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The Land of No Return
TOO PRETTY TO BE GUILTY P
Vol. II No. 78 • ISSN 2094-4098
DECEMBER 5-11, 2011 • P15.00
RAYERS are whispered day and night. Tears flow like spring without an end. Help rushes from all sectors. All these are dedicated to the dream for a sweet freedom for Flory Mae Talaban, a teacher from the City of Smile – Bacolod City. Showmie as she is fondly called by those close to her hearts, all those sympathies and prayers for her all seemed useless. She still lingers behind the walls of the Correctional Institution for Female Offenders, a minimum security prison, in Bangkok, Thailand.
By HERNZ CUARE
Flory Mae “Showmie” Talaban, a native of Bacolod City, Philippines is serving a life sentence in Thai prison for allegedly trafficking more than two kilos of heroin.
Why NBI man meets Customs players?
THE presence of an agent of the National Bureau of Investigation in the conference of Customs players mystifies port observers, but not the informant of Dyaryo Magdalo. According to our informant, the NBI agent was identified as Noe, a former operator of the defunct Presidential AntiSmuggling Group. Noe reportedly enhanced his knowledge on illegal processes at the bureau when he operated at the forefront of a battle against smuggling during his heydays at PASG. Accordingly, Noe is identified with the NBI Deputy Director Atty. Edmund Arugay who is in charge of investigating government officials who have raked in for themselves questionable wealth. As confirmed by the source, Arugay was namedropped by Noe in his meeting with the players who are also coined as big-time smugglers who felt hard times in their business deals at the bureau. The conference The conference of smugglers happened inside the Sulo Hotel during the first month in office of General Danilo Lim as the Customs Deputy Commissioner for Intelligence. While the players were talking among themselves, a certain “Rolly” arrived. He was identified as the representative of Commissioner Ruffy Biazon. Actually, according to another source, Rolly has been persistently said to be presiding a group of collectors dropping the names of Biazon and Lim. Rumors circulating at the bureau revealed that Rolly has the blessings of Biazon and Lim. Rolly is the head of an office under the Intelligence and Investigation Group, has denied this. While the conference was going on, another man introduced as the representative
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Flory Mae was convicted by the Thai First Court, the equivalent of the country’s regional trial court, for possessing more than five (5) kilos of heroin with intent to sell. Since her ordeal was made public in April 2011, the local government of Bacolod City and Philippine Embassy in Thailand left no stone unturned in seeking her release from the Thai correctional wall. Despite their rush, it is impossible to give her freedom this Christmas day. The failure of the embassy was perceived to be its late response to the case against Flory Mae. There was no embassy representative that assisted her during the filing of the case. There was no envoy during court hearings. There was no legal assistance until the
guilty verdict was pronounced and the court meted her life imprisonment. One possibility for freedom can come from the pardon of the King of Thailand, His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej. But this royal reprieve requires with her admission to the illegal drug trade. But she has remained insistent she is not guilty. An educated woman for having graduated with Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Bacolod City’s University of St. La Salle, Flory Mae refused to change her plea of “not guilty” because, if her story is true, Dyaryo Magdalo firmly believes she must be acquitted. She has a face that is too pretty to be guilty. Indeed, it is very painful and unreasonable for an innocent
woman to admit the crime that sent her beyond the reach of her loved ones. And because of her refusal, the grant for the pardon from the Thai King is impossible to come. The second option is through the Transfer of Sentence Agreement (TSPA) between the Philippines and Thailand that was formalized in 2002. The TSPA will send back Flory Mae from Thailand to the Philippines where she will continue to serve her sentence while her appeal was still pending before the Thai Appellate Court. Prayers Filipinos who became familiar with Flory Mae’s ordeal and who believe in her innocence perpetually pray for her freedom. Jose Oliver Tiu
posted on Facebook his statement: “… I will pray for the release and vindication of Flory Mae. I hope our Phil govt. will step out and do its best to help our kasimanwa (fellow Bacolodnon).” The case of Flory Mae became viral on social networking sites that alarmed others who have loved ones and friends in Thailand. They contend that it is time to inform their loved ones in Thailand of the modus operandi of a drug syndicate that has victimized this pretty Filipina teacher. Suzette Lopez gave advice to Facebook readers: “Do not trust anybody especially when you reside in different countries. They should be given orientation on how to handle themselves and be vigilant of things like these. Con artists
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Second Stringer: Sixth placer Pinoys and black-eyed Roger
Vol. II No. 78
By HERNZ CUARE
December 5-11, 2011
The September 2011 publicity stunt of Dela Cruz was all about a package sorter (postwoman) who was caught on a closed circuit television (CCTV) camera while allegedly stealing money from a parcel at the Central Mail Exchanges Center (CMEC) in Pasay City. For information, CMEC is the first line of defense against smuggling of highly-dutiable goods in parcels that entered into the country through Philippine international airports. Charged with qualified theft were Postman 1 Lovelyn de Leon of the parcel division and Customs Examiner Omar Said. The video footage showed that De Leon opened a package and
FTER the media mileage gained by Postmaster General Josie dela Cruz in September 2011, deafening silence has begun at the Philippine Postal Corporation
retrieved a white envelope from the back of a cellphone while a man, identified as Said, looked on. Dela Cruz said De Leon and Said seemed partners in perfecting their crimes. That incident gained Dela Cruz high-level TV, radio and newspaper publicity. After that, all mouths were seemed zipped and words seemed frozen, as if darkness from within has been barred from public knowledge. The two were charged with pocketing a 100-euro bill found hidden inside the battery compartment of a cellular phone that was found among the contents of a mail parcel. However, the investigation seems no end for Philpost released no result till today.
(Philpost) until today. Is it because, Dela Cruz has already perfected the operations of Philpost despite her short stay at the Government-owned and -controlled mail courier?
parcel.” This group is the contact of importers before the parcels containing prohibited items and highly-dutiable goods could enter the country. The parcels containing these imported goods are already identified by the syndicate upon their arrival at the CMEC. These parcels are
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What puzzles us is the silence of Dela Cruz after that incident. Does it mean that she had already contained the syndicates that lorded over Philpost? Or, did she discover the right track into the syndicates? Unknown to Filipinos, Philpost is the milking cow of its officials who became secret millionaires. Actually, one of Philpost board members had made his way to the Commission on Elections for giving campaign fund to Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in 2004 elections. Proved by history, a single blow can never contain the syndicates at the Philpost-CMEC where drugs, guns and other highly-dutiable goods pass through. In fact, what was exposed by Dela Cruz as a syndicate that counted De Leon was no syndicate at all. That was just a publicity stunt of Dela Cruz that misled the public on the goingson of syndicates at the Philpost-CMEC. Anyway, we cannot blame Dela Cruz for exposing what she believed as a syndicate involving De Leon. Dela Cruz, being new at the Philpost and who knew nothing of its discrete operations, might have been misled also by her whispering men. In truth, one of the two big syndicates at the CMEC is the “Sipa
separated from other parcels by kicking them to the side. The importers are giving advance pay for these parcels aside from weekly payola to be divided by the members of the syndicate, including Customs men assigned at the Philpost-CMEC. These parcels are for pick-up by importers,
or sometimes they are delivered right to their doors. The main man of the syndicate is making weekly deliveries of his collection to the Office of the Postmaster General. The weekly deliveries are in fixed amounts. It cannot be confirmed if Dela Cruz is receiving the weekly take allotted to her office. The other syndicate that operates at the CMEC is the “Check syndicate.” This syndicate is netting foreign checks that entered into the country, especially the health insurance checks from the United States. Before the arrival of the health insurance check, a notice is sent informing the recipient that her plea for payment of his/her hospital bills has been approved and the check for the same is to follow. The recipients of the health insurance checks
are family members left in the country by American servicemen. Members of the syndicate are familiar with the faces of envelopes that contained the health insurance checks. They separate these envelopes and sold the checks to another syndicate at the Philpost. This checkbuying syndicate is operating inside Philpost main office at the Liwasang Bonifacion in Lawton, Manila. Sometime in 2005, I wrote about this “Check syndicate” that turned sour former CMEC Dir. OscarLazo. I was also confronted by agents of Philpost Intelligence Service who underestimated my knowledge on this syndicate. But when they heard my story about a postman in Pampanga who was burned alive due to his greediness on health insurance checks, the agents laughed no more.
and members of drug syndicates can smell you from a distance if they can victimize you and be a part of their ring. So do your homework.” Her continued detention at Thai correctional proves that prayers are not enough to give freedom to an innocent Filipina. Indeed, innocence is not enough as a defense, especially when there’s no lawyer to stand by you in court. Uncontrollable Tears When Flory Mae’s parents, Florentino and Nede, were informed of her unwanted fate in Thailand, especially after her conviction, tears never dried up. Every day, they weep in their sleep, they eat between sobs, they cry in solitude. When they were given a chance to see their daughter in Thailand correctional last April, Florentino
Too pretty to be ...
and Nede never felt her skin for they were separated by a glass wall. They moaned on the other side of the glass. They contented themselves in seeing her too near, yet too far. Florentino and Nede placed their palms on the glass and imagined of touching their daughter on the other side. Right there, in between sobs, she shared the chronology of events that caused her sufferings away from their love and caress. Flory Mae who missed the hugs and kisses of her oldies asked for a spaghetti meal, the pasta she missed in jail. She said she is not used to eating Thai food for being too spicy to her taste. When the visiting hour ended, Flory Mae asked her parents to leave her some money to buy Filipino food sold inside the correctional. While travelling home, Florentino and Nede, felt to have lost the precious flower of the family. They named her Flory Mae as a blooming flower in the month of May for she was born on May 2, 1981. Devastated Since her travel and teaching work abroad, Flory Mae became the provider of the family. Her continued detention in Thailand has likely broken the wings of her loved ones. Florentino stuttered when he spoke. To regain his voice, Flory Mae financially supported his medication. Since her arrest, the regular speech therapy session of Florentino was stopped. He can no longer afford to pay P250 for every session. Moreover, her brother who is now in college also dropped from school to earn a living to survive the family. They now face another wreaking Christmas. For the main, the breadwinner is languishing inside the Thai correctional in Bangkok and can no longer give them food. Her story With her ultimate capital – beauty and brain, Showmie travelled to a place alien to her. She went to China to teach and earn a living. After her teaching job in China expired, she travelled to Bangkok to find another teaching job with a better pay. But a twist of fate destined her to a tragedy. Instead of teaching, Showmie is now learning the worst lesson of her life be-
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TOO PRETTY TO BE GUILTY
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hind the walls of the Correctional Institute for Female Offenders in Bangkok, Thailand. In 2005, she sought a greener pasture across the seas after she was offered a teaching job in China by her friend Chona Jumilla, a principal of Bailu Middle School in Baily Area, Lizhou City, Guangzi province, China. But in 2009, Showmie found herself jobless. To continue her employment abroad, she transferred to Thailand where she was tricked by a Nigerian, apparently a member of a drug syndicate. With her belief that truth prevails against wrong accusation, Showmie maintained she is innocent of the charge of trafficking more than five (5) kilos of heroin. But when Thailand’s court meted her life imprisonment for the crime she never did, she hanged her shoulders a little for the truth turned powerless when confronted by pieces of evidence presented against her. Still without the help of the Philippine Embassy in Thailand, Showmie, with the aid of Bayan Muna Representative Neri Colmenares, a lawyer and a native of Bacolod City, she pursued her legal battle by ap-
pealing to Thailand’s Appellate Court to reverse the decision of the Thai First Court. While staying at an apartment in Bangkok after arriving from China, Showmie met Nigerian national Francisco Yirti who befriended her. On May 3, 2009, a day after her birthday, Yirti asked Showmie a favor to deliver a bag of encyclopedias to a Thai woman in a mall. For her not to disappoint a new-found friend and in expressing the classic Filipina hospitality, Showmie granted his request. But before delivering the goods, Showmie dropped by a Kentucky Fried Chicken chain and ate a piece of chicken. To her surprise, two Thai policemen accosted her and searched her bag and the encyclopedias. To her shock, the police discovered 2.6 kilos of heroin inside her bag. After the investigation, Showmie directed authorities to her apartment where a package containing another 2.8 kilos of heroin was seized. Showmie was charged with illegal possession of the highly-prohibited drug with intent to sell. She maintained her innocence and pleaded not guilty at the Thai
HOLDING ON TO HOPE -- The parents of Flory Mae Talaban, the Filipina teacher jailed in Thailand for alleged drug trafficking, are exerting all their efforts to ask the king of Thailand for a pardon through PNoy or Vice President Binay. The couple is seen here holding a photo of their daughter with her two friends in China.
First Court. But the court handed her a verdict of life imprisonment for the grave offense of “possession of a category 1 illegal narcotic with intent to sell.” She should be innocent Analyzing, the judicial system in Thailand is the same as in the Philippines: where the declarations of the arresting officers are given the presumption of proof that cannot be
Why NBI man meets Customs ...
of Danilo Lim joined the group. He was a new face among the gathering of wolves. From nowhere, our source was surprised to see a familiar face. It was NBI agent “Noe” who was greeted with glee by the attendees. Without hesitation, Noe felt his comfort in the company of smugglers. Counting business atmosphere among the attendees, it can be observed that they are familiar with Noe. As if, he is an old friend or a player at that. With this observation, it is natural for us to ask if Noe has already robbed the tide and overcame the prowess of another NBI agent who is also a port player and who publishes a weekly newspaper at
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the Bureau of Customs. This Customs playerpublisher is somewhat like a daily fixture at the office of Lim. In truth, the playerpublisher-NBI agent was also present in the conference of smugglers. Noe was introduced as representative under the care of Deputy Director Atty. Edmund Arugay. It is not clear if Noe has the blessing of Arugay. But what is much clearer is that Noe namedropped his superior in the conference. The group counted Noe with an aim of utilizing the power of Arugay’s office to serve as a weapon of threat among those who refuse to play by the rule of smugglers in the ports. The source explained that the office of Arugay is powerful for it takes
care of surveillance, investigation, and filing of charges against anyone who it suspects to have enriched himself in serving the government. Because of the function of the office of Arugay, many Customs officials are wagging their tails purportedly to make friend with him for them not to be subjected to surveillance. The tandem of big time smugglers and NBI should not be taken for granted, especially by Lim who refuses to sail by the tide of big smugglers. Because Lim cannot be taken slowly and softly, the NBI is surely and secretly subjecting him to surveillance to end the flying colors of his career.
defeated by the testimony of truth. Unless one can present evidence of ill motive on the part of the arresting officers, the declarations of the arresting officers cannot be defeated by the testimonies of the accused, no matter how straightforward, no matter how detailed, no matter how candid those testimonies would be. Now, there are only three kinds of evidence. The first that is given the highest quality is what is called “object evidence.” Courts describe object as mute but speaks better than a thousand witnesses. The second best evidence is what is called “documentary evidence.” The third and the weakest kind of evidence is “testimonial evidence.” Knowing these rules on the weight of evidence given on each kind, we easily see that the only evidence that has a bigger chance of defeating that presumption of truth in the declarations of the arresting officers are those that are documentary or object. But it is impossible to have documentary evidence in a crime that involves no paper trail. Much more that it is impossible to have evidence that involves object under this case.
So that in the drug case of any accused, he or she has always no chance of winning under the system of giving weight to the declarations of the police officers as presumed because of the justification that they just performed their job, or what they call “presumption of regularity in the performance of official functions.” To understand the presumption of regularity of the law enforcers’ statements, it means that the declarations of the policemen are assumed to be true, even if the truth is that the evidence was just planted as what always happens in the drug busts in the Philippines. Now, in the case of Showmie, her arrest showed there was no any documentary evidence. Court experience shows that under the single-judge system, documents are the only ones that have the chances of overturning the presumption of weight assumed for the police officers’ testimonies. In other words, the trial under the singlejudge system that relies on the rules of presumption of evidence, the trial is like a formality to comply with due process and yet the end is assured to be a conviction. This disadvantage
being inherent in the “presumption of evidence” system led the advocates of Japan to demand the change of their criminal justice system to a trial to be adjudged by a jury. So that jury system was born, again, in Japan in 2004. It is unlike in the jury system where a group of persons chosen from the community by a raffle or at random and interviewed further to determine who have average level of discernment, and further subjected to challenge by lawyers of both the accused and the State. If in the singlejudge system the fate is pre-determined and only a process is observed for formality, the jury system provides an opportunity for the accused to ventilate his or her truth by the power of his or her testimonies to be adjudged by the jurors of people—not on the basis of the rule of presumption of the declarations of the police officers. Now, imagine the declarations of Showmie that she was not aware there were kilos of heroin inside the encylopedia books that were requested for her to bring to another woman. If she were aware, she could have not gone first to a Kentucky Fried Chicken chain in Bangkok just
to eat. In fact, she said she even volunteered to the approaching and inquiring police officers the plastic bag and the books to be opened for inspection. Thereafter, she also volunteered to lead the policemen to her apartment where more kilos of heroine were found. She insisted that it was a newly-found Nigerian friend who asked her for an errand to bring that bag. If a person is aware that there is a heroine substance inside the bag he or she is bringing, will he or she still afford to gallivant with time in a risky place? No normal person will do it. Instead, she would not enter that restaurant and find a secure place. The point here is, while it would be true that these kilos of heroine were really found inside that encyclopedia books, it is very apparent that she had no intention to possess, much less intention to sell. Under the principle of the criminal law, the intent to commit a crime is important to be proven beyond reasonable doubt. In the case of possession of drugs, this is called in Latin as “animo possedendi.” So let us hope that the Court of Appeals of Thailand will reverse Showmie’s conviction.
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Major reshuffle sa ...
Para namang inosenteng-inosente si Attorney Ledesma. Ow c’mon, Atty. Ledesma, sino ang paiimbestigahan mo? Ang BFF mo na napakasipag magdala ng meryenda? Ang maipapayo ko lang, Atty. Ledesma, kung seryoso ka sa pagpapaimbestiga na ‘yan, huwag ka nang lumayo. Nasa TABI mo lang. Very close! Why don’t you ask ANNA SEY? Gets mo? MISSION ORDERS FOR SALE KAMAKAILAN lang, may hinuli raw na mga BUMBAY ang mga Intel agents ng bureau d’yan sa area ng Quezon City. Ayon sa impormasyon na dumating sa atin, ang nagpa-operate nito ay Bumbay rin at nagbigay raw ng “BUDGET” na P200 THOUSAND! Ito ang matindi, pinatrabaho raw ito kay retarded ‘este’ retired Agent BONG ‘bumbay terrorist’ BUWISIT na miyembro ng notoryus na QUADRO DE JACK ng BI! Dagdag pa ng source, ang ‘GODFATHER’ raw ng kilabot na Quadro de jack na si alyas ‘GABULSA’ ay nagkukumahog sa pag-follow-up sa issuance ng Mission Order para ma-trabaho ng mga binulag niyang Agents. Ang laki nga naman ng ‘budget’ nila. Tumataginting na 200K! Maaga yatang pamasko ito para kina BONG BWISIT at GABULSA. Comm. Ric David, panay kasi ang kulong mo sa loob ng opisina mo kaya hindi mo namamalayan na balik na naman ang mga karaketan diyan sa ahensiya mo. Meron na palang mercenaries ang BI ngayon! BI Intel Chief Atty. Tonette Mangrobang, alam mo ba ang mga “milagro” na nangyayari sa teritoryo mo? Ang sabi ng mga tauhan mo ‘blind’ ka daw sa mga kaganapan sa opisina mo. Wala kang pakialam sa mga tao mo! Hindi ka raw kasi taga-Intel division kaya hindi mo kapado ang mga diskarte ng tulisan! LAGUNA AND CAVITE, SAFE HAVEN FOR ILLEGAL ALIENS HABANG nagpapalamig-lamig daw si Comm. Ric David sa kanyang opisina, lumalaki ang bilang ng mga illegal aliens sa area ng Laguna at Cavite. Mukhang sitting pretty rin si alias “Kutong Lupa” na siyang may jurisdiction sa eryang ito. Hindi raw nairereport sa BI main office ang tamang dami ng mga walang papel na foreigners particular na ang mga Koreano, Intsik at Bumbay dahil puro BFF na raw ni alyas Kutong Lupa ang mga ito! Naglipana na rin ang bilang ng establishment na pinatatakbo ng mga foreigner sa naturang area. Hindi na tayo magtataka kung bumabaha ang grasya sa kamay ni Kutong Lupa! Masyado raw kasing ma-PR si Kutong Lupa kaya hanggang ngayon stay-foot siya sa pwesto. Kapag medyo tumatagilid, nagpupunta siya agad sa BI Main Office kasama ang paborito niyang alagang aso. Ito ‘ýung breed ng aso ni pambansang kamao, Manny Pacquiao. Commissioner David, ipa-counter check mo lang ang area na ‘ýan! TEAM BUILDING NI DAVID SA NEW YEAR
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ikaw naman ang worst & hated Immigration Commissioner! Ngeeek! MS. CONNIE BUNGAG SA HEALTH BULLETIN NI SAGM ANTONIO BAUTISTA NAGULAT ako nang makatanggap ng e-mail mula kay Ms. Connie Bungag ng MIAA Media Affairs Division at Public Affairs Office. Nandiyan ka pa pala Ms. Connie Bungag. Akala ko nagbakasyon ka na. Puro kasi OWWA ang praise, éste, press release mo. Honestly, na-miss kita nang husto. Kidding aside, natuwa naman po tayo at hindi pala na-ospital, na-stroke at lalong hindi na-ICU (intensive care unit) si Senior Assistant General Manager Antonio Bautista. Concern lang naman po tayo sa health ni SAGM Bautista, Madam Connie, kasi marami pa siyang unresolved cases sa mga empleyado ng MIAA, ‘di ba? Hanggang ngayon, marami pa ring empleyado ang naghihintay ng incentives/benefits nilang hindi pa naibibigay. Sa isang banda, mukhang dapat magpasalamat si SAGM Bautista dahil hindi tumalab ang dinadasal sa kanya ng MIAA employees. Hindi ba, Madam Connie? Ipinagdasal mo din ba si SAGM Bautista?
ANO kaya ang pumasok sa tuktok ni Comm. Ric David at naisipan niyang magpa-TEAM BUILDING sa mga staff ng Office of the Commissioner, Associate Commissioners at Executive Director sa bisperas ng bagong taon? Oks na sana ang team building na gagawin pa raw sa Baguio pero ang nakakadismaya, gagawin ito mula December 29 to 31. At ang balak pa ay sa loob ng Philippine Military Academy at manatili sa tent ang mga staff sa duration ng team building. Where is your heart, Mr. Commissioner? Alam mo naman na holiday season at ang mga tauhan mo ay gustong makasama ang kanilang pamilya sa panahong ‘to. Hay naku, mukhang hindi maalis ang pagka-military man mo, Mr. Commissioner. Parang gusto ko na tuloy maniwala sa mga ‘MERRY CHRISTMAS’ sinasabi ng mga BI BAWAL SA AIRPORT! employees, kung may worst & hated airport, HEARTLESS ba
si Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) general manager BODET HONRADO o PARANOID? Nabasa kasi natin ang praise éste’ press release ng MIAA Media Affairs last week na nagbabawal ng pagbati ng ‘MERRY CHRISTMAS’ sa mga dumarating na pasahero sa airport. How sad naman? Considering na ang Philippines my Philippines at ang mga Pinoy ay kilalang-kilala bilang most ‘HOSPITABLE CREATURE’ in the world. Mantakin n’yo, pati ‘sovereignty’ ay naipamimigay ng mga Pinoy, ‘yon pa kayang pagbati ng MERRY CHRSTMAS? Oh my goodness! Sabi pa, ‘yung pagbati raw ng ‘Merry Christmas’ sa NAIA ay singkahulugan na ng pangingikil! ‘Yun bang after ng pagbati ng Merry Christmas, tipong hihingi daw nang sapilitan! Sonabagan! Anong klaseng utak mayroon kayo diyan sa airport? Alam n’yo po Airport GM Bodet Honrado, ang unang basehan ng pamumuno ay TIWALA. Kung nagtitiwala at naniniwala ka sa kakayahan ng mga tao mo, tiyak gano’n din ang ibabalik nila sa iyo. Pero kung ang bawat salita at kilos nila ay pagdududahan mo, gano’n din ang gagawin nila sa iyo. Let’s live with trust para hindi maging
stressful ang buhay. Ikaw rin, alam mo naman kung ano ang dala ng stress sa kalusugan ng tao. It’s a BIG C! Isa pa, kung mayroon talagang mga taong nagwawalanghiya sa NAIA, ibig sabihin lang n’yan na walang kwenta ang liderato mo dahil hindi sila sumusunod sa utos mo! Bakit papatayin ang tradisyon ng Pinoy dahil lamang sa mga pagdududang walang basehan! Hayaan mo silang bumati ng ‘Merry Christmas’ sa mga kababayan natin at kung may mag-abot ng tip o Pamasko, saka sila sabihan na huwag tanggapin. DECLINE POLITELY. Gano’n lang po kasimple. ‘Di ba, GM Bodet Honrado? PHILIPPINE AVIATION MONEY CHANGER GROUP SA NAIA T-1 AWARE kaya si PNP Aviation Security Group Deputy Director Arturo Evangelista na merogn money changer sa loob mismo ng Ninoy Aquino International Airport T-1? Doon po malapit sa Duty Free sa Arrival Area ng Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 1 bago dumating sa Immigration. Simple lang naman ang diskarte, merong mag-aalok sa mga pasahero/OFWs na bumibili ng pasalubong sa duty free. Niyayaya silang pumasok sa opisina sa tabi ng duty free para palitan ang
kanilang dolyares. Kapag nasa loob na ng opisina ng PNP-ASG sa NAIA Terminal 1, hindi po ito nakikita sa CCTV camera. Hindi ko naman inaalis na kumita at maghanapbuhay ang ilang PNP-ASG personnel sa parehas na pamamaraan. Ang kaso, bawal po ang Gawain n’yo. Hihintayin pa bang mahuli kayo at ma-sakripisyo ang inyong trabaho? Kernel Evangelista, sir, reminder lang po sa inyo na BLACK MARKET ‘yan! HULA-HULA WHO: USEC BALAKUBAK YAKKKSSS! Minsang napagtsismisan sa isang coffee shop ang isang Malakanyang UNDERSECRETARY dahil sa mga nakitang WHITE PARTICLES on her shoulder. Not once, not twice, but almost every time na haharap siya sa media ay napapansin ang mga nasabing white particles (from her scalp ba ‘yun?). Siyempre kung wala siya sa Malakanyang at hindi siya UNDERSECRETARY, keber ng mga nakakita sa mga white particles on her shoulder. Simple HYGIENE lang naman ‘yan USEC. Kahit sa DAVID SALON yakang-yakang ‘yan.
Justice through injustice
NOW that a case has already been filed in court against former president and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and a hold departure order has been issued against her, barring the embattled official from leaving the country has become legal. Unless she is allowed by the government to leave the country for humanitarian reasons, Arroyo must now stay in the country and answer the election sabotage case filed against her in court by the joint Comelec-DOJ panel. But something tells me that Arroyo may eventually win the case because it was filed in haste. As we all know, haste makes waste. ** While preventing Arroyo from leaving the country has now become lawful, the process that paved the way for it remains questionable. The Department of Justice did not follow the temporary restraining order issued by the Supreme Court against the watchlist order of the DOJ against Arroyo.
The Last Mohican
By Mario F. Fetalino, Jr.
While Justice Sec. Leila De Lima claims that the arrest of Arroyo was a triumph of justice, there was clearly an injustice committed against the former president. Ironically, its like winning an election through fraud. ** After what the DOJ did to the Supreme Court, how does one now regard the highest court of the land? It doesn’t take a lawyer to understand why the Supreme Court was named as such and what will happen if its power and authority are not recognized. The present administration was highly expected to put order in the country. But sadly, it seems to bring chaos that will linger for quite a long time. ** The ‘fixation’ of the Aquino government on Arroyo has made the president forget his other important promises to the people. The promises include the freedom of information, justice for victims of extra-judicial killings,
daang matuwid, and better life for the poor. Is president Benigno Aquino III really going to spend six years in Malacanang just to prosecute and convict Arroyo? ** Even Aquino’s ally, Quezon Rep. Erin Tañada, is dismayed over the failure of the President to live up to his words before he sat in Malacanang. Before he won the presidency, Aquino vowed to bring justice to victims of the Maguindanao massacre. Two years already passed
and the victims of the atrocity are still crying for justice. In contrast, this government was able to rush the filing of a case against Arroyo and proudly declared it as a triumph of justice. This supports Sen. Bongbong Marcos’ claim that the Aquino government is selective in administering justice and in using its power and authority. For comments, pls call or text 09285034265 or email email@example.com.
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Vol. II No. 78
Has independence been risked by “DOJ-Comelec Panel”?
THE pressing public interest on the matter compelled me to come out with this short essay on the issue of whether the so-called “DOJ-Comelec” joint panel constituted by the Department of Justice and the Commission on Elections is constitutional or not. My purpose is to educate the laymen on the basic principles involved, particularly the idea of “independence” of a constitutional body like the Comelec so that they would understand and not entertain speculations when the decisions or rulings when these are issued by the Highest Court of the Land. In coming out with this, I do not have any intention to influence the ongoing petition filed by the lawyers of former First Gentleman Mike Arroyo challenging the constitutionality of the same panel. After all, who am I to influence the Supreme Court Justices who cannot be influenced after all because they are people with the best-trained legal mind to judge legal or constitutional issues. Not even the massive “Occupy the Supreme Court” crowd can sway the gods of knowledge about legal principles during the holding of the oral arguments on the issue of whether to reconsider the Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) issued in favor of Gloria MacapagalArroyo. Moreover, in writing this, I am also impelled by the motive to exercise press freedom or freedom of expression. Our language is truth, our spirit is liberty But before continuing, please do not believe in what I say here but believe in what you perceived as sound in what I say. Further, please allow me to state that I feel Chief Justice Renato Corona stays fair as to the legality of DOJ-Comelec panel. My basis is this: ALL 14 SC JUSTICES VOTED TO REJECT THE APPLICATION OF MIKE ARROYO & CO. TO GET A TRO to stop the DOJ-Comelec panel from continuing its investigation into the allegations of involvement of the former first gentleman in electoral sabotage crimes. And now, let me state: “The DOJ-Comelec Panel is perfectly legal and it does not violate the principle of independence or the separation of powers that dictates the landscape of our kind of democracy.” This is my take, and you may take the other way. Let me begin by stating that the exclusive power to investigate election offenses is given by the Constitution to the Comelec alone. Then the Constitution represents the People’s Will. In other words, the powers given to the Comelec are “original”
By Toto C. Causing
in the sense that these were given by the people to it directly through the Constitution. And since its powers to investigate election offenses are original as these are given directly by the people, the Comelec can delegate the exercise of those powers to another office or person, just like the way it deputizes teachers, policemen and soldiers during election time to meet its enormous obligations of making elections honest, free and peaceful. Remember that only those powers that were already delegated are prohibited from being delegated further. This is under the legal principle that says: “Potestas delegata non potest delegari.” (What has been delegated cannot further be delegated.) The hard and brutal fact for the Comelec is that it has that very big obligation to investigate and prosecute election criminals. Along with this giant work is the reality that it lacks investigating personnel and legal minds who are mostly preoccupied with its own election protest cases, including that one filed by Lito Atienza against Mayor Alfredo S. Lim for the mayoralty of Manila and the one lodged by Peewee Trinidad against Tony Calixto for Pasay’s case. Against this backdrop is the persistent public clamor to serve justice in the quickest manner. Faced with these problems and the desire to live up to the trust of the public, the Comelec deems it better to use its power to delegate or deputize to make somebody exercise the power to investigate on its behalf with the end view that it will still have the last say whether to approve or reject the result of the investigation works done by other offices. Please take note that since it reserves to it the power to have the last say is, to my mind, an indication of the will of the Comelec to be independent when it decides the issue of whether to approve the recommendations of the investigating deputies. My readers may have better arguments to the contrary and I respect that. Now, we cannot deny that the Comelec knows that with somebody helping it in the work of investigating, it can fulfill better to live up to the trust of the people. The present officials of the Comelec know that in fact, it has been doing the practice of delegating its powers since Marcos time. It has given a standing authority to all prosecutors all over the country to do the work of investigating and handling of inquest proceedings for those arrested by the police while caught in act of committing vote buying, but retaining for itself that power to decide whether to approve the work of the prosecutors or not. And this act of reserving, in my opinion, is an act of asserting its independence. This time, however, it is somewhat different. The Comelec has done what it has not done yet. It has now done the act of “WORKING WITH” another office outside its sphere of powers given by the Constitution. It has formed a panel with the DOJ to form a fact-finding body composed of personnel of the DOJ and the Comelec to do the task of gathering facts for the purpose of knowing whether to charge certain persons, including Gloria and her husband Mike, with having committed the crimes of electoral sabotage during the 2004 and the 2007 elections. Now, this author is confident to state that
this “work with” is still within the prerogatives of the Comelec. After all, it is like delegating or deputizing one separate body, this time it is called “the DOJ-Comelec panel,” to do the preliminary investigation work. Anyway, the power given by the Comelec to the panel is limited to fact-finding and recommending the actions to be taken as a result of the facts found. So that as what happened with Gloria, it was the Comelec alone that decided whether to approve the recommendation of the DOJ-Comelec panel to charge or not Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. Recall that the Comelec En Banc voted 5-2 to charge Gloria, Andal Sr. and Lintang Bedol of the crime of electoral sabotage. This is an evidence that the Comelec exercised its independent will on the issue. There is another principle that goes along with. This basic principle says that public service is a public trust. In asking help from the DOJ investigators, the Comelec in fact is holding that public trust in high respect because this will enable it to give the service in the fastest way it can. The faster and more quality the service is, the better that the trust is served. Just imagine the enormous manpower
and machinery needed to gather evidence all over the country to meet the required tasks of investigating electoral sabotage that involved votes from all over the country. By forming a panel with the DOJ that has army of lawyers all over the country, the Comelec can now avail of the legal services of the DOJ and the investigating expertise of the NBI that is under the DOJ. For sure, that DOJComelec panel can help the Comelec fast-track the investigation works against those who stole the People’s Will in all elections past. Thus, in my opinion, it is very clear that the independence of the Comelec, or the principle of separation of powers, is still preserved clearly between the powers of the Comelec and the powers of the Executive through the DOJ. For sure, when the Comelec En Banc votes to approve or disapprove the recommendations of the DOJ-Comelec panel, the DOJ cannot dictate upon its commissioners, two of whom even never voted for the charging of Gloria, Andal Ampatuan Sr. and Lintang Bedol. After all the bottom line is: Electoral sabotage is the HIGHEST FORM of the robbery of the People’s Votes.
IT is normal for men to gather themselves for a great maneuver when their earnings are cut to half, if not turned zero, or from millions to nothing. It is more appropriate to say that it is in the nature of man to think of the worst evil when hit by hunger. And the worst evil is now for adoption of players at the Bureau of Customs. Their goal is to turn the bureau’s collection in December 2011 “zero.” Customs players belong to a breed that is used to gaining millions of pesos in weekly port transactions. The players are
They want to make Biazon, Lim zero
not used to strictness in processing their transactions at the bureau considering that they seemed to have already drawn the importation map on their palm. Actually, they have already concreted the path of the most easy Customs deal without paying the correct duties and taxes. But it seemed that players’ concrete path was cut across by the “tuwid na landas” that was built by Intelligence Deputy Director Danilo Lim in accordance with the ideas and ideals of President Benigno Simeon “PNoy” Aquino. The players tried to buy their easy way, but
By Hernani Cuare
Lim did not give in to their easy money. The daily transactions of the players at the bureau are boiling, and as they boil, the importers are beginning to lose trust in them. In feeling the heat with depleted financial gains, the players set a business conference among themselves with representatives from the office of Lim, Customs Commissioner Ruffy Biazon, and surprisingly from the National Bureau of Investigation. They gathered at Sulu Hotel and discussed ways and means to regain their glorious days at the bureau where officials have principles for a pay. They are like war tacticians targeting somebody that has the weakness for money. And of course, they have found greedy men among the flocks of Lim. After the meeting, their transactions went smooth at the bureau, but only for a number of days. This was so, because Lim ordered the Intelligence agents who served as contacts of the players to freeze their hands away from the bureau’s business affairs. The players were left with no choice but to join hands in pursuing their most evil plan: “to turn to zero the collection of the Bureau of Customs for the month of December 2011.”
This plan has the blessing of some importers and some customs men. Any importer who will directly file their entry to the bureau shall be blacklisted by the players. The players will give them hard time whenever the business is back to normal in the next couple of months or years. In the plan, the role of the workers at the bureau is to delay the processing of entry documents of the importers who refuse to abide with the plan of the players. Their plan can be implemented by just non-filing of entry or import entry. The non-
filing of entry would simply show that there is no importation for the month of December despite the actual arrival of imported goods. Due to non-filing of entry, the government will end up to zero tax collection for the whole month of December. This evil plan of the players is purportedly to pressure Malacañang to give in to whatever demands they have in mind. And on top of their pleas to the Palace is definitely to remove Lim from the bureau for he has cause them trouble beyond contain.
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December 5-11, 2011
My Birthday wish: Candle of Justice
mark my birthday on December 10 (2011) with a big honor of having exceeded my targets set a year ago and going beyond by succeeding in matters that came in shocking fashions, even to the point of making me look a martyr without a cause. I write this to share my experience in the hope others would find good wisdom in it and duplicate the same as a new tradition of relationship to fellow men. I wanted to look good in the eyes of my friends online or offline, my colleagues in the press, the people around me who are poorer than me by a mile, the people who work for and with me, my peers, my co-alumni from Koronadal Central Elementary School, Koronadal National Comprehensive High School, the Mindanao State University’s all campuses, and Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila. I am glad I can say I achieved all these beyond my targets, and even broke records nobody has done in what many say in the most shameful way. In so doing, the general wisdom that reigned over me for a year was to place first myself in the shoes of another with whom I had issues and examine if that other person deserved to be lambasted. When a street boy knocked on the window while I rode a taxi or drove my 1997 Toyota Corolla, I immediately put myself as the boy and the boy as me and imagine if I deserve to be given a five-peso coin. I would immediately see my heart in tears murmuring: It is better to give than to receive as a child knocking on doors of others’ cars. When a fellow media man came to ask me for a contribution for the hospitalization of his or her young child, I immediately thought what if we changed places. I immediately thought it is better to give than to be given for there is no pain worse than experiencing having a child hovering in danger. I did these all by means of doing things in the humblest way I could, even to the point of everybody lecturing and telling me I should have left an inch of an honor for me. There was his one daughter of a senior journalist, a daughter of a great writer I idolize, that I decided to help out of my thoughtless mind with the intention to make her life worthy out of her talent
for cooking to cater the supposed couple of hundreds of workers every lunch so that she could rise from obscurity and infamy and in the process help me. But she later would avoid me after trying to give me an impression she got mad at me for not picking up her own fight. I think it was just a ploy but I had kept my quiet. I lost a fifth of a million and still have no regrets. There was this one man my age who berated everybody around me, including the little boy I enrolled in school and decided to support including his father. But I later heard that the boy stole my three watches that I am now watch-less, stole my five-peso coins I placed on my secret cups, and stole my digital camera, and others. I did not lambaste that man but I just kept my silence and never talked to him or send him a reply to his text m e s sages, knowi n g t h a t t h i s is the least w a y t h a t shame can be caused on a friend who betrayed you. I did not get mad at the boy, too. I just politely told his father I hoped he would understand me because the things went beyond my control. This man my age was too lucky too to get from me for the tuition and food of his son but he was too difficult to understand that I was insulted that he continuously hurt people physically in my presence that he did not stop despite my request for him to control his anger. This man apparently envied the help I gave to the boy who stole my precious belongings. I gave way when there were issues who between me and any of the rest to take the second to the last share or for the privilege to pick first.
I obliged to be the most benevolent despite my scarce resources and the shortness of the patience my emotions could stretch. I succeeded in prevailing upon my heart to reject my pride and ask for forgiveness even for mistakes committed by people against me because friendship means more to me. I sacrificed when it was a choice of who between me and the rest to eat the one only one plate of food left. I compelled myself to call people older than me “sir” or “ma’am,” no matter how far their educational or financial standing against me, comfortable in the feeling that this is one way to at least make them happy. I comforted my thought that I can afford a simple life enough to make me live if to give up one more w o u l d make ano t h e r happy. I know I cannot sleep on two houses that I need o n l y one. I cannot wear t w o pairs of shoes that I n e e d only one. I cannot drive more than one car and I need only one. I only need a certain amount to continue life and my office’s operations for two months and can spare the rest. I spent more than threefourths of my income for 2011 for other people and for my causes. I gave to my six “informal” employees more than half my earnings I earned from my services I rendered. I spent a fifth of a million for my PEOPLE’S (JURY) JUSTICE SYSTEM advocacy campaigns. I spent about a third of a million for my weekly newspaper Dyaryo Magdalo without return except for the benefit I got in the form of my altruistic feeling that I got important messages
across. I spent two-fifths of a million just to pay for the loans taken by my two sisters using my parents’ house as the collateral because they can no longer pay. It was not my loan if I chose to be naïve the house my father Remo and Mother Remo founded 45 years ago would go to thin air of hopelessness and desperation. I spent almost half a million for my offices, house rentals and utilities in order to continue the services I give. Against all these things I did, I had shares of failures, too. I deprived myself the opportunity of buying a new car when I could afford them if I did not spend for all the matters I stated above. I also deprived some of my siblings of help that they could get from me although I know they tended to need the money more. Certainly, I failed in the department when it concerns my sisters and brothers. I don’t know why it was easier for me to sacrifice for other persons than for my own blood. I thought deep what I should do in the next year of my life after celebrating my 47th birthday on the Human Rights Day of 2011. I have resolved to be far simpler in means of life in order for me to
achieve with more vigor the targets of ACHIEVING TO BE OF MORE HELP TO THE PEOPLE I STATED ABOVE, AND BE MORE EFFECTIVE IN MY EDUCATIONAL CAMPAIGN ABOUT THE PEOPLE’S (JURY) SYSTEM FOR ALL THE FILIPINOS, help the same people more, and increase my love for my brothers, sisters and parents. I have not set a dream to
get a wife soon because it is perhaps one of the most impossible objectives for me now, although I love to have a son or a daughter and build my own family. After all, my bigger challenge is HOW TO BECOME A BILLIONAIRE IN NAME AND HONOR, in the manner that my name would still be mentioned in classrooms 1,000 years later. And I will make it sure that before I die, the People’s Justice System is in place in lieu of the present system. The present is too bad for the fate of the accused and the accuser lays only in the hands of one prosecutor commonly called “fix-cal” and whose acquittal or conviction rests in the hands of only one person, the judge. I want that all the poor and the underprivileged have equal chances in every issue of justice: that no man can dictate the outcome of the case Only a jury system of justice can do this. The next challenge for me is how I could give my best to make my father Remo and Mother happy as they savor the rest of their twilight lives. I love them both so much— more than I love myself. Thus, as I blow my candles for this birthday on December 10, 2011, I wish I would make my father and mother very happy and see a million more people singing the idea of the people as judges in the courts and prosecutors, too, to ensure that JUSTICE AND HONESTY WILL BE DONE BY THE PEOPLE, FOR THE PEOPLE, OF THE PEOPLE. If you wish to give me a birthday present, the best you can give me is A PLEDGE YOU WRITE ON THE COMMENT THREAD THAT YOU GIVE ME A CANDLE OF JUSTICE. Be sure it is a kind of justice to be offered to the Filipino where the people are the prosecutors and the judges. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. says: “A right delayed is a right denied.” Happy Human Rights Day!
December 5-11, 2011
Vol. II No. 78
PACMAN ‘fIxED’ MARqUEz fIGHT
By BERTENI “TOTO” CATALUÑA CAUSING Editor-in-Chief Dyaryo Magdalo
“Ninong Manny.” Would you believe that Pacquiao indeed had a genuine bad fight for the third time with Marquez? I don't think so. Why will Manny Pacquiao bother to produce this digital poster to promote it? As seen in the poster pasted in this blog, posted the poster on his wall. Nevertheless, who am I to refuse his request for friendship? After all, he is my idol. He is much, much bigger than me. If Pacman himself posted the same on his own wall, it means that it was done for his own interest. MONEY for Manny. Now, here is one more -- Pacquiao tagged the poster on the wall of Mayweather. Why will Pacman tag the same poster on MayNO long intro here. Suffice it to say that this is the third incarnation of this column. The first one appeared in a sports magazine, and the second one saw print in the Bulldog edition of People’s Tonight several years back. That is, if anyone cares to remember. But that was then and this is now, and I am supposedly a better (and definitely older) person and a better writer now, or more specifically, a better sportswriter. A sports chronicler with a sharper view of what is really happening (or not happening) in Philippine sports. A case in point is the recent Southeast Asian Games held in Palembang and Jakarta, where the Filipino athletes won a paltry 36 gold medals. If you’re not into sports, 30 golds are quite a harvest. But then, Singapore, a tiny islandstate made up 63 islands and with a population of roughly five million people, took home 42 golds. Singapore placed fifth and the Philippines, sixth. Host Indonesia ran away with 182 golds for the overall crown, Thailand is second with 109, Vietnam ended up third with 96, and Malaysia, fourth, with 59. Two years ago in Laos, the Filipinos won 38 golds for fifth and Singapore had 33 to finish sixth. What does this tell us? Aside from the obvious conclusion that Singapore got better and we got worse, it also tells us that our sports officials continue to underperform. Or to be blunt about it, our sports officials continue to sit on their collective assess. Didn’t they promise to deliver 70 golds? The result was nowhere near their intended target. At least, Go Teng Kok was more realistic in predicting a high of 45 and a low
And Pacquiao never fell Marquez in any round. Marquez was caught five times seemingly deliberate in making his left foot stepping on the right foot of the congressman from Saranggani province in order for the counter-punches of the Mexican to reach the body or head of Pacman. But mind you, I do not believe that Pacman will be knocked down by the counter-punches. To say it reasonably, those counter-punches that hit Pacman were nothing to
OW I am convinced that the Pacman-Marquez show was for a show-and not for what should be true!
I am sorry to say: “Pacman intended to flirt with defeat and not to knock down Marquez, in order to lure Mayweather who has been docking away every time he has been pitted against Pacquiao.” Obviously, why will Floyd say that Pacman uses drugs if he was not afraid of Manny? Now, think of this also. Why will Manny cause the production of the digital poster promoting his fight with Floyd Mayweather?
Many Filipinos lost in the third fight of Manny Pacquiao against Juan Manuel Marquez because all of them placed their bets for the Mexicos's “Dinamita” to be knocked down.
it proclaims: “TWO WARRIORS, ONE THRONE.” Indeed a very wise and a very excellent advertisement idea. Next, why will Pacquiao post the same poster on his very own Facebook wall named "Manny Pacman Pacquiao"? I had no reason to believe it was not his personal account. I noticed this because Pacquiao asked me to be his friend in the wee hours of November 30, 2011. Almost about the same time, Pacman
him? Here is the clincher. A source very close to Ilocos Sur Governor Chavit Singson revealed that Chavit broached the idea
weather's Faceb o o k wall if he had no intention of convincing Floyd to fight
to Pacman not to knock down Marquez to achieve two purposes. The first was for Chavit to win millions of dollars in betting that Marquez will not be knocked down. The second--and the ultimate--was to bait Floyd Mayweather to the Manny (spell it "m-o-n-ey") bag. WHATEVER, everybody loves “ONCE AND FOR ALL.”
Sixth placer Pinoys and black-eyed Roger
By Arman Armero
of 35 golds. Go’s army of track and field athletes, though, also fell short of their target. Athletics delivered two golds and nine silvers. Again, the Filipinos’ tepid performance in the SEA Games sparked another round of condemnation from politicians who profess to care about sports development in this country. Already, some senators are planning to round up the usual suspects for an investigation in aid of legislation. Or publicity. Or grandstanding. Or whatever. That’s to be expected. And after the investigation, it is also expected that we will be back to the same old, same old. That is, until everybody realize that sports does not need somebody like Peping Cojuangco and his lackeys in the Philippine Olympic Committee. Peping, a former congressman, has institutionalized politics in sports and instead of ensuring harmony within the POC, has been practicing divide-and-rule tactics. Just ask Go Teng Kok. Or Carissa Coscolluella of equestrian, or Bambol Tolentino of cycling. And many others. Ask away. And cry. *** Multi-titled volleyball coach Roger Gorayeb of San Sebastian didn’t expect that he’ll go home last Friday (Dec. 2) with bruises all over his body with a black eye to boot. In fact, he didn’t get home until it was late in the day, since he had to face his bosses in San Sebastian, answer questions from the media and submit himself to a battery of tests at a hospital, which was necessary if he has to file charges against his tormentors. As most of us know now, Gorayeb was beaten black and blue by the Red Lions basketball team and their coach Frankie Lim after a heated exchange of words (too delicate to print here) right inside the San Placid Gym in San Beda. (A touch of irony. Placid, in simple English, means peaceful). Gorayeb has the injuries as evidence that he
was at the raw end of the exchange. He also has the pictures, taken by sympathizers inside the gym, showing that indeed, the Red Lions pounced on him even after he fell to the floor from a wicked punch. The pictures show burly San Beda player Dave Marcelo taking a swing on Gorayeb. This is the same guy who told Gorayeb before the fracas outside the gym the words -- “Mga bastos mga players mo. Ganyan ba itinuturo sa inyo sa school niyo,?” Marcelo was referring to the alleged racist remark thrown by members of the SSC men’s volleyball team against San Beda import Ole Adeogun, a Nigerian. Well, Marcelo apparently does not practice what he preaches. He punched Gorayeb, who is old enough to be his father, on the face, and even after seeing women’s volleyball player Mae Crisos-
tomo trying to shield her coach from further harm, continued to attack the volleyball coach. In the process, Crisostomo was hit by a wayward elbow in the face. Surely, this is a sign of disrespect. And I’m sure San Beda didn’t teach him to punch his elder, or harm the fairer sex. Marcelo, in my book, needed to be taught updated lessons about the real meaning of respect and should be banned from playing for the entire next season. As for Frankie Lim, he is old enough to understand that as a coach, it is his responsibility to rein in his players, not join them in inflicting harm against someone who was already cornered and who, at that time, was only fighting to defend himself. Really, the NCAA needs to act decisively and speedily in this case for its crediblity’s sake.
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pa na hindi pumasa. GRABE! Pero ang iniaangal ng mga examinees, ang ibinigay na exam ay hindi naman mahirap pero hindi part ng kanilang trabaho bilang mga Immigration personnel. Kung tutuusin nga raw ay fundamentals ang ibinigay na exam. Ngunit hindi naman gano’n ang kanilang pinaghandaan, kaya hayon, nagbagsakan. Ang inaasahang exam ng mga tagaImmigration ay ‘yung UNNECESSARY BUREAU- tipong may kinalaman sa world migration and CRACY SA BUREAU OF immigration at mga IMMIGRATION protocol ng iba’t ibang HINDI natin alam bansa. Maraming Immikung nagdudunong-duer’ sa Palasyo de Malacañang, si Dino Tuason ay inendorso ni Customs Comm. Ruffy Biazon at Deputy Commissioner Danilo Lim para sa nasabing posisyon. Naniniwala si Gen. Lim na si Dino ay makatutuwang niya para isulong ang matuwid na landas sa Customs. Aprubado na rin daw sa Department of Finance ang nasabing rekomendasyon. Hindi pa man ay binabati ka na namin, Congrats, Sir Dino Tuason!
December 5-11, 2011
FASTEN your seatbelts! Sa susunod na buwan, Enero 2012, babalasahin ni Commissioner Rufino Rozzano Biazon ang Bureau of Customs (BoC). Ipatutupad ni Commissioner Biazon ang major reshuffle ng mga opisyal at personnel alinsunod sa adhikain ng administrasyong Aquino na puksain ang kurapsyon sa iba’t ibang ahensya ng gobyerno. Sa “No holds Barred” media forum ng National Press Club, inihayag ni Biazon na: “Isasagawa ang reshuffle nang walang partisan considerations – no political backer, kapartido man o hindi ang maapektohan.”
MAjOR RESHUffLE SA BUREAU Of CUSTOMS
Sa ilalim ng kanyang administrasyon, paiigtingin pa ang koleksyon ng buwis sa importasyon. Upang makuha ang tiwala ng mga stakeholder ng ahensya, ipinangako niya ang proteksyon na kanilang kailangan. Pursigido talaga ang dating kongresista ng Muntinlupa na mapataas ang koleksyon ng BoC dahil kasalukuyang pinag-aaralan ng Bureau ang mas mainam na paraan ng pagbubuwis alinsunod sa mga pagbabago sa global economic trends. “Kailangan i-review ito dahil ang nasabing mga pagbabago ay may malaking impact sa ating revenue generation sa Customs at tariff tulad ng kasunduan kamakailan na nagtakda sa mga green product bilang tariff fee,” diin ni Biazon. Ang ganitong mga pagbabago ay nagpapababa ng koleksyon dahil maraming mga produkto ang hindi nabubuwisan. DINO TUASON NEXT CIIS DIRECTOR MARAMI na ang natutuwa sa balitang ang susunod na CIIS Director sa Bureau of Customs ay si Mr. FERNANDINO ‘DINO’ TUASON. Wala po tayong naririnig na ano mang pagtutol. Sa totoo lang, si Sir Dino ay ‘rose from the ranks.’ Ayon sa ating ‘watchnungan o talagang hindi naiintindihan ng mga taga-PERSONNEL SELECTION BOARD ng BI ang kanilang ginagawa, o ‘yung tipong basta may magawa lang. Nasabi natin ito dahil sa nangyari noong Nobyembre 23, araw ng Martes, kung saan nagbigay ng QUALIFYING EXAM for hiring and promotion ang Immigration. Umabot sa 680 persons (organic personnel, confidential agents and applicants) ang kumuha ng exam sa University of the East, Recto, Manila mula 8:00 – 9:00 am para sa Batch 1 at 9:30 – 10:30 para sa Batch 2. Ang coverage ng exam ay Logical Reasoning, 35 items for 25 minutes; Numerical Reasoning, 30 items for 20 minutes; Verbal Reasoning, 35 items for 15 minutes. Nairaos ang exam at hindi nainip ang mga naghintay dahil kinagabihan lang ay naka-post agad sa website ng Bureau of Immigration ang mga pumasa at lumagapak. Whoa, parang PCOS machine. Napakabilis! At ‘yun ang SONABAGAN talaga! Sa 680 examinees, 193 lamang ang nakapasa at karamihan sa kanila ay mga confidential agent. Ultimo hepe ng ilang unit ng Bureau of Immigration ay bumagsak sa exam. May mga abugado gration employees ang nag-puyat pa sa karereview ng Immigration laws. Pero hindi naman pala ‘yun ang test nila. Mantakin ninyo, ang law books at iba pang libro na may kinalaman sa kanilang trabaho ang kanilang pinagpuyatang basahin. ‘Yun pala ang ibinigay na exam, eh, pang-high school multiple choice, Arithmetic and Verbal Reasoning. Ito na ngayon, dahil sa nasabing exam naitanong ng mga empleyado, Bakit pinagsama ang hiring at promotion qualifying exam? Ikalawa, ang Bureau ba mismo ang dapat magbigay ng promotion qualifying exam? Ano ang silbi ng CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION? Mukhang natatapakan ni BI Commissioner Ric David ang paa ni Civil Service Commission Chairman Franciso Duque III. Hindi ba’t malinaw na ang anumang qualifying exam para sa promotion ng mga empleyado ng gobyerno ay dapat lamang i-conduct ng CSC? Para raw nangingialam sa trabaho ng may trabaho si Commissioner David. Ikatlo, sinadya raw gumawa ng sariling exam ng mga ‘panginoon’ sa BI upang ang ma-qualify ay ‘yung mga bata-bata lang nila. Ikaapat, totoo bang mayroong mga nakapasa pero hindi kumuha po, Atty. Arvin Santos, Palagay ko dapat Atty. Tonette Mangro- mong unahin ang sulibang and Mr. Danny ranin sa nepotismo at Lopez! ng mabigyang pagkakataon ang ibang tao na KAMAGANAK INCORPO- makapasok at mabigyan RATED SA BI ng trabaho sa bureau. Mukhang nao-overKAPANSIN-PAN- look mo ang sistemang SIN raw sa isinaga- ito, Commissioner! wang pagsusulit para sa promotion ng mga BETTY CHUHUAHUA empleyado at hiring ng SINASALUDUHAN SA BUmagiging empleyado ng REAU OF IMMIGRATION? Bureau of Immigration WALASTIK! na karamihanng kuIbang klase pala tamuha ng exam ay mga anak, asawa, kapatid, laga ang dating ni BETpinsan, bayaw, hipag at TY CHUHUAHUA sa Bureau of Immigration. kaapid. Dinaig pa raw ni Sa madaling salita mga kamag-anak ng Betty Chuhuahua si mga empleyado sa na- Commissioner Ric David na dating military turang ahensya. Sa lahat yata ng general. Kay Commissioner ahensya ng gobyerno, itong Bureau of Im- Ric David, walang migration ang may sumasalubong at supinakatalamak na prob- masaludo, pero itong lema pagdating sa nep- si Betty Chuhuahua, otismo na alam naman hanep ang arrive! Bumababa pa lang nating lahat na bawal na bawal when it comes to daw si Betty ChuahuaCivil Service Rules and hua sa kanyang sasakyan, naaamoy na siya ng Regulations. Ano bang meron ang mga sanggang dikit sa BI at lahat yata ng ka- Bureau, lalo na ng mga mag-anak ng mga emp- taga-BI-Alien Registraleyado, ay nagsusumik- tion Division (ARD). sik sa ahensyang ito? Paano ba namang Commissioner Ric hindi maaamoy, sangDavid, pakibusisi ang katutak na LAMON, sistemang ito kung ta- éste, MERYENDA ang lagang gusto mong ip- dala. Hindi lang daw atupad ang matinding pagbabago o ang tuwid generous, talagang ipinakikita ni Betty Chna daan policy. Gaya nitong isang uahuahua ang gratitude hepe sa isang subport niya sa mga taga-Immisa CALABARZON, gration na nakatutulong ang anak niya ay acting sa facilitation & fixing chief sa isang division ng kanyang mga transdyan sa BI main office, aksyon. na ang asawa naman No wonder kung ay isang CA sa airport. bakit pinagkakaguluhan Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees. Lalo na ‘yung “Section 7. Prohibited Acts and Transactions … (4). Solicitation or acceptance of gifts. - Public officials and employees shall not solicit or accept, directly or indirectly, any gift, gratuity, favor, entertainment, loan or anything of monetary value from any person in the course of their official duties or in connection with any operation being regulated by, or any transaction which may be affected by the functions of their office. As to gifts or grants from foreign governments, the Congress consents to: 1. The acceptance and retention by a public official or employee of a gift of nominal value tendered and received as a souvenir or mark of courtesy; 2. The acceptance by a public official or employee of a gift in the nature of a scholarship or fellowship grant or medical treatment; or 3. The acceptance by a public official or employee of travel grants or expenses for travel taking place entirely outside the Philippine (such as allowances, transportation, food, and lodging) of more than nominal value if such acceptance is appropriate or consistent with the interests of the Philippines, and per-
ng test? At may mga test na hindi naman nacheck? At ikalima, itinatanong ng mga bigating abogado sa BI: “Is Commissioner David trying to create unnecessary bureaucracy inside the Bureau?” By the way, qualifying exam ba ito o IQ test? Pakisagot na nga
At noong nakaraang exam, ‘yung kapatid naman nya ang gustong ipwesto bilang immigration officer. Sonabagan! Mukhang gusto yatang magtayo ng Immigration dynasty ang pamilyang ito! ‘Ýan po ang dapat mong programa na iprioritize sa bureau, Mr. Commissioner.
ng mga taga-Immigration si Betty Chuhuahua. Sabi nga niya, meryenda lang ang katapat n’yan! Ows, pati ba kay Atty. Roy Ledesma, meryenda lang din ang gay-bi niya? Paalala lang pala, baka nalilimutan ng mga taga-Immigration ang Republic Act 6713
mitted by the head of office, branch or agency to which he belongs. The Ombudsman shall prescribe such regulations as may be necessary to carry out the purpose of this subsection, including pertinent reporting and disclosure requirements. Nothing in this Act shall be construed to restrict or prohibit any
educational, scientific or cultural exchange programs subject to national security requirements.” ‘Yan ang huwag na huwag ninyong kalilimutan. Ikalawa, mag-ingat kayo dahil baka bigla kayong mag-diarrhea o magayuma ni Betty Chuhuahua sa kanyang mga dalang meryenda. Tingnan n’yo ‘yung isang opisyal ng Bureau of Immigration, mula nang pinalamon at madikit kay Betty Chuhuahua hindi na makakalas. Lagi na n’yang namimiss ang kanyang BFF. Friendship over the bureaucracy’s interest. Am I right, Mr. Immigration official? PEKENG i-CARD KALAT SA BUREAU OF IMMIGRATION NABISTO raw na marami palang pekeng i-CARD ang na-isyu ng Alien Registration Division (ARD) ng mga nagdaang administration. At ‘yan daw ang dahilan kung bakit sobra ang higpit ng ARD ngayon kung saan hepe si Atty. Roy Ledesma. At kasunod daw n’yan ay mahigpit na ipinag-utos ni Atty. Ledesma na imbestigahan pa kung sino ang kumakana ng mga pekeng iCARD. Atty. Roy Ledesma, ano ba ýan, joke? Paiimbestigahan mo daw?
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