kit mateo killed my uncle.


"patay nang anak ko sa pilipinas." that's what my lolo (grandfather) amang said to my mom one morning when he was working at mike's food store in midtown. he said, "my son in the philippines is dead." the way my mom tells it, he didn't seem that sad. it was like he had seen it coming. after all, my uncle angel was always getting into trouble, most likely for everything from petty theft to aggravated assault. i can't say for sure what was on his rap sheet, as i've never seen it, so i'm only assuming. once, when he ended up in jail, he called my lolo to get him bail. lolo, who must've been fed up by his antics at that point, told him he could stay there, and he refused to bail him out.

i don't know much about uncle angel, other than that he was more or less a gangster who hung out with a rough crowd in the philippines. he died long before i was born, so i never got a chance to meet him, and i don't think i've ever even seen a picture of him, either. growing up, i heard about him, but only that he was shot. how exciting it was to have someone in the family who had gotten shot!

recently, my dad told me as much as he knew about uncle angel's final scheme. uncle angel, who is my dad's half-brother, had somehow acquired a bunch of bogus traveler's checks and he traveled to germany with a notorious and much-feared filipino gangster named kit mateo. along with two other hooligans, they apparently lived it up abroad with the fake money that they had either counterfeited themselves or bought on the cheap. everything was good, until somehow, the local authorities were tipped off.

as the story goes, uncle angel had managed to flush his fake checks down the toilet before the police could search him. the other three, including kit mateo, weren't so lucky. they served time in a german prison, but uncle angel was free to go. naturally, they suspected him to be the rat, but now that he's dead, there's no evidence to confirm or deny their suspicions. he called up his brother in canada, my uncle sisoy, and he said, "if anything happens to me, kit mateo will be responsible."

kit mateo didn't serve much time for the phony checks. eventually, he was deported back to the philippines, along with the others. my uncle angel began hiding out in a hotel, but kit mateo, as well connected and feared as he was, quickly found him. kit mateo was just sitting there in uncle angel's hotel room, waiting for him. no one knows if there was an exchange or not. all anyone knows is that kit mateo put six bullets in my uncle, killing him on the spot.

the police couldn't do anything about it. they were all afraid of him. kit mateo didn't serve any time for murdering my uncle. he died many years later, in his late seventies, of cancer.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

to make your story complete your uncle was told to sell Kit Mateos mustang back in manila for them to get bail out immediately but, your uncle didn't remitted the money so kit mateo along with 2 others spent 2 years in German Cell...

Anonymous said...

are you from bulacan??
we also use the term amang for father and lolo...