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Dyaryo Magdalo Issue 32 Volume 2

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Vol. II No. 32 ISSN 2094-4098 Jan. 17-23, 2011 P15.00
Page 4 
To page 2 
“To serve and protect.”
olice Senior In-spector Renato V.Apolinario of Pa-say PNP Stationgave meaning tothis motto in a display of anuncommon valor that can-not be found in any police
ofcer who, pardon the im
 pression, is more likely “to
extort and collect.”
Apolinario, 52,
 breathed to near death
after four bullets were
 pumped into his body as
he answered his “call of 
duty” for a man not his blood and not his breed.Apolinario’s act of  pointing his pistol to atleast three men of high-
 powered guns saved the
life and liberty of an In-
dian, Manjinder “James”Kumar, from fellow po
licemen who attempted tokidnap the latter in a ten
sion-lled drama on F. B.Harrison St., Pasay City,
at 3:30 in the afternoon of 
December 20, 2010.
Apolinario’s heroics
saved Kumar. Awed by
People’s justice system in Moroland
TEMPLE OF DOOM? - The Khalsa Diwan Indian Sikh Temple in Manilawhere the alleged alleged power struggle has been engaged that nearly cost the life of its president, Manjinder “James” Khumar.The new toast of Philippine sports, the Philippine Azkals, take a break from their training. They will be facing Mongolia
in the rst leg of the Asian Football Confederation on Feb. 9 at the Panaad Stadium in Bacolod.
Read more on page 8 
 Landll inthe mountain!
the display of bravery,
 bystanders rushed Apoli-nario to the nearest hos-
 pital without any second
thought.The act of Apolinarioin pointing his gun andidentifying himself as a
 police ofcer caused adeadlock of sort: the po
licemen-kidnappers were
obviously startled by the
sudden show of bravery of 
one uniformed man. Theydid not expect it.
Kumar saw this andhe, too, summoned hisown courage. He pushed
the Armalite of the police-
man fronting him, then ranwith all his might towardApolinario. A few secondsmore, the kidnapping po
licemen got back to their 
senses and sprayed bulletsin the direction of Kumar and Apolinario.Apolinario fell on the
spot where he stood his
ground. All but one bullet
that hit found its mark on
DILEMMA IN BAGUILAWA -- Residents of Brgy. Baguilawa object the proposed construction of a dumpsite by the local government of Bauan,Batangas. The project, if it pushes through, will create environmental 
destruction and poison the spring that is the source of water in the area.
Page 2 
the cop’s body. The other hit Kumar on his rightshoulder.
But block provided byApolinario was enough for Kumar to make good his
escape and disappear.
What is more?
The act of Apolinariodid not only save the lifeof Kumar. It led to thediscovery of an unholy al-liance among policemenand rogue Indians.
For this, two honor medals—Medalya ng Sug
atang Magiting (WoundedPersonnel Medal) andMedalya ng Kagalingan(Medal of Merit)—were pinned on him by his boss,
Police Director Nicanor 
Bartolome, chief of the National Capital RegionPolice Ofce (NCRPO).Bartolome took time tovisit Apolinario while re
-cuperating at his house in
Pasay City just to confer these two police badges of 
Call of Duty
The call of duty cameunexpected for Apolinario.
This came while he
 performed his main duty
as the chief of the Motor 
ized Anti-Street Criminal
ity Operatives (MASCO)of Pasay City Police Of 
In complete uniformand on board his motor-
cycle, he motored to wherehis teams were dispatched
only to be surprised along
the way.While driving along F.B. Harrison St., Apolinar 
-io stopped his motorcycle
 because the trafc was not
While resting the mo
torcycle on the road, he
noticed a commotion be-
side a white van put to ahalt in front of Aliw Inn.
Vol. II No. 32
Jan. 17-23, 2011
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Landll in the mountain!
He saw one mansmashing the butt of a rieon a window glass of thevan. He saw another man
standing in front of a door 
of the vehicle poking arie at Kumar.The overpowering
sight did not stop Apoli-
nario from drawing his pistol. He poked his pis
-tol at the persons armed
with high-powered guns.He identied himself as a
 policeman. He told themto freeze.These evil men identi-
ed themselves to Apoli
nario that they, too, werelaw enforcers, policemenand NBI agents.Kumar, still young at31 years old but already
the president of Khalsa
Diwan Indian Sect, saw an
opportunity to escape.
Thus, the Indianshoved away the rie
 pointing at him and ran
with all his might towardhis savior, Apolinario.As he was about toreach Apolinario, Kumar 
told the cop to protect him
from the gunmen, insistinghe was being kidnapped.Without hesitance,
Apolinario told Kumar to
take cover on his back.At this point, bulletscame spraying on them,
hitting Apolinario in thechest and other parts of his body. He fell to the pave-
ment. While gasping for  breath, he ordered Kumar 
to escape.
Seeing Apolinario wasstill alive, one of the gun
men ordered another to n
-ish off the brave good cop.The bad men escaped.
They brought along withthem the white MazdaFriendee (plate no. BDN479) commandeered fromKumar’s friends, Ferdi
-nand S. Ret and Andy
 Ngie, another Indian.
Apolinario sustained
four gunshot wounds inthe body. He was treatedat San Juan De Dios Hos
 pital, the same medical place where Kumar went
for treatment of his bullet
Unholy alliance ocops and criminals
On January 5, 2011,while still recuperatingfrom his wounds and se
ries of operations, Apoli
nario watched a television program of ABS-CBN.
Accidentally or inci-
dentally, the one ashedon the screen was a pro
gram showing host GusAbelgas interviewing Po
lice Chief Inspector EdwinT. Faycho.This sight sparkedmemory to come back to
Apolinario and he recog-
nized the face of Faychoas the man who identiedhimself during the kidnap
- ping incident as saying:
“Pulis kami. Opisyal dinako.”Faycho was then being presented in that TV show
as the chief of Quezon
City Police District-Anti
Illegal Drugs-Special Op-
erations Task Force.Apolinario was stunned
a bit and confused. Hecannot believe his eyes
that a fellow police ofcialwould do such a despi
-cable and detestable act of 
kidnapping.But he was sure it wasFaycho who was the onehe saw telling him, “Puliskami. Opisyal din ako.” Nevertheless, Apoli
nario was now convinced
that there is indeed a syn-dicate involving his fel-
lows in uniform.
And his discovery ledto the expose that is pain-
ful to him for he will be
compelled to testify to
 bust, once and for all, this particular maa within the
 police organization.
Thus, Apolinario pro
-vided the strongest foun-dation to the theory that
Pasay City Police Ofceformulated while gather 
-ing pieces of circumstan-tial evidence conducted by its Station Investigation
and Detection Manage
ment (SIDM) performingtasks directly supervised
and controlled by chief of 
 police, Senior Supt. Napo
leon Cuaton.
This syndicate eventu-
ally killed Ret and Ngie, both were found with their 
 bodies already desecrated.
Diligent probe doneby Pasay PNP
The work of the Pa
-say PNP led it to discover that before the shootingincident last December 
20, the Pasay City Po
-lice Tactical Operations
Center (TOC) received a
call from Southern Police
District-TOC informing
them that policemen from
Quezon City Police Dis
trict (QCPD) were set to
conduct a police operationin Pasay.
The call specied that
the policemen involved inthis alleged police operation
were to come from QCPD’s
District Anti-Illegal Drug-
Special Operation Task Group (DAID-SOTF).
It is a standard operat-ing procedure for the PNPto require coordination
when one unit is to oper 
ate within the area of ju
-risdiction of another PNPunit. This is done to avoidmisencounter.The Pasay Police’s
SIDM cops obtained evi
-dence that half an hour be-
fore the incident, QCPD-DAID-SOTF elementswere spotted near PoliceCommunity Precinct No. 4of Pasay City.
This community pre-cinct is located at the city’s
 public market on Taft Av
enue. From this place, itwould take two to ve
minutes of travel to thecrime scene.
The SIDM cops estab
lished that at 3:52 p.m. or about 22 minutes after theshooting, QCPD-DAID-SOTF operatives appearedat the Police CommunityPrecinct No. 11 located behind the Mall of Asia,Bay Blvd.These DAID-SOTF
 policemen requested to putinto records that their team
led by Chief Insp. Faychowill be conducting policeoperation within the area.Chief Insp. RolandoBaula, chief of PCP No.11, asked for a coordina
-tion sheet but the DAID
cops failed to produce. For this, the DAID cops leftclaiming they will get the
required documents. They
never came back.Witnesses gathered by SIDM swore that they
heard the criminals iden-
tifying rst themselves as police ofcers and agentsof NBI before shooting
Apolinario and Kumar.
SIDM also gatheredthat at 10:00 p.m. of De
cember 20, the PasayCity PNP received a call
informing them that a
white Mazda (RBU 450)was seen parked besidethe Quezon City Women’sJail Building inside Camp
Verication with theLTO through BlackberryTrafc Identication Sys
-tem indicated that the
license plate RBU 450 belonged to a green Mit
-subishi Delica and not to a
Mazda Friendee van.With this information, ateam led by Chief Inspec
tor Joey Goforth was dis
 patched to Camp Karingal.But when Goforth’steam arrived in Camp Kar 
ingal, they were informedthat the Mazda van was
already driven out of the
camp by an unidentied
Meanwhile, Ching Lio
BARANGAY Baguilawain Bauan, Batangas is like
a social volcano ready toerupt over the threat posed by their local governmentto the lives of the resi-dents.
The threat, fast becom
ing present and danger, is
the proposal to construct
and develop a landll in a
nearby mountain.The planned dump is being pushed by the of-
cials of the town to be
located at an area to bescraped of trees and that
site sits just above thespring from which all the
houses in this barangay
 beget their fresh water.
It is revolting to theconscience of all residentsthere for this municipal
 project that destroy a part
of the entire forest in the
town. That part would be
as big as the requirement
of at least 20,000 dumptrucks of garbage a day
and the access roads for 
these dump trucks.Barangay ChairmanRommel Cruzat Caguete
 Dyaryo Magdalo
if this happens, the resi
dents of his barangay will be the most prejudiced.If this landll projectwill happen the source of the water for the baran
gay will be contaminatedand would run out. This is
 because the trees that pro-vide the steady supply of 
water to the ground water table will be cut down togive way for the construc
tion of the landll.Chairman Caguetetold Marcos “Bong” Man
lapaz, president of Yel
low Armies Para Sa Ka
likasan at Proteksyon, Inc.(YAKAP, Inc.), that theyhave been ghting againstthe landll project for about three years now but
it seems that their munici-
 pal ofcials are rejecting
the voices of dissent from
Baguilawa residents.
He said that theyhave already submitted
strongly-worded barangay
resolution expressing their strong sentiment against
the project on the grounds
of environmental destruc-
tion and the loss of water for all residents of Bagu
The residents support-
ed their barangay ofcials
strongly but the fears intheir hearts and mind getmore and more each day.The village head is
worried that despite the
very strong opposition
words never end to circu
late that the landll was
almost in place because of the money of the investor 
who they suspected has
already bought the area of rugged land full of trees
standing just above wherethe crystal spring water ows from.Additionally, they also
feared that their council-
ors, vice mayor and mayor 
have already been paid to
 pass an ordinance to allowthe landll project.The chairman wasoverwhelmingly reelectedin the October 25, 2011
 barangay election and theclear mandate given him by his people is to stop at
all cost the landll project.
PhP100-million-a-dayearning project
Words coming to theofcials of the barangaysaid that the landll shall
 be designed to serve the
garbage of Metro Manila,Batangas City, Lipa Cityand municipalities, includ
ing Bauan itself.
They heard that the
landll must be big be
cause it was projectedto receive 20,000 dumptrucks a day.If one dump truck would pay Php5,000, theincome is easily Php100
million a day for the pri-
vate owner.“The money is so big
to be refused. This means
that the project proponentcan spend up to Php1 bil
-lion as bribes if only to
ensure that all the ofcials
approve it.
False fndings o DENR pavedway or approval o ECC
An indispensable re-
quirement for any landll project is an environmen
tal compliance certicate(ECC), to ensure that the
damage to the environ-ment shall be least or none.
To be issued with anECC, it has to be con
rmed by scientic and
technical studies that thereis no damage that may becaused on the environmentand that a public hearingmust be conducted to de-
termine whether the pro
 posed project would hurt
the sensitivities of the af-fected residents.
For example, it isrequired that landlls
must not be located in a
 place where an aquifer or groundwater or watershed
is located.These prohibitions arecontained under Section
42 of Republic Act 9003.
The barangay chair-
man told YAKAP, Inc. and
 Dyaryo Magdalo
that thereport of the study con-ducted by the technicalmen of the Department of 
Environment and NaturalResources (DENR) wasmanipulated to make it
appear that the site of the
 planned landll is lower inelevation and the adjacent
spring.The truth of the mat-
ter as conrmed by the
actual visits of the site by
members and ofcials of YAKAP is that the reverseis true: THE SPRING ISLOWER IN ELEVATIONTHAN THE SITE OFPROPOSED LANDFILL.“This is despicable!
This is the highest form
of corruption,” exclaimedManlapaz.YAKAP is prepar 
ing to file criminal, civil
and administrative casesagainst the officials of 
the DENR and other pub
lic officials who would
have a hand in the ap-
 proval of the ECC.
As a result of the false
Barangay Baguilawa chairman Rommel Cruzat Caguete (right) in a meeting with YAKAP ofcersheaded by its president Marcos “Bong” Manlapaz.
report, the application for an ECC was said to have
 been approved during the
time of former ManilaMayor Lito Atienza as theDENR secretary.
Manipulated public hearing
The chairman of the barangay disclosed to
 Dyaryo Magdalo
that the
 public hearings that wereconducted were manipu
-lated that it turned out that
it was only Barangay Ba
guilawa that is opposingthe landll project.“I am wondering why barangays adjacent or cov
ering the landll projectwas said to have approvedthe proposal,” the baran
-gay chairman lamented.
Seeking help rom PNoy
The residents weresupported by YAKAP,
Inc. in their desire to bringtheir problem to President
Benigno Simeon Cojuang
-co Aquino III.
Pasay cops bravery led to ...
From page 1To page 7 
Jan. 17-23, 2011
Vol. II No. 32
Undying heroism ofSgt. Jose Calugas
AR medal is a quest of every soldier in the battleeld, but it can only be acquired by someone whodisplays a death-defying stunt or somewhat like challenging the fangs of death. Just like what aFilipino soldier, Captain Jose Calugas, did during World War II that the Americans can never forget.Until his death on January 18, 1998 in Tacoma, Washington DC, the heroism of Calugas was not buried by the Americans. As a retired captain of the United States Army in 1957, Calugas was prizedwith military honors at St. Leo’s Catholic Church at 13th street in Tacoma.The gallantry of Calugas was demonstrated on January 6, 1942 in the Filipino-American war against the Japa
nese forces near Barrio Culisin in the province of Bataan.His unit took over the vacuum left in the battleeld when a portion of the United States Army Forces in the Far East (USAFFE) withdrew together with the 26th Cavalry Regiment of the Philippine Scouts and the 31st Infantry
Calugas, assigned with the 88th Field Artillery of the Philippine Scouts, was then a mess sergeant in charge of a group of soldiers preparing the day’s meals, or for clarity, he’s in command of the kitchen known as KP Duty.
Recommendationto MILF panel
The proposition I state here is being
earnestly recommended to the MILF panel headed by Mohaqer Iqbal.
I strongly believe that if I am giventhe full opportunity to explain this idea
to the MILF panel, I believe I can con
vince the Moro people to embrace thisas their main talking point when the peace negotiation begins on February 9,2011 in Malaysia.I also believe that the FiilipinoChristians will embrace this idea astheir ofcial act of repentance for the past sins, recognition of the Moro’s blood and lands, and respect for the waythey worship.When this is accepted, I can see thewhole land singing the song, “There isnot a Christian Filipino. There is not aMuslim Filipino. There is not an indig
enous Filipino. There is one Filipino.”
 Privileged Spits ....
 from page 4 
HIGHEST HONOR -- Jose Calugas, Sr., the rst Filipino Sergeant of thePhilippine Scouts to receive America’s highest award, the Congressio
nal Medal of Honor, for combat valor during the Battle of Bataan in 1942.The US Congressional Medal of Honor 
During a battle on Jan.16, 1942, Calugas noticed
that one of his unit’s guns
had been silenced, and itscrews were all lying life
-less on the ground.He studied the battle-
eld as well as the move
ments of fellow soldiers.
He observed that no onehas the heart to run across
the battleeld to handle
gun against the advancingadversaries.
He waited for his supe
-riors’ order for the soldiers
to salvage and re the sta
tioned gun, but his waitinghas only worsened the po
-sition of his unit.
Without orders, Calu
gas persuaded his 16 bud
dies to run and crawl akilometer across the bat
tleeld under severe re to
 be able to reach and man
the US gun.
He and only one un-
named soldier were braveenough to run, ditch, crawl
for a number of times inthe midst of hovering bul-lets until they touched the
 barrel of the US gun.Calugas and his matexed the gun and sprayed blazing bullets, holdingoff the Japanese forcesin a whole afternoon of gunbattle, giving enoughtime for the US troops to
regroup and dig into theenemies’ line.
When the battle wassilenced by the darknessof the night, Calugas re
-turned to the mess hall tofeed the starving soldiers.
Calugas was recom
-mended by his superiors
for the United States mili
-tary’s highest decoration
for valor, the Medal of 
The Battle of Bataan
represented the most in-tense phase of Imperial
Japan’s invasion of thePhilippines during WorldWar II.During the nal stages
of the battle and after re- peated assaults and artil-
lery re by Japanese forc
es, the communications
and defenses of the allies
on Bataan peninsula had
 been almost completelydestroyed.
On the last two days,
the entire Allied defense
collapsed, clogging allroads with refugees andeeing troops.By April 8, 1942, themost senior US com
mander on Bataan, Major General Edward “Ned” P.King, Jr., recognized the
futility of further resis-tance.
The next day, approxi
mately 76,000 Filipinos
and American troops sur-
rendered to a Japanesearmy of 54,000 men un
der Lt. General MasaharuHomma. This was the
single largest surrender of one of its military forces inAmerican history.The surrender of theAllied forces happened
 before Calugas could bedecorated with the Medal
of Honor.
Calugas had to follow
the commander’s order to
surrender and along withthe other prisoners of war they took the long walk from Mariveles, Bataan toCamp O’Donnell, a prison
camp in the province of 
Tarlac, or now popularlyknown as the “DeathMarch.”The Death March wasa 63-mile march with nofood, only a sip of water.It was characterized by
 physical violence and mur-
ders: specically behead
ing, throat-cutting, shoot
ing, death by bayonet,rape, disembowelment,rie-butt beating, and
deliberate starvation or 
dehydration on the week-
long continual march in
the tropical heat. Fallingdown or inability to con
tinue moving was a deathsentence, as was any de
-gree of protest.
After the Death March,Calugas spent nine months
in a prison camp until
January 1943 when he wasreleased to work for theJapanese.While working in aJapanese-controlled ricemill, Calugas set up a spynetwork for Philippineguerrillas, coordinatingwith a guerrilla unit, #227Old Bronco. As an of
cer of the guerrilla unit,
he participated in the at-
tack on the Japanese gar 
-rison at Karangalan. Hisunit fought in the contin-ued campaign against the
Japanese, which campaign
eventually led to the lib-eration of the Philippines.After the liberation of 
the Philippines in 1945Calugas nally receivedthe Medal of Honor thatwas approved even beforethe new campaign had be
-gun to start.
The Medal was pre
sented to him by US ArmyGeneral George Marshall.Calugas subsequently
accepted a direct com-
mission from the UnitedStates Army. He was later 
assigned to the 44th In-fantry Regiment that oc-
cupied Okinawa, Japan.When the unit disbandedin 1947, he was assignedto the Ryukyu Commandon Ryukyu Islands in theSouth China Sea where heremained until 1953.Other than the Medalof Honor, the 27 years of military service (1930-1957) of this Ilonggowere decorated with Dis
tinguished Unit Citation,Prisoner of War Medal,Asiatic-Pacic CampaignMedal (with two servicestars), World War II Vic
tory Medal, PhilippineDefense Medal and Philip
 pine Liberation Medal.Calugas was born inBarrio Tagsing, Leon, Il
oilo, Philippines on De
cember 29, 1907. In 1930,he enlisted in the United
States Army and received
his basic training at FortSill, Oklahoma. Uponcompletion, he received
additional training as anartilleryman and then as-
signed to the 24th Artillery
Regiment of the Philippine
Scouts at Fort Stotsenburg,
While stationed at FortStotsenburg, he married
and raised a family. His
next unit was the 88thField Artillery Regiment
of the Philippine Scouts.
He was a sergeant withBattery B when the United
States and the Philippine
Commonwealth declaredwar with Japan in 1941.His unit was mobilized for duty and sent to Bataan inDecember 1941.
Although he had been
 born in a US territory, andhad fought for the UnitedStates’ Army, Calugastechnically was not an
American citizen.
Following the Spanish-American War in 1898,Philippine residents wereclassied as US nationals.It was only in the 1934Tydings-McDufe Act, or 
Philippine Independence
Act, that Filipinos werereclassied as non-US
While serv
ing in Okinawa,Calugas com
- pleted the pro-cess of becom-ing a naturalized
United States
When Calu
-gas eventuallyretired from the
army with therank of cap
tain in 1957, he
moved to Taco-
ma, Washingtonwith his family.After retiring, hewent to school
and earned a de-
gree in Business Adminis
tration from the Universityof Puget Sound in 1961.He then worked for Boe
ing Corporation.
To further his educa-
tion with the new career,
he got involved in several
veterans groups within
the Seattle and Tacomaarea. He died in Tacoma
on January 18, 1998 at theage of 90. He was buriedat Mountain View Memo
rial Park in Tacoma, Wash
Within the familyhousing area of Fort SamHouston, Texas, a streetknown as Calugas Circlewas dedicated in his hon
or, with his family present,in 1999.His Medal of Honor was given to the Fort’smuseum for safekeeping.In 2006, a 36-unitapartment building, de
signed for low-incomeand disabled residents wasdedicated as the “Sgt. JoseCalugas, Sr. Apartments”in High Point, SeattleOn Memorial Day in2009, his memory washonored at the Living War Memorial Park on a me
-morial that had previously been established.
Can there be another Filipino, Christian or Mus
lim, who can duplicate thefeat of this Medal of Hon
-or recipient?
Yes, it is believed.As gallant as the Chris
tian ghters who gracedthe country, Moro brave
men have proven to the
world that they are a toughnut to crack!In fact, Bangsamoromen are still ghting for 
the cherished dream to

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