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By Aries Rufo
abs-cbnNEWS.com/Newsbreak
04/12/2010 9:08 AM

(First in a 3-part series)

MANILA, Philippines - Octogenarian Maxima Policarpio had spent most of her life in the mountains of Norzagaray, a small town in Bulacan, near the foothills of the Sierra Madre. She had hoped to spend the twilight of her life there in peace and quiet, tending a tiny vegetable garden and surrounded by fruit-bearing trees she had planted many years ago.

Last February, despite her age, she left the comfort of her town and braved Quezon City’s noise, pollution and confusion to join dozens of Norzagaray farmers seeking attention to the imminent loss of their ancestral lands. “I am here to protect my land. I may be old, but I still have rights.”

“We are up against an influential person,” she said.

That person is presidential aspirant and billionaire Senator Manuel Villar Jr.

Represented by a counsel, the farmers detailed how they lost their ancestral lands, in the blink of an eye, to companies connected with Villar.

They also told of harassment efforts to force them to leave their lands.

“Before, we would wake up and see all those crops pulled out from the soil. They would do it at night. We were helpless. Some of them were armed. What would you do? We would just put back the plants,” Inocencia Pascual, 67, said.

The harassment however has stopped as the election season neared. And they knew it is only a respite. “Tapos kami pag nanalo sya (We’re finished if he wins),” Pascual said.

Contested land

Court records show that the contested land in Norzagaray is supposedly now the property of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas after it was mortgaged in 2001 by two companies where Villar’s wife, Las Pinas Rep. Cynthia Villar, has a stake.

The two companies--Capitol Development Bank (now Optimum Development Bank) and Manila Brickworks--defaulted on a P1.5 billion loan it secured from BSP in April 1998 following the financial crisis that hit Asian countries. The money was allegedly spent to finance the House Speakership bid that year of Villar who was then in then a congressman.

Yet documents gathered by Newsbreak show that the two companies acquired possession of the ancestral lands through fraud and manipulative layering scheme.

It appears that the Villars brought to life the defunct Manila Brickworks out of nowhere to act as the original owner of the contested land. Fake Transfer Certificates of Titles (TCTs) were produced in connivance with the Malolos Registry of Deeds to show possession of property.

Court records in Bulacan show that Manila Brickworks was originally owned by Puyat Enterprises and had claimed possession of the property in the 70s. Poultry houses were put up by Puyat Enterprises but abandoned the area after some time.

After years of inactivity, Manila Brickworks resurfaced in 1998 with new incorporators that interlocked with those of Capitol Development Bank.

Capitol Bank, which had financial problems attributed to the financial crisis, was eventually closed. In its place, the Villars put up Optimum Development Bank. In June 2001, Optimum signed a deed of real estate mortgage over the questioned property in favor of BSP to secure Capitol and Manila Brickworks’ unpaid loans.

The conveyance of land titles, coupled with fake ones, from one alleged owner to another creates different layers that were used as an argument to legitimize property acquisition.

This has been the standard operating procedure of Villar’s lawyers and companies to acquire government and previously awarded lands, according to a lawyer formerly employed by the Nacionalista Party bet.

Pandora’s box of testimony

The man who turned his back on Villar

Lawyer Restituto Mendoza is seeking restitution for his sins of commission and omission as a former employee of Senator Manuel Villar Jr’s. housing empire.

Mendoza has filed a labor complaint before the National Labor Relations Commission (NLRC) for his alleged illegal dismissal after refusing the game that Villar’s senior officers play.

In his complaint, he wrote that he turned a blind eye and deaf ears to the mischief that his employers were getting into and how they get out of trouble. But an unexpected twist of events made him see the light.

He is waging a lonely battle against the billionaire and his senior officers.

His labor complaint is also a tell-all account on how the businesses of Villar acquired land for property development. Read more
 

The Norzagaray land case is just one of the many legal cases faced by Villar’s real estate empire, which was spawned by the production and sale of affordable houses.

Interviews with different sources and documents show his companies have been fending off legal disputes, mostly land grabbing cases, like the Norzagaray case.

In 2004, Villar hired Atty. Restituto Mendoza to handle problematic raw land cases for Household Development Corp., one of the firms under his real estate empire.

Mendoza has a pending complaint before the National Labor Relations Commission for illegal dismissal. Named respondents were Villar, his flagship real estate firm Vista Land and Lifescapes Inc., Casa Regalia, Adelfa Properties and lawyers and officers of the companies. Newsbreak obtained a copy of the complaint, including other documents.

In the labor case, Mendoza opened the Pandora’s box of irregularities of Villar’s businesses, practices and ethics. It was a tell-all testimony, bordering on violating the lawyer-client privilege, as he indicted Villar of bribery, corruption, deceit and fraud in rebuilding his empire from bankruptcy.

Mendoza charged Villar on the ground that he is well aware of the practices of the firms' senior officers—from paying off government officials and judges to faking titles—to skirt potential legal issues. Mendoza said Villar is a hands-on manager, supposedly even concerned about where to put trash cans in the subdivision projects.

Newsbreak sought to corroborate Mendoza’s serious allegations, which included duping another land developer, Ayala Land, and an alleged attempt to bribe Customs officials to release an undervalued crane imported by his company, MGS Corp. We found some corroborative documents and information to back up Mendoza’s claims.

Ayala Land, which got questionable titles as in exchange for a previous P300 million loan from a Villar firm, has yet to reply to our query as of this posting. Customs officials, on the other hand, provided data of the botched importation.

Violation of lawyer-client relationship

Villar’s chief legal officer, Ma. Nalen Rosero-Galang, who has been countering the land grabbing complaints hurled against Villar since the campaign began, dismissed Mendoza’s stories and narration as “all lies.” In an interview with Newsbreak, Galang said she is “shocked of Mendoza’s allegations.”

Galang pointed out that Mendoza took five years to come out and expose the unethical practices of Villar’s businesses.

“I would have wanted to ignore him so as not to dignify his claims,” Galang said in an interview. Besides, she added that Mendoza’s claims would not have been admissible in court since “it violates the lawyer-client relationship.”

“Actually I pity him, since no one would want to hire him as a lawyer after this,” she added.

We also sought to interview Mendoza, but he begged off, saying his complaint would suffice. Mendoza was dismissed in May last year and filed his complaint in August.

The C-5 controversy

In his complaint, Mendoza mentioned some of the properties that benefitted from the controversial C5 road extenstion project. The road traversed through 50-52 hectares of Villar’s property holdings.

Villar's peers in the Senate conducted ethics committee hearings. In a report, the senators found Villar guilty of conflict of interest when he supposedly benefited from the P6.96 billion road project. A public works feasibility study stated that Villar conceived and funded the project.

Mendoza provided the context in the arrangement between two real estate properties associated with Villar. Masaito Development Corp and Adelfa Properties supposedly swapped properties affected by the C5 road extension.

Based on documents submitted by Mendoza to the NLRC, it was Villar’s Adelfa Properties that initiated the arrangement with Masaito. Adelfa then claimed the bulk of expropriation proceeds from the Masaito property.

The agreement stated Masaito would only get only P7 million while Adelfa would get the remainder, amounting to P15 million.

A total of P168.1 million was paid by the government for the right of way involving Villar’s properties while only P22 million for non-Villar properties.

And yet, based on Mendoza’s claims on the Masaito agreement, through careful planning and foresight, Villar even got proceeds from his supposed non-properties.

Why would Masaito agree to swap properties with Adelfa if it would be paid for the right of way anyway? Was government informed about the swap or was there an attempt to cloak it through internal arrangement?

Internal arrangement

A source familiar with the case said that Villar’s senior officers had anticipated the road extension would pass through the Masaito properties. The properties were raw lands at that time and would have commanded low zonal valuation.

Yet, through connections in the DPWH and the Bureau of Internal Revenue, the Masaito property was valued at P30,000 per square meter, a “unique” situation that Adriano told the Senate since it was the only property that commanded that high price.

In the Senate probe, former revenue district officer Carmelita Bacod admitted that the valuation was “grossly disadvantageous to the government.”

The source explained that Masaito knew it would only get a lower zonal valuation and thus, lower payment for its properties, if only government would have it way. Entering into an agreement would be a win-win situation for both Adelfa and Masaito---the former gets portion of the right of way payment without essentially losing with its property while the latter gets the bulk of the proceeds.

To facilitate the agreement, Masaito and Adelfa signed a memorandum of undertaking (MOU) where they agreed to open a joint bank account at the Landbank where expropriation proceeds would be deposited. Adelfa president Jerry Navarette and Masaito president Joseph Wang would be the joint signatories.

After the first tranche of P22 million has been deposited, of which P7 million would given to Masaito, Adelfa would assume “sole right” of the remainder of the proceeds, the MOU stated. Navarrete would then be the sole signatory of the Landbank account.

Mendoza said it was the C5 controversy that shattered his respect to Villar. He recalled that he was the one who drafted the Masaito agreement upon hearing Senator Jamby Madrigal mentioning the company. “Evidently, Senator Villar was not telling the truth when he had been consistently denying in public that he and his companies never received a single centavo from the C-5 road extension project,” Mendoza said.

In drafting the Masaito-Adelfa agreement, Mendoza said he “unknowingly had been an instrument of corruption in what is now the C5 road scandal.”

In his Feb. 2 speech before the Senate to rebut the ethics, Villar maintained that he did not financially benefit from the C5 project. “Wala po akong ninakaw sa kaban ng bayan. Wala po akong kasalanan, wala pong anomalya sa C5 project at hindi po ako nakinabang,” Villar said. - With reports and additional research from Althea Teves and Purple Romero, abs-cbnnews.com/Newsbreak

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By Kit Bagaipo
Inquirer News Service
The Bohol Chronicle


The Filipino apostolic nuncio to Haiti has called relatives in Bohol to inform them he is safe even as hundreds of Filipinos still has to be accounted after a devastating quake hit the country Wednesday.

In an interview with a local radio station here, Mrs. Magdalena Auza, mother of Archbishop Bernardito Auza said they were first informed regarding the condition of the Papal Nuncio in Haiti Wednesday night after Archbishop Edward Joseph Adams, Papal envoy in the Philippines, called them personally.

The 51-year old Boholano prelate representing the Vatican in Haiti also got in touch with relatives Thursday morning.

Speaking with the Vatican's Fides news agency, Archbishop Auza described the devastation in the streets of the capital Port-au-Prince.  He reported on what he had observed of the situation of religious and government officials in the area and described widespread destruction.

Archbishop Auza stated his observations of the situation in the capital to Fides, saying, "Port-au-Prince is totally devastated.  The cathedral, the archbishop's office, all of the big churches, all of the seminaries have been reduced to rubble."

The nuncio said that the resident priest at that cathedral had informed him of the likely death of Archbishop Joseph Serge Miot as he was buried under rubble along with hundreds of priests and seminarians. Other news reports confirmed that the archbishop did pass away in the earthquake.

Auza reported that many government buildings had been razed.  All of the Ministry buildings but one were on the ground, as were the Presidential Palace and the schools.  

"Parliament with the Senators, the schools with the children, the supermarkets were reduced to nothing," the nuncio stated.

The nuncio had made his way across the city to see the Haitian President and "express his condolences and solidarity" and found that, because they had been outdoors, he and his family had been saved although their home had crumbled.

People who live in front of the collapsed U.N. headquarters had reported to Auza that the head of that mission, Hedi Annabi, was trapped inside with hundreds of others.

The nuncio said that he had returned to his residence later in the morning to find "Priests and Sisters in the street, no longer with homes. The Rector of the seminary saved himself, as did the Dean of studies, but the seminarians are under the rubble.  You hear yells everywhere from underneath the rubble."  

"The CIFOR (according to Fides, an institute of study for religious men and women) collapsed with students inside that were participating in a conference.  The office of the nuncio resisted (the earthquake), there was no one injured, but all of us are in shock!" he said.

"So many things were broken, including the tabernacle, but we are more fortunate than others.  Many relatives of the personnel are dead, their houses destroyed.  Everyone is asking for help.  We will have a problem with water and food before long.  We cannot go inside and stay there for very long because the ground continues to shake, so we're camping out in the yard."

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By Kit Bagaipo
Philippine Daily Inquirer



TAGBILARAN CITY, Philippines—Agriculture Secretary Arthur Yap was told by militant groups on Saturday to resign from his Cabinet post and abandon his bid for a Congress seat in Bohol following the plunder case filed against him.

The group Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) and Anakpawis party said Yap should resign from the Department of Agriculture and quit from running as candidate in the third district of Bohol because of the plunder case filed against him and 14 others over the purchase of P455 million in ice-making machines that were allegedly overpriced.

Yap should “exercise political delicadeza and instead focus on his defense against the plunder complaint and other criminal and administrative charges filed against him before the Office of the Ombudsman,” Pamalakaya national chair Fernando Hicap and Anakpawis secretary general Cherry Clemente said in a joint statement.

“If we are in his shoes we will leave the agriculture portfolio and drop the dream of becoming a lawmaker,” their joint statement said.

The agriculture boss is unchallenged in his bid for Bohol’s third district House seat.

Last week, leaders of Pamalakaya and Anakpawis Representatives Rafael Mariano and Joel Maglunsod led the filing of a plunder complaint against President Macapagal-Arroyo, Yap and 13 others for the purchase of 98 ice-making machines which they claimed were overpriced by P2.3 million per unit.

Hicap and Clemente asked Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez to immediately place Yap and officials of the National Agribusiness Corp. (Nabcor) under preventive suspension while the Office of the Ombudsman is evaluating the complaint.

Nabcor said all transactions in the purchase of ice-making machines were transparent and above board.

Nabcor spokesperson Kathyrin Pioquinto said the accusations were “without basis, far from the truth and perjurious.”

Pioquinto also said Yap had nothing to do with the process although Nabcor is a government-owned and -controlled corporation attached to the DA.

“Yap is neither an officer nor a director of Nabcor,” Pioquinto said.

However, the militant groups said “the COA findings reveal the exact opposite.”

The militant groups said DA, through Nabcor, awarded a government contract to a lone bidder—the Integrated Refrigeration System and Services (IRSS)—in September 2009 for ice-making units at P4,650,000 per unit, or about P2.3 million higher compared to prevailing industry prices for the ice-making machines.

The government, the complainants said, can obtain 98 units of ice-making machines for P225 million to P230 million, or half of the what the DA spent for them.

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Bohol Latest News / A louder cry to save the tarsiers
« on: January 13, 2010, 01:50:46 PM »
By Kit Bagaipo
Philippine Daily Inquirer


"SAVE THE TARSIER" has become the battle cry of environmentalists in Bohol.

The Philippine Tarsier (Tarsius syrichta), which is endemic to the forests of Bohol and extremely territorial, is being threatened to extinction by poachers, hunters and even wild predatory animals.

As conservationists struggle to protect the shy, cuddly little creatures that have been around for 45 million years, a booming local tourism industry has been unkind to its lot.

For almost a decade now, business establishments thriving along Bohol’s tourism corridor have opened up tarsier viewing spots as an added attraction to the island’s world-renowned tourist destinations—the Chocolate Hills, ecotourism adventure parks, beach resorts and the Loboc River cruise.

Snatched from the wild, the tarsiers are kept in cages for easy tourist viewing.

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) regulates businesses in possession of tarsiers since the animals were classified as threatened species.

Permits

“[But] DENR permits, such as the Certificate of Wildlife Registration (CWR), are issued to those holding tarsiers in captivity without going through a stringent process of verification,” says lawyer Raul Barbarona of the Environmental Legal Assistance Center (Elac).

A person or entity can operate a tarsier viewing business even without complying with guidelines contained in the CWR, such as proof of financial and technical capability and the presence of a facility to maintain the wildlife.

At least nine business establishments have been allowed by the DENR to possess tarsiers, mostly in the town of Loboc.

Tarsiers are nocturnal animals and should not be disturbed during daytime. The tarsier has one of the slowest fetal growth rates among mammals, taking six months to reach a birth weight of 23 grams.

Based on scientific studies, the primates commit suicide in captivity due to trauma from stress caused by human touching and loud noise.

Tarsier behavior and activities have been filmed by international documentary networks, such as National Geographic Channel and British Broadcasting Corp. (BBC)—proofs that the animal has become one of the country’s signature tourism mascots.

Carlito Pizarras, field supervisor of the Philippine Tarsier Foundation Inc. (PTFI), recalled that in the 1960s, there were so many tarsiers that he could easily spot a handful by simply looking around.

As a young boy, Pizarras used to catch tarsiers for his father, a taxidermist. They stuffed tarsiers and sold them to tourists. Demand for tarsiers grew among collectors and even scientists who used them for experiments.

For his skill in catching tarsiers, Pizarras became popular in his hometown of Corella. But his lifelong relationship with the tiny creatures earned him the moniker “Tarsier Man.”

He estimates the current number of tarsiers at 1,000.

Concerned with the dwindling figure, Carlito started working for tarsier protection. He collaborated with the PTFI, a nonstock, nonprofit organization, which put up an 8-hectare tarsier sanctuary in Corella.

With the help of the DENR, the PTFI center slowly expanded to cover 167 ha in the three municipalities of Corella, Sikatuna and Loboc.

Display ban

In February last year, the provincial board passed an ordinance prohibiting the possession of tarsiers for commercial use. The law mandated that all individuals and entities holding the tarsiers in captivity should turn these over to the PTFI sanctuary.

It was a landmark legislation that received praises from international wildlife charity group Born Free Foundation of the United Kingdom.

Yet, for almost a year now, business operators continue to display the animals in clear violation of the ordinance. They merely obtained wildlife registration permits from the DENR.

Government inaction on the commercial display of the tarsiers has caught public attention repeatedly.

Barbarona is urging the DENR to review its wildlife permits. “Since the issuance of the permits is legally binding on the part of the permittees, there should be a legal process for its revocation based on documented violations,” he says.

The environmental lawyer maintains that the DENR should check whether establishments holding tarsiers captive are observing the guidelines contained in the permits, such as technical capabilities.

Insensitive tourists

He cited one instance when a Cebu-based tour guide allowed his guests to poke and force-feed the tarsiers in one establishment in Loboc. One tourist caught it on video and uploaded in YouTube, generating hundreds of hits in a matter of days.

As a result of the online report, Bohol’s tourism industry suffered a big blow.

Barbarona received other reports that tourists at tarsier viewing sites in Loboc, despite warning signs, insisted on holding the primates and even used camera flashes for close-up souvenir shots with them.

Instead of correcting and monitoring these incidents, the DENR “seems to be paying no attention to this unrestrained abuse,” Barbarona said.

For his part, provincial board member Alfonso Damalerio II, principal author of the tarsier ordinance, called anew for the seizure of all commercially held tarsiers and turn them over to the PTFI.

Damalerio noted that the law had remained inutile as the provincial executive department had yet to issue its implementing rules and regulations.

Loboc municipal officials are against the closure of the tarsier viewing sites, saying these draw more tourists and offered an added attraction of the river cruise.

But the tarsier sanctuary is open to guests and tourists who are allowed to view the animals in their natural habitat with trained forest guides.

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(Courtesy of Station dyRD-AM; www.dyrdam.com)     

            A former professor of Holy Name University (formerly Divine Word College ) is now in an intensive care unit at the Hackensack University Medical Center in Hackensack , New Jersey following a stroke he suffered while watching the Pacquiao-Cotto fight late Saturday night in a neighbor’s house in Bergenfield , New Jersey .

     

           Julito  “Yul” Sinajon Dompor was overwhelmed during the 4th round of the Pacquiao-Cotto fight when he just slumped down on the sofa he was sitting on indicating a stroke.

     

           His wife Teodora “Dory” Alcala Dompor, sister of Panglao Mayor Benedicto Alcala,

    immediately dialed 911.  Dory narrated that the first to arrive were the Bergenfield police who administered first aid to Yul while awaiting fro paramedics to arrive. It took 25 minutes for the paramedics to arrive, according to Dory Dompor.  Yul was rushed to the Holy Name Hospital . A neo-surgeon from Hackensack University Medical center conducted an angiogram and ctscan.  The attending physician recommended to transfer Dompor to Hackensack University Medical Center .

     

            Dory Dompor, in a telephone interview revealed that there was bleeding in the brain

    Which medical problem is presently being addressed to by the attending physicians..

     

            Yul Dompor, who hails from Loboc town, is 65 years old. He was a former professor of Holy Name University high school department and later  as college professor in audio-visual and history subjects. He migrated to the United States in 1992 to be with his wife who is a registered nurse in New York City .

     

          Yul Dompor who was previously employed with Bulova watch company underwent

    a quentutle (five) heart bypass surgery two years ago.

     

           Yul Dompor’s relatives in Loboc are being requested to say a prayer for the speedy recovery of Yul.  The Dompors is blessed with four children: Jet, John, Joy and Jane.

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Youtube Replay / Famous failures
« on: October 18, 2009, 07:51:39 AM »
Inspiring video on persevering no matter how many times you have failed in life.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y6hz_s2XIAU

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Bohol Latest News / Bohol police chief charged over slay try probe
« on: October 13, 2009, 08:00:01 AM »

By Kit Bagaipo
Philippine Daily Inquirer


TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, Philippines -- The police chief of this province was charged before the Visayas Ombudsman for allegedly mishandling the investigation into the slay attempt on a former mayor.

Already slapped with administrative charges for gross misconduct and grave abuse of authority at the National Police Commission (Napolcom), Bohol Police Director Senior Supt. Edgardo Ingking is now facing criminal charges for obstruction of justice and dereliction of duty.

The criminal and administrative raps stemmed from the handling of the investigation into an attempt to kill former Panglao mayor, Dr. Doloreich Dumaluan.

Dumaluan was shot by one Teodulo Macalandag at the former mayor’s beach resort in Barangay (Village) Bolod, Panglao, last August 25.

In his complaint before the Ombudsman, Dumaluan alleged that Ingking failed to send police investigators to talk to him or assist him.

The former mayor alleged that Inking, instead, offered to help and provide a lawyer to Macalandag, the self-confessed assailant.

Dumaluan claimed that Ingking's act of helping in the defense of the person who shot him by offering the suspect a lawyer was contrary to the police officer's sworn duty to investigate and advance the interest of justice.

The former mayor said Ingking's behavior was calculated to impede, delay and prevent Macalandag from disclosing the truth.

Attached to Dumaluan's complaint was an affidavit executed by Macalandag. It claimed that Inking offered to give Macalandag a lawyer after the police official learned that Dumaluan visited and talked to Macalandag on two occasions at his detention cell in Camp Francisco Dagohoy, Tagbilaran City.

Dumaluan said Macalandag had already expressed willingness to tell the truth and reveal who ordered him to shoot the former mayor when Dumaluan was still confined at the Chong Hua Hospital in Cebu City, recuperating from his gunshot wound.

Dumaluan said Macalandag reiterated his willingness to tell all during Dumaluan’s visit at Macalandag’s detention cell and during the clarificatory hearing conducted by the Bohol Provincial Prosecutor's Office (BPPO) last September 9.

Macalandag's affidavit corroborated Dumaluan's claims in his complaint, according to the former mayor.

Dumaluan first talked personally to Macalandag at Camp Dagohoy on September 8 where the latter purportedly narrated voluntarily the story and revealed the names of people involved.

Dumaluan and Macalandag met again the following day as the former mayor wanted to clarify some statements made by the latter.

The former mayor said that it was after their second meeting that Ingking also went to see Macalandag at his detention cell and offered to provide him a lawyer.

Dumaluan said it was on his third visit, together with two priests, which was requested by Macalandag in their previous meeting, that guards at the police camp barred him from seeing Macalandag.

Dumaluan said he was told by the camp guards that they were just following orders of Ingking.

Ingking himself admitted in an interview over a local radio station that Dumaluan was not allowed to enter Camp Dagohoy and would be arrested if he insisted on doing so.

Acting on the request of Sen. Aquilino Pimentel Jr. for an independent investigation into the shooting and the police handling of the case, the PNP headquarters in Camp Crame sent a team from the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) last Tuesday.

The CIDG team interviewed Macalandag and reviewed the handling of the investigation.

Members of the team refused to be interviewed by media but said they would immediately submit their report to the CIDG chief in Camp Crame.

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Youtube Replay / Need glasses? (German commercial)
« on: October 09, 2009, 03:50:56 PM »
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rZJ8-v7LdIo sorry guys, i just had a good laugh at this one. so please don't kick me out of tubag. ;)

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Bohol Latest News / Parents of dead 2-month old girl seeks help of NBI
« on: October 01, 2009, 11:22:19 AM »
Parents of dead 2-month
old girl seeks help of NBI

By KIT BAGAIPO

Shortly after her death, 2-month old Creslyn Lamoste allegedly lost her heart at the Gov. Celestino Gallares Regional Hospital (GCGRH) during an autopsy even as the infant's parents claimed they did not allow it.

In an interview with the Chronicle, the child's father Cresencio Lamoste said they confined their daughter at the GCGRH last September 21 due to pneumonia. But she died two days later.

According to Cresencio, the attending physician she identified as a certain Dr. Nagulada allegedly informed them that the hospital will conduct an autopsy.

Knowing their child died of pneumonia, Cresencio and the child's mother Adeline Gonzales at first refused the doctor's request but eventually agreed after they were told it was the hospital's policy.

The doctor allegedly told the parents that the hospital will refuse to admit any other member of their family if they do not agree to the procedure.

Reporters of station dyRD tried to get the side of Dr. Nagulada the past two days but to no avail.

In a separate interview with Dr. Edgar Pizarras, information officer of GCGRH, he said the management of the hospital will verify the case and conduct an investigation.

Pizarras did not say whether it was indeed a policy at the said government hospital to conduct autopsies even when the patient's relatives did not request for such procedure.

The parents discovered that doctors at the GCGRH took the child's heart when they brought her lifeless body for embalming at the Rodan Funeral Homes in Poblacion Calape town.

The embalmer, Jelfon Dano, was the one who discovered that the organ was missing when he tried to re-stitch the opening at the chest of the infant.

Both Cresencio and Adeline were shocked and enraged to learn that the child's heart was taken by doctors without their knowledge.

The couple reported the incident at the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) regional office in Cebu City.

They said, they just want to seek justice for what has been done to their daughter.

Dr. Pizarras said the GCGRH will issue a statement once investigation can be conducted.

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HOTEL OWNER'S MURDER SUSPECT:
Hired assassin or fall guy?


•   CIDG says documents on suspects in order

By KIT BAGAIPO

The alleged gun-for-hire tagged in the killing of the owner of Via Bohol Tourist Inn blasted police investigators yesterday claiming he is a "frame-up" victim.

As the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) at Camp Dagohoy prepares its nine witnesses for today's preliminary hearing at the City Prosecutor's Office, the alleged hired gunman said police operatives are just looking for fall guys to have an immediate closure on their investigation.

Via Bohol owner Victoriano Taray, 48, was gunned down by a lone suspect in the early morning of March 12, 2009 after hearing mass at the Monastery of the Holy Spirit in barangay Ubujan, this city.

Named respondents in the murder case filed by the CIDG are Aurelia Taray alias Au-au, the wife of the victim; Arnaldo Sarto alias Bogs of barangay Atchila, Ubay; and Renato Sabalande alias Rene, a resident of Poblacion Dagohoy.

Based on corroborating statements of witnesses, Sarto was the alleged triggerman contracted for the slay job by the victim's wife through Sabalande for a sum of P150,000.

All three accused are still at large while the Bohol Police Provincial Office is said to be providing tight security to the witnesses during today's hearing at the Hall of Justice, this city.

"POLICE SET-UP"

Sarto, the suspected gun-for-hire, called up the Chronicle yesterday lambasting police investigators as he denied any involvement in Taray's murder.

He said the police should dig deeper into the case and correct the injustice of pointing to him as the fall guy.

According to Sarto, he does not know Aurelia or any plot perpetrated to kill the latter's husband.

The suspect disclosed he will be consulting a police official regarding his predicament but will remain in hiding until the CIDG will conduct an honest investigation.

PNP CHIEF'S ORDER

In an interview with the Chronicle, Chief Inspector Germano Mallari, CIDG-Bohol chief, said their investigation was in order.

Mallari pointed out that identifying the suspects through their witnesses was a result of diligent and careful police work.

The police official admitted that the case got the attention of PNP Director General Jesus Versoza after the mother of the victim wrote the former regarding the status of the case.

It was upon Versoza's direct orders that the investigation was turned over to the CIDG from the City PNP.

"STRONG CASE"

C/Insp. Mallari is confident that they have built a strong case against the three suspects.

The criminal complaint filed by the CIDG is buttressed by 11 affidavits of witnesses.

However, only three of which linked the wife of the victim with regards to her supposed participation in the crime.

The preliminary hearing will be conducted by City Prosecutor Alberto Rara this afternoon.

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General Topic / "Pacquiao" now used as a verb
« on: May 10, 2009, 07:01:15 AM »
"Pacquiao" is now a verb

Pacquiaoed, or, Pacquiao'ed

News analyst and political pundit Ding Gagelonia was the first to take cognizance of this newest verb to invade the eternally evolving American English language – “Pacquiaoed”.

Actually, the term was first used by LA Times sports columnist Bill Plaschke in an article describing how the LA Lakers lost Game One of their NBA Western Conference semifinals against the Houston Rockets at home. Plaschke said that the Rockets did not just defeat the Lakers in the tough and physical (and bloody) Game One – but that the Rockets “Pacquiao’ed” the Lakers!

No matter how it is spelled – Pacquiaoed, Pacquiao’ed, pacquiaoed or pacquiao’ed – or whether it would eventually be added to the American English vocabulary or would just remain to be a jargon for sports writers and columnists, the fact remains that it is a quite graphic verb and instantly calls to mind how our Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao mangled Ricky “Hitman” Hatton of Great Britain in just two short rounds.

Beginning today, Pacquiao is not only a noun (which means pound for pound king, greatest Filipino boxer and one of the world’s greatest boxers of all time), but is also a verb, which means to totally defeat competition through sheer brute force.

Synonyms: overwhelm, devastate, crush, annihilate.

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Uniting a nation

On Sunday, our very own boxing hero Manny Pacquiao will once again take on the dreams and ambitions of a nation – a nation where millions of people wallow in utter poverty, a nation so divided, a nation beleaguered by corruption.

When the “Pacman” faces Ricky Hatton at the MGM Grand Casino in Las Vegas this Sunday, he’s not just fighting for himself as a boxer, but for the Filipino people and the country as a whole.

As BBC News describes it: If Hatton loses, many thousands will sigh. If Pacquiao loses, a nation’s heart will break.

Millions of us Filipinos see in Pacquiao something to aspire to, because we see in him our hopes and dreams.

In his early years, Pacquiao toiled in the streets to earn a living and to survive. This is why people can relate with the boxing superstar.

As our “Pambansang Kamao” climbs the ring on Sunday, we will see once more the Army (the Philippine Army and the New Peoples Army) to lay down their arms and call for a truce, even the Muslim insurgents in Mindanao. Crime will almost cease in the towns and cities across the country.

Every human activity practically grinds to a halt as thousands gather around their television sets and movie houses to witness their hero carry their hopes and dreams. This phenomenon does not only occur in the Philippines. Filipinos all around the world always gather in anticipation of a big Pacquiao fight.

As promoter Bob Arum said, “Pacquiao is a symbol of his people”.

President Arroyo calls Pacquiao “truly one of our nation’s heroes who can unite us even in times of divisiveness”.

“The Filipino people are the real source of my strength. My utmost intention is to unite the Filipino people through my efforts in boxing,” Pacquiao proudly declared once.

Recently named one of the world’s 100 most influential people by Time magazine (officially outpolling US President Barack Obama), Pacquiao could become president of our country.

After the Pacquiao fight, however, can we stay united as a nation? Will the “great unifying force” personified by the “Pacman” dwell among us?http: - Show Posts - miguel

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LGU Philippines / Truths that every Filipino should know
« on: May 01, 2009, 03:51:03 PM »


By Patricia Evangelista

Today I will write a manifesto. I would like to correct the perception that my generation is apathetic to the state of the nation. I am told we neither know nor care about issues of policy, of poverty, of the national economy. It is not true, but such is our inexperience that we look towards the obvious superiority of our elders to determine how to go about our lives, to set our moral and ethical standards, to fix upon our minds the path of truth and virtue in a society in constant battle with sin.

I am, after all, only twenty-three, and brought up to have the highest respect for authority and government. Let me tell you what I’ve learned, from the events of the past week, from headlines and interviews and the decisions made by men and women in power. Let me share with you the truths I have concluded from the wisdom of my elders.

I have learned, first, that a man accused of torture, perjury, and the wholesale murder of dozens—by no less than the Supreme Court and the United Nations—is precisely the sort of man fit to sit in the House of Representatives.

This is the man whom testimonies of escaped political prisoners Oscar Leuterio and Raymond Manalo held responsible for the disappearances and subsequent rapes of UP students Sherlyn Cadapan and Karen Empeno, as decided by the Supreme Court in 2008. This is the man the Melo Commission-- established to look into the rash of political disappearances—recommended for investigation. This is the same man that Justice Jose Melo, of that same Commission, permitted to represent the party list group “Bantay”—also known as True Marcos Loyalists, whose sworn duty is to stand for “the marginalized and underrepresented sector” of the military in Congress “to implement the government’s national security program.” Bantay was accepted with knowledge that the military has never been more represented in government since martial law, with the administration actively distributing plum leadership positions to retired military men, and with the certain conviction that the group will be lead by the gentleman lovingly called Butcher by his men.

No matter the protests, the reams of investigative reports, the witnesses, the small girl named Sugar who lost her daddy—Jovito Palaparan’s inclusion into the House of Representatives establishes that killers—for as long as they have powerful friends—are not only excepted from the rule of law, they are ushered into Congress and are called Honorable.

I’ll tell what else I learned, this time from the behavior of the police over the death of Abs-cbn anchor Ted Failon’s wife. I have learned that it is unnecessary to have a warrant for arrest if there are enough members of the police to physically cart away whomever they consider a suspect. I have also learned that it is acceptable for police chiefs to feed false information to journalists to report to the public in order to establish that a man is guilty of killing his wife—as was in the case of Police Superintendent Mabanag in telling members of the Philippine media that Ted Failon was found with scratches on his person (to indicate a fight with his wife) and that there is evidence her body was moved from his car to the bathroom (now found without basis). I am also now aware that it is appropriate to drag possible witnesses from the deathbeds of relatives if the cause is justice—with support of the good secretary of Justice.

I’ll tell you the last lesson I learned, from the ladies of the Court of Appeals in their decision in favor of Lance Corporal Daniel Smith against the young woman we now know as “Nicole.” I have learned that rape is only rape if the woman is a “demure provinciana lass,” and not If she has engaged in “undecorous behavior,” which may include going away for a weekend “to enjoy” with two American friends, and accepting free hotel accommodations after knowing them for the shamefully short period of “only about three months.” And if she did protest, it is only due to sudden and delayed guilt over her behavior, not because she was actually raped.

I have also discovered, from the learned ladies of the CA, that a girl cannot possibly be too drunk to refuse sexual intercourse when “she danced non-stop to the urgent beat of rock and hip-hop music” for a total of 15 minutes “without stumbling clumsily on the floor.” The court of course referred to a previously unreferred-to nugget of jurisprudence: that it is a known fact that “when a woman is drunk, she can hardly rise, much more stand up and dance, or she would just drop. This is a common experience among Filipino girls.” And because of all this, it is logical to conclude that any vaginal contusions a young woman may have acquired consistent with rape are in all probability not due to rape but may in fact be due to “finger grabs.”

It is an important lesson to learn at this time, and one that every young Filipino woman should learn—that if one is raped, one must not speak of it unless one is a farmer’s virgin daughter, and one must not claim to have been drunk and taken advantage of if she has succumbed to the “urgent beat” of hip hop and rock and roll. I am not certain how this jurisprudence applies to reggae or house music, and will assume that R & B is an exception, because the beat is not urgent enough for a drunken girl to sprawl on the ground.

And so I express my gratitude to the men and women who determine law and order in this country, for leading by example and insisting on only what is right and proper. I am glad it was made clear that the gentlemen of this country are permitted to continue in the business of raping and murdering. I intend to take steps to ensure I am never in the presence of gentlemen, alcohol and hiphop music for more than fourteen minutes, on the off-chance I find myself suddenly involved in a “spontaneous romantic encounter.”

If it does happen that I am raped, disappeared, or invited for questioning, in spite of my diligence, it is a relief to know that I and the rest of my generation will be in good hands.

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