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BRIBERY, ROBBERY, ECHEVERRI

  Vol. II No. 30 • ISSN 2094-4098 Jan. 3-9, 2011 • P15.00
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No Mayweather on May Seven

The Tragedy of Rejoice
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Drop case vs Lacson
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By DYARYO MAGDALO TEAM

Liga ng mga Barangay president Ricojudge Echeverri.

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‘My son, why did PCSO forsake you?’
By TOTO CAUSING
ON December 25, they say that Baby Jesus was born. The next day, another Baby Jesus died. The one who was born is the greatest on earth and in heaven. The one who died is one of unluckiest on earth but may be lucky enough in heaven. The Baby Jesus who died is referring to Jesus Raphael Catiis. His death demonstrated not the love of Christmas that is the messianic message delivered from the manger. To the contrary, the death of this Baby Jesus displays the reckless neglect by those who are entrusted by President Benigno Simeon Cojuangco Aquino III with the power to decide on how to spend the funds of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO). Born with defective liver The unlucky Baby Jesus is the first and only son of Katherine Raiza V. Catiis, who reside in the slums and ghettos of Tondo, Manila. After he was born, his mother got the shock of her life. Philippine General Hospital (PGH) doctors diagnosed the son to be laden with the yoke that is too much to be carried even by adults: the only way to prolong life was a liver transplant. Barely two months old, Baby Jesus had to be brought to the National Children’s Hospital and was diagnosed to be one of a case of “billary atresia” on February 9, 2010. He was admitted to the PGH on March 4, 2010 but it was recommended that only a liver transplant can prolong the life of the boy. Thus, a referral led Katherine to go to the National Press Club to seek help. Apprised of the cost of medication and liver transplant that it needed several millions of pesos, then NPC president Benny D. Antiporda decided to come to the rescue by pledging to raise funds and seek help from the PCSO. The PCSO committed to give up to Php1 million and the rest shall be shouldered by the NPC because the mother of the boy had no capacity for being a pauper. By whatever yardstick, the case of Baby Jesus was special. He was born with the disease that no adult can even bear through. The PCSO board composed of men and women appointed by Gloria Arroyo passed a resolution approving a grant of the maximum of Php 1 million subject to the completion of necessary documentary requirements. So the mother secured certificates of indigence from their barangay and she was issued on February 27, 2010 and March 28, 2010. She also went to government agencies to secure certification to support the fact of being a pauper for her to qualify to avail of the help of the PCSO. Katherine submitted these documents and the clinical abstract issued by the PGH as the requirements for the ap- The pain of losing her only child is too much to bear for Katherine as plication for medical aid. This led the PCSO board to pass she bids goodbye to her only child, Jesus Raphael, who died due to BilTo page 2 lary Atresia without being given the chance to fight for his life.

The original lines above sprang out of disgust. Wanton disregard of the basic rules of fair play secured Caloocan City’s Liga ng mga Barangay presidency for another time for National Liga ng mga Barangay President Ricojudge Echiverri, son of the city’s third-term king, Mayor Enrico Echiverri. The son, a law student and a Utopian like his father, did it this way. He determined how the manner of the election was to be conducted as provided under the memorandum issued by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) that is empowered by law to prescribe the conduct of elections for all Liga ng mga Barangay Chapters. Instead, contrary to rules of

EED that greed, young breed. Thy father is thy power. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done. Hear no fear, our guns are there. Here are our buys, they come by the buses. Seize the crown, and keep them down.
balloting and filing of a certificate of candidacy, they held the election by nomination like in a high school classroom, closed the nomination instantly, and literally ignored the hands of others wanting to nominate another candidate. This was according to the complaint filed before the Office of the Ombudsman by a would-be opponent who was not nominated at all because the presiding officer closed the nomination right away. The complainant, Jerrboy Mauricio, chairman of Barangay 68, Zone 6, District II of Caloocan City, cried out loud it was an election by means of bribery and robbery in broad daylight. Ricojudge is the chairman of Barangay 84, Zone 8, District

I of Caloocan City. If these alleged offenses are proven, “the opponent who never was” contended that the son committed the criminal offenses of bribery under Section 3 (a) of Republic Act 3019 and the crime of causing undue prejudice unto a party as written under Section 3 (e) of the same law otherwise known as the Anti-Corrupt and Graft Practices Act. His uncle, Orlan Mauricio, a mediaman, told Dyaryo Magdalo that they prayed for the imposition of a preventive suspension of six (6) months against Ricojudge. Included by Chairman Mauricio as among those sought to be punished administratively and criminally in their capacities as members of the To page 2

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‘MY SON, WHY DID PCSO FORSAKE YOU?’
and the fact that Php 1 million had been raised through the initiatives of the NPC with the help of Alyansa ng Filipinong Mamahayag (Afima), the mother came to the PCSO on December 10, 2010, ironically at the time when the people all over the world were celebrating the Universal Human Rights Day. It was on the same day that the mother’s claim for the Php1-million pledge was rejected by the PCSO. Thus, the mother returned home crying. At home with her son greeting her eyes the well of tears never dried up. The revolting feeling inside kept on burning inside her heart while the rest of the Filipinos were celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ, from the eve for the traditional “Noche Buena” up the wee hours and the day after waking up. The next day, Baby Jesus Raphael closed his eyes, as if telling his mom: “Goodbye, my loving mama.” Howls of cry reverberated and conquered the stillness of the day after Christmas, exploding these words in her heart, to wit: “My son, why did the PCSO forsake you?” The NPC released a statement of disgust against PCSO To understand more what does this mean, the statement of the National Press Club of the Philippines (NPC) released by its president, Jerry S. Yap, is hereby reproduced as follows: The statement is entitled, “Why did PCSO let 11-month-old boy die by refusing to give the pledge for liver transplant?” The content of this release is hereby quoted, to wit: “The National Press Club’s heart bleeds tremendously for Jesus Raphael Catiis as he died at 11:35 p.m. a day after Christmas Day of 2010 due to inborn damaged liver. “He could have lived until today if only the Philippines Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) kept its pledge to give half of the P2-million fund needed to pay for the liver transplant scheduled in Kaohsiung Chang Gung Memorial Hospital in Taiwan. “The boy is a son of an indigent in Tondo, Manila. Yet fate was so cruel. He was born already with a severe liver illness. His mother, Katherine Raiza V. Catiis, sought the help of the NPC during the incumbency of Benny D. Antiporda as its president. “The problem looked insurmountable. The amount needed to cure the illness was a fortune for any working class individual, P2 million. In contrast, the boy’s mother has been living in the poorest slums and ghettos of Tondo, Manila. “Prompted by the situation and the fact that nobody was going to help due to the mountain-high cost, the NPC accepted the challenge to come to the rescue. “Thus, the then NPC president raised funds and wrote the PCSO for help. “In response, the PCSO board—composed of then Chairman Sergio O. Valencia, General ManagerVice Chairman Rosario C. Uriarte and Directors Jose R. Taruc V, Raymundo T. Roquero, Nestor A. Camacho and Manuel L. Morato—passed Resolution No. 1138, Series of 2010, committing a “financial and medical assistance” in the maximum amount of P1 million. “The PCSO pledge left the NPC with the problem of raising P1 million more to pay for the liver transplant to be conducted in the said hospital in Taiwan. “After the NPC has raised the P1 million counterpart, the mother of the boy came to the PCSO to get the promised P1 million so that Baby Raphael would be brought as soon as possible to Taiwan for the liver transplant. “But she returned empty-handed. The PCSO refused to honor the pledge contained in the said board resolution. Thereafter, she could not help but cry to high heavens while watching her baby die. “At the time the mother tried to claim the money, the PCSO held a party at WackWack Golf and Country Club attended by 1,200 persons. P1,000 per person was charged by this premier sports enclave, meaning it spent Php1.2 million for the partying while the baby was dying. “The chairman of the PCSO is Mrs. Juico. Her husband is the president of the golf and country club. In the face of the urgent need for P1 million to save the life of an extraordinarily pity baby, the PCSO breached its commitment and chose to squander funds in a lavish manner, making the whole mess revolting to conscience. “Now that the baby is dead, can the PCSO answer for this? The life of the boy is priceless and yet it cannot be taken back anymore even with the biggest jackpot winning from Lotto. “Why, Mrs. Juico? “Why, PCSO General Manager Jose Ferdinand M. Rojas II? “Why, was this so, PCSO Directors Ma. Aleta L. Tolentino, Betty B. Nantes, Mabel V. Mamba, and Francisco G. Joaquin III? “What is your answer?” Angry reactions from Facebook and email groups Just right after the statement of the PCSO was posted on Facebook and emailed to all email groups upon the instruction of the NPC president, loud and angry reactions flooded the comments that followed. This led many in the email groups to cull the skull of this agency that is so rich yet its officers apparently are so sick. This led to many in the email groups to talk about the Php 1.3-billion advertisement contract awarded by the PCSO to movie producer Carlo J. Caparas during the incumbency of Manoling Morato as its chairman. So many in these email groups lambasted the PCSO generally, referring to it as an agency that is so corrupt. Many said that the PCSO will always be the same under any President: corrupt. The angry reactions from Facebook users are as assiduous. One says that she accompanied a relative to apply for a financial assistance for the medication.

the resolution on April 14, 2010. While waiting for the funds to be raised by the NPC, the mother secured papers to ensure that the changing medical conditions are updated. Thus, the PGH issued her a new certificate in August of 2010 to reiterate that the only way to prolong the life of Baby Jesus was through a liver transplant. It was learned that liver transplant locally could reach up to Php 8 million. However, the NPC, through the efforts of Antiporda managed to arrange a much cheaper operations with Kaoshiung Chang Gung Memorial Hospital in Taiwan for a total cost of Php 2 million, including the transportation expenses. Thus, on December 8, 2010, Kaoshiung Chang Gung Memorial Hospital wrote Katherine, saying: “After reviewing and discussing your son’s case in a forum of experts, we firmly believe that a liver transplantation is needed at this point to correct the complications brought about by billary atresia. However, we noted some problems that require special attention. “1. Your son’s portal vein (this vessel provides 70% of the blood supply to the liver) was conspicuously small (3mm). Because of this, it is probable that an intraoperative stenting will be carried following the repair of the vessel to improve the inflow of blood to the liver. The stent, which cost NT 50,000 each, could incur additional expenses. “2. The hepatic graft (left lateral segment) from you appears too big for the recipient, and the segments 2 and 3 hepatic veins are widely separate. “In this case, it is preferable to use another living donor that will better fit the recipient. However, in the absence of an alternative, a reduction in size of the graft will be performed at the back table following its procurement, whereas the widely separated segments 2 and 4 hepatic veins might require an additional vascular graft that will be procured from the living donor. The tasks are difficult but feasible. However, considering the given situation the procedures that will be performed could incite more risks.” Armed with this letter

Katherine cries profusely as Baby Jesus is inside the coffin.
They kept on coming back to the PCSO but they had never received the promised money even after the patient died. Another said that the PCSO’s guarantee letters are no longer accepted by St. Luke’s Medical Center because it has not paid all past guarantees it had given. Reply of PCSO director PCSO director Ma. Aleta Tolentino forwarded to this author the following reaction to the statement released by the NPC. This reaction, reproduced in toto, reads as follows: “That is the problem when people react without knowing the facts. That 11 months baby sought the help of PCSO in April of 2010 for allegedly a liver transplant in China for a cost of 4 to 8 million. The former board approved a 1 million assistance but required that the parents complete the documentary requirements, like testing etc. and raise the counterpart before the amount is released. The former board never even processed the assistance, because they waited for the requirements. We assumed only in August, and this was one of the pending applications when we took over, but we could not reach the patients mother. It was only last Dec. 10 that the mother, after the baby’s hospitalization, went back to PCSO and by then it was too late! “If indeed the situation was urgent, then the people of GMA if they truly cared, should have released the financial assistance immediately. Had they done so, then the health situation of the then two months baby should not have turned worse. Those guys released billions of pesos for various expenses including advertisements and supplies before they exited in July 2010, yet they did not find it prudent to release one
Liga President to meet for the purpose of forming the various committees and boards for the chapter election,” Mauricio complained. He added: “Thus, prior to December 05, 2010 we were at a loss as to how the various committees would be formed. Even the members of the Board of Canvassers (BoC) and Board of Election Supervisors (BES) were unknown to us.” The bribery Mauricio told Dyaryo Magdalo that he and his partymates were thinking that the December 05, 2010 was for the purpose of forming the various committees, board of canvassers, and board of election supervisors, the reason they planned to attend the meeting. “What was suspicious is that almost all Punong Barangays who received the December 3 invitation (albeit dated 01 December 2010), were also required, verbally, through a zone coordinator, to assemble in the morning of December 4 at the Max’s Restaurant along EDSA, Caloocan City,” Mauricio narrated in his complaint. He said that more than a hundred of barangay chairmen who went to the Max’s restaurant were shuttled by three JAM Liner buses to Kabayan Resort in Laiya, San Juan, Batangas. He said he learned that the said resort is owned by Calo-

million for this baby who appealed to Manoling Morato for help. Why didn’t he follow through? “The article in the newspaper is malicious. You know how I work. Had the parent gone to me to follow up, I should have done something. But the real question is will the one million of PCSO be enough to save the baby, if not what could we have done? Our office mandate is to raise money through numbers game and use part of it to give financial assistance to the needy. We don’t get budget from the government, so our funds are also limited. Why didn’t those who were pushing for the support approach the then Pres. GMA for additional assistance from her social fund or any legislator for assistance. They could spend millions of pesos for their lunch in New York yet they could not spare a few millions for this poor baby!!!! Now they try to pass the
To page 8 ocan City Mayor Enrico “Recom” Echiverri. To prove his claims about the treat given to these barangay chairmen in Batangas, Mauricio provided copies of the pictures. The robbery Mauricio said the conspiracy also disregarded the requisite formation of committees. “Worse, respondents, in conspiracy with each other, prevented (me) from duly filing (my) certificate of candidacy for the office of the Liga Chapter President..,” Mauricio insisted in disgust. Caught in a trap between the thought of not attending the December 5 meeting and the thought that if they would insist on the DILG set election on December 7, Mauricio said that he and his allies decided to appear in the sham election. “To our shock and astonishment, while we were on our way to the venue at around 2:30 p.m. of December 5, two aircon-buses were already parked beside the Caloocan City Hall,” Mauricio complained. He said that all chairmen who accepted the invitation to the Batangas resort and joined the overnight of fun, food, drinks and lavish entertainment in Batangas were now seen getting down the bus, one after another, heading straight to the venue of the Liga meeting at the To page 7

Bribery, robbery...
From page 1 Board of Election Supervisors are DILG Director Jay Timbresa, Commission on Elections (Comelec) Representative Atty. Dinah Valencia, and NGO/PO representative Teresita Sagum What was crazier, Mauricio said in his complaint, was that the election in the city was held two days in advance of the national synchronized election for chapters in all cities and municipalities of the country. The election was forced to be held on December 5, 2010 instead of the December 7 scheduled in Memorandum Circular No. 2010-129 issued by DILG Secretary Jesse Robredo. To surprise the others who had expressed intentions to challenge Echiverri’s foothold, Mauricio cried that the notice setting the election on December 5, 2010 was sent out only on December 3, 2010 such that many did not receive the notices. To prove his claims, Mauricio provided a copy of the “invitation” dated December 1, 2010 sent by the Office of the City Council League of Barangays of the City of Caloocan, signed by respondent Echiverri the son. The said letter read: “You are cordially invited to attend the Liga ng mga Barangay, Caloocan City Chapter meeting on December 5, 2010 at 2:00 P.M. at Bulwagang Katipunan, Caloocan City Hall, A. Mabini St., this City. The Order of Business are as to follows: “A. Opening Prayer “B. National Anthem “C. Call-to-Order “D. Proof of the Required Notice of Hearing “E. Proof of presence of a Quorum “F. Announcement of the various committees and its members to oversee the LIga Election “G. Turn-Over of the chair to the Election Committee “H. Nomination of Candidates “I. Balloting/Election “J. Canvassing “K. Proclamation of Winning Candidates “L. Adjournment “Your 100% attendance will be greatly appreciated.” It is clear in the said letter that the manner of election shall be by balloting and there shall be canvassing of votes and proclamation of winners. But the voting was done by means oral nomination and the nomination was closed right away after Echiverri was nominated. “I and my party-mates were expecting that the local chapter elections would be held on December 07, 2010 because of the DILG circular. However, I learned that it was only on December 3, 2010 that a written invitation/notification, signed by the incumbent Liga Caloocan Chapter president Ricojudge ‘RJ’ Echiverri, was sent to barangay chairmen in Caloocan City,” Mauricio complained. “To my utter shock and surprise, the invitation/notification stated, among others, that the Liga chapter elections will be held on December 5, 2010 at the Caloocan City Hall, and not December 7, 2010,” he added. Mauricio described the actions done by the conspiracy as “a blatant disregard of the guidelines provided for under DILG Memorandum Circular No. 2010-129.” The grieving barangay chairman said he was only furnished a copy of such invitation late in the evening of December 3, 2010. “I and my party-mates were stunned with this development… Since we were elected as Punong Barangays and even after Memorandum Circular No. 2010-129 was disseminated, there was no written notice sent to us by the incumbent

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DROP CASE VS LACSON!

Give him freedom to refute case filed upon order of Gloria administration

ET it be clear: Dyaryo Magdalo is not saying Senator Panfilo M. Lacson is innocent and Dyaryo Magdalo is not saying that he is guilty. Thus, this exposition. On the issue about Senator Lacson, Dyaryo Magdalo strongly urges Justice Secretary Leila de Lima to give Lacson a space for him to refute the charge of murdering publicist Salvador “Bubby” Dacer and the latter’s driver Emmanuel Corbito.
By the word “space,” Dyaryo Magdalo means withdrawal of the criminal information so that the arrest warrant against him is shelved and allowing him to argue without fear of arrest and with the strongest vigor he can to prove why he should not be hailed to court. This is the fairest thing to do for the DOJ. That is even as it is true that the Regional Trial Court of Manila debunked his challenge for it order a reinvestigation and recall the warrant of arrest issued against him. Why? The justification is as what follows. Remember that the double-murder case filed against Lacson is entitled “PEOPLE OF THE PHILIPPINES VS PANFILO M. LACSON.” If this is so, should De Lima be in dilemma to know whether to consider the voice of the people in wanting him to serve them as the senator? Should De Lima consider the fact that the voice of the people is the voice of God? Vox Populi Vox Dei. In all republican and democratic governments, all powers—to repeat, all powers—come from the people. Included in the powers that come from the people are: (a) the power to judge; (b) the power to accuse; (c) the power to make laws; and (d) the power to implement laws. To explain why the sources of powers are the people acting as one, let it begin from a common idea. The common idea is that the 1987 Constitution cannot be the present constitution if the people did not cast majority vote for its ratification. And if the people in 1986 voted “no” to the proposed 1987 Constitution, there can be no positions for President or Senators or Congressmen or Justices or Judges or Secretaries including Justice Secretary that exist now. The people said in the 1987 Constitution: Let there be the President voted by plurality of votes. That is why the people vote every six years for the President. This May 10, 2010, the people voted for Noynoy Aquino, whose votes could have been 55% were it not for the tampering of CF cards. The people said in the 1987 Constitution: Let there be 24 senators 12 of them shall be elected by all the people every three years and each to serve a term of six years. That is why the people elect 12 senators every three years. That is why the people elected Lacson as senator in the year 2007. The people said in the 1987 Constitution: Let there be congressmen from all districts and from all partylist organizations. That is why the people elect congressmen in districts and from partylist groups. The people said in the 1987 Constitution: Let there be 15 Supreme Court Justices to be appointed by the President from those recommended by the Judicial and Bar Council. That is why the people appoint through the President a Supreme Court justice for every vacancy. The people said in the 1987 Constitution: Let there be cabinet secretaries who shall serve as the alter ego of the President and this cabinet must include a Secretary of Justice. That is why the people appoint cabinet men, including the Secretary of Justice, through the President and the concurrence of the Committee on Appointments. The people said in the 1987 Constitution: Let the senators and congressman acting separately have the power to make laws and that these laws must be followed to the letter and spirit by all individuals. That is why, the Senate and the House of Representatives made the Revised Penal Code, including the law on murder punishing the act with reclusion perpetua. The people said in the 1987 Constitution: Let there be no bail for criminal offenses punishable with death, life sentence or reclusion perpetua. That is why the people deny bail for all persons charged in court for non-bailable crimes by the prosecutors acting under the delegated authority of the Justice Secretary. The people also said in the 1987 Constitution: Let the issuance of a warrant of arrest against any individual be based on the “probable cause” to be determined personally by the judge upon examination under oath the complainant and the witnesses he may produce and the other evidence he may present. The people at the same time said in the 1987 Constitution: Let any person be presumed innocent until proven otherwise. That is why, the prosecutors and the judge must act in great circumspect to avoid accusing men in court when the pieces of evidence available are not sufficient to support a case in court, to avoid giving prejudices of warrants and of depriving a person of his liberty just because the case filed and approved by the court is one where there is no bail while proving innocence. This principle of avoidance is necessary because in giving this authority to the judge the people clearly know the priceless value of freedom. The freedom lost cannot be taken back. The freedom lost cannot be compensated with any amount of money. The freedom lost is in itself a punishment to a person being tried for a non-bailable crime while there is no conviction yet. The freedom lost is revolting to conscience if it turns out that there is actually insufficient evidence to begin with: That the accused has already been punished yet he is innocent. Now, if the prosecutor charged a person, like Lacson, with murder in court upon the delegated power from the people, the judge appointed by the indirect power of the people has the duty to approve or not the case filed by the prosecutor. And in knowing whether to approve the case for trial, the judge must comply with the command of the people that he or she must personally determine whether the person, like Lacson, is probably guilty on the basis of the complainant’s complaint, witnesses, and other pieces of evidence. And in so making the determination the judge must have conscience that he or she must reject the prosecutor’s case that has a small probability that the accused is guilty. If the prosecutor certified that he or she conducted a preliminary investigation and that he or she has enough evidence to prove the accused guilty, the judge must act with suspicion. This is so to show that he or she tried his or her best with the thought that if he or she approves a case for murder he or she will be depriving the liberty of the accused for two years or more while the case is being tried.

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So that the judge must be guided by these questions: 1. “Can I not be pricked by my conscience if the accused turns out innocent after trial because the accused had to stay in jail while the trial is proceeding?” 2. “Can I bring back the lost freedom of the accused if from the start the pieces of evidence presented by the prosecutors are doubtful?” A judge must have a conscience that “probable cause” is not a tool for convenience but one that must be used with extra-care, extra-diligence and extraprudence reserved only for those cases that truly have evidence, cases that have truly have witnesses who have sworn to deny what he or she swore to earlier. This is because it is very unfair for the accused to keep him in jail if there is clearly no chance for the case against him to be proven beyond reasonable doubt. For a person like Cesar Mancao to say one delicate fact on one day and for to deny that fact on another day stinks. A man who changes testimonies from one to another on the same issue of fact makes that person always a man of doubtful integrity for honesty. If the conviction that will come later after the trial is based on a proof beyond reasonable doubt, HOW CAN NOW THE JUDGE AND PROSECUTOR CONCERNED SAY THAT THE TESTIMONY OF MANCAO IS A PROOF BEYOND REASONABLE DOUBT? At the end of the day, a judge must be scored or graded on the basis of how many cases filed by prosecutors that he or she approved for trial that only ended up in acquittal just because the evidence presented by the prosecutors were actually insufficient to begin with. The judge must remember that it is better to let loose a hundred criminals on the street than imprison an innocent man while the case is being tried. The duty of the court to approve the indictment by the prosecutors, equivalent to saying “okay, let’s have a trial because the case appears to have sufficient evidence and we have to issue a warrant of arrest for the

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accused,” must be exercised in a manner that the judge can smile when he or she is placed in his or her grave. The command of the people to the judge is he or she must look at every criminal information sheet and evidences with suspicion and must personally examine them, including in it those pieces of evidence and circumstances that were not presented or not considered by the prosecutors. These other evidence or circumstances must be ones that the court can reasonably take as a notice to the court. In the case of Lacson, every judge knows him as a senator who has delivered privilege speeches that is unprintable to the Malacanang occupant and her family at the time of the filing of the double-murder information sheet. In the case of Lacson, every judge knows that the prosecutor who filed the double-murder case was ordered by the Secretary of Justice appointed by the Malacanang occupant who was not authorized by the people because her votes were made by Garci and not by the people. In the case of Lacson, every judge knows that Lacson was voted by the people and that therefore he is the voice of the people and the voice of God. As such, the judge to whom the charge against Lacson was filed must take judicial notice of these circumstances. These circumstances must be taken with the fact that the only evidence of the prosecution are: (a) the second contrary statement of a witness; and (b) the computer-generated papers that can be invented showing that Dante Tan of the BW Resources gave to Lacson 300,000 shares of that stock whose prices were manipulated to eventually become one of the cases used in the impeachment against then President Joseph Estrada. The judge must not take hook, line and sinker whatever the prosecutors said in a case. This is because to do it by reason of convenience or inconvenience is equivalent to abdicating the duty to the people. As such, the judge has the duty to take notice or judicial notice that many cases are actually designed to maim political opponents or as a means to take revenge or as a means to compel the accused to do something for the accuser. Similarly, as to the issue of whether there is probability that a person is guilty, the prosecutor also has that twofold duty when he or she was appointed by the indirect powers of the people. These duties are: (a) to prosecute the persons he personally believes as guilty on the basis of evidence; and (b) to spare the person brought to his office if there is no sufficient evidence to support a case for conviction. The first thing that should come to the mind of the prosecutor must be this: He was appointed to the office NOT because of the person who actually signed his appointment; rather that he was appointed to the office because of the trust of the people who agreed to form the government that included the office to which he was appointed. In other words, his boss is the people. If P-Noy acknowledged the authority of the people or that the source of all powers is the people, there is no reason for the prosecutor to brag about his being a lawyer to say he can do what he wants. Indeed, the President eloquently said this: “Kayo ang boss ko,” referring to the people. As in the judge, the prosecutor also has that duty to personally examine the complainant, the witnesses he may produce, and the other pieces of evidence submitted if only to assure his conscience that he acted according to his honest belief. The prosecutor must not act on the basis of the command to him by his direct boss, who is the chief city or provincial prosecutor or the chief state prosecutor or the secretary of justice. The duty of the prosecutor as commanded by the people is also the duty of the chief city or provincial prosecutor. It is also the duty of the chief state prosecutor. It is the same duty of the Secretary of Justice. It is also the duty of the President acting on the issue of whether to file a criminal complaint in court against certain persons. To repeat, the power to say who should be brought to court is a duty commanded to the prosecutor, the chief state prosecutor, and the secretary of justice. This command, to stress again, is ordered by the people when the people ratified the 1987 Constitution. As in the judge, the prosecutor, or Justice Secretary De Lima, in the performance of duties to the people must act with justice, give everyone his due, and observe honesty and good faith. With these premises, it is easy for De Lima to see that Senator Lacson is a voice of the people so that in giving respect to Lacson is equivalent to giving respect to the people, considering that these votes were won while those in actual hold of power were fabricating votes in 2007 in Maguindanao and elsewhere. It is easy for De Lima to discern that the person who authorized the conduct of preliminary investigation against Lacson was authorized only by Garci votes. It is easy for her to know that the person who authorized the investigation into Lacson has the motive of revenge considering the scathing privilege speeches he gave against Gloria’s husband hiding in the name “Jose Pidal,” and the exposes he made considering the involvement of Gloria’s son, husband and the latter’s brother Iggy. These circumstances lyTo page 7

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Running jury system costs P60 billion but saves P160 billion from corruption reduction
IN my burning desire to change the country’s present fiscal-judge system of justice, I am now taking the liberty of analyzing the cost of maintaining a jury system similar to that of the United States of America (USA), know how it can reduce corruption that runs now in the Philippines at 20% of the national budget, and know how much can the country save from the thieves in the government. I was prompted to go to this dissertation by a Facebook friend who insisted that the Philippines can never ever afford to have a jury system because it is very expensive. I agreed that it was very expensive. However, I begged to disagree that being expensive does not mean it is not economical. The result of my dissertation, as will be read hereunder, shows that the cost of running a jury system in the entire country reaches only to Php 60 billion and the additional jury education program entails only Php 20 billion. The total cost of Php 80 billion is far lesser than the Php 160-billion savings that can be gotten from the reduction of corruption due to the jury system’s nature of being a far better rigid justice system that is too difficult to be manipulated by the racketeers, the thieves in the government, and the lords. Thus, the cost: Php 80 billion. The savings: Php 160 billion. My premises: So, here is my dissertation on this matter of economics of the jury system. Let me begin by saying that if the amount required to run the jury systems is “very expensive” as you describe, it does not automatically mean it is not economical. Amongst us who are civil engineers, we may choose one option that demands triple expense when the lifespan is at least triple more than any of the other choices. A better economic strategy I know chooses from what options that stimulate the more number of transactions in a given period of time; what ensure bigger returns from these transactions in terms of taxes paid to the government and in terms of incomes going to participants in the transactions; what attract more number of people participating in transactions in a given community; and what make the number and magnitude of transactions going and growing. Eventually, good economic decisions must be founded on what result in most number of transactions with biggest number of taxes along with bigger number of persons involved. The more transactions, the more taxes to the government, the more and better services are given by the government to its people, and the more people are exchanging goods and services and monies, and the more people are employed or earning income. One community for instance has a total of 100 million pesos if we sum up all monies in each person and in each entity (business unit such as a corporation, partnership, or sole proprietorship). Assume that the government in this place is capitalism and not socialism that has more regulations about how the funds shall be controlled, or not communism that ensures each individual therein is as rich or as poor as each other. Assume further that this capitalist place cannot compel individuals to spend because it believes in free market and as such it relies only on the willingness of each of the people to spend or invest as they wish. Now, we know that transactions cannot happen without buyers or without those that are obliged to pay by reason of deals. With these givens, if we want progress for all we prefer a system of government that brings about more people buying services and goods in a year so that: (1) more taxes (sales, evat, and income) are collected in one tax year; (2) more businesses have better chance

Privileged spits
By TOTO C. CAUSING
to continue to live and grow consequently resulting in generation of more employment; (3) more chances that people are employed to make them acquire wealth in the form of incomes as fruits of their labor in order to empower them as having more buying capacity to, in turn, acquire goods, services, better education, etc; (4) more people becoming more creative in thinking what to do to make decent profits; and (5) more people continue behaving in the way what the laws want them to conduct in relation to each other and in relation to their government. Assuming this government has achieved these desirable economic activities to happen, can this ideal economy continue without strict justice system that compels people to behave by the laws? I strongly believe it will not stay as ideal with a loose justice system that chooses to vow to those who are the wealthy and the influential. Despite all these soughtafter objectives to give real progress for all people, there are always things that go out of hand. This is because there all always people who “greed” for money or sex, “desire to seek glory” either in wealth or politics, err in the performance of duties and the exercise of rights, or commit improprieties simply because of intoxications like liquor that loosen the hold of morality over intoxicated persons, or fall on accidents and or else can we think of. Co-existing with these negative matters that any society, rich or poor, cannot avoid, is the NATURAL DESIRE to avoid punishments. And this natural motive among persons to evade liability breeds and grows a culture of corruption if only to escape the harshness of hell behind bars, if only to preserve reputation, or if only to escape paying out for liabilities incurred. So that if the justice system can be bought or influenced, the situation in this place will deteriorate over time, sooner or later, into the culture of impunity bad as what Maguindanao has reached. Thus, I argue: even if we begin to create a country with all citizens having One Million Pesos in their respective pockets but with loose justice system such as what we have for 110 years, we will still end up as one of the poorest and most chaotic countries in the world. Before continuing, let one more truth be spoken: crimes are offenses against the state so that it should be the state’s obligation to ensure justice is served where it is due. Where lies our country: Now, take a scenario of the Philippines where, approximately, 10% of the people are holding 80% of the total country’s monetary wealth while 90% are fighting for shares of the remaining 20% of all monies. Look at our country. Our country is where the justice system for over a hundred years is composed of fiscals deciding as to who should be charged in court and the court with one judge. It has been modified over time that the Ombudsman now has the sole power to bring to court corruption cases and the Commission on Elections having exclusive power to bring to court election crime offenders. Thus, you see Malacañang man Joc-joc Bolante not getting charged in court by the Ombudsman; or former Comelec commissioner Virgilio Garciliano not charged in court by the Comelec for vote rigging. Our country is where over time we have seen decisions of trial courts overturned by higher courts and where higher courts give out decisions that amused the people. Our country is where we often hear songs crying out for justice from inside our prison walls, as echoed by Freddie Aguilar’s “Katarungan.” Our country is where one can hear countless of songs of freedom for these songs are born only where liberty is restrained and where injustices are aplenty. Our country is where judgments are more based on opinions than evidence as proven by Hubert Webb case where they were convicted upon the opinion of the trial court only to be acquitted 15 years later by another opinion of the court, this time the Supreme Court’s opinion. Our country is where we have seen more and more economically-lower-classed citizens becoming more and more mistrusting in the justice system because their common experience point to the poor rarely getting the better end of justice. Our country is where the poor and have-nots prefer to suffer the pain of injustice in silence than to fight lords who not only buy fiscals and judges but also kill more if only to ensure freedom to kill, to steal, to cheat in political contests, and to do what else. Our country is where the poor absolutely have no fair chance at courts of law. Name what you want and we are on the nadir of all the ebbs, of all the law tides. Taking a deeper look at justice economics: Thus, the question now is: JUST BECAUSE IT APPEARS THAT JURY SYSTEM IS EXPENSIVE, DO WE HAVE TO DISCARD IT BECAUSE OF THE GIVEN CIRCUMSTANCES WE HAVE AS STATED

ABOVE? On what scale should we measure to choose a justice system to use given the circumstances the Filipinos are in? Shall we have a “cheap” court with one judge and one fiscal deciding almost everything, for or against the accused, depending on the availability of funds, just because of the circumstances the Filipinos are in? Shall we continue with this “cheap” fiscal-judge justice system where the supposed “learned” (pronounced as “learn-ed”) in law have, as is normal nowadays, been taking advantage of the citizens’ ignorance of the law, just because of the circumstances the Filipinos are in? Shall we keep the “cheap” status quo even though we have heard so many people complaining of injustice and inability to obtain fair game in law, just because of the circumstances the Filipinos are in? Shall we prefer to resign to this “cheap” status quo just because of the circumstances the Filipinos are in? Shall we continue to argue that “it is not in the system but the people in the system” even though we know that it is actually more of the system because we cannot avoid the people who are prone to fall to dishonesty, greed and worldly desires, just because of the circumstances the Filipinos are in? This is my appeal: Please look deeper as to what can this big expense give us in return. Haven’t we thought that by using the jury system we are employing more people and that this will remedy the yearly problem of millions of college graduates from every private and state colleges and universities found now in every province and that problem is how to find jobs? And in so doing, more people are empowered to buy to add taxes to the government and income to others to generate more employment. Haven’t we thought that by using the jury system it is doubly stricter and doubly rigid against influence and money such that more and

more people would think they cannot fool the jury (grand and trial juries) so they tend to think it is better to behave well and refrain from fooling, stealing, and harming others? Haven’t we thought that with strict and rigid justice system the number and magnitude of corruption incidents may likely reduce by as much as 90%? Can we not blame extremely-high corruption incidences and magnitudes in the Philippines on the lax justice system for a century and a decade? The cost of corruption: Look at these reports about our dear country as posted at http:// w w w. 11 . b e / 11 / i n d e x . php?option=com_content &task=view&id=103158 &Itemid=112: “The Philippines has been ranked as among the world’s most corrupt by, among others, the Berlinbased non-governmental organization Transparency International. Corruption has become so widespread here that that scandals coming out one after the other dominate the news. Worse, many of these scandals are linked to Malacañang Palace and the first family. President Gloria Arroyo was perceived as the most corrupt in Philippine history in a survey done by Pulse Asia in 2007. “Corruption has diverted away whatever meager resources that could have been extremely helpful to alleviate the lives of poor Filipinos. The Presidential Anti-Graft Commission (PAGC), a government body tasked to investigate and hear administrative cases and complaints against erring presidential appointees, has revealed that in the Philippines, an average of 20 percent of the country’s annual budget goes to corruption. “In 2008, the national budget was PhP 1.227 trillion (USD 26 billion). The
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Jerry’s Blogs
By JERRY S. YAP
At first, we thought that only wine can send the EXECUTIVE SECRETARY or LITTLE PRESIDENT JOJO OCHOA to becoming a drunken master. But, we’re proven wrong. It seems that the “Little President” also got drunk with power, the ultimate power in hand. Last December 29, when he arrived at NAIA Terminal 2, ESPO was asked by a Customs police to provide Customs baggage declaration for his belongings. ESPO, however, got iratated by the strict implementation of the airport rules and regulations by SA I Roberto Ramos. The following day, Ramos was washed away. He is now on a FLOATING STATUS at the Enforcement and Security Service (ESS) of the Customs NAIA headquarters. Instead of rewarding the man for acting in accordance with his duties, Ramos was shelved in a four-cornered office. We are not concluding that it was ESPO who caused Ramos miseries. But allow us to question: Was the reassignment of Ramos only a coincidence in the performace of his duties?

ES Ochoa power drunk?
We are quite puzzled by the silence of Muntinlupa Mayor ALDRIN SAN PEDRO on the bold entry of Manuela’s jueteng in his city. Anyway, I gathered that it was a kin or a “kamag-anak” of San Pedro who gave the go-signal for the jueteng operations of Manuela. Manuela’s illegal operations are said to be raking more than one million pesos every week in Muntinlupa alone. Could this more than a million-peso rake that bloated the weekly payola be the reason Supt. ELEAZAR MATTA, the chief of police there, has been smiling to his ears? How about Crame and Bicutan? Are PNP chief, Dir. Gen. Raul Bacalzo, and NCRPO chief, Gen. Nick Bartolome, getting their share from Manuela? Hope to hear from you, sirs! of VK King Buboy Go sends many to think he’s already living a silent life. Definitely, not. The truth is: the VK operation of Buboy Go has engulfed Malabon. The tricky or sticky Video karera influence of VK King Buboy Go to Malabon of Buboy Go City Mayor CANUTO in Malabon ORETA probably muscled to open view his It seems that the anti- illegal VK machines. 1602 operations of Northern Police District and *** Malabon PNP missed the For reactions, sugvideo “demonic” karera of gestions, or complaints, Buboy Go. please contact the auAs usual, the now-you- thor at 09278989991 or see,-now-you-don’t tactic jerryap888@yahoo.com BOLOK SANTOS. Well, well, happy days for LOTTENG, STL bookies and Basketball 38. Is the “take” already in order, QCPD DD Gen. BENJARDI MANTELE?

Manuela’s jueteng rakes millions in Muntilupa
Full-blown jueteng operations of a certain ALAN MANUELA have commenced in southern Metro Manila, especially in Pateros, Taguig and Muntinlupa. One named SHERWIN a.k.a. BOY LIIT is now making his rounds of media camps to hand cold cash to preempt “jueteng stories.” Comrades in pen, start to wear headgears. If possible, use kevlar helmets

1602 of Tepang back to normal operation in QC!
The 1602 operation of TEPANG besieges QMART - the money-making nest of TEPANG, the front operator of illegalnumber games of TONY

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Cash allotment program for the poor
IT is good to note that the Department of Social Welfare and Development has been allotted P34 billion to carry out the government program meant to help the poorest of the poor to empower them to become capable to support themselves. It is also pleasing to hear DSWD Secretary Corazon “Dinky” Soliman’s assurance that P21 billion of the P34 billion will definitely benefit 2.3 million poor families through cash transfer program allocation. Under the program, the poorest of the poor would get monthly cash assistance provided that they send their children to school and make pregnant women undergo regular checkups. However, it is quite disturbing on how the DSWD will implement this program considering that it has allegedly identified over 4.464 million poor households qualified for government assistance. This number is about double the targeted 2.3 million poor families as beneficiaries in 2011. How I wish that this P21 billion be doubled to cover the over 4.464 million identified poorest of the poor by the DSWD. In her latest report, Dinky boasted that there were one million poorest of the poor families who benefited from the cash transfer program in 2010. Forgive my ignorance, madam secretary. But I know nothing of any poor family, especially in my neighborhood in Tondo, that has received a single cent from this program in 2010. How I wish that the names and addresses of the alleged beneficiaries be posted on the website of DSWD for the people to scrutinize the veracity of your contention. Everyime I read between the lines of Dinky, smokes of doubt beleaguer me, leaving me in a cloud of uncertainty.

Hernz quarry
By HERNANI CUARE
When Dinky says that it is challenging to work in the most committed bureaucracies, the DSWD, for it works with the poorest of the poor, I feel a tiny pinch. Seeing her with hair in colors and with pieces of jewelry - bracelets, danglings, necklace, etc. – I see a person not fit to work for and with the poorest of the poor. When Dinky says that her aim is to rid street children, I perceived a displayed insult. In scratching the website of DSWD, there are dozens of pictures on parties for the street children and stories on her appeal to public not to give alms to street children. These parties of DSWD for street children are incoherent with her aim of getting rid of street children from the streets. These are frontal displays of tolerance to the presence of children in the streets. It is an irony to her aim! More so, her appeal to the public not to give alms to street children is equal to admission that she failed in her aim. *** Year 2011 can never be cloudy nor colorful without reminiscing the past. Let me share a little sting during my stint in government service that may trigger a smile, or may boil a rage. When I was working with a government agency created by the former president, I stumbled on two unforgettable deals involving government funds.The first deal was sent to trash while the other gained so much. The agency I was in had its own General Services Office (GSO) responsible for buying supplies and equipment. When the agency was in need of a xerox machine, the GSO director, along with finance officials, went out to jockey for lower price. After getting the reasonable price of a xerox machine (according to him), the director asked for an allocation, forwarding his papers for approval of the head of the agency. Upon seeing the request, the head of the agency got annoyed and immeditely ordered the suspension of the director while the finance officials got sermons from hell.

It was the price of the xerox machine that angered the agency’s head. It was a staggering P120,000.00 worth of xerox machine. It was a hell of a price! The second deal was about the P15 million unconsumed annual budget of the agency. Big bosses of the agency met and planned on where to allocate the P15 million unspent fund. It was settled that it will be allocated to build a building to house the agency. However, when the bosses consulted the Commission on Audit (COA), the plan was rejected for the annual agency’s budget was allocated only for salary of personnel and office operations. Reallignment of fund is strictly prohibited. The bosses were also informed that the remaining P15 million, if returned to government coffers, will result in a decrease of the agency’s budget for the next year,

and, of course, the request for additional annual budget will definitely be discarded. It is a government practice that allocation is in accordance with the need and the failure of an agency to consume the allotment is a conclusion that the allocation was more than what is needed. So, it was decided not to return to government the unspent P15 million. The following days, the agency’s finance office was swamped with receipts from department stores, restaurants, office supply companies, etc. Ninety per cent of the receipts were in blank. The most amazing part of the story was in the year-end financial report of the agency, the P15 million was justifiably consumed. No question! *** These are my quarries for now.

Jannarally speaking
By JULMUNIR I. JANNARAL
JANUARY, the birth of “Jannarally Speaking,” is my birth too. Moreover, it is Zakat Awareness Month for all Muslims. The month of January in 2011 seems to be a lucky month and a lucky year as well for this columnist not because it is on the 10th of this month that I was born along with a twin brother who did not live long. Most of all, it is this month that this new column entitled “Jannarally Speaking” is born, too. Thanks to the management of Dyaryo Magdalo headed by editor-in-chief Toto Causing for accommodating this weekly column. So far, Toto and this columnist have more in common. First and foremost, we are both Mindanaoans. Second, we are both alumni of the Mindanao State University. Third, we were once schoolmates at the College of Law of the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila (PLM) until I transferred to the Philippine Law School (PLS). Fourth, we are both members of the social network Facebook. Fifth, we are both members of the media. Sixth, we are also both members of the prestigious National Press Club (NPC). My NPC membership dates back to 1986 after I joined the Philippine Daily Inquirer (PDI) as news correspondent writing for “Batanes To Tawi-Tawi,” the regional news section edited by Mrs. Lita Logarta, the mother of former NPC president-now-secretary Louie Logarta. Our PDI editor-in-chief at that time was the late Louie Beltran. Those were the days anyway. After PDI, I transferred to several other broadsheets that I think need not be mentioned anymore for the sake of brevity in space. *** The search among the Bangsamoro people of Mindanao for the genuine peace, called in the past by no less than founding chairman of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) Professor Nurullaji Misuari as an “honorable peace,” has not stopped until now. It is for it remains elusive. This is despite the fact that the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) has already forged the Final Peace Agreement (FPA) with the MNLF on September 2, 1996. Rep. Tupay Loong, of the 1st Congressional District of Sulu and concurrently chairman of the House Committee on Muslim Affairs, said that for the GRP to resume peace negotiations with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), there is an urgent need to resolve first the recurring issues with the MNLF. Loong particularly referred to the incomplete implementations of the 1996 Final Peace Agreement that Maas (Misuari) has been complaining about every now and then. According to Loong, there is a need to close the chapter of the MNLF struggle for self-determination by making the government comply with all the provisions of the GRP-MNLF peace accord up to its last provision before entering into another chapter of peace negotiations with the MILF. Jannarally Speaking, this columnist agrees with the Muslim lawmaker, who once served as a governor of Sulu for several terms and once an MNLF commander and leader of the famed “Magic 8 of Sulu.” Precisely, it would be absurd for the government to enter into another round of peace negotiations with another group of Moro rebels when there are still impending issues with the MNLF. The government should deal with only with one Moro front at one time so that it can focus its efforts and resources or risk having peace negotiations with two Moro fronts and end unsatisfactorily. These unresolved issues with the MNLF will always bring up doubt on the credibility of the GRP in the eyes of the MILF. “There must be final closure to the MNLF history of armed struggle before the GRP will deal with another chapter particularly the MILF history of armed struggle,” the Sulu lawmaker told this Columnist. *** The Muslim Filipinos have passed a manifesto to institutionalize the month of Muharram that is the first month of the lunar Hijra calendar as a Zakat Awareness Month during the forum held last Tuesday afternoon at the SMX Convention Center at the Mall of Asia in Pasay City. Thanks to my good friend Director Kim Edres who informed me of the Zakat Forum, where he was the organizing committee chairman. My fraternity brother in the Alpha Sigma Phi (Philippines), Inc., Aleem Said Ahmad Basher, also the chairman of the Imam Council of the Philippines, explained that Zakat is the third pillar of Islam where every Muslim is obliged to pay annually 2.5% of his wealth for the benefit of poor Muslims in the community. Aleem Basher, a learned man in Islam being a graduate of the oldest Islamic uni-

My second birth and Zakat economy
versity, Al Azhar University in Cairo, Egypt, imparted so much knowledge to a lay man like this columnist, who is not so well-versed in the Islamic teachings. He said Zakat is the major economic means for the establishment of social responsibility to lead the Muslim society to prosperity and security. According to Basher, eight eligible recipients are stipulated in the Qur’an as entitled to receive Zakat. These are the: Fakir or the poorest of the poor; Miskeen or those who have really nothing to eat; collector of Zakat; Balik-Islam or those who have converted to Islam religion; those who are having a very huge debt to the extent of having themselves enslaved; those who have huge debts only; students seeking knowledge; and travelers who ran short of money. The theme of the forum is: “Zakat as a Social Responsibility and a Tool for Poverty Alleviation.” It was sponsored by Baitu Zakat and Awqaaf Foundation (BZAF) headed by its president, Aleem Abubacar Saripada in coordination with the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) headed by Secretary and Chief Executive Officer Bai Omera DianalanLucman. The BZAF, a national charity organization, assists those generous and caring people who want to reach out those in need. The goal of BZAF as I understand is to address immediate needs and ensure self-reliance of the poorest Muslims in the Philippines through Zakat (religious obligatory tax) and Sadaqa (voluntary charity), through those coming from the privileged Muslims, and also through those coming from other generous donors. In her keynote message, NCMF Secretary Lucman emphasized that viewing Zakat in the context of social responsibility and poverty alleviation reveals the beauty of Islam not as a mere religion but also as a complete way of life. In this perspective, Zakat is a potential system that could complement government programs in eradicating poverty, especially in the Muslim communities. Lucman encouraged her fellow Muslims to religiously pay their annual Zakat and not just to practice it as a mere religious ritual but rather it as an alternative economic system of development, just like what Islamic countries do. The NCMF secretary said that in “other countries especially Islamic countries, their respective governments have begun to exploit Zakat as an alternative system of economic development and as a social safety net.” In fact two members of the diplomatic corps who attended the forum, First Secretary Muhana Al-Khail of the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia and Minister Counselor Zaenal Arifin of the Embassy of Republic of Indonesia, shared actual experience of collecting Zakat in their respective countries as an obligatory responsibility of every Muslim especially from the affluent for the benefit of their poor brethren. The Muslim Filipino businessmen, especially in Metro Manila, have also pledged full support for the institutionalization of the month of Muharram as a Zakat Awareness Month in order to encourage more Muslims to comply with their obligatory and religious social responsibility in paying the Zakat. These Muslim Filipino businessmen numbering thousands are headed by Engineer Yusuff Macalangcom, president of Sta. Lucia Muslim Traders Association in Cainta, Rizal, and lawyer Carim Panumpang, chairman of the Council of Elders of the businessmen belonging to the Greenhills Muslim Traders Association in San Juan City. Panumpang presented a manifesto for the declaration of Muharram as a Zakat Awareness Month to NCMF Secretary Lucman in the presence of NCMF Commissioners Solaiman Mutia, Hatimil Hassan, and Edilwasif Baddiri. However, this Columnist learned from Madame Secretary Lucman that there is still a need for the NCMF commissioners to convene en banc before the month of Muharram that is equivalent to January in the Gregorian calendar can be declared by the Muslim commission as a “Zakat Awareness Month,” *** The Author, JULMUNIR I. JANNARAL, is one of the few Bangsamoro journalists in the Philippines. He has been writing for various national newspapers for the last 25 years. He used to be the executive editor of TawiTawi Herald, a provincial newspaper, from 1985 to 1986. He joined the national media in 1986 as a news correspondent of the Philippine Daily Inquirer, writing for “Batanes To Tawi-Tawi” the regional section. At present, he is also a news correspondent of The Manila Times covering Muslim Affairs and Philippine National Police (PNP) beats. He obtained his degree in Bachelor of Science in Fisheries, major in Marine Fisheries (1977) from the Mindanao State University in Bongao, TawiTawi. He took up Master of Science in Fisheries Biology from the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City. He graduated with the degree of Bachelor of Laws (2007) from Philippine Law School (PLS) where he was awarded with a Gold Medal for Loyalty and a Testimonial Award for Outstanding Student Leader while serving as president of the Supreme Law Student Council in 2006. He is also a graduate of Shari’ah (Islamic Law) from the Philippine Shari’ah Institute. He was elected Regional Auditor for the National Capital Region of the Association of Law Students of the Philippines (ALSP) in 2006. In 1989, he became the chief of correspondents of Philippine Muslim Times, a weekly published in Manila, Philippines. In 2000, he became a news correspondent of Gulf Times, a daily broadsheet published in Doha, Qatar until he left in October 31, 2007. At present he holds the distinction as one of the few Tausug members of the national media and regular member of the National Press Club. His translation of Dr. Jose Rizal’s Ultimo Adios (My Last Farewell) is the official translation in Tausug entitled “Pama’ id Ku Hinapusan, “approved by the National Historical Institute. It was published along with the other Foreign and Local Translations in 1989. *** For comments and suggestions, e-mail the author at jannaral69@ gmail.com or contact him at +639167957154.

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According to Zodiac Sun, Virgo women who are in love are the most difficult to understand. They are dramatic, emotional, or sentimental. If her Zodiac sign speaks the truth, then, her being difficult to understand might have triggered the anger of her lover, who may have no plan to kill but was merely driven by passion and blinded by obfuscation to pull the trigger of the gun that killed her. Zodiac Sun reveals that the emblem of Virgo, a virgin holding sheaves of wheat in her hands, symbolizes wisdom, garnered in the fields of experience. Like the true virgin, most Virgos are shy and, like a virgin who tend to wait to give herself to the perfect lover. Rejoice might not have found a perfect lover, so to speak, right at that suspense moments. So that Rejoice might have junked her suitor to trigger the latter’s blood to boil, then to threaten her with death if she would refuse to recant her decision but she stuck on it. And that impasse would result in heated arguments that drove the impassioned lover to get the gun as the ultimate tool to compel Rejoice to change her mind. The weakness of the man in his heart that he cannot accept defeat would then drive him to further outrage that would lead him to pull the the trigger. Then the powder

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would fill the air, blood would spill, Rejoice would breathe her last.. Zodiac Sun claimed that Virgo is ruled by Mercury, and as portrayed in ancient Roman mythology, Mercury wasn’t one to sit still for long. Rejoice might have cut short her love affair and with no intention to have a long talk for reconciliation that she would immediately walk away from the gunner but that gunshots would chase her, and death would close the pages of her ordeal.

By OMAY E. RENTA & HERNZ CUARE

T he tragedy of Rejoice
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ejoice Rivera, the woman gifted with beauty of greek goddess Venus, has alluring physique, passion, love and sexuality but she had to end in tragedy. But not like Venus who was served by countless servants to preserve her curbs and enchanting face, Rejoice Rivera, or Dianne Marie Santos in real life who is the second of three Santos siblings, was the breadwinner of a family of four after the death of her father three years ago.
Rejoice, 26, capitalized on her beauty in joining an all-woman dance group called “Baywalk Bodies” in 2007. Baywalk Bodies captivated the public eyes when they displayed flesh in a nude art pictorial at the known “pasyalan ng masa,” the Manila Baywalk in 2007. They were arrested by the Manila Police but they went out of jail after posting bail. Since then, Baywalk, a group of a dozen of sexy women, emerged more popular than other sexy bodies on the dance floor, especially after the release of their novelty hit entitled “Kiliti,” “Bombera,” “Bibingka,” “Kilig,” “Ang Pipiliin Ko,” “Lollipop,” “El Bimbo,” etc. These were released by LDG Productions and Entertainment Recording Co. and distributed by Galaxy Records. But the number of Baywalk Bodies was trimmed before the year 2010 ended. Rejoice, 26, a native of Malolos City, was found dead on a shoulder of the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) in Guiguinto town at 3:45 in the morning on December 29, the day before what should have been her final performance. Rejoice was wearing a gray shirt and denim shorts when found dead. Her body sustained two bullet wounds in the head. Her wallet and mobile phone were missing. She was identified by her relatives at a morgue in Malolos. Her mother, Nieves Santos, said she last talked to her daughter in the night of December 28 when Rejoice told her someone was going to fetch her from their house in Malolos. Rejoice’s grieving loved ones who refused to see her remains for long despite unclear delivery of justice laid her to final rest on January 4, 2011, in her hometown in Bulacan. Bulacan Police Director Senior Superintendent Fernando Villanueva vowed no stones will be left unturned in the mysterious death of Rejoice. Aware that Rejoice, days before she was found dead, had rejected a gift sent to her by a suitor or lover, the police closed in with the angle of love or love triangle. More than other people, Rejoice’s mother Nieves shared the firsthand intimate details on the killing before and after the discovery of her daughter’s corpse. Nieves reminisced her bonding with her daughter: “December 28, nagkita-kita pa kami ni Rejoice. Basta nagkukuwento lang siya sa akin na, ‘Mama, merong nagtext sa akin. Gusto raw makipagkita sa akin.’” Nieves further recollected the event on the day of discovery of her daughter’s remains: “Wednesday [December 29], may show sila. Ang nagkukuwento naman nito, si Kissa [Kurdi, Baywalk Bodies member]. “Sabi ni Kissa, may show raw supposedly si Rejoice, pero no-show raw si Rejoice. Which is unusual para kay Rejoice na ganoon nga, hindi mag-text.” Nieves gave the name of the killer when she read the text message: “Noong December 31, may nag-text sa akin. May binanggit siyang pangalan na bumaril kay Rejoice.” Probably, the death of Rejoice was sparked by the extreme passion of love if her Zodiac sign speaks the truth. Rejoice was born on August 29, 1984, under the Zodiac sign Virgo, a virgin harvest goddess.

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Running jury system costs Phils P60-billion...
budget for 2009 is pegged at an all-time high of PhP 1.415 trillion (USD 30 billion) as the government wants to boost spending to shield the economy from a global slump. A provision in the bill requiring reporting transparency was recently taken out by the government despite congressional and media protests. “PAGC chairperson Teresita Baltazar says the money lost to corruption “could have been a lot to fund spending for social services like education, healthcare, housing and livelihood capital, and infrastructure.” Looking at the average 20% of the national budget, it means that based on the 2011 national budget of Php1.6 trillion the cost of corruption necessarily goes around Php 320 billion. The projected savings from corruption through jury system: So that if the implementation of the jury system reduces corruption by only 50%, does it mean a savings of Php 160 billion? Based on the nature that it is a far more rigid system of justice, the jury system will cause a reduction of corruption incidences by at least half the present number in the Philippines where the latest national budget approved by President PNoy is at Php 1.6 trillion. This is guaranteed and supported by the experience of countries with jury systems. There in the US, corruption is an exception; decency in government service is the rule. In the US alone, you can see plenty of state and federal senators and congressmen getting charged and convicted by the grand jury and trial jury. You saw then President Richard Nixon compelled to resign because of the grand jury investigation. You saw then President Bill Clinton vowing to get investigated for oral sex scandal in the Oval Office by the grand jury and getting impeached in the US Congress. In the Philippines, jail time comes to a senator only when he rebels as in Senator Gringo Honasan and Senator Antonio Trillanes IV; like Senator Panfilo Lacson had been charged only because he was ganged up by the then incumbent administration’s men but he is wise enough to seek cover. In the Philippines, you see ex-President Joseph Estrada getting charged and jailed just because the President’s men ganged up on him. In the Philippines, the whole of the Ampatuan lords in Maguindanao were charged all because Gloria Macapagal Arroyo was compelled by the world outrage over the killing of 58 persons including 33 journalists. But if she chose to ignore these outpouring of outrage, nothing would happen. Even now that the Ampatuans are held, only one of them is facing trial yet while the rest have succeeded in forestalling the reading of the charges: what with Php 2 billion a year looted from the coffers of the Province of Maguindanao as reflected in the very recent report of the Commission on Audit. Under the Philippine jurisdiction, one cannot be convicted if he has not yet been read of the charges in court. Thus, in the Philippines, it all depends if the President desires to help you in order to have a good fight at the prosecution offices or the courts. And if the President does not know you, say “Goodbye, justice.” The projected expense of running jury systems: Now, imagine how much is needed to run a jury system in a province. Assume that in each province we have one grand jury consisting of 23 jurors and 2 alternates. If each is paid Php 1,000 a day, they get Php 20,000 a month. Multiply this by 25, we spend Php 500,000 a month in salaries. Add to this Php100,000 more a month for the maintenance of the staff and offices so we spend Php 600,000 a month. Multiply this by 13 months in one year (13th month pay law), we need to spend Php 7.3 million in one year for each province or urbanized city for the maintenance of the grand jury, the body whose members hidden from the public shall decide who should be tried in court or not. By the way, grand jurors’ name and faces are hidden to ensure they are independent and not afraid of deciding who to bring to court or not. NOW, consider trial juries in all six branches of RTCs and about six MTCs, assuming that all courts will have 600 cases to be tried each year by a jury of 12 ordinary Filipinos and 2 alternates. As the long and rich experiences in other countries show that jury trials last in one to two weeks in the average, assume P30,000 cost for each juror to answer for hotel and security escorts. Multiplying, we get 30 x 14 = P420,000.00 for each trial. Multiply this by 600 cases we get: Php420,000 x 600 = P252 million a year. With these budgetary estimates, in one province we need to spend Php 7.3 milion + P252 million = Php 259.2 million. In Maguindanao alone, one of the poorest provinces in the country, the Commission on Audit found that the Ampatuans stole Php 2 billion or Php 2,000 million a year. This means that even the poorest province can finance the cost of running a jury system unit. Let us look at a larger scale. We have 79 provinces. Add 33 highly-urbanized cities to be considered having own separate jury system and we get a total number of

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Drop case vs Lacson
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ing in the backdrop are more than enough to give a new look at the double-murder charge filed by the Gloriacontrolled DOJ against Lacson. Further diminishing the credibility of the case against Lacson is the fact that there is no direct evidence showing explicitly that Lacson ever mentioned the name of Salvador “Bubby” Dacer in allegedly ordering the latter’s execution. What Mancao claimed in his second affidavit that he heard Lacson agreeing to Michael Rey Aquino’s suggestion to liquidate “Delta” because “Bigote” wanted it to be done. It was not stated by Mancao in his second affidavit that Lacson or Aquino clearly said that “Delta” referred to Dacer. If at all, the affidavit shows that it was only a conclusion of Mancao that “Delta” referred to Dacer, as he concluded that “Bigote” referred to Estrada. Adding to these circumstances and the new affidavit of Mancao is the fact that there is no evidence that Lacson had the motive to kill Dacer. To understand the motive behind Dacer’s killing, it was the motive to hide the scandal caused by the faking of the prices of the shares of stock of BW Resources Inc. that was presided over by Dante Tan and Eduardo “Moonie” Lim, persons closed to then President Estrada. As to the motive issue, the only thing presented by the Gloria-ordered pros-

ecution against Lacson is the computer-generated papers that stated that Dante Tan gave 300,000 shares of BW Resources to Lacson. There was no signature of Lacson in these papers. Moreover, it is easy to do these in the computer. It was discovered later that the BW Resources shares have been manipulated to fool the public to subsequently end in using that scandal as one of the bases for the impeachment of Estrada. Prior to the abduction of Dacer, it was said that he was holding the evidence of the manipulations of prices of the shares of stock of BW Resources. And if ever there was one person who had the interest in killing Dacer for keeping the damning evidence of insider trading of BW Resources shares, it would be no other than those who benefited from the manipulation of share prices. By the way, who were those who benefited from the manipulation of prices of BW Resources share of stock? Of course, it is easy and reasonable to say that those who had the most interest in keeping the scandal secret, it must have been no other than Dante Tan and Eduardo “Monie” Lim, two top officials of BW Resources. If there is no evidence of motive, it is a doctrine that if the only proofs are circumstantial evidence, it cannot stand the test of proof beyond reasonable doubt. Thus, it is very clear that the evidence used by the Gloria-ordered prosecution

in filing the double-murder charge against Lacson appear to have no foundation to prove beyond reasonable doubt that it was indeed Lacson who ordered the killing of Dacer and Corbito. Although it was—and is—very weak, yet it was filed by the Gloria-presided prosecution before the judge obviously afraid then of the Gloria machinery. With the weak evidence that clearly do not warrant a conscientious prosecutor to say there is probable cause that Lacson is likely guilty of double murder, with the clear indication of the political revenge against Lacson during the time of Gloria, and with the necessity to respect the voice of the people who voted for Lacson to the Senate, the conscience of Dyaryo Magdalo is strongly urging Secretary De Lima to issue an order to cause the withdrawal from the court of the information for double for murder and conduct a new investigation. And because the President has already ordered the reinvestigation of the case of Lacson, De Lima must heed the wisdom of P-Noy who obviously respected the authority of the people who voted for the senator. This position taken by Dyaryo Magdalo is therefore no doubt the fairest thing to do under the circumstances. Dyaryo Magdalo is also confident that the children of Dacer can accept this setup when they themselves are not sure whether Lacson is guilty or not. Give Senator Lacson the freedom to fight back.

112 jury system units. To know how much would be spent for one year in the entire country, we compute: 112 jury system units x 259.2 million expense for each unit = Php 29.0304 billion in cost. Now add to this 20% buffer fund to answer for unexpected costs and yearly infrastructure constructions. We get around Php 35 billion in total cost to be spent for the jury system. Compare this cost to the savings that will be earned from reduction of corruption: Php 160 billion in savings from corruption vs Php 35 billion in cost of running the whole jury systems. Now, to ensure better understanding of the system among all tribes, use Php 20 billion each year in jury education projects for every province. Yet we have too plenty of money to spare. Now, consider also the fact that in civil cases, it is the losing party that will pay for the jury costs. Do we see a trend of civil suits reducing sharply just because those who know they have no defenses or evidence to prove their claims are afraid to shoulder the cost of the jury? Yes, it will because the civil case litigants will tend to save the most and they can do so by resorting to compromise agreements or settlements to reduce the dockets of the courts instead of opting for a jury trial. Looking at these hard facts, can we now turn a blind eye to jury systems for Filipinos? Consider these, my friends.
ately approached the BES table and stated my standing objection to the said proceedings but Director Jay Timbresa of the DILG merely ordered me to sit down,” Mauricio complained. He said that Timbreza ignored, refused to entertain his pleas and did not even record to the minutes his objections the proceedings/ “Iin spite of my begging and annoying presence in front of the table where he (Timbreza) is seated, my party mates and I were completely dumb-founded by the unfolding events as if no one among the Liga committee officials seated in the front tables were aware of our presence,” he cried.

ESSAY WRITING TILT ON JURY SYSTEM FOR FILIPINOS
All persons, of all political and religious affiliations, rich or poor, professionals or students, retirees or professionally active, are invited to the 2011 Jury Essay Contest sponsored and conducted by Hukuman ng Mamamayan Movement, Inc. (HMMI). Berteni “Toto” Cataluña Causing, HMMI president, said the theme for the contest is “WILL JURY SYSTEM WORK FOR FILIPINOS?” The contest is being staged to commemorate the first anniversary of HMMI, founded on January 29, 2010 for the purpose of education all Filipinos about the system of justice where the people themselves are exercising the power to judge and leaving the judges and prosecutors with the work of implementing what they people have spoken. Entries are expected to tackle concepts, benefits, viability, and capacity of the jury system of justice and on how it can affect the Filipino society. Essays of at least 1,500 words should be creative in the presentation of how the jury system composed of two bodies can drastically reduce corruption and other crimes, steeply increase obedience to the rule of law, dramatically reduce inequalities and discriminations, substantially provide solid platforms to convince the rebels to lay down arms and give peace a chance, rapidly form good habits and culture as well as raise standards of ethics and morality among all government officials and professionals, among others. It is required that participants must submit their entries by email bearing their complete names, addresses, cellular phone or other contact numbers, email addresses. They may also submit by snail mail and address their pieces to Toto Causing, HMMI, Ground Floor, National Press Club Bldg., No. 1 Magallanes Drive, Intramuros, Manila. The criteria shall be as follows: (1) content, 60%; (2) style 20%; (3) grammar & composition 10%; and (4) creativity, 10%. There are two categories: English and Filipino, provided that those who have submitted entries in one category can no longer submit for another. Prizes for first 10 placers are yet to be announced. The deadline for submission is January 29, 2011, provided that with respect to entries submitted by mails should be postmarked with the date not later than the deadline date. For more details, contact Berteni “Toto” Cataluña Causing at his email address, totoacusing@yahoo.com; cellphone, 09178834254; landline,: 0632-3109144.

From page 2 3rd floor of the City Hall. “Even to the unschooled barangay tanods, these acts of respondent PB Echiverri and the chain of events leading to the December 5 Liga meeting are definitely a form of votebuying…, given the fact that PB Echiverri is also the national president of the Liga entrusted with the enormous powers and multi-million funds of the Liga ng mga Barangay nationwide,” Mauricio asserted. He said that when he and his allies entered the City Hall, several armed policemen, military men in camouflage uniforms armed with long-automatic rifles, City Hall employees, and a number of equally-armed security guards were all at the venue. He also notice many individuals distributing sample ballots of Echiverri’s party to the Punong Barangays at the entrance of the City Hall. He sighted City Hall employees listing the attendance and distributing identification cards to the Punong Barangays. Mauricio said that the name tags or IDs stated that the purpose of the December 05, 2010 meeting was for Liga Election of Chapter Officers. He added that the meeting was tightly-guarded with the intimidating presence of the heavily-armed military men and police officers. What was sad, he said, was that mediamen and his personal lawyer were barred from entering the election venue. Among the journalists who were barred entry, Mauricio named Arlie Calalo, of Remate, who is also the president of the Caloocan-Malabon-Navotas (CAMANAVA) Press Corps. Mauricio added that even he and his allies, who are chairmen, were initially barred from the venue by the security guards claiming it was a standing order

Bribery, robbery...
to them. “The said meeting was organized with an obvious and premeditated manipulation by the incumbent chapter officials, respondent PB Echiverri at the helm,” Mauricio said. He said that inside the hall where all the chairmen were seated, there was a table for the Nominations Committee and a table for the BES, mystifying Mauricio because there was no meeting conducted for the purpose of forming the said committees as mandated by the Liga By-Laws. He pointed that that they were shocked that there were already appointed members of the said nomination committee. Mauricio also pointed out that they were shocked that there were already election supervisors serving them when they were not consulted as to who should be chosen. For he had the intention for president of the city’s barangays’ association, Mauricio said he went to the Nominations Committee table and asked for a copy of the Certificate of Candidacy (Form 3) that should be provided by the said committee as written in the DILG memorandum circular. “Sadly, the committee told me that they do not have a copy of the said form and informed me that the nominations would only be done orally,” Mauricio lamented. Frustrated, he said they found themselves in awkward position because they were being forced to participate in the activity that was completely in disregard of the Liga Election Rules, the Local Government Code, DILG Memorandum Circular on Synchronized Liga Chapter Elections and our individual rights. Mauricio noticed that the microphone was strategically located in front of the members

of the incumbent Liga officials. In contrast, he said that he and his party-mates were deliberately assigned seats far at the end of the hall at the back and the incumbent Liga vicepresident, Conrado Cruz (a 5th termer-chairman whose candidacy, election and proclamation as a barangay chairman has been under protest), was the one officiating the nominations. Nominate-and-close tactic Mauricio said that during the nominations for the position of president, the incumbent Liga president was nominated by his supporter. He said his supporter, Punomg Barangay Noel Cruz, passionately was raising a hand to be recognized to nominate but, Conrado Cruz, the Nominations Committee, and the BES did not even recognize him and allowed him to talk. After Echiverri was nominated, allies of Echiverri immediately moved to close the nomination and seconded the motion. “At this juncture, I immedi-

Compelled to walk out
“As a sign of protest to the sham proceedings, my partymates and I walked out of the hall after the BES did nothing about our pleas. I only learned afterwards that they continued with the Liga elections with the incumbent Liga President Ricojudge ‘RJ’ Echiverri and his entire party-mates all winning without any opposition, in clear violation of the DILG Memorandum Circular No. 2010-129,” Mauricio decried.

AFFIDAVIT OF SELF-ADJUDICATION (EXTRAJUDICIAL SETTLEMENT OF THE ESTATE OF SUSANA ANDRES COLLADO) – Being the sole heir of Susana Andres Collado of No. 2 Mt. Everest St., Filinvest I, Batasan Hills, Quezon City, CASIMIRA ANDRES COLLADO PASCUAL adjudicated unto herself the personal property of the Estate of SUSANA ANDRES COLLADO consisting in all the amount deposited in the Foreign Currency Deposit at Metrobank under Bank Account No. 032-2-03200261-1. Notarized under the notarial registry of Notary Public Dervin V. Castro as the Notary Public for Manila, specifically Document No. 294, Page No. 155, Book No. 2, whose acknowledgment is registered under the same notarial book as Document No. 295, Page No. 155, Book No. 2, all dated December 31, 2010. (This is the publication for this issue of January 3, 2011, Monday, the first day of issue of this weekly newsmagazine.)

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In Mosley’s fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr., he started like a raging bull ready to gore his ‘matador’. A combination caught Floyd in the second round sending his knees to buckle and almost ready to melt. Mosley tried to connect with the ‘coup de grace’ but it never found the target. Unluckily for Mosley, Floyd reorganized, got his acts together and went on to win that fight lopsidedly on points. After his loss to Floyd, Mosley fought to a disappointing draw with Sergio Mora that many fight fans thought was a match that should have turned in Mora’s favor. In contrast to Mosley, Manny Pacquiao had been so impressive with his previous fights against bigger and heftier opponents like Joshua Clottey and Antonio Margarito. The Pinoy boxing icon fought Clottey for the WBO Welterweight crown but was completely dominated and outclassed. Although Clottey threw punches, it never stood a chance of getting the champ in trouble. Disappointed, Clottey held up his hands in front of his face instead

OB Arum, Top Rank’s big boss has already named Sugar Shane Mosley as the next opponent of the 8-division titlist and pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao to be held at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on May 7, 2011. Although contracts have yet to be finalized, many fight fans and boxing critics alike state that Mosley does not deserve this fight of this magnitude, considering his lackluster and unimpressive performance in his two previous matches.

NO MAYWEATHER ON MAY SEVEN
and opted not to slug it out with the Pacman but only to survive the match. Pacman retained his belt via a unanimous decision. Then Pacman brutalized the much taller and heftier Margarito the full distance and beat him to a pulp on his way to winning the World Boxing Council (WBC) Junior Middleweight crown for his eighth world title belt. So impressive with the win that even Margarito openly declared that Pacman is “the best boxer in the world” today. Both fights were held at the newly-renovated multi-million dollar Dallas Stadium, home of the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys in Arlington, Texas. It sold to more than 50,000 fight fans in attendance each, the most number in recent years. The fight that never was Pacquiao and Mayweather, two of the world’s best pound-for-pound champions depending on whose side you’re on, almost came to happen. It would have been the megafight the world is waiting and aching to see had it not been for both

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camps agreeing to disagree. For so many reasons, from drug-testing, purse sharing and either camps tirades and accusations the fight almost took place. Adding insult to injury, Floyd Jr. is facing different court cases and legal disputes thereby depriving the boxing world of this megafight. All is not lost though as the boxing world is still hoping that the showdown between these two finest and elite combatants of this era to happen, if and only if Floyd Jr. surfaces and stop hiding his balls and stop making excuses and alibis, to determine who the greatest poundfor-pound fighter is once and for all.

away from responsibilities because it passes the blame on the set of PCSO officers replaced by the group of Director Tolentino, including Chairperson Margie Juico and General Manager Jose Ferdinand M. Rojas II. For one, the said statement was never published in any newspaper but only on Rejoinder to the reply Facebook and email groups. of PCSO Director Second, the PCSO director may have missed that the The response looks statement of the NPC is a more of an act of ducking statement of opinion of the

‘MY SON, WHY DID PCSO FORSAKE YOU?’
blame on this administration who is just reaping all the effect not only of the ineptness but the corruption of the past administration!!!! Perfect alibi!!!! “You can tell my panero, Atty. Causing, to check the facts of a case first before judging!!!” biggest and oldest organization of newsmen. That is, although the facts recited therein are supported by documents. Third, the fact that the mother of Baby Jesus came to the PCSO on December 10 and he died only 16 days later or on December 16, it means there was still sufficient time to save the baby. Fourth, she cannot question whether the Php 1-million fund was sufficient because the NPC had already raised the other Php 1 million and she has no basis to doubt whether the money was sufficient for she is not a doctor who knows best how much would be the cost. Fifth, it was no longer an issue if the old PCSO board did not release the Php 1 million during their time because it was already past and what was the urgent call of the moment during the present PCSO board’s time was to release the promise. Sixth, the PCSO’s present board does not have the power to withdraw what was approved by the past board because the pledge given then became a vested right of Baby Jesus. Under the Constitution, that vested right being a kind of property cannot be deprived of the child without due process of law. Seventh, the billions of pesos Director Tolentino is saying about that were released by the Gloria-appointed board have had no relation to the issue of financial and medical assistance to Baby Jesus. That New York lunch of Gloria Arroyo is another separate issue subject of a separate corruption case. Additionally, there has been no report that the money paid for that lunch came from the PCSO. Eighth, it is incorrect for Director Tolentino to say that there was an attempt to pass the blame on the pres-

ponents was considered. Besides Floyd Jr., whom the world had been waiting and aching to see a match with the Pacman to happen, there were names included but in a long shot. Although Floyd Jr. was given top priority, Top Rank executives thought that the flamboyant boxer has no plans of squaring it off with Pacquiao in the first quarter of the year since he is facing court cases and the possibility of being jailed for 34 years. It all boiled down to three boxing stars that were given options offered to Pacquiao to choose from. There were Mosley, Juan Manuel Marquez and Andre Berto. Other names were also mentioned such as Sergio Martinez and Saul Alvarez. These boys could give The selection some interesting matchThe list of potential op- ups and could give Pac-

man a good competitive fight but sad to say, boxing is business. Arum does only what he thinks would be favorable for his company and his fighters and the only way to rake in revenues is by pitting boxers in his stable and Mosley was the most logical pick. Demolition job Manny Pacquiao’s last fight in the lighter division took place over two years ago when he battered David Diaz and ultimately stopping him in the ninth round. Then Oscar Dela Hoya tried his once blinding handspeed but was badly outpunched by Pacquiao and failed to answer the bell in the ninth round. Briton Ricky Hatton, fancied by many sports scribes to take Pacman

down because of his punching strength and his bullying style, sputtered against the speed, agility and the left hook of Pacquiao sending him to dreamland in the second round. Deprived of two stoppages against Clottey and Margarito, Pacquiao is expected to regain his knockout moves that would make his 12-round welterweight match with Mosley a slambang affair. “I am pretty sure Manny will try to knock me out and I will try to do the same thing,” said the 39-yearold Mosley. “(And) this is why (our fight will) be a great fight…two fighters who are willing to fight.” Mosley has never been stopped and the closest someone came to succeeding was the much taller, longer and heftier Vernon Forrest who had him in the

most trouble in his entire career. Mosley is still dangerous at 39. He may be lethal and could give Pacman trouble for the first couple of rounds but if Pacquiao takes his training camp seriously, he will prevail even at 80 percent fit. Even if Manny overwhelms Mosley by a onesided decision, then many would say that he took Mosley at a time when his career has already been on the downswing and that victory would be an empty one. But the bigger question, however, is will Pacquiao be able to do what no other fighter has ever done before – to stop or knock the lights out of Mosley? That is the only way that those who do not believe in the wisdom of the match-up can be justified.

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ent board. This is because the NPC statement did not state any word to the effect that it was passing the blame. The Club has nothing to do with their politicking and not interested in who should be appointed to the PCSO. The fact remains that the PCSO has forsaken Baby Jesus. It was one of reckless abandon.

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