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ALLEGED MURDERER TIM KAUFMAN RETURN TO PI

Posted by admin on October 18, 2014 in Breaking News

 

I have learned that the extradition of Tim Kaufman has been approved and he will be returned to AC to face trial.  This is very good news.

Maybe the FBI will wake up and find his partner Joe T as well.  Maybe at last justice will be served.

 
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HOWARD MCKAY APPEARS AT THE BLUE BOAR INN STABLE

Posted by admin on October 18, 2014 in Breaking News

 

Howard contacted me while I am on vacation to tell me I did not put his appearance dates in my Oct column.  I checked and by golly, the dates ARE there.

But, knowing he is getting a bit old I will repeat the events and dates here:

21 Oct, Tuesday, Howard McKay Trivia Quiz at the Blue Boar Stable, 7 PM.

28 Oct, Tuesday, the return of Howard McKay with his new musical event. Stable, 7 PM

For sure you do not want to miss these wonderful events, especially his return to music on 28 Oct

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LADY BOY FOUND DEAD MILITARY INVOLVED? UPDATE 1

Posted by admin on October 12, 2014 in Breaking News

 

 

Ladyboy found dead in Olongapo Hotel Room. Foreigner seen leaving.

Details are still sketchy, but it appears a Sailor or Marine left a room at a downtown hotel, and a ladyboy was found dead There is a chance that it’s an accident, but it is way too early to tell. The US has restricted all personnel’s movements. I’m told everyone at Clark will be confined to the Base as well.

The local authorities are waiting for Embassy personnel (including NCIS) to arrive to conduct a full investigation.

There are already protests in Olongapo.

One has to wonder what this will do to the ongoing military cooperation between the US and the Philippines?

Our sympathies to the family of the victim.

 

THIS COULD BE ONE ROYAL PAIN IN THE ASS.  ALL IT TAKES IS ONE INCIDENT TO RUIN EVERYTHING FOR GOOD RELATIONS WITH THE LOCALS AND RESTRICTING THE MILITARY TO THE BASE HURTS ALL BUSINESSES IN AC AND OLONGAPO.  LETS HOPE THERE IS NO MILITARY INVOLVEMENT BECAUSE THE PROTESTERS WILL GO APE SHIT.

This was sent to me as the possible murdered Billy Boy.  I think our active duty military sent here on a TDY basis need a bit more training on how to recognize these lady boys.  For the uninitiated it can really come as a surprise.  Some of these “guys” can be better looking than many of the typical bar girls.

 

UPDATE:  

A U.S. Marine is in custody Sunday following the apparent killing of a transgender individual in the Philippines.

The Marine, whose identity has not been released, is being held on board the amphibious assault ship Peleliu while agents with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service piece together what happened Saturday night at the Celzone Lodge in Olongapo City, according to an internal Navy memo obtained by Marine Corps Times. Local Philippine police also are investigating the matter.

The Marine is assigned to 2nd Battalion, 9th Marines, out of Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. The infantry unit is deployed to the Philippines as part of a joint training exercise. Three other Marines from the same unit, described as potential witnesses, also have been detained aboard the ship, according to the memo, which was distributed to dozens of senior Navy officials, as well as NCIS and State Department personnel.

Reached Sunday night, Marine Corps officials at the Pentagon declined to comment and directed Marine Corps Times to the U.S. embassy in Manila. Attempts to reach the embassy were not immediately successful. A spokesman for Marine Corps Forces Pacific in Hawaii also declined to comment.

Local media in the Philippines broke the story Sunday afternoon. U.S. officials there were bracing for protests as the news spread, the Navy memo indicates.

The victim was identified as 26-year-old Jeffrey Laude, police toldInquirer.net. Laude’s body was found just before midnight Saturday and apparently showed signs of strangulation.

Laude’s friend, who accompanied Laude and “a foreigner” to the hotel, reportedly told police they’d been at a local disco bar. Soon after they arrived at the hotel, Laude became uneasy and asked the friend to leave before “the foreigner could discover that they were transgenders,” Inquirer.net reported.

Thousands of U.S. troops are in the Philippines for PHIBLEX 15, a multinational exercise. The Peleliu is on a port call in Subic Bay that is scheduled through Tuesday, the Navy memo indicates.

Staff writers David Larter and Gina Harkins contributed to this report.

 

 
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October 2014

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

Watch out guys, I am heading for Las Vegas.  In fact when you read this I will be there already.  Am spending our first 6 days at the South Point Casino and then heading to our friends house near by to enjoy the rest of the month.  Regretfully, I will start my doctor appointments on the second and will be seeing 5 different specialists to include my cancer doc, cardio, urologist, podiatrist, and finally someone about my hernia.  Then 13-17 Oct going on a four day cruise with the family and my son currently living in Gilbert, AZ.  My sister arrives from New York on 21 Oct for five days.  Now, in between all those dates I will try to make it to Nellis AFB, shopping, preparing door to door boxes and get upset because time ran out on us.  Oh, did I forget to mention I will be trying to write my Nov column as well? We arrive back home in the PI on 2 Nov. October is here and the tourist season starts to be in full swing as we head into the holiday season, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and finally New Years.  Here is a young lady that would like to pass on a message.  ”Hi, I am a waitress at the Prestige Restaurant and when Harry the Horse saw me at the anniversary celebration he thought I was cute. I won’t argue with him as I try to be gentle with old men.  Being old and forgetful, he forgot to get my name but I will happily tell you whenever you visit the Prestige.  Harry told me I was also supposed to be the official greeter for the month of October, so, greetings and bring me a candy gift for Halloween.  Sorry Harry, I just had to sneak that in”.

THE FEEDBAG

Hi Harry!  That was very good advice you gave to Robert, hate to take it with me all the time but keeping a passport on your person at all times in Balibago is mandatory now. I first came to AC in 1996 and after 13 visits I retired and moved here in 2001. I know it may not sit well with the younger guys but I have found over the last few years that barhopping early, from 5 to 9 combined with drinking no more than 5 rum and cokes has kept me out of trouble and not close to being caught up in the drama of the bullshit raids that have taken place over the last couple of years. Correct me if I am wrong but don’t most if not all the raids take place well after 9pm? One quick question, awhile back you said Go2Phil was sold and was going to be a free website, still going to happen? Keep up the good fight!  (I think I would just carry a copy of the first two pages of my passport instead of carrying the original.  To tell the truth on Go2Phil, I have not kept track of it at all.  They do not deal with me anymore.  I guess you can google it and get the info from there)

Harry, how do you do it? You obviously expended a great deal of energy and effort on the September, 2014, newsletter. No crap, you’re truly inspiring! I have never been to your neck of the woods, so to speak, and at age 77 (with health issues), don’t expect I ever will. Our friend Claude (Tex) Harper keeps extolling the virtues of AC. Guess I’ll be satisfied with your fine reporting and standing up for “the little guy.” You certainly have some fine advice for those visiting your “stable” and stomping grounds. Unfortunately, common sense is much too uncommon these days. I do appreciate your kind words regarding the shooting death of an acquaintance of mine (Joe Nilan) back on July 9th. I have communicated with his nephew and, as of the first week of September, the case investigators are still awaiting the Medical Examiner’s report. In closing, the current newsletter is thoroughly instructive and entertaining, especially the story of the fellow who got tazered on his “willie.” As usual, the rants of a political nature are spot on! Thanks, again, for a great newsletter. Jerry W.

Hola Harry, I think that I might know the reason for the huge tailback of container trucks on Roxas Boulevard. A few months ago my Filipina wife went to a Philippine Festival in London and came back with some news that the head honcho of Philippine customs was going to make detailed searches of all Balikbayan boxes.Of course this news did not go down very well with the Pinays. It was stated that this action would lead to theft and a time delay of many months before arrival of the boxes.  Maybe this is what is happening now. Some home truths about the Philippines I have been back in the UK a few months now. The other week I was watching Robson Greens extreme fishing experiences. This man is a British Actor and comedian. He has been all over the world fishing for big fish. This time he visited the Philippines. He was based on a small island not far from the Philippine trench. The sea around the Island was almost devoid of fish due to dynamite fishing by the locals. With hardly any fish left to eat the locals are now eating Jellyfish. Another story. The Hairy Bikers have been doing a cookery series on TV featuring the food of South East Asia. Hong Kong. Thailand. India. Indonesia. Japan. But steered clear of the Philippines. Maybe us white people do not like Pag Pag. Balut. Dried Fish. Stinky Fish Sauce. Chicken heads. Dog. and many other delicacies that you could name. Its more fun in the Philippines. Whos kidding who. Their is only one reason for visiting the Philippines and it ain’t Fishing or eating the food.  Steve B.  (Gosh Steve, you have a few comments there.  So glad to see you are reading my column.  About the Balikbayan, boxes, I hope it ain’t so as I will be shipping some from Vegas in Oct and will pack things I am not in a hurry to receive, just in case.  2.  I certainly can  believe the report on the lack of fish and dynamite fishing which is illegal in the PI.  Like many things that are illegal here enforcement is negligible especially if fishing and illegal logging.  Of course you can continue with poor driving, murders, rapes, etc.  Oops started to sound like Chicago there.  3.  The items you mentioned in the food department I agree with, not to my taste.  But, I disagree on the “dog”, they are a bit bony, but tasty in a spicy sort of way.  They are a specialty during Fiestas in Pampanga and yes, I have had a few dishes.  The problem is when I get home after eating dog, my dogs try to bite me in revenge when I enter the gate.  I don’t know how the hell they know, but it must be my dog breath) 

Hi Harry, Doc here, big guy friend of Garth. If you remember Fatboys carwash on perimeter road for many years. He was next to the old location of piccolo padre where multicolored fences were erected almost almost a year ago. Anyway, the carwash guy, his name is Ed has opened a burger joint on friendship hwy, next to boom chicken. About 3-4 doors before Tony J’s, same side of road. It is run by he and his wife, as well as his daughter helping out.  It is an open air place, with a small menu, about 6 burgers, a few dogs, and some appetizers and of course beverages.  I’m a vegetarian, but my gf has tried I think just about all of the burgers and dogs. She eats every crumb and likes them alot. The prices are fair as well.  If you get a chance, I would recommend his place, and they are friendly people.  Hours of operation:  Sunday from 2pm to 11pm. Closed Mondays.  Take care, Doc P.S.  You mentioned Karratha.  You may recall that I sent an email re people looking for former owner of Happy Chicks, Ralph Geonzi, and how they had a oval named after him in Wickham.  Wickham is 5 miles from Karratha and a fair few Karratha blokes used to stay at Swagman…couple still get here and one in particular went home only a week ago.  Iam McEwan was a train driver (I mean TRAIN DRIVER 3 miles long loaded ore trains) and Ross Goddard, Paul Cronin and Merv Hislop (deceased) worked for the water authority. Karratha rich town, as well as being the rail head for 2 out of 3 of the largest mining ports in the world (Dampier and Cape Lambert), it is the jumping off point for 3-4 huge LNG plants both onshore and offshore.  When the boys were first there, it was a dreary desert town, still not a great deal to do and made a city recently despite not having public transport (every body has a company car or 2 of their own).  Ross will be back Nov-Dec so will bring him up, has been at the stable before.  Anyway brief intro, still no response from STEVE HART??

Hey Harry,  Another great job on the newsletter this month.  I have read a few accounts from foreigners caught-up in these bar raids and I have to say that I’m kinda re-thinking my annual pilgrimage to AC in the Spring. Here’s my rant, please bear with me: My concern lies with the seemingly indiscriminate way the raids are conducted. They do not appear to be targeting the “rescue” of a particular girl (as would be the result of a complaint from a parent, or other concerned party, and have some type of warrant/complaint document attached to it) and therefore the casting of such a wide net would almost always include patrons of the bar, no matter what they are doing in the bar at the time of the raid. How can this be legal? I know about the CIDG and law enforcement corruption, and the Hillary-inspired purpose of the raids, but why has no one affected by these raids taken any legal action in support of the bars? If the raids are allowed to continue unopposed, the whole point of going to AC (for me, at least) disappears. As of now, anyone that enters a bar, at any time, is at risk of being detained if a raid were to happen. By detained, I mean for enough time to check your ID amidst the chaos of panicked girls and bar managers running around or a trip to Camp Bumf*ck in Manila (both ends of the spectrum). Neither end is good, as I assume that once they have your name on record from one raid, they will not be very keen to see your name pop-up again in a future raid. God only knows what that would cause. Also, what is the point of risking being caught in a raid when you can’t negotiate a bar-fine while you are in there anyway? I mean really, what’s the point? I see no incentive to enter a bar, if I only have to go to Kokomo’s, Phillies or Margarita Station for a beer. Hell, I don’t even know what the “new” process is to take a girl from a bar, so my comfort level for THAT has even changed. I guess if you already have a “friend” in a bar, you can make your own arrangements, but if you don’t…then what? The scenario I picture is you walk into a bar with your head on a swivel, don’t bother to order a drink, as it would just increase your chances of being caught in a bar at the wrong time, select a girl as quickly as possible, don’t buy her a drink as that labels you a trafficker and again causes a delay, then get her number and leave. Call her later and pray for a good outcome. Can this be right? You can’t even take a girl bar-hopping for the same reasons. Even if they let you go during a raid, they may detain her. If these are the actual risks of bar-hopping in AC now, why not just roll the dice on a good time and make escort calls from your hotel room? At least that’s relatively safe, but I can do that anywhere. I don’t expect you personally to answer any of these questions, of course, but I would love to hear some of your readers interpretations. Call me paranoid, but I’m way too pale to fit in well in a Pinoy prison. I’m just sayin’… Thanks, and again, great job!!  Andy A. (Andy, I understand your apprehensions.  All I can say is that it is not too difficult to make a few adjustments and then realize that things are not all that bad for the customers.  The joy you sought during previous visits is still available.  Don’t give up on that annual pilgrimage just yet)  

 Harry, I have been visiting AC for 28 years almost 64 visits and obviously love the place. I have many acquaintances who live there. I am 71 and happily married to a Filipina who lets me visit there to meet my male friends. I have been a very regular reader of your reports since you started but have never contacted you before. You are so knowledgeable and open about all the happenings about the place and have been a tremendous source of information for me over all these years. I just want to thank you very much for all your time and effort into ensuring guys like me are kept up to date on all things to do with this town. I’m convinced there are many guys like me who take you for granted but always read your reports without comment. I will definately make the effort next month on my visit to pop into your place and shake your hand and thank you sincerely for your service to the tourists who visit on a regular basis but remain quiet without making the effort to say a big “thank you”. Kind regards, Big Guy. Thank you David.  I do realize that there are many people out there that read my column and look forward to the news.  When people like you stop to take the time to drop me a line, I appreciate it so much.  I like it even better when they stop by for a visit.  Quite often I am out when visitors come by and I feel bad that I will not around to greet them.  Regretfully, I will be in the US the whole month of Oct)

Harry, as a regular reader of your newsletter I have benefitted a lot from the information provided.  As I have just returned from my last trip to the Philippines I thought it might be good to share some of my impressions:

Of the 3 weeks in the Philippines I spent about half in Angeles. I was also in Manila, Cebu City and Moalboal. Bars, in particular in Cebu City and Moalboal, were very disappointing and I would not recommend anybody to go there as long as the primary interest is bars/girls. I found Angeles to be busy and lively without any signs of concerns regarding recent developments. I was told that there were two raids (Aura and Nirvana) but I felt pretty safe in all bars.  Number of tourists seemed to be at least as high as a year ago and I had more problems finding accommodation than in prior years. Bars, in my opinion, are developing in two ways. They either “make it” and get bigger or do not “make it” and get smaller (e.g. Stampede or Cherries). Meeting ladies was not a problem in any bar but prices seem to be drifting apart. In the bars I always go to commodity prices varied between 1200 and 3000 which is a significantly wider range than before.  Regarding the girls I can also comment that there remains a continuous  inflow of new girls.  Unfortunately, I again did not manage to see you at the Stable. Maybe next year…Keep up the good work  Peter P.  (Will hope to see you next year)

My name is Josh and I’ve been a frequent flyer to Clark over the past few years and have an upcoming trip booked for mid-November. I’ve been reading your newsletters for the past couple of months now and the more I read the more worried I get. Is it true that there are no more bar fines in the bars anymore due to raids? I mean what is the point of visiting Angeles City, The entertainment capital of the Philippines, if you cannot secure companionship for the night anymore? Is this really the case or is it just certain types of bars this is happening to? Though I’m visiting Clark for more than just this purpose I would like to know whether I need to shore up my expectations a little or what. Thanks in advance for your response and I look forward to your ongoing news letters.  Josh H.  (Josh, let me say this.  Make that trip in November and I can assure you that your time will not have been wasted.  The entertainment remains, procedures are a bit different but it appears that visitors and those that live here have adjusted.  The hotels are filling up, the bars are seeing increased business and the good thing is that all the bars cannot be raided at the same time.  It is just like Prohibition where liquor was banned in the US but the booze continued to flow.  So be it in AC, thank goodness!)

Hi Harry, this is Rob from Brisbane. Just wanted to runa few things by you mate.  I met a guy over here who had bought an apartment for himself and his girl in Angeles.  He contacted a builder, who came out and agreed to do certain works and renovations.  The total cost was around 450,000 pesos and he was asked for a 50% deposit, so the builder could buy materials and start the work. He gave the builder 250,000 pesos and that was the last time that he saw or heard from the builder. He went to the Police, who advised him to consult a Lawyer. The Lawyer told him that it would be a waste of time to even try and get the money back, due to the cost. I then came across a guy from the States who I had met once before and this guy was truly stressed out totally. I got talking to him and he told me that he also had bought an apartment at Mawaque. He also wanted a fair bit of work done to bring the place up to a decent standard.  The builder claimed that all his work was to overseas standards and unfortunately this poor this guy did not know where the hell his money was going. He told me that the work being done just looked like crap and was costing him heaps. I said to him, would you like me to go out and have a look. He said mate, please. I went out and sure enough, the job was up to crap. I got Allan to tell the builder that I was his consultant and that every thing now went through me.  A 4 week job ended up taking 11 weeks and went about 150,000 pesos over budget. A new roof over a storeroom and dirty kitchen was rebuilt 3 times to get it correct. Shit mate, what a mess.  I firstly made the builder do quotes, I then checked these quotes and made the builder do the work properly. To cut a long story short, I eventually sacked the builder, got others in to finish the work and it did end reasonably happy. Although there was a bad taste left in both our mouths.

My suggestion is to get quotes, have the quotes checked carefully and have the workers watched to make sure that decent work practices are carried out.  Also Harry, I am a qualified electrician and data technician and I have been in the building industry for over 40 years. I have had hands on experience with: concreting, brick & block laying, plumbing, framing, sheeting, roofing, plastering, painting, tiling and of course electrical. I would be happy to act as a Building Consultant for anyone wanting to have any building or renovation works carried out, for a very reasonable fee. I would check quotes, make sure that the work is carried out properly and advise when to make any payments to the builder. My cell number here is 0998 3427 135. Thanks Harry and all the best to you and your family. Rob. (Rob, your story is not uncommon. One thing you left out is to tell people to buy all materials themselves. My wife has supervised all our construction and and keeps a close eye on the contractor. That is a must! Having someone like you as a building consultant would be a wise decision for someone without experience. Also, never give a contractor a deposit to buy materials to start the job. Get the list he needs and buy it yourself. Then pay once a week for work accomplished)

Harry, keep up the good work with the informative newsletter, it’s a god send for people in Europe like me. And do not believe all this stuff about Cambodia being the dogs bollocks. I’ve been once and won’t be returning.  Admittedly I only spent time in Phnom Penh but, all in all, it wasn’t that clean, cheap or friendly a place and the women were not a patch on Filipinas.  Anyone who doesn’t like the changes going on in AC needs to explore some of the 7,107 Philippine Islands instead of automatically heading over to Thailand or Cambodia. That way guys who can make a conversation stretch further than”how much and how long you stay” will find what a truly wonderful place the Philippines and it’s people really are.  All the best, Jon c. (Jon, I agree with you wholeheartedly about Cambodia.  Yes, if the tourists would expand their field of interest they would discover a wonderful world, far more interesting than just Fields Ave) 

G’DAY Harry , BLUEY HOBBS FROM BRISBANE AUST , YOU MAY NOT REMEMBER THIS FAT MAN BUT I STAYED AT YOUR STABLE OVER LAST XMAS AND KEPT YOUR GIRLS WELL FED BOTH WITH FARE FROM YOUR FINE KITCHEN AND FROM CHOCOLATES I SHIPPED IN FROM AUST, WE WERE PLANNING A TRIP AGAIN FOR NEXT YEAR BUT THE DOCTORS AT THE LOCAL HOSPITAL HAD DIFFERENT IDEAS. I WAS TOLD LAST MONTH THAT I HAVE RENAL CELL CARCINOMA IN MY LIVER AND THEY SUSPECT I’LL ONLY SEE 6 MONTHS MAXX . KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK Harry AND SAY HELLO TO ALL MY GIRLS AT LA CASA QUICK UPDATE, HAD A MEETING ON MONDAY WITH THE HEAD ONCOLOGIST , CONFIRMED ALL THE FUCKED NEWS , BUT SAID HE CAN GIVE ME SOME DRUGS TO GET AN EXTRA 6 MONTHS , SO I JUMPED AT THEM , FUCK ME THEY COST $6,000 PER MONTH , BUT THIS COOL CHINAMAN ARRANGED FOR ME TO GET THEM FOR FREE SO WE’LL GIVE ‘EM A GO.  I’LL STAY IN TOUCH………………BLUEY  (Damn, I am so tired hearing about this damn nasty cancer.  Have another very close friend in Australia undergoing treatment as well and fighting the battle for survival.  Blue, good thing you got the drugs for free.  Good luck to you)

Hello harry’the beautiful pictures of the girls in if I could I would “well I sent e mail too mayene_mhine@yahoo.com. also too lingzki_14@yahoo.com. but all came back as mailer-daemon@yahoo.com failure notice tired 3 different ways yahoo.com yahoo.com. yahoo.com.ph so is there a special way or girls re-done there e mail address? Cheers.  (Just like I have always said, you just can’t believe what these girls say. Pretty soon I will not include their Email address, just name the bar and that is it. I can’t trust them.  If I had one of those fancy phones where you can send and receive Emails on the spot I would check their Email while talking to them. Never figured out how to use those phones.  When my son reaches 18 I will take him with me and get him an Ipad or whatever it is)

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Hi Harry, Thanks for publishing earlier updates on Barbarino’s. Here is the latest…. We have taken the Lease on the property next door (currently a videoke), effective the 1st October. On that day, the videoke will be closed, and we will start renovations. We expect this to take 2-3 weeks, during which time, we will remain open.  We will connect to the extra space with internal glass sliding doors. It will be open as required. It will not just be more of the same…..The new space will of course have tables, but it will also feature soft furnishings, also a TV to show sports such as Cricket, Rugby, Aussie Rules and American Football. Additionally, it will feature a pizza oven, so we can broaden our menu. It can also be used for private parties, small music gigs, meetings, and so forth. We expect the atmosphere will be a bit more “clubby” than the current operation, but still friendly and sociable. Our menu has been modified to take account of some items that were proving hard to find. Also to include some items that were selling well as Specials, for example Beef Croquettes, Salmon Steaks, and some of the more popular soft drinks. We shall continue to try and improve selection as we get feedback from our Customers. This expansion comes at quite a cost, but we are confident that we can deliver a new and improved experience to our solid band of regular Customers, which continues to grow, slowly but surely.  Thanks and best regards, Kevin (Kevin, will take a look when I come back from the US in Nov)

The Immigration office located on Clark will be moving to the Marquee Mall.  I guess that will be convenient for those without cars that found it difficult to get to the Clark location.  I do not know the exact location within the Marquee Mall at this time. More good news.  The police are supervising the dismantling of the squatter stalls near the checkpoint and the Muslim vendors on Real St., and along the side street of Kokomo’s will be moved to that area.  A night market will be established.  Finally, those intrusive stores will be moved allowing more room for vehicles to pass safely on Real St.  Maybe one problem will be an increase in the slow movement of vehicles in the Checkpoint area which is already a colossal traffic jam at various times of the day and night.

US VETERANS – CLOTHING ALLOWANCEHarry, Please do not provide my e-mail address for I do not want any credit for trying to assist US Veterans that are on a limited budget in the Philippines and should not have been denied clothing allowances for 2014 due to the type of back brace they was issued at the VA clinic, Manila.  Please post on your site. The below may be an avenue for US Veterans that were denied clothing allowances for 2014 to get them back by filing an appeal or maybe the clinic Manager may reverse her decision to deny and refile 2014 claims.  Handshake across the miles, A Friend of US Veterans. http://www.va.gov/vetapp14/Files4/1426018.txt Citation Nr: 1426018, Decision Date: 06/09/14 Archive Date: 06/16/14, DOCKET NO. 11-08 755A ) DATE.  On appeal from the Department of Veterans Affairs Central Texas Veterans Health Care System.

THE ISSUE - Entitlement to an annual clothing allowance for 2010.

REPRESENTATION  - Appellant represented by: Texas Veterans Commission ATTORNEY FOR THE BOARD – C. L. Krasinski, Counsel INTRODUCTION The Veteran had active military service from July 1979 to May 1992 and from January 2003 to January 2004.  This matter comes before the Board of Veterans’ Appeals (Board) on appeal of a decision of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Central Texas Veterans Health Care System. In a September 2010 decision, the Central Texas Veterans Health Care System denied a claim for an annual clothing allowance for 2010.  In March 2011, the Veteran requested a hearing before the Board. A hearing was scheduled in April 2014, but the Veteran failed to report to the hearing without explanation. Accordingly, the Board will proceed as if the hearing request had been withdrawn.  The Board has reviewed the file on the “Virtual VA” system in addition to the Veteran’s physical claims file to ensure a complete assessment of the evidence. FINDINGS OF FACT

1. Service connection is in effect for degenerative disc disease of the lumbar spine.
2. The Veteran’s service-connected lumbar spine disorder is managed with the use of a back brace, which has resulted in wear and tear of the Veteran’s clothing.

3. The Veteran has been in receipt of a clothing allowance since 2008. 4. The Veteran is entitled to a clothing allowance for 2010.

CONCLUSION OF LAW Resolving all reasonable doubt in the Veteran’s favor, the criteria for entitlement to an annual clothing allowance for the 2010 calendar year have been met. 38 U.S.C.A. §§ 1162, 5107 (West 200); 38 C.F.R. §§ 3.102, 3.810 (2013).

REASONS AND BASES FOR FINDINGS AND CONCLUSION As the Board is granting the Veteran’s claim in full, there is no need to discuss whether there has been compliance with the duties to notify and assist. VA will pay a clothing allowance when the Under Secretary for Health (formerly the Chief Medical director) or such designee certifies that because of a service-connected disability, a prosthetic or orthopedic appliance (including a wheelchair) is worn or used which tends to wear out or tear the clothing of the Veteran. 38 U.S.C.A. § 1162; 38 C.F.R. § 3.810 (2010, 2013). The Veteran receives compensation for several service-connected disabilities, including a lumbar spine disability for which he uses a prescribed back brace. The Veteran has been in receipt of a clothing allowance since 2008 and contends that the back brace is rigid and tends to wear out his clothing. See the Veteran’s October 2010 statement. Although in September 2010 and November 2010 statements, VA’s Chief of Prosthetic and Orthotic Lab indicated that the Veteran’s back brace was not rigid and had no exposed metal, the Board finds that the Veteran was in need of a clothing allowance for use of his back brace in 2010. The record supports the Veteran’s contentions that the back brace is the type that would be likely to result in wear and/or tear on the Veteran’s clothing. Notably, the fact that the Veteran was in receipt of a clothing allowance in 2008 and 2009 supports this argument. In other words, VA had previously approved the back brace in question for a clothing allowance. Furthermore, in an April 2010 letter, VA indicated that a rigid back brace was an example of an appliance that tends to wear and tear clothing. Resolving all reasonable doubt in favor of the Veteran, the Veteran is entitled to an annual clothing allowance for the 2010 calendar year. See 38 U.S.C.A. § 5107(b); 38 C.F.R. § 3.102; Gilbert v. Derwinski, 1 Vet. App. 49 (1990). ORDER - An annual clothing allowance pursuant to 38 U.S.C.A. § 1162 for 2010 is granted.  Veteran’s Law Judge, Board of Veteran’s Appeals Department of Veterans Affairs.

VAHALLA UPDATE:  It was good news to hear that the girls detained from Vahalla were finally released from jail.  It took a bit of time because the first judge took a bit too long to settle the case and a second judge took over and after checking the facts decided that the case should be dismissed for lack of evidence.  To continue, the good news is that the Cynthia case was opened for “re-investigation” and again the case was dismissed.  No payments were made to anyone except to their lawyer in Manila.  The CIDG Chief, Bruno, is not happy as his case in the Ombudsman is still pending.  Maybe justice will prevail in his case and we will not see him in this neighborhood again.

As I have written before, the CIDG was using expat “rats” as assets to set up bars for raids.  There is one guy you definitely do not want in your bar.  According to a source He was described to me as a rather large man who claims to be a policeman from Hong Kong, wears a black jacket and black pants and tee shirts of various colors.  He has been seen quite often in the company of CIDG Chief Bruno, of course that was before he was relieved.  He is also not shy about showing his badge around his neck.  This man in question was from New Zealand originally.  I do have a name but will omit that for now.  It appears that many know his name already.  Someone that has spoken to this man tells me that he states he was sent here by Australia/New Zealand police to help the Philippines solve crimes. Supposedly there is more than one of them and he is fully paid by those Governments.  I did not know that solving crimes meant assisting in setting up bars for raids. I thought that maybe some energy would be lent to help solve some of the robberies and murders in this town. Guess we should be lucky.  There is more money in raiding bars.  (Update: Dear readers, my intent in passing this information on was to warn bar owners about this individual.  Part of what I passed on mentioned the Boomerang Hotel.  Someone wrote the Boomerang and accused management of “being in cohorts with him”.  This is not true.  I know the owners and they would not do anything to hurt the bars.  They, and all Hotels depend a lot on the bars being left alone to conduct their business.  I have removed the reference to the Boomerang, not because I was asked to do so as no one did, but simply because some are taking it the wrong way.  This man, who I do not call a “rat” because he is different for the assets being used.  Supposedly he is here on official business from Australia to work with the corrupt CIDG in a task that I and many others find very objectionable.  Just like our US Home land security agents I wish these so  called “Agents” would stay home and fight crime there.  But a hotel does not always know who their customers are and any travel office run by women who have their own personal lives does not always have knowledge of what their boyfriends do and are not responsible for his actions.  Someday I will no doubt run into this man who might be a nice guy but I would not hesitate to tell him I strongly disagree with his mission, even if he  is operating under orders.  That is my personal opinion but I will tell you this, the Boomerang owners are definitely not in cohorts with this “agent”, he might be a customer as he is a customer in many establishments around town.  He is not hiding, I just want people to know who he is and base your service to him as you see fit.  Just do not judge any hotel, much less the Boomerang, who might end up serving him.

Here are the 10,535 pages of Obama Care condensed to 4 sentences… As humorous as this sounds…every word of it is true. 1. In order to insure the uninsured, we first have to uninsure the insured. 2. Next, we require the newly uninsured to be re-insured. 3. To re-insure the newly uninsured, they are required to pay extra charges to be re-insured. 4. The extra charges are required so that the original insured, who became uninsured, and then became re-insured, can pay enough extra so that the original uninsured can be insured, which will be free of charge to them.

How long will it be before this “grow hard” pill is sold by the street vendors on Fields Ave? An erectile dysfunction drug that reduces by half the time patients need to take the pill before sexual activity has won approval for marketing in the United States. The drug, Stendra, is the first erectile dysfunction drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration that can be taken about 15 minutes prior to sexual activity. (Hey guys, perfect for short time activities)Stendra was first approved in 2012 when it was indicated for use 30 minutes before sexual activity.

  The drug, developed by Vivus Inc, is marketed in the United States and Canada by Auxilium Pharmaceuticals Inc.  Pfizer Inc’s blockbuster erectile dysfunction drug, Viagra, can be taken about an hour before sexual activity. Stendra, which is sold as Spedra in the European Union, is available in multiple dosages and may be taken with or without food and moderate alcohol consumption, the companies said on Thursday.  (Good, can still toss back a few San Miguel’s)

JOKE (Thank you James) Lawyer: “I have some good news and some bad news.” CEO: “I had an awful day. Let’s hear the good news first.” Lawyer: “Your wife invested $20,000 in five pictures that are worth a minimum of $2 million.” CEO: “Well done, very good news indeed! You’ve made my day. Now what is the bad news?” Lawyer: “These pictures are of you in bed with your secretary.”.  (oops, one of those “Oh Shit” days)

For those customers using the fiber optic system for your internet this is the explanation provided by Converge for the internet problems: It was a combinati0n 0f a sub sea cable that went to HK had failed and under sea repair by the hutc 0wner took 4 weeks. Then just this week Friday we suffered a large lightning hit which required replacement of several imported servers. All is back to normal now.

American nabbed by police- I received this Email recently - I heard there is an American by the name of Paul Obney being held at Nepo MPU (Mobile Police Unit) in Angeles City who has been charged with pedophilia. He was arrested September 17, 2014 and the case against him is extensive. Just prior to that I received this text message:  ”Hi guys, HEADS UP.  I just found out my 40 plus yr old American friend  from Diamond subdv., Paul Oben was kidnapped today outside his house at 0930 today.  The guys beat the shit out of him and then threw him in a van and took off.  A bystander went to help and the thugs said they were the PNP police.  No one got the plate number.  All police stations and hospitals have been checked and there’s no sign of him anywhere.  Paul Oben is skinny and wears glasses.  heads up u could be next.  Send this to everyone u care about.” On 22 Sep I received this message from Paul Obney:

 

                            NEWSPAPER

“It is 6 PM September 11, 2014. I am having dinner and watching a movie with my 31 year old fiancé in my apartment. Across town a 16 year old girl is telling her older sister that between 6 PM and 7 PM I paid to grope her near Phillies off Fields Avenue. As me and my fiancé go to bed on September 11, 2014 across town the older sister waits two hours to contact PO3 Nagayo to make a police report. During the police report, the charge expands from groping to a sex for pesos saga allegedly beginning in 2009 and continuing into 2014. The girl was 11 in 2009 and is now 16. The following morning PO3 Nagayo leads an arrest team to apprehend Paul Obney. They arrive at 7:45 AM in an unmarked car, wearing civilian clothes, one with a pistol in his waistband. They do not present identification nor do they state the charges against me. Fearing thugs trying to kidnap me I begin yelling, “Help, help, help” loudly and defensively try to prevent being forced into the rear seat of the car. Because there are two of them and one of me and because they are younger and stronger, I am finally forced into their car and we drive off. I ask if they have a warrant and the lead policeman says they have an Interpol report and naked pictures of me with young children.  Twenty minutes into the trip they reach into their respective wallets and show me police identification.

I first learned of the trafficking charges on Monday when I am being photographed at Station 4. It is written on the placard for my photo.  The arrest report indicates that I refused to sign the statement of my rights. This is not true. Someone falsified that information.  Margarita Station and the local newspaper the Journal are running stories about me which are false and libelous. There is no Interpol report. You can go to the Interpol website and run my name. I was living for several years in Cambodia. I was not arrested for child sex. You can confirm with the US State Department and the Cambodian Government.  Those who perpetuate this false story are violating libel laws and will be addressed accordingly. If you are interested in the story and want the full report please contact me at paulobney@yahoo.com. I will gladly give interviews from whatever jail I am detained. You can also call my cell, my fiancé monitors it, 09233381634.

Naturally I was interested in the story as I had so many people contacting me to mention the “abduction” and then reports of his arrest and nefarious activities.  I did send an Email and also tried to call but someone answered the phone and left it open without speaking.  I decided to visit Station 4 and was able to speak with the Commander, Police Chief  Inspector Romeo P. Castro.  He related the circumstances of the arrest of Paul and provided me with a copy of their Special Report dated 16 Sep.  It reads as follows:

1.  References:

     a.  Letter from PDIR Alfxredo N. Caballes (Ret), Head Executive Asst. Philippine Center on Transnational Crime, Interpol Manila dated June 23, 2014 and

     b.  Copy of undated Email from Skoglunn Fredick, Ciminal Intelligence Officer, Crimes Against Children Unit Interpol General Secretariat, France.

2.  Above references pertain to information received from a concerned citizen regarding a certain Paul Obney, American National, renting a place in Diamond Subd in Balibago, Angeles City.  Accordingly, subject person was released from detention in Cambodia and apparently planning for another trip to the Philippines to seek underage girls for sex.

3.  Acting on the information received, PSSupt Eden T. Ugale, Acting City Director, ACPO instructed the undersigned to make a record check and ascertain if subject person is indeed in the country particularly in Angeles City.

4.  Based on the reports provided by the Interpol, WCPD Office together with members of the Mobile Patrol Unit conducted surveillance and discreet investigation to check on the veracity of the report.  The said suspect was frequently spotted at several places in Balibago, Angeles City from July 2014 on-wards.

5.  On September 10, 2014 at about 10:00 in the morning, the persons of Carol Luna and Loida Patindol, Brgy Balibago Social Workers came to this Office to report that a concerned citizen, who happened to be a former victim of the suspect came to their Office and reported that she saw the suspect while she was on board a jeepney at Balibago, Angeles City, fearing that said suspect will be victimizing minors, she sought the help of Hon Rodelio H. Mamac, Brgy Captain, Balibago this City who further referred the case to this Office.

6.  On September 11, 2014 at around 10:PM, PO3 Arnold Nagayo, member MPU informed this Office through telephone call about an alleged case of sexual abuse wherein a 16 year old female was victimized by Paul Obney.  Follow-up operation was made by the MPU on the early morning of September 12, 2014 which resulted in the arrest of one Paul Stanley Obney Jr, 67 years old, American National and presently residing at Apartment C 10-8 Marcellius Std., Diamond Subd., Balibago, Angeles City, who was identified through his passport with Nr.  470591146.

7.  The said suspect and the victim were turned over to this Office for further investigation and disposition.  An interview was made by SPO3 Evelyn M. Pineda to the victim, aka “Kim”, 16 years old (identify withheld pursuant to Sec 7 of RA 9208) who revealed that she has long been being victimized by the said suspect who took advantage of her tender age and vulnerability, which made her a victim of trafficking.

8.  That arrested suspect was presented to inquest proceedings conducted by Hon Mark Oliver Sison for violation of Sec 6, Para A of RA 9208 and Article 148 (Direct Assault) and Article 151 (Resistance and Disobedience to a Person in Authority of the Agents of such person) of the RPC who recommended for his continuous detention.  The said case was docketed under IS Nr 111-o1-INQ-141-00625.

9.  Further, separate cases will be filed against the arrested suspect after several other victims surfaced and signified their willingness to file a case.

10.  For info and request acknowledge receipt.

OK, Paul is currently detained at the City Jail which means he is in the system and  no doubt will be there a long time waiting for hearings and eventually a judge will determine his guilt or innocence.  I make no judgement here, the matter in which he was apprehended was a bit scary and anyone taken on the street like that would resist and yell for help. The police should have identified themselves first.  The rest of the charges leads me to believe he better get himself a very good lawyer.  If he is truly into messing with underage girls, well, 174 is a good place for him.  If he is innocent then I hope he obtains his release quickly.  Right now though, I do believe it would be an interesting case to follow.  Anyone taking odds on his guilt or innocence?

Attorney General Eric Holder is resigning after heading the Justice Department for six years. A White House official says President Barack Obama will announce Holder’s departure later Thursday. Holder is the first black attorney general, and his tenure is the fourth longest on the job.  (This is great news! Hey, Sheriff Joe, you can relax now)

Joke of the month – “Meanwhile, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio assured the public it was safe to ride NYC subways after a warning on Thursday from Iraq’s prime minister that Islamist militants were planning attacks on the city.”  (I hate to tell you this Bill but – BULLSHIT! -)

TAPS 

22 Sep –  Veteran John Fortune has passed away.  Burial details will be provided at a later date.  Rhett, Cmdr DAV (Regretfully, no further details provided to me) 

 

OCT EVENTS

Friday-Sunday, October 10-12, 2014, Location: Hurlburt Field Picnic Grounds The 21st annual SGI Reunion will take place from Friday through Sunday, October 10-12, 2014 (Columbus Day Weekend) at the Hurlburt Field, FL Picnic Grounds off the South Side of Highway 98 just West of the runway. Please make plans now to attend our annual reunion.  Hope to see you there! Papasan & Goose TJ (I do not know how many SGI folks read this column (In the US and out of country) but I hope some would see this notice and maybe could attend this event.  The SGI troops are great warriors and they do not forget those who were family.  Wish this old Horse could attend.

21 Oct, Tuesday, Howard McKay Trivia Quiz at the Blue Boar Stable, 7 PM.

28 Oct, Tuesday, the return of Howard McKay with his new musical event. Stable, 7 PM

FAT BOYS WEIGH-IN

Once again the light, medium, heavy and very heavy Fat Boys descended on Angeles City for their annual Charity Rugby Tournament at Challenger Field, Clark.  They had a Golf Tournament in the afternoon, then a dinner afterwards and that evening they joined up at Phillie’s Sports Grill for a fun filled “weigh\in” which is necessary to balance the weight of each team.  Phillie’s was standing room only and 10% of sales that night went towards the Fat Boys Charity fund.  The next day, Saturday, the weather cooperated and the stands were filled with cheering fans.  There were no heart attacks suffered by any of the players and oxygen was not necessary.  It was a fun two days and many of the Clubs on Fields Ave were glad to see a bit of an increase in business.  I am happy to have a few pictures of the weigh in to share but would have had more except that I accidentally deleted a few of those in the audience.  Good thing my wife had a few on her IPad that we could transfer to me. Remember, if you missed the action this year, there is always next year, and remember also, that their objective is to raise money for charities here in Angeles City and do one hell of a great job in that department.  Thanks again Ross and company.

                                     

REPORT TO THE PRINCIPAL’S OFFICE

When I was a youngster in school and ordered to report to the Principal’s office I knew that I was in a bit of trouble.  But way back then I did not have any principal that looked as charming as Principal Grace Ann P. Marisiela, Villa Conception Elementary School at Anupul, Bamban, Tarlac.  If that was the case I would have gotten in trouble just to visit the Principal.  But, I am a bit older now and recently, Priscilla and I (oops, forgot, I decided to use my wife’s real name, Vina) went to visit this Elementary School to survey it for a possible Rotary Project. We happen to have our farm nearby and thought that they might be in need of some some of the funds our Rotary Club had allocated for a school improvement project.  Each board member was to visit a school and submit a project for possible approval.  The total fund was not much and more than one school would be considered. Anyway, when we visited we were so surprised at the reception given to us even though our visit was unannounced.  When we were introduced to principal we were surprised to see how young she was.  During our visit I was also surprised that this 27 year old charming woman was still single.  In short time she had already gained her Masters Degree (graduated Cum Laude) in Education and was now working on her PhD.  I was impressed with her personality, smile and charm. Yes, even Vina was impressed with her.  Naturally, I thought about my column and maybe introducing her to my readers.  I asked permission and she agreed.  Maybe one of you will make the effort to write to her and possible courtship?  She stands 5’2″ and is a bundle of energy and I repeat, personality plus.  Naturally she would like to communicate with a good man, with an age preference between 35 and 40 and she was very determined about that age spread.  Her Email address is: graceann_maristela@yahoo.com.  Bamban is located about a 20 minute drive from my Stable and if anyone ever gets to the stage of meeting Grace we can drive you there for your first visit.  The rest is up to you.  Good luck!

DOOR TO DOOR DELIVERIES

(Photo and story from Interaksyon.Com) – The reason I am printing this is to make those people in the US, Canada and other locations who use the door to door service of companies like ALTEC, FOREX and others when shipping those Balikbayan boxes to expect much longer delays than the 35 days we are used to.  I have a friend here who has been waiting for 3 months.  Guess what?  He traced the shipment to Manila where it has been sitting for a hell of a long time.  Vina and I, when visiting the US we usually ship 4 to 6 boxes via FOREX in Las Vegas so we expect at least a four month delivery time.  Leave it to the local Manila politicians to create an unrealistic truck ban without anticipating the consequences.  I wonder if Mayor Eric Estratda was one of the planners of this disaster?  Just asking. MANILA – Philippine furniture maker Betiscrafts Inc should have delivered a shipment of custom-made chairs to Middle East customers last month.  But a cargo from China of imported fabric needed for the upholstery has been held up by severe congestion at Manila’s main port, where containers have piled up since February when a daytime ban on trucks plying the city roads came into effect. Worried about the hit to the economy, the government intervened on Sept. 13 to end the 7-month long ban, although the move may have come too late for many companies that ship to Western markets for the critical Christmas season.  Electronics manufacturers, garment makers and food producers are facing delays and rising costs due to the backlog at the choked port, which handles more than 80 percent of foreign trade, holding back growth in Southeast Asia’s fifth-largest economy.

  “I never expected that the situation will turn as bad as this,” Myrna Bituin, owner of Betiscrafts, sighed. “We are at a loss. We are under a lot of stress. I could not deliver, and if I don’t deliver then my clients abroad will also lose business.” The port woes embody the huge challenges still facing President Benigno Aquino to modernise the country’s dilapidated roads, ports and airports that are constraining growth.  ”The port congestion has resulted in a stack of problems – stuck cargo, rising costs of transporting products by truck, as well as widespread traffic jams brought about by trucks queuing to collect cargo,” the president said in what was billed as an agenda-setting speech earlier this month.  Annual growth in the second quarter quickened to 6.4 percent, the fastest in Asia after China, but Trade Secretary Gregory Domingo said this month the economy could have clocked 7 percent growth if not for the port problems.  ”Congestion is complex and requires strategic action in many different directions. Like most problems, it took a short time to occur but it is going to take a long time to solve,” said Christian Gonzalez, Head of the Asia-Pacific Region at International Container Terminal Services Inc.

Earnings, government revenue hit

The port gridlock was an unintended consequence of a local government plan
to improve traffic and reduce pollution in the city of Manila – the truck ban on the city’s roads lasted for 16 hours daily from 5 am.  In a sign of the impact, imports fell in annual terms in May and June, and exports slowed in July. Data on Thursday is expected to show a third month of declines for imports.  Some firms have reduced hours or put workers on unpaid leave, pointing to weakness in production, said Sergio Ortiz-Luis, President of the Philippine Exporters Confederation.  The government is worried too. Tax collections in August came in $339 million below target, and the main tax agency blamed the supply-chain mess for crimping corporate profits. With the backlog of 20,000 containers expected to take months to clear, there are worries about the impact on exporters of electronics goods, the nation’s biggest foreign exchange earner after remittances from overseas workers.

  Lonely Christmas Dan Lachica, President of the Semiconductor and Electronics Industries in the Philippines, Inc (SEIPI) said he knew one company lost 50 percent of its contracted volume to a competitor overseas.  ”If you don’t fix the problem, that 50 percent will increase and could ultimately lead to the company shutting down.”  As well as just delaying trade, the gridlock has cost some firms business as they have worried about letting customers down leading into the Christmas season.  Starwood Manufacturing, which exports photo frames and a host of wooden home decor items, said it had to decline $75,000 of additional Christmas orders for fear they might not reach clients in the United States on time.  ”We really have to deal with this on our own because the damage will be on us – our relationship with our clients, our future business and our orders,” said Evelyn Tan, production manager at Starwood.  (The S&R store in San Fernando held a big sale recently.  Loads of people on opening day, including my wife.  Problem:  Empty shelves, not much to offer.  Reason:  Still waiting for those container deliveries)

Received this message from Barry Truex -needless to say I could not make the opening.  Too busy getting busy for the trip and trying to write for Oct and Nov.  But, old Barry gets “A” for effort so the least I could do is give a bit of a plug for this new bar/resto.  Will check it out in Nov. “Wink bar and resto has its grand opening tonight. it will be a soft opening. it is located across the street from candy bar at the old Zapata building. It has an outdoor patio component as well  as  an indoor facility. There is a pool table. No dancers or gros just some very lovely waitresses. Conventional wisdom wouid say this place doesn’t have a chance but i like it and hope it beats the odds.The Aussie owner, Adam, is a charming host. I hope you can check it out, I think you will like it.   Yours (up to a point)  Barry.”

 

TOURIST OF THE MONTH

Professional Dart Player Robert Modra popped into Angeles City in between dart tournaments for a bit of rest and recreation.  He decided to stop by my stable for  a bit of practice on the boards to tighten up his game for an upcoming tournament in Japan (World dart championship).  Naturally he selected one of the better dart venues in town to do this as the stable features four well lighted dart boards and privacy as well.  Robert is from South Australia, 42 years old, single and is sponsored by multiple companies but is now known as a Hinotopy player. Robert is no stranger to AC as he lived in Porac for a period of time when he had a partner but now he visits much less, depending on his dart schedule.  He still loves the women in AC but has learned his lesson as he loves his freedom and does not want any restraints on his time.  Makes sense to me.  If he meets the right lady he might settle down.  Robert comes from a dart family with his Mom and Step-father as well as his younger brother all play darts.  He has two other brothers.  On this trip he stayed at the Sun Moon Hotel and does not have any favorite bar here.  When in Subic he likes to visit Rose’s Bar and play darts at the Lagoon Bar.  That should make Cliff the pipe very happy.  Darts is very popular in Barrio Barretto, much more than here in AC.  Guess it is time to wish Robert good luck in all his competitions so he wins those big money prizes and can afford to come on back to AC again.  It is such a pleasure to watch him play.  Oh, time to say hello to Roger’s sometime dart partner Steve MacArthur and hope he makes it back here as well in the near future.

PRESTIGE ANNIVERSARY

A couple of years ago the owner’s of Bretto’s International Food Corporation,  Bernard Bensimon and John Tiseo told me that they were going to open a restaurant at the Tune Hotel I was surprised. They had already taken over Bretto’s when it was losing popularity and turned it around to to be a very successful operation.  I was not sure a restaurant at the Tune would be successful as I always considered the Tune a bare back hotel where they charged extra for everything to the point I thought they would charge for the oxygen to breathe on the premises.  But, they pressed on and in no time at all the “Prestige” opened its doors and I was privileged to be able to attend the grand opening festivities.  At the time, I must admit I was impressed, with the food and the decor. Now, one year later I am invited to their anniversary, this time with renown Norweigian Chef Erling Rune in attendance to prepare and present delicious delicacies that disappeared nearly as fast as they were put out.  Chef Rune was ably assisted by Chef Arem who has been with the Bretto’s team of GM Jean Barcornay, Bernard and John since day one.  How could one year pass so quickly?  In that year subtle changes were noticeable all of which contributed to its successful first year.  I was happy to have been able to take my son, Jim, who was visiting from Arizona and he was very impressed.  I was happy to be able to see many people I know, to include, former Congressman Carmelo Lazatin, Bruce and Ming McTavish, Karel Heinan, Colin, the Oyster King and many others.  It was a great evening, well attended, excellent food and, of course, wine.  Well done Chefs Erling and Arem. Regretfully, Chef Rune’s tenure came to an abrupt end a couple of weeks after this happy evening.  Not to worry though, Chef Arem is still on board to lead the Prestige to its second year.

 

                         

THE AMBASSADOR SUITES

                         

I was given the opportunity to tour the Ambassador Suites with owner John and General Manager Grant before I left for the US and it was a pleasure to do so.  To be honest, there are so many Condo units and hotels being built now and how to pick one Condo from another.  If it was me I would look at location, price and quality in construction.  Of course I would also look into all the paperwork, permits, and title requirements.  With all that aside I found the location to be convenient being only a few steps from the back of the ABC Hotel and fairly close to the Check point.  They are offering 1 and 2 bedroom units on the ground and second floors and 2 bedroom Penthouse units on the 3rd and 4th floors (These are larger in sq. footage)

I could only look at the units on the ground floor because of my difficulty in climbing stairs and that was disappointing.  From what I could see the units are well built, nicely decorated and I wish I could take a few of the pictures off the wall for my own use.  The swimming pool is a lap type, long and narrow.  It was empty at the time but one end is deep enough for a diving board and it sure would be great to swim a few laps in the heat of the dry season.  The owners, yes, more than one have worked together to put together a decent place to live.  Some units on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th floors have either been reserved or sold already.  The prices range from $89,000 to $230,05 (subject to change) excluding all title transfer related fees and charges. That is my intro to a fine new Condo project, for more details contact Grant@theambassadorsuites.com or call +63 (0) 928 362 8136 or simply click on their ad.

Here I am again, at the conclusion of another month but under a bit of pressure to get ready for our trip to Las Vegas.  To be honest, my wife does ALL the preparations or organizing paperwork and packing six suitcases, two each.  She also weighs them with this suitcase weigh gadget and all I do is make sure we have enough money. Up to the last minute I am thinking of this column and have already started the Nov column.  One full month out of country makes it difficult to get the information for Nov so be prepared for a lot of Las Vegas writings.

As soon as we get back we will start organizing for our yearly charity work, Santa on the go again.  September, I think, was a decent month.  Tourists arrivals are picking up and business owners are getting over the low season doldrums.  The older I get the more uncomfortable the long plane ride is for me.  But, I get a wheel chair and that sure makes the trip a lot easier.  What upsets me is I REALLY need the wheelchair!  With that I will close up shop and get these weary bones into bed, safe in the knowledge that everyone will remember to be kind to Horses.

 

HTH POLITICAL RANTS – STOP HERE

Do you know what happened 164 years ago this summer…. September 9, 1850?  California became a state! The people had no electricity, the state had no money and almost everyone spoke Spanish. There were gunfights in the streets.  So basically NOTHING has changed except back then the women had real tits and the men didn’t hold hands.  And that, my friends, is your history lesson for today.

The Netherlands, where six per cent of the population is now Muslim, is scrapping multiculturalism.  The Dutch government says it will abandon the long-standing model of multiculturalism that has encouraged Muslim immigrants to create a parallel society within the Netherlands.  (This was only the first paragraph of a longer message sent to me.  I did not put the whole message here because I think you understand the message.  The Dutch woke up to reality, when is America, UK, AUS and other countries going to do the same?  Oh, I know, when these savages behead Americans of the streets of New York and other cities.  Don’t let the Government take away your guns and ammunition. You will need them!)

A really good way to explain something that seems so hard  to understand… I hope that you like it…

DO YOU WANT TO KNOW WHY ISIS MUST BE DESTROYED? WHY DIPLOMACY WILL NOT WORK WITH THESE ANIMALS? WHY US GENERALS ARE AT ODDS WITH OBAMA? HERE IS THE ANSWER!

 

                              

A British imam gave a television interview this week in which he defended acts of terror, including the beheading of foreign journalists, as consistent with the teachings of the Koran, Breitbart News blogger John Sexton reported. London-based cleric Anjem Choudary told Russia Today that “terrorizing the enemy is in fact part of Islam” in an interview with the English-language RT news program, “Worlds Apart.”  Choudary cited a passage of the Koran that calls for Muslims to use “steeds of war by which you may terrify the enemy of Allah.” “So terrorizing the enemy is in fact part of Islam,” Choudary said. “I mean this is something that we must embrace and understand as far as the jurisprudence of Islam is concerned.” Sexton wrote that, “Choudary went on to say that Muslims make no distinction between civilians and armed forces since civilians elect the leaders who direct the armed forces.”  Choudary, also a lawyer who lectures on Sharia law, headed an Islamic group, Al Muhajiroun, which was banned in the United Kingdom.  Two attendees of Al Muhajiroun events were arrested in the 2013 murder of a British Army veteran of the Afghanistan war, who was stabbed to death in broad daylight on a busy London street.  (Please note the bit above that I highlighted.  Sort of justifies Israel bombing the hell our of the Palestinians and not worry about killing civilians, right?  After all they elected HAMAS killers to govern them) This is an interesting and informative discussion by a former Muslim on ISIL and Islam, what it is and what it isn’t.  Quite compelling:  President Obama, Hillary, Kerry, Pelosi, Reid, Congressional members, all House of  Representatives and all AMERICANS, YOU MUST look at the message below.  Maybe President Obama and others will quit being so stupid about the threat of Islam in our back yards.  Sure, allow more Mosques to be built in our neighborhoods, a breeding ground for Islamic terrorists.  

https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=698996990181639

Sure no “boots on the ground”, limited bombing, train Syrians instead of supporting the Kurds in the North.  No problem Obama, just have each state start expanding all cemeteries, we will need the extra room.)

This was sent to me by Mike S. who is living here in Angeles City and wanted this in my “Political Rants”.  I could not figure out how to insert the news program video showing the meeting:

Harry, You ready for this one? If the idea of food stamps weren’t already such a terrible move by our government, we present to you… Muslims who want to make the program fit their Islamic Agenda. Muslim activists in Minnesota demand their own section in a food bank so that illiterate families can pick up food that that isn’t… islamic enough? Even as we type this we are getting confused. I think I am even more confused. Not only do they want an American program to change due to their islamic standards, they also expect $150,000 for it. Oh and keep in mind that’s only to start the food shelf up. There isn’t a plan yet, get this, on how much will sustain it. This makes my blood boil. I wouldnt care a bit if this was a privatized system, but it isn’t. It’s a government program, that takes my taxes, and yours too. So as a law-abiding, and tax-paying citizen, you bet I’m not sitting this one out. This WILL not happen in my country. Share this to expose what Muslims are up to in this country. This CANNOT continue.  You Like? (No Mike, I do not like!  I would have kicked them out of my office instead of telling them it would be considered.  That is an example of our gutless politicians.  I would also tell them to take their Halal food and shove it up their collective asses.  Who the hell do these people think they are?  If they want Halal food on grocery shelves then open their own stores with their own money just like the Filipino’s, Japanese, Thai, Chinese, Greeks, and so on do.  Then they can spend their food stamps in their own stores. These are people who want to kill Americans but yet want our food stamps? Something wrong here.  By the way CAIR representatives can kiss my butt as well) 

NOTE:  I asked Mike if he was still a Swedish citizen and this was his reply which further depicts how negative immigration is hurting countries:

“Hi Harry, well, I still am and always will be  Swedish citizen even though I spend 6-8 months a year in Angeles (Josefa). Still working a couple of month a year.

And, as depressing as it might sound, it´s even worse here in Scandinavia.
Recently we have had an out of control “invasion” of muslims.
Somalis, Syrians, Iraqis and so on… hell, we even subsidise -with taxmoney- their mosques.
Just mentioning, the unemployment among Somalis is about 90%!
Given the fact that Sweden has probably the most generous welfare system in the world, you can easily imagine what a black hole in the economy these guys are..
The USA and Sweden are probably the two most “politically correct” countries in the western hemisphere and sadly I must say that we are on a very suicidal path.”

                   

 
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JEWISH HIGH HOLIDAY SCHEDULE – CLARK

Posted by admin on September 24, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

I WAS SUPPOSED TO PRINT THIS A FEW DAYS AGO AND FORGOT.  HOPEFULLY THE RABBI WILL UNDERSTAND.  

CHABAD LUBAVITCH OF CLARK JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER

IN LOVING MEMORY OF VICTORIA NASSER HERCZ

SCHEDULE OF SERVICES FOR THE HIGH HOLIDAYS

Elul 5774­ Tishrei 5775 / September – October 2014

Selihot Saturday, September 20 12 midnight

Monday September 22 ..7:00 am

Tuesday September 23 ..7:00 am

Selihot/Hattarat Nedarim ­ Wednesday, September 24 ..7:00 am

Rosh Hashanah

1st Night Wednesday, September24

Light candles ..5:33 pm

Praying ..7:00 pm

Kiddush and holiday meal (apple in honey) 19:45

1st Day Thursday, September 25

2nd Night Thursday, September 25 

2nd Day Friday, September 26 

Praying, Torah, Blowing of Shofar, Musaf ..9:30 am

Kiddush and holiday meal 14:30 pm

Minha followed by Tashlich after kiddush

Light candles after ..6:20 pm (transfer light from existing Flame)

Praying ..7:00 pm

Kiddush & holiday meal 19:45

Praying, Torah, Blowing of Shofar, Musaf ..9:30 AM

Kiddush and holiday meal 14:30 pm

Minha after kiddush

Shabbat Shuva

Night Friday, September 26

Day Saturday, September 27

Light candles (transfer light) ..5:31 pm

Praying ..7:00 pm

Kiddush 7:50pm

Praying, Torah, Musaf ..11:45 am

Kiddush 14:15 pm

Fast of Gedalia Sunday, September 28

Fast begins ..4:42 am

Shaharit, Selihot ..8:00 am

Fast ends 6:15 pm

Kaparot Friday, October 3

Kaparot 8:30–9:30 am

Festive meal before the fast 3:30 pm

Yom Kippur 

Night Friday, October 3

Day Saturday, October 4

Light candles, Fast begins ..5:26pm

Kol Nidrei, Praying ..6:30 pm

Praying, Torah, Memorial Service (Yizkor), Musaf .9:00 am

Minha ..4:00 pm

Ne’ilah ..5:00 pm

Fast Ends ..6:15 pm

Breaking of the fast and festive meal 7:00 pm

Sukkot

1st Night Wednesday, October 8

1st Day Thursday, October 9

Light candles ..5:23 pm

Praying ..6:30 pm

Kiddush in the Sukkah 7:15 pm

Praying, Torah, Musaf, blessing on Lulav..11:00 am

Kiddush in the Sukkah 14:30 pm

2nd Night Light candles after ..6:10 pm (transfer light from existing flame)

2nd Day Friday, October 10

Praying ..6:30 pm

Praying, Torah, Musaf, blessing on Lulav….11:00 am

Kiddush in the Sukkah 14:30 pm

Shabbat Chol Hamoed

Night Friday, October 10

Day Saturday, October 11

Light Candles ..5:21 pm (transfer light from existing flame)

Praying ..6:30 pm

Kiddush in the Sukkah 7:15 pm

Praying 11:30 am

Kiddush in the Sukkah 14:30 pm

Hoshanah Rabba

Night Tuesday, October 14 Study session at synagogue10:00 pm

Day Wednesday, October 15

Shmini Atzeret

Night Wednesday, October 15

Shaharit .7:15 am

Day Thursday, October 16

Light candles ..5:18 pm

Praying ..6:30 pm

Kiddush and dancing with Torah 7:15 pm

Praying, Torah, Memorial Service (Yizkor),

Musaf..11:00am

Kiddush in the Sukkah 14:30 pm

Simchat Torah

Night Thursday, October 16

Day Friday, October 17

Light candles after ..6:05 pm (transfer light from existing flame)

Praying ..6:30 pm

Kiddush and dancing with Torah 7:15 pm

Praying, Torah, Musaf, ..11:00 am

Kiddush and dancing with Torah 12:30 am

Shabbat Bereshit

Night Friday, October 17

Day Saturday, October 18

Light Candles (transfer light) ..5:17 pm

Praying ..6:30 pm

Kiddush 7:15 pm

Praying 11:30 am

Kiddush 14:30

Note: Kiddush is said with Shehechianu on both nights of Rosh Hashanah, on both nights of Sukkot, on Shmini Atzeret and on Simhat Torah.

WE WISH YOU ALL A HAPPY SWEET NEW YEAR!

כתיבה וחתימה טובה לשנה טובה ומתוקה, שנה של גאולה!

LONG LIVE OUR REBBE KING MOSHIACH FOREVER

 
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PEREGRINE’S REBUTTAL TO GGDC ALLEGATIONS

Posted by admin on September 17, 2014 in Breaking News

 

REBUTTAL TO GGDC ALLEGATIONS

During the week of 8 September a barrage of articles hit various media outlets throughout the Philippines concerning a dispute over the development of the Global Gateway Logistics City (GGLC) Project at the Clark Freeport Zone, Pampanga. These articles contained untrue statements and unsubstantiated allegations. They were released and heavily biased against the developer and prime contractor, Peregrine Development International (Peregrine), an American owned firm. Not a single outlet contacted Peregrine for comment before these articles were published.

At issue is a dispute between Peregrine and the project owner, Global Gateway Development Corporation (GGDC) who committed to fund and finance the 177 hectare green-field site adjacent to the Clark International Airport that has become known as GGLC.  It is important to know that Peregrine conceived the project in 2006 and paid 20,000 US Dollars for the right to develop the site. Through 2007, Peregrine conducted environmental and land use studies, developed a master plan and financial models and sought out third party investors. In the course of this search Peregrine identified and selected the Kuwait group known as KGL. One of the affiliates of KGL,  KGL Investment Company (KGLI) then agreed to carry the investment. The parties then memorialized their agreement in an Engineering Procurement Construction Management (EPCM) contract in 2008 which stipulated that Peregrine would retain exclusive rights to be the developer and prime contractor while KGLI would fund and finance the project for the duration of the 50 year lease. KGLI initially funded the project through a private equity fund called The Port Fund (TPF) and a local entity established in the Philippines, GGDC.

A dispute arose over a notice of termination that GGDC sent to Peregrine in April. The EPCM contract does mandate that all disputes were subject to arbitration. This is a key point since Philippine law does recognize the authority of arbitration tribunals, which has now been legally constituted in Singapore.  Thereafter, in May, GGDC filed for Arbitration in Singapore.

UNSUBSTANTIATED ALLEGATIONS – FACT CHECK

Statement: The press releases recently published in local and national papers failed to verify and fact check certain information or contact Peregrine for comment. Consequently, we feel that these have mislead the public to have a very wrong impression of Peregrine, much to its damage and prejudice. For example, this past week stated that GGDC had assumed “operational control” of the 177-hectare GGLC project in Clark after obtaining a favorable ruling from the Court of Appeals against project developer and contractor, Peregrine. This takeover was allegedly based on a 60 day Temporary Restraining Order issued by the Court of Appeals. However upon a thorough reading of the TRO one learns that the Appeals’ Court TRO only temporarily set aside for 60 days the previous rulings of the Regional Trial Court (RTC) where Peregrine had initially filed its complaint. The articles failed to note that Peregrine had filed, and is still pending an Urgent Motion for Reconsideration (MR). They also failed to point out what the CA TRO did or did not do. Please consider the following.

Fact Check: On 12 August 2014, the Court of Appeals, upon GGDC’s application, issued a Temporary Restraining Order to enjoin the enforcement of the RTC’s orders, to wit: “WHEREFORE, after deliberating on the petition for certiorari with application for temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction and supplement filed by petitioner Global Gateway Development Corporation (GGDC), the Opposition and Supplemental Opposition filed by private respondent Peregrine Development International, Inc., the Reply of petitioner and Consolidated Comment of private respondent, this Court Resolved to GRANT the petitioner’s application of temporary restraining order and ISSUE A TEMPORARY RESTRAINING ORDER, as prayed for, which shall be effective for sixty (60) days from filing and approval of the required bond, enjoining and preventing respondents from implementing the assailed Orders dated June 13, 2014 and June 27, 2014 as well as the writ of preliminary injunction dated June 30, 2014 issued by respondent Judge Omar T. Viola in SCA Case No. 14-480 entitled, “Peregrine Development International, Inc., versus Global Gateway Development Corporation”, and from conducting further proceedings in said case as well as in the related case of petition for indirect contempt in Case No. SCA 14-483. Petitioner is directed to post a bond, within a non-extendible period of five days from receipt of this resolution, in the amount of Ten Million Pesos (P10,000,000.00) executed by private respondent to the effect that petitioner will pay to such party all damages that the latter may sustain by reason of this TRO if this Court should finally decide that petitioner was not From the foregoing, it is evident that:

1. The CA’s TRO is only effective for sixty (60) days. Thus, it is only temporary.

2. It DID NOT permanently nullify or set aside the orders issued by the RTC. The said orders simply may not be enforced at this time. Indeed, it is possible that the CA may ultimately rule on the MR to affirm or uphold the RTC orders.

3. The CA DID NOT direct Peregrine to vacate the GGLC project site or remove it from possession.

4. The CA DID NOT authorize GGDC to take over the project site.

5. The CA DID NOT give license to GGDC to bring in new contractors, security force, or other workers to the project site.

6. The CA DID NOT rule that the EPCM Agreement has been validly terminated. This is a matter that has to be resolved by the Arbitral Tribunal in Singapore, a proceeding that has been initiated. The issue of the validity of the alleged termination was brought to the Arbitral Tribunal by GGDC itself.  It is stressed that the CA’s TRO only enjoins the RTC orders from being implemented. However, this DOES NOT mean that Peregrine no longer has any right under the EPCM Agreement. Again, this will only be resolved in arbitration. GGLC has no final legal court order or arbitral award, hence it has no right to disregard or throw away Peregrine, who has a contractual right to be the sole developer and prime contractor. For six years, Peregrine has been the sole EPCM contractor for the GGLC project. GGDC has no legal right to introduce new contractors or usurp the rights of Peregrine as the exclusive developer and prime contractor.

Statement: In many of the press releases this past week, GGDC cited alleged breaches by Peregrine including cost overruns, dealings unbeneficial to GGDC, the use of GGDC-funded assets for non-GGDC projects, failure to comply with applicable laws which materially affected the project’s implementation, failure to faithfully observe the procurement and bidding procedures to ensure competitive bidding, and willfully committing other acts inimical and adverse to the best interest of GGDC. Had these allegations been fact checked and looked into more closely, it would never have been printed.

Fact Check: Peregrine vehemently denies the allegations made by GGDC. The truth is, for the past six years GGDC has evaluated Peregrine’s performance on a quarterly basis based in large part based on monthly independent audits that GGDC itself conducts. These quarterly performance evaluations of Peregrine by GGDC reflect ratings of 100% for the last 10 consecutive quarters through the first quarter of 2014. The evaluations are based on Peregrine’s strict adherence to Schedule, Cost Control, Value-Added and Overall Performance. The cumulative average for all six years, through the first quarter of 2014, of Peregrine’s performance rating from GGDC is 96.8%. This fact cannot be denied by GGDC as it is supported by monthly budget, cost and independent audit reports and on site ocular visits. Further, GGDC has also asserted and certified, each and every year, in their annual GGLC project audited financial statements that they “are free from material misstatements whether due to fraud or error”. When taken together, GGDC monthly audits, their own audit certifications and their evaluation of Peregrine each and every quarter that their allegations are blatantly false, especially considering that their quarterly evaluations are not gratuitous as they equate directly to financial incentives that GGDC then must pay to Peregrine. A simple fact check of the audit reports and GGDC’s own Award Fee reports demonstrates that the GGDC allegations are baseless.

Peregrine’s stellar six year cumulative track record of 96.8% with the last ten successive quarters through the first quarter of this year rated at 100% seriously call into question GGDC’s statements that Peregrine has a history of contract violations and breaches. There have been NO cost overruns, NO use of GGDC assets for non-GGDC projects, NO failure to faithfully observe the procurement and bidding procedures to ensure competitive bidding, NO failure to comply with applicable laws or regulations, and NO willfully committing other acts inimical and adverse to the best interest of GGDC. There is not one single incident, example or proof that GGDC can offer. A simple fact check of the GGDC audited and certified GGLC financial statements, audited monthly budget, cost and audit reports and Award Fee evaluations will substantiated that Peregrine does not have a history of contract violations and breaches, not one single incident.

Similarly, on closer scrutiny of the termination notice sent by GGDC to Peregrine in April 2014, readers would quickly realize that the only reason cited in the termination notice was that the EPCM agreement was being terminated unilaterally because 51% of GGDC’s ownership had supposedly been sold to an alleged third party. There was no mention of any performance issues, impropriety, irregularity, contract violations or breaches or any wrong doing by Peregrine at that time. The allegations of breaches were belatedly made by GGDC over six weeks later, and only after Peregrine contested GGDC’s attempt to terminate the EPCM agreement as illegal and invalid.

Statement: Many of the press releases this past week also stated that Peregrine failed to abide by the termination of the agreement and has reportedly caused millions of dollars of unnecessary losses to GGDC. Peregrine rejects GGDC’s allegations because in fact, it was GGDC who failed to abide by the terms of the contract when it inappropriately issued its termination notice. In reality, it is Peregrine that is, and continues to be, seriously and irreparably harmed by the illegal and invalid termination of the EPCM contract by GGDC.

Fact Check:Further to GGDC’s improper and invalid termination, on June 3rd maliciously removed over a million US Dollars from the Working Capital Account (WCA) that was used to fund and finance the project. This money was previously budgeted, allocated and approved by GGDC, including over a million of this for ongoing construction work that had been performed on the Medical City hospital. A review and audit of the WCA checking account will illustrate that on June 3rd millions dollars was in fact withdrawn by GGDC. It was GGDC’s own unilateral act that caused 14 checks previously drawn on the account to immediately bounce for insufficient funds. In good faith, and with hope that issues could be resolved, Peregrine continued to fund work through June and July using its own funds. Notably, while Peregrine had been granted a Writ of Preliminary Injunction by the RTC of Angeles that required GGDC to reconstitute the status quo, GGDC refused to comply. In August, Peregrine was left with no choice but to suspend all work and to lay-off 170 workers. It was a sad event to layoff so many loyal workers because the investor, GGDC, not only stopped funding the project, but took back over a million dollars on June 3rd that had been previously budgeted, authorized and approved for work. The layoffs were the direct result of GGDC withdrawing all the funds from the WCA and their continued refusal to comply with the RTC orders to reconstitute the status quo. This is what caused the suspension of all work, this is what caused the loss of over 1,000 jobs, this is what caused the bounced checks, this is what caused many vendors and suppliers to go unpaid and the accrual of millions of dollars of claims with corresponding economic problems for those who worked and supported GGLC for the past six years.

Peregrine holds current liabilities of over $5 million dollars that have been expended in direct support of the GGLC project for work performed since April when the dispute began. This includes the monies that they removed from the WCA on June 3rd in addition to work performed since that date in Peregrine’s attempt to keep the hospital on track, and of course the rapidly accruing claims. Peregrine uses these funds to execute all work for the GGLC project. To date GGDC refuses to pay, yet as project owner, it is solely their responsibility to pay to Peregrine through the WCA. Initially Peregrine tried to keep the project going using its own funds, unfortunately however, Peregrine could not maintain this for an extended period. Losses and damages continue to accumulate which can be summarized with the loss of over 1000 direct and indirect project employees and many Filipino companies who have not been paid for services performed.

Statement: The articles go on with statements indicating that GGDC intends to invest another $150 million in the Global City project by the end of 2015. Consider that in six years, actual expenditures on the horizontal infrastructure at Clark’s GGLC project is just over $50 million US dollars, with an additional $20 million US dollars in the hospital along with $20 million in debt financing. This amounts to just over $10 million US dollars a year. That is their track record.

Fact Check: To date, after a full six years of ownership, the Kuwaiti investor can only show that only 35% of the horizontal infrastructure is complete and only one building, a hospital, which is about 95% completed. This can be validated by an ocular visit and audit of Peregrine’s records. In contrast, during this same period of time, CDC and CIAC have essentially sold out the entire Clark Freeport Zone to locators such as Texas Instruments, Yokohama, Phoenix Semiconductor, Singapore Airlines, Donggwang, HLD Steel, Viskase and various other large foreign investors.

Statement: GGDC pledged $1 million US dollars for disaster relief and rebuilding efforts in communities affected by Super Typhoon Yolanda. This information can be found on their web site and also in many of the press releases as late as a few weeks ago.

Fact Check: Ten days after Yolanda hit the Visayas region, Peregrine deployed a convoy of relief aid to Balangiga, Samar, via Ormoc, Leyte and Baybay, Leyte. This initial relief convoy carried eight tons of rice, two reverse osmosis water filtration units, generators and other emergency relief supplies.  Once supplies were dropped off in Ormoc and Baybay, the convoy proceeded to Balangiga, Samar.  Peregrine then worked with the Mayor Viscuso De Lira of Balangiga to scope out several CSR projects, to include rebuilding city hall, the public market and schools. Peregrine pledged and expended $150,000 of its own money for this work, but much more was needed. Peregrine then approached GGDC to join in Peregrine’s own corporate efforts and to utilize GGDC’s $1 million dollar pledge to help rebuild Balangiga. This was agreed to. However, when GGDC withdrew millions of dollars from the WCA, Peregrine was left with no choice but to suspend ongoing work in Balangiga on the portion funded by GGDC which left two school buildings only partially reconstructed and the church work totally suspended. Peregrine was left with no choice but to pay the outstanding bills to local contractors and suppliers out of their own pocket that should have been on the GGDC ledger because GGDC decided to take back the money that had been committed for the work in Balangiga. To date, GGDC has only expended $300K of their $1 million pledge. This can be confirmed by an audit of the GGLC and Peregrine CSR records and by talking with the mayor of Balangiga and PARR Secretary Panfilo Lacson who officiated at the turnover of the city hall and public market buildings.

Statement: Many of these same press releases state that GGDC is a company originally founded by The Port Fund, a private equity fund managed by KGLI whose investors largely consist of the shareholders of government entities of Kuwait and other GCC countries.

Fact Check: A review of public documents in Kuwait will show there are no less than four active investigations by the Kuwait Ministry of Justice (MOJ) into complaints against KGL and The Port Fund for charges ranging from embezzlement, misappropriation of public funds, and financial and administrative violations that have resulted in damage to Kuwait public funds. Two of these MOJ investigations were opened based on the complaints of two of the Kuwait government entity shareholders to The Port Fund, the Kuwait Ports Authority (KPA) and the Public Institutions for Social Welfare (PIFSS). KPA has subscribed to the Port Fund for $85 million dollars, but based on a Kuwait State Audit Bureau report that revealed encroachments committed by the Port Fund, has filed a complaint claiming violations committed by the fund and decline of its capital. The PIFSS invested $40 million dollars into the Port Fund and has also filed a complaint based on financial and administrative violations against KGL that have resulted in damage to public funds.

Statement: In the last week of August in a DOTC hearing at Clark attended by House Transportation Committee Chairman Cesar Sarmiento, Representative Yeng Guiao and other members of the Central Luzon Alliance of Congressmen, KGLI Asia and GGDC reiterated their commitment to stay in the Philippines and to heavily invest in the development of Clark and to generate more jobs and contribute to the growth of the Philippines.

Fact Check: GGDC’s investment, over the exact same time frame, should be compared to our own Philippine government stewards at CDC and CIAC who have virtually sold out all their lands to include billion dollar investments by Texas Instruments and Samsung, and multi millions by the likes of Yokohama, Singapore Airlines, HLD and many, many others. It was GGDC, by its removal of millions from the GGLC working capital account that precipitated the laying off of 1000 direct and indirect employees with the accrual of some $5 million in current liabilities.

Statement: Other papers reported Mark Williams, GGDC President, said they need the GGLC lease annotation to strengthen their leasehold rights over the 177-hectare logistics city.

Fact Check: As BCDA President Casanova rightly pointed out in his official response to GGDC’s repeated requests for BCDA to annotate their lease agreement for the 177-hectare GGLC site, “If you have the financial capability, there is no need for the annotation.” He went on to say “Other investors inside the Clark Freeport Zone like Yokohama and Texas Instruments have no annotation for the property they occupy under lease agreements”.

Statement: KGLI and its Port Fund, whose investments in the Philippines include the GGLC project and an investment in the 2GO Group, committed $1 million for disaster relief and rebuilding efforts in communities affected by Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan).

Fact Check: One of the saddest and most unnecessary losses as a result of GGDC’s removal of the millions from the WCA on June 3rd reconstruction efforts which were underway in Balangiga, Samar. Peregrine had donated $150,000 of its own money in relief goods and the rebuilding of the Balangiga City Hall. After Peregrine noticed that GGDC pledged $1 million in disaster relief, Peregrine approached GGDC to join in Peregrine’s already ongoing CSR efforts in the town of Balangiga. GGDC agreed which led to commitments to proceed with rebuilding the Public Market and three school buildings and later the restoration of the church.  Unfortunately, only $300,000 of the $1 million dollar pledge from GGDC was utilized when GGDC closed the WCA thereby forcing the suspension of all works in Balangiga. However there still was thousands of dollars of outstanding bills to be paid which left Peregrine no choice but to intercede and pay these out of their own funds.

 
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September 2014

Posted by admin on August 31, 2014 in 2014 Monthly Newsletters

“Hi, I am a waitress at the Sofitel Plaza Hotel in Manila and I would like to greet and welcome you to the Philippines this month.  Harry the Horse forgot to write down my name but I forgive him.”.  Ok already, at least I took her picture.  I thought she had a nice smile and is an example of the wonderful friendly people who you will meet when visiting the Philippines.  Don’t stop in Manila just to look for this waitress as you will cut down on the time you have to enjoy yourself in Angeles City (AC).  Yes, you can still have fun in AC and the hotels are beginning to fill up again so make your reservations now.  I will be very busy this month as I have my son from the States visiting me and I also have to prepare for our 1 Oct departure for one month in Las Vegas.  Our first six days will be spent in the South Point Hotel and after that will stay with a friend near the hotel.  Mrs Horse decided she wanted to chill out in a hotel for the first few days.
Anyway, Sep is here and I am hoping to meet some of you at my stable before I leave.  It sure is getting close to the holiday season and the cold weather.  Remember is is always warm here in AC.  We might have some heavy rains but still dry enough to get in some swimming.  See ya!

THE FEEDBAG

hi harry, happy to report that those 3 Valhalla girls were released about 12 days ago. VH.  (That is great news a good way to start off this month)

hi Harry. This is obviously to long to add to your newsletter but the URL for readers reference would work if you could do that. I guarantee that this will make you smile and be happy. All we need is for the idiotic, so called religious, zealots to fade away and die.  Take this trip around the world with a smile on your face.  There ARE happy people out there. Not everyone is fighting and killing.  Enjoy!  Derek Jay.  (I enjoyed this happy video and I thought the best dancer was the seal!)  https://www.youtube.com/embed/Pwe-pA6TaZk?rel=0

When I read your article just now on the murder of Doggy Dave I had to take a second look and am sat here in my hooch stunned, what is wrong with the Philippines, in my humble opinion it is going from bad to worse and fast.  I am due to come to AC in September with my asawa and two daughters but I won,t be bringing my girls to Angeles , no way.  they will be staying with the family of my asawa in the relative safety of Cavite City, my asawa of 28 years will come to Angeles with me, so once again Angeles will miss out.  I first came to the Philippines as a seaman on a British merchant ship in 1970 and as you know have been many times since on ships and as a tourist and always have had a wild time, I love the place but maybe the time has come to turn the brain on and find another destination to sow my wild oats, on second thoughts at 75 years old it,s a bit late to worry.  Mate keep safe and I hope to see you soon.  Regards John the Kiwi.  (John

Harry, I dont know if you will have time to reply but here it goes.  I spend several months, twice a year there in Angeles and have a long time girlfriend/partner also a 22 year old daughter. We occasionally go barhopping in the evenings. how do I keep them from being swept up in a raid?  bob  (Robert, That is a hard question to answer. I really do not have an answer. I would tell them to have proper ID’s with them at all times, maybe even a few pictures with you and dress appropriately. Also, stay close to you and be able to show the cops a bill that shows regular customer drinks, not ladies drinks.  Be prepared for questions and do not get upset with the police. Stay cool.  I am not an expert, just my thoughts on the subject.  Hope this helps a bit)

 

Harry, I happened to notice a letter in your August newsletter about some guy involved with a girl much younger than him. I can say that sometimes it does work out. I am 61, and my wife is 25. I brought her to USA on a fiancé visa. She’s now pregnant with our future baby, Crazy, I know. But so far we are doing fine together. We may move back to Philippines after the baby is born and she gets her green card. All I can do is hope that things continue to work out. I met my future wife in Bohol, and she is not a bargirl. She actually has a college degree. We do get some looks when we go to town, due to the 37 year age difference. heheheh.  Teacher (Teacher, Take those looks as a compliment. US women are pissed and US men are jealous. Enjoy the uniqueness of it all. Congrats on the forthcoming birth of your child “Pops”)

Harry, I don’t subscribe to Asian Escapades, but a friend of mine who does sent me this comprehensive and well written, story.  Cheers. Robert.

By Phoenix, Photographer for Asian Escapades.

I was there in Calypso during the raid with my girl who didn’t work in any of these bars. This is the first raid I have ever seen from the inside.  To start I was there taking pictures at the 9 – 11pm dance contest event. At 10:30pm a girl came running through the bar and out the back staircase, not a particularly unusual occurrence I initially thought. A few seconds later as I am standing there huge SLR camera in hand many more girls come flowing up to the back of the bar until one girl yelled “RAID”. That was it, the stampede began. Within seconds girls jumping tables, grabbing bags, abandoning drinks and running for the back.

Upon hearing this I threw my camera into it’s carry bag but was worried what might happen if they saw me with it as it contained about 400 pictures from in the bars. Quickly I removed the memory cards and hid them in my wallet.  Just as I packed away the cards a real official looking guy with a CIDG shirt and hand radio walked the length of the bar. At this point most customers had thrown some cash in their bill cup and were making their way to the door, so I did the same with my girl clinging to my arm. I assumed they would let me leave but I was worried about her being detained.

 

Approaching the door a lot of pushing and shoving was taking place and I saw Hollywood being walked to the entrance of Level 1 bar, I was not sure if he was being taken by choice or not. As I reached the officer at the door I could see the large luxury bus with curtains in all the windows parked across the length of the Pharaoh group bars. One foreigner and his wife were in front of me trying really hard to convince them to let them leave, but to no avail. In a last ditch effort he tried to run through the officers which was just as effective as talking to them. We were all ushered back inside followed by the officer that first walked in.

Once inside he had all the girls including my girl and other customers girls stand on one side of the bar and all the customers on the other (about 3 of us). The officer said that we were to be taken to Camp Crame in Manila and he started to file everyone towards the back of the bar. It was at this point I decided to ditch my camera in the pile of girls bags near the front door.  It became clear that we were all being taken into Level 1 bar through the doorway linking the 2 bars together on the 2nd floor. While the officer was not looking I ditched my business cards under some handbags laying around on the tables.

Once through the doorway it was more clear why there was such a large bus and only one or two officers in Calypso, They were raiding all three bars. Level 1 was full of at least 20 customers, a fair few officers in assorted clothing (armed with nothing more than handguns) and just packed wall to wall with the girls that didn’t escape.

At this point I sat at one of the tables turned to the manager and said “Damn, I could use a drink.” I also found that any customer who had walked out the front of Calypso were now in Level 1 including Hollywood. The bar was strangely quiet with all the girls mostly in shock or fear, all the foreigners talked amongst themselves about who they knew, what they had heard, what had happened in previous raids and a few gathered their cash to try to pay someone off.  10 minutes passed and nothing seemed to be happening other than by the pool table I could see girls writing their names and what I later learnt was their age on blank sheets of line paper. Unsurprisingly I saw officers carrying out “evidence” in the form of the accounting books. As I sat at this table trying to reassure my girl, another customers girl started to yell and argue with one of the officers. The officer seemed to be ignoring anything we asked him and all he could say was, they are taking us to Camp Crame for “verification”. This girl really laid it on hard to the officer and her boyfriend couldn’t even hold her back. She kept at him until the officer eventually retreated out the door.

Eventually a very patronizing officer who seemed to be above the rest, started requesting foreigner ID’s. He then wrote down the foreigners names, asked if they were the manager, and then after a while announced that we could leave. I didn’t exactly trust his claim as there was a big commotion as the first few guys went to leave, I thought maybe they were just the first to leave… On the bus. I gave my ID and was told I could leave but my girl had to stay, I claimed she is my girlfriend I would not leave without her. Just to be safe I moved towards the exit with my girl and luckily asked a friendly looking officer if the guys were in fact being put on the bus. He reassured me this was not the case and asked me about my girl, which again I claimed to this new guy that she is my girlfriend. He took her over to the guy in charge who was writing down the name, a quick Tagalog exchange and a long pause accompanied by some puppy dog eyes, the guy caved in and let us both go.

 

We wasted no time as this point as soon as we got the nod I near ran for the door with girl in hand. Once out the door all I could see was this huge bus and some officers at the ends of it to ensure no runners. I proceeded unobstructed past the bus and ducked under the awning of the hotel across the street. I had no intention of leaving as my camera was still in Calypso which I was not going to come back to Shagger and say I had lost.

Little more happened for the next few minutes the rain, a huge crowd with umbrellas and a giant bus made seeing anything near impossible. At this point my knees were still wobbly and I needed a rest so I decided to try out the new Mexican place outside nearby High Society. The taco was great and I felt more relaxed to go back and watch the proceedings.

At one point some girls were released or escaped they ran a short distance when out so it was not clear exactly what the case was. As these girl ran the crowd swamped the area almost as if to lay down cover for the girls. This opened up an opportunity for me because the entire crowd was focused around the bus and level 1 entrance which meant the entrance to Calypso was behind the crowd line though still blocked by a chair and likely manned by and officer on the inside. This seemed like the best time to stand by the door, by a stroke of luck an officer tried to open the door from inside but the chair held it close. I helpfully pulled the chair out of the way for him and simply told him my bag was just inside could I grab it. He immediately asked what sort of bag which had me worried, I naively answered “A blue one.” He pushed the door open and I flew down the steps grabbed the bag and was half way up the street within seconds.

I talked with some of the girls and guys who were let out, (mamasans and off duty managers)to gain a clearer picture of what was going on. Basically they were looking for managers and the owner along with any underage girl. I spoke to a girl who was so nervous after getting out she was shaking and almost stuttering. She told me what they were doing was taking each girls name and age down on paper and then interviewing them. Any girl over the age of 20 was allowed to leave, also most customers were allowed to leave except the ones without any photo IDs or that were somehow suspect. After an hour I knew they still had Hollywood and the manager, I soon learnt that everyone inside was told that if they were seen txting phones would be confiscated. Girls continued to trickle out one and two at a time but no more guys yet. However then one of the manager came walking out who ran into one of the off duty managers. This off duty manager relayed a lot of the above information from the manager who had made a speedy exit.

 

Amazingly a girl I know who was there alone as a customer got out which seemed surprising but she told me that though they were clearly older the Calypso waitresses were being held and questioned about the group owner. Additionally she said that the reason Hollywood was not out is because he was being accused of being the OIC or general manager.  After this time little more was evident and no new information was gleamed, aside from Hollywood I believe most if not all other customers were out so I decided that was enough excitement for me for one night. Walking towards a trike in the rain I turned to my girl and said well at least it turned out all fine for us and now we have an interesting story to tell.

Don’t mean to sound maudlin, Harry. Had noticed a couple installments back that you sounded, well, tired and maybe ready to hang up your keyboard. And, then, you did mention maybe bringing your newsletter to a close. Given some of your mail, I can see where you might say, “Screw this!”

About the 9th or 10th of this past month there was a shooting on the main (the only one) road through our rural and rustic community. We have had residents and visitors killed before: Lady pushing a broken-down scooter down the dark road; fellow driving an ATV headlong into a tree; young woman flipping her vehicle over the ditch. Those kinds of things. This was different. Some type of confrontation between two men, ages 56 and 67. I’ve owned property here since 1987 and moved here in 1997. While never a close friend, the fellow that was killed (age 67) … I’ve known some 20 years. The circumstances are very strange (Something just does not seem to compute.) and the investigation is ongoing. Could take a total of a couple of months, I’m told by the family.

Harry, this has put a real damper on my spirits and I’ve really been down-in-the-dumps ever since. Last night I read your latest and yes, I was getting my head back on straight; however, there seemed to be a spark in your writing … an upbeat something that was catching. Don’t know what it was, Harry, but I brought something away from your writing that just has me feeling better. Thanks, I needed that.  Jerry w.  (Jerry, by golly, that makes me feel kind of good too.  I do not know what words made you feel better but now I feel better that you feel better and I think I better quit here.  My wife just told me I better get my ass moving and help with the shopping then told me I better increase her allowance.  That made me feel less better so said “screw it” I’m taking a nap, dream’t of a “nooner” so now I feel much better.  Have a happy day Jerry):

Harry, A bit of background.  I am a Canadian Australian who now makes Cebu my home, but my employment takes me all over South East Asia including a customer in Clark.  I have been a regular visitor to rhe Philippines for over 4 decades.  I thought I would share this experience I had yesterday in Manila.

 

Okay, I have just spent a week in Manila and as usual when possible I do use Jeepnys on odd occasions and today was no exception.  I was travelling back from Market  to Makati and was sitting right up behind the driver.  There was a pinoy sitting opposite me giving me the eye. I was initially thinking he may fancy me but I knew he wasn’t when another two got on and sat right up against me.  This was in spite of the fact that there was plenty of room.

The guy next to me has a bag on his lap and his hands were underneath the bag. Strange me thinks, perhaps he is quietly enjoying himself.  But the alarm bells were ringing as the guy opposite me was trying to out stare me.  Me thinks, I could have an issue here so I reached into my pocket and switched on my trusty Tazer.  All was quiet for a few minutes then the third one reach across me with a 20 peso note to pay the driver, but conveniently dropped it just in front of me.  Silly me reaches down to retrieve it for him and as I do so, the Guy next to me reached into my pocket and sets off my Tazer.

OMG, I don’t know who got the biggest fright, him, me or the rest of the passengers. It went off right by my Willie!  Holy shit, the pain was horrible.  My initial reaction was to stand up, but in doing so almost knocked myself out.  The Guy with his hand in my pocket almost tore my trousers off trying to get his hand out of my pocket. In doing so he tazered himself and could not release the button on the Tazer so he was getting shocked over and over.

The other two guys had no idea what was happening to their mate or the Kano that was going crazy.  They just got up and bolted, even though we were still moving. Eventually the guy next to me composed himself enough to bail out as well.  There was only me and a couple of old ladies left as the rest had departed also.  The driver started to demand payment for all passengers and was not so politely told what he could do as I believe he was part of the conspiracy.  I hailed a cab and went back to my hotel.  Moral to Story.  Tazers work just fine.  Don’t get tazered into your genitals.  Be aware at all times, especially those who smile at you.  I can just imagine those guys chatting and still working out what actually happened.  Ken T.  (Gosh Ken, I wish I could have seen that.  I would have laughed my ass off but at the same time so glad to see those three assholes get the shock of their lives.  The one who experienced the laser will never forget the experience)  

First and Last Name: Willie D - Tell Thomas F. that it is people like him (Captain Saving Hoes) that is ruining it here for other people. People like Thomas come here and spend lots of money supporting these girls and their families and now other girls think that should be the standard for foreigners. This man got what he deserved by being stupid. I bet if the girl was black he would have just treated her like the ho she was. Same should apply here in the Philippines. Just like any 3rd world country, the majority of young girls do not want a fat old (60+) foreigner. Now, some will take a foreigner in decent shape between 40 and 55, provided he supports her family. It is better to be a “Cheap Charlie” in the beginning than a fool in the end.  (Willie, I did respond to Thomas F. and pointed out the errors of his way and he certainly learned a lesson the hard way.  But many of us have done the same thing.  I learned a few hard lessons here as well and lost a bit of money along the way.  Some of the old timers here might remember a bar named “Crazy McCabes”, Winnie Eufemio, Theresa and Brock.  Crazy McCabes was my baby and also my disaster.  Winnie was my mistake and I did lose a bit of cash.  I recovered but once you lose a sum of money, you never get it back.  You might earn and catch up but you never recover the money that flew away because of stupidity or lack of research. So, take it easy on Thomas, believe it or not, others might learn something from his admission of a big, colossal mistake)

Harry,  with regards to the latest raids,i got a pretty good first hand account of what led to the raid on valhalla a little while back & i would guess geckos also,as raids were simultaneous.In this case it was an australian asset,in fact 2 men,1 of which was accompanied by an apparent bargirl from another bar,probably to ease the minds of the staff when they probed about barfine.These guys came in on numerous occasions & were told by a waitress that the bar doesnt do barfines.They switched to another waitress who has very little experience in bars & who only decided to work in a bar because she truly wants to get with a foriegner partner.  She had been warned not to negotiate bar fines, she”s 35, her name is lerma & she’s still 1 of the 3 in custody & is paying dearly for her arrogance.  Nothing worse than that, which i know only too well (her arrogance) as i met her before she decided to work in a bar. But i’m sure all that is known already, what i was thinking though is that if this is typical of the lead up to most raids, could the management of bars instruct their staff to inform them of any customer who persists in asking for bar fine?  Then managers in this town can actually be of some use & start warning then, kicking these customers out of the bars before they manage to succeed in helping the corrupt law enforcement agencies of this wonderful country.  Just a thought, but from what i got in Valhalla it seemed these guys kept probing & probing till they found a weak link & the strong link that refused them more than once & still enjoys employment at valhalla didn’t pass on what was happening to any of her superiors.  The weak link who is a pain in the ass but NOT a human trafficker & 2 others still sit in jail months later when a small procedure could have prevented this.  Steve H.

(Bar employees who openly discuss bar fines with strangers are making a big mistake.  So far. assets being used are Americans, Australians, Koreans and Malaysians.  Those are the ones I have heard about and no doubt there might be others.  Yes, they will come back multiple times to get what they want and that is hard to deal with.  Remember the Subic Benjamin case.  I’ve got the solution.  From Checkpoint to MacArthur Ave, including the street use for the CDC stalls, tear down all the businesses.  Then build a Disney land amusement park with parking, entrance fee, rides, shows, hotels, restaurants.  Give present business owners first option in opening gift shops, etc.  What the hell, if the Mayor, the CIDG, NBI, local police, ACEPO, Barrio Captains, US, and others want to wage a war on the bars then be honest about it (oh shit, did I slip and say honest?)  Then prostitution, bar fines, dates, whatever will disappear.  Do you believe that?  No, it will exist in the side streets, hidden away and not controlled at all.  Free lancers will have a field day.  But, everyone can have fun in the new AC Disneyland, adults, children and tourists.  Sadly though, so many officials would have to revert to making an honest living and that is why you will never see the AC Disneyland) 

Harry, Jakarta has a mega night life as well as daytime. The city is huge and taxi’s needed between many venue’s, if one wants to “bar hop.” But mostly your first place is all you will need for that night.  Jr.

Harry, I do not understand why bar owners don’t advise their employees as to what to do during a raid. First of all, (we) know that the people who order the raids could not care less about the girls…….follow the money.  What happens to the millions of pesos in “fines” that are paid by those raided?  Why are duly licensed legal aged girls “taken away?”   If I owned a club, I’d tell my workers to RUN FOR THEIR LIVES AND SCATTER in all directions, duck into other clubs or pretend they are ordinary pedestrians out for a walk, rather than get on board any bus or jeepney to be illegally detained and taken away from their children and families. What are the cops going to do?  Shoot unarmed girls in the back?  Drag them by the hair and manhandle them onto the bus?   Remember, EVERYTHING is being video recorded by spectators on their phones.
I don’t know if you remember the Clark worker’s union strike in 1986 when all the gates were blocked by barricades. On the front page of the 01 April 1986 Stars & Stripes newspaper it was the BAR GIRLS who tore down the barricades and ended the strike and nobody stopped them.  Thanks you for your good work in telling it like it is. Daddy Joe.  (Joe, actually, not a bad idea.  Yes, I remember the 1986 strike breaking by our local gals.  It was a sight to see.  Maybe it is time for the bar employees to start standing up for themselves)

 

G’day arry great site you have here’s a bit of an idea mate how about have a buy n sell section in your web site so expats can flog off stuff they have pinched before bolting out the gate, well I’ll translate for you from horsetrailiann dialect to Yankee English mate,,, sell any shit they have they do not want if they are leaving Philippines / or just do not have any need for stuff no more.  (I am not into buy and sell here, they have the Blue Book for that.  Once in a while I do put in a house advert or some odd bit here and there to help someone out)

Mate main reason I am Emailing you is that I have lost contact with a mate from Queensland, a Bob Hudson from just north of Brisbane, I know he visits Angeles city 2 or 3 times a year and has dropped into your joint.  He is married to a lady from that area, northern Philippines, he knows about your web site co’s he is the one that sent me the link a few years back.

Now Harry would you do this old boy a favour and just drop a note in your next monthly column putting the word out that I am wanting to reconnect with Bob Hudson he has several mates living around Angeles city, thanks cobber cheers Dusty on Camiguin Island.  (That favor I can do quite easily.  Contact Dusty at:
kangaroobarnanning@yahoo.com) 

Hi Harry, I was a seasoned traveler to AC having visited almost every year for the last 25 years until 2010. After a nightmare trip 4 years ago having to deal with the decrepit Manila airport,rip off taxi drivers,overpriced hotels,pick pockets and scam artists(that was only on my first day overnighting in Manila),I cut short my trip and went back to Thailand and Cambodia. Against my better judgement I decided to take another trip…wow how things have changed and not for the better. The prices charged in the bars are just ridiculous,presumably they are paying so much to corrupt officials that they have to make it up from the few customers that they can entice into their place. It seems that the koreans are intent in taking over the whole town for themselves. Then on the day I arrived in town the Golden Calypso raid took place and i heard that customers who were drinking in the bar were taken to Manila by the police and had to pay to be released. WTF Harry? When there’s a chance you could be detained and extorted just by being in a bar as a paying customer when these goons decide to raid it then I’m out of the place.
It seems that there are some who are out to kill the goose that lays the golden egg. Just hope there are enough call centers around Clark to make up the shortfall
So I write to you from Cambodia,having paid $125 to change the date of my return flight to Bangkok. I will spend three or four weeks here(which will cost about the same as 2 or 2 and a half weeks in AC) Sure there are scams here but I feel safe in the knowledge that I won’t get hauled away to some hell hole for having a drink in a bar. Many of my drinking buddies share my views most have a story about AC scams
I cannot see myself ever returning to AC but I cherish the memories of the pre and post pinatubo days there. I had a lot of fun and met a lot of great people. I still eagerly await your monthly newsletter Harry and I wish you well.  Charlie

(yes, things have changed here in Angeles City Charles. I can understand your decision to stay in Cambodia. I have heard some good stories about that place. I would certainly like to see less raids and less police harassment here and hope that officials here would recognize how they are hurting tourism. I can only guess that they do not like the type of tourism that is here and they seek a change. But the manner in which they are going about that change is not proper. There are many positives about Angeles City but they are being ignored by those seeking to line their pockets with money. The result is tourists like you have chosen to go elsewhere, I hate to see that.  There has to be a better way but I wonder if anyone wants to make that effort. Thanks for writing)

Hello Harry, actually a slight clarification about one of your responses to a reader. Prostitution in Canada is legal. “The communication for the exchange of sexual services” is illegal, so the cops can bust you for negotiating a deal with a street walker, which is how undercovers nail johns without actually copulating with them. If you make it past the negotiating stage with a lady of the night with your freedom intact, then there is no such thing as getting caught in the act because that contravenes no laws whatsoever.

Out-call is perfectly legal as well. In-call is a little trickier depending on how it is operated -is it one girl or more than one?; is the premises a residential or commercial property and is it therefore being misused?; is there a pimp/madam or other controlling figure involved?; is anyone being forced into it or is it completely voluntary and can be proven as such?, is sex being offered in an establishment technically licensed to do something else? (not like you can actually get a license to run a whorehouse), are any workers illegal immigrants or have they overstayed his/her visa or violated any other such visa/work permit/other terms?, etc. As long as you’re with a girl doing it of her own free will in a place (say a rented house or apartment) where such activities are allowed and there’s nothing obviously dodgy going on, you’re only concern will be value for money.

So it’s possible to have perfectly legal pay-for-play in Canada; it just depends how you go about it. General rule of thumb is avoid brothels (totally underground & illegal) and exercise caution when picking up off the street.  Keep up the great work! (Dragon, very, very interesting. One common thing here is that I stress not picking up free lancers on the AC streets. Thanks for the clarification)

 

mr Harry, these pics off a web site called “www.jakarta100bars.com. Context- i see is a guy who has some time to party and explore. explore i mean as street/club action not waterfalls, museums and such. jakarta and indonesia is the overlooked beauty queen with horn rim glasses like a Marilyn Monroe before upgrades. early marilyn and “scary muslim” country indonesia one and same it’s all there just look past that. lots of x-pats have thailand/ Philippines either or both travel plans then take it to the house. many a club jakarta is like a club in San Fran or Las v, perfect English speaking women dressed hip and acting like it and crazy for foreign attention. that’s’ for “whitey” and darker the skin my comments may not apply. i was last there Dec. ’12 and loved it and maybe 6 trips total since ’95. Greater jakarta 3 rd world poverty but a few dollars in pocket this is what’s there shown in pics.
Coming your way x-pat plans 2015 or so. i used to be at Clark AB and left as one of the last GI’s Oct. ’91.  i enjoy your column, been reading for yrs. jr

            

No need to publish any names here.  I decided to add this Email as it is an example of what can happen to a man that at one time thought he met the perfect Filipina only to find out “perfect” can quickly turn into a disaster.  Even after shedding this one lady, leaving the country and meeting someone else he still becomes a victim.  What upsets me is the ease with which hackers can disrupt one’s life.

Hi Harry,  First off, I really appreciate what you do. The article is very informative. I’d like to ask you or your readers their opinion. I am a recent victim of fraud and/or identity theft. A hacker has managed to access my Yahoo account (which is now gone), my bank account, my Fidelity account and applied for several credit cards in my name. He has changed my phone number, email, and address on several accounts of mine. There was a Western Union transaction on my bank account for $1000. I was able to trace it back to my ex wife in Manila. The bank said the hackers IP address traced to the PI. I filed a police report here in Michigan but I have a feeling not much will come of it. My question is what options would you recommend there in the Philippines. My current wife’s sister is a private investigator and has already located where the bitch lives. I’d like to see the ex in jail but mostly would like this hacker she hired caught. He is very good and I’d hate to see him do this to someone else. I should mention, that I know she hired someone because she is entirely too stupid to do this herself. She lives in the Malate area and is a whore and a druggy currently. Any thoughts or ideas? Thanks.
Here is my response.  Anyone wanting to add advice can send to me and I will forward them to the victim.
Oh shit”D”, this is terrible.  I do not know what you can do there in Michigan.  You would have to be here with evidence and file a police report against her and get a local lawyer.  I would suggest that you have your wife’s sister check into that at her end.  As a private investigator she should be able to advise you and put you in contact with a lawyer in Manila.  Maybe you can give her a power of attorney.  Meanwhile you know what you have to do at your end, informing banks and credit card companies.  I really understand how upset and mad you must be.  I wish I could tell you more.

Harry, I have just returned home to Australia after 3 weeks in Cambodia, this place reminds me of the PI 30 yrs ago except the Khmer smile and are more friendly. The bars are small, the beer and bar fines are cheap and the girls are plenty.  I always loved the PI but the last 3 trips have been a downer, the place has changed so much in attitude.  Regards again John D.  (I have been hearing a lot about Cambodia lately but there are a few things about AC that are still appealing.  I remember your last Email in Feb where you became a bit disillusioned about your stay here.  Maybe one year you will return and give us another try)

Hello Harry! This article has just been released by Bangkok-based journalist Andrew Drummond:

http://www.andrew-drummond.com/2014/08/why-did-fbi-keep-this-arrest-under.html

It throws an eerie light on the moral poice activities of FBI marshalls and their organisation. They go abroad, they instigate arrests, and they seemingly do not care too much about the evidence-of-guilt part of the show. Nor do they care for the people who get into deep deep waters thanks to the feds. It’s about throwing somebody in jail, period.  Is this also happening in Angeles City? Or something along these lines?  Jeremy J.  (We definitely do have innocent people being put in jail and in some cases American influence is present.  But it seems that in far too many cases when it comes to arresting paedophiles they escape any prosecution by paying out sums of money which lead to dismissal of their cases)

Dear Harry, Just wanted to thank you for your eNewsletter and the amount of information you present on your Website. I among a few of my friends from Sydney have visited Angeles City and find this city quite an exotic part of Philippines. Although I personally only been there twice but love to return again soon.  Hope to hear more from your precious and vital information about this remarkable and little paradise left for us single men in this complex and wonderful world of ours.  My best wishes and stay safe, John (John, so good to read your comments and know that despite our problems in AC of late, there are still visitors out there that still recognize the wonders of AC)

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A BIT OF HUMOR – Robert , 85, married Jenny, a lovely 25 year old . . .

Since her new husband is so old, Jenny decides that after their wedding she and Robert should have separate bedrooms, because she is concerned that her new but aged husband may over-exert himself if they spend the entire night together.

After the wedding festivities Jenny prepares herself for bed and the expected knock on the door.

Sure enough the knock comes, the door opens and there is Robert, her 85 year old groom, ready for action. They unite as one. All goes well, Robert takes leave of his bride, and she prepares to go to sleep.

After a few minutes, Jenny hears another knock on her bedroom door, and it’s Robert, Again he is ready for more ‘action’. Somewhat surprised, Jenny consents for more coupling. When the newlyweds are done, Robert kisses his bride, bids her a fond good night and leaves.

She is set to go to sleep again, but, aha, you guessed it Robert is back again, rapping on the door and is as fresh as a 25 – year – old, ready for more ‘action’. And, once more they enjoy each other. But as Robert gets set to leave again, his young bride says to him, ‘I am thoroughly impressed that at your age you can perform so well and so often. I have been with guys less than a third of your age who were only good once. You are truly a great lover, Robert.’

Robert, somewhat embarrassed, turns to Jenny and says: ‘You mean I was here already?’  The moral of the story:  Don’t be afraid of getting old, Alzheimer’s has its advantages.  (Shucks, now I know why I keep buying my wife an engagement ring every month!) – story submitted by DHughes.

Dr. Peter D.  informed me that Air Asia resumes direct flights from KL to Clark. From October 17th onward, 4 flights a week.

 

Contributed by Owen Parker:  THIS COULD NOT BE SAID ANY BETTER.

Hamas is attacking. Israel is defending. Russia is invading. The Middle East is smoldering. Boko Haram is massacring. ISIS is marching. Iran and N Korea are threatening. American cities are crumbling. Our southern border is dissolving. Our debt is skyrocketing. Americans are hurting. Our enemies are laughing.  Obama is fundraising.

My Australian friend Graham sent me a joke story about a POM living in Karratha, Western Australia.  I was curious about the place so I looked it up on Google and it seems to be a decent enough place to live.  The pictures looked great.  But I did notice that it gets a bit warm there, 40 plus degree centigrades.  So far, I have never met any visitor from Karratha and I wonder if I have any readers there?  I have met lads from so many other locations but never there.  If by chance some lad does visit Angeles City from Karratha please stop by my stable for a visit.  I will shout a beer and happily make you a tourist of the month.

CRUISE BUFFET:  Took the family back there again last month.  If you haven’t been there yet, check it out.  It is a great buffet for only P600.  You definitely want to go there on your birthday.  Remember to greet owner Jeff on your way in.

Mark (Hollywood) and two female employees are still detained, regretfully, at the City Jail (174) and reports have reached me that Mark is ill and may be hospitalized.  Knowing the living conditions of the City Jail it is no surprise that it would be torture for a man of Marks size to be incarcerated there.  What makes it so sad is that Mark is totally innocent of any wrong doing.  He was simply doing what he does at many locations in town, performing as the MC for for shows and beauty contests.  He has been doing this for years.  If he is admitted to hospital it will be much easier to visit him.  Will update in breaking news as I find out more information.

Subject: Clark Burials – Per American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) Manila:

Effective immediately the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) has suspended all new Burials at Clark Veterans Cemetery.  We have been given no indication of when this suspension may be lifted.  Please direct any inquiries to ABMC Manila, telephone 02-844-0212.  John Gilbert, Cdr, VFW District 7  (Notice to all US Veterans living here, hold off dying until the ABMC Manila gets its act together.)

This information was sent to me by Ralph Shireman.  It is a  good suggestion but how the hell can I possibly remember all the different passwords and user names I would have to use.  I use “password agent” and I wonder how secure that program is?

 

“Earlier this month, my company, along with 1.2 billion other websites, was targeted by Russian hackers utilizing a massive “bot” attack. These bots aggressively attempted access to websites with username and password options.

Fortunately, we have very robust and secure servers preventing any harm to our infrastructure or members. But not every company can make that claim. Attacks like this serve as a good idea that it’s not enough to password-protect everything. You must create strong passwords that make it hard for hackers to get what they want. Here are two simple rules to follow when developing hacker-proof passwords:

Rule No.1: It’s Not Just About Your Password, You Also Need a Strong Username.

Too many people use their email address or first underscore last name as a username to make it easy to remember. Well, that also makes a hacker’s job easy.

Here’s the deal: Your username is part of a security access system and should be considered critical security access code. When you see “username” think “code name.” Your email address is not a very good code name.

We recommend that your username never be associated to your personal information like first or last name, email address or phone number. Here are some good examples of strong code names: BlackJack, SilentHammer, LandShark, NinjaSmoke.  Be creative and develop usernames that are just as unique as your passwords.

2. It’s All About the Number of Characters

The internet is flooded with guides on strong password development, but you must always plan for a worst-case scenario. For example, a rogue Russian network of hackers decides to penetrate all your access points within the world wide web. They are armed with a super computer that can “brute force” access all your personal and financial information. A brute force attack can not be stopped.However, it can be delayed for 40-plus years with the right passwords.

Most super computers can run every character on a keyboard 500 time a second, allowing it run thousands of combinations of characters per minute. So using a # or $ in your password doesn’t really make a difference when a computer is running all characters 500 time a second. It’s not the complexity of a password that makes it hard to crack; it’s the length of the password. The more characters in a password, the longer it will take for a super computer to run through all the possible combinations of characters.

We recommend a 24-character or more password. Sounds crazy, but here are some examples to decrease the stress of it all: HarleyDavidsonStarbucks!!!, FireEarthWindWater4Life!#!. Long passwords with a combination of uppercase and special characters increases possible combinations exponentially, therefore taking a super computer upwards to 40 years to run all possible combinations.

Here’s the bottom line: Strong usernames combined with long passwords will increase the security of your online life exponentially.

Congrats are extended to Joshua LaBenne for attaining the highest position in the Boy Scout Program.  Only about 6 to 8% of Scouts in any given year make it to this level.  It takes a lot of hard work and is quite an honor.  Joshua is the son of Edgar LaBenne, retired Air Force and owner of the Medgar Hotel.  Josh graduated from St. John’s High School and is now enrolled in College in Manila.  This young man has a bright future in front of him.  Well done Dad!

After featuring an outstanding kid we now go to someone who is not a very nice guy.  I had visitors yesterday, Friday, who wanted me to post a picture of one Marty Boyd Murray who ran into a bit of trouble with the police.  He was detained at

Police Station 1, had his mug shot taken, detained until an Expat felt sorry for him and bailed him out for P10,000.  He then went to a friend, had no place to sleep, and he had his 7 year old kid with him.  He borrowed his friend’s motorbike and disappeared leaving behind his kid.  After a week being missing the friend had to take the kid to the DSWD and leave him there.  Then it was found out that this Murray Character owed money around town of about P17,000, took a car from a resident at Big Tommy’s Hotel and had a history of staying at various hotels in which he skipped out without paying his bills.  Needless to say, various people wanted me to post his picture as a warning to others to not deal with this man and to notify the police if seen.  Today, Saturday I received information that he has been apprehended so if anyone is looking for this guy, he is now, I think, at Station 4. This guy definitely was never an “Eagle Scout”!

Is the well know Woodlawn Park hotel suffering a few financial problems?  Rumor has it that they had their electricity turned off.  Woodlawn Park is well known for its great swimming pool.

 

Could our dear friends at Station 4 be up to their old tricks again: “last nite i was speaking to an older aussie ive known for years, we will call him harold as he wants to remain anonymous. earlier this week he was arrested with a set up girl in his apartment who was of legal age. after 36 hrs in the station 4 lockup and a whopping 175k piso extortion fee he was freed. he was on the verge of tears last nite as he was relating the story. he has booked a plane flight to oz on monday and vows never to return. its the end very soon harry, that slow motion train wreck has gone to full throttle, in my humble opinion”
No doubt this man dealt with a free lance street walker.  Something anyone who reads my column knows that I have warned about many times before.  Do NOT try to save a peso by taking a girl off the streets.  Some are used by the police to set up foreigners.  At one time it was common but slowed down considerably, now, maybe the temptation for easy money has brought back the set-ups.  Gentlemen, be very, very careful.

Here is a picture you may never see again, at least I hope so.  When traveling along Roxas Blvd, Manila one Friday evening I saw these container trucks lined up along the opposite lane with no movement at all.  The line stretched from The US Embassy all the way to the end of Roxas.  On my return trip home at around 11 PM they were still there.  I had no idea there was a problem at the port where custom procedures had changed which slowed down the clearing of the container trucks.  The parking area at the Port was full.  Since then Clark and even Subic have accepted these trucks for parking.  Whatever the reasons, the situation made for one interesting picture.

MISSING KEYS: A few weeks ago I was chatting with friend Tony in my bar. We were joined by a gentleman from the UK told us he had once managed a bank in London. The conversation was pleasant and in time our English friend departed. Not many minutes later Tony prepared to leave but could not find his car keys. Earlier I had noticed a set of keys on the bar but now they were no longer there. A search was made of the area but no keys were found. Could our new English friend have mistakenly picked them up? If this is the case could you please bring the keys back to the bar? Much appreciated.

TAPS

Comments and Remarks: Harry, Just got word that Gordy (Gordon Matthew Gale) also known as drummer, was found dead in a hotel in Makati. Suicide is a possibility but I’ve learned from you never take things on their face in this country. Anyway, he was a great guy and I wanted you to know.   (I received this on Sunday, 9 Aug and I was shocked.  I have known Gordy a very long time and he was an AC survivor who held many different jobs here and in Subic.  He was well liked.  The last time I saw him he was at the opening of Tony J’s restaurant.  Suicide?  For me, I don’t want to believe it)   CONFIRMATION:

MANILA, Philippines – A 59-year-old American man was found dead in a room of a Makati City hotel on Friday afternoon.  A report reaching the Southern Police District identified the victim as Gordon Matthew Gale of Casa del Mar, Baloy Beach, Olongapo City.  Gale checked into the hotel in Barangay Guadalupe Nuevo at about 1:37 p.m. on Thursday. Gale told the hotel staff that he would be staying overnight, according to police.

At about past 3 p.m. on Friday, hotel supervisor Michael Puzon and assistant supervisor Rescon Talagua found Gale’s body when they checked his room after he failed to answer their reminder of his check-out time.  Gale was lying on the bed with blood on his face. An Armscor .38 caliber revolver with serial number 31555 was found near the right side of his body, police said.

The victim’s body was then taken to the Veronica Funeral Home. The Makati City police said the United States embassy was informed of Gale’s death.  Investigators are still looking at the possibility of foul play in the incident.

The following comments came from a good friend of Gordy’s and I think his many friends would appreciate reading it:

Hi Harry the Horse.  I read your column every month but have yet to bother you with anything I might have to say. Thanks for keeping me up to date on happenings in AC all these years.  This month however, I feel the need to reach out with a heavy heart and ask you to post something about a recently deceased friend of mine from Angeles.  My name is Bart Walters, a veteran expat living in Thailand. For the past 12 years I’ve been a friend of the late Gordy Gale of Angeles City. Gordy was one of the first people I met on my maiden trip to AC.  Like many Thailand dwellers, I escape to AC once or twice a year.

 

Gordy and I were like-minded about many things, especially music. We would drink and yak about music until the sun came up on Santos Street. He showed me the ropes in AC and was always at the ready for a bar hop and a music history lesson. When he came to visit in Pattaya, I returned the favor.  It remains unclear to me just what events led up to Gordy’s untimely demise. These kinds of things are always great fodder for rumors and conspiracy theories. Gordy was certainly no angel. Whether he took his own life or someone else did matters not. I just miss my friend.

I can still see him standing in the middle of Fields Ave teasing some door girls and wearing his famous jeans and black T-Shirt … “the AC uniform” he called it.  A couple years back, Gordy tried to make a move to Pattaya. I helped him get situated and introduced him around town, but I knew he wouldn’t stay. He said Pattaya was “too fast” for him and he soon returned back to the place he loved best … Angeles City.  Attached is a story I wrote for a local magazine about a night out with Gordy in Pattaya. Everybody knew he was a musician, but not many folks actually got to hear him play. It was a night I’ll always remember … and my favorite memory of Gordy … smiling and sweaty … slapping the hell out of that old drum set.  RIP Gordy Gale … no matter what, I’m proud to have called him my friend.  Feel free to post any or all of this including the story.  Sincerely,  Bart Walters.  here is a link to the web version of the article:

http://www.remthai.com/who-dont-know-dat-about-leo/

DOGGY DAVE – MURDERED BY TWO FILIPINO SCOUNDRELS

DOGGY DIED AS A RESULT OF BEING STABBED 7 OR 8 TIMES WITH AN ICE-PICK.  IT APPEARS THAT THE MURDERERS WERE TWO LOCALS EMPLOYED BY DAVE TO WORK ON HIS GARDEN.   DAVE WAS CREMATED AT 6 pm, 13 AUG AT LA PIETA FUNERAL HOME.  A final farewell from his friends was held at the “Stable” and it was standing room only affair attesting to the popularity of Dave.  Many stories were told by those who knew him and believe me, such were the stories that many a smile was seen during the evening in addition to a tear or two.  What an interesting life this man lived.

UPDATE:  A man called Jason Pamintuan has been arrested in connection with Dave’s murder. It is stated that he was the driver of the getaway trike. The other suspect, Polan Padilla is still at large.  Padilla worked for Architect Rey,  Paminutuan did not. He is (I am told) known as a drug dealer.  It would appear that Padilla returned to Dave’s house with Pamintuan knowing that Dave would let him in. Presumably they thought he would have some cash.  They are questioning Pamintuan as to what happened and why.    Dave’s ashes were cast in the sea at Subic by his daughter, KC who is studying nursing  in Baguio.
Needless to say Architect Rey is beside himself in grief as he was a good friend of Dave’s and feel responsible since he recommended Padilla to Dave to do some work for him.  There is no one that places any blame with Rey and all understand his feelings.  Jason Pamintuan is still at large but maybe there will be some Filipino to Filipino justice for this criminal at large and by-pass police detention.

Hasher supreme “Malibog” of Birds of Paradise fame sent an old picture of Doggy from his younger years.  It seems that Dave had many different jobs during his career, the longest as a construction steel worker, one of those lads that help build skyscraper buildings.  In this picture I believe it was when he had a bit part in a movie.  Malibog wrote:  ”One for your mag perhaps.  This taken during filming of either ‘Return From The River Kwai’ in 1989 or ‘Harimao’ in 1990.  Can’t remember which just now but will look it up.  Just one pic from my collection but I think a good one of Doggie, something different.  OnOnMaliBog”

 

MAN WAS SO SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT DOGGY, I WORKED WITH HIM IN THE EARLY EIGHTYS ON AFEW JOBS ROUND SURFERS AND WE ALWAYS HAD LOTS OF LAUGHS AND PLENTY OF GOOD DRINKS TOGETHER. FUNNY I ALWAYS THOUGHT THAT WE WOULD MEET AGAIN SOMEDAY. GUESS ILL SEE HIM IN THE SKY ABOVE ABOVE IN THE TALL GRASS AND THE ONES I LOVE. RIP OLD MATE.  DUFFY. GEOFF DUFF.

In Memory for our late friend Doggie Dave. 
Jim can you include this in your next magazine? It was one of his favorite songs.
Best regards and thanks, Phil Keen.  (Phil, I do not know how to add the video to this column but I will tell folks that you sent the video of the John Garcia Blues Band playing the song “Dimples”.  It can be found on “You Tube”)

 

Hello Harry the Horse, An Angeles resident since 1996, Pete Kearns, age 75, died in late August in Angeles. The cause was a blood clot in his lungs.  Pete had 3 passions in life, baseball, horse racing and chess. One could see him playing chess regularly throughout Angeles or checking out the baseball box-scores in newspapers at the Clarkton Hotel.  Pete, who was a dead ringer for Lee Marvin, also had many friends who will miss him. I, who played baseball for 10 years, have never in my lifetime known anyone with such a knowledge of baseball.  Sincerely, Maurice Barringer, USA  (Thanks for the notice Maurice.  I knew Pete.  Many years ago when he first got here he stayed at the La Casa.  He spent most of his time reading books and playing chest.  He was a bit tight with the peso.  He moved to the Vian Lodge for a while.  I often saw him walking or sitting at various locations in town.  He was a quiet man but one that was easily recognizable.  A nice guy that like so many recently, passed away at too early an age)

SEPT EVENTS 

They are back!  The wild, overweight (not all of them), energetic, fun loving guys that every year, for charity, risk heart attacks recapturing their youth on the playing field at a rugby competition.  If you really want a unique evening of entertainment you must attend the 5 Sep Fat Boys weigh-in event at Phillie’s Sports Grill.  The next day, Saturday, catch them at Clark’s Challenger Field for a whole lot of Rugby action.

CAFE D

It is fun to search out the little, often overlooked eateries in this town.  Places where you do not have to dress up or even dress down.  Just stop in and be welcomed by a friendly staff, reasonable prices and tasty food.  Seating is plentiful until word of mouth gets out and then your cozy little place becomes so popular you may have to wait for a table.  The Cafe D is such a place.  Four months ago the Cafe D changed hands for I think the second or third time and hopefully this new owner will stick around for a few years.  He seems to have gotten off to a good start by creating an interesting menu and having two good looking managers in Teresita and Mitch.  The Cafe is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  The menu is heavy with German selections but varied enough to please all tastes.  I forget what I ate but I do remember eating more than I had intended and paying the bill did not take a serious chuck of change out of my wallet.  There were two items I have to go back and try and that is the one foot submarine sandwich at P285 and the Currywurst w/potato salad P240.  They are open Monday to Sunday from 0800 to 2300.  Located on Teodoro St. just down from Norma’s Money Changer and just before the Australian Visa office.

CUSTOM BURGER

The first time I tried to eat at this Burger Joint lightning had just hit the transformer on the front pole and they had to close up.  On our second attempt we were successful, entered hungry, left full and happy.  Custom Burger reminded me of some of the very small neighborhood burger joints I used to enjoy in California when I was stationed there way back when.  This place is tiny, clean, not many seats but a fun atmosphere.  I really liked the young owners, husband and wife team Darwin and Chona Johnson along with Chona’s brother Joseph Lamoglie.  All are equal owners and Joseph gets the privilege of being the happy cook.  They have been open for 3 months.  This is their first venture and according to Darwin he loves to eat, especially burgers and he kept looking for burgers to please his palate. After being frustrated in his search he decided to open his own place and offer up burgers that he liked and also try to customize them for all tastes, no matter how strange.  Joseph told me about one customer that keeps coming in for a burger with pineapple and peanut butter.  Darwin’s mom was an American married to a Filipino and Chona/Joseph’s mom was Korean married to a Filipina.  So you have a heritage of various tastes in food.  Darwin and Joseph told me no matter what your likes, they can create the burger you want.  Do you want a giant burger, bring your own roll and tell them what ingredients you want to include making a burger big enough to fit your roll.
You can choose from 4 different patty’s, Angus, US beef patty, chicken and lamb.  They offer 8 different cheese selections, 8 dressings, 10 toppings, 7 premium toppings, and 8 side dishes.  You definitely have to check out the “Customburger Joint”, I did and many others have as well.  Word of mouth is spreading and so far, no complaints.  By the way, they deliver as well.  You can also follow the example of retired Vietnam Vet Ken who ordered take-out and no doubt has returned for more.

 

                

I WOULD IF I COULD

This very attractive 19 year old has worked as a dancer at Night Moves for 5 months.  She is a local girl coming from Pandan, AC.  She has completed 2 years of high school and of course would like to finish her education, at least to get that HS diploma.  She has 3 brothers and 2 sisters, no BF and no children.  Despite her slim figure she told me she likes to eat a lot, enjoys singing and hiking in the great outdoors.  She would love to experience international travel.  For courtship a man 50+ in age would be suitable.  Her Email address is mayene_mhine@yahoo.com.

ANGELIZA’S FAMILY FUN PLACE

                  

I was sitting at Phillie’s Sports Grill one night last month waiting for the Mrs to pick me up.  I had wanted to check out this new eatery that replaced the Eager Beaver which was definitely a fun place to visit way back when.  I was hoping that Angeliza’s would be a welcome addition to “cuisine hopping” on Fields Ave  which is rapidly becoming a convenient location to eat, except for the parking.  I did not plan to eat as it was too late for that but I figured the owner and staff would be friendly and welcome a bit of publicity.  I guess I picked the wrong day and time as it was completely empty of customers and the female staff, including the owner or manager were not friendly at all.  I had to beg for a picture and they very reluctantly agreed.  I looked at the menu and the prices, no complaints there and I thought that I would take the family there to eat one evening so I could give my impression of the food.  For now, I must say that the sign in front indicating it was a “fun place” is a bit deceiving.  Not to worry, I will give it another try sometime in the future as I think I just picked a bad time to visit.  At least I hope that is the reason for the negative vibes.  Oh wait, they did have a brick pizza oven in the kitchen but that is top secret as they did not allow me to take a picture.  For sure I have to try their pizza because of that oven and I was told that the crust is not paper thin.  Yes, a follow up visit is necessary.

TOURIST OF THE MONTH

I love meeting tourists that are visiting Angeles City for the first time.  It is interesting to see how they adjust to the uniqueness of the place and compare their progress from the first day to the day they have to leave.  Mike Ahders arrived from Tempe, AZ full of energy and excited to finally be in Angeles City.  He booked into the La Casa Pension (Blue Boar Inn) which was his first wise decision.  It helped that he knew my son in Arizona.  Needless to say it did not take him long to fit in especially after discovering the Green Bottle Bar which is just a few meters

away from my stable.  Mike was not here just for pleasure he was also researching business opportunities, possibly getting into the export racket.  He is only 53 years old, divorced so free to do extensive research in various matters of interest.  Naturally some of those interests brought him so much job that he is already considering a return trip for an extended stay.  Back in Arizona he loves getting out in the desert and driving his “UTV” and that is something he cannot give up.  It was sure a lot of fun knowing him and we enjoyed some decent conversations together.  I certainly hope he will not wait too long to make that return trip.

NIS SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY

Noblesse International School (NIS) is offering a unique scholarship opportunity for US citizens and their children who hold US Passports or have a US birth certificate. If you have friends who have HS aged children with either an American Passport or a US Birth Certificate, you can notify them that there are a limited amount of scholarships available at NIS for these students. They will be distributed on a first come-first qualified basis. Scholarship amounts vary and are determined on an individual basis until the funds are depleted.  The application process is:

An email requesting a meeting with the HeadMaster (harvey.chiles@nis.com.ph) At that meeting, the student must be present with an adult.

They must bring:

Passport/copy of birth certificate

Academic transcripts from previous high schools attended

A writing sample, project, or other assignment they have completed.

Copy of their most recent utility bill

The student will be interviewed by the Headmaster and one other person. Determination will be made within one week of application as to whether or not the student qualifies and the amount of the scholarship if offered.

This scholarship opportunity has a limited window of application. Interested parties should apply NOW.

Interested parties should contact: harvey.chiles@nis.com.ph

FAREWELL DOGGY DAVE

Many of Doggy Dave’s friends joined with Howard McKay at the “Stable”  one evening last month to bid Dave a final farewell.  Drinks were consumed, stories were told but the atmosphere was a bit subdued because most were still in a bit of shock to know that such a great personality left us in such a tragic manner.  The man had such an interesting career and he was very athletic and strong as an ox until he broke his leg thereby leaving him with a permanent limp.  This did not stop him from being an active Hasher though.  I am posting a few pictures of those friends who gathered on that very special evening.

                 

KEN GRAHAM’S LATEST UPDATE

I do not know how many readers are following the trials and tribulations of Ken Graham but his updates do paint a picture of the legal system here in the Philippines.  He has been in detention so long that most people have forgotten what the hell happened to him in the first place.  If you search his name in my column you will be able to be updated on what landed him in jail and how long it has taken to reach this point where he might regain his freedom.

“The Attorney for the International Justice Mission (IJM) again brought up the matter of the need for my hospitalization and also that I should be examined by a government doctor. The terse response by the judge was that every effort was being made to treat Mr. Graham in accordance with the request by the Australian Embassy that he be treated fairly and humanely. Furthermore she stated that Mr. Graham’s Physician,Dr John Kit, was a Senior Government Internal Medicine Specialist. She then asked that Dr Kit attend the next hearing on September 3rd to give an update on my condition. This request was something that we have been trying to achieve since May 2013 both in Judge Erum’s Court and in the Appellate Court which was also submitted in May 2013. This change of heart I attribute again to the Embassy’s intercession.

Thanks to your kind support

I have now added an addition Attorney to our defence since July this year. She is Coeli C Fiel. Who was formerly an Attorney with The Anti-Human Trafficking task force in Tacloban. She recently joined Attorney Yabut on partnership. She has made a world of difference to the defence according to my son and daughter, who attended the hearing. At the July hearing where she first appeared on our behalf she began by castigating the Atty Laurence Isidro, the IJM Lawyer and asked that he be disbarred for his unethical action of approaching one our defendants Rose Craste with the intent to influence her testimony.

Attorney Fiel then presented an ex employee of the Coyote Ugly Bar who had formerly given evidence for the prosecution. The girl Angelina Bagson said that she had been coerced by Attorney Bicol of the IJM (since removed from the case) who told her he wanted to convict an Australian and offered her half a million pesos if she would state Mr Graham was owner and a manager in the bar. At this hearing she stated emphatically that I only drank in the bar and talked to friends and watched sport on the TV. She said the real owner was Jocelyn Ordinario, who was the name on all licenses and permits and has yet to be apprehended. Her evidence was so powerful that she had the courtroom crying at her sincerity. At the Aug 5th hearing she was cross examined by the IJM attorney who failed to break down the statements made by Angelina at the July hearing in fact she was more adamant than before, continually frustrating Atty Isidro to such an extent that Attorney Fiel questioned his competency.

There will be a further hearing on September 3rd when state prosecuted Harben will cross examine Angelina further.

At the conclusion of the cross examination on that date Attorney Fuel will ask that bail be set . she is confident of this motion as the Judge has indicated she is sympathetic to my age and illnesses.

Attorney Fiel as an advocate of anti-human trafficking has told my daughter Kristina that she is totally convinced I am innocent and that this was all constructed and schemed by the PNP, and the International Justice Mission who were determined to obtain convictions irregardless of the actual circumstances.

Again I sincerely thank you for your financial and moral support.  I am currently over 500,000 pesos in debt and appeal to any RSL colleague who can help in any way.  Warm regards – Ken Graham

Clark as NAIA twin? Noy not interested

POSTSCRIPT By Federico D. Pascual Jr. (The Philippine Star) | Updated August 26, 2014 – 12:00am

CLARK NEGLECTED: The prospect of Clark International Airport in Pampanga becoming the twin world gateway of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport is dimming as President Noynoy Aquino, who ironically comes from Central Luzon, nears the end of his term in 2016.

Officials and businessmen in the region have noticed the President’s lack of enthusiasm for upgrading Clark, which has ample space for expansion and world-class parallel runways built by the US Air Force, to complement congested NAIA an hour away by a dedicated rail or bus line.

Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya told Reuters this week that President Aquino has ordered another runway built at NAIA to ease air traffic congestion there. The project, which includes a fourth terminal, will cost at least P2.4 billion.

“The President’s guidance was very clear,” Abaya said. “We’ll find ways to have this completed before his term ends because the benefits are clear.”

LIKE A RESTO: With just one year before his administration is engulfed by the frenzy of the 2016 election campaign, the President is obviously in a hurry to save NAIA from being one of the world’s worst airports.

Abaya probably sees another runway as a quick fix. He did not say, however, where the runway will be built in the NAIA fringes choked with residential subdivisions.

He said the new runway would increase from 42 to 48 the number of planes taking off and landing per hour. If an additional terminal is built, he added, the take-off and landing rate could rise to at least 58 planes an hour.

Apparently he did not notice that the NAIA situation is much like that of an over-crowded restaurant. Squeezing in another long table without opening more dining space and improving the menu, the kitchen and parking area will not make customer satisfaction any better.

SPACE PROBLEM: The basic problem of NAIA is lack of space. With only 700 hectares for terminals, aviation and other related facilities, the airport is hemmed in by the South Luzon Expressway and the Parañaque perimeter road on the northeast and the Multinational Village of El Shaddai leader Mike Velarde on the southwest.

In comparison, Clark airport has 2,400 hectares for a world-class passenger terminal, parking aprons, taxiways, cargo handling, aircraft repair and commercial spaces. NAIA and all its facilities can fit in a tiny corner of Clark’s 26,000 hectares.

The only missing link in making Clark the ideal partner of NAIA is a dedicated rail or bus line connecting them. This can run in the middle of the capacious North Luzon Expressway without having to buy right of way.

TOP RUNWAY: Formerly home base of the US 13th Air Force, Clark has six maintenance hangars, 12 aircraft shelters, five air cargo terminals and two control towers. At the height of the Vietnam war, it took in stride the punishing traffic, including the giant B-52 bombers.

It has two runways, each 3.2 kilometers long, and another runway for small planes. Its wide reinforced concrete runways, made to strict USAF specifications, could take the US Space Shuttle in an emergency, and the C5 Galaxy, largest military cargo plane that can carry more than 150 percent of the workload of a B747.

Its runway configuration allows the airport to handle 30 operations per hour and is capable of up to 100 peak-hour operations with the use of the two independent runways. They have been classified as Category 1, based on ICAO standards.

UNDERUTILIZED: Waiting to be tapped fully by the administration, Clark is underutilized. Its weekly commercial flights number about 73, with daily flights averaging 11. In 2013, only a million passengers went through it.

The regular flights include: Qatar Airways via Doha; Asiana Airlines via Inchon; JinAir via Incheon; Cebu Pacific Air via Hong Kong, Singapore and Macao; DragonAir via Hong Kong; SEAIR-I via Caticlan; and Cebu Pacific via Cebu. Air Asia Berhad will relaunch Clark-Kuala Lumpur flights on Oct. 17.

Most OFW (overseas Filipino workers) from Central Luzon choose to fly through Clark instead of going all the way to the NAIA.  (Recently I wrote that I have lost confidence in the full development of the Clark International Airport (CIA).  When President Aquino was elected everyone in Angeles City and those officials at the Airport were optimistic that the CIA will be fully supported by the President.  Now, it appears that Aquino has done a 180 on those supporters and has thrown common sense out the window.  Is it any wonder that the necessary infra-structure necessary to the airport development has not materialized?)  

HOLIDAY INN PRESENTS VIETNAM CUISINE

Hurry to the Mequeni restaurant at the Holiday Inn as they present a wonderful buffet representing the best of Vietnamese cuisine.  Holiday Inn General Manager Michael Melzer and popular Chef Jean Marc Veron have brought in from Vietnam Chefs Dinh Hung Tran and Thanh NguyeHo from the InterContinental Hotel Nha Trang to present the unique flavors of Southern, Central and Northern Vietnames cuisine.  The reason I say HURRY is because it started on 25 Aug and will end on 7 Sep.  That means you only have 7 days left to enjoy this fantastic Vietnamese Food Festival.  The local media were invited to the launching of this food festival on 25 Aug and the event was well attended.  The general consensus of those in attendance was “Absolutely Great! Nobody left hungry.

On this occasion I had the privilege of spending some time with GM Michael and he informed me that the exterior of the Holiday Inn will be undergoing a bit of a face lift soon with some exterior painting and some renovations as well, especially in the meeting room and ballroom areas.  I look forward to the completion of these two projects as Michael’s description of what will be coming was very interesting.

Reservations for dining, lunch and dinner can at 45- 599-8000.  Make that phone call today – you won’t be disappointed.

                

The Horse is ready to rest for a couple days now.  I am a bit tired.  It has been a sad month with some friends passing away.  That always hurts.  I appreciate those that have visited me.  It is always fun to meet new people.
I am missing my good friend Australian Graham Le Bherz who is hospitalized in a hospital in Darwin suffering from a serious bout of cancer.  He is undergoing Chemo and radiation treatment and receiving an experimental drug.  He expects to undergo treatment for one year.  He is a friend of many here in AC and we all wish him well.  He is one of the nicest people one could hope to meet here.  If anyone could beat this disease he can.  He has a special strong spirit.  Get well soon Graham.
With that may I bid you a fond farewell for this month.  Remember, no matter what, be kind to horses.

 

 

 

 

 

HTH POLITICAL RANTS – STOP HERE

I have written before about my fears that the American dollar will lose a lot of its value in the near future.  I am not an expert, I am not an economist, I just have a bad feeling.  I do believe our IRS is a contributing factor and of course, America’s out of control spending is a major problem.  But, read this from Snopes and then take the time to research FATCA yourself.

“The full implementation of FATCA may, as some critics have maintained, ultimately prove more harmful to U.S. business interests and U.S. citizens living and working abroad than its benefits will merit. But no credible source that isn’t an investment firm trying to scare potential customers into forking over money for a newsletter subscription is seriously maintaining that a law passed four years ago will, within the next few months, collapse the entire U.S. economic system, destroy the American way of life, and lead to the imposition of martial law.”

A Hamas terrorist was killed and being held above a large moving crowd, paraded as a hero.  What they forgot to do before they paraded their terrorist “hero” was to remove his suicide vest.  During the parade the vest detonates, leaving body parts of many dead Hamas on the parade route.  Funeral For Islamic Terrorist Gets A Surprise Ending:  http://www.nowtheendbegins.com/blog/?p=23590

I wish the President and all politicians as well as the American people would listen to Newt Gingrich - ISIS, Hamas and Boko Haram: Believe their intentions

Our US Military is so full of political correctness it is disheartening.  But at least one questionable decision was changed for the better.

Dear Harry, Your AFA alerted you last week to an anti-Christian decision the Navy made to remove every Gideon Bible from all 34 Navy Lodges and all 24,000 Navy Gateway Inns & Suites guest rooms.  That decision was made in response to just one letter from the atheistic Freedom From Religion Foundation.  We urged you to contact the admiral in charge of all Navy lodging, and you did!  Today, AFA has received word that the Navy has reversed its wrong-headed and unconstitutional decision, and the Bibles will be allowed to stay!  Said Tim Wildmon, president of AFA:

“This is great news! I know thousands of AFA supporters voiced strong objection to the purging of Bibles by the Navy from their lodges. We must be alert to what the secularists are doing inside the military but this reversal proves that those who believe in religious freedom can make a difference when we take action.”

This is a great win for religious liberty in our military and in America. It’s a reminder of just how many ordinary Americans share our fundamental values of faith, family and freedom. A big thank you to all of you who took action – your voice was heard!

Islam and Sharia is a danger to all Christians.  Wake up people, we are at war with Islam.  This is a very serious problem that apathy or pacifism will only allow to grow:I have written about Belgium before now watch this presentation and be warned.
http://www.cbn.com/tv/embedplayer.aspx?bcid=1509282970001

I did not write the whole story but this is enough to show how little our politicians care about a General being killed on duty.  This is typical of Obama.

General Greene, 55, became the highest-ranking fatality in the war in Afghanistan after an Afghan military police officer opened fire on August 5, 2014.

Among the missing at the service were……

No President

No Vice President

No Secretary of State

No Secretary of Defense

VFW DEMANDS SGT. TAHMOORESSI’S RELEASE
National commander calls on all American veterans to take action.  (Every American citizen should be demanding this.  It is disgraceful to have a President and Congress that sits on their hands and lets this Mexican government do this to this man.  What the hell are we afraid of.  Close our side to the gate into and out of Mexico.  Do not let any trucks into America.  They do not meet our standards anyway.  Stop importing “Made in Mexico” products.  This has gone on for too long.  Our President is too weak to do anything about Putin, Iran, Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq and the ISIS but damn, he can’t even stand up to Mexico??

 

 

 


 
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A FOND FAREWELL FOR DOGGY DAVE

Posted by admin on August 17, 2014 in Breaking News

TUESDAY NIGHT, 19 AUG, 6 PM AT THE BLUE BOAR INN STABLE.  JOIN HOWARD MCKAY

                                FOR                                             

 

AN EVENING TO REMEMBER AND GIVE A FINAL GOOD BYE TO DOGGY DAVE THROUGH STORIES, SONG AND A BIT OF DRINK.

 

 

 
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PEREGRINE UPDATE

Posted by admin on August 15, 2014 in Breaking News

This information was sent to me by a reliable source:

Everyone 

Today if you read PUNTO newspaper, the story says everything is back to “NORMAL” at GGLC.  http://punto.com.ph/News/Article/21036/Volume-8-No-7/Headlines/u-UNAFFECTED-BY-GGLC-ROW-u-br-The-Medical-City-Clark-set-to-open-Dec-8

Yet only a few hours earlier on 14 Aug, GGDC (Kuwaiti fund) tried to forcibly take over the GGLC site with 100 new guards (they had the guards on buses on Spur Rd). LOL. Unable to convince CDC and the PNP to allow them and WITHOUT a Court Order, the guards were sent back to Manila.

Today about noon, Mark Williams, President of GGDC was back asking for the NOTICE sign to be removed. NOTE: He is the one who on 3 June, closed two checking Accounts and REMOVED 1.6M USD to pay vendors and payroll. Today, CIAC and PNP SOSIA, were both called out because GGDC wanted these signs removed. The signs remained, because Peregrine is still in control of the GGLC.

The Sign on the guard shack says:

THIS SITE IS CLOSED AND OFF LIMITS. ALL WORK SUSPENDED EFFECTIVE JUNE 3, 2014 DUE TO CESSATION OF FUNDING BY GGDC.

Now the CEO of The Medical City (their hospital is being built), CEO of Clark Development Corp and President of GGDC would have you believe with misinformation that everything is “normal” on GGLC. They have huge ads in the news papers in Manila just this week. Yes there IS NO work going on the site and it is completely closed down.

The project is in legal dispute pending arbitration in Singapore and is shut down. Over 170 Peregrine workers were laid off in July, $5M in unpaid liabilities to local vendors … it is unfortunate that the public is continued to be misled. An estimate +1000 workers, subcontractors, have lost their jobs too.

It would be nice is someone would do more investigation and get the truth out. Until them, I will send out occasional updates.

(I wrote a detailed article about this situation in my column and I specifically stated that the work on Medical City Clark has come to a standstill.  Then today I read in the Sun Star that all is well and that they expect to open the hospital ahead of schedule. This is a complete fabrication!

Note the name Mark Williams in the above statement.  This man has definitely taken a major roll in the removal of operational funds from the Peregrine account.  This battle is being fought in the courts but despite decisions against KGL Manila Mark must feel that he is above the law and now wants to apply old style questionable heavy handed actions by a goon squad in uniforms.  Is he afraid of the courts?

 
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INVESTIGATION OF RSOG?

Posted by admin on August 11, 2014 in Breaking News

 

Received this from an anonymous source.  Could it be something bar owners in Angeles City have been hoping for the last few years?  It certainly is past due!

Some other news. General Purisima has ordered a full investigation in to the RSOG at Camp Olivas. The Internal Affairs officers have been here for the last several days (Subic). They mentioned that the investigation also extends into their activities in Angeles City.

This should be good news for Cynthia Anderson and many bar owners in town who have been victimized.

Problem:  I doubt that any bar owners will cooperate with any investigation for fear of repercussions.  This is still a Third World County with a strong revenge mentality.

 

 

 
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DOGGY DAVE MURDERED SHOW CANCELLED – UPDATE

Posted by admin on August 11, 2014 in Breaking News

 

I AM IN SHOCK AS I WRITE THIS.  I WAS JUST INFORMED THAT DOGGY DAVE WAS MURDERED IN HIS HOUSE AT 5 PM LAST NIGHT.  IT APPEARS TO HAVE BEEN A ROBBERY BY TWO FILIPINO MEN THAT HE MIGHT HAVE KNOWN SINCE HE GAVE THEM ENTRANCE TO THE HOUSE.

HIS NEIGHBOR (A FOREIGNER) HEARD YELLING FROM THE HOUSE, “HELP, HELP”, TOLD HIS WIFE AND SHE THOUGHT IT WAS THE TV.  BUT HE SAID “NO, IT SOUNDED LIKE A REAL VOICE”.  HE CALLED 117 (EMERGENCY #) AND IT TOOK THE POLICE ONE HOUR TO ARRIVE.  THE NEIGHBOR SAW THE TWO MEN LEAVING AND WAS ABLE TO GET THE LICENSE # OF THE TRICYCLE.  HOWARD ARRIVED ON THE SCENE AT 7 PM.  DOGGY LIVED IN PLARIDEL NEAR BLUE FIELDS HOTEL. 

THIS IS HORRIBLE NEWS AS DAVE HAD SO MANY FRIENDS AND WOULD NOT HARM A FLY.  IF IT WAS ROBBERY THE BASTARDS WOULD NOT HAVE GOTTEN MUCH AS DAVE LIVED A SIMPLE LIFE.  HIS DAUGHTER IS COMING HOME FROM BAGUIO WHERE SHE IS IN RESIDENCE COMPLETING HER TWO YEAR REQUIREMENT AT THE HOSPITAL.  

DOGGY HAD REQUESTED THAT HE WOULD LIKE TO DIE QUICKLY AND BE CREMATED.  THE MANNER IN WHICH HE DIED IS TOTALLY UNACCEPTABLE.  NO OTHER DETAILS AVAILABLE AT THIS TIME.  HIS FRIEND OF 25 YEARS HOWARD MCKAY WILL TAKE CARE OF ALL THE DETAILS AND ASSIST THE DAUGHTER.  

A BIT OF MUSIC DIED LAST NIGHT.

UPDATE:  DOGGY DIED AS A RESULT OF BEING STABBED 7 OR 8 TIMES WITH AN ICE-PICK.  IT APPEARS THAT THE MURDERERS WERE TWO LOCALS EMPLOYED BY DAVE TO WORK ON HIS GARDEN.  WILL REPORT MORE DETAILS WHEN THE SUSPECTS HAVE BEEN APPREHENDED.  DAVE WAS CREMATED AT 6 pm, 13 AUG AT LA PIETA FUNERAL HOME.

 

 

 

 
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GOLDEN CALYPSO RAID UPDATE

Posted by admin on August 11, 2014 in Breaking News

GOLDEN CALYPSO RAID UPDATE:  I WAS ABLE TO GATHER ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON THE CALYPSO RAID.  IT TURNS OUT THAT FOUR CUSTOMERS WERE DETAINED AND TAKEN TO CAMP CRAME AND THEY DID HAVE TO PAY A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF MONEY TO BE RELEASED.  THE POLICE WERE ON THE PREMISES FOR FIVE HOURS, WHICH IS A LONG TIME.  THE RAID WAS CONDUCTED BY THE CIDG (ACTU UNIT – I NEVER HEARD OF THIS UNIT BEFORE) OUT OF CAMP CRAME.  THE EMPLOYEES TAKEN WERE HELD FOR 50 HOURS BEFORE ANY ACTIONS WERE TAKEN.  THE GIRLS WERE FORCED TO SIT AND SLEEP ON THE COLD FLOOR BEFORE EVENTUALLY GETTING SOME MATS.  ALL GIRLS RELEASED EXCEPT FOR TWO WHO WERE DETAINED.  FOUR OTHERS WERE HELD BY DSWD FOR SUSPICION OF BEING UNDERAGE BUT NO MINORS WERE FOUND. 

 I WAS VERY CONCERNED WHEN I HEARD THAT MARK (HOLLYWOOD) WAS DETAINED AS HE WAS NOT A MANAGER OF OWNER OF THE CLUB.  HIS DUTY WAS AS MC FOR THE SHOWS, SOMETHING HE HAS BEEN DOING FOR VARIOUS CLUBS OVER MANY YEARS.  I WAS SADDENED TO HEAR THAT HE MAY BE CHARGED WITH HUMAN TRAFFICKING AND IS WAITING FOR DISPOSITION OF THE CASE.  I DO NOT KNOW IF HE WILL BE TRANSFERRED TO ANGELES CITY JAIL OR KEPT IN MANILA.  THIS WOULD BE A TRAVESTY OF JUSTICE IF SUCH CHARGES ARE PUSHED THROUGH. 

 

 
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GORDO (DRUMMER) FOUND DEAD IN MAKATI (UPDATE)

Posted by admin on August 10, 2014 in Breaking News

 

Sent from a reliable source.
Comments and Remarks: Harry, Just got word that Gordy (Gordon Matthew Gale) also known as drummer, was found dead in a hotel in Makati. Suicide is a possibility but I’ve learned from you never take things on their face in this country. Anyway, he was a great guy and I wanted you to know.

I am in shock. I have known Gordy for a very long time.  The last time I saw him was at the opening at Tony J’s and he was in high spirits.  I can’t imagine that he would commit suicide.  

I received this information from someone who knew Gordy.  It might explain a few things.

“He was destitute and desperate. He sent a blanket email asking for help to repatriate in order to see his dying mother for the last time. His lease on his apartment was up a couple of days ago, and he was asking around for information on cheap accommodations in Thailand.  He was found in a hotel in Makati with a .38 with the serial number filed off.”

CONFIRMATION:

 

American found dead in Makati hotel

By Mike Frialde (The Philippine Star) | Updated August 10, 2014 – 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines – A 59-year-old American man was found dead in a room of a Makati City hotel on Friday afternoon.  A report reaching the Southern Police District identified the victim as Gordon Matthew Gale of Casa del Mar, Baloy Beach, Olongapo City.  Gale checked into the hotel in Barangay Guadalupe Nuevo at about 1:37 p.m. on Thursday. Gale told the hotel staff that he would be staying overnight, according to police.

At about past 3 p.m. on Friday, hotel supervisor Michael Puzon and assistant supervisor Rescon Talagua found Gale’s body when they checked his room after he failed to answer their reminder of his check-out time.  Gale was lying on the bed with blood on his face. An Armscor .38 caliber revolver with serial number 31555 was found near the right side of his body, police said.  The victim’s body was then taken to the Veronica Funeral Home. The Makati City police said the United States embassy was informed of Gale’s death.  Investigators are still looking at the possibility of foul play in the incident.

 
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NIRVANA BAR RAIDED

Posted by admin on August 8, 2014 in Breaking News

At 11:42 PM last night I received this text from a source:  ”Nirvana just being raided at present”.  I found this to be a bit shocking as this Club has only been opened for a couple of months.

The second text read: “Heard from San Fernando 2 Malaysians set them up with bar fines”.

I will update as I find out additional information.

 
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ANOTHER RAID

Posted by admin on August 4, 2014 in Breaking News

Saturday Night Raids

At approximately 1030pm on Sat 2 Aug Calypso & Grand Pharaoh were raided by CIDG Manila….Read

There are lots of rumors, but too early for determining full details. I will update this post in the next few days as we know more.  Details from a reliable source:

The raid was conducted by CIDG Manila.

They used a Korean asset to pay a bar fine and promptly raided straight after.

They detained customers, all girls and staff. They questioned all foreigners found on the premises but let the majority go after having inspected their identification documents.

Before releasing any foreigners they were asking if any of them is the manager or owner of the bar.

They detained Mark, aka “Hollywood” who was actually on the microphone as the MC during the “Search for Queen of Calypso” event.

They questioned all girls and after making them write down their name. They reportedly released all girls who were 20 or over.

They brought in a huge black bus which they parked outside Calypso & Grand Pharaoh at 3:AM.

Posted by JC on 2014-08-02

I received a text last Saturday night informing me of the raid and provided most of the details provided by JC above but wanted to wait for further confirmation.  I must admit that I was sorry that this raid took place after enjoy a month or so of  relative peace.  I knew the raids would occur again but was hoping for a longer break.  

Once again a Korean asset was used and once again the “bar fine” set up procedure was used.  The detention of “Hollywood” was uncalled for.  He is not a manager, not an owner, just someone performing as an MC, something he has been doing for years in this town.  I can only hope for his quick release.  

t do not like the idea of questioning the customers in their attempt to capture an owner or manager.  

Here is an eyewitness report:

By Phoenix, Photographer for Asian Escapades.
I was there in Calypso during the raid with my girl who didn’t work in any of these bars. This is the first raid I have ever seen from the inside.

To start I was there taking pictures at the 9 – 11pm dance contest event. At 10:30pm a girl came running through the bar and out the back staircase, not a particularly unusual occurrence I initially thought. A few seconds later as I am standing there huge SLR camera in hand many more girls come flowing up to the back of the bar until one girl yelled “RAID”. That was it, the stampede began. Within seconds girls jumping tables, grabbing bags, abandoning drinks and running for the back.

Upon hearing this I threw my camera into it’s carry bag but was worried what might happen if they saw me with it as it contained about 400 pictures from in the bars. Quickly I removed the memory cards and hid them in my wallet.

Just as I packed away the cards a real official looking guy with a CIDG shirt and hand radio walked the length of the bar. At this point most customers had thrown some cash in their bill cup and were making their way to the door, so I did the same with my girl clinging to my arm. I assumed they would let me leave but I was worried about her being detained.

Approaching the door a lot of pushing and shoving was taking place and I saw Hollywood being walked to the entrance of Level 1 bar, I was not sure if he was being taken by choice or not. As I reached the officer at the door I could see the large luxury bus with curtains in all the windows parked across the length of the Pharaoh group bars. One foreigner and his wife were in front of me trying really hard to convince them to let them leave, but to no avail. In a last ditch effort he tried to run through the officers which was just as effective as talking to them. We were all ushered back inside followed by the officer that first walked in.

Once inside he had all the girls including my girl and other customers girls stand on one side of the bar and all the customers on the other (about 3 of us). The officer said that we were to be taken to Camp Crame in Manila and he started to file everyone towards the back of the bar. It was at this point I decided to ditch my camera in the pile of girls bags near the front door.

It became clear that we were all being taken into Level 1 bar through the doorway linking the 2 bars together on the 2nd floor. While the officer was not looking I ditched my business cards under some handbags laying around on the tables.

Once through the doorway it was more clear why there was such a large bus and only one or two officers in Calypso, They were raiding all three bars. Level 1 was full of alteast 20 customers, a fair few officers in assorted clothing (armed with nothing more than handguns) and just packed wall to wall with the girls that didn’t escape.

At this point I sat at one of the tables turned to the manager and said “Damn, I could use a drink.” I also found that any customer who had walked out the front of Calypso were now in Level 1 including Hollywood. The bar was strangely quiet with all the girls mostly in shock or fear, all the foreigners talked amongst themselves about who they knew, what they had heard, what had happened in previous raids and a few gathered their cash to try to pay someone off.

10 minutes passed and nothing seemed to be happening other than by the pool table I could see girls writing their names and what I later learnt was their age on blank sheets of line paper. Unsurprisingly I saw officers carrying out “evidence” in the form of the accounting books. As I sat at this table trying to reassure my girl, another customers girl started to yell and argue with one of the officers. The officer seemed to be ignoring anything we asked him and all he could say was, they are taking us to Camp Crame for “verification”. This girl really laid it on hard to the officer and her boyfriend couldn’t even hold her back. She kept at him until the officer eventually retreated out the door.

Eventually a very patronizing officer who seemed to be above the rest, started requesting foreigner ID’s. He then wrote down the foreigners names, asked if they were the manager, and then after a while announced that we could leave. I didn’t exactly trust his claim as there was a big commotion as the first few guys went to leave, I thought maybe they were just the first to leave… On the bus. I gave my ID and was told I could leave but my girl had to stay, I claimed she is my girlfriend I would not leave without her. Just to be safe I moved towards the exit with my girl and luckily asked a friendly looking officer if the guys were in fact being put on the bus. He reassured me this was not the case and asked me about my girl, which again I claimed to this new guy that she is my girlfriend. He took her over to the guy in charge who was writing down the name, a quick Tagalog exchange and a long pause accompanied by some puppy dog eyes, the guy caved in and let us both go.

We wasted no time as this point as soon as we got the nod I near ran for the door with girl in hand. Once out the door all I could see was this huge bus and some officers at the ends of it to ensure no runners. I proceeded unobstructed past the bus and ducked under the awning of the hotel across the street. I had no intention of leaving as my camera was still in Calypso which I was not going to come back to Shagger and say I had lost.

Little more happened for the next few minutes the rain, a huge crowd with umbrellas and a giant bus made seeing anything near impossible. At this point my knees were still wobbly and I needed a rest so I decided to try out the new Mexican place outside nearby High Society. The taco was great and I felt more relaxed to go back and watch the proceedings.

At one point some girls were released or escaped they ran a short distance when out so it was not clear exactly what the case was. As these girl ran the crowd swamped the area almost as if to lay down cover for the girls. This opened up an opportunity for me because the entire crowd was focused around the bus and level 1 entrance which meant the entrance to Calypso was behind the crowd line though still blocked by a chair and likely manned by and officer on the inside. This seemed like the best time to stand by the door, by a stroke of luck an officer tried to open the door from inside but the chair held it close. I helpfully pulled the chair out of the way for him and simply told him my bag was just inside could I grab it. He immediately asked what sort of bag which had me worried, I naively answered “A blue one.” He pushed the door open and I flew down the steps grabbed the bag and was half way up the street within seconds.

I talked with some of the girls and guys who were let out, (mamasans and off duty managers)to gain a clearer picture of what was going on. Basically they were looking for managers and the owner along with any underage girl. I spoke to a girl who was so nervous after getting out she was shaking and almost stuttering. She told me what they were doing was taking each girls name and age down on paper and then interviewing them. Any girl over the age of 20 was allowed to leave, also most customers were allowed to leave except the ones without any photo IDs or that were somehow suspect. After an hour I knew they still had Hollywood and the manager, I soon learnt that everyone inside was told that if they were seen txting phones would be confiscated. Girls continued to trickle out one and two at a time but no more guys yet. However then one of the manager came walking out who ran into one of the off duty managers. This off duty manager relayed a lot of the above information from the manager who had made a speedy exit.

Amazingly a girl I know who was there alone as a customer got out which seemed surprising but she told me that though they were clearly older the Calypso waitresses were being held and questioned about the group owner. Additionally she said that the reason Hollywood was not out is because he was being accused of being the OIC or general manager.

After this time little more was evident and no new information was gleamed, aside from Hollywood I believe most if not all other customers were out so I decided that was enough excitement for me for one night. Walking towards a trike in the rain I turned to my girl and said well at least it turned out all fine for us and now we have an interesting story to tell.
This is an excellent on-site report of a raid.  I felt like I was there.  I wonder how much they pay these assets, Korean or otherwise?  A Korean asset has has been used in other raids, the last being Honey-Ko’s by the RSOG.  I find it interesting that the CIDG takes up so much of its time in raiding bars and harassing female employees and are so proficient at it but never seem to be able to solve murders of foreigners and their own citizens.  Why is Jueteng alive and well when it is illegal and not too long ago it was declared that there is no longer Jueteng in Pampanga?  But, you can sit in the bars and see girls with their betting slips that they buy 3 times a day.  What about the roadside bars along the Highway in Mabalacat that operate at night and seem to have some very young looking female employees?  Could the incentive to concentrate resources to “rescuing” girls in the AC entertainment area be financial gain?  Just a question, just curious.  Maybe the CIDG should stake out the many “short time” hotels in town and check the age of the ladies and the ID’s of the men.  

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