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HONEY-KO’S BAR

Posted by admin on July 26, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

After trials and tribulations, much stress, financial strains and whatever, happily, Honey-Ko’s has reopened.  The word from the Boss:

“thanks mate. we up 2 28 girls already and have new mamasan starting monday. still chasing some license 4 girls. hope 2 have more paperwork 2day.”

“mamasan pulled out so nominated one of my girls 4 now.”

Happy days are here again as one of the most popular bars on Perimeter Road has opened its doors again.  Starting slow but picking up steam with each passing day.

 

 
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DOUG SLADE ARRESTED

Posted by admin on July 23, 2014 in Breaking News, Uncategorized

73-yr-old British man arrested for child porn

By Zyann Ambrosio, ABS-CBN News

Posted at 07/22/2014 5:16 PM | Updated as of 07/22/2014 5:16 PM

MANILA – A 73-year-old British national was arrested in Angeles, Pampanga on child pornography charges, the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) said on Tuesday.  The NBI Cybercrime Division said Douglas Michael Slade was arrested in his home after nude pictures of children were recovered from him during a raid.

According to the NBI, Slade has been inviting children aged 9 to 12 years old to enter his house where he offers them food and money to convince them to pose nude.  The suspect allegedly pays the children P150 to P250.  For his part, Slade denied the allegations.  He, however, refused to answer questions from the media.

(This is not the first time that Doug Slade has been apprehended for offenses against young children.  Somehow, each time he has been able to stay out of jail. Doug is the owner of “Home Base” in the Plaridel area and has provided meat and other products to the local Expat community for years.  Years ago he had rented a home in Carmenville with a swimming pool in which he allowed many young children to swim and have a break from the hot weather.  Each time Doug has been detained he has denied the allegations and been able to move on with his life.  It will be interesting to see what happens this time)

M. DOUGLAS MICHAEL SLADE (1995)

A British paedophile accused of child molestation in Angeles City. PREDA investigated and found another one of his victims and filed charges against Slade who is now on trial in Angeles City.

News of the World
April 2006

A former navy officer who prepared dinners for the Queen on the Royal yacht Britannia faces life in prison for molesting boys.

Retired Lieutenant Commander Douglas Michael Slade, 64, will stand trial on paedophile charges after allegedly abusing children as young as 13 at his home in the Philippines.

Police say they caught him abusing a 15-year-old boy and exposing another 14-year-old boy to a pornographic film.

Five children aged 13 to 17 claims they were molested by Slade between 2003 and 2005.

Slade originally from Aylesbury, Bucks, has lived in the Philippines for 21 years and runs a shop selling home-made pies to British expats.

Child welfare workers have nicknamed him “The Pork Pie Paedophile”.

Slade was first arrested in September last year after police swooped on his apartment in the town of Angeles, notorious for under-age sex and child-sex tourism.

He was due to appear in court in February but failed to attend and after being arrested again in March posted bail of £6,000.

Slade pleaded not guilty to all the charges at a hearing at the Angeles Trial Court earlier this week. His trial is due to begin on 12 April.

Slade faced similar charges in the mid-90s after four youngsters aged 11 to 14 were allegedly found naked with him in his swimming pool but the case was settled out of court.

He was exposed in 1975 as the ringleader of a group called Paedophile Action for Liberation, which aimed to make paedophilia legal.

Another Briton also faces paedophile charges in the Philippines after allegedly abusing kids.

Barry Edwards, 60, was arrested three years ago and is due in court later this month.

An earlier charge of raping a 14-year-old girl against the former university Maths lecturer at the Middlesex University was dropped.

Child-welfare worker Father Shay Cullen said: “There are more British paedophiles coming to the Philippines since the conviction of Garry Glitter in Vietnam.

“They too will be caught and face a minimum 17 year in prison. They treat children as sex toys for their sexual gratification and buy them for the price of a hamburger.

“Douglas Slade has evaded justice in the past when he was accused of sexually abusing small boys here. We at the Preda center for children are doing all we can to see justice done and prevent the pay-off of victims and their parents. [End]

 

 
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BURGER SHACK

Posted by admin on July 19, 2014 in Uncategorized

This is an item I would have waited until Aug to publish but I am so angry that this man questioned my integrity that I am publishing it here now.

Dear Harry, I have just started a 3 month contract at Burger Shack, playing the piano. I read your review, and wanted to clear up a few things.  The burgers start at 155 pesos.  All my friends have enjoyed the burgers and these kids are having a soft opening.

I think you might have been a little hard on them, but for your own edification, your blog is so powerful and so many people take it as Gospel, that 5 people have said to me that the word on the street (read Harry the Horse) is that the burgers are no good. The answer to the question “have you been there and tried one?” is always no! So my humble request is for your readers firstly to understand the correct price of a burger, and for goodness sake, go and try one for yourself!

I play Friday, Saturday and Sunday

best regards, Chris Marshal

to Chris

Chris, thank you for writing back to me and explaining that I misinterpreted your comment about “go and try one for yourself”.  Yes, I did think you meant me instead of the five people you spoke to.  Naturally, I do realize that the Burger Shack was having a soft opening and will listen to comments from customers.  Maybe the majority of their customers will like the burger being served and decide not to make any changes.  Maybe they will be able to give proper printed receipts when asked for one.  One makes allowances for a soft opening.  I was not hard on the kids, I was only critical of the hamburger.  My opinion of the burger presently served remains the same but I wish them success and of course hope that your musical weekend gig will bring in a lot of business.  

 

 
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DAV CHAPTER THREE

Posted by admin on July 9, 2014 in Breaking News

 

Your DAV Chapter 3 will hold a very important general membership meeting (GMM) this Friday, July 11th at 11 AM in the VFW Post 2485 Essary Room. This meeting will not only decide the fate of our Chapter (whether to continue), but also elect chapter officers for 2014-2015, if we do decide to remain a chapter. We also need volunteer service representatives to man the office and decide how many days we will be open for counseling/assistance. Please attend if at all possible. Hope to see you there!

 
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HEART ATTACK – BOBBY DELEON

Posted by admin on July 7, 2014 in Breaking News, Uncategorized

 

Well Harry….another American passed away this afternoon…his name is Bobby De Leon..
Was playing pool at Silly Hat…had a massive stroke at the bar..we took him to ONA Hosp….was DOA….Dr pronounced him dead 1600 hrs..today… Danny J.

That came as a shock to me.  It is only 4:30 PM now.  I knew Bobby, been playing pool here for years.  will add more details as to viewing and burial as soon as i receive them.  

 
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FEMALE EMPLOYEES DETAINED BY BARANGAY

Posted by admin on July 5, 2014 in Breaking News, Uncategorized

On Friday night while at Phillie’s I was told that the Red Bar, Q Bar and Shipwreck were raided and girls taken away on Thursday night.

In fact, this was an inspection by the Balibago Barangay officials who checked ID’s and only took those girls who were not wearing ID’s.  This was not a raid in a literal sense.  Bar owners and Mamasan’s know that each employee must be wearing their ID when working.  Not to do so could leave one open for harassment.  The bars remain open and business as usual.

Am announcing this as some people might get the wrong impression when they see the work “raid”.

I will forward this to Barangay Captin Tony Mamac to see if he is going to be making these unannounced “inspections” on a regular basis.

This is what I was afraid of.  Just got this Email from a reader and he has the wrong idea:

From Richard M.
Comments and Remarks: Harry. Thought I’d share this with you. Last night about midnight I get a text from a girl I know who works at the Q Bar down on Fields. They were raided by the Barangay. They took all the girls away, in 4 vehicles, and held them at their headquarters until the owner paid 1,000 peso each for their release. They were only gone for maybe 2 hours and no one was charged with anything. If that’s not kidnapping for ransom I’ll eat my shirt. (As I said above, the girls were in violation of Barangay regulations and the fine was justified.  It is like not wearing a helmet when riding a motorcycle or motor bike.  It is a violation you might get away with for a long time but when the police decide to crack down, you will have to pay a fine.  The Barangay Captain has the right to inspect and that is what this was, NOT a raid.  Now, believe me, other bars will start making sure their girls are wearing their ID’s.  Even in my little place I am making sure that ID cards are worn while on duty.  Now, did they have to take the ladies away, not really, I am sure the owners would have come up with the fine money but there might have been some ladies working that had not obtained their ID’s yet and that is a no-no.  So, no harm done, no “RAID” per se!)

In answer to my query to Barangay Capt Tony Mamac, his reply follows:

Actually they are not 80. All in all 81. Yes we collected 1,000 each as payments for fines pursuant to the provision of Brgy Ordinance nr. 2 and we issued appropriate official receipt after payment of the fines. All those who will be found working without Barangay Clearance or Working Clearance shall be penalized  with fines or appropriate charges for violation of said ordinance. They choose to pay the fines. It is their call. After numerous advise both during meetings and communications pertaining to the consequences for violating or ignoring the ordinance i think there is no need to inform them any actions nor inspections by the MANCOM in the future.It is their duties and responsibility to comply.

 

 
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July 2014

Posted by admin on June 30, 2014 in 2014 Monthly Newsletters

 

This picture is a bit of a milestone for me as this was the 16th Induction ceremony for the Rotary Club of Clark Centennial and I have attended each one over the years.  Way back in 2003 I held the position for of secretary for two years and since then have been the permanent Sgt. of Arms, a position I was quite happy with.  But now, on 1 July I assume the position of President of this Club along with a dynamic team of officers and directors.  Presently the Club has 20 members and we sure are looking for new members, male and female.  Right now we have around 7 Nationalities represented so we have a fine mix.  I am sure this is the first time a “Horse” has been sworn in as a President of a Rotary Club.  I am hoping that we will be attracting some readers living her in Angeles City that would like to join a Club involved with community projects and charity work.  We meet every Tuesday at 12 Noon at the Blue Boar Inn “Stable” so stop in, share a couple of hours with us and who knows, you might decide to join.  It gives you something worthwhile to do once a week and you can join us in helping the community we live in.  Drop me a line if you have any questions.

Yes, it is a special month for me and it can be for many other people who are planning to visit AC this month.  On the 4th of July a lot of the bars and service organizations will be having events to celebrate this special day.  Am happy to say that there has been a lull in raids and business is picking up again.  Many readers who have visited here recently have sent me messages telling me that they have enjoyed their visit and plan on more return trips.  I want to wish the owners of Valhalla and Honey-Ko Clubs good luck in their dealing with their legal problems. They stood up to face adversity while many others feared to do so.

Have a nice July and when out, carry an umbrella or at least a hat as it does rain nearly every day and soon those short downpours will start to last a lot longer.  It does cool off the weather and keep the dust down.  See ya, have a nice month.

THE FEEDBAG

Hi Harry, Just so you guys in AC don’t feel completely singled out, the concept and definition of “Human Trafficking” has been broadened, here in the states, as well, and the term is all but synonyms with (PC for) prostitution. When you read or watch the local or national news, etc, whenever prostitution is mentioned – it’s now referred to as “human traffacking”. (prostitution = human trafficing) and prostitutes are now automatically characterized / referred to as “victims of human trafficking”, requiring crisis intervention, therapy, counseling, etc. Ed L., USN, Mariner and MSC, in & out of AC and Subic, 85′-2012.  (Yes Ed, everyone wants to put prostitutes in a bad light. For me, I think they provide a valuable public service and the profession should be legalized.  Legalize and tax “Sex Workers” so men, and now, more than ever, women do not have to sneak around to find that little bit of extra ecstasy in their lives)


 

Dear Harry, You may recall that I sent an email to you last April which included a link to some proposed Philippines legislation referenced: HBO 3299. You chose not to publish my email, however, you made brief mention of it in your May newsletter and included my link to the proposed legislation. That of course was your prerogative as you are the owner and editor of your newsletter.  (Gee Julian, I felt it fit better in May than Apr and once it is passed and signed by the President of the Philippines that dark cloud over AC will get even darker)

You are clearly deeply worried about developments even in the last month as evidenced by: Firstly, your deliberate decision not to mention in your newsletter or at all, any of the 5 raids upon bars during May, 2014. Secondly, your decision in relation to the Sisters Bar raid not to mention that the customers who were arrested and taken to Manila were also charged with an offence described as “soliciting prostitution”. Thirdly, your decision not to publish my warning to your readers.  (Oh dear, sue me.  First off I was not aware that the customers taken from the Sister’s bar were charged with anything.  I was told that they were fingerprinted and released and I am not even absolutely positive about the fingerprinting.  I also felt it was enough to write about the customers being taken.  That alone was bad enough and it has not happened again since that incident.  I wrote about all the other raids in my May column and explained why I did not put them in my breaking news.  And yes, it is up to me what I write or do not write about)

I must say that I disagree with your decisions in all 3 instances. You have probably based your decisions upon the principal of lets “wait and see what will happen” in Angeles before you give further consideration as to whether you will advise your readers as to the merits and risk of coming to Angeles. My reasons for disagreeing with you are that the consequences of being caught up in a raid, then being charged and possibly being refused bail will mean that those caught up will have their lives ruined. They could find themselves waiting years for their cases to even come to trial. The conditions in Philippines prisons are so harsh that many of your readers, and in particularly older readers may not survive the period before their indictments comes before a court for hearing. In the meantime, they risk the loss of their ability to generate income, loss of their families and the loss of their hard earned assets. Even if by some miracle they do survive the stay in prison, I would be surprised if the experience would not have an everlasting detrimental effect on their physical and mental health.  (Christ, you make it sound like everyone who comes here will be arrested.  That is not true!  Those mostly at risk are owners, managers and guest relations officers!  But, that could very well change if this nasty HBO 3299 is passed. It is true that I also have a “wait and see” attitude.  What the hell else can I or anyone else do?  I have gut feelings and when my readers write to me personally asking advice I, at that time do the best I can in passing on my advice)

That is why I wrote my first email to you – out of deep concern for those who sooner or later will be caught up in a situation that I have described above. Many people or groups of people have, over history, waited to see what would happen, often not believing the evidence that presented itself to them and their families. In some instances, millions of people have paid with their lives for such inaction.  (That is what happened in 2008 and again in 2012 when Obama was elected and reelected. Nobody has died yet, oops, I forgot about those VA Vets)  

In my first email to you I stated “You (Harry) once wrote to the effect that if the risk is unacceptable, that you would give your opinion as to whether the time had come to stay away. (Not your exact words). In my respectful opinion, I think that the time has come for you to give some serious thought as to the advice that you will now give to your readers. Your opinion is relied upon by many”. I stand by that comment.  (I have not reached the same conclusion as you, when I do, I will write such an opinion)

I know that you love Angeles and all that it has been in the past. I also understand that you and others stand to lose if the tourists stop coming. However, the consequences of failing to warn people so as to allow them to make an informed decision as to firstly: whether the risk of coming to Angeles and indeed the Philippines is just too great and secondly: the extreme risk that they may be taking if they are charged with an offence as a result of taking a sex worker from a bar or other establishment or from anywhere – could be horrendous.  (Please Julian, do not voice such an opinion about the whole Philippines.  This country has a lot to offer besides what is offered on Fields Ave.  For me, what do I have to lose?  I have built a life for myself here, even before I started writing this column.  Many other Expats have done the same thing and believe it or not more will come to live here, with or without the bars. There are some things offered here in AC that will never go away, no matter what.  That is what you do not understand)

I think that you know that the raids will now continue until the “entertainment activities” of Angeles have been destroyed. I am sure that you also believe, based upon the evidence presenting itself in the form of draft legislation, recently passed legislation (December 2012 – paying for a prostitute now carries between 6 and 12 years imprisonment – I bet most of your readers did not realise this tidbit!) and the manner in which the raids have been conducted, that customers will be targeted alongside of owners, managers, mamasans, cashiers and even waitresses. The good times are over and will never return. If you are in any doubt as to how ruthless and determined some agencies, foundations and prosecuting authorities are, then please ask Ken Graham (age 78) who has now been in custody for over 2 years and is apparently not even close to having his case heard.  (Yes, there are a lot of Ken Grahams presently residing in the AC City Jail and jails in other locations throughout the Philippines, especially in Manila.  Some of them really messed up and others were victims.  You do not have to be involved with adult entertainment to be jailed here.  It remains a third world country.  Try screwing up in Mexico!)

I will not continue to harass you with my unsolicited advice and opinions, however, I urge you to re-consider now whether the time has come to give the warnings that I have suggested in my first email to you. You have my complete approval to publish this email and my previous email in full. Of course, you don’t need my approval to make any comments that you see fit.  Fond regards, Julian Vaughan.  (Julian, I do not consider your words of doom and gloom to be harassment and I do not allow them to influence my thoughts or writings.  I will not be writing this column much longer but until I type my final edition, my words will be my own and they will be as honest as I can make them.  Yes Julian, I worry about AC and yes, I continue to love the place.  It is absolutely not perfect, but that is what keeps it from being boring.  Now, since I know your opinion and you know mine further Emails from you will still be appreciated but not sure they will be printed)

Harry, i have been coming to Angeles since 2001 not sure if i will ever again due to the raids. i still have a few friends there , but i don’t trust going to the bars any more, i still love the Philippines but goodbye Angeles.  Peter Cullen.  (Peter, I am sure you will miss AC and your friends here will miss you.  I hope that in the future things will change for the better)

DON OR GEORGE RHYS – ATTENTiON - A lady named Lorie is trying to get in touch with you.  Her Email address is:  off2lorielandwego@yahoo.com.  I did not get her last name.  She remembered that you were my Tourist of the Month 4 years ago.  Does the name “Thornbirds” invoke any memories for you?  (please anyone who knows Don or George Rhys, pass this message on to him in case he does not get to read this)

mr. harry im a long time reader of your web site. just had a question for you. how come there’s no raids on the philippino = pinoy bars ? only hear about the angeles balibago tourist bar raids. just thought id ask.  Doug Laroque.  (Good question Doug.  That has always been the case.  Go after the foreign owned bars, that is where the money is.  Actually, there have been a few raided and one last year was raided and closed up.  It was located on MacArthur Highway, close to Diamond Sub-division.  We just do not hear too much about those)

Harry, First of all, don’t think for a minute  that we don’t appreciate all the work you put into your newsletters.   We certainly do.  They are invaluable for those of us who are not living there.  Keep up the good work but take it easy at the same time.

Secondly, keep your hopes up regarding the future in AC.    As much as things seem to getting out of hand, just remember that no one likes change.  Especially when it comes to having uninhibited fun with Filipinas.   I doubt that it will get much worse in the long run and hopefully things will get better soon.  Let me try to make my point.

I live next door to Tijuana, Mexico.   I am very experienced regarding TJ and treat it very similar to being in AC.   There is still a serious element of danger, both from violence and from the police, but one has to always tread lightly and be aware of your surroundings.   It is three times as expensive as AC.    The police can arrest you for having Viagra on your person if they so desire.  The rest of the world only sees TJ as a place where the cartels have killed thousands but it is still a lot of fun to go to.  My point is that the rest of the world may  start thinking that going barhopping will land you in jail in AC, but I guarantee it is still a lot of fun to go to.  Considering there are so many bars, and only one so far that has had this happen, I would say the odds are in our favor.  For me and many others, the good news is that the decline of tourists leaves more girls available to us.  This happened in a major way in TJ when the US border tightened up and I enjoyed every minute of it.
Take care and I hope to see you soon, Phil  (Thank you for writing Phil, we both remain optimistic about the future of AC.  I now know who to contact for guide service whenever i might seek out a night of debauchery in TJ)

Hi Harry I just read your newsletter for June and have to advise a writer of one of the comments, D a 40 year old black American, that he may be playing with fire if he thinks that it is safe to meet girls from on line, in the malls, or off duty bar girls. For a start the girls in the bars have a regular weekly hygiene check up, and if any problems arise he knows where he can find them. I am not sure what you advised him, but for sure many guys have found out the hard way that meeting girls the way he plans to do it can end up costing him a lot more than he would be ready for. For a start off duty bar girls in many cases don’t even work in the bars, they just tell unsuspecting tourists that they do, and then that tourist thinks he is saving money only to wake up in the morning with police knocking on his door, or to find that he has been robbed. The same can go for girls in the malls, and meeting girls online. Maybe he has not read about all the scams that happen from meeting girls online. I just hope that you can pass this on to him, and print it in your next news letter to let others know of the dangers of trying to be thrifty.  Regards Tony F.  (Yes, Tony, I warned him and I have put that warning in past columns many times.  Regretfully, there will always be people ready to test the waters and try to ignore the sharks swimming about.  Some will be “bitten” and then ask “why didn’t somebody warn me”.  Well, they have been warned but many will just not attention)

Hello Harry, I have been a reader of your fine journal since 2000. Thank you for your extensive research and vivid details on life in Angeles. I know that your efforts are time consuming, and I want to congratulate you on your dedication.

I have written to you twice in the past and you published each letter. I want to repeat my 2 inquires because so far I have received no responses from your readers.

1…You showed a photo of a man named Gary Waite and I asked if this was the same Gary I knew when I attended elementary school in Pleasant Hill, California at Greagory Gardens Elementary School during the 1951 to 1957 period.

2. There was a friendly Australian known as Aussie Joe Cullen who visited Angeles frequently during the 1990s. The last time I saw him was 1998 when he was of great moral support to me after I received a message that my father had died. Joe seems to have disappeared from the planet, and his many friends wonder what has happened to him?  Sincerely, Maurice Barringer - <mauricebarringer@hotmail.com>  (If anyone has information on the two people named would you please send a note to Maurice)

Hi Harry. I’ve enjoyed, yet been so disgusted by the stuff I read in your column. I am probably one of the longest AC residents you’ll ever hear from….assigned to Clark as an 18yo GI in ’68. Stationed at Clark 15 out of 21 years, retired here in ’89. I remember clubs on both sides of MacArthur Hwy all the way from Dau McDonalds to the Palenke downtown when 50,000 Viet Nam era troops were stationed here. What has happened to our town is…..baffling. These local authorities with their typical Filipino ‘bahala na’ (whatever) mindset is killing what could be a wonderful life for everybody. The lies and propaganda pretending to care about the girls makes me ill. I predicted years ago that it was just a matter of time before some corrupt officials figures out it might be profitable to begin arresting customers having a drink in a public, duely licensed business. What is worse, from my own sources, is that it is our own government (the American Embassy) who is complicit in the raids and the illegal detention and extortion of its own citizens. Yes, its funny to watch grey-haired tourists walking down Fields with their 20-something “girlfriends” holding hands like they are back in highschool…but its NOT a crime. This new bogeyman called “Human Trafficking” has become a catch all phrase for stopping consenting adults, fed up with their own kind, from being with each other. And I am puzzled…maybe you can clear something up for me. Why is there ongoing construction everywhere? Who in their right mind would own and operate a bar now? Who actually stays in all these expensive new hotels? Who pays those crazy drink prices? Though I am happily married over 40 years, I still enjoy watching pretty girls dance….am I a criminal? I wish the bastards would just close down the entire entertainment district or, better yet, I wish the tourists and locals would boycott the area. Take care, Harry.  Mike S.

(Hi Mike, you got here 7 years before me. How the hell did you manage to stay here on active duty for 15 years. Yes, I remember what it was like on MacArthur back in the day and all the back streets. Fortunately, for now, the police have only hassled customers once and that was the raid on the Sister’s bar. But, will it happen again? Lets not think about it. Why are they still building the hotels and bars? Good question. I do not have the answer other than they think there is still money to be made. They must be thinking 10 years from now and they must still be thinking that the DMIA will be a thriving International airport. They must also think that AC will get a Mayor that supports the bars. They must also think that the crooks in uniform will finally get tired of milking the bars of funds. They must also think that all the infrastructure plans that have gathered dust will be activated and AC will be transformed into an organized traffic hub and the railroad will be constructed and oh, yes, that mono-rail system down the middle of the NLEX. Yes, they must think that even after they pay exorbitant real estate prices that they will still make a profit. All this thinking is giving me a headache. Bottom line, hell I don’t know shit. Let them build more bars and hotels, they look nice and provide more places to eat and drink and more bar managers can go to jail and more owners can pay millions for whatever. Whatever happens, just keep those good looking ladies around so old farts like you and me can go on looking and dreaming of years past. Like the song said “don’t worry, be happy”. Cheers, Harry the Horse)

 

Hello Harry, On your recent post you mentioned the new DUI laws going into affect on 15 June. It seems as if it was not emphasized enough. Having been a DUI cop, I can assure You that this will have more negative affects on tourism then the bar raids. The new law is .04 as the legal limit to drive any motorised vehicle. That’ s two beers. There is no cite and release system here. You go directly to jail and stay there, possibly for a long time. Your car or motorcycle is impounded and your license gone for 1 year. As always, filipinos don’t grasp the idea of a measured response. It’s either no enforcement at all or ridiculously harsh enforcement. You will see tourist and ex-pats being arrested as a common place occurrence very soon….as for me,,,I’m going back to my home country….the women here are beautiful and sweet, but not worth being locked up abroad for…  Dave W.   (Dave, It could be a license to extort more money from many more people, locals as well as foreigners.  But, it is new so lets wait and see how it is enforced.  Maybe it will keep a few drunk drivers off the roads and not only save lives but the lives of the drivers as well.  I have seen many motorcycle drivers that have been killed or badly hurt as a result of riding when drunk.  It may turn out to be a good law if not abused by the police)

Hi harry, I read your news letter every month and have been visiting the Philippines since 2010.  I have some very sad news my good friend has died in Palawan.  I do not know the full details yet but I do know he met a girl on date in Asia date site and that was the last I heard of him.  Please publish information in your next news letter.  We both visited Angeles City when on holiday in Philippines.  I have a bad feeling he was robbed and killed by the girl he met but cannot confirm that.  Statement I received so far from Philippines Embasssy in England after reporting my friend missing-
Dear Mr. Cameron,
With reference to your e-mail of 22 May 2014, please be informed that the Philippine National Police (PNP) reported to the British Embassy in Manila the death of British national Malcolm Llewenlyn Kemp on 27 April 2014 in Palawan.

Neil C. Brillantes, Attaché, Embassy of the Republic of the Philippines.

(Well Cameron, that does appear to be a rather short, concise reply to your inquiry.  I presume you are hoping to get some more information from anyone that might have known Malcolm.  Have you checked for newspaper reports?  I can only print your short story and ask that anyone having any knowledge of this incident contact Cameron Toft at <camerontofts@yahoo.com>.  Who knows Cameron you might dig up so more info)

Harry, the issue I have with the new law is the .04 limit which is two San Miguel lights and you’re subject to a life altering arrest. If they want a better quality of life, how about getting rid of the loud modified exhaust on the motorcycles, get rid of the two stroke mc’s as well and save lives by cleaning up the air and noise polution. Write some radar tickets and unsafe lane change tickets. You will save lives without ruining the driver’s life. But first, you would have to get the cops away from their beehive style of law enforcement. One or two radar cops would do wonders for the city without filling up it’s jails…..Edward G.  (I agree Ed, but do all that in addition to getting drunk drivers off the road.  Oh, how about closing down outdoor Karaoke Bars as well.  I do not like the .04 limit either)

Harry, please advise your readers that under the new DUI law, only deputized LTO traffic enforcers with a visible laminated ID are authorized to stop you and give you the road side tests.  Anyone else is an extortionist. Also, the “fine” for DUI (inside) Clark is P2,000…..a lot cheaper than 3 months in jail. Better yet, avoid the hassle and take a jeepney. Good health to you.  Mike Hammer.

 

The following is an Email from an old time Aussie.  I am not responsible for the language, grammar or explicit descriptions of events:  ”Harry, couldnt help back up after reading Marine S/Sgt mike’s cover of Subic back in the early 80′s june column.  I lived in Eliza St Balibago for years, in the 80′s in a sweatbox surrounded by US serviceman and also a house in mountain view, and they were party times.Throwing firecrackers from our upper level at drunken staggering security guards passing, boy didnt that sir the possum they being armed, and of course perusing the talent on the way to work, drinks “WITH ICE” at those bars at the back over the other side of the park ( like Hard Rock) another common hobby for many in between regular fires burning them down. 3 day barhops where you just bought a new shirt and shorts along the way, left oldies at the bar to pick up later. I had some real good US MP buddies Ted Logan especially and his brother Ed. Ted would pull up on his 550 yamy and call through the window “whats happnin dude”. Lets go barhop and hit something.

Introduced me to Subic and Alongapo. Subic was a low arse dive but ohhhh the times. dilapidated 2 level bars overhanging the dark unlit street, some tremendous offers called from the balconies above 24 hours, we kept time there when the fleet was out or due as things got rather beaten up when they were in, entertainers came out of the flamin forests and woodwork to attend.. Leave the bike in Calapacuan (an english guy calling himself an ossie, gated small resort, ended up him being arrested a major pot smuggler and agent) and banca it over to Ernie Gaines resort other side in Zambales, with Teds $5 US quart of JD from Clark Commissary and 2 on each arm. Old Ernie and his gambler wife Linda and 100 relatives all leaching, made them cut the grass areas with scissors, Was some sight to see Ernie heading of in the evening wife 3 steps behind and the procession of hangers on family members of about 20 following Ern cursing everything and all of em. Amazing times, no power just a battery operated radio in the open air collapsing bar and those inbred cancer lump ridden dogs. rough as guts feed, but lazy breezy days so simple. Ern claimed to have seen ladies lose cherry 3-4 times. I wont start but recall one ditty. There used to be a fuckin pack of about 20 beebee (geese). Every mealtime these bastards would come and full on peck your legs in packs while you ate some fried chicken or beered up (he only served a beer or rum and coke) at the bar on your stool. Ern never worried about it we all did cause it was non stop 3 times a day these bludgers, but you just had to suck. This went on for about 3 months then turned up one day, old nung at the bar no geese.  Where’s all the bee bee Auntie ??  ”Oh all lose head and gone market”  righttt ? Why ??? (Ern kept them as guards and quite enjoyed seeing them annoy people)  ”Ahhh one of them pecked Ernie, and he wanted to get the right one !  Great old man.  Fucking wife gambled everything when he passed. Her daughter Jovie thats another story.  Better leave it there.  Best regards Paulie sydney.  Oh one more thing Harry,

those prices at Earthquake McGoons i haunted the place and silver dollar saloon next door. Ive got some great pictures from there and many memories of being locked in overnight when martial law was declared. We use to wear shirts that said “I AM NOT AN AMERICAN” as cowboy pinoys rode around shooting people at night.  Waltzing Matilda up the other end of Macarthur passed Firehouse was just the best bar. Used to hold a few records there. Many many stories  (I absolutely have no comments to offer here)

hello Harry, Im Dennis i have been going to philippines twice a year for the last 10 years for 4 week vacations and on each trip my first stop is always AC for 3-4 days for barhopping etc.over the years i have meet alot of great girls in the bars some of who i have stayed friends with for years and are still friends with some to this day.many of the girls have now moved on and got married and have moved over seas but still stay in touch because you can make true lifetime friends with many of the girls there and whenever i am back and walking fields i always get many greetings from mamasans and girl doors that know me by name and welcome me back with a smile.  Then i will have a drink and catch up with whats been going on with their lives etc.

Many times i have become (gf bf) and been able to go back to the “stay ins” and sit around playing cards drinking singing etc before the girls head off for work, not once in all the times i have been there have i talked to a girl who says she was forced into working in the bar or that they didn’t like working there ( apart from the normal “i’m sick of working here” like EVERYONE says about our jobs now and then.)

i have just booked for my next vacation and was looking forward to my next AC adventures but i have just read your last 2 months blogs and mmmm i feel abit nervous about even heading to AC :( :( but really want to catch up with the mamasans /waitresses etc etc that have become my friends over the years.  so i am guessing i will head back again to at least give it one last shot and see if it really is as bad as it sounds:(  hope to get to the blue boar and say hi again (last time i was there i did meet you thats about 2 years back but you had a lot of others in the bar at the time and from memory you could not walk too well because of your ankle or knee ? any way take care and keep up the great work.  Dennis.  (Glad to hear you are still coming to check things out Dennis.  A lot of the good that has been here for years is still around and easily found.  Regretfully, some things have changed dramatically and you just have to work around certain obstacles.  I hope you get to stop in and see me and give me a report on your experiences on this trip)

Harry, an interesting theory put to me about these b****sh*t bar raids is that 1 or more of the 28 families who control Philippines have decided they want the Angeles nightlife & have instructed PNP, NBI, CIDG to conduct these raids until the foreign owners (including Korean) are eventually forced to move on. They will then snap up all the bars at a cheap price & tell the NBI PNP CIDG etc to f***k off. Then of course the reptiles would fill bars with underage workers & the like with extorted liquor & bar fines prices being charged plus authorized sex tours to rape the then hapless foreign tourists.  (That is as good a theory as any I have heard.  The way things are now nothing would surprise me)

Hi Harry, don’t know if you can use this but it appeared in the June issue of the Victorian ANZAC magazine in Australia as its feature story.

About 5 of us members from the Highett RSL in Melbourne, come to AC every year and are always telling the people back home what a magnificent job the AC RSL does and how active they are, so its about time they got some recognition from back home.. Cheers, Alan Tonks  (I agree with you Alan, the RSL here does deserve a fair bit of recognition back home.  I know there were two more pages of this story you sent along but I only used one.  I thinks the lads at the RSL Club here in AC will still appreciate your support from you and your fellow members in Melbourne)

 

Harry, Just letting you know that everyone had a great time in Subic. I have already visited Subic so I was familiar with the more laid back atmosphere. Paul and Charlie loved it! They look forward to visiting Subic again. They had mixed feelings about Angeles due to the bar raids and the “we don’t do barfines here” nonsense.

I was reading your June report and it was funny to see Alysa of Thi-Hi as your girl of the month. The boys and I visited Thi-Hi and I selected Alysa to come down to have a drink with me. I agree with you that she is a wonderful sweet girl and she told us about the motorcycle training. Unfortunately, she was also the girl who told me that there was no barfines in Thi-Hi and the girls only drink with customers and dance. I couldn’t shake her from that story and so it was a lost cause. It was just funny to see that you selected her, of all girls, to be your girl of the month.  Douglas
(Glad you enjoyed yourself Doug.  Yes, meeting up with Alysa was a coincidence. She was only complying with the strict “No-Bar Fine” rule set up by the owner of the bar, Josie. Josie is working hard to keep that bar open and she definitely adheres to the rules set forth by the Mayor.  I am sure you enjoyed the drinks and conversation though.  You might have noticed that she is practically next door to Honey-Ko’s which was raided last month.  So, good reason not to break any rules)

Harry, Thank you for the reply on this. I’m here now in AC, arrived yesterday, and visited several of my usual places (Roadhouse, Angel Witch, Body Shop to name a couple),… until the wee hours of this morning, and I must say I did not have any sense of gloom or doom whatsoever, in fact had as good a time as ever… drinks, women, rock ‘n roll, women (did I say that already). Sure, prices are a bit higher, but where are they not for anything, anywhere in our lives these days? Those who complain about prices, well, welcome to the real world… shit happens and it will always cost you more tomorrow than it does today.  So, here for about week, plan to enjoy this time away from work and enjoy the things that have always made me like AC.  Regards, Pat.  (Pat, I keep writing that, yes, there are raids, some things have changed, but the fun is still here.  You can’t beat what you get for the price of a drink.  It is hard for owners, not the customers.  Lately, some owners are starting to stand up to the questionable practices of the police and questioning the money being asked for.  The only way to stop extortion is to fight it but not many have the balls to do so.  Regretfully, the bar owners will not come together as one, each has his/her own agenda) 

Harry, Last night (Monday, 9 Jun) I was sitting at Hangout with a friend having a couple of beers. Honeykos was dark and closed. I saw a Filipino (possibly security guard) walk in and out and saw light. I decided to go check it out. Inside were 8-10 girls who were fortunate to be out of the club when raided and everyone hauled away to San Fernando. They told me that all but five (two mamsans, two waitresses, and the cashier) had been released and were en route back to the club, where most of them live.

 

I went back outside. After a while, the girls began filtering back and I talked to a few of them. They had been detained for four days and four nights. The “rescuers / kidnappers” had not given them any food or water nor were any facilities provided for showers (they got a bit of food and water from somewhere, but not sufficient). They all complained that they smelled bad. One girl commented about how skinny she was now after the ordeal. The girls were definitely traumatized and shaken. They said they were treated badly but I didn’t probe for details. My friend and I gave them P2000 to get food for all of them. They were planning to go back to San Fernando today to take the five still detained provisions.  They did not know when (or I guess if) the club would reopen. I will be back in Angeles Saturday night and will check it out again.  John S.  (John, that is the typical treatment the girls get when “rescued”.  It is a disgrace and the public does not know how rotten these girls are treated by the police.)  

Hi Harry, Well, several days into this stay and having a great time… with little to no real big changes in anything since a year ago really.  Still enjoy myself as much as I did a year ago.  The ladies are still charming and good looking and socializing is still possible.  There are no longer any ‘bar’ names for the girls, all having to use their real names, which is listed on all ’100′ ID tags they have to wear haha…damn they wear a lot of those now, but it is a direct result of the raids and problems, so it is what it is.  Anyway, having a great time. Still have several more days left and I see nothing to stop me from my continued trips back.  Take care and thanks, Patrick M.  (Believe me, Patrick’s fun is being shared by many visitors still flocking to AC.  I can’t predict the future but at least for now, the present, FUN and wonderful company is still here waiting for you. Remember, this is the low season and the airfares are quite reasonable)

Harry, Back around 1964 some associates of mine found them in a situation. They were pioneers in starting Girlie bars in NW Indiana. It was difficult to operate because of “blue laws” that restricted hours of operation and what women were allowed to do. They could not sit at the bar or act as bartenders among other restrictions and regulations. One of my friends bars was busted under these statutes. The case was cut and dried in the local courts, so the only chance to change things was by appeal to the higher courts.

I advised my friends and their attorney on how to conduct the losing case to set up a basis for an appeal, and A GROUP OF BAR OWNERS JOINED IN THE CASE AND CONTRIBUTED MONEY FOR THE APPEAL.  We won after a couple of years and the restrictive legislation was found to be unfair to women and the hour restrictions as unfair restraint of trade. The laws were pronounced antiquated.  But my point is that the appeal was only affordable because of other bars joining the case and ponying up the money. I personally think it is time for bar owners here to PONY UP AND SUPPORT Honeyko’s for their own self interest.  Michael H.
(Oh Michael, how many times have I proposed this.  Even last month, with a couple of meetings with Perimeter Rd Bars to discuss unfair tactics being used by a Barangay Captain, only 11 out of 27 bars showed up.  The suggestion to join forces was rejected.  You see, the bar owners here do not want to work together.  It has been tried three or four times in the past with some initial success but then many, especially the big boys, decide they can do their own thing and the hell with everybody else.  So, someone like the Honey Ko’s owner has to be the lone wolf and also the owner of the Valhalla is alone in her fight.  It’s a different world here Michael, a country where 51 politicians are being charged with plunder and one just arrested still wants to run for President even if from jail. Now throw in a bunch of corrupt police and you can see what Club owners are up against.  Wait, I forgot, even some lawyers spend a lot of their time negotiating with the crooked cops for a “deal $$ instead of counter charging and maybe getting a kick-back on that as well.  Michael, you need to be a bar owner here and lead the pack to success, or dare I say, “Disaster”  - By the way, some might not remember but this is the second raid of Honey-Ko’s.  The previous one was Feb 2010.  The owners survived that one) 

Harry,  Lollipop raid May 2013, cashier and 2 mamasans still in jail 13 months, hearing 30 June this month. postponed 6 times.  Lets hope.  Tom from Texas.  (That’s all we can do is hope.  We tend to forget those still in jail from raids past.  Six postponements, that is so normal and each time it can take one to three months or more before the hearing is rescheduled)

Harry, As per our conversation, yesterday, at the stable, fee-basis VA letters of authorization (LOA) for treatment at AUF, now require the receiving veteran to first see the VA medical coordinator, Dr Ronald Guiao,located on the first floor of AUF inside the HMO department.

Quoting from a LOA that I recently received and used at AUF, ” Note to veteran: Please call the clinic of the medical coordinator, and he/she will assign you to the proper department to which you will complete the procedure.” In my case, I didn’t call and simply went to the HMO department, handed a clerk/nurse my LOA, and she told me to take a seat. 5 minutes later she called my name. I saw Dr. Guiao for 3 minutes and he assigned me to a specialist at AUF for my medical condition.

In the past, when we received LOA’s from VA Manila, the name of the specialist to whom VA had pre-selected was named. Now, Dr Guiao will make that decision. I relayed this information to you so that you could put it out within the veteran/retiree community to defuse any possible anxiety or tension over the change. Most people don’t like change, especially us old vets. It would have been nice if VA had taken the time to inform us of this new policy.  Tim R.  (Thanks for the info Tim.  There appears to be many changes taking place at the VA that we are not aware of.  Your update is appreciated)

 

TIDBITS

Thanks go out to Australian Mark Curtis for the latest additions to my hot sauce collection.  He obtained the sauces from the famous Chili Factory in Morisset, NSW, Australia.  On the left is the “Scorpion Strike” (Stupidly Hot BBQ Sauce), then we have what Mark claims is the hottest ever, named “Reaper Paste”, (Extremely Hot).  I opened it, took a sniff and burned those little hairs in my nose off.  Then, last but not least is the “Dragon’s Blood” (Bloody Hot Stuff!).  Mark enclosed a newspaper article that featured Marcel De Wit from the Chilli Factory with their latest creation, the Trinidat Scorpion which they declare is the hottest chilli in the world.  What amused me with the Dragon’s Blood is that the instructions on the bottle indicates it can be mixed with any drink(Tequila, Bloody Mary and Vodka.  Included was ice cream and cordial.  Usually, I do not open and use the sauces given to me but if someone comes in and volunteers to taste either of these three then I will be glad to assist you.  Of course I would have to take a picture of the tester and the result.  Thank you Mark for bringing these to me and thank you Chilli Factory for creating them.

Bitcoins:  Since I first heard of this Bitcoin racket I was suspicious of it.  After viewing this video http://www.realecontv.com/page/26686.html i absolutely will never, ever, deal with this gigantic legal scam.  It appears that these coins are not convenient, they are just set up for some people to make money off of you.  I will stick to my Debit card of just good old plain cash!  I am too old for this crap.  It appears that you have to have one of these expensive Iphones, Ipads and other gadgets loaded with a million Apps (another word that no one used a few years ago) to do anything.  I want to return to the simple days when I was cool with my Schwinn bicycle and bubble gum baseball cards.

On 2 Jun I read an article in the Philippine Daily Inquirer that got this “Alien senior” a bit excited.  For years I have hoped that one day the Philippine Government might extend the same senior citizen privileges to foreigners living here permanently as those enjoyed by our Philippine counterparts.  Writer Leila B. Salaverria supports this and informs us that Cagayan De Oro Rep. Rufus Rodeiguez and Abante Mindanao Rep. Maximo Roriguez Jr have introduced a bill that would allow elderly (in my case “old”) foreigners living here permanently the same senior privileges as Philippine citizens.  This privilege begins at the age of 60.  This is one bill I hope to see passed some day.

July is always a special month for Clive Pollington, a sportsman, father, husband and a grand English gentleman as it is his birthday month.  This July 12th is extra special as he will be celebrating his 80th birthday, a wonderful milestone to reach in one’s life.  Clive used to be the owner of Roy’s Pub (now King’s Head) a few years back and what a great Inn keeper he was.  He is a class act and to meet him one would never guess that he has reached his 80th year as he looks and acts no older than 65.  He is the picture of health and still walks about like an athlete.  I have great respect for this man and I will be at the Orchid Inn on the night of 12 Jul to help him celebrate and of course, take a few pictures.

 

PROSTITUTION IN INDONESIA - Dressed in tight tops and miniskirts, but covering their faces to hide their identities, more than 1,000 Indonesian sex workers protested Thursday over a plan to close one of Southeast Asia’s biggest red light districts.  The Dolly district of Surabaya, the second-biggest city in the world’s most populous Muslim-majority country, has largely been left alone by authorities for decades.  But now the city’s crusading new mayor has pledged to shut down the area, which takes its name from a Dutch madam who ran a brothel during the Netherlands’ colonial rule of Indonesia, by June 18.  However many women who work in Dolly, who typically offer their services by posing in brightly lit shop windows, say they will not be able to earn a living if the plan goes ahead.

On Thursday some 1,200 sex workers marched through the district, shouting “reject Dolly’s closure” and “protect our rights”, an AFP reporter at the scene said.  They then wrote protest letters to President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and the national human rights commission.  ”These women have no choice but to work in the sex industry to support themselves and feed their families,” said Anisa, from a local rights group that is supporting the prostitutes.  ”They cannot find other jobs because they are low skilled and have little education. They have no other choice but to work here,” added the NGO worker, who like many Indonesians goes by one name.

Surabaya mayor Tri Rismaharini has promised the sex workers financial assistance and said local authorities will teach them new skills, such as making handicrafts.  Prostitution is officially illegal in Indonesia, although it is common.  (Sounds familiar doesn’t it. Could be AC.  Oh yeah, teach handicrafts, a trade in which they will never make as much as they do selling sex. Make it legal, control it, tax it, provide medical care. Make everybody happy including the politicians and police who use the prostitutes they are trying to get rid of)

The Boomerang hotel is proud to announce that they have received the following award from Trip Advisor:  Certificate of Excellence 2014.  (Congrats Bill and staff, an award well deserved!)

This is from the column of Boo Chanco in the Philstar a few days ago. Interesting.

“Purveyors of the rosy picture continue to roll out endless statistics and charts to depict a growing economy, a country on the move… Beneath the outpourings of self-serving government data, hidden underneath the trappings of the good life in the big cities, there remains a depressed and dispirited people.

“Against the yardstick not of statistics but of the quality of life, the Filipino people as a whole are a melancholy-if patient-mass. Their daily diet is monotonous (rice, fish, vegetables), their clothes are threadbare and their homes primitive and crowded… In sum, the blessings of liberty have not included liberation from poverty.

“Foreign gadgetry and other luxury goods continue to flood the cities, and more people travel… But this only serves to dramatize the great disparities and chronic inequities of Filipino society.

“Indeed, the Philippines is a land of traumatic contrasts. Here is a land in which a few are spectacularly rich while the masses remain abjectly poor. Gleaming suburbia clashes with the squalor of slums.

“Here is a land where freedom and its blessings are a reality for a minority and an illusion for the many. Here is a land consecrated to democracy but run by an entrenched plutocracy.

“Here, too, are a people whose ambitions run high, but whose fulfillment is low and mainly restricted to the self- perpetuating élite. Here is a land of privilege and rank-a republic dedicated to equality but mired in an archaic system of caste.”

Guess who wrote those paragraphs? No, not Chit Pedrosa. No, it was not Ben Diokno either.  Those are paragraphs in an essay written in 1968 and published by the prestigious international journal, FOREIGN AFFAIRS. The author is none other than Benigno Aquino, Jr., the father of the current tenant at Malacañang.  (Not much of a change since this was written.  Wait, yes, there has been one improvement – Call Centers!)

WATER CAR PANTHER - 
Man, even at 76 years of age I would love this car! 

I stopped in at the Field’s Ave newest Club, the “Nirvana” recently to see what $100,000 in renovations accomplished.  Remember, it used to be the Coyote Ugly previously owned by Ken Graham who is still in detention at ONA Hospital.  I did not have my camera with me so will have to go back to take a few and maybe find my lady of the month.  I liked the place!  Nice seating, music not overly loud, manager a great guy, nice stage in the middle and I really dig the swinging chair on the stage.  I wanted to try it out but with my screwed up weak legs I knew I would have a hard time getting to it.  The Club has a refreshing look and feel to it, plenty of TV screens around and the waitresses are looking good too.  Nice job by the American owner who has some very deep pockets.

HONEY-KO’S RAID BY THE RSOG

Finally a bar owner with the balls to stand up to the big extortion Group, the RSOG, men in uniform who use the CIDG title to mask their illegal actions against bars.

No other bar owner has stood up against these thieves in uniform.  The owner along with his lawyer decided to take a stand.  The CIDG Chief Bruno acts like he did not know what this RSOG was doing, maybe so, but I do not believe him as this Group has been operating with impunity for two years.  One reader who passed this article on ask’s, “What about kidnapping charges” and yes, that is a legitimate question.

One owner has stood up against this group.  Many others did not, they just paid millions and went about their business.  Also, lets be real here as in the past the CIDG and the NBI have been involved in extortion.  Even now you have one Barangay Captain using tactics to force monthly payments out of bar owners.  The bars are targets and an investigation will uncover many greedy rats in the system.

Naturally this owner’s stand will be subject to debate.  Believe it or not there will be bar owners who will disagree with his actions.

Five female employees of Honey-Ko’s have had charges filed against them and have been incarcerated in the City Jail (Station 174) where the amount of time they will stay there can be weeks or months.  The legal process is underway and we all hope their detention will be a short one.  (For background information on this subject please refer to last months breaking news)

This is one comment I received from one character regarding Honey-Ko’s owners.  He did not give his name:

First and Last Name: OMG, Email Address: omgiminpattaya@gmail.com
Comments and Remarks: Spoken like a true pussy pimp. Pond scum sticking up for pond scum. I should report you to the US embassy for human trafficking!  (My return comment was to tell him to go for it and or course, come visit me and discuss personally.  Wonder what garbage pit this guy crawled out of)

GOOD BYE BRUNO?  LETS HOPE SO!

Pampanga CIDT head rapped for getting ‘protection money’

A TOP official of Pampanga PNP-Criminal Investigation and Detection Team is now in “hot water” after a bar owner in Angeles City filed graft and corrupt practices charges against him at the Office of the Ombudsman in Manila.

In her complaint submitted to lawyer Dyna I. Camba, graft investigation and prosecution officer of the Office of the Ombudsman, Cynthia R. Andersen, owner of Valhalla Restobar Spa & Hostel, claimed that Pampanga PNP-CIDT provincial officer Chief Inspector Heryl Liwanag Bruno was receiving P25,000 monthly as “protection money.”

The same complaint was also filed by Andersen on June 16, 2014 at the Ombudsman against Bruno’s kin identified as John John Liwanag. She said Liwanag was used by Bruno as his bagman in collecting the money from them.

The said amount, Andersen said, was pooled from the resources of 12 bar owners including her. She said the “protection money” was agreed upon by fellow bar owners after a meeting with Bruno held at the Old Coffee Academy located in Barangay Balibago sometime in January after his assumption as head of Pampanga CIDT.

She said the collections of “SOP’s and for the boys” pass through her before these were handed to Bruno’s bagman every month for the bars’ and night club’s continued protection and smooth operation.

However, last month, her group decided to stop the dole out because of grave abuses committed by Bruno and his men. She said the bar owners could no longer afford the habit of CIDT men in signing their chits without paying their bills amounting to thousands of pesos.

“They eat and drink every night at clubs and bars they visited much worse they demanded to increase on their monthly SOP,” Andersen said.

According to Andersen, Bruno initiated a series of raids at several bars belonging to their group as retaliation after they stopped giving them “protection money.”

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Pampanga CIDG chief steps down

ANGELES CITY – Chief Inspector Heryl Bruno on Monday stepped down from his post as head of the Pampanga Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) to focus on the administrative case he is facing in connection with the complaint filed against him by some members of the entertainment industry here.

Bruno was replaced by Chief Inspector Eugene Rebadomia in concurrent capacity as deputy regional director of the 3rd Criminal Investigation and Detection Unit (3CIDU) stationed at Camp Olivas.

Rebadomia assumed the seat vacated by Bruno during simple rites held at the Pampanga CIDG office at CEO Compound, Barangay Pampang in this city.

  

Senior Supt. Ismael Fernandez, 3CIDU chief, told Central Luzon Daily that Bruno was administratively relieved “temporarily” to give him more time to answer the allegation filed against him by complainants.

“He is administratively relieved and will be reporting at 3CIDU headquarters, in the meantime that no formal order from higher headquarters, eventually he will be sent back to CIDG Camp Crame,” said Fernandez over the phone.

On Friday, Valhalla Club owner Cynthia Andersen filed her formal complaint before the Office of the Ombudsman against Bruno for alleged violation of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act.

Andersen eluded arrest during a raid launched by Bruno’s team against her club on May 17. Her three workers are detained and were denied to post bail for violation of the Anti-Human Trafficking Law.

Fernandez said the CIDG has standing policy that all personnel facing administrative cases are temporarily reassigned at the holding group.  “There, Bruno can concentrate more time to answer and face the complaint,” Fernandez pointed out.

(Here is a second bar owner standing up to a crooked cop and an organization of weasels.  Bruno was not the first extortionist to hold office in the CIDG and won’t be the last.  But this is the FIRST time that two bar owners have stood up to “never satisfied” extortionists in uniform.  Of course there are those not in uniform that do their enrichment collections but stay under the radar of detection. It is the price of doing business in this town, maybe even in the Country but sometimes the greed becomes a bit unreasonable.  Will this stop the raids?  I doubt it but at least for now they have been put on hold.  Will this help get the girls illegally held in jail released?  I doubt it and that is the shame of these set-up raids, many innocent Philippine women are made to suffer under the guise of being “rescued” and some are kept in jail for months or years while the general public forgets them)  

 

THE FUTURE OF HEALTH CARE IS HERE NOW 

Since I have already turned 76 the following scares the shit out of me.  I can only hope that when my time comes I go out while sleeping peacefully in my bed.

 

A MUST READ!!!!  This has happened to us.  Fred was admitted to the hosp. last year for observation, and we got stuck with the bill. This is TRUE!!!!  Be     careful   about   hospital   stays. This is an experience that a friend of mine learned of. We have been warned. Some of you might ask, “why is he writing this?”, others will be very aware of my reason. I just found myself in the middle of a medical situation that made it very clear that “the affordable care act” is neither affordable, nor do they care. I’ll go back about seven years ago to a fairly radical prostate surgery that I underwent. The Urologist (a personal friend) who performed the surgery was very concerned that it was cancer, though I wasn’t told this until the lab report revealed it was benign. Since that procedure, I have experienced numerous urinary tract infections, UTI’s. Since I had never had a “UTI” prior to the prostate surgery, I assume that it is one of the side effects from surgery, an assumption since confirmed by my Family Doctor. The weekend of March 8-9, I was experiencing all the symptoms of another bout of UTI. By Monday afternoon the infection had hit with full force. Knowing that all I needed was an antibiotic, I went to an Urgent Care Center in Mesa, AZ., to provide a specimen, a requirement for getting the prescription. After waiting 45 min. to see the Doctor, I started getting very nauseous and light headed. I went to the Receptionist to ask where the bathroom was as I felt that I was going to throw up. I was told that I would have to wait for the Doctor because I would need to leave a specimen and they didn’t want me in the bathroom without first seeing him. That was when the lights went out, my next awareness was that of finding myself on the floor (in the waiting room) having violent dry heaves, and very confused. At this point, I tried to stand up but couldn’t make it, and they made it very clear they weren’t going to let me get up until the ambulance got there. By the way, when you’re waiting to see the Doctor and you pass out, you get very prompt attention.
Now, “the rest of the story”, and the reason for sending this to so many of you. I was taken to the nearest hospital, to emergency. Once there, I was transported to an emergency examination room. Once I had removed my clothes and donned one of those lovely hospital gowns, I finally got to see a Doctor. I asked “what is going on” I’m just having a UTI, just get me the proper medication and let me go home. He told me that my symptoms presented the possibility of sepsis, a potentially deadly migration of toxins, and that they needed to run several tests to determine how far the infection had migrated. For the next 3 hours I was subjected to several tests, blood draws, EKG’s, and demands for specimens. At about 7:30 the nurse came back to my room to inform me that one of the tests takes 1- 2 days to complete, I asked if they could be emailed, at which point she informed me that I wouldn’t need them emailed because I wasn’t going anywhere. I started arguing with her but was told, “if you don’t start behaving, I’ll start taking your temperature rectally, at which point I became a perfect gentleman. I did tell her I wanted to see the doctor because I had no intention of staying overnight. Now, this is what I want each of you to understand, please read these next sentences carefully.The doctor finally came in to inform me that he was going to admit me. I said, “are you admitting me for treatment or for observation?” He told me that I would be admitted for observation. I said Doctor, correct me if I’m wrong, but if you admit me for observation my Medicare will not pay anything, this due to the affordable care act , he said that’s right, it won’t. I then grabbed for my bag of clothing and said, then I’m going home. He said you’re really too sick to be going home, but I understand your position, this health program is going to hit seniors especially hard. The doctor then left the room and I started getting dressed, I was just getting ready to put my shoes on when another doctor (the closer) came into the room, he saw me dressed and said, “where do you think you are going?” I simply said “I’m going home, to which he replied, quite vociferously, no you aren’t. I said, Doc., you and I both know that under the “affordable care act” anyone on Medicare who is admitted to a hospital for observation will be responsible for the bill, Medicare won’t pay a cent, at which point he nodded in affirmation. I said, “you will either admit me for a specific treatment or you won’t admit me. Realizing he wasn’t going to win this one, he said he would prepare my release papers. A few minutes later the discharge nurse came to my room to have me sign the necessary papers, relieving them from any responsibility. I told her I wasn’t trying to be obstinate, but I wasn’t going to be burdened with the full responsibility for my hospital stay. After making sure the door was closed, she said, “I don’t blame you at all, I would do the same thing. She went on to say, you wouldn’t believe the people who elect to leave for the same reasons, people who are deathly sick, people who have to be wheeled out on a gurney. She further said, the “Affordable Care Act” is going to be a disaster for seniors. Yet, if you are in this country illegally, and have no coverage, you will be covered in full. This is not internet hype folks, this is real, I just experienced it personally.
Moving right along, this gets worse. Today I went to a (required) follow up appointment with my Arizona Family Practitioner. Since my white count was pretty high, the follow up was important. During the visit I shared the experience at emergency, and that I had refused to be admitted. His response was “I don’t blame you at all, I would have done the same thing”. He went on to say that the colonoscopy and other procedures are probably going to be dropped from coverage for those over 70. I told him that I had heard that the affordable care act would no longer pay for cancer treatment for those 76 and older, is that true? His understanding is that it is true. The more I hear, and experience the affordable care act, the more I’m beginning to see that we seniors are nothing more than an inconvenience, and the sooner they can get rid of us the better off they’ll be.

TOURIST OF THE MONTH

Back in 1997 Andrew Holmes walked into the “Doghouse” located on 1st Street and set eyes on Linda at the cash register.  It was love at first sight for both of them.  They courted and they married.  Now, in the year 2014 they sit across from me in my stable, still in love and extremely happy with each other and their life in Fleming Isle, Florida.  Andrew is a retired Navy Aviation Electrician and together they try to visit the Philippines every three years or so.  Linda is from Bicol and after they explained how difficult it was to get to Bicol I was glad that my wife came from Capas, Pampanga which is only 30 minutes away.  On this trip they stayed at Daniella’s as Linda enjoys cooking their own food while here.  They also regaled me with stories of the many cruises they have taken which made me envious as I have always wanted Mrs Horse and I to be able to take one cruise before I get too much older.  I suspect though, that I might end up eating way too much on such a journey.  I was saddened to learn that the membership of the “Doghouse” has lessened quite a bit.  Andrew and Linda visited their Club House to relive old memories.  I think I shall do the same as I always enjoyed my visits when it was located on 1st St.  Thank you Andrew and Linda for taking the time to meet up with me.  It was such a pleasure getting to know you.  Please return soon.

I WOULD IF I COULD

I decided to stop in to Night Moves last month and have a chat with Steve.  I ended up staying longer than I planned as the entertainment and conversation was so great.  Since I had my camera with me I decided to get my lady for the month at the same time.  I spied one lady whose name turned out to be Lucy, 20 years old, originally from Subic.  There are times when one has to understand that a picture does not always do justice to the subject but a personal contact is quite revealing.  Lucy has a fantastic personality and a figure to kill for.  She is intelligent and easy to talk to.  Has a great sense of humor.  She completed two years of High School.  She has been working at Night Moves for 7 months now.  She has 3 brothers and 2 sisters.  Does not have a boyfriend and no children.  She does enjoy playing a game of pool and likes to travel.  For courtship a man between 25 and 55 would fit in her “I like” book.  You can communicate with Lucy via Email: lucygarcia81@yahoo.com.

During my visit I enjoyed conversing with three fine “young men” who were enjoying the music and the dancers on stage.  They are steady customers and enjoy the social life of Angeles City.  I hope you do not expect me to remember their names.  All I know is they were great to talk to and did not mind having their pictures taken.   By the way, the bar was crowded at 5PM and is testimony that the good times still roll in Angeles City.  Expats and tourists can drink and socialize safely and there are plenty of other bars in which you cando the same.

TONY J’S

What do you mean you have never heard of Tony J’s Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria ?  You could be missing out on the latest “in place” for Italian dining.  OK, maybe that is a bit of an exaggeration as it is a bit small but remember, “good things come in small packages” and by the amount of familiar faces I saw at his official opening on 18 Jun I realized that he had already built up a fan base during his soft opening.  One customer that discovered this restaurant early on was Angeles City Councilor, Honorable Maricel Morales.  She loved the food and the hard working couple running the place, Jack and Mia.  Jack had planned a small simple grand opening Maricel was so impressed with the restaurant that she talked him into a bigger event. She was able to get Mayor Ed to attend and assist with the ribbon cutting ceremony. It was a pleasure to see these two dignitaries at such an event, mixing with the common folks and enjoying the delicious prepared under the supervision of Mia.

The restaurant seats 26 diners inside and 20 more in the back garden.  The menu is very extensive 17 Pizza selections, 8, 12 and 16 inch.  I ordered the “Great Knight” pizza, 8″ for P320 and loved it (It’s a good thing I had enough money with me). The next time I will go for the “King Solomon”.  I will give a pass on the Kimchi and Anchovy pizzas.  I think there is a pizza for every one’s taste.  Better still I might go for the Chicken Parmesan meal for P305.

Free and fast delivery!  I like that.  Give them a call at 0998 998 2030 or 0917 629 0129.  Of course you would want to get over to 172 Friendship Highway, on the right side traveling from Perimeter Road, located before the Friendship bridge in order to meet Jack and Mia and find your favorite selections of food.  Jack is from Florida which doesn’t mean anything other than we like to know where people are from.  How do we get the name Tony when we are dealing with Jack?  Could be because there are two other owners who are in the background, Antony and Jason.  Jack and Mia do all the hard work while Jason and Tony sit back and tell Jack he is doing a good job.  I think Mia lost 5 pounds on opening day and Jack nearly lost his voice by having to talk to so many people.  Balloons, tent and chairs outside and inside most of the tables occupied when I arrived.  All went well as beautiful Counselor Morales arrived with the Mayor and the Priest and shortly thereafter the ribbon cutting, blessing and cheers all around.  A great start for a charming, friendly Italian restaurant surrounded by Korean businesses, can I say a diamond in the bush?  A place where you can feel welcome and English is spoken!  Welcome to Tony J’s!!

            

            

            

DISABLED AMERICAN VETERAN (DAV)

Even though the following letter pertains to a specific group of American Veterans I feel the frustration and need of the very small group of men who are trying to keep a much needed and appreciated service active.  It would be a shame to see this office closed after so many years.  For this reason I am publishing the letter from the current Commander of the DAV:

Disabled American Veteran, Located within Daniela’s Place Apartelle, 315 Pinatubo Street, Clarkview Angeles City, Philippines

Mailing Address:PSC 517, BOX RCV; FPO AP 96517-1000

Telefax Number : Local – 045 – 892 – 6374

Email: dav3ac@comclark.com / dav_chapter3@yahoo.com

Theodore B. House Memorial Chapter 3, June 16, 2014

TO: All DAV Chapter 3 Members

SUBJECT: DAV Chapter 3 Situation Report

 

At the last two scheduled general membership meetings (May 9th) There were not enough members present to conduct the main business at hand (i.e.; nominations and election of Chapter Officers for 2014 -2015). During the June 13 meeting, it was motioned that a letter be sent to all DAV Chapter 3 members to inform them of our dire situation. Not only have we not had good attendance at meetings, but we are also responsible for manning our office, which assists veterans and dependents with claims, medicine dispersal and acquisition, communicating with the VA in Manila and other various services. Currently we have three (3) service representatives that have been doing these tasks for many years. They man the office five days a week (M-F) for just 3 hours a day (8 – 11 AM). These volunteers are now either burned- out or are moving on to do other things and have their own health concerns.

The bottom line is this, if we continue to have low attendance at meetings and cannot get volunteers to man the office; we will be forced to turn in our Charter to DAV National. We will once again try to hold nominations and election for 2014 -2015 at our July 11, 2014 meeting.  The decision will be made at that time, whether we should continue as an organization, or be forced to disband. The decision is yours.  Lafayette Donaldson, Chapter Commander.

CEBU RAID FOLLOW-UP

A few months ago I inserted the story of the Cebu raid on a bar that was so similar to what is happening to many bars here in AC.  I think you will be interested in the following follow-up:

Court frees 3 women arrested in 2011 Jaguar raid – By Kevin A. Lagunda, Friday, June 20, 2014, Cebu Sun-Star.

THREE women were set free yesterday after being acquitted of human trafficking charges and assured the judge they will already mend their ways.  Jocelyn Hinayon, Mary Jane Seno and Judith Amancio bowed their heads while the decision was read. Amancio clutched a small statue of the Blessed Virgin, while Seno held a prayer book and icon of the Holy Child. Both also wore medallions.  The three wailed after it was announced that Regional Trial Court Branch 20 Judge Bienvenido Saniel Jr. has acquitted them of violating the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act.

The women were charged with violating the Anti-trafficking in Persons Act after their arrest on April 9, 2011 during a raid on Jaguar KTV Bar in Barangay Kasambagan, Cebu City. Seno was allegedly the pimp, Amancio served as the checker, and Hinayon was the cashier.  The raiding team rescued more than a hundred victims. But only six women, aged 24, 19, 18, 31, 16, and 17, executed affidavits against the three.  The alleged bar owner Vinzon Young and two other partners were not caught.  (I wonder why nothing was said about the two underaged girls) Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama revoked the permit and ordered the bar’s closure the following month.  But Saniel, in his decision, said the evidence presented by the prosecution was not enough to convict the three women.

Former International Justice Mission (IJM)-Philippines director Andrey Sawchenko, however, said they will review the decision before making any move.  (Here we see the foreign run IJM Group involved with the police again)  “I think we are confident that the evidence showed there was human trafficking activity occurring at Jaguar,” he said.

The law punishes any person who “recruits, transports, transfers, harbors, provides, or receives a person by any means, including those done under the pretext of domestic or overseas employment or training or apprenticeship, for the purpose of prostitution, pornography, sexual exploitation, forced labor, slavery, involuntary servitude or debt bondage.”

During their arraignment, the three women pleaded not guilty. Hinayon eventually gained temporary liberty after her petition for bail was granted. Slain lawyer Noel Archival was their lawyer when they were on trial. They were assisted yesterday by Atty. Wendell Quiban.  Violation – The prosecution claimed Jaguar violated the law for it recruited women for prostitution.  PO3 Napoleon Talingting testified that his team conducted surveillance at the bar on three occasions; they recorded the transactions through a hidden camera.  Before the three women were arrested, Talingting, PO2 Lyman Norefil Arsua and PO1 Nef Nemenzo acted as customers. They were given partners inside a room.  Seno allegedly negotiated with Talingting for the “bar fine” of their partners. The police officer agreed to pay P15,000.  Amancio went inside the room and accepted the money from Talingting. She went out and gave the payment to Hinayon.  It was at this instance that the police officers arrested Amacio, Seno and Hinayon. They also implemented the search warrants. Two witnesses corroborated the police officers’ testimonies. They confirmed that “bar fine” means the girl is taken out by the customer for sex.  “Business,” on the other hand, means the sexual activity happened inside the room.  Saniel, however, noted in his decision that the three women taken by the police officers inside the room were not even identified nor presented as witnesses.

 

Resident stymied in quest to see daughter

Posted: Monday, June 23, 2014 3:55 pm | Updated: 4:00 pm, Mon Jun 23, 2014.

By DARRELL JACKSON, Staff Writer, Peoria Times, Arizona.

Peoria resident Sam Vescio is a father who had been looking for his first child for over 20 years before a friend request on Facebook changed his life forever.  Now, all he wants is to meet the daughter he thought he lost when Mt. Pinatubo erupted in 1991 in the Philippines.

Military service and fiancée

Vescio was a U.S. Airman stationed at Clark Air Base, Philippines, where he met Jovelyn Quinto and fell in love and later got engaged to her. In 1989, Quinto got pregnant and he was prepared to begin a new life with his new family.

“I was in the air force stationed in the Philippines, met a girl and she got pregnant and we were together for a while and were going to get married,” Vescio said. “I was excited and happy about the pregnancy and was ready to build a life.”

As the United States pulled out of the Philippines, he moved back to the US but continued to write and speak with Quinto. Being 22 years old and freshly out of the service, he had just begun a new job with American Airlines.

“I thought it was perfect because after a short probation period, I was going to be able to fly anywhere I wanted,” Vescio said. “Everything was going perfect, we were communicating through letters and phone calls; this was before the Internet, and everything was going perfect.”

Nearly one year after the birth of his first daughter, Vescio got the news that every parent fears. Mt. Pinatubo erupted June 15, 1991 killing 847 people. Vescio’s fiancé and daughter lived at the base of the volcano and he feared the worst.

It was the second-largest volcanic eruption of the 20th century, and by far the largest eruption to affect a densely populated area. The eruption produced high-speed avalanches of hot ash and gas, giant mudflows, and a cloud of volcanic ash hundreds of miles across.

“The news was horrific, videos of people battling rivers of mud holding their kids over their heads to save them. I contacted everyone trying to find them from Catholic Charities, Red Cross and the embassy but nobody could help me,” Vescio said.

He searched for years, sending thousands of letters and making hundreds of phone calls, searching for his daughter and fiancé.  Days turned to weeks, weeks turned to months and months turned to years, and Vescio started to think his family was lost forever.  “My initial thought was they must be stuck in an evacuation center or even the worst, I thought they may be dead,” Vescio said. “Several years later, I met my wife and told her the entire story, so I never really stopped looking.”

Married to Grace since 1994, Vescio never stopped searching, sending letters to potential family members, but every letter he sent was returned to him. Eventually, all hope faded and he assumed the worst as to this day, hundreds of people remain missing from the eruption.

Shocking friend request

Nov. 28, 2012, Vescio opened his Facebook page and had a friend request from Quiyah Vescio, but he didn’t really look at it because his mother-in-law had just died and the family was trying to get a flight to the services in Chicago.  “My wife was trying to get emergency flights, so I just kind of glanced at it,” Vescio said. “Then, the next morning, I sat down and read her request. She didn’t use the name I knew her by, Diane Jane, and my heart hit the floor when I realized who she was.”

Vescio said he had searched through Facebook and MySpace for years and sent messages to anyone with the last name Quinto in the Philippines without any response.

Once he sat down and looked at the friend request, he realized that he may have finally found his daughter. He looked at her pictures and saw Quinto with Dianne to confirm that it was his daughter.

“I am kind of at a loss for words, though I knew in my heart that someday I would be writing this,” Vescio said in his first response to Dianne via Facebook. “Whether you believe it or not, I have searched for you very often over the years and prayed for your well-being regularly.”

His first response to her was at 6:26 a.m. Nov. 29, 2012, and she responded exactly 10 minutes later.  “I’m shaking at this moment and am really so emotional now, you have no idea how much I loved and still love you,” Dianne said in her Facebook response. “I always think about you each and every day of my life and I am actually crying while typing, but one thing is clear, I love you dad.”  More than 20 years of searching and a friend request of Facebook changes both their lives forever.

Trying for a visit with her American family

For the past two years, Vescio has been attempting to get a tourist visa so Dianne can visit him and his family. He said one of his biggest fears, that Dianne would have lived a life of poverty, never transpired because Quinto married and her husband raised Dianne as his own.

She graduated from college and has a steady job in Manila and has built a good life for herself. All she would like is the opportunity to come visit her new family. Vescio’s wife has known about his daughter for nearly 20 years, but his kids just found out about Dianne in 2012.

“Once she contacted me, I told my kids the entire story, and their reaction was a surprise,” Vescio said. “I am not sure what I was expecting, but they have been very accepting. In fact, my 15-year-old daughter has become quite close with Dianne through Skype and they are dying to meet each other in person.”  Vescio has two kids with his wife, Grace: Sam, 19, who is currently enlisted in the US Air Force, and Adrienne, 15.

Dianne went through the process of getting her visa by filling out the non-immigrant visa application and went to an interview at the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines.  “When she went to the interview, I had a notarized letter saying I would buy her a round-trip ticket and support her while she was here,” Vescio said. “She went to the interview and the person at the embassy said she should be trying for citizenship and denied her visa application because of that.”

Being over 18, to gain citizenship Dianne had to prove a relationship, but there wasn’t one because of an act of god. The letter from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigrations Services said in their denial that they “didn’t have jurisdiction over cases where the applicant is not currently in the United States.”

Vescio said if Dianne was under 18, citizenship would not be a problem, but because she is over 18 they have been told to try and get citizenship, which would take a minimum of three to five years.  “She just wants to meet her new family and visit her grandparents,” Vescio said. “My parents are in their 80s and they would like to meet their first grandchild.”

Vescio said he has gotten the runaround from Immigration, Homeland Security and everyone else he has contacted to get his daughter to the U.S.  “She is not trying to come to the U.S., she has a great life in Manila and she just wants to visit, ” Vescio said. “I will sign anything and swear on anything that I am not trying to sneak her into the country.”

Vescio has gotten to a roadblock and even sent letters to Senators Jeff Flake and John McCain, asking what his next step is. The only response has been a form letter from Flake that stated, “I have been in contact with the agency regarding your situation and will let you know as soon as I obtain a response.”  That was July 1, 2013 and Vescio has heard nothing since.

“I don’t want them to do anything, I just want to know what my next step is,” Vescio said. “I have gotten all these denial letters with no information on how or with whom I should proceed. All I want to do is meet my daughter face to face and she wants to meet her grandparents, nothing more.”

In the past two years, Vescio has said he has spent well over $5,000 to try and get Dianne a visa.  Calls to Flake and McCain by this reporter to get some information for Vescio were not returned.  (What a shame.  Obama and company have allowed thousands of South American kids to cross into the US through Mexico and allow them to stay.  Not only stay but bus and fly them to different parts of the US.  Now, they have to be fed, clothed, housed, given medical care and education, all at the taxpayer expense.  But, one hard working, educated girl in the Philippines only wants to visit her biological father who has been searching for her for 20 years.  She does not want citizenship, she does not want any hand-outs, she only wants a tourist visa.  I just received this update on 39 Jun – Harry - Am hoping that U.S. Ambassador Goldberg will catch wind of Dianne’s case as it is my understanding that the ICE office in Phoenix forwarded all the paperwork on her case back to the AMEMBASSY Manila where all of this originally started in Jan. 2013. Talk about a game of “musical chair’s”!! 

13TH ANNIVERSARY THI-HI 

Many of you know that this is my favorite bar for a number of reasons.  One, I knew Deery, the original owner from the day he and Josie opened their door to the day he passed away.  I do believe his spirit is still there grumbling about one thing or another.  Two, it is a great place for senior folks like me who do not like loud music. Three, Josie, the present owner is a great lady and the staff are real friendly.  Plus, a lot of the customers know each other and it is fun to chat with folks you know.  In fact some of the ladies have been thee a hell of a long time as well.

Josie has been working hard trying to keep the bar operating in the black so she does not have to sell out or simply close the bar.  Now, with Honey-Ko’s closed the customer traffic has slowed down considerably and many of us ex-pats are hoping that those of us that do a bit of barhopping will spend a bit more time at the Thi-Hi and give Josie a helping hand.  Maybe a few more tourists will stop by and who knows, maybe one day Honey-Ko’s will open again.  Right now, Thi-Hi and Doug’s Hang-out are still there to give a bit of life to this location and both places are great to stop and have a drink at.  I really enjoy the Hang-Out.
So Josie, happy anniversary and hopefully there will be many more to celebrate.  Keep on smiling girl! (Victor, I’ll be looking for you there)

                

PIE-PAN 

                

I like to bring attention to small businesses that crop up here and there and this Pie-Pan shop caught my interest.  I was hoping to meet the owner May, but no luck and the lady on duty was not all that easy to talk to so no interview.  May has been known for making great pies for a long time so it is nice to see a little place open up where one can stop in and have a slice or order up a whole pie.  It is located just across the street from the International Travel Agency, near the Miss Magic Bar.  These are the great pies to order but I still like those pies made, once in a while, by Willie the Pool Player.  When you get a hankering for a nice slice of pie and some coffee, stop in at May’s Pie Pan.  Let me know when you will be there so you can buy me a slice too.

A LONG ABSENCE

After a 15 year absence John Denny and family have returned to Angeles City for a visit.  He is shown here with wife Mericar, daughter Kathrina and son Christopher.  John is the brother of Rob Denny, the owner of the very popular Birds of Paradise (BOP) which was located where the “Red Bar” is now and the Doll House Hotel with the swimming pool on the roof.  The BOP was the home of the AC Hashers and Rob himself was a very devoted hasher.  It was also the location for many nights of dart competitions in the heyday of darts in AC.  It was a wonderful time and Rob was on and off working in PNG quite often.  He finally packed up and left with his very large family to return to Sweden and also continue to work in PNG.  He is semi-retired now and brother John is retired and living in Sweden.  It was such a pleasure to have them stay overnight at my Guest House and relive the old days.  His kids were so very young the last time I saw them, now a beautiful daughter and a handsome son.  Well done John.

BURGER SHACK

The newly opened Philippine owned Burger Shack has just opened its doors to the public and is undergoing their soft opening.  It is located on Perimeter at the site once used by the Blind Begger.  Mrs Horse and I ate their this afternoon, 30 Jun so I could review it in time for this column.  The renovation of the building was well done. It is very roomy, clean and a very pleasant interior.  That said we were more interested in the food selection, especially the burgers.  Sadly, we were disappointed.  The presentation is very nice and the burgers look delicious but for sure they are not serving pure beef burgers.  My wife asked what kind of meat they were using and they claimed “pure beef” but that was a bit of a fabrication.  Our opinion was shared by three other expats I interviewed who were eating at the same time as us.  All were not happy with the Burger.  One lad even told me it was “a big zero” and he would not be back.  He was not happy with the burger and also not with the Cheese steak which was cooked with a bar-b-q sauce.  The price for a burger was nearly P200 which seemed a bit high.  They added a service charge on to the bill which in our case was P120.  On my burger I specified that I wanted sliced onions on my burger and did not get that.  After it was served I had to ask again and it was reluctantly served.  I guess it was a “bring your own onions” restaurant.  They had many other items on the menu so to be fair some of those might be good but if you are looking for a good burger stick to Burger King which is better and cheaper.

                

                

 

I do believe I have come to the end of this months newsletter.  My eyes are closing on me and my fingers are screaming for me to stop.  The bloody fingers are beginning to tell me I won’t be able to keep typing very much longer.  My goodness, I have been typing on various machines since 1956, first on a manual, then on electric typewriters then on computer key pads so they have held up pretty well over that length of time.  I am certainly in no hurry to stop though.  Imagine writing letters with a pen and using snail mail, yikes!  When I was in elementary school I used a desk with an inkwell and wooden pen.  I was amazed when fountain pens came out and then ball point pens.  I don’t know why I mentioned all that, has nothing to do with life today in AC.  Maybe I feel a bit sad to think about losing touch with all the people I have met through this column.  But, that ain’t happening yet so good night one and all and remember, be kind to horses.

 

HTH POLITICAL RANTS – READ NO FURTHER

Gee, I can give up McDonalds but am upset about Burger King. What more can Obama mess up before he leaves office?

The Burger King national headquarters announced this month that they will be pulling their franchises from our military bases.  Soon to follow will be Popeye’s Chicken, Pizza franchises and the chain of barber and beauty shops which operates inside the gates of our military facilities.  Reason?  Obama’s mandate that all companies who do business with the federal government pay a $10.10 per hour minimum wage.
The companies cite the fact that a limited military customer base cannot sustain acceptable profit margins while still offering up a hefty share of profits to the Army and Air Force Exchange System’s Health and Morale fund and paying $10.10 an hour as Obama has directed for any contractor doing business with the DOD.   For those who don’t know, hundreds of commercial franchises have operated on military bases for years.  This partnership has been a boon to the non-profit AAFES system.  All profits go toward programs such as organized athletic programs for the military and their dependents, exercise equipment, support for social clubs and the like.
Coming at a time of tighter defense budgets the withdrawal of commercial franchises is going to put quite a squeeze on the military health and morale programs.  Every time a military grunt got a haircut, every time a military wife got a manicure or hair styling, with every burger or slice of pizza or chicken dinner sold, a portion of the profits went to this much needed program.
Alas, as with all things Obama, every time he does something to please his socialist friends, someone suffers.  In this case it will be our military.   While this will be a serious loss for our stateside troops, the troops who will be most hurt by this are our troops deployed to remote areas of the world where our military folks had little to look forward to but a Burger King Whopper and fries at a small concession that might bring them a little bit of home to their lives.
This should not surprise me at all but it does.  I should have been prepared for this when Obama eliminated hot meals for our troops in Afghanistan even as he and Joe Biden were booking $500,000 per night hotel suites in Paris and London….or Obama’s total disregard for costs as he and Michelle have run up over $600 million dollars in vacation costs during his tenure.
Oh well, I understand the military’s food research facility up in Illinois is working on “Pizza in a Pouch” for the new cold ration packs.  ”Screw the grunts” seems to be Obama’s philosophy…even as he and Michelle host Jay Z and Beyonce at one of those fancy White House dinners.

From the Los Angeles Times Newspaper

1.40% of all workers in Los Angeles County (Los Angeles County has 10.2 million people) are working for cash and not paying taxes. This is because they are predominantly illegal aliens working without a green card.

2. 95% of warrants for murder in Los Angeles are for illegal aliens.

3. 75% of people on the most-wanted list in Los Angeles are illegal aliens.

4. Over 2/3 of all births in Los Angeles County are to illegal alien Mexicans on Medi-Cal, whose births were paid for by taxpayers.

5. Nearly 35% of all inmates in California detention centers are Mexican nationals here illegally.

6. Over 300,000 illegal aliens in Los Angeles County are living in garages.

7. The FBI reports half of all gang members in Los Angeles are most likely illegal aliens from south of the border.

8. Nearly 60% of all occupants of HUD properties are illegal.

9. 21 radio stations in Los Angeles are Spanish speaking.

10. In Los Angeles County 5.1 million people speak English, 3.9 million speak Spanish.

(There are 10.2 million people in Los Angeles County .)

(All 10 of the above statements are from the Los Angeles Times)

Less than 2% of illegal aliens are picking our crops, but 29% are on welfare.

Over 70% of the United States’ annual population growth (and over 90% of California, Florida, and New York ) results from illegal immigration.

29% of inmates in federal prisons are illegal aliens.

We are a bunch of fools for letting this continue!

(Yes, far too many of US Citizens are fools along with our politicians and current President.  Now, thanks to Obama’s law we have thousands of unaccompanied illegal kids from South America crossing into the US without anyone being able to stop them.  Why the hell should we be responsible for them?  Now you have a bunch of bleeding hearts feeling sorry for them and keeping them will put a heavier strain on our economy.  Obama, you can take you Dream Act and shove it up where the sun does not shine.  Our borders are NOT secure)  

The war in Iraq over – again Obama is not a realist.  He only wants to play politics and has no idea how to sort out a very serious conflict and that includes Afghanistan.  It started with Bush and got worse with Obama.  This President is so incompetent it is a damn shame the people were so stupid to re-elect him.  I have heard newscasters ask why does he do this and is he aware of the polls that reveal high disapproval of his action?  Oh yes, he is aware but the problem is he does not care one bit what the voters think.  He has two years to dictate by executive order and ignore Congress and the Constitution.  This man is a danger to America, what a shame he is still in office.  Regretfully, he will last another two years and I doubt that there is anyone on the horizon, Democrat or Republican that can reverse the terrible hole that has been dug by this President, and that includes Hillary Clinton.  The future does not look for for America.  I hope I am wrong!

Harry, Fuck Iraq. If the Iraqis don t want to fight .  Fuck them .  They ran like hell in Mosul .  Threw down their weapons.   My son was a platoon Sergeant in Iraq for 18 months .  He said the Iraqis are wimp soldiers .  Worthless.   Most Iraqi vets feel the same way.   The American soldiers were told to be quiet .   This Muslim Shiite , Sunni shit has been going on for years .    10 years of American blood and money wasted.  Obama wants to send 300 advisors .   What the fuck is that going to do. ?    Stay out .  Joe Walker (Joe, Some key military people say the same thing, maybe not using the same words but our President has his own agenda and that can be one big worry.  So far he seldom seems to be right in his decisions.  Regretfully, we have to live with whatever he decides and in this case, I am glad I am not the decision maker)

U.S. Special Forces troops heading to Iraq to advise the Iraqi security forces will not receive combat pay but will have immunity from local law, Pentagon officials. “This is not a combat mission, they are not being sent to participate in combat,” said Rear Adm. John Kirby, the Pentagon press secretary, of the 300 Special Forces troops ordered to Iraq by President Obama on Thursday. Consequently, the troops would not be eligible for “imminent danger pay” of $7.50 daily up to $225 per month for service members in areas where they could be at grave risk, Kirby said. (I did not know this was such a safe assignment.  Working as advisers in a country where so called friendly Iraqi’s turn around and shoot US soldiers in dining halls and other “safe” areas.  Hell, they are safe from local law, wow, what a privilege.  Since it is so safe why not just send Obama there to advise?  With his security team they have enough people to protect and train and are already being well paid for protecting just one man.  Maybe some young Senators could go along for the ride as well.  Lets see what is said after the first of the “300″ is shot and killed in such a safe environment) 

Our American Dictator President is out to grab more power:

Right now, the Obama Administration is on the verge of yet another intrusive government power grab. This time, it has its regulatory sights set squarely on the Internet.

Act now to stop the Obama Administration’s government takeover of the Internet!

Obama’s Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is kneeling to extreme liberal special interest groups and their demands to remake the innovative, dynamic and free market Internet of today into a public utility controlled by the government. They want to classify the Internet as a monopoly telephone service so government can take regulatory control and decide what products and services can be offered online – think ‘Fairness Doctrine’ for the Internet.

We have seen with Obamacare the total inability of this administration to manage a simple website. What makes anyone think it can actually control the Internet?  

 


 
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PHILLIE’S 4TH OF JULY SPECIAL MEAL

Posted by admin on June 30, 2014 in Breaking News, Uncategorized

 

 

 
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FATAL HEART ATTACK GORDON “GORDO” LITZENBERGER

Posted by admin on June 28, 2014 in Uncategorized

Subject: RIP Gordon “Gordo” Litzenberger

Date: Fri, 27 Jun 2014 19:18:40 +0800

All, (please forward)

Today whilst shopping Gordon collapsed, he was taken to Ona Hospital but was DOA due to heart attack.  Obviously a shock to all (especially me as I was with him approx. 1 hour before).  He is lying in St Peter Chapel (just before Nepo if you are travelling from Friendship).  The family have not decided (but likely Monday ot Tuesday) on funeral details please contact 09989735036 at St Peter for details.  Any contributions to the funeral expenses would be greatly appreciated.  If you require further details feel fee to contact Nick Foster 09209554800

Dear All, Still making arrangements etc. If anyone has VFW contacts please ask them to call me09209554800.  If anyone wants to contribute (and has an idea how they can be collected etc) again contact me.  Nick Foster

 

 

 
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Court frees 3 women arrested in 2011 Jaguar raid (Cebu)

Posted by admin on June 22, 2014 in Breaking News, Uncategorized

This is an excerpt of a story appearing in the Cebu Sun-Star.  The full story will appear in my July column.  

Cebu Sun-Star newspaper, By Kevin A. LagundaFriday, June 20, 2014

THREE women were set free yesterday after being acquitted of human trafficking charges and assured the judge they will already mend their ways.Jocelyn Hinayon, Mary Jane Seno and Judith Amancio bowed their heads while the decision was read. Amancio clutched a small statue of the Blessed Virgin, while Seno held a prayer book and icon of the Holy Child. Both also wore medallions.

The three wailed after it was announced that Regional Trial Court Branch 20 Judge Bienvenido Saniel Jr. has acquitted them of violating the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act.

 

Raid

The raiding team rescued more than a hundred victims. But only six women, aged 24, 19, 18, 31, 16, and 17, executed affidavits against the three.

The alleged bar owner Vinzon Young and two other partners were not caught.

Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama revoked the permit and ordered the bar’s closure the following month.

But Saniel, in his decision, said the evidence presented by the prosecution was not enough to convict the three women.

Former International Justice Mission (IJM)-Philippines director Andrey Sawchenko, however, said they will review the decision before making any move.

“I think we are confident that the evidence showed there was human trafficking activity occurring at Jaguar,” he said.

Violation

The prosecution claimed Jaguar violated the law for it recruited women for prostitution.

PO3 Napoleon Talingting testified that his team conducted surveillance at the bar on three occasions; they recorded the transactions through a hidden camera.

Before the three women were arrested, Talingting, PO2 Lyman Norefil Arsua and PO1 Nef Nemenzo acted as customers. They were given partners inside a room.

Seno allegedly negotiated with Talingting for the “bar fine” of their partners. The police officer agreed to pay P15,000.

Amancio went inside the room and accepted the money from Talingting. She went out and gave the payment to Hinayon.

It was at this instance that the police officers arrested Amacio, Seno and Hinayon. They also implemented the search warrants.

Two witnesses corroborated the police officers’ testimonies. They confirmed that “bar fine” means the girl is taken out by the customer for sex.

“Business,” on the other hand, means the sexual activity happened inside the room.

Saniel, however, noted in his decision that the three women taken by the police officers inside the room were not even identified nor presented as witnesses.

 
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HONEY-KO’S OWNER A HERO – UPDATE

Posted by admin on June 13, 2014 in Breaking News

Finally a bar owner with the balls to stand up to the big extortion Group, the RSOG, men in uniform who use the CIDG title to mask their illegal actions against bars.

No other bar owner has stood up against these thieves in uniform.  The owner along with his lawyer decided to take a stand.  The CIDG Chief Bruno acts like he did not know what this RSOG was doing, maybe so, but I do not believe him as this Group has been operating with impunity for two years.  One reader who passed this article on ask’s, “What about kidnapping charges” and yes, that is a legitimate question.

One owner has stood up against this group.  Many others did not, they just paid millions and went about their business.  Also, lets be real here as in the past the CIDG and the NBI have been involved in extortion.  Even now you have one Barangay Captain using tactics to force monthly payments out of bar owners.  The bars are targets and an investigation will uncover many greedy rats in the system.

Naturally this owner’s stand will be subject to debate.  Believe it or not there will be bar owners who will disagree with his actions.

There remain 5 female employees of Honey-Ko’s still in detention while charges of human trafficking are being prepared against them.  You have two mamasans, one cashier and two waitresses sweating out charges that will send them to the City Jail for months, maybe years.  Will those charges be dismissed?  Bear in mind that the extortion charges against the RSOG is separate from the charges against the bar owner for the human trafficking charges.  One point to consider is that the set up by the RSOG for trafficking was done expressly to obtain money.  Without that motive no raid would have taken place)

ANGELES CITY, Philippines – Men of the Regional Special Operations Group (RSOG) based at Camp Olivas, the regional police headquarters in Pampanga, are facing extortion charges for allegedly demanding P1 million from the owner of a bar they raided here last week.
Chief Inspector Heryl Bruno, provincial chief of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group, said he also ordered an investigation as the RSOG operatives allegedly identified themselves as CIDG members.
Bruno said the owner of Honey Co’s bar on Fields Avenue here has filed extortion charges against the RSOG men before the city prosecutor’s office.
The police officers though have yet to be named pending their identification by the complainant and witnesses, although they definitely belong to the RSOG, he added.
“The report is that the erring cops had asked the owner for P1 million so that charges would not be pursued against him,” Bruno said.
The RSOG men, allegedly identifying themselves as CIDG ope-ratives, reportedly raided Honey Co’s bar on the night of June 5 and rounded up 29 women for still unclear reasons.
“If their assignment in the raid was legitimate, why did they have to pretend to be CIDG agents?” Bruno asked.
After the bar owner and the women’s relatives went to his office as the police officers said they belong to the CIDG, Bruno said he checked with the RSOG regional office at Camp Olivas in San Fernando and confirmed that the women were there.

An entrapment operation was laid out last Saturday after the owner and the RSOG men supposedly agreed on the time and place for the payoff, but the police officers were apparently alerted and did not show up.  (No surprise there.  I have been privy to two similar situations where the cops have been tipped off.  What do you expect, they look after each other)

UPDATE:

With this story we start to see how the police will join forces to turn the tables on the owners who pressed charges against them and how now, five remaining ladies might be guests of law enforcement authorities for quite a while.  This action was to be expected as I am sure there are some high ranking officials beyond the RSOG who want this investigation squashed and will join forces to turn the tables against the complainants.  I suspect their objective is to send a message to bar owners, “don’t mess with us, pay up and shut up”.  Lets see how good the lawyer is for the complainants.

Camp Olivas intelligence head denies extort attempt

By Ric Sapnu (The Philippine Star) | Updated June 15, 2014 – 12:00am
CAMP OLIVAS, Pampanga, Philippines – The head of the regional police intelligence section here has denied that elements of the Regional Special Operations Group (RSOG) allegedly tried to extort P1 million from the owner of a bar they raided last Friday in Balibago, Angeles City.
In a text message to The STAR, Chief Inspector Melvin Montante, regional intelligence section chief, said the RSOG operatives actually filed a case for violation of the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act against Honey Ko Bar owner, a certain Veronica Raymundo, an unidentified Australian national, and at least five employees of the fun joint before the Angeles City prosecutor’s office.
“How could the operatives ask or demand P1 million from Raymundo when we have filed the charges in court?” Montante said, adding that the RSOG men’s operation was legitimate.
The RSOG operatives were able to rescue 24 women in the raid on Honey Ko Bar along Fields Avenue in Balibago and later turned them over to social workers, Montante said.
Chief Inspector Heryl Bruno, Pampanga chief of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG), earlier said Raymundo has filed extortion charges against the RSOG operatives.
Bruno did not identify the RSOG operatives, who he alleged introduced themselves as belonging to the CIDG when they raided the Balibago bar.

 
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PINATUBO BIKINI BATHING SUIT CONTEST SATURDAY

Posted by admin on June 11, 2014 in Breaking News

 

ATTENTION ONE AND ALL – You do not want to miss this event to be held on Saturday, 14 jun, 2 PM at the Scorebirds hotel.  

The hotel is located on Vian Street, across from the Pacific Breeze Hotel.  It is the newest hotel put up by the Doll House Group.  Not only will ladies from the Doll House Group Clubs be strutting their stuff but also some of the beautiful ladies from Night Moves and other clubs.

This will definitely be a treat to watch.  Burn up those cameras with some great shots.

Major prizes for the girls.

Entry fee is P200 which is good for 3 local drinks.

It is still fun to visit Angeles City, you don’t want to miss this.

 
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AN EXPAT IS CALLING IT QUITS

Posted by admin on June 11, 2014 in Breaking News, Uncategorized

A long time expat resident stopped by a couple of days ago to tell me he has had enough of the Philippines and packing up and heading back to the US.

He also wanted to announce the following:

WALK IN -WALK OUT
(TURN kEY)

Moving out of country, need to sell everything in a package deal.  Everything you would to start your home, nothing needs to be bought.  a must see beautiful items.
All items are in a beautiful 4 bedroom house whick rents P30K a month with lease until 2017.  House is located withing 3 mins from Clark, VFW, Fields, SM, Etc.

Please text 0929-1778-7087.  Walk in – walk out for USD $5.500.  Serious buyers only reply.

 

 

 
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CONGRATS LEWIS GRAND HOTEL

Posted by admin on June 6, 2014 in Breaking News

 

Harry the Horse Newsletter                                                             TRIPADVISOR PR TEAM

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THE LEWIS GRAND HOTEL IS AWARDED THE 2014 TRIPADVISOR CERTIFICATE OF EXCELLENCE

 

Recognised as a Top Performing Hotel as Reviewed by Travellers on the

World’s Largest Travel Site

 

Angeles City, Pampanga, Philippines – June 5, 2014 – The Lewis Grand Hotel today announced that it has received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence award. The accolade, which honours hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveller reviews on TripAdvisor, and is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide.  Establishments awarded the Certificate of Excellence are located all over the world and represent the upper echelon of businesses listed on the website.

When selecting Certificate of Excellence winners, TripAdvisor uses a proprietary algorithm to determine the honorees that takes into account reviews ratings.  Businesses must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five, volume and recency of reviews. Additional criteria include a business’ tenure and popularity ranking on the site.

“Winning the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence is a true source of pride for the entire team at the Lewis Grand Hotel and we’d like to thank all of our past valued Guests who took the time to complete a review on TripAdvisor,” said James E. Bush, GM at the Lewis Grand Hotel. “There is no greater seal of approval than being recognised by one’s customers. With the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence based on customer reviews, the accolade is a remarkable vote of confidence to our business and our continued commitment to excellence.”

“TripAdvisor is pleased to honour exceptional hospitality businesses for consistent excellence,”said Marc Charron, President of TripAdvisor for Business. “The Certificate of Excellence award gives top performing establishments around the world the recognition they deserve, based on feedback from those who matter most – their customers. From Australia to Zimbabwe, we want to applaud exceptional hospitality businesses for offering TripAdvisor travellers a great customer experience.”

 
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HONEY-KO’S CLUB BEING RAIDED NOW – 3rd update

Posted by admin on June 5, 2014 in Breaking News

Just received a couple of text messages that Honey-Ko’s bar on Perimeter Road is being raided now as I type this, 8 PM, Thursday night.  Again, too early for details.  Fortunately the owners were not on the premises.  The girls are being taken to jail but I do not know if that is in San Fernando and Manila.

Hopefully I will have more details later in the evening.

UPDATE:  No customers taken.  The girls and Mamasan taken to San Fernando.  Sounds like a CIDG operation.

2nd Update:  Cannot provide more info right now other than to report that the ladies are still being detained.  This is a delicate time as everyone knows the first two or three days are important in resolving the problem.  Kokomo’s at this time is closed by decision of the owners.

3rd Update:  This was just received from a source that has been tracking the case:

“Seems like they are splitting up the girls, some have gone to Angeles as previously mentioned, most of the rest will go to DSWD today and mamasan and cashier will remain in detention.  I guess it will be interesting when we really find out the true story (if ever).”  (The owners of the bar are not giving out any details. I have heard that one of them is in the US at this time)

 

By the way, the answer I received from Voodoo management as to the reason for the raid was that “it was a misunderstanding”.  Yes, I agree, it is not a very convincing answer but I have to live with it for now.

 

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