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Volume 4 No. 20
May 12-18 2013
Von Carla Avanceña
WHOEVER gets more moneys wins additional votes.
Massive bank withdrawals are observed nationwide. Moneys are transported to provinces, cities and towns, to barangays. It’s money war on election day. Moneys changed hands. Candidates play a do-or-die with their election leaders and coordinators. For them May 13, 2013 is judgment day. This day starts with voting and ends on final counting. VOTE BUYING It was downloaded on youtude and facebook PAGE 2
By Carla Mayo
FIGHTING corruption in the Bureau of Customs (BOC) is a weary job for Commissioner Rozzano Rufino Biazon, but the trust and confidence extended him by is incongruent to the administrative slogan “Tuwid na Daan.” Biazon’s suggestion is likely admitting that he fails to stop corruption in his turf, but by his process of seriously improving the collections. Biazon in discussing with President Aquino explained that abolishing the BOC and
Election Chairman Sixto Brillantes feared that rampant bank withdrawals are related to political campaign. He theorized that the moneys withdrawn from banks were transported to provinces for vote buying on election day.
PRES. AQUINO President Benigno admission, he beats to “PNoy” Aquino heals all the draw rumors that the his tiresome. President is naming him It was Biazon who next in line to leave the suggested to PNoy to government. abolish the BOC because Instead of reaping it is undeniable that the blades of disgust, unholy alliance among Biazon gathered applause smugglers and port for he sincerely spoke officials breeds true of corruption that is corruption beyond repair. unstoppable in the veins B i a z o n ’ s of the Bureau of Customs. unwelcomed suggestion His suggestion was to the Palace is a display not attacked blankly, as it of a weak character that was discussed in the
Comm. Biazon COMM. BIAZON replacing the same with completely new officers and employees who shall run the operations, and should be paid high to shield them from temptations. He admitted that less stringent measure cannot defeat corruption that is so deeply entrenched in the culture and system of the agency. PAGE 2
By Hernz Cuare
THERE is no peace under the wings of a “dark angel” who has orders to ensure death. When Cezar Mancao, a former police superintendent of the Philippine National Police’s defunct Presidential AntiOrganized Crime Task Force, was admitted to the Witness Protection Program (WPP) of the PAGE 6
FILIPINO electorates are two-year younger now since they started practicing their right to vote using computer system. It was evidently known that prior to the first 2010 computerized presidential and local elections, incidents of massive vote buying were commonly practiced by candidates to ensure their winnability. Accordingly, buying of votes during the manual (counting) elections was discretely done the night prior the election day or at the very moment when the voters were exercising their right of suffrage in their respective precincts. Practical vote buying during elecfions can be confirmed by a vote BEATING ... PAGE 1 He insisted that a simple reorganization will not work and only a topdown cleansing can end corruption in the agency. He cited the example of Peru that defeated corruption and smuggling after it abolished its customs department, established a new one, adopted strict qualifications for hiring, and gave the new staff higher salaries so they would ignore overtures to break the rules in exchange for money. Because the President was impressed by his sincerity and determination in fighting corruption, Biazon gathered the pieces of his unfulfilled promises for a good government, buyer whether voters had voted the names of the buyer’s candidates. casting their votes under the view of observantmarshals, or by asking the according to observers, politicians can easily determine his targets. Padaca discussed measures against the incidence of massive vote buying in the country and she also warned candidates and voters not to engage in vote buying or vote selling. She also ensures that “Nobody can see whom you voted.” It is indeed a fast approaching response from the part of the Comelec against the scandals of massive vote buying, but how could they determine that there’s vote buying where the topping merchandise that is selling in today’s era of automated election is the voter’s SOUL which subject cannot be seen by a naked eye. As per studies conducted by Dyaryo
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It can also simply be seen by the writing strokes in the name of the vote-buying-politician or by seeing it at the very moment the voters are Last week, Biazon announced the seizure of P2 billion worth of smuggled rice seized by the BOC in the past eight months. Biazon also called for a stricter monitoring of rice shipments from “high-risk” countries for rice smuggling, like Vietnam, India, Taiwan and China. The eight consignees of the smuggled rice are the following Cebu-based firms: JJM Global Trading, JM-ARS Trading, Neon Gateway Trading, Custans Enterprises, Melma Enterprises, NMW Enterprises, Ocean Park Enterprises and MMSM Trading. In a statement, KMP secretary general Antonio Flores said the alleged rice smugglers “seem to be untouchables enjoying
voters by the vote-buyerswatchers upon leaving the precincts. In that manual election, buying of voters became common, and protection from corrupt government officials.” Flores urged the government to distribute the confiscated rice to victims of Tropical Storm “Pablo” and the “poorest of the poor” instead of offering it up for public bidding. P1.2 billion in smuggled rice To be true to public service, Customs Deputy ELECTION ... PAGE 1 that Kalookan City mayoral candidate RJ Echeverri buys votes for P400.00. Those who were allegedly bought by Echeverri were young voters who were assigned as poll marshals. On the other hand, the camp of Echeverri claimed that his opponent Oscar Malapitan is also buying votes at the same price. Echeverri and Malapitan, however, claimed that the vote buying accusation is a political mudslinging. THREE KILOS OF RICE Tondo residents, young and old, went home from a campaign sortie with satisfaction. Each of them was handed three kilos of rice for a whole day agony under the heat of the sun. Three kilos of rice from a mayoral contender in Manila is satisfactory as
The issue on vote buying was recently confirmed by Commission on Elections Commissioner Grace Padaca. Commissioner Commissioner for Intelligence Danilo Lim declared the seizure of some P1.2 billion worth of smuggled rice misdeclared as stone and granite slabs and cooling insulators in 1,169 containers from Vietnam. Lim said the shipment, seized at the Port of Cebu, was bigger than the muchpublicized 600,000 sacks it can survive a family of three in three days. The three kilos of rice is payment for chanting the name of a mayoral bet. For three family members present in a political rally, nine kilos of rice is for take home, or equal to nine days of survival. MISLEADING Supporters of Mayor Alfredo Lim claimed that ex-president Joseph Estrada is campaigning for Lim’s candidacy. This is true when Lim sought re-election in 2010 elections. Supporters of Erap claimed that Lim is supporting him. Yes, this is true when Erap was still the king in the palace. LIARS Who started the melee? No candidate would ever admit that her camp started the melee, like
Magdalo, it implicitly stated that there is a measure of reciprocity in vote buying than the SOUL buying. This is because the latter, the decision to sell a vote is not immediately demandable. In vote buying, an actual necessity to write the name of the candidate must be done upon the payment in cash. In addition, receiving money through a vote buying engenders feeling of obligation. In SOUL buying, there is no feeling of obligation engendered by the voters who received money because the selling was made in abundance of campaign. Instead of voting vote-buyer, VOTE, WISELY! Facilities and JBD Trading, both located at Mandaue City—would not only be blacklisted but would also be charged in court along with their brokers. Early this year, Lim led a customs team in the seizure of 94,000 bags of smuggled Vietnamese rice worth at least P135 million, which were transported to Legazpi City by the vessel MV Minh Tuan. of the gun ban for this year’s elections. The 37 fatalities were among the 88 victims monitored and investigated by the police from January 13 to May 5, 2013 in a total of 58 election-related violent incidents. A total of 17 elected government officials were wounded, along with 14 supporters, two soldiers, one candidate, and a policeman. In the PNPA data, it was not included where the most number of fatalities occurred but Central Visayas topped the list of election-related violent incidents. Z a m b o a n g a Peninsula region and Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, and Quezon) came next with six each. Eastern Visayas and Caraga region have the least number of ERVIs with one each. There is no election without blood.
of smuggled rice confiscated at the Subic Freeport in Zambales late last year. Last month, the BOC seized P10 million worth of smuggled Taiwanese rice, misdeclared as wall insulators, also at the Port of Cebu. In a statement, Biazon said the consignees of the smuggled rice—ARFG Trading and Cargo what happened in Taguig City. When the commotion that injured 14 supporters from both camp, Taguig Mayor Lani Cayetano and mayoral contender Rica T inga, they point accusing fingers at each other. Likely saying at each other: “SINUNGALING KA,” when the incident happened during a house-to-house campaign last Saturday in Barangay Tuktukan. KILLINGS The latest victims of an election-related violence were Jun Apura, husband of re-electionist Mayor Ligaya Apura, and his companion identified only as Espaldon who were killed heavily armed men in the village of Anabo in Lemery. Counting Apura and Espaldon, there are already 37 people who have been killed in election-related violent incidents since the start
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May 12-18 2013
By Hernz Cuare
THERE is that undying talks around the Bureau of Immigration that the arrest of eight (8) aliens working in Batangas without working permits was reported to the media because the “money making ” negotiation had collapsed. In a period of three (3) days, a ranking official of the bureau allegedly squeezed dry the 8 foreigners since their arrest on April 30, 2013. When the foreigners failed to give in to the financial demand of said official, a press release was prepared for publicity on May 3, 2013 purportedly to impress Malacañang. The said arrest had not enriched the pockets of BI intelligence group, but its effort was not short changed because of publicity on the successful operation. On April 30, Intelligence operatives of the Bureau of Immigration (BI) swooped down on a garments factory in Bgy. San Miguel, Sto. Tomas, Batangas. The aliens were five Koreans and three Chinese nationals. Immigration Commissioner Ricardo David Jr. claimed that the foreigners were caught red-handed working at the factory of the Eunhye Apparel. The foreigners were arrested after Filipino workers at the factory complained to the BI. They claimed that they were victims of unfair labor practices and maltreatment by their foreign employers. The aliens are to be deported for violating immigration and labor laws and for maltreating and hurting the dignity of Filipino workers. The arrest was triggered by a resolution of the Barangay Council of San Miguel, Sto. Tomas. The resolution requested the BI to probe the foreigners. The resolution was prompted by complaints of workers who claimed that their Social Security System (SSS) contributions deducted from their pay were not remitted to the agency. Under the law, foreigners that are gainfully employed in the country must secure their work permits from the labor department and working visas from the Bureau of Immigration of the Philippines.
Comm. David Kim Joo Ree, one of the Koreans arrested, was allegedly the manager of the factory. He was about to pay the month-end salary of the factory workers when the arresting agents entered her office. The four other arrested Koreans were Kim Kideok, Kim Heung Gyu, Kang Kook Jeong, Yeon Yu Chong while the three Chinese were identified as Ming Yue Cui, Xiao Hong Wang and San Zilong. All are tourist visa holders.
TRIBAL men lack formal education, but they are taught by experience and educated by the mother nature. When the construction of a 15megawatt coalfired power plant in Narra town was proposed, the ethnic groups, Tagbanua and Cuyunin, expressed strong opposition. They stand side-by-side with fisher folks and environmental groups of Palawan. Their grounds of tearing down the proposal are interestingly reasonable. First, the proposed plant should not be built in their coastal town as it poses danger to marine life. The plant will pollute the waters and kill the livelihood of fishermen who are mostly Tagbanuans and Cuyunins. Second, it should not be built in Barangay Panacan which is less
than a kilometer away from the Rasa Island W ildlife Sanctuary, a protected area by virtue of Republic Act No. 7586 or the National Integrated Areas System Act and Presidential Proclamation 1000 in 2006. Third, it should not be built in their barangay that has more than 4,000 residents. This is because the smoke will definitely affect human health like what happened to residents of Masinloc, Zambales when a coal fired power plant started operating, and in Naga, Cebu where ashes from a coal fired power plant are trash in private houses. Despite the resounding sentiments of the groups that move as one against the proposal, the Palawan Council for Sustainable Development (PCSD) hastily granted the Strategic Environment Plan clearance to the power facility to be
put up by the Consunjiled DMCI Power Corp. The PCSD that is chaired by Gov. Abraham Mitra turned deaf ears to oppositions and it closed doors to possible participation of concerned groups to the processes of approving the coalfired power plant. Monico Beleg in expressing his opposition to the construction of the said plant said: “Ako po ay isang katutubong Tagbanua na tumututol maitayo ang DMCI Coal Fired Power Plant sapagkat alam kong ito ay makasisira ng kalikasan at kalusugan ng mga tao. Lahat ng mga katutubo ay umaayaw na itayo dito sa nasasakupan ng bayan ng Narra.” Rosalinda Mostiero appealed to Filipinos to help stop the construction of the said plant that will definitely bring disaster to livelihood of fishermen and endagner the health of residents.
By Omay Renta
HOW to prevent particular riding-in-tandem crime activities under the vests proposal with either plate or license number printed thereof, in case it became an ordinance or a law, if other law that already in existence but despite implementation crime still exists? It was a good intention on the part of the Quezon City Police District to implement its proposal requiring motorcycle riders that travels within the Quezon City areas to wear vest including its back rider as it aim to make easier for them to easily identify riders who commit crimes. It is also correct to say from the side of the groups of motorcycle that such implementation finds a highly discrimination and a full passage of responsibility to the end user. But how a councilor of Quezon City could propose measure to that proposal in order to help in determining involving motor bikers a riding in tandem while his eyes can easily see a timely law which despite implementation by virtue of a Special Law a crime still in exists, and in the same token, how the QCPD prevents a crime following such proposal if indeed killings using but gun and but if not to minimize crimes involving guns. In other words, the proposal is already tested in other ways. Comelec Election gun ban has been riding a motorcycle, or any cloths that being wore by a rider clearly not a prohibited one nor it is not deadly than the gun that could not be resolved. It is easily to make a guise in case the vest proposal be approved by the Quezon City Council in order to make a person to commit a crime. Rather a person who had a gun on his waist that can easily identify even prior to commit a crime. Therefore, if in the Comelec gun ban a crime using guns still continue to increase despite lawn under Ombnibus Election Code, why a non important proposal which nothing but burden to the riders through payment for the cost for the vest and another burden by paying the same upon the issuance of the LTO for new plate number scheme that soon to be implemented.
not a motorcycle is worst despite election gun ban. The prohibition by law between the issue on implementation of motorcycle vest in the Quezon City and the Comelec Gun Ban all over the Philippine archipelago is almost the same…. Killings! The intention in terms of prevention is also the same as it was to prevent
implemented since the campaign period but victims of killings using gun, in relation with the election or not, still passes under no action from the police authority despite strict implementation thereof. Actually, bringing a license or unlicensed gun for the purpose of a crime is disclaimed by law, but using a vest, jacket, or anything in
May 12-18 2013
Iglesia bloc voting
BY TOTO CAUSING
Riding-in-tandem victim ‘hostaged’ by P900,000 bills
I wrote this letter to Medical Center of Imus
hoping its administrator would allow the release of Mr. Domingo “Jun” Valdecantos Jr. from the hospital despite the fact that he cannot pay the outstanding bills of close to a million pesos. I made this letter after the hospital did not honor the guaranty letter of Ramon Jolo B. Revilla III, the president of the Liga ng mga Barangay in Cavite, warranting that he will pay P50,000 a month until all the bills are paid up. It could be recalled that Valdecantos was shot by riding-in-tandem assassins who fired three bullets on him. Valdecantos managed to run to a store; the murderers pursued him and tried to shoot him point blank but the .45 pistol jammed. Valdecantos said it is the Black Nazarene and the Lord of Pardon booklet that he read everyday that saved him that made the gun jam. Alab ng Mamamahayag (ALAM) chairman Jerry S. Yap wrote PCSO for help and the lottery establishment helped by giving a guaranty letter worth P200,000.00. After deducting this, more than P800,000.00 still remained of the unpaid bills and Valdecantos cannot be allowed to go out of the hospital if the balance is not paid. You may read the letter below.
THE Iglesia Ni Cristo or INC is a religious group that has squid arms in the corridors of power. This is so because government officials occupying elective positions are politically indebted to the INC that delivers an Iglesia vote, or a bloc vote. Every poll season, political contenders are courting the INC to win its endorsement. The politicians believe that an Iglesia vote can win an election. But can it really nail the winnability of a political contender? Definitely, NO! On May 5, 2010 election, the INC endorsed vice presidential contender Mar Roxas, but he lost to now Vice President Jejomar “Jojo” Binay. On May 5, 2010, now Customs
Commissioner Ruffy Biazon lost in the 2010 senatorial election despite endorsement by the INC. Former Quezon governor Rafael Nantes lost in his reelection bid in 2010 election despite declaration of support by the INC on May 15, 2010. In the 2010 presidential election, the supposed INC winning vote was a big flop as its candidate Manuel “Manny” Villar lost by a big margin to now President Noynoy Aquino. In 2007 election, senatorial contenders Michael Defensor, Ralph Recto and Vicente Sotto III were endorsed by the INC, but the three (3) lost their election bids. Pangasinan gubernatorial candi-
BY HERNANI CUARE
In many politicalrelated exercises, the moral ascendancy of the INC was put in question, like in the 1986 People Power where the INC supported the late dictator, Ferdinand Marcos, and defied the call of democracy. by the Filipino people. In 1998, the INC supported expresident Joseph Estrada who was later convicted of plunder. Estrada is now the candidate of INC for mayor of Manila. In 2001, members of the INC were part of the violent EDSA III purposely to re-install Estrada to Malacañang Palace.
date Jaime Agbayani lost in the 2007 poll despite endorsement by the INC. In the 2004 election, ABS-CBN reporter Ramon Ilagan won an overwhelming margin against INC endorsed candidate former Cainta Mayor Nicanor Felix. In the 1992 election, the INC widely declared its support to the presidential bid of business tycoon Danding Cojuangco. Despite the endorsement of the INC, Conjuangco he finished third tailing former President Fidel Ramos and now Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago.
Good politician? Magnanakaw din yan!
THE statement that “All politicians are corrupt is a truism for many Filipinos. It is an acceptable proposition that does not need any probing at all. It is an acceptable fact that does need proof or evidence. Try to ask anybody on the street if they know any politician who is unsullied and incorruptible. You will not be surprised to hear they don’t expect our leaders passing morality and ethical standards. They all say: “Pareho-pareho langyang mga politiko na ‘yan… Magnanakaw at magnanakaw din ‘yan.” Good politician is an oxymoron of our times. Like a Good Samaritan in the Good Book. A literary style used by no less than Jesus himself, when he told a story about a Good Samaritan. In the old times. pareho lang yan… Mga corrupt.” Do we stop here? Are we going to wait for God to storm Malacañang and the Congress with fire and brimstone? The traditional answer is with the Power of Ballot. This is the time of revenge common people would wait in order to let their politician feel and experience their wrath. But, the voice of the people could be easily manipulated and frustrated by voice of “Hello Garci.” Is there any hope? Could we escape the clutches of this politico who could always find ways to perpetuate himself in power? This is our second computerized election in the country. Time is ticking. Hoping this new system would give us fresh era of a good politician, one who is not an oxymoron.
Renta Pe Causing Sabarre Castro & Associates
Unit No. 1, # 2368 Leon G uinto St. corner JB Roxas St., M alate, M anila Email A ddress: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
May 6, 2013 DR. CONSTANTINO S. VICTA Hospital Adm inistrator Medical Center of Imus Palico IV, City of Imus, Cavite Dear Doctor Victa, G reetings! O n behalf of a personal friend of DOMINGO “JUN” VALDECANTOS JR., the undersigned appeals for grace and mercy for himin the name of Social Justice and of G od. W hile I have been handling the past cases of Jun V aldecantos as a mediaman, I am writing here not as his lawyer but as his personal friend appealing for the Hospital to ex tend further its kindness for him. First, I have to express my profound gratitude that your hospital admitted him while he was in between life and death. Second, you gave without any hesitation the indispensable treatment and surgery to then dying Valdecantos despite the fact that he did not give any deposit. Third, I have to ex press my profound gratitude because as it turns out now, he is already completely healed. These are the testaments to the efficiency and reliability of Medical Center of Imus at the point of death. Please extend further your Cor porate Heart for Social Responsibility by accepting the letters of guaranty given by Liga ng mga Barangay President Ramon Jolo B. Revilla III as a sufficient cause for Medical Center of Im us to discharge Mr. Valdecantos. One of those letters showed Mr. Revilla binding him self to pay P50,000 a month starting May 30, 2013 until all the balance are paid up. After all, the reputation and name of Mr. Revilla must be a sufficient cause for recognizance as a guaranty that the unpaid bills are paid up. O f cours e he will not allow an issue of hospital debts gets the better of him to make him look bad to the public. Seeing the unique circumstances, the guaranty letter of Mr. Revilla therefore constitutes a substantial com pliance with the collateral requirement as stated in the Hospital Detention A ct. It is always an evidence of a demandable claim that can always be enforced in court. O n the other side of it, it has already been established that Mr. Valdecantos has no means of income as he belongs to one of the indigent families in Bacoor City. But to keep himin the hospital will only worsen the problem of payment. Imagine that a day of stay by him costs P1,000, more or less, and this will pile up m ountain-high beyond his capacity to pay. To avoid this situation, wisdom tells that the patient be released in the soonest possible time. Thus, it is wished that Medical Center Imus would look at the wisdomof this letter in order for it to decide toallow the release of Mr. Valdecantos in the soonest possible time. Thank you. Respectfully yours,
BERTEN I “TOTO” CATA LUÑA CAUSIN G
Friend of Domingo “Jun” Valdecantos, Jr.
Hebrews regarded Samaritan with much disdain and contempt. Jews considered Samaritans worse than dogs. Nothing good noble and kind could be coming from this group of people. So, people who heard Jesus’ story about Good Samaritan were appalled and stunned. GOOD SAMARITAN was an oxymoron in the New Testament times. Looking for a good politician is like looking for a few righteous men in Sodom and Gomorrah. Abraham had hard times negotiating with the Angel. At the bargaining table, Abraham failed to present a few righteous men to the
Special Envoy. In the end, Sodom and Gomorrah, whose acts of debauchery and bacchanalia reached the heavens, were grazed to the ground. It did not bother me at all if this is the prevalent feelings of Filipino toward politicians. What really bothers me is the apparent lack of resolution or courses of actions on this valuation and perception. Why people did not get out to the streets when our politicians had lavishly dined and wined in the US using taxpayer’s money? Their extravagant lifestyle could have put to shame even the rich and famous. Why this apathy? People don’t give a damn. “Pareho-
May 12-18 2013
Spotted for delivery
By Omay Renta
Von Carla Avanceña:
lowing like a shining star. She is but not a great copy cut. Her looks at a glimpse of view might have said that you are in front of none other than the Kapamilya’s Host /VJ Iya Villania…..
Do not close any eye, hey! Wake up! She is Von Carla Avanceña, the star not in the arena of show business but by the firm. At the moment you opened the door of the firm, you might be stopped and have a thinking of … is she KALOKA or KALOOKA LIKE, an expression being known to by the viewers of the noontime show “Its Showtime.” Though along with from the line of young lady showbiz personalities such as Von Carla Avanceña is a perfect person for such contest. No angle from the camera that will lose the very same sight as Iya Villania has, from her photos, videos, and shows. She is said to be a perfect for modeling as what Iya has marked before the eyes of men, prior to the time she became an apple of the Video Jockey’s fans. Looks may be said perfect to Von Carla Avanceña as she compared with Iya
born and raised in Parañaque City, a graduate of a two-year course but mindfully planning to become a degree holder of a Hotel and Restaurant course. Von Carla Avanceña is a proud graduate of Bachelors of Computer Science Information Technology from Datamex Institute of Computer Technology. She is a former vocational church school teacher of Martyr ’s Memorial United Methodist Church. Currently, she is employed with Renta Pe Causing and Sabarre Law Firm at the Walled City of Manila by which employment as legal secretary begun months prior to her graduation day. In conjunction with her busy work at the firm, she is also performing as a freelance model at Cinco Cincuenca Camera Club giving services to the camera enthusiasm for a free. No guts that she only has and according to her, numerous people then
experience of working as a legal secretary who prepares schedules for hearings, meetings, and especially dealings and assisting with clients, foreigners or local is an opportunity that makes release stage freight and accumulate great self confidence in dealings in the future.
Nevertheless, a 19year old and 5 feet and 5 ½ inches tall could break model and beauty pageant contestants wannabe, Von Carla Avanceña is however a step going to the pitch at once a producermanager get stumble her beauty of a picture-
perfect beauty, model, or actress as opportunity comes in.
And that it may, spotted that make Von’s beauty like a model to be delivered to the limelight of success in line to those who had it one step at a time that through perseverance nothing becomes impossible.
Anne Curtis, Marian Rivera, Julia Montes and Angel Locsin that featured as the contestants look-a-like in the segment Kalokalike, nothing from them got that that very closed and perfected looks and that, just for the show and the segment itself, judges have to select the winner even it is far from the actresses they sought to be impersonated.
Villania …. And that even too far from being an actress, host, model and veejays, one of the characteristics that Von’s have than Iya is of a person being born and raised as same as the normal condition that masses had. Iya Villania is evident richer than Von, was born in Camperdown, Australia and was raised in Sydney. Von Carla was
were asking and proposing her to enter into a local modeling contest or joining a local beauty pageant but those were ignored due to foreboding and doubt. Fortunately, those doubts and having presentiment to be exposed in front of the many is disappearing gradually as even she has not reached the tread of her verisimilar, an
May 12-18 2013
By Rufo Ampat
A campaign slogan has been proven effective in all elections. It is likely to conclude that a candidate’s winnability is not by track records but by his campaign slogan. Also, a candidate can win votes not by his performance or criminal records but by his popularity to voters. Considering that some 85 per cent of Manila voters are poor or are living below the poverty line, convicted former president Joseph “Erap” Estrada adopted his “never dying” campaign slogan: “Erap para sa mahirap.” This slogan does not reflect his true affection to the poor as Erap lives a life of a king in his mansion in the service of housemaids and houseboys, but this slogan wins affection as it plays a poor man’s dream. To the eyes of the poor, Erap is a man from a palace of gold who walks down a dusty road to shake hands with men in rugged clothes. To further enchant the hearts of the poor who live in houses like plastic tents or renting rotten rooms, the slogan is coupled with the substance of a poor man’s daily means of transportation – “Jeep ni Erap.” ANGEL... PAGE 1 Department of Justice (DOJ) in 2009, he embraced peace and security behind the steel bars of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI). But when a death message was whispered to him by an ally last month, Mancao felt the freezing breeze in the four corners of his detention cell, likely that NBI jail is built under the wings of an unforeseen dark angel. It is like that an angel of death is lurking on his nape, poking a sickle on his neck to make a deep cut for a sure death. The freezing breeze is likely inescapable upon his knowing that some men of President Benigno “PNoy” Aquino are plotting with the DOJ and NBI to deliver in clean hands his cadaver.
Manila Mayor Alfredo S. Lim is in a oneon-one political battle against Erap. Lim has no campaign slogan. But to at least equal Erap’s jeep that drinks diesel oil to swiftly move his street campaign, Lim with his Vice Mayor Lou Veloso boarded a kalesa, a horse drawn carriage, to slowly but surely move their “kalesa-cade” while reaching the hands of voters. By the foregoing, Erap has an advantage points against Lim. However, winning the As divulged by Mancao, there is an “unwritten order” from PNoy’s political allies to push him against the wall, but he did not clarify the purpose of the uncontrollable force. Could it be clearing once more the smokescreen that had long engulfed the celebrated Bubby DacerEmmanuel Corbito double murder case in 2000? Or is it to strengthen his claim in 2010 that “BIGOTE” he was referring as the mastermind in the DacerCorbito killings was the convicted former president Joseph Estrada who is now gunning for mayor of Manila? The fear for his life was heightened by Mancao’s discovery of “footmarks” inside his cell. In one instance, he reported to NBI Director Nonnatus Rojas that he
election is neither by the resounding chants of supporters nor by the numbers of men gathering in campaign sorties, but by the number of votes counted on election day. Lim cannot overcome the number of attendees in Erap’s campaign sorties, but this is so because Lim did not give three kilos of rice, a can of sardines, and a couple of noodles for each attendee – young and old. Erap promises to solve traffic problem in Manila, to upgrade the saw a “big man” staring at his cell. In a radio interview, Mancao confirmed that a group wanted him dead. “Ipapatira nila ako (They want to kill me). They want to take revenge on me. Aantayin ko pa ba na tamaan ako ng bala (Should I wait for the bullet to hit me)?” The fear of Mancao is possible to happen as proved by past incident that a witness in the murder of Palawan environmentalist and radio journalist Dr. Gerry Ortega was hanged to death inside a detention cell last February. An autopsy conducted by the Public Attorney’s Office on the remains of prosecution witness Dennis Aranas showed that he was murdered and did not hang himself. The findings contradicted an earlier
condition of the poor, and to clean Manila from garbage. But he never laid down his plans on how to solve traffic problems, on how to upgrade the condition of the poor, and on how to clean Manila from eyesores. More on promises. It is admitted by Lim that there are still problems besetting the City of Manila. This is so because he concentrated in building public hospitals for the poor and constructing public school buildings for downtrodden students. report made by the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology that Aranas killed himself by hanging inside the Quezon provincial jail in Lucena City. Mancao escapes Thursday dawn last week, Mancao escaped from the NBI custody following a court order directing the government to turn him over to the Manila City jail. Local Government Secretary Manuel Roxas said Mancao, a fugitive, places himself in worse danger as “anybody who wants to harm him can do so”. Roxas said the DILG is closely coordinating with the NBI and the Department of Justice (DOJ) to provide support to re-capture Mancao. DOJ Secretary Leila de Lima admitted that she cannot assure
Erap bets on his popularity in giving Lim a good competition. Lim who has a stronger grassroots organization being the incumbent is not convinced by surveys favoring Erap. Both candidates claimed: “Ako ay batang Tondo,” but Erap cannot deny the fact that he lived his life in San Juan where he reigned as mayor for decades during the rule of the late Philippine dictator, Ferdinand E. Marcos. Lim is a former bemedalled police Mancao’s safety if he is detained at the Manila City Jail. De Lima promised that if Mancao is rearrested, he will not be sent directly to city jail. She added that she herself will advice Mancao’s lawyer to petition before the Manila Regional Trial Court to reverse its order to transfer Mancao to the city jail. In a letter left in his detention cell, Mancao claimed that he fled fearful for his life. Mancao is a former official in the defunct Presidential AntiOrganized Crime Task Forces led by Lacson, who was then the chief of the Philippine National Police. Mancao fled the country after the 2001 ouster of former president Joseph Estrada, whom he accused of
general, while Erap is a convicted felon who was granted with absolute pardon by former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. That absolute pardon is his fare to run in Philippine elections. Lim’s political ties with President Noynoy Aquino cannot belittle the appeal of Erap to the masses. Erap is a better example of a macho man despite his age, 75 years old. He is the true man’s image who charms women with his mustache. It is no secret that Erap begets children with several women. He is a man who knows how to crack jokes. In fact, many consider him as a joke himself. Lim’s image is far in comparison for he is a serious type whose smile is displayed likely once in a lifetime. He is more of a fatherly or granpa image with strands of white hair covering his head, but he can jog, pushup, and do a weight lifting. These exercises are far from Erap’s daily habit. It is no time to make predictions as Lim and Erap have their political strategies that could win the elections. But it can be said wisely that Erap plays the political “wheel of fortune” because Manila is not San Juan. having involvement in the Dacer-Corbito murders. He returned to the Philippines in June 2009 with hopes of being turned into a state witness, which was turned down by the courts that led to his arrest and eventual detention at the NBI. Dacer was a publicist whose clients involved public figures in the government. He and his driver were abducted on Osmeña Highway in Makati in November 2000. Their charred bodies were found in Cavite. Lawyer Ferdinand Topacio said his client, Mancao, has “justifiable frustration” over DOJ treatment and his escape from NBI Compound should be “a lesson to our government to treat all those who stood for truth and justice fairly and decently.” PAGE 7
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Mancao was supposed to be transferred to Manila City Jail on Wednesday but it was a holiday. He escaped Thursday at 1:14 a.m., as recorded by a security camera. Mancao was discovered missing in an inspection about three hours later. Mancao was admitted as government’s witness against then principal accused Senator Panfilo Lacson. However, he remains as one of the accused. In the lower court, accused Senior Police Officer 4 Marino Soberano, SPO3 Jose Escalante, and SPO3 Mauro Torres through their lawyer Dante David asked the Manila Court to transfer Mancao to the City Jail where his clients and 21 others are detained. David, in his motion, said Mancao should be considered as an ordinary inmate. The Court of Appeals branded Mancao’s testimony as inconsistent prompting them to drop the two counts of murder cases against Lacson. It can be recalled that Mancao testified that Sen. Panfilo Lacson and former President Joseph Estrada were involved in the murder of publicist Bubby Dacer. Mancao’s note was found inside his detention cell. It reads: “Please don’t remove my things without proper inventory. I’m just a victim of injustice here. Thank you,” Administrative charges were being prepared against Pablo Remalante and Ibrahim Musa, the guards on duty during the escape of Mancao. Footage from a security camera showed Mancao calmly leaving his cell at 1:45 in the morning carrying a black bag containing his personal belongings. Investigators said Mancao apparently boarded a waiting vehicle outside. His cell was separate from the rest of the detainees and leads directly to the gas station and the parking area at the back of the NBI main office located along Taft Avenue Manila.
By Omay Renta
IT is undeniable that technology has been growing and has been in the process of development with a rapid pace each year, from High Definition Televisions, 3D Screens, Virtual Reality and Touch screen gadgetries. St. Clare Collge of Caloocan wasted no time in taking advantage of the products technology has to offer, for its school has launched Tablets and Electronic Books (EBOOKS), through the ingenuity of Dr. Ray Adalem, who is the incumbent VicePresident of the Federation of Private Schools of the Philippines. St. Clare College will start to offer E-Books to its students in this coming school year 2013. It is the first ever program that integrates the information which ordinary textbooks offer, together with the technological advantage of a Tablet or touch creen gadgets, providing more fun in learning. set of textbooks consisting of the regular subjects such as Science, Math, English etc. would cost approximately Php6,000, while the digital version would astoundingly cost half the price which is Php3,000, you have to admit that it is quite practical. Every School has been teaching and enhancing the children’s speech, writing, singing and reading skills. E-Books not only develops all of what was stated above, but it also enhances the viewing, browsing and keen sense for observing, offering videos and colored images which is a plus for visual learners. It is about time that we put an end the suffering of young learner ’s unnecessary back pains in carrying piles of textbooks in their back packs. There will be no paper wastage, for E-Books is environmentally friendly. Children will have the ability to carry a resource of entire library in their own hands, for EBooks already sorted and organized the tools and information with convenient access, browsing for information have never been so easy. This program is WiFi ready, students can do online like any other program offered on the web. E-Books has been achieved under the known book provider Vibal and Rex. Technology should not be feared, instead it should be capitalized and maximized for the improvement of our lifestyle, together with the developing world. St. Clare College offers innovation and dynamism at your fingertips.
DR. RAY ADALEM Imagine a textbook in English with the same relevant information but cheaper and with no paper weight, dust and a huge amount of effort to carry. E-Books is a huge step in providing education to our children. The objective of Dr. Ray Adalem is to add fun in learning in a more affordable price, a total
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By Brando Tuazon
The Fighting Pride of the Philippines, Manny Pacquiao, has been in the shadow of recent, upcoming and elite fighters in the boxing world for almost 5 months now. Some analysts and hardcore boxing fans expressed their opinion that it is time for him to retire after his devastating knockout loss against his greatest Mexican rival Juan Manuel Marquez. But today, majority of the Filipinos are still hoping that Pacman would have his day of redemption. Come November 24, Pacman will fight in Cotai Arena in Macau. But curiosity still lingers in the minds of his avid fans about who he will fight next. Pacman will face Mexican-American Brandon “Bam-Bam” Rios who just suffered his first loss via unanimous decision against Mike Alvarado. Rios has a record of 31 wins 1 loss with 23 KO. He is a viable option since he has been demanding a fight against Pacman. Rios is well known for his work rate and punching volumes. He is a pressure fighter. He throws many punches and has a decent gas tank. This match will sure be an action-packed bout. Rios is believed to be tailor-made for Pacman who is popular for knocking out opponents who come straight to him as proven by his fights against Antonio Margarito whom he battered for 12 rounds, But questions still remain as to whether Pacman still has his focus in boxing after suffering 2 consecutive losses both to Timothy Bradley and Marquez. It has been quite a while since he was able to win impressively. What has been missing in Pacman’s Brandon Rios. Lateral movements are required, and his speed and natural power must be retained. Though this fight might seem to be a tune-up match for h i s possible m e g a fight with Floyd display of pure boxing skills Sunday, May 5, 2013 Philippine time. The heated matchup between “THE GHOST” ROBERT GUERRERO and FLOYD “MONEY” MAYWEATHER ended up with a unanimous decision in favor of Mayweather. Another win to his prestigious career. There was tension in the crowd in the earlier rounds of the fight where Guerrero projected his punching power, which seemed to have what was required to take Mayweather down. But everytime Guerrero would set up his punches, it was easily evaded by the slick Mayweather. Guerrero gained his momentum in the 2 nd round when he landed a couple of body punches which pounded the torso of the defending champion. The crowd cheered for Guerrero for his bravery and calmness. But what was supposed to be a brawl, became a boxing clinic which showed the talent of Mayweather specifically on the 4 th round. The current number 1 Pound for Pound boxer projected his evasion skills as he ducked and slipped past Guerrero’s wild hooks which if landed would definitely hurt M a y w e a t h e r . Unfortunately, it missed a mile. Mayweather then on the 6 th round, threw flashes of right straights which buckled the head of Guerrero. Guerrero fought furiously but it was almost impossible to hurt Mayweather. The latter rounds became worse for Guerrero, particularly in the 8th round, where he suffered a cut on the corner of his right eye, near the bridge of his nose, as this was produced by a barrage of right straights from the boxer who called himself “Money”. Guerrero desperately tried to engage in a close fight but Mayweather was a ring technician who would immediately clinch and push.
and Ricky Hatton who was left unconscious on the canvass after receiving Pacman’s left underhook. Both Margarito and Hatton’s fighting styles are very much like Rios. Both are adapted to pressuring their opponents, and love to fight in-close.
arsenal?, Well, first and foremost, the former top pound for pound fighter in the world has been losing his agility, his age may be blamed, but yet again, it may be due to his lack of concentration caused by so many distractions outside the boxing ring, Politics for one. Pacman needs to be at his best in order to defeat a hungry and upcoming fighter that is Mayweather, Pacman’s bout against Rios is no walk in the park. And speaking of walks in the park, it was a full packed house in MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas where Floyd Mayweather bested his opponent Robert Guerrero of what was a
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