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Boxing and Boxers / BBC To Release a Documentary on Manny Pacquiao
« on: November 26, 2010, 07:29:51 AM »
Meeting with Buboy Fernandez, Manny’s childhood friend, Costello was given a rare insight in to his and Manny's life together as children on the streets of General Santos. “I cry…I sleep with a small box, carton. If the water get high tide, my home’s gone, just like the water here and then we sleep in trees…Manny’s thinking for dreaming. He said, ‘someday I’m going to be a champion and if I success my career I come back here and then bring you.’ And Manny did return for Buboy, now his right hand man and Filipino trainer. “It’s too much for me that he taking me from the down to bring me up…The first time that I sleep in the big room is MGM. And then Manny said, ‘Eh come on now, see this presidential suite.’ I said, ‘Yeah, I think we’re going to put here a basketball court.”

read more:http://boxscorenews.com/manny-pacquiao-exclusive-twopart-documentary-from-bbc-world-service-p9021-68.htm

Pays more than Filipinos in Forbes 'richest' list
Manila Bulletin

A senior administration congressman Sunday said that Saranggani Rep. Manny Pacquiao deserves to be honored as the country’s top individual taxpayer, having paid higher taxes than Filipinos cited by Forbes Magazine as among the richest in the world.

Rep. Antonio Alvarez (Lakas-Kampi, Palawan) said not only is Pacquiao the greatest Filipino boxer who has won eight world division titles but is also the Philippines greatest taxpayer.

BizNewsAsia magazine, citing what it called official sources, had enumerated the names of the country’s top 500 taxpayers with their corresponding payments.

Next to Paqcuiao in the BizNewsAsia list is Willie Revillame with P58.6 million; and Piolo Pascual who is No. 3 with P55.8 million payments.

Two other showbiz personalities made it to the Top 10 – Kris Aquino, No. 8 with P25.44 million; and Michael V (Beethoven del Valle Bunagan), No. 10 with P22.26 million.

Also landing in the BizNewsAsia’s Top 20 list are known chief executive owners of conglomerates: Philex President Walter Brown with P26.83 milliontax (No. 9); Rio Tuba Nickel owner Manuel Zamora Jr. with P19.96 million tax (No. 12); San Miguel Corp’s Eduardo Cojuangco Jr. with P18.98 million tax (No.13); PLDT Chair and Meralco CEO Manuel V. Pangilinan with P18.55 million (No. 14); the former Meralco President Manolo Lopez, P17.49 million (No. 16); Union Bank Chair and CEO Justo Aboitiz Ortiz, P15.2 million (No. 19), and SMC President and Petron CEO Ramon S. Ang, P14.85 million (No. 20).

Prominent tycoon Henry Sy Sr. was reportedly No. 73 in the list with tax payments of P7.27 million, while Lucio Tan failed to land in the top 100.

After nearly two months of absence, Pacquiao will return to the House of Representatives to attend Monday’s session and also to be honored by the chamber with his second Congressional Medal of Distinction for his most recent world boxing conquest.

You Against Corruption and Poverty (YACAP) partylist Rep. Carol Jayne Lopez, one of the organizers of the red carpet welcome for Pacquiao at the Lower House, said the Sarangani solon is “extremely honored for the second Congressional Medal of Distinction, which will be given by his own peers.”

Lopez, who also hails from Sarangani, said Pacquiao is doing what it takes to make himself a “champion” of his province when it comes to public service.

“Boxing may be his first love but public service is now his passion.

“I’ve seen him in action, I’ve worked with him in Sarangani, and we’ve discussed bills and issues. He is a legislator, not just a boxer, and to be honored by his co-equals in Congress, together with the people we represent is something very special to him. He said he is eternally grateful for his kind of honor and welcome from his peers,” said Lopez.

According to Lopez, the neophyte Sarangani lawmaker is “emotionally touched” by the gesture of his colleagues in the Lower House who contributed P1,000 each to honor the new WBC super welterweight champion who defeated Mexican boxing legend Antonio Margarito for the boxing crown last week in Dallas, Texas.

Alvarez said the Bureau of Internal Revenue reported last April that Pacquiao paid P125 million in taxes in 2008, making him the highest individual Filipino taxpayer in a list of top 500 taxpayers.

“If the government is running out of awards to give Manny, then it should think of honoring him for being the reigning champion in the individual income tax payment category,” said Alvarez, a member of the Commission on Appointments.

The Palawan lawmaker added: “He‘s not only the world’s pound-for-pound boxing king, but he’s also the country’s peso-for-peso tax payments title holder.”

General Topic / Unsay Tambal ug Ap-ap?
« on: November 20, 2010, 09:59:03 AM »
Kanang mapalit sa Mercury Drug ug ipahid lang sa panit, dili imnon.

Russia is planning to launch two Nigerian satellites into orbit in December, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.

NigeriaSat-2 and NigeriaSat-X earth monitoring satellites will be launched to a solar-synchronized orbit by a Russian-Ukrainian Dnepr heavy carrier rocket.

"We are planning to launch two Nigerian satellites on board our carrier [rocket] in December," Lavrov told reporters on Wednesday after a meeting with his Nigerian counterpart Odein Ajumogobia in Abuja.

NigeriaSat-2 will be used primarily for resource management and mapping of the Nigerian territory, while NigeriaSat-X will assist with disaster relief and global environmental monitoring campaigns.

Nigeria became the third African country to enter the space age, after South Africa and Algeria, when Russia launched NigeriaSat-1 earth monitoring satellite in 2003. (PNA/RIA Novosti)

Science and Research / World's Top 500 Supercomputers
« on: November 19, 2010, 12:01:05 PM »
China's Tianhe-1A supercomputer has taken top spot among the world's top 500 supercomputers -- an important mark mirroring the rapid growth of China's science and technology, which has drawn concerns worldwide.

The Tianhe-1A computing system, developed by China's National University of Defense Technology, ranked first in the TOP500 list of the world's most powerful computers, rewriting the history of the list since it was established in 1993.

Among the top 500 computers in the list officially unveiled on Tuesday by U.S. and European researchers, 41 are from China, 20 more than one year ago, while the United States has 275 in the list, France, Germany and Japan each has 26, Britain 24 and Russia 11.

In addition, China also has two systems in the top 10, of which seven achieved performance at or above one petaflop/s.

The list is compiled by Hans Meuer of the University of Mannheim, Germany, Erich Strohmaier and Horst Simon of National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC)/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and Jack Dongarra of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

It is a significant achievement for China, given the fierce competition around the world in supercomputer development, which is a fundamental tool for a nation's scientific research in various areas, such as geology,meteorology, oil exploration and the aviation, automobile and chemistry industries.

In the early 1990s, almost all computers in the China market were imported and scientific research institutes could only use computers under the supervision and control of foreign experts.

In recent years, Chinese researchers have worked hard in creating new ways to develop China's own supercomputers, with the support of the 863 Program, a government-sponsored national high-tech research and development initiative.

These "Made-in-China" supercomputers not only break the blockade imposed by foreign countries, but also narrow the gap between China and developed countries. They have even made China a world leader in some technologies.

To some extent, supercomputers reflect a country's demand for supercomputing capacity and the development level of a country's fundamental research and development, modern equipment manufacturing, and high-tech industries.

The computing speed of Tianhe-1A led the world and it showed the increased competitive strength of China's economy, said an official from the French Atomic Energy Commission.

The Tianhe-1A system at the National Supercomputer Center in Tianjin currently is leading the world with a capacity of sustaining computation at 2.57 petaflop/s, which equates to a mind-numbing 2.57 quadrillions of calculations per second.

However, it needs to be remembered that China still lags behind such developed countries as the United States in overall computing capacity, especially in core electronic unit and high-end chip development.

The United States and Japan are developing supercomputers with better performance than Tianhe-1A. In the future, various countries in the world will take turns to lead in supercomputer development, and China still has an arduous task in catching up with the world-class level in the supercomputer realm. - PNA

The United States announced Thursday a successful completion of Kazakhstan's nuclear spent fuel program, hailing it as a significant contribution to global security and nuclear non-proliferation.

U.S. State Department spokesman Mark Toner said the Central Asian country safely shut down this week its BN-350 plutonium production reactor in Aktau in its west, secured about 100 tons of weapons-grade spent fuel and transported them to a new secure storage facility in the east.

Lauding the step as "historic," Toner told reporters at a press briefing that it secured enough nuclear material for 800 nuclear weapons.

"Kazakhstan under the leadership of President Nursultan Nazarbayev has made a significant contribution to global security and nuclear non-proliferation," he added.

The United States joined the BN-350 nuclear spent fuel program. (PNA/Xinhua)

Travel and Tours / "Pilipinas Kay Ganda" Tourism Slogan Scrapped
« on: November 18, 2010, 11:25:39 PM »
The government said Wednesday it had pulled a tourism promotion campaign off the Internet after just one day, after critics panned the rebrand and warned that unwary surfers could easily end up at a porn site instead.

"Bland," "Lacks punch," "Sounds dishonest" were among posts made on popular networking sites about the "Pilipinas Kay Ganda" (Philippines What a Beauty) website launched by the tourism department to much fanfare late Monday.

Critics also panned the decision to use the local spelling of the country's name, warning that a similar site, beautifulfilipinas.com, was pornographic.

Ministry spokeswoman Evelyn Macayayong said the government acknowledged the criticisms and pulled down the website on Tuesday for revisions.

"The write-ups were not thoroughly edited. There were errors, and there are even allegations of plagiarism, that we copied from other websites," Macayayong told AFP.

The aborted tourism campaign was top-billed by a candy-colored logo of the slogan adorned with a coconut tree, an endangered tiny primate called a tarsier, the sun, and waves.

Critics called for the country's eight-year-old tourism slogan, "Wow Philippines," to be retained. - Agence France Presse

Travel and Tours / "Pilipinas Kay Ganda" Will Inflate Vice Ganda
« on: November 18, 2010, 11:42:30 AM »
DOT is acting idiot again. Foreigners don't understand Tagalog. Why not use "Wow Philippines" or just "Beautiful Philippines." In Thailand, their tourism department has a very successful slogan, "Amazing Thailand." They don't use a Thai word, but English. DOT, dili mo ka-gets ana? Just use English.

President Benigno S. Aquino III inducted three new members of the 11-man Board of Regents of the University of the Philippines, of which 5 to 6 are appointed by the Office of the President. The term of regents is two years until reappointed.

Inducted at the lobby of the Premier Guest House by the President were former Supreme Court Chief Justice Reynato Puno, Elizabeth Siguion-Reyna and Magdaleno Albaraccin Jr.

The President, according to Puno, reminded the new UP Board of Regents members of the many things he wanted done in UP given the resources of the government to restore the state university into its premier status.

Siguion-Reyna took her Imaginative Writing Program at the English Department (now called the Creative Writing program) at the UP from 1970 to 1975. She is currently a director of a parenting show at QTV, gag shows and writer for film and television.

Puno, who took his two-year associate in arts course and finished law at UP in 1962, said the President also asked him to go over the UP development plan which would help the university attain its academic and non-academic objectives.

Puno, as the then Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, became the 2008 Most Distinguished Alumnus of UP in its centennial celebration.

Albaraccin, whose uncle Narciso served as Deputy Minister for Education of the late strongman, President Marcos, finished his engineering course at UP in 1956. He continues to be active in the College of Engineering. (PNA)

Philippine Daily News / Manila Bus Operators Face Disciplinary Action
« on: November 18, 2010, 06:04:08 AM »
President Benigno S. Aquino III admitted that bus operators who joined in Monday’s strike will face disciplinary sanction for violating the privilege to serve the riding public.

In an ambush interview Wednesday afternoon, the President said bus operators need to be reminded that the franchise issued to them by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) is not a right but a privilege.

“Bus operators have an obligation to the public, which they seemingly have ignored,” said the President, noting that bus companies never approached him to air their problems.

The President pointed out that during his meeting with Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa, Secretary Jose De Jesus of the DOTC, MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino, and LTFRB Chairman Nelson Laluces, he tasked them to review the existing franchises of the bus companies that participated in the bus strike on Monday. - pna

Talk of the Town / Bohol Crime Update November 2010
« on: November 17, 2010, 10:11:36 PM »
By Rey Anthony Chiu

Bohol Police SSupt. Constantino Barot said crime incidence in the month of October in Bohol has gone down considerably.

Saying this as a victory, Bohol local enforcement authorities would like to credit the intensified anti-crime campaigns and operations of law enforcement authorities.

Another military source said the intensified checkpoint operations conducted by police and military or joint tem in the enforcement of election related peace keeping efforts worked for Bohol this time.

At the Provincial Peace and Order Council Meeting today November 9, 2010 at the People's Mansion, PSSUpt Barot cited an 11.8% decrease in index crimes at 210 cases for the period.

The figures are compared to the crime volume reported on the earlier month.

A slight increase however is noted on non-index crimes at 11.6% with 67 recorded cases for the month province wide.

On the fear of possible threat groups including terrorists, Barot told the council there are none operating in Bohol, based on their intelligence networks.

Police intelligence agents however are now verifying unconfirmed reports of sparrow units hiding in Bohol, he said.

He also confirmed the presence and establishment of Bohol White Area Committee (BWAC) 1 and 2 as signs of early recovery efforts of the communist insurgents who have been driven off Bohol by its combined government and civil society anti-insurgency efforts.

Another BWAC is on the onset of establishment, military intelligence reports said. (PIABohol)

Talk of the Town / Drug Situation in Bohol
« on: November 17, 2010, 09:43:26 PM »
By Rey Anthony Chiu

Moving to get a clearer grasp of the drug situation in Bohol, the Provincial Peace and Order Council, wants the narcotics agency in Bohol to report detailed town affectation analysis.

During the recent meeting of the Provincial Peace and Order Council at the People’s Mansion, Interior and
Local government provincial director Rustica Mascarinas proposed that instead of just baring accomplishments, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency also include drug affectation by towns.

Earlier, the council asked the PDEA reports to be a part of the regular PPOC briefings in efforts of the council to effectively address not just police crime situation, internal security operations and other peace related concerns but of the drug campaign situation as well.

Last Tuesday, the PDEA reported that while they have identified Ozamis City as the source of drugs distributed in Bohol, port interdictions, which could strain the supply could not be done due to the agency’s manpower problems.

Even then the PDEA, said agent Steven Valles is pushing the limits in anti-narcotic operations against identified targets while bringing their information education campaign to the schools all over Bohol, including on the spot poster making, slogan crafting essay writing contests among students.

He also added that in the pipeline is a drug detection and information gathering training for barangay tanods as well as the planned joint operations for port interdictions.

During a separate forum, an agent of the PDEA told that regardless of the amounts and quality of the drugs pushed and obtained during buy bust operations, the offense would be unbailable.

The situation is unlike a search warrant arrest, he said that only if the search team finds .5 grams can the
subject be denied of bail, according to the dangerous drugs law.

Concerned over the recent observation that shabu has become easily obtainable at P500 per .005 grams pack, PDEA agents shared telltale signs that students are into the prohibited substance.

Anyone suspected of shabu use would remain awake for long periods of time, have a noticeable loss of
appetite and have facial muscle twitches or spasms, the PDEA agent said.

Parents who think they have a family member who is into shabu may find tinfoils, disposable lighters, burners or tissue in the room, they should start worrying because these are signs that their wards are already on substance use, he stressed.

A .005 grams of shabu can already be shared by a group of five in a pot session, he said.

That would be something like P100 per participant, making the substance easily affordable if they chip in to but one sachet pack. (racPIABohol)

Philippine Business News / Bohol to Ban Nubain Use
« on: November 17, 2010, 09:35:40 PM »
By Rey Anthony Chiu

ABUSE of a substance called Nubain, (Nalbuphine hydrochloride) which has lately been a choice of drug users in Tagbilaran City has pushed the City Sanggunian to prepare for the enactment of an ordinance regulating the sale and distribution of the analgesic.

According to a narcotic intelligence officer at the local Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), the province of Bohol, in fact through the Sangguniang Panlalawigan is eyeing the same move to considerably lessen if not stop the abuse of the anesthetic that is not included in the banned substances under the Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

Since nubain is not in the list of illegal or prohibited substances, we have our hands tied in making operations against the sale and possession of the injectable drug, the narcotic agent who guested the weekly Kapihan sa PIA said.

One of the newer drugs which is classified as narcotic analgesic with less abuse potential, Nubain is a synthetic opiate developed and approved for use as hydrochloride salt in injectable form of 10 to 20 mg ampules which is not under the list of controlled or dangerous substance.

Nubain is used primarily for treating moderate to severe acute pains, the prescription drug can be easily sourced out from crooked drug dealer and pharmaceutical agent or using a doctor’s forged prescription pad, doctors shared.

At the radio forum aired live over DyTR, the narc agent who asked not to be named said the substance has emerged he third most notoriously abused substance next to shabu and marijuana.
Sourced out basically from possible drug laboratory in Ozamis City in Mindanao and coursed usually through Cebu, the metamphitamine hydrochloride gets to Bohol presumably through the ports of entry, PDEA Intelligence Offficer Steven Valles at the peace and order council meeting said.
While shabu and marijuana have been in the list of dangerous abused drugs and users could easily be apprehended, the case of nubain is different, the drug agent at the Kapihan said. 
Bohol Chamber of Commerce and Industry has called the PDEA to confirm on the entry of nubain as another abused substance in schools, during the peace council meeting Tuesday.

Valles, who spoke for the PDEA OIC who was on an operation during the meeting said the alternative way to get to the users or pushers is to get a local ordinance passed so agents would have the legal backing when they accost nubain users.
At the Kapihan, PDEA relayed that the city has gone to the point of holding a public hearing as a requisite for the passing of the city ordinance against the substance.
Upon that same information and feeling helpless against the new substance, Governor Edgar Chatto promised he would urge the provincial sanggunian to do the same and pass a provincial ordinance regulating nubain and other dangerous substances not listed yet in the country’s banned drugs. (racPIABohol)

Philippine Provinces / Human Trafficking in Iloilo
« on: November 17, 2010, 05:58:53 PM »
ILOILO CITY, Nov. 17 (PNA) -– The city government here will be asking the support of barangay leaders to respond to issues on trafficking of persons, most of whom are minors, recruited to work in red houses here.

Last month, the City Social Welfare and Development Office, Task Force Anti-Prostitution and the 6th Regional Maritime Office (6RMO), in various occasions, were able to rescue and intercept some of the alleged trafficked victims from Cebu.

Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog hoped that those responses would discourage traffickers from bringing more victims in this city.

He stressed that what is needed is “vigilance to discourage traffickers” and the indictment of perpetrators.

“We will ask the cooperation and support of barangay officials because they know what is happening in their respective jurisdictions,” he said, adding that, since they have just gotten a new mandate from the people, then expectedly they are more aggressive.

Further, Mabilog will also be creating a task force that will solely look into the said concern.

The mayor added that CSWDO head Alfredo Villanueva has already come up with the draft of a proposed executive order creating the said task force. (PNA)

Philippine Provinces / Senator Escudero Visits Abused Victim Florence
« on: November 17, 2010, 05:50:17 PM »
Senator Francis Escudero III visited Wednesday the volunteer-nurse who was raped in South Upi, Maguindanao last September 25, who is confined at the Southern Philippines Medical center (SPMC) in Davao City.

Escudero, chair of the Senate Committee on Justice and Human Rights, however, expressed dismay over the non-filing of complaint against the person who allegedly abused Florence.

Speaking to reporters after visiting the victim during her 22nd birthday Wednesday at the government hospital, he said it has been two months since the incident happened and no case has been filed against the perpetrator who remains at-large.

Escudero lamented that if celebrated cases have not been solved with the filing of appropriate charges, how much more the many other cases perpetrated on ordinary victims.

"Apparently, no case has been filed against the perpetrator," he said.

He said the country has enough laws to crime against chastity, which has a downside implementation because of the small number of law enforcers against the increasing population.

"The ratio I believe is one policeman for every 5,000 Filipinos," Escudero said.  - pna

Police authorities are now tightening its watch on several firework factories and stores of pyrotechnic products following the explosion of a suspected fireworks factory in Angat, Bulacan that killed an old woman and wounded eight others Monday night.

Chief Supt. Alan La Madrid Purisima, Central Luzon police director, has instructed Sr. Supt. Fernando Villanueva, Bulacan police provincial director to improve their surveillance on fireworks factories to determine if safety measures are being followed by owners.

Purisima also instructed Villanueva to look intently firecracker manufacturers following reports that there are minors being employed in some establishments.

The order of Purisima was prompted when an old woman died and eight others were injured after a clandestine firework.factory in Barangay Marungko, Angat town exploded.

Investigation said a fuse (mitsa) caused a spark and ignited a stockpile of pyrotechnics products.

The lone fatality was identified as Linda Reyes, 54, while those injured were Edgardo Padua, 17; Gena Barcial, 33, Juvilyn Alvarez, 16; Angelita Dizon, 45, Julia Aspe; 30, Alejandro Cruz, 36, Angelito Cruz, 30; and Wiwi Lorenzo, 30. - pna

Philippine Provinces / Security of the people in Western Visayas
« on: November 17, 2010, 05:45:50 PM »
The Police Regional Office 6 (PRO6) based in Camp Delgado has assured the security of the people in Western Visayas in connection with the reported international terror threat in the country that prompted several countries in the world to issue a travel advisory to deter their citizens’ travel to the Philippines.

PRO-6 regional director Police C/Supt. Cipriano Querol, said the people here in the region has nothing to worry about because the Philippine National Police (PNP) in the region has not received any threat coming from terrorist groups.

Querol said proper security measures have been put in place even as he ordered the different provincial and city directors of the PNP throughout the region to enhance security measures in their areas to prevent terror attacks.

He said police visibility will be maintained in populated areas like malls, churches as well as beach resorts and tourist spots with the deployment of additional police forces.

Likewise, Chief Supt. Querol pushed for the implementation of the Barangay Peacekeeping Organization and Barangay Peacekeeping Action Team in the city’s 180 barangays since they are the first line of defense to counter criminality.

He said the retraining of BPAT members is also a must to strengthen barangay monitoring network in reporting the presence of suspicious looking individuals or terrorists to the nearest police station.

The PRO-6 regional director also embarked on a series of crisis management seminars in the neighboring Panay provinces of Antique and Aklan to replicate his advocacy.

Last November 10, the PRO6 conducted a Crisis Management Seminar-Workshop in San Jose, Antique for local chief executives in the province led by Governor Exequiel Javier and Mayor Rony Molino of Antique’s capital town of San Jose where Director Querol discussed the concept of Barangay Peacekeeping Action Team and Barangay Peacekeeping Operations. - pna

Philippine Provinces / Toyota Fortuner Found in Angeles City
« on: November 17, 2010, 05:43:53 PM »
PNA: Combined elements from La Union Provincial Highway Patrol Team and the Bacnotan Police Station recovered last Saturday a Toyota Fortuner reportedly stolen last month in Bacnotan town at the parking lot of the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) casino compound in Angeles City, Pampanga, a belated report said Wednesday.

Superintendent Jose B. Macanas, head of the Regional Highway Patrol Unit 1 (RHPU1), reported Wednesday that the motor vehicle (plate number ZFE 457) owned by one Engineer Santiago Ramos was one of the items stolen during a robbery that took place at the house of his brother Luis, a doctor, in Barangay Bulala, Bacnotan last October 21.

“We received information last Saturday morning that on October 24 a man who claimed to be Santiago Ramos was offering to mortgage the Toyota Fortuner for P250,000. This gave us the lead to solve the case,” Macanas said.

Police operatives were immediately sent to Angeles City, composed of a team from the Highway Patrol Group under Inspector Daniel Banan and another from the Bacnotan Police Station led by Senior Inspector Ismael Gauna. They reached the place around 8:30 p.m. of the same date and sighted the vehicle parked at the PAGCOR parking lot without occupant.

Failing to locate the bogus Engr. Ramos after hours of stakeout, the operatives retrieved the Toyota Fortuner at about 11 a.m. the next day (November 14) after proper coordination with the Angeles City Police Station.

Search of the motor vehicle yielded, among other things, a fake driver’s license bearing the name of Engr. Ramos but with a picture of another man who was later identified by witnesses as the one who was transacting the mortgage of the vehicle.

“We are now conducting diligent investigative actions to identify and arrest the individuals or groups involved in this incident,” added Macanas. “We are looking into the possible link between the Akyat Bahay gang that perpetrated the robbery/carnapping and some still unknown financiers of stolen motor vehicles operating in casinos.”

The Toyota Fortuner, now impounded at the RHPU1 office in Camp Diego Silang, San Fernando City, La Union, will be subjected to macro-etching test by the Regional Crime Laboratory Office 1 prior to its return to the rightful owner. (PNA)

Philippine Provinces / Tricycle driver arrested for illegal drugs
« on: November 17, 2010, 05:42:16 PM »
The relentless campaign against illegal drugs in the province is continuously paying off.

Police arrested a tricycle driver for alleged possession of illegal drugs while plying his route in Orani town late Monday afternoon.

Inspector Romeo Valencia, Orani deputy police chief, said they nabbed Leo Berbon, 26, of Barangay Paking in Orani after they found in his tricycle four heat-sealed plastic sachets containing suspected dried marijuana fruiting tops.

Valencia said they have been receiving reports for a month of the alleged illegal activities of Berbon using his tricycle in the drug trade.

After continuous monitoring and through the help of informants, police pounced on suspect in Barangay Centro Uno around 5:10 p.m.

When lawmen asked the suspect to present the registration papers of his tricycle, Berbon opened the compartment of the tricycle.

From the compartment, police officers noticed a bulging suspicious-looking empty cigarette pack, Valencia said.

When police opened the cigarette pack in the presence of barangay officials, they discovered that the pack contained four heat-sealed plastic sachets of dried marijuana fruiting tops, the deputy police chief said.

Berbon admitted that the illegal drugs were in his tricycle but denied owning it.

The suspect is now facing charges for violation of Section 11 of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act. (PNA)

Philippine Provinces / Bravo for Justice (BFJ)
« on: November 17, 2010, 05:40:42 PM »
The Nueva Ecija Police Provincial Office (NEPPO) is profiling a group called Bravo for Justice (BFJ), an apparently new organization to which alleged killers of Licab town Vice Mayor Luisito Caraang belonged, a ranking police officer disclosed on Wednesday.

"We can not say right now that the group is an organized crime gang," said NEPPO director Senior Supt. Roberto Aliggayu.

Aliggayu said the name of the organization first cropped up when a neophyte identified as Sonny Pascua of Victoria, Tarlac, told Task Force Caraang that he was being recruited to be its member.

To acquire full-pledged membership, Pascua reportedly told probers that he was tasked to monitor the movement of Caraang and report it to the group before dawn on October 9.

Caraang was killed around 5:10 a.m. that day.

"But he was compartmentalized," Aliggayu said.

This means, according to the police director, that Pascua was blind on the real motive behind his mission.

"All he had to do is to find out if Vice Mayor Caraang was on his daily jogging and report it to (Francisco) Peralta," he said.

Peralta is reportedly called Supremo in BFJ. He is the brother of Ricardo Peralta, the alleged leader of Red Vigilante Group (RVG) that was blamed for over 40 cases of killing suspected illegal drug peddlers in Nueva Ecija, particularly in Gapan City, a few years back.

Their patriarch, Arcadio Peralta, used to lead the communist movement in northern Luzon.

Aliggayu said that based on their investigation, among the members of BFJ were remnants of Alakdan II and Kamagong groups, two of the reported organized gangs allegedly involved in gun for hire and robbery holdup activities.

"But we do not know who the other members of Bravo For Justice are so, we cannot say it's a criminal gang. What we know is that some remnants of Alakdan and Kamagong are also members of this group (BFJ)," Aliggayu said in the vernacular.

He was referring to Peralta, Arturo Bernardino, Virgilio Domingo alias Beo Samiento, Jeremy Itan and Nestor Soriano Jr., who were charged, along with Licab town Councilor Alexander Ventura, for the killing of Caraang. - pna

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