Death By Karaoke

It’s times like these that you really wish that whole “believing in the human race” thing, would kick in…

MANILA (AFP) – A jobless man was shot dead by a security guard for singing out of tune in a Philippine karaoke bar, police said Thursday.

Romy Baligula, 29, was halfway through his song on Tuesday night in a bar in San Mateo town, east of Manila, when 43-year-old security guard Robilito Ortega yelled that he was out of tune.

As Baligula ignored his comments and continued singing, Ortega pulled out his revolver and shot him in the chest. Senior Superintendent Felipe Rojas said Baligula died instantly. The security guard was detained by an off-duty policeman shortly after the shooting.

Deaths and violence are not uncommon in Philippine karaoke bars.

The popular Frank Sinatra song “My Way” has been taken off many karaoke bars in Manila after it was found to be the cause of fights and even deaths when patrons sang out of tune.


  • I don’t know what is it with those asians..I knew they took their Karaoke seriously but to kill? You know in Bangkok, they have one place in every street more or less!they\re obsessed with it!

  • I always read black iris on toot without visiting u…now that i did i realized that it’s a nice blog that doesn’t look like mine at all 🙂
    c u

  • I can’t sympathize ….i yell at my own family members when they sing wrong..wrong tune wrong words ..and seriosuly if you can’t sing don’t sing Sinatra My Way is one of my favorites !!
    And now the end is near
    and so i face the final curtain

    how ironic to be singing these lines then get shot

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