cuffs and police sticks. We kitted them out at great expense, but this is a matter of sending out the right image. There is this saying that if you “look the part, you act the part.” And when tourists see these men in their confidence-inspiring uniforms, they feel more secure and safe. ABAC is not involved in the running of the tourist police force, but it is our hope that they should reduce petty crime like the snatchers, beggars, rugby boys and card sharks, and see to the “sanitation” of the tourist belt.

AC.com: What can you say to potential investors about the current business climate in Angeles City?

Agnew: If you’re planning to put up a bar here, I’d say—don’t. As for doing business with Filipinos, it’s all the same as in other places. There are some good ones, some bad. And in dealing with the government, of course there will be personalities. But in the end, it’s all a matter of complying with the law. That’s what we’re trying to do for bars with ABAC. We’re all for keeping things smooth. I say we shouldn’t dwell on differences. Now is the time to work for the prosperity of the tourism industry and in getting more investors from abroad to come.

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To be continued...

All Comments: (16)

5颲+5my
2 years ago
Strange how the threat of court action resulted in the Death of Davy Balmer and his girlfriend.For the record..Agnew did not finish his Police training, was not even a constable, and has a 30 year history of ripping people off. He is the most dubious of people I have had the misfortune of knowing. and know him I do.
5颲+5my
2 years ago
Pacman, I know Dickey Agnew personaly since 1978, he joined the Police with me. He was flung out of the Police for stealing from fellow cops, and I will testify to that. He also is wanted in Northern Ireland for timeshare scams for non existant properties in Portugal. He informed me that he had the local Police in his pocket 10 years ago. The late David Balmer confided in me last May before his murder that Agnew owed him a vast sum of money, and the only hope he had was to take it to court.
Boonchai Boontam
3 years ago  Dislike 1
Richard Good Boss in Pattya CIty Chonburi Thailand, Thank You So Much, http://www.resortinpattaya.net
tbone
3 years ago  Likes 3
Nobody voted Agnew in as the President to speak for all the expat bar/ business owners here. He started the whole scam on his own and made himself President. He doesn't speak for anyone but himself. This will hurt business owners NOT help. Why would hard working, honest people want to align with a guy having Richard's history and soiled reputation? What a joke!
tailspin
4 years ago  Likes 1
Not involved in the "sex trade" ? what exactly are his establishments engaged in ? Prostitution, gambling and money laundering. It is a bit hypocrytical that scum like Agnew are complaining about the authorities being corrupt.
tailspin
4 years ago  Dislike 1
Done alright for a bent copper hasn't he ! Fits right in with Major Tan and the gang.
5颲+5my
2 years ago
@tailspin: You got him in one tailspin.
Pinoy Pride
4 years ago  Likes 1
Richard is a good boss. but i think he had problems with his partner before in blue nile
Blink
4 years ago  Likes 1
I know Richard from seeing, not personel and I cant say anything bad about him. Of course there are rumours and of course you shouldnt do any business with guys from Angeles city, that is a fact. Its also a fact that the longer a foreigner stays in a country he becomes even more worse then a local scammer :D So the guys are all ok to have a drink with them, but doing business, naahh, better not. So ABAC bought the cops new uniform LOL, ehats next? smoke?cellphones?Tuanday? ha ha ha
oopipip
4 years ago  Likes 1
Agnew says, "Now, if we can only get the big name hotels here, then maybe we can reach Pattaya’s level" but later states, "If you’re planning to put up a bar here, I’d say—don’t" ... Contradictory it seems --Does AC really need more hotels with the same number of bars?
Pacman
4 years ago
@oopipip: Well its like an upward moving cycle in Angeles. Too many bars, so the hotels can't handle the number of visitors so more hotels are built. Then too many hotels are built and bars are really busy, so they build more bars. Then too many bars means that bars are half empty, so then hotels are built again etc.etc.
Mpete
4 years ago  Likes 3  Dislike 1
I can't believe that Richard Agnew would be given any press time here. He is a dubious character who has scammed many an investor in Angeles and other places. Just do an internet search on his name. He was recently arraigned in an Angeles City court for estafa. He is the last person who should be leading this organization.
Mpete
4 years ago  Likes 3
@Pacman: Just ask to be introduced to his partners/investors in Blue Nile. They can give you the real story. Then ask him directly about the investment in condos in Portugal. This guy was deported in 2003 and bought his way back into the country. Anyone wanting to invest with him should do their homework first. I am told that he is on trial for estafa at the Angeles City court.
Pacman
4 years ago  Likes 1
@Mpete: The only article I came up with was only a BBC article stating outdated info about underage prostitution. It didn't say he was connected in any way, only said he was into sex tourism. Can you post some more links that should make people feel the way you do?
Cobra
4 years ago  Likes 3
Sure he's going to recommend everyone not to put up a bar here. He has way too much competition the way it is. The answers were good though
Seattle Man
4 years ago
Its nice to hear from a long time investor and local about how it really is.
 
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