..MANILA, Philippines -- Veteran singer-songwriter Freddie Aguilar turned livid upon learning that he was robbed of nearly P500,000 in his own home in North Fairview, Quezon City on Sunday.
The 59-year-old Pinoy music icon said he came to know of the loss only after he decided to retrieve the cash from a vault located inside his bedroom to pay "rent."
"Nagulat na lang ako na wala na pagbukas ko," said he in an interview with abscbnnews.com.
Aguilar believed it was an "inside job" considering that, he said, only "'yung mga nasa loob ng bahay ang may alam [tungkol] 'dun."
The singer said he tried to conduct his own investigation prior to getting hold of the police and the media.
"Ang sabi ko umamin na kung sino... pero walang umaamin eh. Sabi ko ipapa-media ko na lang," he related.
Superintendent Virgilio Fabian, chief of the Quezon City Police Department Station 5, divulged in a separate newspaper interview that their preliminary investigations revealed no sign of forcible entry into the singer's house.
Fabian noted that only the money was missing, and that a gun left near the vault had been left untouched. He added that the vault was left without damage and its combination lock and key hole were intact.
Fabian surmised that only someone with access to the vault could have possibly opened it.
Aguilar, who lives with in the house with his children and several helpers, said, "kung isa sa anak ko ang gumawa, magiging pinakamasakit sa akin ito talaga. 'Pag napatunayan ko kung sino 'yan, ipapakulong ko."
Aguilar has been married and divorced thrice. He has five children, the eldest being Cheyenne, a businesswoman followed by Maegan, a known singer-musician; his other kids are the up and coming rapper Jonan, fashion designer Sasha and, his youngest, rock guitarist Jericho.