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On the Honor and Invocation of the Saints

Q. Does the first Commandment forbid the honoring of the saints?

A. The first Commandment does not forbid the honoring of the saints, but rather approves of it; because by   honoring the saints, who are the chosen friends of God, we honor God Himself.

 

Q. What does "invocation" mean?

A. Invocation means calling upon another for help or protection, particularly when we are in need or danger. It is used specially with regard to calling upon God or the saints, and hence it means prayer.

 

Q. How do we show that by honoring the Saints we honor God Himself?

A. We honor the Saints because they honor God. Therefore, it is for His sake that we honor them, and hence by honoring them we honor Him.

 

Q. Give another reason why we honor God by honoring the Saints.

A. Another reason why we honor God by honoring the Saints is this: As we honor our country by honoring its heroes, so do we honor our religion by honoring its Saints. By honoring our religion we honor God, who taught it. Therefore, by honoring the Saints we honor God, for love of whom they became religious heroes in their faith.

 

Q. Does the first Commandment forbid us to pray to the saints?

A. The first Commandment does not forbid us to pray to the saints.

 

Q. Why does the first commandment not forbid us to pray to the Saints?

A. The first commandment does not forbid us to pray to the Saints, because if we are allowed to ask the prayers of our fellow-creatures upon earth we should be allowed also to ask the prayers of our fellow-creatures in heaven. Moreover, the Saints must have an interest in our welfare, because whatever tends to make us good, tends also to the glory of God.

 

Q. What do we mean by praying to the saints?

A. By praying to the saints we mean the asking of their help and prayers.

 

Q. Do we not slight God Himself by addressing our prayers to saints?

A. We do not slight God Himself by addressing our prayers to saints, but, on the contrary, show a greater respect for His majesty and sanctity, acknowledging, by our prayers to the saints, that we are unworthy to address Him for ourselves, and that we, therefore, ask His holy friends to obtain for us what we ourselves are not worthy to ask.

 

Q. How do we know that the saints hear us?

A. We know that the saints hear us, because they are with God, who makes our prayers known to them.

 

Q. Why do we believe that the saints will help us?

A. We believe that the saints will help us because both they and we are members of the same Church, and they love us as their brethren.

 

Q. How are the saints and we members of the same Church?

A. The saints and we are members of the same Church, because the Church in heaven and the Church on earth are one and the same Church, and all its members are in communion with one another.

 

Q. What is the communion of the members of the Church called?

A. The Communion of the members of the Church is called the Communion of Saints.

 

Q. What does the communion of saints mean?

A. The communion of saints means the union which exists between the members of the Church on earth with one another, and with the blessed in Heaven, and with the suffering souls in Purgatory.

 

Q. What benefits are derived from the communion of saints?

A. The following benefits are derived from the communion of saints: the faithful on earth assist one another by their prayers and good works, and they are aided by the intercession of the saints in Heaven, while both the saints in Heaven and the faithful on earth help the souls in Purgatory.

 

Q. How can we best honor the Saints, and where shall we learn their virtues?

A. We can best honor the saints by imitating their virtues, and we shall learn their virtues from the written accounts of their lives. Among the Saints we shall find models for every age, condition or state of life.

 

Q. Does the first Commandment forbid us to honor relics?

A. The first Commandment does not forbid us to honor relics, because relics are the bodies of the saints or objects directly connected with them or with our Lord.

 

Q. How many kinds or classes of relics are there?

A. There are three kinds or classes of relics:

 

1. The body or part of the body of a saint; 2. Articles, such as clothing or books, used by the saint; 3. Articles that have touched a relic of the body or other relic.

 

Q. What is there special about a relic of the true cross on which Our Lord Died, and also about the instruments of His Passion?

A. The relics of the true Cross and relics of the thorns, nails, etc., used in the Passion are entitled to a very special veneration, and they have certain privileges with regard to their use and the manner of keeping them that other relics have not. A relic of the true Cross is never kept or carried with other relics.

 

Q. What veneration does the Church permit us to give to relics?

A. The Church permits us to give relics a veneration similar to that we give images. We do not venerate the relics for their own sake, but for the sake of the persons they represent. The souls of canonized saints are certainly in heaven, and we are certain that their bodies also will be there. Therefore, we may honor their bodies because they are to be glorified in heaven and were sanctified upon earth.

 

Q. What care does the Church take in the examination and distribution of relics?

A. The Church takes the greatest care in the examination and distribution of relics.

 

1. The canonization or beatification of the person whose relic we receive must be certain. 2. The relics are sent in sealed packets, that must be opened only by the bishop of the diocese to which the relics are sent, and each relic or packet must be accompanied by a document or written paper proving its genuineness. 3. The relics cannot be exposed for public veneration until the bishop examines them and pronounces them authentic; that is, that they are what they are claimed to be.

 

Q. What should we be certain of before using any relic or giving it to another?

A. Before using any relic or giving it to another we should be certain that all the requirements of the Church concerning it have been fulfilled, and that the relic really is, as far as it is possible for any one to know, what we believe it to be.

 

Q. Has God Himself honored relics?

A. God Himself has frequently honored relics by permitting miracles to be wrought through them. There is an example given in the Bible, in the IV Book of Kings, where it is related that a dead man was restored to life when his body touched the bones, that is, the relics of the holy prophet Eliseus.

 

Q. Does the first Commandment forbid the making of images?

A. The first Commandment does forbid the making of images if they are made to be adored as gods, but it does not forbid the making of them to put us in mind of Jesus Christ, His Blessed Mother, and the saints.

 

Q. How do we show that it is only the worship and not the making of images that is forbidden by the first commandment?

A. We show that it is only the worship and not the making of images that is forbidden by the first commandment:

 

1. Because no one thinks it sinful to carve statues or make photographs or paintings of relatives or friends; 2. Because God Himself commanded the making of images for the temple after He had given the first commandment, and God never contradicts Himself.

Q. Is it right to show respect to the pictures and images of Christ and His saints?

A. It is right to show respect to the pictures and images of Christ and His saints, because they are the representations and memorials of them.

 

 

Q. Have we in this country any civil custom similar to that of honoring the pictures and images of saints?

A. We have, in this country, a civil custom similar to that of honoring pictures and images of saints, for, on Decoration or Memorial Day, patriotic citizens place flowers, flags, or emblems about the statues of our deceased civil heroes, to honor the persons these statues represent; for just as we can dishonor a man by abusing his image, so we can honor him by treating it with respect and reverence.

 

Q. Is it allowed to pray to the crucifix or to the images and relics of the saints?

A. It is not allowed to pray to the crucifix or images and relics of the saints, for they have no life, nor power to help us, nor sense to hear us.

 

Q. Why do we pray before the crucifix and the images and relics of the saints?

A. We pray before the crucifix and the images and relics of the saints because they enliven our devotion by exciting pious affections and desires, and by reminding us of Christ and of the saints, that we may imitate their virtues.

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General Topic / Binay Gustong Tumira sa Coconut Palace
« on: July 08, 2010, 05:06:16 PM »
Itong Bise Presidente natin, unang nag reklamo sa no wang-wang policy ni P-Noy, nag go bisag red light. Gustong tumira sa Coconut Palace, palasyo sa subrang capricho ni Imelda Marcos nuon. Dili kaha abusado ning paniking ito? Sa subrang mahal e maintain ang palasyong ito?

"Hoy Paniki, mahiya kanaman sa gitna ng kahirapan sa taong bayan!"  >:(

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Kaliwat Bol-anon / Galia Clan from Jagna..
« on: June 17, 2010, 05:17:08 PM »
People, kindly shout here if you have a Galia blood from Jagna. We will be having a reunion, next year last week of May 2010. The clan will be welcoming a long lost relative from Dipolog City - The Ranillo Family. There will be a meeting here in Manila on September to organize the reunion.....Come kagupa, be there and be heard! maghudyaka ta!

 

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General Topic / Chronology of the Marcos Plunder
« on: June 16, 2010, 04:36:51 PM »
LEST WE FORGET

Charlie Avila, who HAS NOT forgotten what the Marcoses did, reminds
us, in his CHRONOLOGY OF THE MARCOS PLUNDER, that in…

September 1976
This month the Marcoses bought their first property in the U.S. - a condo in the exclusive Olympic Towers on Fifth Avenue in New York. Five months later they would also buy the three adjoining apartments,paying a total of $4,000,000.00 for the four and using AntonioFloirendo's company, Theaventures Limited in Hong Kong , as front forthese purchases.

October 13, 1977
Today, after addressing the UN General Assembly, Imelda celebrated bygoing shopping and spending $384,000 including $50,000 for a platinum bracelet with rubies; $50,000 for a diamond bracelet; and $58,000 fora pin set with diamonds. The day before, Vilma Bautista, one of her private secretaries, paid $18,500 for a gold pendant with diamonds and emeralds; $9,450 for agold ring with diamonds and emeralds; and $4,800 for a gold and
diamond necklace.

October 27, 1977
The Marcoses donated $1.5 million to Tufts University in Boston, endowing a professorial chair in East Asian and Pacific Studies at theFletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. The students and professors discovered this and forced the school to reject the donation. To save face, the Marcoses were allowed to finance several seminars and lectures.

November 2, 1977
Still at her shopping spree, Imelda paid $450,000 for a gold necklaceand bracelet with emeralds, rubies, and diamonds; $300,000 for a gold ring with emeralds and diamonds; and $300,000 for a gold pendant with diamonds, rubies, and thirty-nine emeralds.


July 1978
After a trip to Russia, Imelda arrived in New York and immediatelywarmed up for a shopping spree. She started with paying $193,320 for antiques, including $12,000 for a Ming Period side table; $24,000 for a pair of Georgian mahogany Gainsborough armchairs; $6,240 for a Sheraton double-sided writing desk; $11,600 for a George II wood side
table with marble top - all in the name of the Philippine consulate to dodge New York sales tax.

That was merely for starters.
A week later she spent $2,181,000.00 in one day! This included $1,150,000 for a platinum and emerald bracelet with diamonds from Bulgari; $330,000 for a necklace with a ruby, diamonds, and emeralds; $300,000 for a ring with heart-shaped emeralds; $78,000 for 18-carat gold ear clips with diamonds; $300,000 for a pendant with canary diamonds, rubies and emeralds on a gold chain.

After New York, she dropped by Hong Kong where a Cartier representative admitted it was this Filipina, Imelda, who had put together the world's largest collection of gems - in 1978.

May 1979
The Marcos couple celebrated their twenty-fifth wedding anniversary in a party that cost $5,000,000.00 There was a silver carriage drawn by eight white horses.

November 23, 1978
A house was purchased at 4 Capshire Drive in Cherry Hill, New Jersey (actually near to Philadelphia where Bongbong was taking courses atthat time) for use by servants and Bongbong's security detachment.


The Marcoses did not neglect their annual real estate purchase. During this year and next year, 1979, they purchased two properties - one at 3850 Princeton Pike, Princeton - a 13-acre estate for use by daughter Imee as she attended Princeton. The other was a house at 19 Pendleton Drive in Cherry Hill for use of Bongbong and under the name of Tristan Beplat, erstwhile head of the American Chamber of Commerce in the Philippines.

April 1979
In two days in New York this month, Imelda spent $280,000 for a necklace wet with emeralds and diamonds; $18,500 for a yellow gold evening bag with one round cut diamond; $8,975.20 for 20-carat gold ear clips with twenty-four baguette diamonds; $8,438.10 for 18-carat gold ear clips with fifty-two tapered baguette diamonds; and
$12,056.50 for 20 carat gold ear clips with diamonds. June 1980

For $1,577,000.00 in New York Imelda buys Webster Hotel on West 45th Street . She rewards Gen. Romeo Gatan as a limited partner. Gatan arrested Ninoy at the beginning of Martial Law.

The insurgents' ranks grew by twenty percent a year.. Meritorious officers in the armed forces experienced low moral due to Marcos' penchant for promotig friends over more deserving officers.

February 16, 1986
In Fe's records of monies paid out during Marcos' last campaign, one unusually large item was authorized by "FL" (First Lady) and paid to Assemblyman Arturo Pacificador on this day. A few days later, two carloads of men drove into San Jose , the provincial capital of Antique. Evelio Javier, head of Aquino's campaign, was watching the votes being counted when the men opened fire and killed Evelio after he was still able to run through town but finally got cornered in a public toilet where he was gunned down in front of shocked
townspeople. Pacificador was later convicted of the murder.

February 25, 1986
Marcos fled the Philippines leaving behind a foreign debt of $27 billion and a bureaucracy gone mad. "Cash advances" for the elections from the national treasury amounted to Php3.12 billion ($150 million). The Central Bank printed millions of peso bills, many with the same serial number. Sixty million pesos in newly printed bills were found in a vehicle owned by Imelda's brother Bejo in the Port Area of Manila, and another Php 100 million aboard the MV Legaspi also owned by Bejo Romualdez.

How massive and humongous a loot Marcos took can be deduced from the known losses he left behind.

The known losses he left at the Central Bank included $1.2 billion in missing reserves and $6 billion in the Special Accounts.

Imelda charged off most of her spending sprees to the PNB or Philippine National Bank which creatively wrote off her debts as "unresponded transfers". Ver also used PNB funds to finance his "intelligence" operations.

The known losses at the PNB amounted to Php72.1 billion At the DBP, the losses Marcos left behind totaled Php85 billion; at the Philguarantee, it was Php6.2 billion ; and at the NIDC or NationalInvestment and Development Corporation (NDC) - the losses amounted to Php 2.8 billion.

These losses were primarily due to cronyism - giving loans to cronies that had little or no collateral, whose corporations were undercapitalized, whose loan proceeds were not used for the avowed purpose, and where the practice of corporate layering was common, i.e. using two or more companies with the same incorporators and officers, whereby one company which gives the loan owns the company which obtains the loan, or similar arrangements. The cronies enjoyed their closeness to Marcos. With him they formed a Grand Coalition. They participated in the exercise of dictatorship. But Marcos owned them. The wealth of the cronies belonged to him.

Because of the free rides taken by Imelda, Marcos and the cronies, the Philippine Airlines was in debt by $13.8 billion.

The conservative Grand Total for losses Marcos left behind (and therefore the kind of loot he grabbed and hid) amounted to $17.1 billion.

The Central Bank, the PNB, and other financial institutions badly need an audit. The special review (not regular audit because there seems not to have been any - there are no records anyway) did not uncover Imelda's spending - her name never appeared - and Ver's intelligence fund.

The review gave no hint of theft or missing money, only "downward adjustments" and "proposed adjustments" to "deficiencies" and "shortages of money".

For continuation.....

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LGU Philippines / Lisoda ning pobre ta uy! Di lalim!!!
« on: April 27, 2010, 10:50:09 PM »
Enjoy mga sano, a lighter side of the election  ;D

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How does Loren really feel about Manny?

A picture tell a thousand words.......... from leviste to angara to manny villaroyo? hehehe!!!!

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How Manny Villar lied and used the death of his brother Danny 
AS I WRECK THIS CHAIR By William M. Esposo (The Philippine Star) Updated March 28, 2010 12:00 AM

“Nakaranas na ba kayong ... mamatayan ng kapatid dahil wala kang pera pangpagamot (Have you experienced losing a brother because you did not have the money to provide him proper medical care)? — Manny Villar asked in his â€œPANATA (Advocacy)” TV commercial. Villar was referring to his younger brother Danny who passed away on October 1962. In the same commercial, Villar’s 1962 photo with his younger brother was shown.
This portrayal of being poor once upon a time is a fantasy which comes in a series of similar attempts by Villar to create empathy with the nearly 90% of voters who belong to the socio-economic classes D and E. However, this particular attempt to use his late brother Danny to further his political ambition showed that Villar is as capable of lying just like Madame Gloria Macapagal Arroyo (GMA).
Two public documents — the death certificate of Danny B. Villar and the Transfer Certificate of Title (TCT number: 135396/3194) of the 560 square meter property in the upper class San Rafael Village of Navotas where the Villars had lived when Danny died — shattered this ONCE POOR fantasy that Villar has been peddling.
What the San Rafael Village TCT presents:
1. Before 1962, the Villars bought 560 square meters (SQM) of high valued real estate on Bernardo Street in San Rafael Village where the more affluent folks in the Tondo-Navotas area resided.
2. The DEATH CERTIFICATE of the deceased Danny B. Villar established that they were already residing there in 1962.
3. Based on 2009 prices, the P16,000 GSIS (Government Service Insurance System) mortgage mentioned in the TCT — not necessarily the total cost of the two 280 SQM lots — is now the equivalent of P1,140,000.00. Poor people today cannot even borrow P200,000. Those who are familiar with the subdivision say that the cost per SQM in San Rafael Village today would be around P10,000 per SQM or an equivalent of around P5,600,000 for the entire property.
4. Jun Borres, the present owner who is using the 560 SQM property as offices of his firm, Jumbo Fishing, stated that when they bought it in 1987 - it had a one and a half floor house. The ground floor was made of concrete while the upstairs was made of wood. This was typical upper middle class and upper class dwelling in the 1960s.
Implications of the San Rafael Village ownership
1. Together with established Manny Villar bio information, they could not have been dirt poor to be able to move to San Rafael Village before 1962. His mother was a seafood (shrimp, crab and fish) dealer in Divisoria Market, not a fish vendor as what Villar tries to project. A seafood dealer supplies the vendors. For a family of 11, they ate canned corned beef — which Manny Villar admitted on his earlier TV ad. His father was a government official, said to be a Budget Officer of the then DANR (Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources) under which was the Fisheries Bureau. Manny Villar studied in private schools — the Holy Child Catholic School for elementary and Mapua Institute of Technology for High School. Poor folks send their kids to public schools.
2. Villar’s parents must have had a sizeable combined income to be able to buy the San Rafael Village property. The 560 SQM size demonstrates their financial capacity. If they could, poor people buy lots sized less than 100 SQMs. Villar’s father must also be making a sizeable income from the government to be able to borrow P16,000 from the GSIS. In 1962, senior executives in big corporations made monthly salaries of about P2,000.
What Danny B. Villar’s DEATH CERTIFICATE reveals:
1. It is NOT TRUE that Danny died because they were poor and could not afford proper health care. The stated residence in Danny’s death certificate was the San Rafael Village property.
2. The BIG LIE is further proved by the fact that Danny stayed 13 days at the FEU (Far Eastern University) Hospital where he expired at age 3 years and 8 months. If they were really poor, the PGH (Philippine General Hospital) would have been the affordable hospital to bring Danny. He was definitely given proper health care. FEU Hospital was one of the top hospitals in 1962, before the establishment of the Makati Medical Center and St. Luke’s Hospital.
3. Danny died from CARDIAC and RESPIRATORY FAILURE resulting from COMPLICATIONS OF LEUKEMIA. In 1962, there was no bone marrow transplantation and chemotherapy yet and everyone whether rich or poor died from contracting leukemia.
4. Upon Danny’s death, his remains were turned over to LA FUNERARIA PAZ — then, until now, considered one of the top two mortuaries (Funeraria Nacional, the other). This further disproved Manny Villar’s claim that Danny died because they did not have the money to take care of him.
When Iggy Arroyo was seen as having taken the Jose Pidal rap for his elder brother Mike, many folks felt that it was rather low of Mike Arroyo to place his younger brother at risk. Our culture expects the older brother to protect the younger brother.
In that regard, we can consider Manny Villar as having done worse than Mike Arroyo. At least, Iggy Arroyo was alive and kicking and he could have opted to stay out of the Jose Pidal controversy. But in the case of Manny and Danny Villar, Danny was used to promote a myth when Danny was in no position to agree to his elder brother Manny’s portrayal of his death.
With the propagation of this ONCE POOR fantasy, don’t you think that Manny Villar also desecrated the memory and honor of his parents who strove to be able to provide their children quality education and an upper class domicile?
If Manny Villar can lie and use his dead younger brother like this, what makes you think that he will really improve and not worsen your life? What makes you think that he is not as greedy as he is being charged in this presidential campaign? What makes you think that you can trust Manny Villar?
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 Chair   Wrecker   e-mail and website: macesposo@yahoo.com and www.chairwrecker.com

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LGU Philippines / Ed Espiritu was the Villar emissary to Gordon
« on: March 17, 2010, 03:59:52 PM »
GMA's ally,  former Ambassador to the UK and GMA's preferred candidate to be UP President ( thanks to the regents for defying GMA's wishes) Ed Espiritu was the emissary sent by Villar to offer money to Gordon according to people in the know. Espiritu is also the Uncle of Villar Guest Senatorial Candidate and GMA's Senator in her pocket Bong Revilla and new found allies of Gilbert Remulla's family in Cavite. The video cameras and the guards in Gordon's condominium will not lie. Enrile said he was offered a bribe by Villar - Erap alluded to a Villar offer and now Gordon - three different incidents and people claiming to have been offered by Villar a bribe. i am sure that most of you will agree that the likelihood of 3 people telling a lie is less than that of one (Villar) - Villar really is smelling, acting and thinking more and more like Arroyo and looking more and more like Arroyo's real candidate - the Philippines
cannot afford another 6 years of Villaroyo !

Please pass so more people will know the real Villar and Villar's backer, GMA.  :o

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LGU Philippines / Norzagaray is a Villar character issue.....
« on: February 25, 2010, 11:42:11 AM »
The coming electoral exercise is important for us a nation, let us weigh all matters with wisdom and maturity.

LITO BANAYO
MALAYA Column for Thursday, 25 February 2010
 
Norzagaray is a character issue
 
            The papers today will most likely carry the news that the Magdalo have endorsed the candidacy of Money Villarroyo for president.  That was a done deal more than a week ago, never mind what the group keeps saying that their members will yet vote on the matter.  When Chiz Escudero was yet a candidate, they went for him, with Noynoy Aquino placing second among their choices.  Now they are going for Money Villarroyo.  Whatever their reasons, this article is dedicated to what little idealism, if any, is left in their hearts.
 
            Vilarroyo, after all, is not after their votes.  Villarroyo is only after their propaganda value, and the announcement at this time that the two publicly known polling companies are doing their field surveys is deemed considerable, which is why Villarroyo values their endorsement so much. (How much?)  The same goes for Cardinal Vidal, whose “blessing” of Money is spun for propaganda value.  And holy man Mike Velarde’s orange revolution in Hong Kong.
 
            In the C-5 scandal, Villar clearly used his power as Speaker, then as senator when he was chair of the Finance Committee with power over the national budget, and as Senate President, in order to cause public monies to be channeled into a redundant project where his corporate and family interests would profit handsomely.  He caused the diversion or re-alignment of a previously planned stretch of road into another area where his properties would be traversed, thus enhancing their real estate value.  In so doing, at least 2 billion pesos in road right-of-way payments already paid mostly to Bro. Mike Velarde was laid to waste.  The original road was to have traversed the religious leader’s property in Paranaque.
 
            Because the new C-5, whatever else Villar chooses to call it, is more circuitous (parang ahas), the better to pass the properties which Manny Villar owns, the stretch of road cost government more to construct.  Which is why the Senate Committee of the Whole is dunning him for the cost of the road.  And in evaluating the road right-of-way payments, Villar again made certain that his properties would be paid big.  Bigger than the other property owners in the area.  As when he was paid 14,000 pesos per square or thereabouts, the adjoining property owned by the heirs of Democrito Plaza, represented by Rodolfo “Ompong” Plaza who is now running for senator under Erap’s coalition, was paid only 4,000 pesos. Ompong and family was happy about the valuation, not knowing that Villar got three and a half times more. All told, the Senate concluded that the disadvantage to government was 6 billion pesos, and asked Villar to reimburse the taxpayer so.
 
            But C-5, per Villar’s propaganda machine, which means his paid media and likewise “paid” free media, harped on its usefulness to the motoring public, especially those who have to pass Coastal Road and Quirino Highway instead, the latter a toll road, the other a narrow thoroughfare connecting Zapote with Paranaque, built during the American occupation, just like MacArthur Highway in the north. Its called a “spin”, and oh, how much money went around!
 
            In Tagalog, “naloko ni Villar ang gobyerno; nakinabang siya sa salapi ng gobyerno;  inaksaya niya ang salapi ng bayan; ginamit niya ang impluwensya at kapangyarihan para makinabang”.  This is both against the law and against moral values.  But the C-5 issue remained abstract to many, especially the masa, because “nakinabang ang motorista”, as Villar’s paid free media kept arguing.  What the masa felt discomfiting was that Villar evaded the issue even before his peers in the Senate.  As the neighborhood barber would say, “Iilan-ilan lang sila sa Senado, hindi pa niya ma-eksplika doon”, and his customer would add, “May itinatago siguro”.  To which the Senate President who replaced Villar, veteran lawyer Juan Ponce Enrile declared --- “Duwag”.
 
            But Norzagaray is otra cosa.  In Norzagaray, as we detailed yesterday, Villar got possession of some 480 hectares of land, most of which would be classified under the IPRA law as “ancestral domain”, and, in the words of the DENR, “forest land” which under the law are “beyond the commerce of man”.  In 1964, the Republic deemed it socially justiciable and justifiable to award portions of these forest lands in the foothills of the lengthy Sierra Madre, to farmers who have demonstrated continuous use and occupation of said publicly-owned lands.
 
            Yet, real estate syndicates in cahoots with crooked bureaucrats found opportunity when the Malolos, Bulacan Registry of Deeds was razed by fire in 1987.  They produced spurious documents purporting to show several transfers of ownership over the land, the earliest of which, as written in the face of the titulo torrens, was executed during the Japanese occupation when no civil government was in place, and which subsequent amendment by the post-war Commonwealth under Sergio Osmena declared “null and void”.  And the latest of which was to Villar’s corporation, Manila Brickworks, which in turn assigned the deeds to Capitol Development Bank, another Villar corporation.  Capitol fell under the weight of Villar’s foreign-denominated loans which his Camella and Palmera used, with the massive help of NHMFC, again with massive infusions of additional capital from government financing institutions, when the Philippine peso faltered during the Asian recession of 1997.  Villar and Capitol saw their liabilities double instantly at the end of Fidel Valdez Ramos’ term, when as congressman, he was the buddy-buddy of Jose de Venecia, the man who lost the presidency miserably to Joseph Estrada.
 
            His corporate fortunes dwindled, almost gone with the wind when liabilities were compared with assets, Villar first “bought” the speakership, astonishing his former patron Joe de V himself, and forthwith manipulated deal after deal in order to save his “brown taipanic”  empire.  Among the massive transfusions of the people’s money that went to the aid of Villar were two emergency loans covered by two promissory notes signed by Mrs. Cynthia Villar herself, as president and CEO of Capitol Bank, for a total of 1.5 billion pesos, given by the fiduciary trustee of the Republic of the Philippines and the people of this sovereign state, no less than the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas.
 
            Did not the hawk-eyed loan analysts of the BSP notice the provenance of the torrens title surrendered by Optimum Development Bank, the successor-in- interest of Capitol Bank which closed in 1998 or thereabouts?  That does not seem quite likely.  That’s why they are the “central” bank; if ordinary banks do utmost diligence in ascertaining and verifying properties before they part with the loan proceeds, how much more the bureaucrats of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas?  Assuming arguendo, as Villar’s apologists in the internet claim, that the title also passed on to them, then why in hell’s name did they pass dubious titles to the Bangko Sentral.  And why in heaven’s name did the BSP accept the same? 
 
            Likelier scenario is that Villar used his power as Speaker to get the top officials of the Bangko Sentral to order their subordinates to “close their eyes” and “shut their mouths”.  Aha, bank secrecy!
 
            In fine, the Bangko Sentral which later foreclosed on the unpaid 1.5 billion, was left with spurious titles, executed during the “null and void” period of the Pacific War.  An erudite man of the cloth, when the whole caper was explained to him, exclaimed, “Mickey Mouse!”, as in pareho ng mickey mouse money, Villar hocked mickey mouse titles. (Those above 50 years old will know what “mickey mouse” money means; those younger, please ask the older ones.)
 
            Na-gantso ang Bangko Sentral!  In another day and age, forthcoming four months hereinafter, Mr. and Mrs. Manuel Villar will have to explain this mystery to the Ombudsman.  After June 30, assuming Villar is not the “duly elected” president, the Bangko Sentral will be material witness to and culpable party likewise.  Which is probably why Manuel Villar y Bamba so desperately needs to become President of the Republic.  To cover his tracks.  What a roll it has been!
 
            Which is why he “bought” the speakership in 1998, to the consternation of his now friend and fine dining partner, Joker Arroyo, who on August 17, 1998, denounced Villar for unspeakable crimes of larceny and profiteering in the floor of the House.  To cover his tracks between 1992 when he was first elected congressman, to 1998 when he became Speaker.  Then in 2001, he was elected senator of the realm, in the aftermath of his having impeached his benefactor Erap, where he became the chair of the Senate Finance Committee with power over the public purse.  And from which he re-built his empire by deal after deal after deal, including C-5, including Daang Hari, including Daang Reyna and Savannah upon Pavia, Iloilo, and including paying fake Norzagaray titles to the Bangko Sentral.
 
            In C-5, only the amorphous “Republic” was disadvantaged.  In Norzagaray however, some 47, perhaps more, poor Filipino families of Dumagat descent, are now in hard struggle with the Bangko Sentral, which insists on the property rights it acquired by foreclosure from Villar, against their legitimate and genuine titles issued by the Republic in the time of Diosdado Macapagal. 
 
            Ninakawan ng lupa ang mga Dumagat!  Land-grabber pala?  Na-gantso na ang Bangko Sentral, pinagsamantalahan pa ang kaawa-awang mga magsasaka?  And his ads have him saying “Tatapusin ko ang Kahirapan”.  Tell that to the Marines, este, Dumagat pala.
 
            Now he presents himself to the people, asking them to entrust to him stewardship and leadership of these benighted lands, the better perhaps to cover up his tracks.  Six years of no Ombudsman, no Sandiganbayan special court, no Supreme Court to touch him, only a Congress under the “speakership” of Gloria Macapagal, (and the Senate Presidency of Joker Arroyo (just in case Gloria duns him), whose Arroyo we might as well append to his name, hereinafter spelled Villarroyo.
 
            A friend from the other side of the political fence insisted Gloria is faithful to her Gibo, and only su esposo Juan Miguel, alias Mike, is sponsoring Villar’s candidacy on the sly.  My retort:  Hindi ko naman sinabing Villapagal.  Ang sabi ko ---Villarroyo!
 
            Thursday last week, the farmers presented their case to media, because the Ombudsman before which their lawyers filed a case in 2008 had not bothered to lift its manacled fingers.  And the Bangko Sentral, which had strangely been given a new Transfer Certificate of Title to their properties, and the dastardly deed known to them only in 2004, had been as quiet as the sphinx of Egypt.
 
            Media hardly covered and hardly reported it. The desks were bought (save a few), the reporters taken for a ride.  Manna spread hugely from the Villarroyo horn of plenty.   The issue was cleverly kept from the prying attention of the public, which must rightfully assess the fitness for public office of anyone who would be president of the benighted islands.  Anyone, whether Villarroyo, or Aquino, or Gordon, or Gibo, or Erap, Jamby, JC, Bro. Eddie and whoever else. 
 
            What is it we keep reminding people about the qualities their leaders must possess?  Character plus competence.  With emphasis on character. 
 
            Competence is easy.  An allegedly “incompetent” Magsaysay surrounded himself with competent people.   A competent Marcos, surrounding himself with more competent technocrats, plundered and enslaved the people of these benighted nation for 21 years.  A competent Macapagal-Arroyo once again demonstrated, for ten years, how character must take infinitely more importance than competence.
 
            Manny Villar is “competent”, no doubt about it.  Cunning, quick to seize opportunity, adept at using influence, manipulative of power --- magaling talaga!  And Gibo is just as competent, judging on his words and his educational background.  But questions of character do not hound Gibo.  A morally upright character is what Money Villarroyo does not possess.
 
            Elect him president, he will not end poverty.  He will be “lalong pahirap”.  More than Marcos and Arroyo combined.
 
            In Edsa we threw out Marcos after suffering under the yoke of authoritarianism which promised to end poverty as well, but pushed us deeper into misery, notwithstanding over-priced infrastructure.  In Edsa Dos, we installed Arroyo, and look where we are now, among the world’s most corrupt, most un-competitive, most benighted.   What will six years of Money Villarroyo in Malacanang, Joker Arroyo in the Senate, and Gloria Arroyo in the House bring to these islands?
 
            Basket case, that’s what.
 
(banayo_at@yahoo. com)
 
             
 
 
LITO BANAYO
MALAYA Column for Tuesday, 23 February 2010
 
Norzagaray, Bulacan
 
            Norzagaray is a small town in the northeastern fringes of Bulacan, in the foothills of the Sierra Madre.  It is bounded on the north by the town of Angat, and to its south is San Jose del Monte City, now a bustling center where once the squatters ejected from Intramuros resided.  The foothills of the Sierra Madre where the provinces of Rizal, Quezon and Bulacan straddle are ancestral home to the Dumagats, indigenous Filipinos who used to subsist on hunting and slash-and-burn farming, otherwise called kaingin.  But because of population explosion and its proximity to Quezon City, Norzagaray lands have become a bit more valuable.  It certainly would make a good venue for low-cost housing.
 
            Last Thursday, some 47 farmers, some of them still pure Dumagats, others of inter-married stock, trooped to a small restaurant at the vicinity of Quezon City Hall, and were met by a few reporters who listened to their story.  They were accompanied by a lawyer and a spokesperson, a certain Mrs. Tecson, who showed documents to prove their case.
 
            This is their story:
 
            They have cultivated some 480 hectares of land in Norzagaray since the late fifties.  Some of them, the Dumagats particularly, had forebears who were there since the times when the fair-skinned invaded these islands.
 
            In 1960, they went to the Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources and applied for free patent to the lands they had continuously been in possession of.  In 1964, in the reign of Diosdado Macapagal, they or their parents were awarded, under Original Certificates of Title (or OCT.  Note the word “original”) No. P-858 Free Patent No. 257917, dated April 27, 1964, by the Bulacan Register of Deeds.
 
            Then, in March of 1987, a fire gutted the office of the Registry of Deeds in Malolos, burning all copies of OCT’s in their vault, necessitating TCT reconstitution proceedings.  (Sometime back, the same thing happened in Quezon City, creating consternation when fake titles started sprouting, and a slew of contested property conflicts arose).  Being poor and un-sophisticated, the farmers did not at the time file for title reconstitution.
 
            Meanwhile, on April 24, 1998, Mrs. Cynthia A. Villar, as president of Capitol Development Bank, and Anacordita H. Magno, its first vice-president, signed a promissory note in favor of Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) for 1.168 billion and another for 332 million, for a total of 1.5 billion pesos, payable after 180 days, or due and payable on October 21, 1998.  At the time the emergency loan of Capitol became payable, Manuel B. Villar had risen from a third-term congressman to Speaker of the House of Representatives.
 
            Meanwhile, Capitol Development Bank was closed and its assets as well as liabilities were transferred by the Villars to Optimum Development Bank, with a certain Arturo P. de los Santos as its executive vice-president.  In June of 2001, Optimum through De los Santos signed a deed of real estate mortgage over the Norzagaray lands in favor of BSP.  He once more co-signed for Manila Brickworks, Inc., which was identified as the owner of the lands.  Both Manila Brickworks and Capitol Bank, later Optimum Development Bank, were/are owned by the Villars.
 
            To cut a long story short, BSP took possession of the titles mortgaged by Capitol/Optimum and Manila Brickworks because the Villars failed to pay their 1.5 billion loan.  Clearly, as we will later discover, the BSP took the titles surrendered to them at face value, little noticing the provenance of its TCTs.
 
            And the Malolos Registry of Deeds forthwith transferred the Norzagaray land titles in favour of Bangko Sentral.  Such that when the farmers who held titles over land given to them by the Republic in 1964 filed for reconstitution in 2004, they were told that the same lands had already been transferred to the BSP!
 
            Upon investigation by the Registry of Deeds and subsequently the DENR, which succeeded the divided Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources (DANR) in the disposition and supervision over all public lands, it was discovered that the BSP-foreclosed titles surrendered by the Villar bank and corporation emanated from OCT No. 287 dated 25 July 1944. This was issued under a sales patent  which derived its existence from Sec.122 of Act 496 of the Land Registration Act of the US Government. However during July 1944, the country was under Japanese occupation and hence there was no valid title issued under the said Act and therefore the said “Original” certificate of title is clearly a FAKE and all transfer certificate of titles arising from the said FAKE title are null and void.
 
            In fine, what the Villars, through Capitol/Optimum Bank and Manila Brickworks paid to the Bangko Sentral in partial settlement of their billion-peso loans, were FAKE titles!  And aside form the BSP, which was clearly defrauded, victims now are the poor farmers of Norzagaray, who cannot have their titles reconstituted.  If a farmer-family wants to obtain a loan so that they can send a son or daughter abroad to work as an OFW (Villar’s advertised beneficiaries of his generosity, for instance), they cannot do so, because the BSP also holds title to the same.
 
            At one time, the farmers said, the Villar corporations sent security guards to drive them away from their land, but they resisted.  This seems to be a pattern, as we shall see in other land disputes involving the Villars. 
 
            The farmers went from office to office, from the prosecutors office of Bulacan, as well as the DENR.  They even went to the office of Senator Ping Lacson after they heard about the mysteries of the C-5 double appropriations.  But Lacson’s Ethics Committee could not take cognizance of the letter-complaint of the farmers because then Sen. Pres. Manuel Villar was not yet a senator of the Republic at the time the complained offense was committed.  He was yet a congressman, and later Speaker, and his wife Cynthia was not yet even a congresswoman at the time she signed the promissory notes to Bangko Sentral.
 
            The farmers, through Gina S. Jarvina and Valentino Amador, et al, filed a complaint with the Office of the Ombudsman on September 2008.  Despite follow-ups, nothing has been heard from the Ombudsman.
 
            Now the man who purveyed their lands to the Bangko Sentral as foreclosed property due to non-payment of a 1.5 billion peso loan contracted for by his wife Cynthia, is running for president of the Philippines.  And the poor farmers whose ancestors have continuously lived and cultivated the paltry lands of Norzagaray are deathly afraid that if Villar becomes president and his wife Cynthia becomes First Lady, they would lose their lands and their homes altogether.
 
            Kalaban na nila ang Bangko Sentral, the bank of all banks.  Kalaban pa nila ang susunod na Pangulo ng Pilipinas?
 
 
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LGU Philippines / Monsod on the C5 Controversy
« on: February 23, 2010, 05:31:50 PM »
An interesting viewpoint on Villar and Noynoy and other presidentiables' attributes and backgrounds. The link below on Malayang Halalan 2010 which provides Joker Arroyo's 1998 privilege speech questioning actions of then newly installed speaker Villar is an eye-opener!



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I honor M' Monsod for clearly explaining what happened with the C-5
extension project.  She continues to serve her country well by unraveling
the twists and tangles created by political spin doctors.

Villar still refuses to attend the Senate to face questions, and  it only
reminds me of how GMA used the privilege of her office to avoid
questioning.  What will happen if Villar wins and more corruption scandals
surface?

With Villar catching up to Noynoy in the polls, I am honestly quite
terrified of the prospect of him winning.  There is a clear case of graft
in this instance, and instead of delving into the issues, his allies in the
legislative are simply brushing off the allegations as "politically
motivated".  As a citizen, we should not accept this.  If there is smoke,
we must see if there is a fire that needs to be put out.  Yes, the timing
of the allegations seem a bit off. ( Joker Arroyo was pushing these
issues as early as 1998).  A known crook and political opportunist, Juan
Ponce Enrile, is the person leading the censure.  However, when the facts
are presented, it is clear as day that something is amiss.  It  just
further builds on my strong suspicions that Villar is a businessman simply
looking to control the political arena to make a boat load of money.

I have never trusted Villar since day one. I never trust businessmen who
enter politics, because in the end, their core value is and always will be
profit maximization.  It is well documented that Villar's  real estate
empire ran into some serious financial problems when his overexposure to
the real estate market and the Asian FInancial Crisis made him unable to
pay debts he took out to expand his real estate business in the early
1990s. After the Asian Crisis hit, Capitol Bank, owned by Villar and
heavily exposed to his real estate investments was essentially ran to the
ground and needed to be bailed out. In 2005, Villar tried to solve his debt
problems by hiring a group of investment banks to advise him on how he can
consolidate all his assets into one company ( Vista Land ).  With the local
and foreign investment bankers, Villar came up with a growth story for
investors: "Invest in my company because we need it to fund all these
wonderful project!" However, what was downplayed during the IPO roadshow
was that instead of financing growth, resources from the offering would be
used to finance his debt.  To appease creditors, Villar even had his
investment bankers pitch some form of a debt-to-equity conversion that
raised skeptical eyebrows of many. In 2007, the IPO of Vista Land did not
do as well as planned, in part because many investors and brokers were the
same people who were burned by Villar's inability to pay back his loans.

Now, as part of a corporate growth  (or should I say corporate
restructuring) plan, Villar is lusting for the highest position in the
land.  This scares me because Villar already has a track record of using
his political position to gain the upper hand for his businesses.  To save
his empire and increase shareholder value of his business, Villar used his
influence as Senate Finance Chair to shrewdly derail a Cavite road project
that was supposed to be BUILD, OPERATE, and TRANSFER.  Villar built a
longer and more expensive road, the C-5 extension, adjacent to it;
subsequently forcing the private investor in the initial project to pull
out. The fishy thing is that this new road, longer and more expensive than
the previously planned project, passed through all of Villar's land in
Cavite .  It is a clear case of graft, pointing to Villar use of influence
and government funds to substantially improve the values of his real estate
properties.  To add insult to injury the right of way the government would
have to pay in order to complete the project was substantially higher for
the land that Villar owned.  These funds could have easily  been used to
build needed schools.

This scandal should be a red flag for all voters.  However, the scary part
is that Villar is spending billions to keep this out of the picture as he
continues his attempt to brainwash our masses that he is their saviour.  He
convinces the masses that he is one of them.  A poor boy from the slums of
Tondo.  In actuality, he is more like the 5-6 and syndicates, slum dwellers
themselves who make a profit out of their poor brethren.  Villar's ad
agencies are doing an excellent job of maintaining this image as well as
doing damage control.  TV and radio continues to  churn out  Parokya Ni
Edgaresque jingles that compete with "Nobody, Nobody."  Dolphy is Villar's
new spokesperson and Wowowee is one giant ad for him. In this process of
brainwashing, the masses are not cognizant of how Villar conducts business
as a politician.  What they do not see is a man hell bent on turning our
archipelago into his own personal piece of real estate.

It is sad  that the efforts of Juan Ponce Enrile, who is leading the
censure for Villar, is actually giving Villar more sympathy votes.  People
do no trust Enrile, and when Enrile pounces on someone, it is usually met
with a high degree of skepticism.  I do not  blame people for feeling this
way.  I also think Enrile is a crook who should be jailed for conspiring to
implement Martial Law, for coup attempts, and for the human rights abuses
during the Marcos regime.   If someone with a more respectable reputation
were to level these charges on Villar, I am sure the surveys would tell a
different story.

I also fear from some credible reports that Malacanang has actually made a
deal with Villar (under the table).  Essentially, GMA's goons said, "We
will help you, in return, leave us alone when you win".   Villar's
behaviour in recent forums further adds credence to these reports as Villar
has been very tame and quiet when it comes to how he will treat GMA after
the elections. Appealing to common sense, it makes ALL THE SENSE for GMA to
support someone who has a chance of winning, not a person rating at 4% in
the surveys.  GMA tried to reach out to Noynoy after Tita Cory died.  All
she got was rejection.

WHo can stop Villar in his quest for the presidency?

I am known to be a Noynoy supporter, but to those skeptics and to those who
are still undecided, I do concede that he is not perfect.    His record as
a politician is average and unspectacular at best.  He does not have the
charisma of his father.  Before the death of his mother, he did not get
much mileage.  But I am going all out in support for Noynoy in 2010 because
he stands for clean governance and appear willing to accomplish this. In
addition, he has the best chance of preventing a opportunistic businessman,
the assured next President of our country before Cory died, from using the
Office of the President as a personal growth asset to his business empire.

Noynoy's clean record  is a big plus for me.  It is a trait that I think
should be the most important quality that we should look for in our next
president.  His appeal is that his track record is not tarnished by
corruption scandals and his political debts are minimal.  I know that many
critics are trying to make an issue over his involvement in Hacienda
Luisita, but Noynoy is not even heavily  involved in the company.  As a
shareholder, Noynoy only owns .04% of Hacienda Luisita, a drop in the ocean
and hardly in any position to do something about it.   The case of the
Hacienda does not have the substance that the C-5 extension contrversey has
a lot of.

In addition, Nonoy also has an incredible legacy to live up to.  All the
pressure is on him to be clean and stay clean. He can't afford to tarnish
the Aquino name and the immense legacy that his parents left behind.  Cory
and Ninoy practically sacrificed their family for their dream of a better
Philippines .  FOr Noynoy,  to know that your father and mother went through
so much hardship to improve our country is a heavy  burden to think about
if you do decide to become a crook and destroy everything that they fought
for.

We all have to make a choice.  In my opinion, it has to go to the
presidentiable who has an independent mind, stands up for what he believes
in, is clean, and has the legacy his parents to live up to and maintain.
For me, Nonoy, with all his flaws,  is that candidate.  For what this
country needs is a clean president who can set an example top-down for the
entire state; it needs a president with the will to change things and stamp
out corruption; it needs a President who can set an example and is willing
to perfect our dysfunctional democracy.

I want someone who stands for being clean.  He does not need a degree from
Harvard.  He does not need to have a multi-million peso business to show me
he can make us all rich.  He does not have to speak well.  He just has to
be clean.  Nothing else should matter. He has to prioritize a platform of
clean and effective governance and make sure that it delivers on that
promise. Policies on the economy, education, energy, environment and health
can all follow after the fundamentals are taken cared of.  So far, the only
candidate who promotes my vision with a clean record to back it up is
Noynoy.

Our urban landscape is replete with political slogans that attempt to
convince people of certain candidate's ability to lead our nation

Galing at Talino?  Sorry Gibo, those were the supposed qualities of GMA,
rubber stamped with a Phd in Economics.  And what happened? She only
worsened our economy.  To GMA's credit she did balance our budget at one
point, but it has again ballooned to the level where the next president
will have to deal with the same economic issues she faced in 2005.  During
GMA's watch  investment in infrastructure was insufficient, poverty
incidence worsened, public education deteriorated, our nautical highway is
still incomplete, goons like the Ampatuan's flourished in the south, and a
culture of corruption flourished in our institutions. Instead of creating
jobs, GMA focused on a policy of exporting labor without measuring the
social costs of such a policy- thousands of broken OFW  families and
children of OFW's who do not have the  proper parental supervision to teach
them the differences between right and wrong.  In effect, our next
generation is left on their own to figure out how to become empowered
patriots who love their country and will fight to defend it.  In effect,
whatever statistics in GDP growth GMA and her allies love to advertise, non
of it trickled down and benefitted the poor..and none of it accounts for
the social costs to her policies.

Good speaker?  Sorry Gibo, Marcos had that quality and he did nothing good
for our contry.  In fact, Marcos squandered the opportunity to be our Lee
Kuan Yew and Dr. Mahatir.  If I want a good, charismatic, and eloquent
speaker, let's just run down the list of effective public speakers and vote
them in.

Para sa mahirap?  Sorry Erap, you had your chance and failed miserably.
Your only accomplishment is in convincing our masses that movie roles do
not carry over into the political area.

My only concern with Noynoy is how deep he might be  in the Liberal Party
and whether he has accumulate political debts to Liberal trapos. The
Liberal PArty, like any party, has its own share of crooks (including those
bandwagon trapos who jumped off GMA"s boat to ride on Aquino's popularity).
How much will Nonoy have to give back to the LIberal trapos (and bandwagon
Liberals who jumped GMA's ship) if elected?  We will never know.   However,
I am willing to live with that unanswered question if it means preventing
someone like Villar from turning the Philippines into Vista Land 's next
subdivision development. I am also reassured by the fact that he has that
"Aquino" name and the ghosts of his parents to answer to if does decide to
go down the immoral path.

Nonoy will not solve all our problems.  One person can't.  But we need a
start somewhere and it should be with someone who pushes honesty, reform,
and good governance.  It will be a tough battle, but I want to give Noynoy
the chance to build on what his mother tried to accomplish.  ANd I hope
that if Noynoy wins, he will have the courage to make tough decisions and
go after crooks, even if it means hurting a lot of friends and colleagues
in government.

To give you a better sense on how Villar conducts business, here is also a
link to Joker Arroyo's 1998 privilege speech.

http://www.malayang halalan.com/ 2010/01/26/ joker-arroyo- raises-issue- of-accountabilit y-of-public- officers- against-manny- villar/

I guess "if it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, and looks like a
duck.."  Well, as the saying goes......

Vote wisely Philippines .  And continue to work towards uplifting the masses
and freeing them from their state of hopelessness.  Defend them from
opportunists.  DEVELOP THEM (FIRST) SPIRITUALLY AND BEHAVIORALLY; THEN
ECONOMICALLY! When we lift up the poor and ween them off the mentality of
hopelessness, our country will become first world.  Only then will we have
the powerful middle class that our young democracy is screaming for.




Ladies and Gents,




WINNIE MONSOD CLARIFIES THE ISSUE.  PLEASE WATCH.

if you have a fast connection watch this. so much more impact when she
tells it to you with graphics.

http://do-not/- vote-campaign. ning.com/ video/video/ show?id=4934771:
Video:102



RIC S. PASCUA, SR.
AVVISO DI
 PROTEZIONE



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11
LGU Philippines / Monsods Villar C5 Controversy....
« on: February 23, 2010, 05:28:50 PM »
An interesting viewpoint on Villar and Noynoy and other presidentiables' attributes and backgrounds. The link below on Malayang Halalan 2010 which provides Joker Arroyo's 1998 privilege speech questioning actions of then newly installed speaker Villar is an eye-opener!

----- Forwarded Message ----

Sent: Saturday, February 20, 2010 10:04:12
Subject: Fw: [aim_mbm84] Fw: Monsod on the C5 Controversy

I honor M' Monsod for clearly explaining what happened with the C-5
extension project.  She continues to serve her country well by unraveling
the twists and tangles created by political spin doctors.

Villar still refuses to attend the Senate to face questions, and  it only
reminds me of how GMA used the privilege of her office to avoid
questioning.  What will happen if Villar wins and more corruption scandals
surface?

With Villar catching up to Noynoy in the polls, I am honestly quite
terrified of the prospect of him winning.  There is a clear case of graft
in this instance, and instead of delving into the issues, his allies in the
legislative are simply brushing off the allegations as "politically
motivated".  As a citizen, we should not accept this.  If there is smoke,
we must see if there is a fire that needs to be put out.  Yes, the timing
of the allegations seem a bit off. ( Joker Arroyo was pushing these
issues as early as 1998).  A known crook and political opportunist, Juan
Ponce Enrile, is the person leading the censure.  However, when the facts
are presented, it is clear as day that something is amiss.  It  just
further builds on my strong suspicions that Villar is a businessman simply
looking to control the political arena to make a boat load of money.

I have never trusted Villar since day one. I never trust businessmen who
enter politics, because in the end, their core value is and always will be
profit maximization.  It is well documented that Villar's  real estate
empire ran into some serious financial problems when his overexposure to
the real estate market and the Asian FInancial Crisis made him unable to
pay debts he took out to expand his real estate business in the early
1990s. After the Asian Crisis hit, Capitol Bank, owned by Villar and
heavily exposed to his real estate investments was essentially ran to the
ground and needed to be bailed out. In 2005, Villar tried to solve his debt
problems by hiring a group of investment banks to advise him on how he can
consolidate all his assets into one company ( Vista Land ).  With the local
and foreign investment bankers, Villar came up with a growth story for
investors: "Invest in my company because we need it to fund all these
wonderful project!" However, what was downplayed during the IPO roadshow
was that instead of financing growth, resources from the offering would be
used to finance his debt.  To appease creditors, Villar even had his
investment bankers pitch some form of a debt-to-equity conversion that
raised skeptical eyebrows of many. In 2007, the IPO of Vista Land did not
do as well as planned, in part because many investors and brokers were the
same people who were burned by Villar's inability to pay back his loans.

Now, as part of a corporate growth  (or should I say corporate
restructuring) plan, Villar is lusting for the highest position in the
land.  This scares me because Villar already has a track record of using
his political position to gain the upper hand for his businesses.  To save
his empire and increase shareholder value of his business, Villar used his
influence as Senate Finance Chair to shrewdly derail a Cavite road project
that was supposed to be BUILD, OPERATE, and TRANSFER.  Villar built a
longer and more expensive road, the C-5 extension, adjacent to it;
subsequently forcing the private investor in the initial project to pull
out. The fishy thing is that this new road, longer and more expensive than
the previously planned project, passed through all of Villar's land in
Cavite .  It is a clear case of graft, pointing to Villar use of influence
and government funds to substantially improve the values of his real estate
properties.  To add insult to injury the right of way the government would
have to pay in order to complete the project was substantially higher for
the land that Villar owned.  These funds could have easily  been used to
build needed schools.

This scandal should be a red flag for all voters.  However, the scary part
is that Villar is spending billions to keep this out of the picture as he
continues his attempt to brainwash our masses that he is their saviour.  He
convinces the masses that he is one of them.  A poor boy from the slums of
Tondo.  In actuality, he is more like the 5-6 and syndicates, slum dwellers
themselves who make a profit out of their poor brethren.  Villar's ad
agencies are doing an excellent job of maintaining this image as well as
doing damage control.  TV and radio continues to  churn out  Parokya Ni
Edgaresque jingles that compete with "Nobody, Nobody."  Dolphy is Villar's
new spokesperson and Wowowee is one giant ad for him. In this process of
brainwashing, the masses are not cognizant of how Villar conducts business
as a politician.  What they do not see is a man hell bent on turning our
archipelago into his own personal piece of real estate.

It is sad  that the efforts of Juan Ponce Enrile, who is leading the
censure for Villar, is actually giving Villar more sympathy votes.  People
do no trust Enrile, and when Enrile pounces on someone, it is usually met
with a high degree of skepticism.  I do not  blame people for feeling this
way.  I also think Enrile is a crook who should be jailed for conspiring to
implement Martial Law, for coup attempts, and for the human rights abuses
during the Marcos regime.   If someone with a more respectable reputation
were to level these charges on Villar, I am sure the surveys would tell a
different story.

I also fear from some credible reports that Malacanang has actually made a
deal with Villar (under the table).  Essentially, GMA's goons said, "We
will help you, in return, leave us alone when you win".   Villar's
behaviour in recent forums further adds credence to these reports as Villar
has been very tame and quiet when it comes to how he will treat GMA after
the elections. Appealing to common sense, it makes ALL THE SENSE for GMA to
support someone who has a chance of winning, not a person rating at 4% in
the surveys.  GMA tried to reach out to Noynoy after Tita Cory died.  All
she got was rejection.

WHo can stop Villar in his quest for the presidency?

I am known to be a Noynoy supporter, but to those skeptics and to those who
are still undecided, I do concede that he is not perfect.    His record as
a politician is average and unspectacular at best.  He does not have the
charisma of his father.  Before the death of his mother, he did not get
much mileage.  But I am going all out in support for Noynoy in 2010 because
he stands for clean governance and appear willing to accomplish this. In
addition, he has the best chance of preventing a opportunistic businessman,
the assured next President of our country before Cory died, from using the
Office of the President as a personal growth asset to his business empire.

Noynoy's clean record  is a big plus for me.  It is a trait that I think
should be the most important quality that we should look for in our next
president.  His appeal is that his track record is not tarnished by
corruption scandals and his political debts are minimal.  I know that many
critics are trying to make an issue over his involvement in Hacienda
Luisita, but Noynoy is not even heavily  involved in the company.  As a
shareholder, Noynoy only owns .04% of Hacienda Luisita, a drop in the ocean
and hardly in any position to do something about it.   The case of the
Hacienda does not have the substance that the C-5 extension contrversey has
a lot of.

In addition, Nonoy also has an incredible legacy to live up to.  All the
pressure is on him to be clean and stay clean. He can't afford to tarnish
the Aquino name and the immense legacy that his parents left behind.  Cory
and Ninoy practically sacrificed their family for their dream of a better
Philippines .  FOr Noynoy,  to know that your father and mother went through
so much hardship to improve our country is a heavy  burden to think about
if you do decide to become a crook and destroy everything that they fought
for.

We all have to make a choice.  In my opinion, it has to go to the
presidentiable who has an independent mind, stands up for what he believes
in, is clean, and has the legacy his parents to live up to and maintain.
For me, Nonoy, with all his flaws,  is that candidate.  For what this
country needs is a clean president who can set an example top-down for the
entire state; it needs a president with the will to change things and stamp
out corruption; it needs a President who can set an example and is willing
to perfect our dysfunctional democracy.

I want someone who stands for being clean.  He does not need a degree from
Harvard.  He does not need to have a multi-million peso business to show me
he can make us all rich.  He does not have to speak well.  He just has to
be clean.  Nothing else should matter. He has to prioritize a platform of
clean and effective governance and make sure that it delivers on that
promise. Policies on the economy, education, energy, environment and health
can all follow after the fundamentals are taken cared of.  So far, the only
candidate who promotes my vision with a clean record to back it up is
Noynoy.

Our urban landscape is replete with political slogans that attempt to
convince people of certain candidate's ability to lead our nation

Galing at Talino?  Sorry Gibo, those were the supposed qualities of GMA,
rubber stamped with a Phd in Economics.  And what happened? She only
worsened our economy.  To GMA's credit she did balance our budget at one
point, but it has again ballooned to the level where the next president
will have to deal with the same economic issues she faced in 2005.  During
GMA's watch  investment in infrastructure was insufficient, poverty
incidence worsened, public education deteriorated, our nautical highway is
still incomplete, goons like the Ampatuan's flourished in the south, and a
culture of corruption flourished in our institutions. Instead of creating
jobs, GMA focused on a policy of exporting labor without measuring the
social costs of such a policy- thousands of broken OFW  families and
children of OFW's who do not have the  proper parental supervision to teach
them the differences between right and wrong.  In effect, our next
generation is left on their own to figure out how to become empowered
patriots who love their country and will fight to defend it.  In effect,
whatever statistics in GDP growth GMA and her allies love to advertise, non
of it trickled down and benefitted the poor..and none of it accounts for
the social costs to her policies.

Good speaker?  Sorry Gibo, Marcos had that quality and he did nothing good
for our contry.  In fact, Marcos squandered the opportunity to be our Lee
Kuan Yew and Dr. Mahatir.  If I want a good, charismatic, and eloquent
speaker, let's just run down the list of effective public speakers and vote
them in.

Para sa mahirap?  Sorry Erap, you had your chance and failed miserably.
Your only accomplishment is in convincing our masses that movie roles do
not carry over into the political area.

My only concern with Noynoy is how deep he might be  in the Liberal Party
and whether he has accumulate political debts to Liberal trapos. The
Liberal PArty, like any party, has its own share of crooks (including those
bandwagon trapos who jumped off GMA"s boat to ride on Aquino's popularity).
How much will Nonoy have to give back to the LIberal trapos (and bandwagon
Liberals who jumped GMA's ship) if elected?  We will never know.   However,
I am willing to live with that unanswered question if it means preventing
someone like Villar from turning the Philippines into Vista Land 's next
subdivision development. I am also reassured by the fact that he has that
"Aquino" name and the ghosts of his parents to answer to if does decide to
go down the immoral path.

Nonoy will not solve all our problems.  One person can't.  But we need a
start somewhere and it should be with someone who pushes honesty, reform,
and good governance.  It will be a tough battle, but I want to give Noynoy
the chance to build on what his mother tried to accomplish.  ANd I hope
that if Noynoy wins, he will have the courage to make tough decisions and
go after crooks, even if it means hurting a lot of friends and colleagues
in government.

To give you a better sense on how Villar conducts business, here is also a
link to Joker Arroyo's 1998 privilege speech.

http://www.malayang halalan.com/ 2010/01/26/ joker-arroyo- raises-issue- of-accountabilit y-of-public- officers- against-manny- villar/

I guess "if it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, and looks like a
duck.."  Well, as the saying goes......

Vote wisely Philippines .  And continue to work towards uplifting the masses
and freeing them from their state of hopelessness.  Defend them from
opportunists.  DEVELOP THEM (FIRST) SPIRITUALLY AND BEHAVIORALLY; THEN
ECONOMICALLY! When we lift up the poor and ween them off the mentality of
hopelessness, our country will become first world.  Only then will we have
the powerful middle class that our young democracy is screaming for.




Ladies and Gents,




WINNIE MONSOD CLARIFIES THE ISSUE.  PLEASE WATCH.

if you have a fast connection watch this. so much more impact when she
tells it to you with graphics.

http://do-not/- vote-campaign. ning.com/ video/video/ show?id=4934771:
Video:102

RIC S. PASCUA, SR.
AVVISO DI
 PROTEZIONE

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LGU Philippines / If politicians were typhoons......
« on: October 08, 2009, 10:38:44 AM »
Typhoon Erap
Devastates the country for two hours and then leaves. Despite the entry of a new disturbance though, it threatens to re-enter the Philippine area of responsibility.

 Typhoon Gloria
Continues to pummel the entire Philippines for nine hours now. Gustiness rivals that of Typhoon Marcos in the ‘70s. Initial damage to agriculture is estimated at P728 million. Damage to infrastructure is unknown but initial reports say reconstruction of Macapagal Boulevard alone has cost the government P536 million. It was also able to sustain its strength after interacting with Typhoon Erap. It is forecast to remain almost stationary.

 Typhoon Mar
Threatened to enter Philippine territory but after seeing the vigilance of Filipinos, it was forced to back out and gave way to Typhoon Noynoy.

 Typhoon Noynoy
Initially categorized as a tropical storm until weather specialists observed a sudden rise in its gustiness and wind speed. After being officially declared a typhoon, it now brings scattered rain showers in Luzon including Metro Manila. Moderate to strong winds are expected to blow toward the Visayas and Mindanao in the coming days. [By the way, beware of typhoon Noynoy's thunder - it wouldn't shut up!]
 
Typhoon Villar
Earlier forecast categorized it as a “super typhoon” maintaining strength in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. Roads and road extensions were damaged – twice (double devastation). But the entry of Typhoon Noynoy in Philippine territory has eclipsed its impact. The rest of the country will remain cloudy though.
 
Typhoon (Brother) Eddie:
A similarly-named typhoon entered the country in 2004 and threatened to pour 5 million centimeters of rainwater in the entire country. You know what happened. The typhoon was re-categorized as a drizzle.
 
Typhoon Bayani
This weather disturbance was located at 14° 38′ 24″ North Northwest of Marikina City. Weather experts refused to categorize it as a typhoon because its impact is localized. It did, however attempt to pack maximum sustained winds similar to a tropical storm. But latest satellite data revealed no sign of activity.
 
Typhoon Gibo
It was nowhere near the Philippine area of responsibility until three hours before PAGASA made its latest forecast. In fact, typhoon Bayani’s moderate winds were already blowing east of the metro before Gibo made its presence felt and officially entered Philippine territory. The weather bureau forecasts similarities in the movements of typhoon Gibo and typhoon Gloria although both Gibo and typhoon Noynoy originated approximately 10 miles east of Central Luzon.

 Typhoon Jejomar
Described by weather specialists as “stubborn” and territorial,” this typhoon has recently threatened the whole country if not for some climatological developments. What’s alarming is that people to tend to ignore Typhoon Jejomar’s ability to destroy. It has remained stationary for 23 years (and counting).
 
Typhoon JDV
No heavy rains. No lightning. No flooding. It’s all thunder and wind.
 
Typhoon Loren & Typhoon Chiz
For the first time in local weather history, two typhoons entered the country at the same time making landfall on the same area. The impact is moderate though, without much damage, and both typhoons are expected to leave soon… unless either of them interact with typhoon Erap.
 
Typhoon Jamby
The hardest to predict among the weather disturbances. Scattered raindrops will not completely wet an exposed surface regardless of duration. But the public is advised to remain cautious of lightning. Despite the rains, temperatures will remain high.
 
Typhoon Ronnie (Puno)
No satellite or surface data was made available because… “Tahimik lamang magtrabaho ang Typhoon Ronnie kaya maraming nagagawa (na damage).”

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Here's a wonderful letter to all the Filipinos written by a brave woman. She wants to do her bit in these trying times of our nation.

Please pass to as my persons if you see her article worth reproducing via email.

God bless

Fr Francis Gustilo, SDB
To all Filipinos Everywhere:

I used to think that corruption and criminality in the Philippines were caused by poverty. But recent events tell me this isn't true. It is one thing to see people turn into drug addicts, prostitutes, thieves and murderers because of hunger and poverty, but what excuse do these rich, educated people have that could possibly explain their bizarre behavior? And to think I was always so relieved when petty snatchers got caught and locked away in jail because I never fully realized that the big time thieves were out there, making the laws and running our country. Can it get any worse than this?

Every night, I come home and am compelled to turn on my tv to watch the latest turn of events. I am mesmerized by these characters. They are not men. They are caricatures of men - too unreal to be believable and too bad to be real. To see these "honorable" crooks lambast each other, call each one names, look each other in the eye and accuse the other of committing the very same crimes that they themselves are guilty of, is so comical and appalling that I don't know whether to laugh or cry. It is entertainment at its worst!

I have never seen so many criminals roaming around unfettered and looking smug until now. These criminals wear suits and barongs, strut around with the confidence of the rich and famous, inspire fear and awe from the very citizens who voted them to power, bear titles like "Honorable", "Senator", "Justice", "General" and worse, "President". Ironically, these lawless individuals practice law, make our laws, enforce the law. And we wonder why our policemen act the way they do! These are their leaders, and the leaders of this nation ��� Robin Hoodlum and his band of moneymen. Their motto? "Rob the poor, moderate the greed of the rich."

It makes me wonder where on earth these people came from, and what kind of upbringing they had to make them act the way they do for all the world to see. It makes me wonder what kind of schools they went to, what kind of teachers they had, what kind of environment would produce such creatures who can lie, cheat and steal from an already indebted country and from the impoverished people they had vowed to serve. It makes me wonder what their children and grandchildren think of them, and if they are breeding a whole new generation of improved Filipino crooks and liars with maybe a tad more style but equally negligible conscience. Heaven forbid!

I am an ordinary citizen and taxpayer. I am blessed to have a job that pays for my needs and those of my family's, even though 30% of my earnings go to the nation's coffers. Just like others in my lot, I have complained time and again because our government could not provide enough of the basic services that I expect and deserve. Rutty roads, poor educational system, poor social services, poor health services, poor everything. But I have always thought that was what all third world countries were all about, and my complaints never amounted to anything more.

And then this. Scandalous government deals. Plundering presidents pointing fingers. Senators associated with crooks. Congressmen who accept bribes. Big time lawyers on the side of injustice. De Venecia ratting on his boss only after his interminable term has ended, Enrile inquiring about someone's morality! The already filthy rich Abalos and Arroyo wanting more money than they or their great grandchildren could ever spend in a lifetime. Joker making a joke of his own "pag bad ka, lagot ka!" slogan. Defensor rendered defenseless. Gen. Razon involved in kidnapping. Security men providing anything but a sense of security. And it's all about money, money, money that the average Juan de la Cruz could not even imagine in his dreams. Is it any wonder why our few remaining decent and hardworking citizens are leaving to go work in other countries?

And worst of all, we are once again saddled with a power-hungry president whose addiction has her clinging on to it like barnacle on a rusty ship. "Love (of power) is blind" takes a whole new meaning when PGMA time and again turns a blind eye on her husband's financial deals. And still blinded with all that is happening, she opts to traipse around the world with her cohorts in tow while her country is in shambles.

They say the few stupid ones like me who remain in the Philippines are no longer capable of showing disgust. I don't agree. Many like me feel anger at the brazenness of men we call our leaders, embarrassment to share the same nationality with them, frustration for our nation and helplessness at my own ineffectuality. It is not that I won't make a stand. It is just that I am afraid my actions would only be futile. After all, these monsters are capable of anything. They can hurt me and my family. They already have, though I may not yet feel it.

But I am writing this because I need to do something concrete. I need to let others know that ordinary citizens like me do not remain lukewarm to issues that would later affect me and my children. I want to make it known that there are also Filipinos who dream of something better for the Philippines. I want them to know that my country is not filled with scalawags and crooks in every corner, and that there are citizens left who believe in decency, fairness, a right to speak, a right to voice out ideas, a right to tell the people we have trusted to lead us that they have abused their power and that it is time for them to step down. I refuse to let this country go to hell because it is the only country I call mine and it is my responsibility to make sure I have done what I could forit.

Those of us who do not have the wealth, power or position it needs to battle the evil crime lords in the government can summon the power of good. We can pray. We can do this with our families every night. We can offer petitions every time we celebrate mass. We can ask others to pray, too, including relatives and friends here and overseas. And we can offer sacrifices along with our petitions, just so we get the message to Him of our desperation in ridding our nation of these vermin. After all, they cannot be more powerful than God!

I implore mothers out there to raise your children the best way you can. Do not smother, pamper, or lavish them with too much of the material comforts of life even if you can well afford them. Teach them that there are more important things in this world. I beg all fathers to spend time with their children, to teach them the virtues of hard work, honesty, fair play, sharing, dignity and compassion ��� right from the sandbox till they are old enough to go on their own. Not just in your homes, but at work, in school, everywhere you go. Be good role models. Be shining examples for your children so they will learn to be responsible adults who will carry and pass on your family name with pride and honor.

I call on educators and teachers ��� we always underestimate the power of your influence on the minds of our youth. Encourage them to be aware of what is happening in their surroundings. Instill in them a love of their country, inculcate in them the value of perseverance in order to gain real, worthwhile knowledge, help us mold our children into honorable men and women. Encourage our graduates, our best and brightest, to do what they can to lift this country from the mire our traditional politicians have sunk us into. The youth is our future ��� and it would be largely because of you, our educators, that we will be able to repopulate the seats of power with good leaders, presidents, senators, congressmen, justices, lawmakers, law enforcers and lawful citizens.

I ask all students, young people and young professionals everywhere to look around and get involved in what is happening. Do not let your youth be an excuse for failure to concern yourselves with the harsh realities you see. But neither let this make you cynical, because we need your idealism and fresh perspective just as you need the wisdom of your elders. YOUR COUNTRY NEEDS YOU! Let your voices be heard. Do what you can for this land that gave you your ancestors and your heritage. Use technology and all available resources at hand to spread good. Text meaningful messages to awaken social conscience. Try your best to fight moral decay because I promise you will not regret it when you become parents yourselves. You will look back at your past misdeeds and pray that your children will do better than you did.

Remember that there are a few handful who are capable of running this country. You can join their ranks and make their numbers greater. We are tired of the old trapos. We need brave idealistic leaders who will think of the greater good before anything else. Do your utmost to excel in your chosen field. Be good lawyers, civil servants, accountants, computer techs, engineers, doctors, military men so that when you are called to serve in government, you will have credibility and a record that can speak for itself.

For love of this country, for the future of our children, for the many who have sacrificed and died to uphold our rights and ideals, I urge you to do what you can. As ordinary citizens, we can do much more for the Philippines than sit around and let crooks lead us to perdition. We owe ourselves this. And we owe our country even more.
 
Remedios C. Paningbatan
Administrative Officer
Office of the General Counsel
Asian Development Bank
Tel (632) 632-4248
www.adb.org

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ANNIE RUTH C. SABANGAN, GMANews.TV
09/10/2009 | 08:57 PM

If foreign travel is a measure of success, the 14th president of the Philippines can be considered a very accomplished leader, Globetrotting Gloria Macapagal Arroyo spent almost a year of her almost nine-year presidency out of the country.

President Arroyo’s trips were even more frequent than that of several former presidents of the United States , according to a study.

Government data culled by GMA News Research showed that from August 2001 to September 2009, Mrs. Arroyo was abroad for 312 days, or about 35 days per year.

Since she assumed the presidency, Mrs. Arroyo embarked on 81 foreign trips, which included 111 visits and meetings in 40 countries, cities, and territories, the latest of which was her August 31 travel to Libya this year. This means that on the average, Mrs. Arroyo visited about four countries and made nine trips annually since she became president.

Mrs. Arroyo’s foreign travels were more frequent than that of former US presidents Jimmy Carter, Gerald Ford, Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, and Dwight Eisenhower.

A study by the US National Taxpayers Union (NTU) on US presidential travels from 1953 to 2001 showed that Carter and Ford went abroad almost eight times a year during their terms as president; Nixon, 7.6 times; Reagan, six times; Kennedy, 5.6; Johnson, 5.2; and Eisenhower, 4.6.

William Jefferson “Bill" Clinton, who traveled almost 17 times annually, was the most traveled US president during the period, followed by George H.W. Bush who went abroad 15 times a year, according to NTU.

Favorite destinations: US, China , Japan

The US is the country most frequented by the President, which she visited 15 times.

The visits included her meeting with President Barack Obama wherein Mrs. Arroyo and her entourage that included 23 lawmakers were criticized for their expensive meals in at least four restaurants in New York and Washington D.C.

Based on a report from Malacañang, the presidential party gave away P6 million in tips for the six-day US trip from July 5 to August 5, 2009. (See: Arroyo party gave away P6M in tips during six-day US stay)

China comes second with nine visits, including Mrs. Arroyo’s Sept. 2 to 4, 2004 state visit, which was her first overseas travel after she won a fresh term as president. The President came under fire during the said travel for bringing along her family, grandchildren, and their nannies to China .

On Aug. 31, 2004, President Arroyo issued Administrative Order No. 103, which imposed government austerity programs that included a cutback in the travels of public officials.

Another controversial trip she made in China was on April 21 2007 when she witnessed the signing of the scandal-ridden $329-million National Broadband Network deal with China ’s Zhong Xing Telecommunications Corp. in Bo’ao, Hainan .

The President suspended the deal on Sept. 22, 2007 “in response to political criticisms." (See: Looking Back: The NBN-ZTE controversy)

 
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Next to China is Japan, visited by Mrs. Arroyo for seven times; Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand for five times each, and United Arab Emirates and Italy for four times.

The countries she visited three times are Brunei , South Korea , Mexico , Singapore , Switzerland , United Kingdom , and Vietnam .

She went twice to Australia , Bahrain , Saudi Arabia , Kuwait , Libya , Spain , and Egypt .

The places she visited only once are: Belgium , Brazil , Cambodia , Canada , Chile , Cuba , Equatorial Guinea , Finland , France , India , Lao , New Zealand , Peru , Portugal , Qatar , Russia , and Syria .

Trips cost taxpayers P600,000 per day

Her most frequent travels were in 2007, when she spent 59 days visiting Switzerland, UAE, China, Japan, New Zealand, Australia, Italy, Portugal, Singapore, Equatorial Guinea, US, India, Kuwait, Spain and the UK.

Next was in 2008 when she was out of the country for 46 days, and this year when spent 45 days abroad. She traveled least in 2004 and 2005, for 15 and 16 days, respectively.

Latest data from the Commission on Audit showed that the Office of the President incurred P1.45 billion in foreign travel expenses from 2002 to 2007. This means President Arroyo’s office spent P241 million yearly for overseas trips - P 20 million monthly or P666,000 daily.

The figure does not yet include the P95-million expenditure incurred by the Office of the Press Secretary (OPS) in relation to the 2008 foreign travels of Mrs. Arroyo that was charged to the Palace’s contingent funds, based on the COA’s preliminary report on OPS expenses last year. - GMANews.TV, with reports from GMA News Research

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Bible Study / DO YOU KNOW HOW THE APOSTLES DIED? 
« on: August 18, 2009, 04:30:24 PM »


DO YOU KNOW HOW THE APOSTLES DIED? 

Matthew - Suffered martyrdom in Ethiopia , killed by a sword wound.

Mark - Died in Alexandria, Egypt, after being dragged by horses through the streets until he was dead.

Luke - was hanged in Greece as a result of his tremendous preaching to the lost. 

John - Faced martyrdom when he was boiled in huge basin of boiling oil during a wave of persecution in Rome .. however, he was miraculously delivered from death. John was then sentenced to the mines on the prison island of Patmos . He wrote his prophetic Book of Revelation on Patmos . The apostle John was later freed and returned to serve as Bishop of Edessa in modern Turkey . He died as an old man, the only apostle to die peacefully. 

Peter - was crucified upside down on an x-shaped cross.  According to church tradition it was because he told his tormentors that he felt unworthy to die in the same way that Jesus Christ had died. 

James  - Just The leader of the church in Jerusalem , was thrown over a hundred feet down from the southeast pinnacle of the Temple when he refused to deny his faith in Christ. When they discovered that he survived the fall, his enemies beat James to death with a fuller's club. * This was the same pinnacle where Satan had taken Jesus during the Temptation. 

James the Great - son of Zebedee, was a fisherman by trade when Jesus called him to a life time of ministry. As a strong leader of the church, James was ultimately beheaded at Jerusalem . The Roman officer who guarded James watched amazed as James defended his faith at his trial.. Later, the officer walked beside James to the place of execution. Overcome by conviction, he declared his new faith to the judge and knelt beside James to accept beheading as a Christian. 

Bartholomew - also known as Nathaniel was a missionary to Asia .  He witnessed for our Lord in present day Turkey .. Bartholomew was martyred for his preaching in Armenia where he was flayed to death by a whip. 

Andrew - was crucified on an x-shaped cross in Patras , Greece .  After being whipped severely by seven soldiers they tied his body to the cross with cords to prolong his agony. His followers reported that, when he was led toward the cross, Andrew saluted it in these words:  'I have long desired and expected this happy hour. The cross has been consecrated by the body of Christ hanging on it.'   He continued to preach to his tormentors for two days until he expired. 

Thomas - Was stabbed with a spear in India during one of his missionary trips to establish the church in the sub-continent. 

Jude - Was killed with arrows when he refused to deny his faith in Christ. 

Matthias - The apostle chosen to replace the traitor Judas Iscariot was stoned and then beheaded. 

Barnabas - One of the group of seventy disciples, wrote the Epistle of Barnabas. He preached throughout Italy and Cyprus . Barnabas was stoned to death at Salonica. 

Paul -  Was tortured and then beheaded by the evil Emperor Nero at Rome in A.D. 67. Paul endured a lengthy imprisonment which allowed him to write his many epistles to the churches he had formed through out the Roman Empire . These letters, which taught many of the foundational doctrines of Christianity, form a large portion of the New Testament. 

Perhaps this is a reminder to us that our sufferings here are indeed minor compared to the intense persecution and cold cruelty faced by the apostles/disciples during their times for the sake of their Faith.

You will be hated by all because of my name, but whoever endures to the end will be saved. Matthew 10:22
 


Life isn't about watching the storm to pass...it's about learning to dance in the rain.


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By Aries Rufo, abs-cbnnews.com/Newsbreak | 08/17/2009 10:10 AM

How deep is the financial well of 2010 presidential aspirant Senator Manuel Villar and his wife?

While the P1.05 billion combined net worth reported in their 2008 Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth is an easy reference, a recent Supreme Court decision on the debts of a company they are associated with can make a dent on their wealth.

A company owned by the family of Senator Villar’s wife—Las Pinas Rep. Cynthia Aguilar Villar—is fending off a Supreme Court order to pay back rentals to a firm in the amount of P344.825 million.

Manuela Corp. is contesting before a Las Pinas court a motion to execute the High Court’s order, which was promulgated way back in September 2007. It argued that the property company is still undergoing rehabilitation, thus payment should be held in abeyance.

In other words, the company is still financially bleeding.

Sidebar: The rise and fall of Manuela Corp.

Doña Manuela Aguilar Riguera established Manuela Realty Development Corp. in 1972. It was later renamed as Manuela Corp. Doña Manuela is the grandmother of Las Piñas Rep. Cynthia A. Villar, the wife of 2010 presidential aspirant Sen. Manuel Villar.

Rep. Cynthia’s family—the Aguilars and Rigueras—are not just engaged in local business but also in local politics. Since 1988, most of the mayors of Las Piñas came from this family.

 Doña Manuela’s brother, Rosalino Riguera, was the mayor of Las Piñas from 1988-1992. He is also the chairman of Manuela Corp. He has the single biggest stake (27%) in the company, according to latest company submissions to the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Rep. Cynthia’s mother, Lydia Aguilar, holds another 18%. She is also the company treasurer.

 How the Villars are involved in the settlement of the P345 million obligations of Manuela Corp. may either reduce the financial well of the richest and most liquid solons in the country, or raise ethical questions again.

In-laws’ business

On paper, there is no link between Sen. Villar and Manuela Corp., a mall developer and operator.
Sen. Villar’s in-laws, the Aguilars, have been in the mall business for decades. Sen. Villar involved himself in the same industry, too, after he married Rep. Cynthia. His C&P Homes, which focused on affordable homes, became more profitable and high profile than Manuela.

In the aftermath of the 1997 Asian financial crisis, which brought many property companies to their knees, Sen. Villar’s own businesses have already recovered (Read: The Senator is also a big businessman) but Manuela has not.

In 2007, a follow on offering of listed Vista Land and Lifescapes Inc.—the new umbrella company of Sen. Villar’s family—raised some P20 billion in fresh funds from the stock market. Vista Land has been reporting double-digit growth rates in revenues every year.

Manuela, however, is still stuck in rehabilitation. (Read Sidebar: The Rise and Fall of Manuela Corp.)

The perception of some is that Manuela was actually Villar’s.  The senator’s not-so-subtle promotional billboard with overseas Filipino workers is prominently displayed in Starmall (previously named Manuela) along EDSA in Mandaluyong City .

Villar also holds Christmas parties for the Senate press corps in Starmall.

Senator Joker Arroyo previously highlighted the link between Villar and Manuela. When Villar was a recently minted House Speaker, then Makati Rep. Arroyo who lost the race for the Speakership, accused Villar of violating ethical standards because of Manuela.

Arroyo had said that a P1-billion loan by the Social Security System (SSS) and a P2-billion loan from Government Service Insurance System were granted to the ailing Manuela. To Arroyo, it was an indirect financial accommodation to Villar by the two government financing institutions. He noted that Manuela paid P150 million of the P3 billion loan to Capitol Bank, which used to be the banking arm of Sen. Villar’s property companies. (Read: Jamby dubs Villar as "grandfather of scam")

Newsbreak previously learned from a former top SSS official that the loan proceeds were not released after word about it leaked out.

Nonetheless, top officials of C&P Homes—Villar’s own companies—were actively involved in how the loans of his in-law’s bleeding company was restructured. It was C&P Homes’ chairman and president who represented Manuela during the the 5-year negotiations with a consortium of banks for the restructuring of Manuela’s loans. (Read: Bleeding in Debt)

Manuela’s obligations

Manuela’s bank loans ballooned to over P3 billion in 2002 from the original P1.3 billion. These have already been settled—not with cash but with properties and stakes in the malls.

Some banks turned over their loan exposures to Special Purpose Asset Vehicles (SPAV), or firms that buy and sell distressed assets.

Creditors originally wanted to foreclose on Starmall, which was the most profitable in the pool of properties Manuela has mortgaged to the banks. But the court favored Manuela, which was only willing to offer as payment its 2 smaller malls in Las Pinas City—M Star One and M Star.

Manuela availed of these loans in 1995 to finance its expansion plans. That same year, it entered into a contract of lease with Leca Corp for 25 years for a 3-hectare property. The lease contract showed a graduated increase in rental rates.

Leca Corp is a company owned by the family of former Supreme Court justice Bernardo Pardo who retired in 2002.

The Tribunal’s decision in 2007 ordered Manuela to pay Leca Realty Corp. in unpaid rentals and arrears for the lease of a 3-hectare lot in Mandaluyong City where Starmall and Pacific Mall are located.

In January 2002, Manuela filed with the Las Pinas regional trial court a petition for rehabilitation. A month later, the court approved the request for a rehabilitation plan and appointed Marilou Adea as rehabilitation receiver. The court also issued a stay order to allow Manuela Corp a respite from its creditors.

For its part, Leca Corp. told the court that Manuela Corp. owed P194 million in unpaid rentals and penalty charges.

In September 2002, Adea submitted to the court her report and recommendation for Manuela Corp’s rehabilitation. Among others, the rehab plan proscribed a new rental rate for Starmall and Pacific Mall that was way beyond in the original contract. The report suggested that in the first year of the rehabilitation plan, Manuela Corp. occupies the property for free and pay P5 million in the next 3 years. This was approved by the lower court.

Expectedly, Leca Corp. opposed the rehabilitation plan. It asked the Court of Appeals to reject the rehab plan. It argued that the rehab impaired obligations in contract.

But the appellate court sustained the lower court’s decision, holding that the stay order issued by the lower court and the rehab plan resulted to a suspension on all claims on the distressed Manuela.

This prompted Leca Corp. to bring the issue to the Supreme Court.

P345-M rent

The SC’s first division, chaired by Chief Justice Reynato Puno, sided with Leca Corp.’s argument that the rehab plan violated obligations to contracts. It noted the “gross discrepancy between the amounts of rents agreed upon by the parties and those provided in the Rehab plan.”

In its ruling penned by former justice Angelina Gutierrez, the First Division said that “the amount of rental is an essential condition of any lease contract. Needless to state, the change of its rate in the rehab plan is not justified as it impairs the stipulation between the parties. We thus rule that the rehabilitation plan is void in so far as it amends the rental rates agreed upon by the parties.”

The ruling was also a one-two punch against Manuela Corp.

Noting that there had been a breach in obligation, the decision said that upon the finality of the case, the applicable rate of interest for the rentals shall be 12% per annum “until fully paid.”

In its motion for the issuance of writ of execution, Leca Corp. computed that the unpaid rents have accumulated to P254 million as of December 2008.

To include legal interests, the amount has ballooned to P345 million.
 


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LGU Philippines / Arroyo got rich faster than Aquino, Ramos, Estrada
« on: August 10, 2009, 04:26:48 PM »
MALOU MANGAHAS, PCIJ

08/10/2009 | 09:36 AM

(First of Three Parts)

A fortnight ago in her ninth State of the Nation Address, Gloria Macapagal Arroyo fired sharp, staccato broadsides at her critics, and in a tone bold and boastful declared: “I am falsely accused, without proof, of using my position for personal profit."

“There isn’t a day," she said, “I do not work at my job or a waking moment when I do not think through a work-related problem. Even my critics cannot begrudge the long hours I put in."

“A president must be on the job 24/7, ready for any contingency, any crisis, anywhere, anytime," Arroyo continued, because “the people deserve a government that works just as hard as they do."

By all indications, President Arroyo has worked very hard. In fact, she has worked so hard that during her first years as president, official records show her declared wealth as growing faster, and by amounts much bigger, than the combined growth in the declared wealth of three presidents before her.

The late President Corazon C. Aquino’s declared net worth grew by only 4.8 percent from 1989 to 1992. By comparison, Fidel V. Ramos’s rose by 34.2 percent from 1992 to 1998, and Joseph ‘Erap’ Ejercito Estrada’s, by 7.2 percent from 1998 to1999.

PCIJ reports in 2000, though, revealed that the mansions and other assets held by Estrada and his mistresses were worth multiple times more than his declared net worth. Less than a year later, Arroyo came to power after a botched impeachment trial of Estrada for unexplained wealth triggered a people-power revolt.

Exponential growth

But the lessons of Estrada’s downfall seem to have been lost on Arroyo. In her eight years in office, Arroyo’s declared net worth more than doubled (pegged only on the book or acquisition value of her assets), from P66.8 million in 2001 to P143.54 million in 2008. The increase of P76.74 million represents a growth rate of 114 percent.

If her statements of assets, liabilities, and net worth (SALNs) are plotted from 17 years ago when she first served as senator, Arroyo’s declared wealth charts an exponential growth of 2,000 percent.

Her net worth in 1992 was only P6.73 million; for eight years before the presidency, her wealth grew by a heftier P60.07 million or a rise of 890 percent.

Since she got into Malacanang in 2001, Arroyo added P10.97 million to her net worth year on year on average, or 20 times more than her lawful gross salary as president of only P45,000 a month.

If various allowances are thrown in, her monthly pay would total at most P100,000 or P1.2 million a year before tax. Yet even then, this represents only 10 percent of the P10.97-million average annual increase in Arroyo’s net worth since 2001.

Arroyo’s SALNs, however, offer few clues on how she raised the big difference, or whether she has other lawful sources of income. Since 2001, the president has apparently taken the path of token compliance instead of going for full disclosure in form and substance of her assets and liabilities, according to the Constitution and law. As a result, her SALNs in the last eight years have been remarkably full of gaps in data.

For sure, they pale in comparison to the detailed documentation that former Presidents Aquino and Ramos exemplified in their SALNs. Both Aquino and Ramos even attached to their SALNs photocopies of their income-tax returns (ITRs) and checks attesting to payments they made with the Bureau of Internal Revenue. Arroyo did not attach her ITRs.

 :o :-\ :'(

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Philippine Business News / Re: Michael Jackson, Dead at 50
« on: July 16, 2009, 08:58:41 AM »
i learn to appreciate music thru MJs music Ben and I grew up with his songs kasi halos ka batch man mi sa generation. childhood memories in jagna will flood my mind if i can hear his songs. nowadays, his music plays in my head end to end in a song. siguro na miss ug nag hinayang ko nija. regards at ingatz kayo dyan Belle!

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Bible Study / Emma - An OFW Visionary
« on: June 29, 2009, 12:04:56 PM »
More on Emma
STAR BYTES By Butch Francisco Updated June 27, 2009 12:00 AM 

 
Emma de Guzman sheds tears during a ‘vision’

Emma was a masterpiece of a novel written by Jane Austen and published in 1816. Its lead character was rich, beautiful, clever, but meddlesome (she was so much into matchmaking).

Today, the feast of the Mother of Perpetual Help, NBN-4 will be showing at 7 p.m. a documentary that also carries the title Emma. This Emma is so unlike the English socialite in the novel. Emma de Guzman is a poor widow with three children from Cabanatuan in Nueva Ecija and had to work initially as a domestic helper in Singapore in the early ‘80s and later in Canada as a nanny (she didn’t even know what a nanny was before she got the job).

She is also a visionary and claims to have seen the Blessed Mother on several occasions.

This is not the first time that we’ve heard of Marian apparitions in the Philippines. In 1948, all roads led to Lipa City when the young postulant Teresita Castillo reportedly saw visions of Our Blessed Mother under the title of Our Lady of the Mediatrix of All Grace. After years of grueling investigation — with Teresita mercilessly grilled repeatedly — the Vatican dismissed the case as a hoax. Poor Teresita eventually left the nunnery and led a simple life in Paranaque — unmarried.

Today, an image of the Our Lady of Mediatrix of All Grace is venerated in one of the altars at the Carmelite Convent in Lipa. There is a smaller replica installed at the entrance of Sanctuario de San Jose in Greenhills and I made a wish before Mama Mary’s image last month and it was granted. That further strengthened my Marian faith.

In the Philippines, Marian devotion is so strong that a lot of Filipinos drive to Pangasinan to pray to Our Lady of Manaoag. Bicolanos in Metro Manila return to Bicol — in Naga City — during the feast day of Our Lady of Peñafrancia and even for the fiesta of Our Lady of Salvation in the Blessed Mother’s shrine in Tiwi in Albay.

Unfortunately, there are also a lot of fake visionaries (and especially faith healers) in this country. Remember Judiel Nieva who claimed to have visions of the Blessed Mother in Agoo in the early ‘90s?

In the late ‘60s, there was also a reported Marian apparition in Mindoro — in a town called Cabra. Even Imelda Marcos, then a relatively new First Lady, made a side trip there out of curiosity. The report said that the Virgin Mary appeared to a group of children there, but news about this incident eventually vanished and it wasn’t until about a decade or so later when a weekly magazine did a follow-up story on this supposed apparition. Some of the children had married then, but they still insisted that they saw the Blessed Mother as they claimed earlier.

June Keithley, who did the beautiful book and documentary on Teresita Castillo and the events at Lipa believes that the reported visions at Cabra were authentic. But then, why would the Blessed Mother want to have a title Our Lady of Cabra, when cabra means goat in Spanish?

By the way, it is also June’s Keithley Report that put together the documentary on Emma de Guzman, whose first heavenly vision — so she believes in her heart — was Jesus Christ. Emma said that the vision happened while she was at the Fatima Shrine during a trip to New York with her employer. When she returned to her home base in Canada, she says that the Blessed Mother started appearing to her repeatedly.

Emma claims that she has become friends with some of the saints in heaven who speak to her. One is St. Bernadette, the visionary at Lourdes. Emma will never forget what St. Bernadette told her: “What happened to me will also happen to you.”

Those who saw the Hollywood movie Song of Bernadette, of course, are familiar with St. Bernadette, who was persecuted at first and later died after a long illness that kept her constantly in pain.

Emma had also spoken to St. Teresa of Avila and this is how she describes the Spanish saint: “She looks like a model — very confident. You know how it is when a person is rich and intelligent.”

Sister Faustina of the Divine Mercy later also taught her the Divine Mercy prayer, which is now more popularly known as the 3 O’clock Habit.

St. John the Evangelist she describes as a beautiful man with almost feminine features. I remember a Good Friday procession in my old Della Strada parish in La Vista when I saw an image that wasn’t covered in a black veil like Sts. Magdalene, Veronica and Salome and asked a neighbor, Mrs. Dolly Fenix, why so. Mrs. Fenix said, “because he is male — he is St. John the Evangelist.” He does have soft features in most of his art interpretations.

St. John the Evangelist, incidentally, gave Emma messages in ancient Greek, which was quite popular during the time of Jesus Christ. Yes, Emma can write in ancient Greek, which puzzles scholars no end because there is no school today where you can train for that.

There are other baffling scenes in this documentary and one took place in the Philippines — in Batulao where Emma, surrounded by the followers of Pieta (an international prayer group she has organized) saw angels and the Blessed Mother again. After that came a shower of gold dust and those who were present when the event took place talk about that experience in the docu. They all swear that what took place there — in what is now called the Mountain of Salvation — was real.

I am usually skeptical about these so-called miraculous events — and heaven forgive me if I sound blasphemous. Watching the docu Emma can actually be engrossing, but I am not a hundred per cent convinced that everything is authentic (again, that is the skeptic in me). Maybe because Emma de Guzman doesn’t look like Jennifer Jones in Song of Bernadette?

But this much I can say: This documentary further strengthened my faith in the Lord and reminded me to fulfill more of my obligations to the Catholic religion.


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