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WE seek to establish a justice system whereby it is the people themselves who exercise the power to say who must be arrested and brought to trial and who exercise the power to judge if those brought to trial are guilty or not. The power to say who should be tried in court is now exercised by the prosecutors in the Philippines. So that if the one being accused of rape, murder or corruption is influential, which is most likely, the prosecutors can easily be intimidated or bought. BUT if we put this power in the hands of a Grand Jury, usually composing 23 persons selected by raffle from a voters’ list and whose names and faces are kept secret, we are foreclosing any opportunity for the influential crime doer to use his power, money and influence. The role of the fiscal shall be limited to the presentation of evidence in court. The Grand Jury is vested with the power to compel intimidated or bought witnesses to speak up or he will be jailed until they agree to speak up by the power of contempt; law enforcers will be compelled to gather evidence or they will be held in jail in contempt until they agree to work as detectives. Now, the power to say whether an accused is guilty or not is exercised by one judge in the Philippines; may be of a regional trial court or a municipal trial court. As we know or hear, the powerful and rich accused can easily influence or buy decisions. BUT if we place this power in the hands of a Trial Jury, a group of 12 ordinary persons chosen at random from the voters’ list and whose faces and names are kept secret, we are also foreclosing any opportunity for the decision to be bought or influenced. Here, ordinary persons are tasked only to know what is true and what is false; the application of laws shall be the duty of the judge who is learned in law. The fact that we are foreclosing opportunities for tampering with justice, we are sure that the abusive and corrupt shall learn to toe the line and observe the rule of law. The vision here is we see everybody to be “PATAS SA BATAS.” With jury, all laws can now be implemented. If we have laws against discrimination by one tribe against another, or by Christians against Muslims, or by the rich against the poor, we can say that rebellions (by NPA and MILF) will die because the root that is discrimination is being attacked by the Jury Systems. With all corruption laws assured of implementation, the usually corrupt officials will be compelled to stop stealing people’s money. The swindlers will stop because they know the long arm of the law will surely reach them. Businessmen will deal fairly with the consumers because the assurance of implementation of the laws keeps them at bay. Sign up at http:// philjury.ning.com.
NO. 30 • ISSN 2094-4098
JAN. 4 - 10, 2010
The Sexbomb Girls: Circle like an egg
The saga of Hadji Butu, first Muslim senator 3 Page
A grand, glitzy kickoff
For EVIL (E for ERAP & VIL for VILLAR) to triumph is for good men to do nothing
CLEAR & PRESENT DANGER IS VILLAR
By TOTO CAUSING
Incredible rise in wealth in times of despair
Senator Manuel Villar was rated in 2009 by Forbes magazine as the No. 9 richest Filipino with a net asset of $530 million. In 2008, the business periodical rated him as the No. 11 richest Filipino with a net asset of $425 million. In 1997, while the whole of the Southeast Asian region was battling the financial crisis, then Congressman Manuel Villar of Las Piñas declared a net asset of only P312 million. Repeat: 312 MILLION PESOS! Converting his money then into US dollars, P312 million is equivalent to $7 million. So that, it means that in 11 years’ time, from 1998 to 2009, the net wealth of Villar jumped sky high. He acquired 503 million dollars in 11 years! How did he acquire this almost impossible jump in wealth when almost all others were reeling from region-wide financial flu? Was it a result of his “business acumen” he acquired from selling shrimp as he claimed? We really do not know how but we are sure he made it in a manner that cannot be done morally. then Congressman Joker Arroyo of Makati City against Villar in 1998 when the latter ran and won for Speaker of the House of Representatives. In that privileged speech, Joker lambasted Villar for wheeling dealings to earn big. Joker exposed that Villar used his power to use government agencies such as the National Home Mortgage Finance Corporation (Pag-Ibig), the Social Security Systems (SSS), the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) to save the latter’s dying Camella & Palmera Homes from bankruptcy. Joker also exposed how Villar violated the Constitution and anti-graft laws. Mrs. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, Joker survived public discontent on her that he managed to get reelected in 2007 with his campaign theme: “PAG BAD KA, LAGOT KA!” As such, Joker is an “ass hole” in the Senate, as what Senator Sonny Trillanes IV describes him to be.
The double-funding scandal
These accusations of Joker against Villar were validated by the discovery of the “double insertion” in the 2008 national budget. This is putting two budgets for one and the same road but listed in the said budget in two different names. Foremost among the double budgeting is the funds allotted To page 2
Joker singing different tune
But now, Joker is singing a different tune, despite his campaign theme during the 2007 senatorial elections stating “PAG BAD KA, LAGOT KA!” Joker is now the top defender of Villar on these very same accusations. How bad has Joker become? Nevertheless, these accusations of Joker before are still true as they are now. During that time when Joker attacked Villar, Joker’s credibility was not a joke. The Makati and Bicol senator was respected by the people for his daring exposes and stands on issues that were of high interest to the public. Joker was even rewarded by the public by electing him to the Senate in the 2001 elections. Despite his being an ally of
DANGEROUS PRESIDENTIABLES -- The two most dangerous men in our midst waiting for the right time to pounce on their hapless victims.
False claims on surveys
By OMAY E. RENTA
FALSE: Nacionalita’s claims Noynoy’s survey lead is like Roco’s TRUTH: Highest Noynoy’s survey is above 40%; Highest Roco’s survey was not even good for first THE Nacionalista Party (NP) looks like it is hallucinating when its spokesman, Gilbert Remulla, issued a statement claiming that Noynoy Aquino’s presidential bid will end up like that of the late Senator Raul Roco. Remulla claimed that like Noynoy Aquino, Roco was leading in the surveys in a few months leading to the election years. By saying this, Remulla, who is running for senator, insinuated that Roco was leading in either November or December before the election year in 2004. However, a check of the claims of Remulla proves him to be stating falsities. For instance, the November 2003 survey of the respectable Social Weather Station showed it was Fernando Poe Jr. who was tying for the lead with Noli de Castro as shown by the following news release of SWS itself: “November To page 2
Joker Arroyo’s expose vs Villar in 1998
We get this idea from the privileged speech delivered by
JAN. 4 - 10, 2010
Clear & present danger is Villar
From page 1
to what they now call CONTROVERSIAL C-5 ROAD and DAANG HARI that traverses at least 24 subdivisions of Villar corporations— to repeat, 24 subdivisions of Villar corporations. Senator Panfilo Lacson exposed these budget irregularities that happened under the watch of Villar as the Senate President in his privileged speech delivered on September 15, 2008 and September 22, 2008. To these privileged speeches, Joker stood up in defense of Villar. What a joke! The Senate President is the most-influential person to dictate on the budgeting in the bicameral conference committee, a committee composed of representatives of the Senate and of the House of Representatives who meet to harmonize the different versions of the bills separately approved by the Upper House and the Lower House. In his exposes, Lacson showed proofs and stated this: “On page 563 of the 2008 General Appropriations Act, under the DPWH budget Item B Point 1 Point A Point G, P200 million was appropriated for the construction of the President Carlos P. Garcia Avenue Extension, from South Luzon Expressway to Sucat Road in Parañaque City, including ROW (right of way). “On page 646 of the same budget book, under the same heading for DPWH budget Item B Point H, Point 7, another P200 million was appropriated for the extension of C-5 Road including ROW. C5 Road is what we formerly call President Carlos Garcia Avenue. The project covers the same stretch – also from the South Luzon Expressway to Sucat Road in Parañaque City. “Distinguished colleagues, please allow me to very simply describe these two appropriations—one is to extend Carlos P. Garcia Avenue from SLEX to Sucat Road in Parañaque City including Right-of-Way; the other is to extend C-5 Road from SLEX to Sucat Road in Parañaque City including Right-of-Way.” If Villar did this double funding while he was yet a Senate President, how much more damage can he wreak to the country if he were the President? Thus, there is now a substantive truth to the official position of Dyaryo Magdalo: VILLAR IS A CLEAR-ANDPRESENT DANGER TO THE COUNTRY!
Evil is clear-and-present danger
Other than the possible noproclamation plot where no president, no vice-president and no new 12 senators proclaimed, the other clear-andpresent danger is EVIL. This is no joke. EVIL here stands for “E” as in Erap and “VIL” as in Villar and not Brother Eddie Villanueva. As presented above, the danger is real because Erap and Villar are both very close to the finishing line, although Senator Noynoy Aquino is still far ahead at 45% percent. For Erap, his life has been an open book to the voters. But he still commands the votes of those who refuse to believe that he was convicted of plunder. But for Villar, his state of corporate cheating affairs has yet to be fully known by the electorate. To this, Dyaryo Magdalo presents snippets of the damning privileged speech of Joker Arroyo against Villar and the privilege speeches of Lacson 10 years later.
Erap is another clear-andpresent danger
Former President Joseph “Erap” Estrada is another clearand-present danger simply because he is still capable to catch up with in the surveys game at third place in both the SWS and Pulse Asia, both still respectable, considering his record in the past speaks of massive corruption. How can Estrada say he will not be corrupt and will do good governance when he came from there? While there are still four months to campaign, Estrada can still arouse his previous supporters’ interest and make magic. To date, despite the evidence to the contrary, Estrada has maintained a following of at least 20% of the voters, or about 13 million, which is enough to win a senatorial slate in the last two elections. The joke circling around Erap is that he has had the habit of not finishing his endeavors. First, he did not finish schooling. Then he did not finish his president’s term of six years as he was ousted with barely three years into. Then he was sentenced to reclusion perpetua but he also did not finish the term, serving only six years. How much more Erap could get now that Comelec allowed him to run?
trolling interest, during their term.” In this speech, Joker said Villar caused his realty corporations, such as Camella and Palmera Homes, to avail of loans from government financial institutions, including PagIbig, SSS and GSIS. Joker also accused Villar of taking advantage of his power as congressman to obtain a billion pesos of loan from the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas to finance the operations of Capitol Bank at the time when the chief executive officer was his wife, now Congresswoman Cynthia Aguilar Villar. It was gathered by Dyaryo Magdalo that the money loaned from Bangko Sentral was then borrowed from Capitol Bank by Villar’s real estate companies. But these corporations did not pay the loans, eventually ending up to a compromise whereby Villar’s corporations paid the debts in subdivision lots. As such, it is like Villar succeeded in selling his subdivision lots. But these were sold not to persons who genuinely needed lots for houses but to the unwilling buyer in the person of the Bangko Sentral.
Joker said Villar violated the Constitution & anti-graf laws
Joker, who has now turned into a No. 1 supporter of Villar, fought bitterly against Villar a decade ago. In 1998, Joker delivered an extremely-damaging privileged speech against Villar shortly after the latter became the Speaker of the House of Representatives during the presidency of Joseph “Erap” Estrada. Joker began his meaty tirade by reminding all congressmen of Article XI of the Constitution, entitled “Accountability of Public Officers.” Joker particularly cited Section 16 thereof, stating: “No loan, guaranty or other form of financial accommodation for any business purpose may be granted, directly or indirectly, by any government or controlled bank or financial institution to the President, the Vice-President, the Members of the Cabinet, the Congress, the Supreme Court, and the Constitutional Commission, the Ombudsman, or to any firm or entity in which they have con-
Dubious loans from government agencies
The first charge of Joker against Villar was that Speaker Villar and the companies of which he was the president or chairman, or where Villar had a controlling interest, were—and are—the biggest low-cost housing developers in the country. Joker said that the Camella and Palmera Homes and its principal subsidiaries, the Household Development Corporation and Palmera and Communities Philippines, were given financial accommodations by government banks or financial institutions, including the Pag-Ibig during Villar’s term as congressman from 1992 to 1998. The second charge of Joker against Villar was that the latter did not divest himself of his interests in those corporations from 1992-1998. Because of failure to give up his interests in these corporations having transactions with government financial institutions, Joker said that Villar violated the constitutional ban To page 5
Ryan Bolivar, 27, grimaces in pain while being subjected to paraffin test. The suspect was apprehended by the Caloocan City police for indiscriminate firing along Brgy. 28, Dagat-dagatan in Caloocan City. (Inset) The gun found in his possession. Photo: NICK GALINO
False claims on surveys
From page 1
8-24, 2003 SWS/Polistrat Survey: FPJ Ties De Castro for the Lead “Fernando Poe Jr. (FPJ) has tied Noli de Castro as leading candidate for the presidency, Raul Roco and Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (GMA) are tied for third, and Panfilo Lacson is in fifth place, according to the Social Weather Survey of November 8 to 24, 2003. “For President: A swing towards FPJ “On the question of choice for President if elections were held today, the joint survey leaders are FPJ with 25% and de Castro with 24%. Next are Roco at 18% and GMA at 17%, followed by Lacson at 10%, with 6% undecided [Table 1]. “This indicates a significant gain for FPJ who as of midSeptember had only 14%, and a decline for de Castro who formerly had 28%. The September proportions for Roco (20%), GMA (17%), and Lacson (10%) are essentially unchanged [Table 2].” In the September 2003 survey of SWS, Roco was only in second place. That survey showed Noli de Castro as the one leading, as shown by the following official news release from SWS: “September 2003 SWS/ Polistrat Survey: Noli De Castro Widens Lead in 2004 Races “Noli de Castro has widened his lead over other prospective candidates for either the presidency or the vicepresidency, according to the Social Weather Survey of August 30 to September 14, 2003. “On the question of choice for President if elections were held today, the survey leader is de Castro with 28%, followed by Raul Roco 20%, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo 17%, Fernando Poe Jr. 14%, Panfilo Lacson 10%, Gregorio Honasan 6%, and Teofisto Guingona 2%, with 4% either undecided or not answering [Table 1].” “The new survey indicates a more significant lead of de Castro over Roco compared to earlier surveys showing de Castro 20% and Roco 18% in August 2003 (SWS/ABSCBN), Roco 19% and de Castro 18% in July 2003 (SWS/Manila Standard), and de Castro 22% and Roco 19% in June 2003 (SWS/Polistrat) [Table 2].” With these facts coming form SWS, it now proves Remulla is wrong in arguing that Noynoy Aquino will follow the fate of Roco, from being No. 1 in survey to end up in the cellar. Now, let us look at the survey ratings of Noynoy Aquino as reported by SWS. In the September 2009 survey, SWS reported that Noynoy was preferred by 50% of the voters in the voterich Luzon and Metro Manila areas. This is the first SWS survey conducted with Noynoy included as among the choices. Here, Villar came in second at the very far 17%. This was followed by another September SWS survey with different questions, showing 60% of the Filipinos preferring Noynoy to be the next president. To prove this, the following news report from Manila Bulletin is hereby quoted as follows: “Senator Benigno ‘Noynoy’ Aquino III has taken over the top spot in the Filipinos’ preferred successors to President Arroyo in 2010, garnering an overwhelming 60 percent nod among the electorate, the third quarter Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey results showed. “The SWS survey on the voters’ top three choices to best succeed Mrs. Arroyo used to be dominated by Senator Manuel Villar Jr. in the two preceding survey rounds in May and June this year. Villar dropped to a distant second in the latest opinion poll. “Vice President Noli de Castro, who consistently topped the same survey in seven earlier polls from September 2007 to February 2009, has dropped out of the top three in the latest SWS survey. “In the nationwide survey fielded over Sept. 18 to 21 among 1,800 respondents, 60 percent mentioned Aquino’s name as their top bet in the 2010 presidential elections. “SWS asked the respondents to answer the question, ‘Under the present Constitution, the term of President Arroyo is up to 2010 only, and there will be an election for a new President in May 2010. Who do you think are good leaders who should succeed President Arroyo as President?’ “The respondents were requested to give three names of their choice, without any list provided by SWS. “For the first time, the name of Aquino was mentioned in the September 2009 survey. The senator declared his intention to run for president only that same month, and was never considered a contender prior to his declaration. “SWS said the question wording has been exactly the same in the 10 previous surTo page 3
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By MARLENE AGUILAR
(Editor’s Note: Dyaryo Magdalo republishes this article written and published by Marlene Aguilar, sister of ANAK icon Freddie Aguilar, on her website, http://www.marleneaguilar.com. This is a reflection of a beautiful story about her cruel beginning, the violence that stared here everywhere and every time, her ups and downs, and her successes and failures. You can see her how she suffers now after her son, Jason Ivler, was tagged as the one who shot a Malacañang official’s son on a road rage, and arrested by National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) agents after a shootout shown in public. She wrote this for her speech delivered on a book launching on April 5, 2008.)
have lived a beautiful life. It is beautiful because I choose to see it that way. I was born into wealth in the northern part of the Philippines. My father was the Chief of Police of the town where my life began. He was also a boxer. My father lost everything through gambling and so we became very poor and had to move to Manila. He brought out the best and the worst in me from the age of three. He used to beat me and my siblings, almost daily. I knew agony and hunger at a young age. Oh, don’t feel sorry for me. I am grateful for my pain. I would not want your life in exchange for mine, even if you were the daughter of the Queen of England. Believe me I wouldn’t change anything about my life. It is my tragedy that has given me omnipotence. This speech covers but a tiny section of my colorful, exciting life. I want to share it with you, hoping that if you knew pain and suffering when you were a child, such as I did, then my life could help
ease your pain and give you inspiration and hope. My father was extremely intelligent. He was compassionate, sensitive, passionate, generous and loving, but he also had the instinct of a natural born killer. I don’t remember how he looked although my siblings do. Maybe I have chosen to forget. He used to humiliate me and beat me until my legs bled. I don’t know what was worse, to take the beating myself or to watch my siblings suffer his wrath. He was so cruel and abusive to my brothers that to this day the memory brings me horror. What happens to a child who is betrayed by a parent at a young age? You will never know unless you suffered the same fate as I did. In Manila, we lived in a neighborhood surrounded by dangerous gangsters and killers who went in and out of prison like they were going food shopping. It wasn’t rare to hear them shoot at each other at night. So as a little girl my mother taught me to hit the floor when I heard gun shots. I remember going to
school one morning, seeing a pool of blood in front of my house because members of the local gang had a terrible fight that evening. One man was stabbed to death during the encounter. And there I was six years old, poor, hungry, staring at death early in the morning on my way to school. Violence was not only in my home, it was everywhere. My father died in my arms when I was 16. And after his death, I sought more danger and violence. This would be too much to tell today. I was married at nineteen and my husband died a sudden death when I was 23 years old. I raised my two sons on my own. I have known violence most people will never know. I have felt hunger, loss and pain most people will never know. Yet, I don’t complain. I find no reason to complain. I feel special that I was given a challenging life. Otherwise, I would be very boring like most people. I have chosen to conquer my pain. I will not allow my past to stop me from achieving what I want out of life. On the contrary, it is my
tragic past that has catapulted me into the person I am today. If you can conquer your past, then you will know freedom and strength beyond the imagination. I am free because I have chosen to be free. I am not impressed by money, title or position. It is only the great mind and spirit in people that can touch me. Nothing owns me. Today, I believe if I cannot go out and get what I want for myself then I do not deserve to have it. The world does not owe me anything. My success is mine. So is my failure. My past is not an excuse for failure. It is what has powered my success. Ultimately, the soul is neither male nor female. I have no gender issue. It is the mind that powers the actions of mankind. Life is a choice. Suffering is a choice. So is happiness. I
Multi-awarded publisher and author Marlene Aguilar with brother, legendary composer and singer Freddie Aguilar.
have chosen to make the best out of the cards I was dealt. I converted my pain into my strength. I picked up the pieces and made myself complete. Today I am whole. That is why I say, my life is beautiful. And that is the true power of a woman. Freedom!
False claims on surveys
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veys since September 2007. “The second most popular choice was Villar with 37 percent, followed by former President Joseph Estrada at 18 percent. “Villar topped the same survey in May and June this year with 29 percent and 33 percent respectively.” In the November 4-8 (2009) survey of SWS, it shows Noynoy garnering 47% while Villar and former President Joseph “Erap” Estrada got 20% and 12%, respectively. In the December 5-10 (2009) survey of SWS, it shows Noynoy being preferred by 46% of the voters while Villar chalked up 27% and Estrada went up to 16%. The increase in Villar’s and Estrada’s ratings may be due to the fact that Senator Chiz Escudero backed out of the race and his voters were distributed to all other candidates. In the December 27-28 (2009) survey of SWS, it shows Noynoy still at the top with 44% preference. Villar came next with 33%, up from his 27% in the December 5-10 (2009) survey. Erap was still in third with 15%. Without much ado, it is therefore false for VIllar’s spokesman, Gilbert Remulla, to say that Noynoy will suffer the same fate as that of Roco by saying that Roco was No. 1 who ended up last. The true figures above show clearly that Roco did not land No. 1 in the few months leading to the election year. To the contrary, it was the late Fernando Poe Jr. who was leading the surveys in the months leading to the May 2004 elections, only to be zeroed in several towns controlled by the allies of Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, including towns in Maguindanao province when Andal Ampatuan Sr. was the governor there. The arguments of Villar’s spokesman are also unsound, considering he is comparing two different elections. In the 2004 elections, there were unlimited chances to cheat, particularly in election returns. In the 2010 elections, the voting and the counting of votes will be computerized. If computerized elections will push through, there will be no more opportunity for vote-shaving and vote-padding scheme (dagdag-bawas) employed by cheaters as revealed in the controversial “Hello, Garci” tapes. False: Voter’s preference for Noynoy ‘pababa nang pababa’ Truth: Voter’s preference does not change Remulla also committed another act of lying when he claimed that Senator Manny Villar’s survey is going up as against Noynoy Aquino’s that is going down as the election campaign period is coming. To this, Remulla says: “Statistically, may trending na pababa nang pababa si Noynoy kumpara kay Senator Villar na ang trending ay pataas nang pataas naman so we have nothing to worry about, look at Roco.” Looking at the data above, it shows that the first survey rating of Noynoy Aquino during the November 4-8 period was 47% nationwide, the second survey rating during the December 5-10 period was 46%, and the third survey rating during the December 2728 period was 44%. Now, these surveys had a margin of error of 3%. This means it is also possible the true rating of 47% is actually 50%, taken from 47 + 3 or that the true rating from 47% is actually 44% taken from 47-3 = 44%. It may also be said the last rating of Noynoy, referring to the December 27-28 survey, is actually 47%, taken from 44% + 3% = 47%. Now, for Remulla to say “pababa nang pababa” is false for only three surveys were made and considering further that the margin of error is 3%. Remulla, though, is correct in saying tthe survey rating of Villar went up.
Marlene with nephew and niece, Jeriko and Maegan Aguilar. Jeriko is the lead guitarist and vocalist of Anak band while Maegan is an accomplished singer, composer, drummer and guitarist.
JAN. 4 - 10, 2010
Comelec is the root of all evil
WE in this group of extremely-desperate patriots officially declare: “WE CONDEMN THE COMMISSION ON ELECTIONS (COMELEC).” It failed the people by NOT curbing illegal and immoral election practices that are the root—we repeat, THE ROOT—of all the miseries of the Philippines and the Filipino people. The fate of one country depends on the kind of election it has. The Comelec is given by the Constitution awesome and broad powers it can use to make lives of the Filipinos better. It has the power to stop vote buying, yet it has miserably failed in it. It has the power to stop dagdag-bawas (vote shaving), yet it has NOT JAILED ANYONE. It has the power to stop patronage politics, yet it has NOT FOUND REASONS to end them. It has the power to stop any other form of election cheating, yet it has not done anything. It has the power to disqualify candidates who will only make a mockery of election, yet it has not done so in its eschewed meaning of what that means. It has the power to do any act to achieve the purpose of getting truly clean, unselfish and patriotic people to our reigns of power, but it has not done so. The fate of our country mislabeled as “democratic” depends on the quality and character of politicians elected to the posts of President, VicePresident, Senators, Congressmen, Governors, Vice-Governors, Board Members, Mayors, Vice-Mayors and Councilors. If we can only elect officials who truly have good hearts and pure intentions, there could have been no problems, there could have been no “Ampatuan Massacre,” there could have been no “NBNZTE controversy,” there could have been no “Fertilizer Scam,” there could have been no “Hello Garci” robbery of ballots, there could have been no “jueteng” or “last-two” gambling that stole the Filipinos’ ingenuity and potential for industry, there could have been no Moro rebellion, there could have been no Red rebellion. If we can only elect officials who truly have good hearts and pure intentions, there could have been no congressmen who just feast on Pork Barrels and earn more from becoming “rubber stamps” and collaborators of whoever in Malacañang and whoever lobbies with them for the passing of beneficial laws. If we can only elect officials who truly have good hearts and pure intentions, there could have been no senators who are educationally unprepared, turncoats or “balimbings,” or who steal and collaborate with finesse, or who sell their votes for survival or money. If we can only elect officials who truly have good hearts and pure intentions, there could have been no Ferdinand Marcos who ruined the country with humanrights abuses and stole billions of pesos from the government, there could have been no Fidel Valdez Ramos who was blamed for robbing the votes of Miriam Defensor Santiago and the infamous Expo Pilipino and other white elephant projects, there could have been no Joseph Erap Estrada who stole at least Three Billion Pesos that led to his plunder conviction, there could have been no Gloria Macapagal Arroyo who “stole the presidency not once but twice” with the last from the late Fernando Poe Jr. and who has turned out to be the worst president of all time, there could have been no Manny Villar who only stole Six Billion Pesos to benefit his at least 23 classy subdivisions on C-5 or Daang Hari. The Comelec, by its own powers alone, has enough to make life worth living for all Filipinos. But it has failed us. It has become inutile. It could have exercised judicial activism on its own if it gave meaning to its ruling allowing Joseph Erap Estrada to
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run again for president, in the midst of overwhelming wail for his perpetual injunction. Is it not that Ely Pamatong is more honorable for having been disqualified from presidential elections for countless times and for calling all Comelec Comissioners as “thieves” or “mga magnanakaw kayong lahat?” We can actually elect officials who have good hearts and pure intentions. That is if only the Comelec exercised its powers: (a) to arrest cheaters of elections; (b) power to stop private armies; (c) power to disqualify candidates on the basis of obvious campaign materials; (d) power to monitor strictly the campaign expenses; (e) power to watch out with many keen eyes for those who buy and intimidate for votes; (f) power to redefine the age-old “capability to mount campaign” doctrine that disqualifies wellmeaning candidates who happen to have no party or money; (g) power to redefine “bona fide intention to run”; (h) power to define well the meaning of “underprivileged” and “marginalized” sectors to qualify for party-list elections, etc. To date, we have heard no one imprisoned for election violations. We could have been blessed with good officials if only the Comelec has been extra-vigilant, extra-pro-active, extra-principled and extra-daring to meet the perennial termites and cancers of the Philippine society. Everything begins from election. If the beginning is bad, so is the rest that follows. The great politician-philosopher Edmund Burke of the 18th century said: For evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing. We in the DO-NOTVOTE CAMPAIGN say it this way: FOR EVIL TO TRIUMPH IS FOR COMELEC TO DO NOTHING.
By RONALDO E. RENTA
COURT’S decision is the most important and pivotal part of the process of marital dissolution. Of course, petitioner is hoping and praying that the decision would be favorable: one that allows the absolute nullity of marriage or decrees annulment. The court’s decision must contain a statement that the marriage is declared null and void and that a decree of nullity shall be issued after the parties have complied with the requirements set forth by Article 50 and Article 51 of the Family Code. What would be tackled under Articles 50 and 51 are the following: 1. Liquidation, Partition and distribution of the properties of the spouses; 2. Custody and support of common children; and 3. Delivery of the future legitime of the children.
These requirements are necessary only if the spouses have properties or estate to partition and distribute between themselves and to deliver to their children as presumed legitime or shares like in inheritance when the parents are already deceased. It is ideal that the properties of the spouses and children custody issues should have been settled. These issues therefore can be quickly resolved if the spouses already have a written agreement that needed only the approval of the court. In order not to overlook these essential ministerial acts, the spouse client must see to it that everything in this short list is complied with. To know the process involved here, remember the three Rs, which are as follows: Recitals — The decision shall recite the merits of the case, the facts and laws involved in coming out with the decision; Receipts — The decision shall be served personally or through mail to the parties, Solicitor General and Public Prosecutor; and Recording — The decision, the partition and distribution of properties and the delivery of the children’s presumptive legitimes shall be recorded in the appropriate civil registry and registries of property. The matters here discussed are a common and costly oversight by a lawyer handling a case for declaration of nullity or annulment. Commonly, right after receiving the decision, the counsel and the client jump in jubilation forgetting those last operative acts. This is a costly oversight. As provided under Article 53 of the Family Code non-compliance with these provisions shall render the subsequent marriage null and void. So you must be extra-careful and make it sure that those last ministerial and essential acts must be done in order to avoid future inconvenience and possible criminal charge of bigamy.
The Last Mohican
By TOTO FETALINO
THE Senate report implicating Nacionalista Party presidential candidate Sen. Manny Villar to a multi-billion scam should be looked into by Filipinos for them to decide whether to vote for him as the next caretaker of the national coffer. According to the report: “Villar’s involvement in the C-5 project in Parañaque and Las Piñas cities made the Filipinos suffer the total amount of P6.22 billion.” It revealed that Villar proposed that the extension project “pass through properties of his corporations, which in turn benefited from the use of such road, from the compensation for road right of ways and from the resultant economic development in and increased market value of the vicinity.” In other words, ginisa tayo ni Manny Villar sa sarili nating mantika! But a solution is in the offing. Manny Villar is being asked to simply return the money that he has allegedly taken from the people. It sounds good to me. Actually, this is what my sister is also asking from Manny Villar. You see, Villar owns Promenade, a subdivision being sold by one of Villar’s corporation in Sta. Rosa, Laguna. My sister bought a portion of it because the senator’s salesmen promised they would develop the place into a prime subdivision. In fact, my sister chose one particular site where, according to Villar’s men, the surroundings would be developed into something like a mini-park so it was really very tempting. But almost a decade has already passed and not a single development was made in Promenade. I quote my sister’s words: “ni wala pa ngang mga kalye!” This is why, like other buyers, my sister has not yet constructed their houses in the
Give back our money, Manny Villar
subdivision. Many of the buyers are businessmen and they invested their money in the property of Villar. They trusted his name. But he failed to deliver what he committed. Now, lot owners cannot even sell the property they bought from Villar because its value has not appreciated. “Lugi pa nga dahil kung ginamit namin sa ibang negosyo ang pera namin, di sana kumita pa kami,” my sister said. My sister is not asking too much from Manny Villar. She only wants her money back and the corresponding amount representing the supposed increase in the value of the property had Manny Villar fulfilled his promise. If he doesn’t give what my sister wants, then at least we have an idea on how Manny Villar will run the country if he becomes president. vey firm for coming up with a result where a mayoral bet from the opposing camp was on top and ahead by so many points of all the other contenders. Aiko Melendez called the survey showing Herbert Bautista leading by 75 percent a ghost survey. Ghost because the survey did not mention how it arrived at the figure. This was not the first time that a survey result was questioned. Earlier, Liberal Party presidential candidate Noynoy Aquino was quoted as saying that survey results can now be bought in Quiapo. He made the statement after a survey reported that Nacionalista Party bet Manny Villar is only inches away from him. It is only natural for candidates to despise a survey when its results do not favor them. It is as natural when they want to grab newspaper headlines when surveys show they are leading. What is not natural is when surveys start to give unbelievable results. Surveys are supposed to be credible. It is now hard to believe in surveys after learning of insinuations they are no longer believable. But come to think of it. Many of the people would still tend to trust the surveys because they have been accustomed to rely on it in monitoring candidates’ standing for a long time. It is like a very bad habit that is very hard to break. Alfredo Lim brought nonlawyers and non-accountants into its plantilla. It was something that demoralized the elite force. In fairness to Lim, the NBI arrested a lot of huge criminals during his reign but the agency was already at the brink of degradation before he left the office. New administrations that followed had difficulties in bringing back what NBI used to be. But just like what I said, I think they’re back in their sharpest fighting form. I saw the footage of the courageous lawmen fighting it out with the trigger-happy Ivler. Two of them were wounded. They deserve more medals. My only comment was that they spared the life of Ivler because the guy is well connected. If it were the policemen who operated on it, Ivler would have been a goner. This is how bad the image of the police now. And this is what separates the PNP from the NBI.
NBI DOES IT AGAIN
The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) deserves a commendation for the successful operation that led to the arrest of Jason Ivler. Earlier, it was also the NBI that caught and killed AFG leader Alvin Flores, the one who lead the Ayala Mall heist. After these feats, it can be said that the NBI is exerting all efforts to regain the glory it enjoyed many years back. I don’t remember exactly when but NBI used to be the most respected law enforcement agency in the country. The popularity of the agency went down after
I was amused on how a vice-mayoral candidate in Quezon City slammed a sur-
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The saga of Hadji Butu, first Muslim senator
By TOTO CAUSING
HADJI Butu Abdul Bagui, or simply Hadji Butu, is the first Filipino Muslim senator of the Philippines. His terms of office as senator did not go out without a lasting legacy. He served as the senator of the Twelfth District, composed of Twelfth Senatorial District – Mt. Province, Baguio, Nueva Vizcaya. Agusan, Bukidnon, Cotobato, Davao, Lanao, Sulu, and Zamboanga. Senator Butu had actually fought wars against the Spanish governments. He was the brain in the fight of the Sulu Muslims and the Sultans of Sulu during his time. Despite his bitter experience in the hands of the Spaniards and the Americans who took over after Spain surrendered in the Treaty of Paris on December 10, 1898, Senator Butu demonstrated his unequalled love for the Philippines as a whole—not just Mindanao. One of his sterling performances was his passion as a patriot that his first bill in the old Congress was his authorship of the establishment of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) and the Philippine Naval Academy to ensure the defense of the Philippines. As such, Senator Butu is the father of the PMA. All graduates of the PMA therefore have the compulsory obligation to salute Hadji Butu. Were it not for him, there could have been no PMA now. Senator Butu demonstrated once again his patriotism as among the best Filipino patriots of his time. He kept fighting for all of the Philippines, not just Mindanao. He was with Manuel Luis Quezon and Sergio Osmeña in fighting for independence of the Philippines from America. Hadji Butu campaigned to the Muslims in Mindanao and Sulu to support their Christian Filipino brothers in the quest for independence. Butu and his company succeeded and got the passage of the Jones Law of 1916. To this, Senator Butu said: “a great step towards the attainment of the national ideal.” In describing Hadji Butu, the archive of the Senate says of him: “One of Hadji Butu’s sterling qualities was his flaming love of the Philippines. He was a sincere advocate of Filipino nationalism—one country, one people, one flag.”
The beginning of the legend
The archive of the Senate of the Philippines said that Senator Butu was born in Jolo in the year 1865. But the exact day and month of his birth cannot be ascertained. The Muslim Filipinos during that time do not keep track of time by the Gregorian calendar and it was their custom of not keeping written records of births. From stories I learned from Muslim elders, Muslim Filipinos just plant a tree on the day of birth and it is this tree that will keep track of the age of that person. Senator Butu descended from distinguished ascendants. He descended from Mantiri Asip, a famous minister of Raja Baginda, who was a Muslim prince from Sumatra who conquered Jolo in 1390. When he ripened in age, Senator Butu kept his family tradition that he served as the prime minister to various sultans of Sulu. The Senate archive said that since early boyhood, Senator Butu manifested his prodigious intellect. At the age of six, Senator
Hadji Butu (second from right).
Butu studied the Arabic language and the Qu’ran (Koran) and mastered them in four years time. His growing-up years were marked with turbulent wars against Christian Spaniards and Christian Filipinos. But he nurtured his passionate love for knowledge and peace. The Senate archive says that Senator Butu saw Spain’s desperate attempts to conquer the Islamic Sultanate of Sulu and the successful resistance of the Moro people—particularly the fearless Taosug warriors. The Senate archive said that on February 29, 1876, while he was yet 11 years old, a mighty armada under the command of Admiral Jose Malcampo (concurrently Governor-General of the Philippines) attacked Jolo and captured it after a ferocious combat. At that time, the archive says that Sultan Jamalul Kiram I and his Taosug army evacuated the city but continued their resistance to the Spanish power in the mountains. Spanish forces defeated the Taosugs in various battles but they were never conquered. While the war was raging, Sultan Jamalul Kiram died and he was succeeded by Jamalul A’lam I. The archive further said that on January 22,1878, Sultan Jamalul A’lam signed an agreement with two foreign adventurers—Baron Gustave von Overbeck (Austrian consul in Hongkong) and Alfred Dent (British trader) to finance his war against the Christian invaders. The agreement called for leasing the Sultan’s territory in North Borneo, called Sabah, for an annual rent of 5,000 Malayan dollars (U.S. $1,600). However, the Sultan died on April 8,1878. The archive said he was succeeded by Badarud Din II. At that time, Senator Butu was only 16 years old. The archive said that despite the age he was designated the prime minister to the new sultan because of his knowledge of the Arabic language and the Qu’ranic law. Years later or in 1882, the archive said that Butu accompanied Sultan Badarud on a pilgrimage to Mecca, the Holy City of Islam in Saudi Arabia. It was his first visit to Mecca and from this time on till his death he enjoyed the title of Hadji. In Mecca, the archive said that Hadji fraternized with the learned priests and scholars of Arabia. This improved his knowledge of the Arabic language, religion, and jurisprudence. When he returned to Jolo together with Sultan Badarud in January of 1883, the archive said that Senator Butu was recognized as the foremost Taosug To page 7
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for congressmen against entering into loan deals with the government while he serves as a congressman. The third charge of Joker against Villar was that the latter still continued to hold interests in his companies even after having been prompted about his violations. This means that the violations have become clear to be deliberately done: he knew it was wrong yet he continued doing it. It was labeled by Joker as a “continuing violation.” ment financial institution,” Joker exploded. Joker cited Republic Act 3019, otherwise known as the Anti-graft and Corrupt Practices Act, which provides in Section 6 that it “shall be unlawful hereafter for any Member of the Congress during the term for which he has been elected, to acquire or to receive any personal or pecuniary interest in any specific business enterprise which will be directly and particularly favored or benefited by any law or resolution authored by him previously approved or adopted by the Congress during the same term.” To this, Joker added: “In other words even if he was not the principal author, if he did ask or initiate the enactment of such a law, he is covered by the prohibition. Simply put, during our term of office, each one of us, it shall be unlawful for us to author any law or resolution that would benefit or favor us.” Villar, Jr., Achiever and Visionary Leader” and the “Legislative Performance of Congressman Manny B. Villar, Jr.” In this kit, Joker cited that Villar clearly said that he “incorporated in the landmark Comprehensive and Integrated Shelter Finance Act, RA 7835, the recapitalization of the National Home Mortgage and Finance Corporation and the amendment of the Agri-Aqua Law to include housing investment.” This was improper considering that Villar’s companies have been engaged in housing business, thereby violating the anti-graft law. The said Act was coauthored by then Villar. It directs “banks to extend to housing loans not utilized for agriculture and agrarian reform credit.” In other words, funds for agriculture and agrarian credit are to be re-channeled to housing, which has been Villar’s business. Joker said that in the same propaganda kit, it was stated that making Pag-Ibig fund contributions compulsory and increasing housing investments with SSS were also authored by Villar. Joker insisted that the Pagibig is a main source of funding of Villar’s companies and the laws proposed by Villar from 1992 to 1998 were designed to benefit his housing business, “a violation of the Anti-graft law.”
Failure to give up interests in his businesses
The seventh charge of Joker against Villar was that when those bills Villar authored were enacted into law, Villar did not divest himself of his interests in his companies that benefited from the laws.
SSS, GSIS and Manuela Corp. P150-M loan
The eighth charge of Joker against Villar was that Manuela Corporation applied for and was granted a loan of P1 billion by the SSS, a government financial institution. Joker added that another P2 billion loan would be syndicated with another government financial institution, which was the GSIS. Such that, Joker said, the total syndicated loan from the two GFIs reached P3 billion for Manuela Corporation. Manuela was a housing and realty corporation owned by the family of the wife of Speaker Villar. These loans were obtained despite the fact that the policy of SSS is that it does not extend direct loans to any company. To Joker’s mouth, the SSS
loan to Manuela Corporation was the first in SSS history. The ninth charge of Joker against Villar is that Manuela Corporation got a loan of P150 million from Capitol Bank, which is also owned by Speaker Villar. In other words, Villar’s corporation got a loan from his bank, a violation of the law against loans to be made by stockholders from their own corporations. It was like Villar borrowing money from his own bank.
Converting agrarian lands to housing
The tenth charge of Joker against Villar was that while the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) was being undertaken in obedience to a constitutional mandate, Villar’s companies have developed 5,950 hectares or almost 60,000,000 square meters of agrarian lands into residential subdivisions without appropriate DAR authorizations. “Just to give you an idea about how big 60,000,000 square meters is—my constituency of Makati is only onethird of that size... Las Piñas which is the constituency of Speaker Villar is roughly 41,000,000 square meters. If you add the entire area of Las Piñas and Makati, that is the
The Capitol Bank
The fourth charge of Joker against Villar was that the latter controlled the Capitol Bank while Mrs. Villar was the chief executive officer. Joker said that the Capitol Bank received loans, financial accommodations and guarantees from the Bangko Sentral from 1992 to 1998 while Villar was a congressman. “That is constitutionally forbidden. To sum it up, the constitutional prohibition is very simple. If a Representative has a controlling interest in a firm or entity, that firm or entity cannot be extended a loan, a guaranty, or a financial accommodation for any business purpose from any govern-
The Pag-Ibig law
The sixth charge of Joker against Villar was that in Villar’s bid for the speakership of the House of Representatives, the latter distributed a propaganda kit to congressmen and media. In the kit were contained brochures entitled, “Manny B.
residential subdivisions covered by the companies of Speaker Villar,” Joker explained. Then, Joker went on to remind: “Public office is a public trust. We, the representatives of the people pay a price for getting elected to public office. The Constitution imposes on us certain constraints which we must follow to the letter. In my case, for instance, I was a practitioner up to 1992. I got elected to the House so I stopped practicing, in other words, I no longer appear in court. That is the price I have to pay. I think I was earning adequately in the practice of law, but I have to make a choice. Do I want to be a lawyer, or I want to be a Congressman? If I want to continue being a lawyer, then I must not be a Congressman. So in the case of Speaker Villar, it is simple. If he wants to go continue in business and deal with government financial institutions, he can do so but he cannot also be a Congressman. If he wants to be a Congressman, then he must not be in business which deals with the government.”
From 1998 to 2009
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By OMAY E. RENTA
JAN. 4 - 10, 2010
CIRCLE LIKE AN EGG:
The Sexbomb Girls
(Clockwise from top) Izzy, Evette, Rochelle, Jopay, Weng and Cynthia.
THE all-female singing and dancing group Sexbomb Girls, who is also known as Sexbomb Dancers, has made a music video instructing the voters in the upcoming Presidential Election. The project was done in association with the Voter’s Educational Campaign and GMA-Kapuso Network. The said educational campaign by the Sexbomb Dancers is also a big help in informing the people that there is no more manual counting and there is no more need to write the names of the candidates they intended to vote. In addition, the said infomercial reminded that there will be an election. Entitled Bilog na Hugis Itlog, said music video is regularly aired in between programs of GMA-7 Network. It is also played over FM and AM radio stations. Internet subscribers in different places, including absentee voters abroad, can also see the said music video online via youtube.com. Bilog na Hugis Itlog is a song that gives information on how to vote using the computerized ballot form. It tells how to shade the circle by looking for the oval beside the name of a candidate they intended to vote. It also tells that the computer machine will read the ballots. Sexbomb Dancers also used visual aids to walk the viewer through the automated election process. It also instructed the voters which elective positions to be shaded such as one President, one VicePresident, not more than 12 senators, one party-list representative. It also instructs that the voters may shade ovals for local elective positions such as one mayor, one vicemayor, councilors, one governor, one vice-governor and some board members. The GMA-produced music and dance election “infomercial” was launched on air last December. A few days later, lots of positive reaction from the public were received by the network. Before the educational campaign was aired, Pulse Asia conducted surveys regarding as to the knowledge of the people on the modern ways of election. Based on the surveys, it appeared that 61 percent or 6 out of 10 Filipino lacked or had no knowledge at all about the automated system for the May 2010 election. It was also said that 13 percent from the 1,800 respondents who were asked had knowledge on the poll automation. Meanwhile, 26 percent who had sufficient knowledge and 61 percent had quite no knowledge on the modern ways of voting. A month after the music and dance video started airing through the national TV, positive views from the public were received by the GMA Network and by the Sexbomb Dancers. Organizations, groups and known individuals commended Sexbomb Dancers and GMA Network for helping in giving instruction to the masses about the automated election process using music and dance as the medium of instruction. To boost the political advocacy campaign, GMA 7 will air the said music and dance and instructional video nationwide. They will also bring their electoral message to a wider audience by launching a dance contests across the Philippines. Commission on Elections (COMELEC) also included the said music and dance political campaign as part of their voters’ educational campaign to inform voters, especially the young, on how to vote in the first automated election in the land. Comelec also said the music and dance video of Sexbomb Dancers contributed a big help to the campaign. Sexbomb Dancers are composed of all-female members, including the four original members: Rochelle
The Sexbomb Girls during their infomercial aimed to inform the public on the basics of voting using the computerized ballot form.
Pangilinan, Jopay Paguia, Mia Pangyarihan and Aira Barmudez. The present extended members of the said dance group according to their Wikipedia were Izzy Trazona (contestant of the 1st Sexbomb Search), Evette Pabalan, Weng Ibarra (contestant of the 1st Sexbomb Search), Monic Icban, Cheche Tolentino, Johlan Veluz, Mae Acosta (contestant of the 1st Sexbomb Search), Grace Nera (contestant of the 1st Sexbomb Search), Sandy Tolentino, Jovel Palomo, Danielle Ramirez, Jhoanna Orbeta, Danica Gulapa, Shane Gonzales (contestant of the 4th Sexbomb Search), Sunshine Garcia, Aifha Medina, Cynthia Yapchingco, Jacky Rivas, Mhyca Bautista (winner of the 2nd Sexbomb Search ), Sarah Butad, Louise Bolton (winner of the 2nd Sexbomb Search), Sheena Flores and Joemarie Gutierrez. Originally, Sexbomb Dancers were composed of four members (Cheryl, Debra, Janine, and Rochelle) when they started forming in 1999. They began as Chicken Sandwich Dancers as an offshoot of Danz Focus, the then regular dancers of Eat Bulaga. The group expanded to six when Jopay and Aira joined. The name of the group then changed to The Original Seven when Mia joined. They became 8 after Izzy won the first Sexbomb Search and joined the group. They became 13 during their appearance in the FHM Men’s Magazine. Their number went to an all-time high of 22 members. Sexbomb was derived from the popular song of Tom Jones. The said name dominated the rival network when they appeared as a main backup to the popular Laban o Bawi. They become regular performers and made dance numbers on SOP Rules aired every Sunday. They also had TV appearances in some other Kapuso programs, such as Adik Sa Yo and Darna. In 2007, Sexbomb Dancers were given a game show entitled Tok Tok Tok Isang Milyon Pasok! together with former Kapuso Paolo Bediones. The group was also given a chance to show potentials on acting. They have been in the long-running afternoon drama soap Daisy Syete aired in GMA Network. They are now on its 25th season on the said afternoon soap as they played Daisy Syete’s Behbe and Me starred by Rochelle Pangilinan and the rest of the group. Bilog na Hugis Itlog was composed by Jon Ong, penned by GMA-7 Program Analysis head Jobart Bartolome, and the video was created by GMA Network AVP for Alternative Platforms Legarda SanchezMatias.
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The saga of Hadji Butu, first Muslim senator
jungle fighting, the elusive Hadji Butu was taken alive and brought to Jolo. However, instead of killing him, Sultan Harun cordially welcomed Hadji Butu and asked him to become his prime minister with the condition that the Sultan will stop the war against Amirul Kiram and rule the people in accordance with the noble tenets of Islamic faith. Shortly after Hadji Butu assumed the premiership under Sultan Harun, the Senate archive says that GovernorGeneral Ramon Blanco visited Jolo and conferred with Hadji Butu for the restoration of peace and order in the sultanate. Convinced of the sincerity of the Spanish governor-general, Hadji Butu pleaded with Amirul Kiram and his followers to lay down their arms. The peacemaking efforts of Hadji Butu succeeded for all hostilities ceased so that peace once more reigned over the wartorn sultanate. The Senate archive says that under the able adviser-ship of Hadji Butu, Sultan Harun ruled widely and well. This was Butu’s second visit to Islam’s Holy City. That lasted one year. In April, 1898, shortly after Hadji Butu’s return to Jolo from Mecca, the SpanishAmerican War broke out. Sulu recognized American sovereignty and, in return, the United States recognized the sultanate as an American protectorate and agreed to respect the Islamic religion and customs (including polygamy and slavery) of the Taosug people and not to cede or sell Sulu or any part of it to any foreign country. A statesman of foresight and sagacity, Hadji Butu realized the futility of resisting American arms. For the sake of peace and to prevent unnecessary loss of lives and property in Sulu, Hadji Butu cooperated with the Americans and advised his people to accept American rule. On October 10, 1904, Hadji Butu was appointed by the American military authorities as assistant to the Military Governor of Sulu province. On June 20, 1913, General John J. Pershing (Military Governor of the Moro Province) promoted Hadji Butu as Deputy District Governor of Sulu. In the same year the military rule in the Moroland ended and the Department of Mindanao and Sulu was established. ernor-General Henry L. Stimson in 1928. The Senate archive says that the first bill sponsored by Hadji Butu in the Senate provided for the establishment of a Philippine Military Academy, a Philippine Naval Academy, and for compulsory military instruction in all schools and colleges in the Philippines. As a senator, Hadji Butu worked hard for more appropriations for the construction of more schools, hospitals, roads, and bridges in Mindanao and Sulu. The archive says that one of Hadji Butu’s sterling qualities was his flaming love of the Philippines. He was a sincere advocate of Filipino nationalism -- one country, one people, one flag. Together with Quezon, Osmeña and other Filipino patriots, Hadji Butu crusaded vigorously for Philippine independence during the American regime. He welcomed the Jones Law of 1916, for he considered it to be “a great step towards the attainment of the national ideal.” From 1919 to 1934, Senator Butu campaigned for the independence cause in Mindanao and Sulu, urging the Muslim Filipinos to support their Christian brothers in the peaceful struggle for the restoration of Filipino freedom. A senator from 1916-1931, Hadji Butu was blessed with four sons and eight daughters. On February 22,1937, a year after his appointment by President Quezon as member of the Board of National Language (representing Mindanao and Sulu), Hadji Butu died inside his home in Jolo at the age of 72, due to a kidney ailment. He died in the service.
The American interlude
On May 1st, the American squadron under the command of Commodore George Dewey sank Admiral Montojo’s fleet in Manila Bay. On June 12, 1898, General Emilio Aguinaldo, who had returned to the Philippines from exile in Hong Kong aboard one of Dewey’s vessels, proclaimed the Declaration of Philippine Independence at Kawit, Cavite and urged his people to resume their libertarian struggle against Spain which was temporarily halted by the “Pact of Biakna-Bato.” On August 13, the American land forces under General Wesley E. Merritt, supported by the Filipino troops, crushed the Spanish army and captured Manila. Finally, on December 10, the Spanish-American War ended with the signing of the Treaty of Paris, bringing peace between Spain and the United States. However, the Senate archive says that this ignited a more destructive conflict that came to pass as the war for Philippine independence from 1899 to 1902. This time, Hadji Butu watched the portentous events in Luzon with keen interest.
authority on Islamic law and theology. All these are testaments to Senator Butu’s extraordinary intelligence.
The bloody test for Senator Butu
On February 22, 1884, Sultan Badarud Din I died. This led to events that became acid tests for Senator Butu. At that time, the Senate archive says that the sultanate was plunged into the maelstrom of civil war. During those times, it said that the vacant throne became the object of bloody wars among the claimants. One claimant was Raja Muda (Crown Prince) Amirul Kiram, who is a half-brother of the deceased sultan. The other claimants were Datu Alipud Din and Datu Harun al Raschid. That time, Hadji Butu persuaded the majority of the Taosug datus to support Amirul Kiram. The Spanish authorities that time intervened and asked claimants Raja Muda Amirul Kiram and Datu Harun to go to Manila to settle the matter. Amirul Kiram ignored the invitation because Hadji Butu advised him not to heed the Spanish summon. The Senate archive quotes Senator Butu telling Amirul: “Remember what happened to
Sultan Alimud Din I in 1749.” The other claimant, Datu Harun, went to Manila. Irked by the disobedience of Amirul, the Senate archive says that Governor-General Joaquin Jovellar proclaimed Datu Harun as the new Sultan of Sulu. In exchange for Spanish support to his dynastic ambition, Harun pledged allegiance and friendship to Spain. This angered most of the Taosugs, moving them to recognize only Amirul Kiram as their legitimate sultan. This sparked civil war between the two claimants to the throne. But Spain helped Sultan Harun so that he won the bloody fight against Sultan Jamalul Kiram II (dynastic name of Amirul Kiram). In their victory, Harun captured Maimbung (Kiram’s prime minister) who remained at the coast to guard the pass to the mountain stronghold.
New challenge for Hadji Butu
Sultan Harun now would consistently refuse Spanish demands to levy taxes in the sultanate for Spain. For his refusal, the Spanish authorities that time became hostile to Sultan Harun. In 1892, while Hadji Butu was in Sandakan settling land disputes with the British government, the mother of Amirul Kiram secretly intrigued with the Spanish authorities to replace Sultan Harun and exile him to Palawan. The plot succeeded. After his return to Jolo, the archive continues, Hadji Butu was persuaded by GovernorGeneral Ramon Blanco to serve as the prime minister of Amirul Kiram, who now took the name Jamalul Kiram II when he ascended the throne in 1894. Two years later, Hadji Butu accompanied the new sultan on a pilgrimage to Mecca.
Becoming the first Muslim senator
The Senate archive says that in December, 1915, Hadji Butu was appointed by Governor-General Francis Burton Harrison as senator, representing the 12th Senatorial District (Mindanao, Sulu and some parts of Luzon). Hadji Butu thus became the first Muslim to sit in the Philippine Senate. He proved to be an able parliamentarian so that he was re-appointed senator by Gov-
Hadji Butu concluded a treaty with General Bates
The Senate archive further says that on May 19, 1899, while the forces of the First Philippine Republic under President Emilio Aguinaldo were courageously resisting the American invaders, two American battalions occupied Jolo. The following month, on August 20, Hadji Butu, representing Sultan Jamalul Kiram II, concluded a treaty with General John C. Bates. According to this so-called “Bates Treaty,” the Sultan of
Hadji Butu now leading bloody fight
But this time, the Senate archive says that it was already Hadji Butu who was leading the fight against Sultan Harun. Realizing the influence of Hadji Butu, the Spanish authorities launched a vigorous campaign to capture him. After several weeks of
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Clear & present danger is Villar
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dollars. Repeat: US$530 million. This amount is equivalent to 25 billion pesos. Of course, Villar acquired these monies when he was already a congressman and NOT as a shrimp vendor. With this wealth, he became the No. 9 richest Filipino. There are no other sources for Villar but his real estate business empire. Dyaryo Magdalo gathered from several landowners that their lands were grabbed by the corporations identified with Villar. from being a fish vendor to become No. 9 richest man in the country? How come that he has even overtaken the Lopezes who are in the bottom of Top 20 richest Filipinos? What did he do? Will the business acumen of Villar, assuming he is good at business, do good to our country? Did he conduct his business fair and square? Why was it discovered that during his time as the Senate President the C-5 portion of the road going through his subdivisions were funded twice for the price of one? He claimed there were actually two roads, an argument that has not seen force or vigor. This C-5 is leading to the Daang Hari Scandal, pertaining to a long eight-lane road from Laguna to Cavite, passing through Muntinlupa, Las Piñas and Bacoor in Cavite. Challenged by Villar, Ted Failon of ABS-CBN investigated on Daang Hari and he discovered that instead of a straight line highway, the said road was made to pass through circuitous route in order to serve 24 subdivisions of Villar—to repeat, TWENTY FOUR subdivisions. These 24 subdivisions are: (1) Lessandra Bacoor; (2) Siennas Villas; (3) Merida; (4) Fronterra; (5) Camella Molino; (6) Lessandra Molino; (7) Lessandra Bucandala; (8) Bella Vista; (9) Tierra Nevada; (10) Pristina; (11) Terasa; (12) Lessandra Imus; (13) Cerritos 1; (14) Cerritos Trails; (15) Cerritos Heights; (16) Lessandra Heights; (17) Colina; (18) Portofino Heights; (19) Portofino South; (20) Ponticelli ng Crown Asia; (21) Springville; (22) Cassandra; (23) Amalfi; and (24) Crown Asia.
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Spent 2 billion pesos before filing candiday
Of all candidates for president, Villar is the most impassioned. He has spent more than Two Billion Pesos even before he filed his certificate of candidacy. Yes, he can afford it from his pocket because he was reported by the Forbes magazine as the No. 9 richest Filipino. Will he not get back what he spent? And if Villar has this much money, why will he still run for president and not stay rich and quiet like Lucio Tan, Henry Sy, John Gokongwei, Andrew Tan, Jaime Zobel and the rest of the billionaires? CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER, indeed!
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JAN. 4 - 10, 2010
Pacquiao vs Clottey at Dallas Cowboys Stadium
A SPECTACULAR, GLITZY KICKOFF
By RONALDO B. HERICO
“I feel like a (great) football star,” said the pound-forpound king Manny Pacquiao on the podium at midfield of the Cowboys Stadium, a remark that brought a smile on the face of Jerry Jones, the oil magnate and Dallas Cowboys owner who is teaming up with Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum in staging Pacquiao’s fight with Joshua Clottey on March 13. Amidst the hysterics and adulations he has received from fans, assembled media and his hosts, Pacquiao told them that the five-star treatment he received is unmatched. There were the world-famous Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders gyrating and swaying, Pacquiao was captivated by the presence of a bevy of Cowboys all-time greats and a handful of ring heroes of yesteryears. The star-spangled and skimpy outfit of the cheerleaders enamored Pacquiao more as he waded through an artificial smoke that was cranked up to a much higher level with the music of Survivor’s “Eye of the Tiger” blaring in the background. But it was the way he was introduced that left a lasting impression on him. While the cheerleaders highkicked and Michael Buffer, the man with the eternal tan who trademarked the phrase, “Let’s get ready to rummmmm-ble” gave them his signature introductions, Pacquiao and Clottey emerged from the man-made fog and joined the group on stage. Deviating from the script, Buffer noted, “Ladies and gentlemen, in my 28 years of doing this, there’s never been a press conference like this.” No less than Bob Arum, the legendary boxing promoter who has worked with the likes of Muhammad Ali, Tommy Hearns, Marvelous Marvin Hagler and Sugar Ray Leonard, was moved to say, “Let me tell you. Nobody does it like this organization. This place is really spectacular. The big screen is awesome. This was an event.” As Arum himself said, appropriately framing the occasion, “And this was just a press conference. People are going to kick themselves for not being here.” No, it isn’t the hope-for mega-showdown of Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather, Jr. but Pacquaio and Ghana-born, former welterweight champion Joshua Clottey are a good, big-time boxing start for the house that Jerry Jones built. The newly-renovated stadium lit up the occasion as it unfolds it’s grandeur for everyone in attendance to see. Boasting of a 72 feet high and all in high-definition screen that even the farthest person on the farthest seat would not be denied from viewing clearly the proceedings on the inside field. The stadium will use its basketball configuration for the bout. The uppermost deck will not be opened, and the video board will be lowered to 30 feet
Jerry Jones, owner of the colossal Dallas Stadium, looks on as Filipino P4P king Manny Pacquiao stakes his WBO welterweight crown versus Joshua Clottey on March 13 at the Dallas Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Below the world-famous Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders doing what they do best.
over the ring. “Everyone gets a ringside seat,” as Arum put it. “This will be something special,” Arum told the crowd of around 1,500 who attended the event. “Just like Madison Square Garden was the mecca of boxing in the 1950s and ’60s, just like Caesars Palace was the mecca of boxing in the ’70s,
The ‘main men’ strike a pose while being surrounded by gorgeous cheerleaders of the Dallas Cowboys football team. A Filipina member, Joanna Liad, stands behind Joshua Clottey.
’80s and on into the ’90s, believe you me, with your help, Cowboys Stadium will become in this century the mecca of boxing.” Cowboys Stadium could be the venue that hatches the next generation of boxing fans. The idea of putting big-time boxing inside his new stadium was hatched a long time ago. Before Jones bought the Cowboys, he once put on boxing matches in his native Arkansas. Longtime Texas boxing promoter Lester Bedford began working with the Jones family to help make it happen. Their first idea was to have the stadium host Oscar De La Hoya’s final fight. They thought they had the big one -- the undefeated Mayweather against the undisputed “pound-for-pound and the world’s best fighter.” Pacquiao. But even after the bidding escalated to $25 million, Mayweather wouldn’t agree to the fight. “This is a very good consolation prize,” Bedford said. “This is what’s good for boxing -- a stadium fight. This is what’s going to keep boxing going.” “I’ve known Bob Arum for a long time,” Bedford said, “and I’ve known Oscar De La Hoya,
Don King and have worked for all of them. But none can match Jerry Jones.”
Something in common
Clottey, for his part, said he and Pacquiao have something in common. He said he grew up dirt poor in Accra, Ghana, just the same way Pacquiao did in General Santos City. “There was nothing there,” Clottey said at the Cowboys Stadium in the city of Arlington. “Me and Manny Pacquiao came from the same beginnings. There was nothing in Ghana and that was the same thing with him (in the Philippines),” said Clottey. Clottey said he “had to fight to survive” and as early as six years old he had known the gratifying sensation of throwing and even receiving a punch. “I had to fight my way out of poverty,” said the New Yorkbased Clottey, a heavy underdog, according to bookmakers.
Does Clottey stand a chance?
Joshua Clottey shot a message across the boxing world
when he was mauling Antonio Margarito in the early rounds of their bout. But a hand injury suffered by him midway through the fight was the life raft that Margarito needed. After that injury, Margarito was able to regain his footing and eventually came up with a decision win. He has impressive victories over Zab Judah and the late Diego “Chico” Corrales but came up short against Miguel Cotto. Some quarters thought he should have gotten the nod of the judges instead. Clottey is a big and strong welterweight with a good chin and an aggressive style. But now the bad news — he is fighting Manny Pacquiao. The Filipino ring icon that gobbled up boxing legends, manhandled and knocked them all one by one. Clottey said the Pacquiao fight is once-in-a-lifetime experience and that it is going to be an opportunity for him to alter the course of his life in the event he pulls off a major upset. Arum was in his usual bombastic self but he lived up to his word that the press conference would be something to be remembered many years from now. Floyd Mayweather, Jr. doesn’t know what he missed.
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