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SISTER’S BAR RAIDED – UPDATE 2

Posted by admin on April 18, 2014 in Breaking News, Uncategorized

 

UPDATE 2 – 19 Apr - Sister hill night bar was raided last holy thursday, 17 April 2014 by elements of CIDG Camp Crame. More or less 38 employees were alledgely rescued and brought to CIDG Hqs in Camp Crame via marked PNP bus and one tourist bus. Likewise, according to personnel of Sister Hills foreign customers were also brought to Camp Crame. Four koreans were released last night while employees were brought back to San Fdo DSWD. Further, they were allowed to continue operating today. Informants cannnot ascertain as to the status of other foreigners if whether or not they are still in custody of CIDG as of this time. Will info you as i obtain additional info on the matter. For your info Jim.

 

update:  0115 hrs, Saturday – Just received info from someone who talked with a friend that was one of those customers taken to Manila.

He had to show a passport, finger printed and then released.  Of course he had to make his way back to AC on his own.  There was no payment of money but of course, the bottom line is that he was hassled, taken to Manila and put through some shit.  His only “crime” was being a customer.

So now, I have to tell everyone to have at least a cy of your passport handy when visiting bars in AC and have enough transportation money on hand to pay your way back to AC.  Was this a test run to see what they could get away with?  I will try to find out more specific information.

 

When I turned on my computer today I read a number of Emails informing me that another raid had taken place, this timed a Korean owned bar, and that customers rounded up and taken to Camp Crame.  I did not want to believe this and was very reluctant to report it.

I contacted a friend that has some police contacts and he said he would get back to me.  His response to me, after a few hours was:  Sisters Bar Raid Update – Team from Camp Crame conducted the raid.  All the staff and 12 foreigners brought to Manila, human trafficking charges.”

I also received this Email message:

“hi, just wanted to make you aware that sisters bar on walking street angeles was apparently raided last night, seems from eye witness reports that all the customers were also arrested in the raid, obviously the authorities will be asking for huge $$$ for the arrested customers problems to vanish.  Up till now, although the majority of ac bars have been raided at some time only the girls were being arrested but the raids still has had a huge impact on the numbers of punters willing to visit ac.
Think that if these reports of all customers being arrested is in fact true then it is alas, the final nail in the coffin for angeles.

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Needless to say, this is something we did not want to see in Angeles City.  In the past there has been what, two or three customers held and jacked up for money over a period of one or two years.  But, no mass apprehension of customers of this scale.  Was this legal?  We will have to wait to see what happens.  Is this an example of extreme greed on the part of a certain group of policemen in Manila?  Maybe.  For sure there are a lot of question but at this time, no answers.  Should tourists and residents of AC be pissed off, you bet?  For sure our Mayor and Alex C. will probably have no comment at all.  Would this happen in Barrio Barretto?  I doubt it.

It is time for ALL bar and hotel owners to join forces and fight this blatant abuse of power being thrown against this community.  Take those hundreds of thousands of Pesos being funneled to certain organization for protection to a general fund that would fund a team of lawyers to react to these raids.  It is time for all of the local employees in the bars to march on City Hall in protest to the way they are being treated.  Regretfully, this will never happen.  The entertainment area has a history of not being able to work together.

Just as I was writing this I received an update from a source that they even apprehended a guy that was just outside watching what was going on.  Unf–k–g believable!

This angers me, frustrates me and scares me.  What the hell am I supposed to advise tourists now?  Man, enough is enough!

 

 
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EASTER DAY MEAL AT PHILLIES

Posted by admin on April 17, 2014 in Breaking News

THE POSTER SPEAKS FOR ITSELF.  YOU CAN’T HELP BUT FEEL A BIT HUNGRY WHEN YOU READ THE SELECTIONS OF FOOD AVAILABLE ON THIS SPECIAL DAY.

FOR SURE PLAN ON BEING AT THE PHILLIE’S SPORTS GRILL ON EASTER SUNDAY.  i GUARANTEE YOU WON’T BE DISAPPOINTED.

 

 
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HOWARD AND DOGGY APRIL APPEARANCE

Posted by admin on April 17, 2014 in Breaking News

 

DOGGY DAVE AND HOWARD MCKAY WILL BE APPEARING AT THE BLUE BOAR INN, CLARKVIEW (HOME OF HARRY THE HORSE) ON TUESDAY, 29 APR, 7 PM.  NEEDLESS TO SAY THE FAME OF THESE TWO LADS PRECEDE THEM.

FOR THOSE OF YOU THAT LIKE A BIT OF AUSTRALIAN, ENGLISH AND A VERY LITTLE BIT OF AMERICAN MUSIC YOU HAVE TO ATTEND THIS FESTIVE EVENT.

NO COVER CHARGE, THE BEER IS COLD AND PLENTIFUL, OF COURSE, AT A VERY REASONABLE PRICE.  THEIR FAN BASE IS LOYAL, FRIENDLY AND LOADS OF FUN.  PLEASE JOIN THEM, YOU WON’T BE SORRY.

 

 
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SUAVE LOUNGE – BLUES MUSIC

Posted by admin on April 2, 2014 in Uncategorized

I just received this notice that Tequila Reef’s Suave Lounge will have some Blues Music on Sat, 5 Apr.  The Horse will try to make it, sounds like some good entertainment.

 

 
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April 2014

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

 

When I came across this cartoon I thought it would be a good way to start off this month.  Today is the Apr fool’s day so might as well get you to smile right away.  I have a face book account but I am still trying to learn how to use it.  My son in the US has tried to teach me and my son here has tried but I keep forgetting all the details.  I keep getting all these “Tags” and all I think about is play “tag” as a kid.  How do I get friend requests from people I do not know?  My next project is to find out how to insert pictures into my face book and then play tag.  Weird stuff, and what is all this twitter stuff?  I have enough to do just with Emails.  Then Ipad, note pad, ipod, I receive Emails from some persons “device”.  How the hell do I devise a device?  Now they talk about “the cloud”.  My stuff is in the “cloud”.  All I know is that Angels live in clouds, are they reading my porn messages?  Holy shit, that could be me in that picture.
Welcome to April.  The warm weather is here now so get your butts over here.  I have to pass on some advance news.  In May Gerard and company are putting on back to back pool parties, one at night and the other a daytime blast.  I am giving plenty of advance notice so no excuse for not making those plane reservations in time.  Oh, happy Easter too.  For my Australian readers and friends and veterans, I will salute you on ANZAC day, Hah, I bet you think I forgot the New Zealanders.  Never happen, far too many brave lads died at that slaughter house.  For my American readers please Google ANZAC day to appreciate the meaning of 25 Apr.

THE FEEDBAG

Harry, hi, we have seen a huge increase in children begging on the road in fields. What more alarming is that they mostly operate in groups and rob people. I was witness to one such incident last night and had a similar attempt last week however just protected my wallet on time. I went to the police station to complain and all the cop could say is that they have been getting complaints and have been picking up the kids however they get out the next morning as they have some group release them and return them to the parents. Cant something be done about this? I find it strange to believe that nothing can be done. Have you been seeing any such cases as well. Is there another way that I can complain about this?  (Write to the City Mayor and the DSWD even though it won’t do you any good.  There is a way to do it and that is to make the parents accountable.  Regretfully, City Hall has no will to enforce the laws in this area)

Harry, after much fanfare, there is an item on Page B4 of Philippine Star today saying Emirates flights will cease after 3rd May.  I doubt that they will be putting banners all along Clark Base as they did when they started the flights.  I met two folks off this flight recently and they said they were full or almost full.  Hopefully Qatar will keep going. These flights offer a nice alternative to folks flying to Europe. Cheers, Howard M.  (Howard, this is a big disappointment to many)

Hello Mr H, to suggest a solution re: the Nightmoves & other ridiculous raids, the CIDG nonsense will probably stop if each of the persecuted bars refuse to pay the extortion money, lay off all their staff, refuse to pay their rent to old Jonny supermarket owner & close their doors for a week or so sighting the cause as police extortion. Then let all those who are not getting paid &/or out of work lodge official complaints to their official contacts. The golden goose would dry up.  Gary S.  (Can’t do that Gary, even City Hall would shut down and that would hurt too many people).

Harry, a big hello from Cebu . Well the messing with the bars here in Cebu is still going on . The Silver Dollar bar has been going strong here for almost 22 years . Starting in May it will be closed.The property owner is raising the rent so high they can’t afford to keep it open says the Aussie owner. Other rumors are the mayor does not want any bars along the main roads. So looks like all the bars on Mango will be closing in the future. Their are 10. Three have been raided in the last few months. When asking the Fine ladies that work at the Silver Dollar about this, they say that their families will suffer most from these closings . Keep up the good work Harry ! Ron K.  (Ron, I don’t know what to say.  I have never been to Cebu so do not know where these bars are located.  Are they similar to the bars we have on Fields Ave? The actions you describe are similar to what we are experiencing here.  The night before I read your Email another bar was raided, this time on Perimeter Road.  I guess, the only question to ask is, which bar is next on the list, either here or in Cebu?)

Hi, i am rick from florida. Spent roughly 16 years in Asia, mostly living/working out of embassies. I did a tour in Baguio (which i liked very much) been in and out of the old Clark AB, vacationed in Cebu .Married a Pinay, sadly it did not last, but thats old news.  While i really enjoy your monthly newsletters and try to keep up with the news in AC, no way i would ever live there and probably would only visit Cebu. It is way too dangerous and i have braved the bar districts in Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos. Know you love it, i do too, but Thailand is so much better, you can visit there by yourself, i would never go to the PI without a seasoned asian traveler. I spent 7 years in Thailand, last time 5 years ago and it is much safer than any US city, of course if your looking for trouble you can find it. The Thais realize tourism is their bread and butter and they do everything to protect us. Changing money is not a problem like it is in the PI, i even had some problems in all of places, Baguio City. Everything is just a hassle in the PI and you never know when your going to get robbed or put in jail over some trumped up charge.  If i lived there sure i could navigate thru the hassles, scams, etc., but if i go back to Asia will definitely stop for a few days in Cebu and then on to Thailand.  Take care, and let me say again, thanks for publishing the letters. While i do like the Night Owl in Bangkok, your a much better writer, story teller! Keep it up please!! Very respectfully, rick, Florida Panhandle.  (I responded to Rick but will not put those words here as I would be repeating what I have written many times.  I will point out the words of Rick where he stated “The Thai’s realize that Tourism is their bread and butter” – here in Angeles City that is not the case in regards to the Adult entertainment industry.  The climate has changed and the present Mayor is less supportive of the Clubs and his right hand adviser Alex Cauguiran would like to see all the Clubs disappear overnight. The Philippines has so much to offer in investments and tourism and I am guilty of focusing only on Angeles City which offers one activity that the majority of the tourists come here to see.  Over time that will change as more tourist attractions are created nearby – that change will not happen overnight)

Harry, You have a great writing ability and have enjoyed your monthly letters for years. Been back to Angeles a couple times since stationed there for a short tour in the 80′s and envy guys who live there like yourself.  (I can understand that).

“I like warm, warmer and hot, cold does not enter the equation” sure makes sense the older I get. Northern Maine has been home since Loring Air Base assignment way back but every year March sucks here because of long winter and it isn’t really over until mid-May. Hope to move there or Costa Rica some day. (Loring Air Force Base was a location I never wanted an assignment to.  I don’t do long winters, not even ones that last only one day!).  

Like your political rants and cartoons very much. I believe conservatives are actually more open minded and willing to listen to opposite minded spoiled idiots than liberals are. Nothing drives me crazy more than someone who says “I don’t really have an opinion on that” though. I feel like saying, “Can’t you think for yourself?” Keep up the good work, Tom (in very cold northern Maine)  (Thanks for the compliment Tom but I suspect that a few people might disagree with you)

Hi Harry, I was just enjoying your latest newsletter when I recalled an incident that happened recently in Manila close to where I live.  A group of friends wanted to travel to a nearby town, and decided that taking an FX taxi would be safer and more comfortable than jeep or regular taxi. They were conducted to an unmarked vehicle (which should have been a dead giveaway but apparently was not) and paid the fare upfront. A few Kms down the road, the vehicle stopped, and was approached by 2 armed men. The driver said “Give them your money or they will kill you”. Naturally they complied, and were then dumped at the side of the road. They immediately informed the police giving them the licence plate number (almost certainly fake) and to date there has been no progress in the case.

Please inform your readers that such scams are common, and failing to hand over the goods almost always results in a fatality or wounding. Never, ever get into unmarked public transportation, or be persuaded by any third party to do so. Next (my personal advice) don’t try to be a hero, it’s not worth it.  John Taylor (Good advice John and the experience suffered by your friends should be an excellent example of what could happen if not careful)

Hi Harry, Just wanted to endorse your comments re Porky’s….a great improvement on the old Happy Rock. I have been there 3 times now, it has always been busy, so someone likes it! Also to mention a small change in visa extension procedures. I applied for my 2 month extension today (Amega Travel do a good job), and for the first time was asked to supply details of a character reference. Apparently this is an existing requirement they are just now starting to enforce. Readers be aware! Good luck to Rockin’ Dave after all his bad luck. He did the right thing there. No point in arguing with guns, but I was pretty impressed that a customer played his pool game right through the experience! Lastly – we witnessed from 100 yds or so, the Equous raid tonight (29 Feb). What a farce – 3 jeepeys full of girls taken away (for which read “kidnapped”). So that is 30 to 50 girls suspected underage? My guess is that not one will actually be proved to be under 18. When will it end? Keep up the good work. Kevin R.  (When will it end?  Maybe after all the crooks in the CIDG are arrested)

Harry, I went to Clark Immigration today March 3, 2014 and as of today they have changed the rules for extensions again. First, new form so anyone who brings in the old form they make you fill out the new form. The big change is now you must give them a 2 X 2″ photo (passport ID style), no photo no process, and they also are enforcing the rules about photo copies, and I card front and back copies. And for the first time ever them made me list two references, with complete local addresses and phone numbers.  I carry photos in my wallet do no problem for me but saw several friends in the place who had to leave and get photos. From what I saw many people are making two trips because of no photos.  Todd.  (Don’t you just love these Immigration folks.  A new guy in charge so expect further changes)

Harry, the Barangay Capt. has had the Villasol situation dumped in his lap by the VHRAI because they did not continue the pay of the watchmen. The extra security was paid for by VHRAI from their coerced collections. Their sudden mass resignation of officers and dissolution caught many by surprise.  If anyone thought that the rag-tag barangay security provided any real security they should be reminded of the efforts of Korea Town who spent a large sum to no avail as people were gunned down in front of the guards. Mention the lady robbed right in front of the guards at Oasis. In Manila a embassy employee was stabbed to death in front of his subdivision guard. To suggest that the loss of barangay security personnel has been a factor in criminality in Villasol is ridiculous. Our various neighborhood watchmen were forced out of service by the VHRAI therein lies part of the problem. It will take more than a week to undo the damage done by the Association. We have our old garbage men back and street by street we will get security settled. That is the Philippine way. If people want everything done for them find a place that provides it.

I trap rats nightly and dogs and roosters disturb my sleep. This is no paradise. I realize I may be affecting my property values by telling the truth but I think anyone wanting to move here should be advised of the reality. Remember when this was called Indian Country?  John Casey.  (Man, I really hate it when people living in sub-divisions raise those damn roosters and have no respect for their neighbors.  It is pure ignorance!)

Harry, You did a nice job of responding to Larry asking why anyone would want to live in the PI and would Angeles be around if the bars and girls disappeared. As someone who could live or visit anywhere in the world, I enjoy visiting the Philippines and Angeles for a number of reasons. First, there is adventure and experiencing a different culture. I enjoy things not always going according to plan. Sure there are frustrations, but to me that makes life worth living. Second, is that I have friends who I served with in the Air Force and who allow me to live a little vicariously. They share crazy stories and we laugh and try to make sense out of them. Third, I enjoy the Filipino people. Yes, there are some who are only out for themselves and perhaps a greater percentage of them live in Angeles, but if you ever have a Filipino friend, they take care of and look out for you. Fourth, I can have lots of fun on a reasonable amount of money. Lastly, being happily married with three grandchildren, I am not in the market for illicit relationships. That said, it is still good for my ego to have a very nice and quite attractive Filipina chat me up at a restaurant or hotel or mall. Men who travel and live in the Philippines can meet non-bargirl, attractive, younger women that are not available in their home country. As you correctly told Larry, he made his decision and the rest of us made our decision about where to live and travel. If you have no interest in visiting Angeles, fine. But there are still plenty of things to do that do not include chasing women to keep you busy and most expatriates experience a higher standard of living in the Philippines than would ever be possible in the US or Europe. In conclusion, each to their own in how we live our lives!  Earl Honeycutt.  (Agree Earl, thanks)

First and Last Name: Ben Dover
Comments and Remarks: DEAR HARRY, IVE BEEN VISITING A.C. AND READING MONTHLY YOUR COLUMNS WITH GREAT ENJOYMENT,,,THAT IS UNTIL NOW. INSTEAD OR TRYING TO PROMOTE A.C. AND ATTRACT MORE MEN TO VISIT THIS FUN TOWN, WHY DO YOU CONSTANTLY ALERT US TO THE PROBLEMS THE BARS ARE HAVING THROUGH BULLSHIT RAIDS, THE MURDERS ON THE RISE, ALSO THE SCAMS AND OTHER CRAP WE REALLY DON’T NEED TO BE CONSTANTLY REMINDED OF. IVE BEEN VISITING A.C. EACH YEAR SOMETIMES 2 TIMES A YEAR SINCE 2004. IM WELL KNOWN TO ORCHID STAFF (me too), AND FREIND (i before e Ben) OF SHANNO, (me too, but he is in PNG now) IM ALSO TRYING TO GET TOGETHER A TRAVEL GROUP FROM AUSTRALIA TWICE YEARLY FOR MEN TO TRAVEL WITH ME AND ENJOY 10 DAYS,OF A.C. AND SUBIC, PLUS A NIGHT IN MANILA. (Be careful Ben, you might be accused of organizing sex tours)  RATHER THAN SCARE THE SHIT OUT OF SOME MEN AND FORCE THEM TO VISIT THAILAND INSTEAD, WE ALL KNOW A.C CAN BE A GREAT PLACE AND LOADS OF FUN, IF ONE IS CAREFUL AND USES HIS BRAINS. (The ones going to Thailand are looking for a type of entertainment that is no longer available here and you know that)  ALSO CAN YOU PLEASE TRY AND PROMOTE MORE BARS, ADD MORE PICS AND GIVE IT A VIBRANT FUN MONTHLY INFO TYPE FORMAT. (It sure would be nice if the bars and hotels sent me advance info on their promotions, special events, etc.  So far only the ABC and Lewis Grand take advantage of the free press I can give them)  IM SURE THE HOTELS WOULD RATHER SUCH PROMOTIONS INSTEAD OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING AND ALSO BAR RAIDS. CAN YOU ALSO MAYBE TRY A REGULAR RESTAURANT OF THE MONTH TYPE SO WE CAN ALL FEEL SOME DECENT PEOPLE CAN VISIT THERE, AND IN TURN ENJOY AND RETURN IN THE NEAR FUTURE.  (Ben, I do not get to eat free but when I eat out, especially at a new place I write them up.  Maybe you have skipped all the eateries I have written about.  Have you even visited the “Cruise Buffet”?)  ILL BE THEER FOR A 21 DAYS VISIT AROUND LATE APRIL EALRY MAY HOPE TO CATCH UP AT YOUR BLUE BOAR INN FOR A MEAL AND DRINK, CHEERS AKA BEN DOVER.  (Ben, I write about the good, the bad and the ugly of Angeles City and I have no plans to change.  There are plenty of other writers here who only know how to white wash things and omit facts.  By the way, the hotels are full and more are being built.  Now let me give you a positive story to chew on. Recently a Canadian expat was leaving his apartment and heard a young lady yelling for help and crying as a Filipino was in the process of trying to grab her pocketbook.  He was on a motorcycle.  With thinking the Expat ran to her, grabbed the punk Filipino off the bike and held him on the ground until the police arrived.  The female victim refused to press charges because she was scared.  It turns out this kid of 17 was being sought by the police for quite some time but because of his age he could not be held in jail.  The police and Barangay Captain now want to present the Canadian with a commendation certificate for his bravery and assistance.  This award was delay and here is part two of the story.  

The Expat was advised to use due care in his comings and goings as this youngsters father was a criminal that is in jail. To be careful he took different routes home at night but a couple of days after the incident he was traveling a dark alternate route to his home, riding his motorbike down the middle of a narrow road.  Suddenly a car, with no lights came up behind him and passed on the right with no warning and forced him off the road.  He skidded off the bike and suffered broken ribs and should damage where a bone protruded from his shoulder.  At home he self medicated and pushed, at great pain, the bone back in place.  The next day he required assistance to get to the hospital.  He did not require an operation but he is suffering great pain as his body heals itself.  The question in his mind as well as everyone else who knows him is, was this hit and run retribution for capturing the low life kid or just another Filipino driver who did not have the patience to wait for the Expat to move over?  Coincidence?  Your guess is as good as anyone’s.  He is home now and the Barangay Captain will have presented the award by the time you read this.  When I talked to the Expat I asked him, if he witnessed a similar incident in the future would he still run to assist the victim.  His answer:  Absolutely YES!  A brave honorable man, to be commended. But the underage kid will get off because the victim will not press charges and can the Expat return to a normal life without having to look over his shoulder?  All this happened last month Ben, what do you think.  Should foreigners, tourists be aware of what to do and what could happen to them if involved in an incident?  Or, should they only be told to drink, eat and be merry, AC is as safe as Disneyland?  You and your mates can come to AC and have a wonderful time without incident.  I will continue to write without any change and hope that in a small way I help others to avoid incidents that could interfere with the joy of their vacation.  You be safe now, ya hear.  Will see you when I see you) 

Morning Harry, This is “Bloody Fairy”, one of the 4 Hashers you met the other day at the end of our epic hike. Just wanted to send you the link to a photo journal I made of our trip. Something interesting to watch whilst having a coffee. Be good if it could somehow get to others who might be interested in it.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nGBEUhAgrwo&feature=youtu.be.  All the best, thanks for the article in this month’s newsletter.  On On!  Bloody Fairy.

Harry,  Always enjoy your column. I have been coming to AC four times a year since 2000. Including buying one of the Penthouse one bedroom condo 2 1/2 year ago. I know. I heard every comment.  (It is up and running now so hope you are happy with your unit) Just thought I would give you a internet site if you want to know what is happening building infrastructure in the Philippines. Go to www.skyscappercity.com . Then go to Asia, then Philippines. Then pick your subject. Highway, Airlines, etc.

The road connecting north to south road in central Manila is call the skyway. It will take three years probably four years. They are going to build it in four different section at the same time. Typical Philippines. No north-south connection. Now there is another company that just bid on doing another north/south road along the coast.  San Miguel Beer is building the skyway. They are the same company that is building the Tarlac to La Union road of 99 kilometer. 66 kilometer will start as 4 lanes. They had a clause in the contact to wait until a certain amount of cars per day to build the 4 lanes. But they didn’t wait.

As to Clark becoming a second airport. It will not happen. The airport is too far away from Manila. Add how long it takes to get to the airport if you live at Makati even with the new Skyway. Now add the 60 kilimoter on the tollway to Clark. The only way would be a bullet train which would cost $750 million dollars. Not going to happen. The businessmen will not allow it.

San Miguel beer who now own half of Philippine Air Lines and run the airline. He wanted to build a 4 runway airport expandable to 6. Already had most of the property. Rumor has it would be built along the coast in Bulican. Government said no. I guess they were afraid he would mess with other airlines not favorable to him. I am guessing he will try again with new President. Manila airport with single runway is a mess on waiting for takeoff with planes backed up.  Mike Meyer, San Diego (Mike, I have read and listened to so many opinions about the Clark International Airport over many years.  I have come to the conclusion that whatever happens it will not take place in my life time even though Mr. Luciano told me it would.  Meanwhile, at least now, if I want to leave from Clark to England I can get an Emirates flight and that is better than a few years ago.  I can even get to the US via Asiana from Clark as well but the long wait for connecting flights sucks.  For the fun of it Mike, lets be optimistic and see what happens) 

Wow, it’s getting really bad with these raids. I visit Angel witch, Lollipop etc.  Always enjoyed myself there. Now I’m getting worried on where to go in A. C. So far Voodoo has not been bothered by your police. I usually go there, Tropix, Doll Hse daily while there. Enjoyed Body Shop also. Heard they got raided.  Plan to visit Thailand in September. I think it will be safer. Not sure if I want to return to the Philippines in December. Hope things improve and it becomes safer for old timers like me to safely enjoy themselves. Really love Angeles but all this violence is getting me worried…..  Maholo Nui Loa for doing a fantastic job informing your faithful posse….den.  (Den, most of these raids are for extortion purposes and affect only the owners or managers.  It has become a part of doing business in Angeles City if one is a Club owner.  Customers are safe as long as they do not mouth off to the police.  As more and more clubs comply strictly with the law and City ordinances the raids will lessen as there will be less justification in conducting a raid.  Lately even the police, especially the CIDG personnel are themselves being arrested.  No surprise there as for years CIDG personnel have been raiding bars with, allegedly, little or no justification and allegedly collecting big amounts of pesos in the process.  This is not, yes, another “allegedly” , counting so called “monthly consideration” payments. It is so nice to see the shoe on the other foot.  Will things change, no, others will gladly take the place of the bent cops as the “Golden Goose” is too important to retirement plans and everyday expenses.  So don’t stay away Den, as the bars need your business so they can pay off all the innovative Government collectors)

hi harry i was saddened to hear of dave arnold hearing the last bell,, i knew dave fairly well when i lived in a/c, and worked at hidden vale ,, some facts about dave for his old friends,, born george david arnold, in romford london,, fought as a 6 round fighter, his record ,11 fights , won 7 (ko4) lost 4 (ko3), he fought as a light middleweight in 1963/1964, we used to enjoy chatting about the great fighters from the past,,rip dave.  Russell Birchall.

Hello Harry,  In your March 2014 missive Larry K raised a very interesting point. He is married to a Filipina, for some considerable time, and asks the question; “Why would anyone choose to live in the Philippines?” Perhaps you will permit me to offer a reply? Larry may have seen it but I think your readers should all watch a quirky movie called ‘The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’. Although it is set in India and charts the experiences of some British folk moving into their wiser years I believe it could be as easily set in the Philippines?  When asked a similar question in the film the response is; “The light, the colour and the smiles”. Now this is not such an airy-fairy answer as life in the Philippines presents us with such a vibrancy and assault on the senses that despite the problems, you cannot help but feel alive. It is certainly never boring! I am an Englishman also married to a Filipina and whilst life living here in Manila is certainly not without its challenges I wouldn’t swap it. The suicide rate of movie stars and Mick Jagger’s girlfriend indicates Hollywood and money do not generate contentment.

In the UK, the 17th most corrupt country on earth, our corporate crime is much worse than the petty crime prevalent in the Philippines and although the UK record of gun relate crime is low, here we do not seem to experience kids walking into school with assault rifles gunning down their peers, as is somewhat increasingly prevalent in the USA. We do have the Marcos family it’s true but the UK have the Blairs and whilst Imelda and Mrs Blair are indistinguishable in their tackiness at least in her youth Imelda was attractive and easy on the eye. The Kinnocks on the EU gravy train are even worse…and this is the socialists!

Readers will be familiar with the unethical banker driven mess of the Western economies and lets not forget that most offshore tax havens where terrorists and drug cartels fund their trade fly a British flag. I’ve worked in these places and the boredom is breath taking. I would argue that whilst for many washing the car on Sunday and mowing the lawn may be risk free they leave those who have a sparkle for life unfulfilled. I spend my time here teaching voluntarily at a local school and the delight from the kids, poor though they may be, is worth more than drawing a taxed-to-death salary teaching disinterested sullen oiks with their underpants on view in London. And… far better weather to boot.

I would suggest sex/bars are available anywhere (…well, maybe not Saudi Arabia?)… and Larry is wrong to conclude this is the draw. True the waistlines of most Filipinas and their complexions are far more appealing than the obese monstrosities (male and female) in ASDA (Walmart) but the bargirls here just generally cost less to entertain. And yes, they look good able to wear bikinis in the warmth compared to some American ladies I’ve seen who need a crane to get out of the bath! Miserable with it. The point is the entire cost of living is less here in the Philippines and I can easily live like a King on my RAF pension whereas in England it would just be an existence ending my days on a wee-soaked mattress in a care-home in Eastbourne. As you mention, in the end, it’s a matter of personal choice but I’ve never looked back.  Kindest Regards, John Dobson, Wg Cdr RAF (Retd), San Isidro, Suca.  (John, needless to say, I echo your sentiments.  Thank you for your military service.  There are many veterans, from different countries who fought to preserve the freedoms enjoyed and taken for granted by citizens of the free world.  Many of us old timers rest here and sadly watch those freedoms so many fought for slowly disappear.  We continue to vote and hope and ——– ah hell, mix up another batch of pina coladas darling, and play my Jimmy Buffet CD while I prepare for my nap)

TIDBITS

There are two new medical treatment businesses that have recently opened that I must mention.  One is the Chua Eye Center, the other is the Quest Phil Diagnostics both next to each other on McArthur Highway, beside Robinson Mall.  Both have easy parking.  I am undergoing treatment at both facilities.  Chua for cataracts in which will be removed this month on an out patient basis.  Doctor Michael Chua will be treating me.  This is a full treatment Eye Clinic also providing laser eye treatment. You need not seek treatment in Manila with the Chua Clinic nearby.
My long time family doctor, Froi Canlas has officially opened Quest Diagnostics on the first of this month.  He provides affordable quality healthcare. He has on site laboratory, imaging, day surgery, dental and pharmacy.  You can avail on site ECG, 2D Echo, Ultrasound and Xray.  I make this Clinic my first stop for medical treatment and if necessary, Dr. Canlas will refer me to specialists.
Next month I will provide a few pictures and more details on my cataract treatment. The Doc told me that they do not inject the anesthesia anymore but use eye drops instead.  I am not keen on getting it done but I only have one good eye and I would hate for my vision to deteriorate any further.

Joke time- Dear Abby, My husband has a long record of money problems.  He runs up huge credit card bills and at the end of the month, if I try to pay them off, he shouts at me, saying I am stealing his money.  He says pay the minimum and let our kids worry about the rest, but already we can hardly keep up with the interest.

Also he has been so arrogant and abusive toward our neighbors that most of them no longer speak to us. The few that do are an odd bunch to whom he has been giving a lot of expensive gifts, running up our bills even more.  Also, he has gotten religious.  One week he hangs out with Catholics and the next with people who say the Pope is the Anti-Christ, and the next he’s on his knees 7 times a day with Muslims.
Finally, the last straw.  He’s demanding that before anyone can be in the same room with him, they must sign a loyalty oath.  It’s just so horribly creepy!   Can you help?
Signed, Lost.
Dear Lost, Suck it up and stop whining, Michelle. You’re getting to live in the White House for free, travel the world, and have others pay for everything for you.  You can divorce the jerk any time you want.  The rest of us are stuck with the idiot for 3 more years.  Signed, Abby (Sent to me by Ron Nethercutt via his “productivity device”, whatever that is) 
Woody, Dave from England delivered your message to me and the set of darts.  Many thanks.
Eat your heart out seafood fans.  Guido is looking for folks to join him at a feast. Problem is he did not say if he is paying!  ”Took the Ole Lady on a Trip to Bacolod, Negros Occidental, PI. Southern Province/Island south of Luzon; 1 hour and 15 minutes by air. Stay for a week; 10 – 17 March. Wish you guys were all here; great seafood!!! Lobster, Jumbo Shrimp, Oysters, Scallops, Tuna, Blue Marlin, Crab, Red Snapper, etc.”  I stayed at the Hotel L’ Fisher Ecotel; on Lacson Street, Bacolod City. “Nice place, no frills and the price is just under a 1000 Pesos per night. Yes it is Airconed… Very comfortable. Regards, Guido.”

Limiting our travel rights - By Manila Standard Today | Mar. 19, 2014 at 12:01am

NO amount of damage control by Immigration Commissioner Siegfred Mison can shake the perception that the bureau he heads can arbitrarily prevent Filipinos from traveling on the pretext of protecting them from human trafficking.  This impression has been reinforced by reports that the Bureau of Immigration “offloads” – the bureaucratic term for yanking someone off his or her flight — about 40 Filipinos a day at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1.  Most of these passengers are bound for Dubai, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore and Bangkok, which are considered transit points for human trafficking, an Immigration officer said in a TV news interview.  A bureau spokesman told the same broadcast network that “inconsistencies” in travel plans could cause a Filipino traveler to be offloaded.

The bureau adds that they focus on travelers using tourist visas, since most illegal workers leave the country by this method.  But one bureau official admitted that the system is far from perfect, and that three or four out of every 50 cases of offloading turned out to be unjustified – a case, he said, of “collateral damage.”

Unsurprisingly, the bureau’s tactics have sparked criticism from the travel agencies, travelers, overseas workers and human rights advocates, who say the bureau is impinging on the constitutional right of Filipinos to travel.  Showing a bureaucrat’s skill in parsing words, Mison says offloading is not an official policy, but “a consequence of the implementation” of bureau guidelines.  These guidelines, he added, were established by the bureau and the Inter-Agency Council against Trafficking and approved by the Department of Justice.  Mison also denied reports that proof of financial capability to travel is a requisite for leaving the country.  However, a reading of the pertinent document, entitled “Guidelines on Departure Formalities for International Bound Passengers in all 11 Airports and Seaports in the Country” shows this denial to be only partially true.

The guidelines are clear: if a traveler is subjected to a secondary inspection “when deemed necessary,” bureau personnel will assess the following circumstances: a) Age; b) Educational attainment; and c) Financial capability to travel.

If the subject cannot prove his financial capability to travel, the guidelines continue, “an authenticated affidavit of support, indicating… the relationship within the 4th civil degree of consanguinity or affinity, together with the supporting documents, may be entertained.”  (See folks, Mison is deceiving through omission)   Mison says Immigration officers are well trained to spot problematic travelers, but the guidelines leave too much room for discretion and abuse.  The guidelines also clearly discriminate against the poor and first-time travelers, and violate their rights to equal protection under the law.  There is no question that the government needs to do something about human trafficking and exodus of undocumented Filipino workers, but procedures that inconvenience thousands of legitimate travelers— and in some instances violate their constitutional right to travel—is the wrong way to go about it.

Seeking to take the edge of the “non-policy” of offloading, Mison said: “We want our countrymen to understand that there is no reason to fear us,  (Bullshit!)  in fact they can ask us for advice on how to legitimize their travel and we will be happy to help.”  But the smiling countenance fools nobody when the jackboots are out.

(Finally someone on the Filipino side has noticed the complete arbitrary, unfair factics used by many Immigration officials at the NAIA and the Clark International Airport (CIA).  I have written about this many times over nearly two years while posting horror stories sent to me by innocent women who have been humiliated and reduced to tears at those two terminals.  All under the umbrella excuse of “human trafficking”.  As usual no one investigates those who abuse the uniforms they wear, they gather around in packs to protect each other)

I was saddened to hear that OBeaver’s along Friendship Highway was closed.  Lack of sales.  I guess I was one of the few who liked going there.  The owners leased the land and built the building from scratch.

I was also surprised to learn that Lance, the owner of the furniture factory that built the Fiber chairs and tables that have become so popular in town sold out and left the country.  It is rumored that his departure put a financial hurt on one Expat who is not very happy about it.  The good news is that a company named JY – Fiber Work Design has picked up where Lance left off.  They offer made to order fiber beds, chairs, tables and any design of fiber glass.  It is run by Melissa N. Larabe, Email:  mel_jarabeo4@yahoo.com.  Tel Contact:  0929 361 0021or 0915 477 2724.  I could not read the very, very tiny small print to get the address.  Just call or send an Email if you want to order or find out where the shop is.  Wait, I have it now, Porok 3, Barangay Anunas.  Still confused?  Stop by the Hang Out and see “Wee George”, manager and he will provide you details on how to get there.  I suspect that in the near future I will be ordering a few bar stools from Melissa.  These chairs and stools last forever.

So many raids taking place, bars closed for a few days and then reopened after paying large sums of money to whoever.  Blatant extortion.  Not too long ago some Japanese and Filipinos were arrested in Pangasinan for cybersex.  Here is what happened:  ”The three Japanese nationals and four Filipinos allegedly involved in the operation of cybersex in Pangasinan have been ordered released by the Department of Justice for lack of evidence”.  They had the money to hire some great lawyers I guess.  A few weeks ago some CIDG big wigs were relieved of duty and arrested. They were involved in siphoning off drug money.  I guess they crossed a line or maybe forgot to send money far enough up the chain of command.  I guess they should have stuck to raiding the bars and pocketing their pockets with no repercussions.  Here is what one reader commented recently:  ”Yeah AC is falling apart, it is worse than I have ever seen it. I don’t think this is Chicken Little speaking any more, I think the AC sky is falling. What is it? 6 raids in 7 weeks?  Prices will keep soaring as the bars get put more and more in a stranglehold and the effect will be less and less tourists – they will stay away both because of the increased cost and the risk of getting caught up in a raid. I am happy I had my fun in AC while it lasted and now I am relaxing up here on my mountain”.  This was from a long time Expat resident who has been involved in various enterprises on Fields Ave over the years.
So far the bars have not raised prices because of police raids or unfair assessments by the BIR.  They raise prices when the cost of goods and electricity force them to do so.  It is expensive to run a business here.

 

Again, usually a customer is not hassled, it is the bar owners who suffer or the managers.  Remember the managers from Spearmint and Eager Beaver who were arrested last year – they are still vacationing at the City Jail! (Speaking of Spearmint, I have heard it is closed and will be reopened under American ownership.  I wonder how long it will take for his first raid)   Understand also, that many of the bars have been paying monthly “donations” to various agencies for years to assure hassle free operations.  The reality is that this does not always work as planned.  What is disheartening is that I have been advised that there are certain expat business owners and even a female business owner who are collectors of funds to be given out to certain people in positions of power.  Non-payment of this “allowance” could lead to operational difficulties.  But, this has been going on for years, need we be reminded of the notorious “JoJo Group”.  Again and again I have stated that this is the price of doing business in the entertainment zone.  Bars are susceptible to “requested donations”. Other types of investment, ie., hotels, restaurants, condo’s, apartments, factories, etc., remain safe from excessive donations.
Many people have suggested that the bars should join together and fight this system.  All should shut down for a week, or develop a legal team to fight illegal raids and false charges.  There is one good reason this will never happen – it has always been impossible to get ALL bars to unite as one.  Sure, there have been various attempts over the years to do this, one, ACTA, came close but gradually, over five years, failed in the end.  One might ask, why would a bar reopen after paying a million pesos or more to reopen after a raid?  Why do new bars keep opening despite all the raids?  Simple, there is still gold in them there hills!  Why would one person own 11 bars, or 6, 5, or 3?  Because if one bar is closed down, there are still others operating and bringing in income.  That makes sense.  Those one bar owners are the ones with the most to lose.  By the way, most of you only read about the raids but are unaware of the under the table weekly or monthly payments to personnel other than the police.  When you consider all this realize then, that the price you pay for drinks is still pretty reasonable.  Realize also that on Fields Ave and Perimeter road there is not one single bar involved in human trafficking, there is not one single girl being held against her will but the law is so broad that it can be used against anyone.  I applaud those bar owners who stay open and provide hundreds of jobs for so many and an environment where tourists can still come and enjoy a fulfilling vacation, a vacation that takes one beyond AC to so many other locations in the Philippines.

ABOUT TIME 

PHUKET: British murder fugitive Michael John Taylor, better known in Phuket as “Mick The Pom”, has been arrested in the Philippines.  Taylor, who celebrated his 50th birthday on September 20 last year, was wanted for the stabbing murder of his girlfriend Jantra Weangta, 27, in Phuket.  Ms Jantra who was found stabbed to death in Taylor’s rented bungalow near Chalong Pier on August 17, 2004.  The Hull Daily Mail, the local newspaper in Taylor’s hometown in the UK, ran the story today and quoted a British Foreign Office spokesman as saying, “We can confirm the arrest of a British national in the Philippines on March 6 and we are providing consular assistance”.  The Phuket Gazette received unofficial reports that Taylor was taken into custody by officers from the Philippines Bureau of Immigration, which is currently staging a major offensive against fugitives staying in the country.  The arrest comes after long delays and inaction by Phuket law enforcement authorities under the previous Provincial Police Commander Choti Chavalwivat, who had been informed of Taylor’s whereabouts last year.  Gen Choti retired from the Royal Thai Police on September 30 last year.  His replacement, Maj Gen Ong-art Phiewruangnont handed the case to one of his leading deputies within days of taking up the post of Phuket’s top-ranking police officer.  The Gazette has yet to confirm with Gen Ong-art that he has been informed of Taylor’s arrest.  (Regular readers of this column will remember that I have written about this man and his evading the law, openly in the Philippines, at least three times over the past two years.  I wonder if he will finally be sent back to Thailand?) 

JOKE - An Israeli doctor says: “In Israel, medicine is so advanced that we cut off a man’s testicles, put them on another man and in 6 weeks he is looking for work.”
The German doctor says:”that’s nothing, in Germany we take part of a brain, put it in another man,and in 4 weeks he is looking for work.”
The Russian doctor says: “Gentlemen, we take half a heart from a man, put it in another’s chest and in 2 weeks he is looking for work.”
The United States doctor laughs: ” You are all behind us.  Five years ago we took a man with no brains, no heart, and no balls and made him President. Now, the whole country is looking for work!”
This particular joke won an award for the best joke in a competition in Britain.

THE KING’S HEAD -  This pub located next to the Orchid Inn gets better and better. They have a decent pool team, the Wednesday afternoon Indian buffet and now offer their “Outback” Steakhouse.  They offer up four types of steak for only P499 (Rib Eye, Porter House, T-Bone and Rump) along with chips and salad, potatoes and veggies. It appears that this Pub is returning to the popularity it enjoyed years ago as “Roy’s Pub” and this is due to the hard work of the new owners.  King’s Head – friendly owners, staff and prices – I love it!

ANGELES CITY — The Department of Justice (DOJ) has dismissed the case filed by the Metro Angeles Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (MACCII) against the legality of the city’s tax ordinance here.  The decision also cleared Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan and members of the Sangguniang Panlungsod.  In an eight-page decision issued on February 28, the DOJ dismissed the petition of MACCII questioning the constitutionality, validity and legality of Tax Ordinance No. 63-S. 20013 (An Ordinance Approving the Schedule of Fair Market Values and Assessment Levels of Real Estate Properties Located in the City of Angeles).  The decision signed by Justice Secretary Leila De Lima junked the claims of MACCI because they were “bereft of evidence.”  (Good try MACCII – but you failed and Mayor Ed is celebrating.  Property taxes have not been adjusted since 1995 and the Mayor feels that property owners have “cashed in big” over the last 20 years so it is time now to pay the piper. The problem is that an increase of taxes from 2 to 300 can really be a shock to the budget.  With this increase you might see the price of doing business rise dramatically and that could lead to increased prices in town.  Something to look forward to in 2015.  Mind you, most of the Clubs lease their buildings from Filipino owners who will no doubt try to pass on the increased taxes to the renters.  Lets wait and see how this plays out).

I attended a marriage ceremony at the local court house last month and at the end of the everything, during the picture taking I just had to have this picture taken.  Naturally, I was declaring that all the local Expats being held unfairly at the City Jail were “NOT GUILTY”.  Sorry Mick and West and a few others, it was unofficial.

For those of you who are thinking of getting married to one of the local gals, I recommend you go this route. It is quick, simple and inexpensive.  Save your money for the divorce or annulment.   Judge Viola (RTC 58) did the honors and he did a great job, injecting just enough humor to make it interesting and entertaining.  It was a pleasure to meet him but I hope I never have to see him officially.  I did want to have a few words with him about the ill effects trial postponements have on prisoners and the poor communication between the Court and the jail causing prisoners to be transported to the courthouse only to find that their court appearance has been postponed from one to three months. Even the lawyers are not informed until they arrive at the court.

Please excuse me as I have to acknowledge a very wonderful woman, my mother in law, who turned 88 years old on 29 Mar.  She is fantastic!  Still walks around very well with a cane, can play cards all night and continues to smoke her cigarettes backward (lighted end in her mouth).  She raised six children with very little money during the Japanese occupation.  Her husband passed away over 20 years ago and she remains well cared for by her children.  I think she is wonderful and and enjoy contributing to her happiness.  I am already planning a very big celebration for her 90th.

Emirates airline no longer flying in or out of Clark.  This after Luciano and company made a big splash announcing the operation of this airline coming to Clark. What happened?  One theory is that Emirates would have to renew their landing rights at Clark every six months.  Could it be possible that someone might have been looking for far too much money under the table for approval of those rights?  Only a question, no accusations what-so-ever.   Sure would be nice to find out a few reasons why this has happened.  Many people had already made reservations to fly to England via Emirates.  Big disappointment!  For me this was a step backward for the Clark International Airport.

The following comment came from a site called “Pattaya-Addicts”.  It is an example of what happens when a customer did something stupid during a bar raid.

“I was in Angelwitch when it was raided, so I just finished my drink. Paid my bill and waiting for the all clear to leave.  Once I stepped outside and stopped, turned to take a look what was happening,  I was approached by some guy flashing a Badge of sorts telling me to Move On.  I just stood my ground as if I was ignoring him.  Did not even acknowledge he was there. (Stupid decision).  He was joined by 2 PNP guys who then grabbed my arm and escorted me over to the station.  I had no idea what was going on. Suffice to say they come down hard on me demanding to know where the Owner of the bar was.  I have no idea who the owner is. Why was I asked. Again no idea.  They then started to accuse me of dealing drugs to the girls and believed I should be charged with Drug Possession.  I stated I don’t have any drugs on me. They looked at me and said they could arrange that.  After about 20 minutes of WHERE IS THE BAR OWNER They told me I was being charged for Drug Possession and it had a 12 year jail term Or a fine of 50,000p could be paid now and I would have 24 hours to leave the country.  I paid & I’m sad to admit I immediately packed up my things and got the next flight out which has landed me back here in Darwin just an hour ago.
Enough is Enough with this Filipino Bullshit.  All the time I said Nothing. Indicated Nothing from the moment I walked out of Angelwitch until I was grabbed on the arms by 2 PNP and escorted to the station.  (Did he forget that he refused to obey an order first?)  I think from the way these PNP were indicating, is that it is a new way to scam customers.  Just wait for a raid and grab some guy walking out.  I will now NEVER return to the Philippines.  (I wish he had mentioned where he was taken to.  If they walked him there, I would think it was Station Four. This is the Station Commander Police Chief Inspector Romeo P. Castro told me he runs an honest operation.  Maybe he was home sleeping at this time of night)

 

SUBIC NEWS BY RON CHESLEY - Summer vacation has began for the kids and the weather is heating up. There are a lot of things to do around Subic for both adults and kids. On SBMA, there is Ocean Adventure, Zoobic, El Kabayo Horse Stable and other places to go. Just web search SBMA and you will find various things to take the family too. If it is water sports, there are plenty of places around Baloy beach that offer scuba diving, jet ski’s, or just rent a cabana and take the family for a picnic and swim. A lot of people who live here in Subic want to get away

for a weekend and go to one of the many resorts between Subic and Iba. The local dart leagues are very competitive as there are several good teams in league play on Wednesdays and Fridays. Pick up games are available everyday except Thursday, and entry fee for these is usually just P100. Information may be obtained at Johannson’s or Alley Cat’s in Barretto or at

Johan’s on Baloy Beach. For those who want something a little different, there are floating bars available on Baloy Beach also. Lodging is relatively inexpensive in most places around Barretto and Baloy, and more expensive ones are on SBMA. Plenty of restaurants both in Barretto and on SBMA. For those interested, I have some pictures of one of my hang outs in Barretto, Alley Cats Bar…ice cold drinks and friendly staff. And last but not least, this will be my last article for Harry the Horse as Elsa, the kids and I will be taking off for the states in a month. We are not sure yet how long we will stay but time will tell and I will be in touch with Harry and all my friends over here by email or on facebook to keep all updated. It has been a great 20 year run here in Subic but time for us to move on and let the kids see other places besides the Philippines.

 

 COST OF LEAVING THE COUNTRY - The Emigration Exit Clearance (ECC) only applies to Tourists who have stayed longer than 6 months and those who enter with a 59 day visa . This should be stamped in their passports by Immigration along with their visa extensions.  Tourists who have stayed longer than 1 year are also subject to Philippine Travel Tax, 1,620php.  The tourists may be required to show the part of the official receipt(s) for the Immigration fees paid and entered in their passports when leaving the country. The Original Receipt for the Express Lane fees is not required.  13A residents will continue to pay their Exit Clearance at the airport, 2,170php along with Philippine Travel Tax.  Some airlines will charge the PTT, and is shown on the ticket.  Terminal fees at Clark are now 600php and at Manila 750php for international departures.

Boy, I really enjoy chowing down on this burger.  I was walking pass the Orchid Inn when I saw Jimmy (From Jimmy and Rowena Store) sitting at his favorite chair outside his store.  I sat down to chat and saw that the outside grill was all heated up and I decided to order his burger and eat it outside.  It was a spur of the thing moment and it made the time that much more enjoyable.  We chatted, met a few other lads in passing and by the time I finished that burger my stomach informed me that I was full.  Now, this is a place that one will pass up and not think of eating but I will tell you this, the next time I will have him make me up one of his steaks.  You can eat inside, they have around three tables but I prefer the outside.  Only one problem, only one seat at a small table because that is where Jimmy and his mates sit to chat.  If I pass and see that seat open, by golly I will jump on it, sit my skinny butt down and order up a meal.  Hey, reservations not necessary and dress is absolutely casual.  Did I mention that the price is right too?  Jimmy, I will return! 

 

I could not resist inserting this educational picture here.  I suspect that there are many people that do not know the meaning of “Camel Toe” as used by many men who study this subject very closely.  This picture depicts a real live demonstration of a magnificent “camel toe”.  For those of you reading this on a hard copy and not a computer, use your imagination.

CORRECTION:  In the March TAPS section when describing the wake for Dave Arnold I mistakenly used the wrong name for the motorcycle club members present.  My bad!  I received the following comment:  Comments and Remarks: Harry, First of all would like to thank you for Dave Arnolds write up in March. Second if you would be so kind to clear up a few things. The men responsible for taking care of Dave’s last wishes and cremation Where Rick Staheli, and John Yams. Rick was responsible for the speedy cremation and Daves wake. John handled a lot of other ends that needed to be taken care of. Lastly no disrespect to the Thunder group but they were not in attendance, the MC involved were the Boozefighters MC. As Dave was a honorary member of the Boozefighters. As you all know Dave loved his drink so appropriately he was the honorary BEER CAPTAIN. Thank you for your time.  Randy, I regret the mistake and can only hope that I did not cause a turf war.  I also hope that both club members forgive me my “senior moment”.

TAPS 

The following message reached me on 28 Mar: “I’m very sad to report that Mort Freedman passed away on March 27,2014 10:00 PM in a hospital in Cagayan De Oro in the Philippines”.
Mort was a very special person.  A veteran, a patriot and an all around nice guy.  I met him when I worked at the MWR organization on Clark and then in later years each time he was a stand-in manager at Margarita Station.  He was a close friend of John C. and Col Lee Hess and too many more to count.  He loved his home in Mindanao and even though I never saw it I heard many stories of how nice it was.  Mort was a Special Operations veteran and I kind of regret not taking him up on his many offers to join him in a tandem parachute jump.  Many people, including my brother-in-law, Elmer Balala will be saddened by this news.  Elmer worked for Mort when he was running the MWR dive shop.  I do not know the cause of death, maybe just old age or a lingering illness.  He is where he belongs now, up in the clouds, looking down at us old farts who are still grounded.  R.I.P Mort.  

I WOULD IF I COULD

This was an interesting lady.  She had a bit of shyness about her as she had not been working long.  Mischief Bar had only been open for about a week when I finally was able to get by and say hello to Jeff who is known to be an all around good guy.  Riza is only 22 years old and does not have any children which was nice to learn as it is a rare occurrence in the entertainment area.  She is a High School graduate and stands at 5″2″ without shoes.  Her Dad is a farmer and Mom, of course, a housewife.  Five brothers and 1 sister make up the entire family so Riza did grow up in a close family environment.  She told me that after marriage two children are enough for her and if possible, one boy and one girl which I think every couple would like to have.  Regretfully sometimes you get three of one first before that other sex shows up.  Anyway, Riza prefers “senior” men and even said “76″ was OK.  Wow, don’t hear that much anymore!  Her Email address:  reyes-riza10@yahoo.com.

MISCHIEF BAR AND INN

Sitting right next to the newly opened “Porky’s” is another newly opened bar named “Mischief Bar and Inn”.  This one does feature some very attractive dancers and waitresses.  The owner is Jeff and his longtime partner (I forgot to write down her name and hesitate to guess as I might get the wrong name, thereby putting myself in deep shit) who is very attractive (that should keep me out of trouble) and very professional behind the bar.  Jeff has to be one of the friendliest and personable owners I have had the honor of meeting.  He is not a newbie to the business as he was the owner of the T&A bar, now closed.  Jeff is from Indiana, USA and also has a cousin in Las Vegas who he enjoys visiting.  The bar, like Porky’s is long with a bit of room to spare in the rear.  No pool table as it would be a bit of a tight fit.  The wall side seating is comfortable as is the seating at the bar.  The music is kept at a reasonable level and the staff are very friendly and make you feel welcome.  Jeff has a personality that is infectious as he greets each and every customer on entry.  A super guy!  The bar opens at 2 PM and closes its doors at 11 PM.  From 5 to 7 PM happy hours local drinks are P55, regular price is only P65, ladies drinks P120 and they do have those double drinks at P240.  The two rooms upstairs are under renovation and should be available for rent in the near future.  I really liked this bar, especially with its close proximity to Porky’s and Dave’s Midnight Rock plus a couple of other bars in the same area.  Real easy to do some one-stop barhopping.

                

TOURISTS OF THE MONTH 

 Retired, crazy and happy.  That is the only way to describe Jeremy and Mike, ex-1SOS (Special Ops) troops who used to be assigned at Kadena AFB, Okinawa but are now retired. They both have good jobs now, Jeremy (Left) lives in Little Rock, Arkansas, working with his brother at Mobile RF Solutions.  Mike retired after 13 years but went straight in to working with the US Government as a civilian.  He was at Kadena from 2000 to 2003.  Jeremy was there from 1999 to

2006.  I met them both when they were at Kadena because every time they came to Clark TDY the 1SOS troops always stopped by my stable for drinks, food and fun.  I was their “safe house” when in Angeles City.  That was in the good old days when a lot of the old timers were still around but those visits have stopped with the new troops who no longer care about “tradition”.  It was a great outfit to be assigned to but things change over the years.  So, it was a great surprise to me when Jeremy and Mike showed up to say hello and talk about how things used to be and learn how well they are doing in civilian life.  While here they stayed at the Orchid Inn and loved being there, convenient location and great service.  Jeremy never stopped smiling the whole time he was here.  He even managed to get old John Tubbs out of his house, crutches and all.

CHAMPUS MEXICAN RESTAURANT

                

No doubt a lot of people have discovered this Mexican eatery already but there might be a few folks that have overlooked it as it is not on the main drag of Fields Ave or Perimeter Road.  Instead, it is located at what I call the SM Quad because of its location facing the SM Clark Mall.  It is where the new Chow King restaurant is located behind Fields Ave.  There are a number of new eateries at this location and Champus is one of them.  It is fast food and has an unusual menu in that you order certain combinations.  I thought the food was good, not great, but tasty, quick and convenient.  My son, Jason, loved the place and wants to go back and the Mrs thought it OK.  For me, the question is will I go back?  The answer is yes.  Do I think the readers of this column should give it a try?  Absolutely!  I like the location and easy parking, a very big plus in this congested Fields ave area.

THE PENTHOUSE

On my visit to the newly completed Penthouse I did not enter via the beautiful front entrance because of the stairs, instead I took the back entrance which only had two steps to climb.  I was there by the invitation by the General Manager, Phillip Macarthur, who impressed me with his knowledge, professionalism and his previous military career.  He was kind enough to take time out from his busy schedule to show me the hotel from top to bottom.

Speaking of the top, that is where we started after a quick, quiet elevator ride.  When I stepped out at the roof top all I could say was “WOW”.  It was fantastic.  The kitchen and bar are located here and the beautiful pool was very inviting.  Needless to say

the view was fantastic in the daytime and I want to return for the same view at night time.  They had individual cabanas with room for 6 to 8 people in each one.  Would you believe that they also had individual TV’s as well and the Pacquio fight this month will be broadcast rooftop in such a way that the sunlight will not diminish the screen visibility. That should be interesting.  The rooftop is not restricted to tenants and guests only. It is open to the public so my plan is to take my wife there one evening for dinner.  I think it would be a great experience, one I look forward to.  I did not want to leave the roof deck but it was time to check out the rooms including the Condo units.  Wait, wait, before I forget, non-guests can use the pool for a P500 consumable fee.  What a great day to spend the day or even evening.  If I could only get my stomach down to a reasonable level I would certainly spend some time there in my bathing trunks.  OK, back to the rooms.  Oh, darn, I have to mention the menu.  The chef is the same person who turns out the fine food at the Lewis Grand Hotel.  He is from Southern California so brings a taste of Calif. to the Penthouse.  The menu features breakfast items plus a

bit of Mexican and the normal general mix of well known items (that is my way of saying I did not study the menu too closely – I was distracted by some of the good looking ladies sitting in the cabanas plus Phillip moves faster than me).  Now, again, the rooms – first, let me mention that active duty military get a 10% discount, a well deserved discount, thank you Lewis and company.  I am not going to go into a bunch of details on the rooms, they have one bedroom, two, suites, etc.  All first class and believe me, you want to see the beds and steam showers.  Everything was first class and the one I fell in love with was the split level Jacuzzi room that you absolutely have to book.  They are running a special price until the middle of Apr of P6,500 a night which is normally P9,800.  Boy oh boy, could you have a good time in this room.  Of course I am thinking of ——— of —— ah hell, I am too old for that and married as well.  It is ideal, of course, for a family as well, it is just, well, I have been in AC too long.  Bottom line – book this room!  The regular rates for the rooms are:  Superior, P4,500.  Executive, P5,600.  One bedroom suite, P8,000.  Penthouse suite, P18,000.
Many of the old timers here will remember the history of this building back when Mr. Kennedy owned it and when building sole 7 of the planned condo units to investors at around P3 million each. The building became the Lexus and there were was much controversy over the project.  Kennedy left the scene and others took over.  At that time the 7 investors were worried that they would lost their investment and some sought legal actions.  It has taken a few years of waiting but GM Phillip informed me that all the original investors have been recognized and their units turned over to them.  This was great news as over the years I had hoped that somehow they would realize their investment.  In fact, that original investment of 3 million has now increased in value to 9 million pesos.
I guess that is all I have to offer right now.  Check out www.thepenthousehotel.com.ph or call:  +63-45-625-0288 for more specific information and booking.

                

                

REMEMBER WHEN

                

The good old Red Baron Lounge.  I enjoyed many good times there at lunch time. Where are these guys now?  Can any of them drop me a line give a name and location?

A CURE FOR CANCER? 

One drug to rule them all: Researchers find treatment that kills every kind of cancer tumor – By Michael Blaustein March 27, 2013 | 2:46pm

Researchers might have found the Holy Grail in the war against cancer, a miracle drug that has killed every kind of cancer tumor it has come in contact with.

The drug works by blocking a protein called CD47 that is essentially a “do not eat” signal to the body’s immune system, according to Science Magazine.

This protein is produced in healthy blood cells but researchers at Stanford University found that cancer cells produced an inordinate amount of the protein thus tricking the immune system into not destroying the harmful cells.

With this observation in mind, the researchers built an antibody that blocked cancer’s CD47 so that the body’s immune system attacked the dangerous cells.

So far, researchers have used the antibody in mice with human breast, ovary, colon, bladder, brain, liver and prostate tumors transplanted into them. In each of the cases the antibody forced the mice’s immune system to kill the cancer cells.

“We showed that even after the tumor has taken hold, the antibody can either cure the tumor or slow its growth and prevent metastasis,” said biologist Irving Weissman of the Stanford University School of Medicine in Palo Alto, California.

One side effect of the treatment was that healthy cells were subjected to short-term attacks by the mice’s immune system, but the effect was nothing in comparison to the damage done to the cancer cells.  Weissman’s group recently received a $20 million dollar grant to move their research from mouse to human safety testing. (Lets hope this research is allow to progress and is not stopped by Hospitals and Pharmaceutical companies who would lost billions if cancer was cured) 

I do believe I have covered enough for this month.  April is an interesting month with Good Friday and Easter and Anzac Day and the Phillie’s Sports Grill raffle draw for a motor bike on the day when 3 exciting rugby games will be played.  But after so many years I tire of the 24 hour singing by loudspeaker by church volunteers.  It is nerve wracking and one reason I never want to live near a church here.  But now, they got clever and the Barangays set up portable sites for the singing as well so it is nearly impossible to get away from.  Then we have the wooden cross carrying and the self flagellation where we see bloody backs.  All good for picture taking and tourists love it.
Before I say goodnight to one and all I must post this picture of Mary Jean Lastimosa, 26 years old from North Cotabato, Philippines.  Just a few minutes ago she was crowned Miss Binibining Pilipinas Universe.  I snapped her picture from the TV.  Ladies and gentlemen, and readers all over the world, this is a wonderful example of the beauty of the Philippines. She combines beauty, intelligence, personality and poise into one package that adds up to a very qualified ambassador for the Philippines.  The beauty of the Philippines goes beyond its women and only by visiting here can you see what I mean.  Congrats Mary Jean.
You can see how kind we horses are to children so whatever else you do, remember to be kind to Horses.

HTH POLITICAL RANTINGS – STOP HERE 
I love it when a complicated situation can be explained in such simple  terms!
 
THE DEBT CEILING
 
* Democrats don’t understand THE DEBT CEILING 
* Republicans don’t understand THE DEBT CEILING 
* Liberals don’t understand THE DEBT CEILING 
* NO ONE understands THE DEBT CEILING 
* SO – Allow me to explain. 
Let’s say you come home from work and find there has been a sewer backup in your neighborhood. 
Your home has sewage all the way up to your ceilings. 
What do you think you should do –  raise the ceiling or pump out the shit? 
Your choice is coming in November.  
Hey look, Obama has used his pen again, this time to screw with overtime pay. This from a guy that never worked a day in his life and knows nothing about business and even less about Foreign Relations. Now he plans to visit the Philippines and lie to the Filipinos about how he will come to their defense if China becomes more aggressive.  Wow, Noy-Noy should be paying attention to what is happening in the Crimea and how well Obama handles Putin.  What a f–k–g joke!
The following article is long and I suspect many will disagree with it or have doubts.  I am one of them.  But, it is different from the “birther” theories so am passing it on here as an alternative view of where Obama came from.
Date: Friday, March 7, 2014, 10:47 AM, BY WAYNE ALLYN ROOT, Oct. 4,  2013 Wayne Allyn Root is a former Libertarian Vice Presidential nominee, successful entrepreneur, small business defender, business speaker, Capital Evangelist, and media personality- appearing on over 5000 interviews in the past 5 years.

Many Americans suspect Obama was foreign born. They are wrong. Boy do I have a story to tell you.
I believe Obama is a fraud. But it has nothing to do with his birth. Obama’s critics have it all backwards. They are looking in the wrong place. He isn’t a foreigner
portraying himself as an American. He’s an American who fraudulently portrayed himself as a foreigner.  Months ago MSNBC television host Rachel Maddow spent 15
minutes on her national show calling me a “birther.” I scratched my head. Because I’m not. Never have been, not for one minute. A “birther” believes Obama is a
foreigner, not legally qualified to be president. I have never believed that.  I’ve always believed that Obama is 100 percent American.
There I’ve said it loudly. I’m a leading critic of the President, but I’ve always believed him to be American born. He is as American as P.T. Barnum. And he lies and exaggerates like P.T. Barnum too. While Obama is not a foreigner, he is a fraud. Let me tell you the REAL Obama story.
In hundreds of media interviews, I’ve stated that even though Obama was my college classmate at Columbia University, Class of 1983, and we shared the same majors
(Political Science and Pre-Law), I never saw, met, or heard of him. But the media has this story wrong too – I’ve never said that my conclusion is Obama did not go to
Columbia. On the contrary, I believe Obama graduated Columbia and we are classmates.  Where was he hiding for those Columbia years? My educated
guess is he was smoking pot and attending communist meetings, plotting the
downfall of America and capitalism. Don’t laugh, it worked!  While that was just an educated guess, Obama’s own autobiography backs me up – he personally admitted often attending Socialist Party meetings at Cooper Union in downtown Manhattan. With Obama, even your wildest guesses are often proven true.  But forget why he wasn’t seen at Columbia, the real mystery is how he ever got into Columbia. Stay with me because this ties into the whole “foreign born” story.  I believe I’ve pieced together what happened at Columbia and here it is. I believe that Obama, an American citizen, committed fraud by portraying himself as a foreigner, in
order to gain almost impossible admittance to prestigious Columbia University (and probably Occidental and Harvard Law School as well). He lied and used fraud (misrepresentation) to weasel his way in. Is that really a crime? Ask convicted
criminal Frank Abagnale, the real-life star of the hit movie and best-selling book, “Catch Me if You Can.” Portraying someone you’re not is called fraud, and
punishable by years in prison.
It doesn’t take a psychology degree to figure out Obama’s fragile mindset as a young man. He spent his youth living a fantasy, wanting desperately to be foreign-born and exotic, instead of just a normal American kid from a struggling single parent household. As a black teen with no dad, Obama undoubtedly faced racism and tough times. With help from mentors (like Frank Marshall, a communist, and
Bill Ayers, a terrorist) he learned to despise his country of birth (America). As a dreamer and loner he started to believe his own story of exotic birth, then used that
fantasy (aka fraud) to gain admittance to both Occidental and Columbia.  In too deep, he had no way out. Ironically, Obama, himself is the birther. He’s the one who created the foreign-born story line.  The fact the leftist media (Rachel Maddow, Jon Stewart, Mother Jones, and others) are so frightened of me, confirms that I’m close
to the truth. It explains why Obama sent the IRS to viciously attack me not once, but twice (I won 100 percent victories in both audits). I’ve gotten too close to both
the Obama Columbia scandal and the Obama IRS scandal. The closer to the target, the greater the flack.
Getting into an Ivy League University is extremely difficult and transferring in is virtually impossible. Every year 30,000 kids try to get into a college like Columbia. Only a small fraction are accepted (there were about 700 in our class of 1983). The battle is cut-throat. Virtually all 30,000 are straight-A students, have close-to-perfect SAT scores, and have achieved out-sized success at extracurricular activities too.  Into that dog-eat-dog competition stepped Barack Obama, a young man with no achievements, except an exotic story of Indonesian upbringing.  Obama could NEVER have gotten into Columbia out of high school and his odds of transferring in later were even worse. Last year Columbia accepted only three transfer students in the entire world. Three. And I guarantee you all three had amazing scholastic and achievement records from other Ivy League colleges like Harvard, Yale, or Princeton.
Obama had none of that. By his own admission he was a poor student who smoked pot, rarely attended class, and got mediocre grades, from Occidental (a good but not great college). His only chance of transferring into Columbia was a made-up story of being an exotic foreigner. It’s pretty clear how Obama got into Columbia – I  believe it was by lying. Obama was a smart kid, even then gave “great interviews,” and talked (lied) his way into Columbia as an Indonesian student, using his Jakarta grade
school transcripts (and perhaps Passport/citizenship papers) as proof. Columbia probably asked very few questions. They were thrilled to have an Indonesian
> student to brag about. They got what they wanted – > “diversity.”
That was Obama’s edge that gained him admittance to the exclusive Ivy League world at Columbia and then Harvard Law School. But that also made him a fraud, who accepted admittance and foreign student aid under false pretenses.  Since selling this fraudulent story had succeeded beyond his wildest imagination, Obama was emboldened. So, he used it again to sell a book. Remember I’m not guessing here.  It’s a fact that his book agent described Obama to publishers as “Born in Kenya, raised in Indonesia.”  There is physical proof of these exact words. Bleeding heart liberal Manhattan book publishers bought it hook, line and sinker.
All of this lying and fraud based on a fantasy built an impressive platform for young Obama. It got him the credentials he needed for a career in politics (Columbia,
Harvard Law, professor at Chicago Law School). Next he used that platform to run for office. He won. Then, won again, becoming a U.S. Senator. People started touting him as a Presidential candidate. All the lies and P.T. Barnum-like self promotion had worked for Obama. Too well. Now he had a deep, dark secret to cover-up.  His college records were his Achilles heel. He had to hide his tracks. His college records had to be sealed forever.  Not because he was a foreigner and unqualified to be
President, but because he was an American posing as a foreigner. That makes him a fraud unqualified to be President.  I would love for Mr. Obama to release his college records and prove me wrong. But of course he won’t…he can’t.  Because at the top of his college admissions transcript would be the two words that would destroy his Presidency and legacy: “Foreign Student.”  No, I’m not a birther. I believe Obama is 100 percent American born.  While never questioning his birth, I’ve been in the media nonstop for five years questioning his allegiance to America, American exceptionalism, and Judeo-Christian values. And I’ve exposed his plan (created by husband-wife professors Cloward and Piven at Columbia) to destroy capitalism by overwhelming the system with spending, debt, and entitlements. That purposeful plan is proven by facts - please see record spending, record debt, and record  entitlements under Obama. This is all about a plan to destroy America carried out by an American posing as a foreigner.
No, Obama isn’t a foreigner. But we have a fraud in the White House.

 

                

  

 
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TWO HOT POOL PARTY’S AT ABC HOTEL

Posted by admin on March 27, 2014 in Breaking News

WHAT A WAY TO GREET APRIL, BACK TO BACK POOL PARTY’S AT THE ABC PRODUCED AND DIRECTED BY GERARD JR.  THE ABC POOL PARTY’S ARE FAMOUS, LOTS OF WOMEN, LOTS OF FOOD, LOTS OF BEER AND LOTS AND LOTS OF ABSOLUTE FUN.  THIS YOU DO NOT WANT TO MISS.

 
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NEW PROCEDURES EXIT CLEARANCE

Posted by admin on March 25, 2014 in Breaking News

 

The Philippine Government sure does like to make things more difficult and more expensive.

 

 

 

 
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NIGHT MOVES RAIDED

Posted by admin on March 20, 2014 in Breaking News

I was playing in the dart league at Phillies tonight when I received a call around 10 PM or so that a raid was taking place at Phillie’s.  Regretfully I could not leave my location to get a visual on the situation.  After 15 minutes I got a follow up call that they were loading the girls into jeepneys, but the caller said it did not appear that any foreigners were taken away.

That is all the information I have at this writing and sorry for so little details.  I am writing this with great sadness as I have visited Night Moves and wrote about the bar recently and how much I enjoyed it.  When is all this nonsense going to stop?

When I passed the bar at 11:30 PM it was closed.

 

 
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SPECIAL PINATUBO TREK – 21 MAR

Posted by admin on March 16, 2014 in Breaking News

For those a lot more physically fit than me, this might be of interest to you.  Of course you have to be half nuts to participate but then it is better than smoking but not better than staying in bed and having sex.

 

First and Last Name: terry Evanos, Email Address: tephil.islands@gmail.com

Hi Harry, we’ve got a hike up Mt. Pinatubo planned for Fri, Mar 21st. Rare opportunity for a pick up in Angeles vs. having to drive to Tarlac and sort it all out. Cost P3,200 per person or if we have a group of 10 it’s P2,000 per person. This is a “must do” for any hiking or reasonably fit visitor to Angeles! Anybody interested can email me for details. Calling the Hash Harriers especially. contact: tephil.islands@gmail.com

 
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ABOUT TIME THE POLICE ACTED

Posted by admin on March 16, 2014 in Breaking News

ABOUT TIME 

PHUKET: British murder fugitive Michael John Taylor, better known in Phuket as “Mick The Pom”, has been arrested in the Philippines.  Taylor, who celebrated his 50th birthday on September 20 last year, was wanted for the stabbing murder of his girlfriend Jantra Weangta, 27, in Phuket.  Ms Jantra who was found stabbed to death in Taylor’s rented bungalow near Chalong Pier on August 17, 2004.  The Hull Daily Mail, the local newspaper in Taylor’s hometown in the UK, ran the story today and quoted a British Foreign Office spokesman as saying, “We can confirm the arrest of a British national in the Philippines on March 6 and we are providing consular assistance”.  The Phuket Gazette received unofficial reports that Taylor was taken into custody by officers from the Philippines Bureau of Immigration, which is currently staging a major offensive against fugitives staying in the country.  The arrest comes after long delays and inaction by Phuket law enforcement authorities under the previous Provincial Police Commander Choti Chavalwivat, who had been informed of Taylor’s whereabouts last year.  Gen Choti retired from the Royal Thai Police on September 30 last year.  His replacement, Maj Gen Ong-art Phiewruangnont handed the case to one of his leading deputies within days of taking up the post of Phuket’s top-ranking police officer.  The Gazette has yet to confirm with Gen Ong-art that he has been informed of Taylor’s arrest.  (Regular readers of this column will remember that I have written about this man and his evading the law, openly in the Philippines, at least three times over the past two years.  I wonder if he will finally be sent back to Thailand?) 

 
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ANGEL WITCH RAIDED

Posted by admin on March 8, 2014 in Breaking News

Just received word that Angel Witch Bar was raided and girls taken away by police.

I happen to know that Angel Witch is a bar that is run strictly according to all rules and regulations so any raid is suspect.

No details are available at this time and I am in a bit of shock over this one.

 

 

 
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March 2014

Posted by admin on February 28, 2014 in 2014 Monthly Newsletters

Here we are in March already and I must say that the weather has been terrific the last two months.  Waking up in the morning with cool air makes me want to stay in bed.  March should remain pretty nice so come on over for a swim.  I start this month off with a picture of the Medical City hospital under construction on the Global Gateway site.  The latest I have is that construction is ahead of schedule and a bit under budget with an estimated completion date of Dec this year. That will will be great as many people are looking forward to it becoming operational.
I would like to suggest that those living in AC to keep an eye on the entertainment brought to this area by the Widus Hotel and Casino.  I have attended three shows already and this month they will be featuring the lead singer of the Spandau Ballet.  I have my ticket already so make sure you get yours.
Feb saw the opening of a few new Clubs in town so check them out, they are a bit different from the norm.
Thank you Jimmy Pop and “Glacier” for the candy you dropped off for me.  One day you will catch me in.  That’s it folks, welcome to March.

 

THE FEEDBAG

Carried over from breaking news – 28 Feb.

I just received this Email from Rockin Dave:

Harry, Midnight Rock was robbed this evening by 4 armed gun men. More details tofollow as and when.

Four armed Filipinos ran into Midnight Rock at 12.30am. Just after the

audience had left the bar following Rockin Dave’s show.

Fortunately, no one was killed. Rockin Dave and cashier held at gun pointon the office floor while the bar was ransacked.  Rockin Dave and security guard were both attacked and forced on the ground after both being hit with pistols.  This is the second robbery in as many months.  I am writing this now with injuries to my face.

My personal feelings are that I didn’t do much to stop the attack, and feel totally inadequate under the circumstances. I had never even seen a gun in real life until I came to P.I., let alone had one held to my head.  I just tried to comfort the cashier whilst we both had guns held to our heads. I will give more details when I feel better and able to give this matter my attention.

I was able to talk to a witness who was playing pool at the time of the robbery. He just continued playing pool while the robbery was going on and the robbers ignored him. He said that he stayed to comfort Dave after the perps left the premises and that around 60,000 pesos was stolen. When the police finally showed up they entered the bar and pointed their guns at the witness thinking he was one of the thieves. Of course that was quickly corrected. No doubt this was well planned as Dave always has a good Thursday night and at closing time the exterior is dark as all the other bars next to him have already closed.

What a shame, first he is closed down by City Inspectors and went through a few tense days getting that sorted out, then a robbery and now a second robbery by gun totting Filipino dirtbags. I am so glad he or anyone else was not killed or seriously wounded.

Harry, Porkies sports bar & grill? Hey jimmy maybe you can tell me what this is all about because im just not getting it, i walked in & straight back out on a wednesday night, first of all no dancers, well ok its a sports bar got that bit, a smattering of waitresses, so basically girls (p4p) is not on the agenda. Then opening hours 1pm-11pm, ok its a sports bar (You said that twice now) who’s main customer base would be nfl/nba/epl including champions league/afl & nrl, am i right? (No) yanks, poms, aussies!  Ok nfl fans are out, nba fans might get the last quarter of a western conference game, epl fans may just get a full game squeezed in on a saturday & sunday night (hope they prepared to stay open a little late for these british lads because they are cutting that very fine), midweek games & champions league game fans are out, afl & nrl fans will get a couple of night games each, but the day games they will miss at least the first half.  Dont know about you but i just dont get it, if your gonna do a sports bar do the damn thing right or just put a half dozen girls on the stage doing the ac shuffle, we can live with that.  Gotta admit though that on this wednesday night with absolutely no live sport on at all the place was totally packed, (Hell Steve, this should tell you something)  so far from it to be my place to criticize & good luck to them (Eh, excuse me, but I think you already did criticize).  i think we have a new craze/customer base in ac, its for jaded and or cheap expats that are tired of being with or near pretty young girls-its called the SAUSAGE FEST-cheers, Steve.  (Steve baby, jaded, cheap expats?  Let me tell you something, it is bad enough that you are bad mouthing a great new bar on Perimeter Road but now you have to look down on the customers.  You are so wrong about Porky’s Sports Bar.  It is a terrific place but I suspect that Shorty (The manager) would love to have a heart to heart conversation with you.  When I visited the bar was crowded and there was not one so called “cheap Charlie” in the place.  It was filled with customers who enjoyed the not too loud music, the pool table, comfortable seating, friendly staff and very nice waitresses and no one, including me, missed the dancers.  It was a Club that one could take their girlfriends or wives or if alone, not be hassled by a Mamasan.  The owner, Russell (Bunny Burger) has installed a full kitchen and the same menu as Bunny Burger is offered there as well.  I was surprised by the size of the place, it is very roomy and pleasing to the eye.  I mentioned the music volume but must also mention that they feature the sounds of the 50′s and sixty’s.  The owner spent over 2.5 million pesos on the renovation and it was money well spent.  I loved the fish tank placed between the two bathrooms.  You cannot see into the C/R from the front but if you go into the men’s room and look at the fish tank you can see into the bar.

Now, that has to be an original idea.  Yes, Steve, there are no dancers doing the AC shuffle and there never will be but they do have 23 nice ladies ready to serve you food and drinks and can stop and chat with you.  How about ladies drinks at only P100 and local drinks from opening to closing at a nice P55.

        

Man, how do you please people, they complain at the very high prices on Fields Ave and then when a club offers reasonable prices you and others will call it a place for cheap Charlies.  Go figure it!  Porky’s is a welcome change and Shorty, who hails from England, but has been here in AC for 8 years is a great host.  Darn, I forgot to write down the hours of operation.  I know they close at 11 PM but did not get the opening time.  Sorry.  I was enjoying myself too much when I was there.  OK, dear readers, I have turned a readers comments into a Club review.  I do not usually do that.  Also, for the first time I will just add the pictures here as well.  Needless to say I really liked Porky’s and you will to.  Oh yeah, let mention that another new bar is being built right new door, it will be named “Mischief” and it looks like they will have dancing girls.  I saw a stage.  On the other side of Porky’s is the Midnight Rock with the famous piano man “Rockin Dave” in charge.  It can’t get any better unless someone brings back the “Fire Empire”.

                

                

hello, harry i’m ray looking to meet a nice lady ages 30-35 i never been to the philippines but plan on coming this july.   i’m retired military working as a contractor in afghanistan.  I’ve read your columns and articles and excited to meet someone special.  (The opportunities to meet that special lady abound here.  But, be careful, use common sense, do not get drunk and budget your money.  It is easy to meet the wrong lady but believe me, you will enjoy your search.  Just don’t fall in love with the first lady you meet).

Harry, come on over and check out this treat.  This Saturday, 22 Feb, the  Rockin Horse Bar will serve Italian Stuffed Bell Peppers; Beef, Pepper, Onion and Tomato Stir Fry and Macaroni Salad. Remember only at Rockin Horse Bar is there a free buffet every Saturday for your dining pleasure!!! So come on up and bring a friend or make a new one!!! See you there; food is served by 3:00 PM. Enjoy!!! (Oh man, that menu sounded so delicious and the word FREE sure did appeal to me.  Regretfully I was too busy working on this column to get there but for sure I will be there one Saturday next month and let everyone know how it was and throw in a picture of two)

Harry,  I received this in my mail box, a little late but good news anyway: 

“To all residents and homeowners of Villasol Subdivision who are members/officers of the Villasol Subdivision Homeowners Association VHRAI:  Please attend our last meeting today-February 21- at VHRAI Office so you will hear personally why we are formally closing the association and the mass resignation of the VHRAI Officers effective March 1 2014 as Brgy. Captain Carlito Ganzon, Mr. Cezar Luciano and Mr. Edwin Bulado will take charge of all the basic services of our subdivision. Thank you, VHRAI Management”.

With my savings I will now be able to afford pizza again. I would hope that in the future groups such as the VHRAI would follow the law and stop taking short cuts. Many of the original signatures obtained in support of the VHRAI were from residents and lacked the written approval of the owners. The next time it would be wise of the city to ask if the taxes on the properties are paid also. We do not need to support freeloaders or local scam artists.  Many are lamenting loss of their investment but by law this was to be a non-profit organization anyway and if done properly would not have required “investment” other than donations of the members.

If the “Johnny come lately” foreigners do not like it they should move to a gated community and stop trying to put a gate on mine. They will be stopped at every turn by the honest owners and residents. Thanks again for helping bring this to the attention of the people. I especially thank you as I do not want to live in a prison compound or a military base. I value freedom as most Filipinos do. The FREE COUNCIL says “Don’t tread on us”.  John Casey (John, even if late, success is sweet. Glad to hear the “war” is over)

Harry, be Very careful of this girl.  Ariane Mendoza (aka Joy). On Feb.10 She drugged and robbed me of my cell phone, my money, a tablet, a laptop, and jewelry. She used to work in Club Asia. She liveis in Mountain View. She is petite and has a tattoo on her leg and a tattoo on her arm that says “Jems Lee”. Pure evil.  Steven B.

Hello Harry, I have wrote to you in the past,and been reading your posts for several years.  Like you i am also married to a filipina (for over 50 years now) and was stationed at NAS Cubi Point 1961-1962 and returned to the Philippines in 2002 & 2006.  Been all over Luzon and to Cebu city, and stationed there for 18 months so have a pretty good prospective about the country in general.  Now i know you say you love living there and must assume you do as you have been there many years.  I would not tell anyone where to live as that’s none of my business and is a personal choice.  But on the other hand after reading your posts i seem to always sit there at the end shaking my head as to what it is that seems to appeal so much to those who seem to go back on a regular basis who have no direct connection to the Philippines in general.  I can see the obvious like everyone else who reads your column…SEX with the bar girls & Drinking.  Take that away from Angeles City and how many foreigners do you think you would see going there.  For those who live there that aren’t into the bar scene and all that goes with it makes me wonder what kind of a life they had prior to moving there and where they lived to make the Philippines so appealing to them.  In general i like the people and was treated OK at my times there.  But with that said i just can’t understand the choice to live there…I know you go to Vegas and have family here in the U.S.A……Don’t you miss going into a grocery store (pick any big chain store ) and having a choice of almost any kind of food one can think of at fair prices (and the big one ) paying the same price as anyone else no mater what race or country you are from.?  And this apply’s to almost anything connected with the united states.  Don’t you truly miss that ? I read about all the graft and corruption that takes place every day in every walk of life and it’s involved in what seems like every thing there.  Pick a subject in everyday life there..and it’s there.  We have our share of graft and corruption here also, that’s not secret. But in the Philippines they don’t even try to hide it..they make a joke of it.  Don’t that bother you or others who live there and just suck it up as part of living in the Philippines. I am just dumbfounded as to that concept and acceptability.  People pay a lot of money to fly there for sex and boose and put up with the filth and corruption and say what a wonderful place it is and what a good time they had…..F-ing amazing….Have they ever been to Maui Hawaii for gosh sakes where it is clean and beautiful and the beaches of the entire coast line is open to anyone to use “FOR FREE”….Pristine clean beautiful water…clean streets….Here in the USA i can get in my car and drive anywhere in the country and get on a inter-state high-way and have clean rest areas every 40 or 50 miles that have toilet paper (free ) and are clean.  In the northwest states i can stop and sleep or stay at most of these places in my car, motor home, camper, ect…for 8 to 12 hours “Free”.  Maybe someone can explain how they had no problem giving this life up…I just don’t get it.  I feel so lucky being born and be able to live in a great country like this.  I would prefer you not post my last name, but if you must i can deal with what i wrote.  Larry K…..Living in the great Northwest of the USA. Larry K.  Being curious, I asked Larry where, specifically, did he live.  His response:   ”I live in S.W. Washington state about 30 miles north of Portland Oregon.I live out in the country and have from a child.  Spent 4 years in the Navy and have been all over the far east.  From Alaska through every bigger city on the west coast to and including several cities in northern mexico.  Also about nine of the western states and Hawaii…..Been to Vegas many times and been to Reno countless times.  I’m retired on a very modest pension as is my wife.  My wife has family all over luzon.  I hope you understand my questions and i was not trying to be a smart ass or wise ass as i’m not that kind of person.  I do like to read your postings….but a lot i just can’t understand as stated……I would like to have been able to meet you in person…But don’t think i will ever return again to the Philippines.  I’m 71 and still in very good health for being a heavy duty smoker since i was 15 years old.  I see you have had some issues with your health and i hope you have some good years left ahead of you. (Me too Larry) (Larry, I had to do a lot of thinking on how to answer this.  You seem to be asking me why I like it here and can stay and then, also, asking about people in general.  In past columns I have written my reasons for living here and do not want to repeat them again.  Let me say, yes, there are things I miss about the USA and still love the country.  You mention foreigners coming here for sex and if no sex, who would visit Angeles City?  Maybe you are right but there is a difference between tourists and those that live here permanently.  For me, this is where I hung my hat, courted a lovely lady, married her, built up a comfortable, debt free life and am quite content, with or without the bars.  I love our home here and I love our house in Las Vegas.  We plan to visit there again in Oct this year and we will sure hit the super markets for the veggies and fruits.  But, after two or three weeks we are ready to return home to our nest.  I have seen Expats living here return to the US for various reasons, many have children and want to educate their kids in the US instead of here.  I am not going to make this a long reply, let me just finish by saying, don’t even try to understand why we stay here.  Some of us do not understand either.  You live in Washington State, me, I would hate living there.  I simply do not like seasons.  I like warm, warmer and hot, cold does not enter the equation.  Goodness, I could write so much more, too bad you will not be coming this way again and we could talk in person.  You made your choice of the road you would travel, and I took my road. That is the same for one and all.  You are happy with the road you took and I am happy with my choice and that is what counts, HAPPINESS AND CONTENTMENT.  If something changes where those two feelings no longer exist my wife and I can, if necessary, hit the road again.  That my friend, is life!

Hi Harry, Hope all is well with you. I had scheduled my 16 month “visa” run for April when I heard about the new law that has extended the rules for tourist visa extensions to 36 months. I went out to Clark Immigration to ask them about that and, if so, how many months could be extended at the Clark office (without having to go to Manila like it has been for the 16-24 month) They informed me that I could extend up to the complete 36 months right at the Clark Immigration office. I just wanted to ask if you had heard anything about that. I never know what to believe when I get an answer there so i’m consulting the “man about town”. I also had to pay a 310 annual fee. I thought that didn’t apply to tourist visa holders but seems I am incorrect. Thanks, Steve.  (Things change at that office nearly every few months.  You should have seen how many changes we went through with the annual registration process.  Yes, once you stay beyond the six months and get that ACR card then you have to pay the annual fee.  That is relatively new.  But, it is better than the trip to Manila, which is new as well.  By the way, I get my Immigration news from fans like you. Thanks!)

Sent to me from an “eye witness” – identity withheld - 

Well . . . the other day the “Local Angeles City Police” paid a courtesy call on the “Oasis Hotel Massage Parlor.” And in the process of their visit, they “Closed” the Massage Parlor and then escorted “Nine Filipina Virgins” to the local “Police Station.” And I should interject, that these “Virgins” were released shortly after their incarceration.  Anyway, rumor has it, that the “Foreigner” that was operating the Massage Parlor didn’t have a “License” to do so and/or that possibly the “Virgin Massagers” were taking undo “Sexual Advantage/Liberties” with their “Unbeknown Customers.” But . . . that is only a “Rumor,” because such “Sexual Activities” never happen in the “Predominant Catholic Community” of Angeles City. (Gee, they’re even raiding massage parlors now.  I wonder if this turned out to be a “happy ending”)

Harry, A “Liberal Paradise” would be a place where everybody has guaranteed employment, free comprehensive healthcare, free education, free food, free housing, free clothing, free utilities, and only Law Enforcement has guns.  And believe it or not, such a place does indeed exist ……it’s called prison.
Sheriff Joe Arpaio, Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office.  (You gotta love this guy except with the present economy some men enjoy prison.  Better than living in the street)  

Hi, Harry read your post when in U.S. or in Cebu. Here is a heads up about a few bars in Cebu.  Some of the girls will leave after you pay bar fine then before you get in the taxi they say “I forgot something”, then will not return. If you go inside to see what happens they say you never paid and the mamasan will not make it right, I have had several reports of this. I don’t know if I can type their names but they are Planet X & Erik the Red. I was at a New Years eve party at a bar that was named pussy cats now changed, I wonder why.  The waitress said my tab was p6250 which I knew was about p4000 High, So I said no way!  After a long debate she acknowledged that I was right, the bill ended up at p2650, so check your bills at these places. Maybe it is time for me to leave the P.I. for greener pastures.  Been Coming here for 20 years now and staying 5-6 months so I’am a little street smart about P.I. and never heard or had this happen to me before, I wonder what’s up. There have been a couple of raids here also. One was Pussycats then they changed their name after being closed . KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK.  Ron K.  (RON, the raids will continue here in AC as well.  It is a lucrative business.  Rumor has it that the result of the Lollipop raid netted some folks around 1.2 million pesos.  Rumor only, no doubt material for a fiction novel)

First and Last Name: Richard M
Comments and Remarks: Harry, Another Police raid on Lollipop Bar last night. I heard they hauled away about 40 girls. Nothing new in that. However, it seems they arrested an American from the great State of Alaska, slapped him in jail and are threatening to hold him for 30 days unless he pays them 100,000 peso. His Filipina companion is out collecting the money. Sounds like they are holding him in San Fernando. I have no idea why they arrested him.  (I was told that the reason he was detained is that he gave the cops a bit of an argument on the way out.  That gave them an excuse to detain him.  His friend came through and he was released – Advice – if in a bar that is raided be very polite as you exit.  Ask no questions, follow instructions and leave)

Harry, Its always good to get feedback from your annual message to Evelyn. However I feel I have to respond to some of the content. The writer seems to infer that Stevens employers at Clark decided to get rid of him because of his involvement with Jade Cool.That is simply not true. Steve was unhappy at Clark as he felt he was not being given the support and recognition he thought he deserved..He designed the complex and offices there and built up the customer base.  Also he certainly had problems with his manager there, who was battling with his own demons.  It was Stevens decision to leave to devote his time and energy to Jade Cool. These facts were not deliberately left out of the book. His death had nothing to do with his business, so that part of the story seemed irrelevant.  Its very true that Jade Cool did close shortly after Steve’s death, we were informed by them that they had difficulty finding someone with Steve’s technical ability to keep it running. We still have contact with some of Steves colleagues who remember him with great fondness.The book was written as a legacy of truth for his children and we are pleased that they see it as that. Also the very fact that Stevens death is still being discussed is a sign that he will never be forgotten.  If his story saves anyone at all of meeting a similar fate to his, then it will be worth it. Overall we thought the article had many positives, and we thank you for that.  Alan , Margaret.  (Unfortunately we have had a few more cases similar to Steve’s death over the years.  Regretfully, no one like Margaret was around to stand up for justice.  That was a rare occurrence)

Harry, I once again enjoyed your HTH news.  How about the two following contradictory news items from Balibago.org……?  29 Jan 2014 – Mayor: No untouchables in Angeles.

ANGELES CITY — A determined Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan on Wednesday assured that “no one is above the law” in this highly urbanized city as he is set to implement stringent peace and order measures as well as traffic management programs in the city’s major thoroughfares.  Pamintuan said that he has directed the City Police to effectively implement other measures to prevent criminal elements in the city.

29 Jan 2014 – Tandem riders get away with P500,000

ANGELES CITY — Unidentified armed men on board a motorcycle held-up a real estate agent and her client along Sto. Entierro, Barangay Sto. Rosario, Angeles City recently and carted away some P500,000 in cash.  In a report here, Senior Superintendent Eden Ugale, Angeles City police director, identified the victims as Lucila Guevarra, 30, a resident of Barangay Pulung Maragul and Liezel Bernardo, 32, of Pandan, both in Angeles City.

How long has Ed Pam been in office? Why has he only just directed the police as above? Obviously he was at least one day too late. (Howard, long enough I guess to have realized he cannot improve the traffic congestion in town nor reduce the crime rate.  Not that he hasn’t tried but I believe the major problem is lack of budget to do what is necessary.  How about more police motorcycles, police radios for on site communication, enforcement of laws.  More police personnel assigned to this area.  Check points are fine but how about motorcycle patrols stopping tamden riders with covered helmets?  So much to do and so little money to accomplish anything)

Slightly sad news for some….. Mad Max, a well known hasher about town, has terminated the Alien Hash, the group who used to meet every Wednesday evening and Saturday afternoon for a bar hop. He says 14 years is enough. Sad ex-Aliens are looking for someone to take up the organisation of this wonderful group. Max stipulates that the name Alien Hash must, however, be retired. Well done and thanks to Max for creating so much fun for all of us over the years.  Cheers, Howard.  (that is a long time.  Enjoy your rest Max – now you can enjoy two more days of sobriety)

Back in the day, Villa Sol used to be a decent sub-division to live in.  Now, forget it.  Here is one good reason:  Harry,  5:30 am, another robbery in Villasol subdivision.  6th one this month, however the one which just took place, 7 armed men posing as immigration officers gained entry supposedly looking for a foreigner named ricky. They then ransacked the house and kidnapped 2 female occupants. The robbery took k place 0430 this morning.  Address was First St Villasol.

5 filipino girls living there. The 3 remaining unkidnapped ones got the licence plate number & described the van to police around 5.0 this morning but to no avail. Monday night on Second Ave, Villasol, a front widow was forced open, the occupants apparently sprayed with something & slept while their house was burglarized.

Saturday night on Second Ave, Villasol, an elderly long time resident couple were cowering in fear as their property was broken into but fortunately the robbers couldn’t get entry inside the house.  These are only this week. Many more previous incidents.  It’s rumored that the barangay captain has opened all entry gates to Villasol and has called off the subdivision patrols.  Hence the effects coming about now.  Gary.  (Should have the police check the Barangay Captain to see if he is getting a cut of the action.  There has been constant problems in Villa Sol with crime, garbage, homeowners Association, guard posts, money collections, roosters being raised in some Filipinos yard against subdivision policies, etc.  Anyone thinking of moving there should give it a second thought)

Harry, I suspect that when the new elevated fast Skyway road is built above EDSA-Manila in two years, travel time between Clark and Makati will be dramatically reduced. That will make Clark a viable international airport for Manila, driving up prices in Perimeter / Balibago dramatically higher. It is hard to see land owners not selling their holdings for huge amounts, ending the life of low rent paying bars.  Ron J.  (Ron, I would be surprised to see the Skyway completed in two years but it would be nice.  You may be right about land owners selling out but let me remind you that many are doing that already as land prices are already high. But, fear not, my little guest house will still be around and my prices for rooms, food and drink will remain reasonable.  Why you ask?  Because this is my legacy to my wife for her to do with as she pleases after I end up as ashes in an urn or cockroaches and other horrible crawling creatures feast on my withered body.  I believe though that being underground would result in my titanium knee surviving for many more years. That is why I had my surgeon place my initials on it and an engraving of a horse. Does titanium melt when cremated? Since I have not made up my mind which way to go yet is a result of my optimism in living a few years more.  Naturally, in two years, I invite you to my stable to have a free drink as we discuss your prediction.  Would you like to reserve a room now?)

Mr. Paul Carlson – You wrote that “you are still dreaming to come here and visit”. That is a dream you can change into a reality.  Don’t dream, book a flight, set aside two weeks of your life.  Life is fleeting, treat yourself.  For now, I am here to greet you, tomorrow, who knows. Glad to know you are still reading my column. Be looking for ya.

Harry, I just came from the Philippine National Bank. They wanted me to sign a form that said I waived all my rights to privacy, and presented me with a United States Department of Treasury, Internal Revenue Service form W-9 that placed all my private information IN THE PHILIPPINES, including account numbers to any and all my accounts. I drew a diagonal line across the form, wrote “I (name) do NOT waive any of my privacy rights” and signed that right on top of their form, and demanded a Zerox copy. I formally informed the manager of the branch that if my account number was released to the IRS without my permission, I would sue, as my rights are NOT surrendered.

This is nothing more than a financial grab of your money by the United States government. If ANY bank demands you give up your rights, DON’T DO IT! We must not allow this blatant confiscation of your private information!  Owen P.  (The American Gestapo continues to March without restraint)

First and Last Name: Larry Smith
Comments and Remarks: Harry, Your article provides sponsorship of some very radical views about our American President. My advice to you is stay in the Philippines where the culture is light years behind civilized countries. you fit right in.
(Radical views about Obama?  Wake up Larry, my comments are way too mild to reflect what I really feel about this President, Congress and the Senate.  By the way, I still vote not like many folks in the US who disagree with me but sit on their collective asses at election time.  For now I still have the freedom to disagree with the President himself, but then, Obama is trying to change that too.  You are entitled to your opinion as I am to mine, and even if we disagree politically,  that sir remains a privilege we never lose.  Regardless of what you may think of the Philippines, it is a very nice place to grow old in and believe it or not, their economy is not doing all that badly.  Uncivilized?  I think not) 

Harry, In case you have not heard, the owner of the PEA EYE bar in Diamond Subdivision made the poor decision to pick up three “street girls” on Fields Ave. at approx. 4am on FEB. 13. He invited the girls back to his bar that had closed at midnight. Turns out that one of the girls was only 15 years old and after leaving the bar returned with the Barangay Capt. The guy is being held at station 174 and accused of Human Trafficking. Sure looks like a “set-up” either by the syndicate or the girls parents.

The unfortunate thing is that the bar cashier showed up at 6am for work as scheduled and was arrested along with the owner. I have no sympathy for the bar owner. He knows better then to pick up street girls. The cashier did nothing except show up at work on time. She was just in the right place (place of employment) at the wrong time. She is also accused of Human Trafficing.  The price to get her out of Station 174 is P70K. This is typical “Angeles City Extortion” that is becoming so popular in AC. When will the cops wise up? Or maybe they are involved????  Eduardo.
Two days after reading this Email the 17 Feb edition of the Sun-Star ran the following story:  

BRITON NABBED FOR RAPE, CHILD ABUSE:  A British National was arrested for allegedly raping a 14 yer old girl inside his bar in Barangay Balibago here recently. Gary Sulivan, 58, and his bar caretaker, Cristi Artigo are now detained at the Angeles City Police Station for abusing Aika, a 14 year old girl from Cutcut.  Balibago Chairman Rodelio “Tony” Mamac said the girl was pimped out to Sulivan by two unidentified women.  Aika told Mamac that she met the two women along the Fields Avenue, also in Barangay Balibago before she was taken to Sulivan’s place.  The girl sought the help of barangay police because Sulivan refused to pay her after giving him sexual favors.
But, Sullivan said he gave some P5,000 to the two women who immediately left the place without the girl’s knowledge.

Aika said she confronted Artigo because Sulivan did not pay her.  The girl added that Artigo then gave her P600.  She told Mamac that her parents have no knowledge about her activities.  Mamac said Artigo tried to conceal Sulivan’s where-abouts and identity.  ”She may be charged with obstruction of justice and child abuse,” the village official said.
Aika, who is now under the custody of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), also revealed that she did not even finish elementary school.
Few days before Aika was rescued, barangay leaders launched campaign to prevent exploitation and abuser of women and children, Mamac said.  (So you have two versions of the story.  One says the girl was 15 the other 14.  Regardless of actual age she was quite young and Gary, allegedly, made a big mistake.  The Pea Eye Bar is located across the street from the Marble Inn and is a watering hole for the locals in that area.  It is a medium sized bar, well managed and popular.  I do not believe this was a set-up, at least initially.  Gary made two mistakes, dealing with street hustlers and going for someone so young.  That is a perfect mix for disaster.  I will try to track what happens next)

Harry, On tuesday 18th Feb, Korean found shot dead on street in Villasol Subdivision. Suspected execution style close range bullet to the back of the head, probably by local Korean mafia. When are the police going to move these thugs on. Koreans seem to be above the law because if they get caught breaking the law, the mafia greases the appropriate palms & if serious enough, apparently the offender just leaves Philippines for a time & returns with falsified papers.  Gary (You are right Gary, other than just talk, our City fathers and police will do nothing about the Koreans.  To tell the truth, I believe only the Koreans themselves can solve the problem)  -  Gary – This is the story from the Philippine Daily Inquirer:

ANGELES CITY, Philippines–A South Korean tourist died after he was shot by one of two men on a motorcycle in Barangay Anunas in this city on Tuesday night, police said.  Investigators said the victim, Her Tae Suk, 65, was walking toward the Prism Hotel on Clarkview Avenue with three other Koreans at 7:45 p.m.when the assailants approached them. One of the men then drew a 9-mm pistol and shot Her several times.  Police have yet to determine what prompted the attack.  (Want to bet they will never find out the reason or the killers)  Her’s companions -– Lee Jae Woo, 37; Jung Jon Gik, 37; and Park Jeung Keun, 37 -– were unhurt and were able to run away when the shooting started.  (real brave of them)
The Korean Community Association of Central Luzon, which has offices at “Korean Town,” a district on the Fil-Am Friendship Highway where most Koreans in the city live, has been airing its concern about criminals victimizing South Koreans living in this city and other parts of the region.  Last month, two men on a motorcycle shot and wounded a Korean. The killers took $20,000 the Korean had withdrew from a bank in Angeles City.  (This is becoming routine and the victims are not always Korean) 

Hello again Mr. Harry the horse. Thought i would write this for some of the old timer’s that i’m sure reads your column and i think it will bring back fond memories for those who were stationed at NAS Cubi point and Subic bay navel station and for all those who passed through the main gate at subic.  I was stationed at Cubi July 1961 to December 1962.  How many guys remember going through the main gate and over the bridge (over S**T river..Sorry but that is what everyone called it) on their way into town.  In those days just past the end of the bridge on the right there was a pretty good sized open area where the jeepneys would load and unload passengers.  What i wanted to point out was a lot of little shanty’s and roofs where toward the start of evening one would find a lot of girls selling barbecue pork on a stick (most of the military guys referred to it as monkey meat on a stick..it wasn’t ) and beer, popcorn, and other misc..things hoping the guys would stop and buy their wares on the way back onto the base.. The girls is what i wanted to point out.  Most guys maybe never gave much thought to them but i can tell you something interesting about them. (1) Most all of these girls were single (2) A very high percentage of them were “Cherry girls” as they say and not bar girls or prostitutes.(3) and this is the big one, most may not know.  I would make a very good guess that maybe 70 percent of these girls That my wife and myself knew (my wife was one of them..that’s where i met her..We have been married over 52 years now ) all married American guys and are spread out across the USA……My wife stayed in touch with a lot of them over the years and with some of them to this day. (A number of them have passed away ). A lot of the girls we knew remained with their original spouse over the many years.  Hope this brings back some good memories for the old timers….. Larry  (Larry, the name “shit river” still applies.  52 years married, fantastic.  Does she still make those “monkey meat” Sticks (smile), they were and still are delicious.  I am sure there are thousands of sailors who remember what you are talking about.  Maybe some will read this who married one of those ladies and will drop me a line.  Thanx for writing)

Hi Harry, I visited ac for a couple weeks in feb.  I been there many times and prefer perimeter. (Me too).  The bars on fields are almost like Burgos st. And the trikes try to charge double a real taxi.  (It has been like that for years and the City Government lets them get away with it.  Useless to complain)  So I walk or jump on the jeep. I can afford the trike but I want those assholes to starve.  I only jump in a trike if it is absolutely necessary.  (good idea)  Trikes give ac a bad name. Them and all the other scammers, thiefs and bajaos make me sick.  Now the baklas are all coming out of the closet. What the fuck is going on there it’s getting worst every time I come back.  (What’s going on?  Gee Ted haven’t you noticed all the same sex marriages these days and those gay parades?  It’s not just here, take a good look around)  What a disappointment.  Ted from Hawaii.  (Ted baby, just close your eyes and pop into your favorite bar here and enjoy what you came here for.  It ain’t all bad.)

Harry, (If you include this in your newsletter, please don’t publish my name, for obvious reasons) The reasons are not obvious to me but I will comply (smile)

Like many of my friends who are also long time residents here, I am unmarried, I live alone, and I am approaching that age when Big Daddy Death may come calling at any time.  I have made a will, but that will be of no use if there is nothing in my house left to pass on!  Over the years I have heard a number of tales of how when an unmarried foreigner or a foreigner living here in Angeles has died, certain representatives of law and order have demanded entrance to the house or apartment of the deceased in order to “investigate” the circumstances of the death.

They have then found it necessary to take away with them quantities of personal possessions, such as computers, TVs, air-conditioners, fans, bicycles, furniture and even tin food, etc., for “further investigation”.  I have never heard of any items being returned.

However, I have never personally heard anything about the need to remove “material evidence” for further investigation when the deceased foreigner has had a Filippino wife or family living with them who might challenge the legality of such behaviour. Mmmmm?  Harry, perhaps you would like to start a dialogue on this subject in your monthly newsletter.  Some other readers may have had experience of this happening to a deceased friend of theirs and could add their own stories or advice. As an old “Coffin-Dodger” myself, I would be most interested to read other people’s accounts.  (Well, good point and there have been many horror stories of what has happened to senior folks living alone.  In any will, designate an executor.  Make sure it is a close friend and one who can respond to your residence quickly.  Make sure he had a duplicate door key to gain entrance if necessary.  Give him a notarized letter to keep in his possession authorizing him to gain control of all your belongings in your apartment or house)  

                                                         

TIDBITS

I have had the brother and a friend of Mike Castle ask me about his status.  I believe he was in AUF hospital for treatment and then his friend indicated that he passed away and was concerned about his wife.  I have not been able to find out any information on him.  I do not know the man so an information would be appreciated.

ACCESS TO RED CROSS BLOOD BANK (for US Veterans)-  Armed Services Blood Program (ASBP) commented on your post.

Question:  Can you help the military retirees in the Philippines. Since DHA and ISOS don’t see a need for Philippine beneficiaries to have access to a dependable source of blood and blood products we retirees are asking if the ASBP can help us. We do not know why 1SOS and DHA will not recognize the Philippine Red Cross here for people under Tri-Care for life. We all feel kind of abandoned and paying up front for blood here is very expensive. Any response would be appreciated.

Armed Services Blood Program (ASBP) wrote: “Harry, The Defense Health Agency (DHA) has researched the concerns of TRICARE beneficiaries accessing blood and blood products from the Philippines National Red Cross. According to TRICARE legislation, TRICARE can only reimburse for services rendered by TRICARE Certified Providers. On numerous occasions, the TRICARE Overseas Program (TOP) contractor has contacted the Philippines National Red Cross about becoming a TRICARE Certified Provider. The certification of host nation providers can take up to 90 days. The DHA requires the TOP contractor to conduct on-site verification and provider certification in the Philippines. At a minimum, the on-site verification confirms the physical existence of a facility or provider office, verifies the credentials and licensure of the facility or provider, verifies the adequacy of the facility or provider office, and verifies the capability of the facility or provider office for providing the expected level and type of care. Host nation institutional and professional providers must meet certain requirements to be certified. The TOP contractor cannot certify providers who do not meet the certification requirements or refuse to provide the required documentation and participate in the onsite verification. At this time, the Philippine National Red Cross has not provided the necessary documents to the TOP contractor; until they do, the TOP contractor is unable to certify them as a TRICARE provider. However, the DHA will look at how beneficiaries can access the services of the Philippines National Red Cross within the boundaries of TRICARE legislation.” (In other words, forget the Red Cross for blood unless you want to pay out of pocket)

LOLLIPOP RAID – I heard from more than one source that An American customer was detained during this raid.  My source wrote:  ”The first guy detained, then taken into custody, was the American tourist from Alaska. He ended up in Manila via San Fernando and paid 100K peso to get out. All I can figure he did was try to leave the bar and became vocal when they stopped him at the door.  (Naturally this was a big mistake.  It is unusual to take a customer but if you give the police an excuse to do so they will happily comply.  Do NOT mouth off to the police conducting a raid.  Sit, wait and listen for instructions.  Be polite)

They second guy they grabbed was a black guy who was in on the deal. Probably had to make it look good and try to ease any suspicion.

Third guy was the owner. I don’t know who that is either. They switch around so much down there I’d need a score card to keep track.  (He gained his freedom the next day with the help of friends).  Marked money not found by the police, they were not happy.”

Homeland Security Newsletter- MANILA, Philippines — U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents in Manila assisted the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the non-governmental organization International Justice Mission (IJM) in the Jan. 14 rescue of 21 female sex workers and the arrest of two Filipino nationals for violations of Philippian law. Eleven of the victims rescued were minors.

On Jan. 13, HSI Manila assisted the PNP in a human trafficking rescue operation including the execution of two search and arrest warrants on two commercial sex establishments – Aby Lynn and Lovely Paradise – in Balibago, Angeles City. These establishments provided children for sexual acts to foreign customers, including customers from the United States.  (This is the excuse for HSI involvement)

HSI Manila Deputy Attaché Eric McLoughlin said, “Sex trafficking is one of the most heinous crimes HSI investigates. These victims are taken advantage of and exploited on a daily basis. HSI will continue to aggressively stand alongside our international partners at the PNP and IJM in this collaborative effort to identify, arrest and prosecute those who seek to profit at the expense of the suffering of others and at the same time rescue those who are being exploited.”  (sure)

PNP Regional Anti Human Trafficking Task Force Region 3 (RATT3) Commander Palaleo Addag said, “Angeles City, Pampanga, is a hot-bed for trafficking young women and children. Each year foreigners travel by the thousands to Angeles with the sole intention of sexually exploiting young women and children. HSI is a strategic partner for the PNP in combating such exploitation as many establishments refuse to allow nationals to enter their premise, making them nearly impossible to investigate. This investigation and the subsequent rescue of the exploited victims would not have been possible without the assistance of HSI.”

Arrested were Christine Tanola Canolo, 31, and Marilon Palconit Oraiso, 30, both of Angeles City. They were both charged with Philippine Republic Act 9208 Trafficking in Persons and 7610 Child abuse and exploitation. They were presented to the Philippine Department of Justice (PDOJ) and remanded by PDOJ for violations of Philippine Republic Act 9208 and 7610 child abuse and exploitation. If convicted, the defendants face a maximum penalty of life in prison.  (For me, if they employed underage females then lock them up and throw away the key)

Christine Canolo and Marilon Orasio are alleged to be the “mamasans” of each commercial establishment, facilitating the sale of minors to foreigners, including Americans, (smile, that excuse again) for the purposes of sexual acts. HSI played a dual role in this investigation primarily to identify threats to the United States by attempting to determine potential involvement of transnational organized criminal elements or other nefarious actors. HSI’s secondary role was acting as a force multiplier to foreign counterparts including lending subject matter expertise, organizational support by bringing together multiple entities including non-governmental organizations, after-care services, foreign and U.S. law enforcement as well as logistics, operational planning and surveillance.

(US Homeland Security (HSI)  surveillance photo for the raid on the three bars across from the Orchid Inn)

Of the total 21 victims rescued, 11 were minors aged 15 to 17 years old. The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) is providing services to the victims.

 

HSI’s Office of International Affairs (OIA) is responsible for enhancing national security by conducting and coordinating international investigations. With agents in 67 offices in 48 countries around the world, OIA represents ICE’s broadest footprint beyond our borders. HSI attaché offices work with foreign counterparts to identify and combat transnational criminal organizations before they threaten the United States.  (I would think that the HSI folks would be busy enough clearing up the trafficking problem in the US where they belong, not here.  Check out this report:

“Here’s a snip from an article from ‘Homeland Security Today’ – Pity the IJM didn’t take on the Zetas and Mara Salvatrucha – MS-13 first – given the estimated size of the problem back home – 100,000 under-age per year???  Oh, …I know……foreigners here are only packing wallets full of money! 

[Quote] Human trafficking arguably is the fastest growing organized criminal enterprise in the world. An estimated 27 million people are trafficked globally at an annual profit of more than $30 billion, according to the US State Department’s 2012 Trafficking in Persons Report.  According to the National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC), “human trafficking is considered to be one of the fastest growing criminal industries,” and that “US government and academic researchers are currently working on an up-to-date estimate of the total number of trafficked persons in the United States annually.”  “It is clear,” NHTRC stated, “that the total number of human trafficking victims in the US reaches into the hundreds of thousands when estimates of both adults and minors and sex trafficking and labor trafficking are aggregated.”  An estimated 100,000 children are trafficked in the sex trade in the United States each year. According to the FBI, the average age of a child first used in prostitution is 11 to 14, with some as young as nine years of age. 

Most of the victims are women and children, who are used either for cheap labor or sexual services by organized TCOs, according to a European Union commission report.  In recent years, the trafficking of young women for sex throughout the US has also been linked to Mexican Transnational Criminal Organizations (TCOs) like the notorious Los Zetas whose initial criminal enterprises centered around narco-trafficking.  But as US and Mexican law enforcement efforts have disrupted their narco-trafficking operations north and south of the border, Mexico-based TCOs have become involved in all sorts of criminal activities. The trafficking of young woman for sex has become one of their more lucrative criminal enterprises.  Joseph Burke, unit chief of ICE’s National Bulk Cash Smuggling Center, told Homeland Security Today “approximately 50 percent of the Zetas revenue is derived from non-narcotics activity.”  It’s no surprise, then, that thousands of women and children are trafficked to the US largely from Mexico and Central America for the purposes of sexual and labor exploitation, according to a June 2008 Trafficking in Persons Report by the US State Department.  (So why do we have so much interest by HSI here in the Philippines?  I suspect it is because they themselves like the women here and consider this a vacation assignment.  You see, here no one shoots at them where in the US these Mexican gangs will not hesitate to kill.  Maybe the US FBI or HSI should explain why they allow Muslim terrorist training camps, established since 1997 in the US to exist because of political correctness.  I guess it is more important to clean up Angeles City first.  Gee, like IJM needs US help in their indirect money making raids?  I have heard that more raids are being scheduled but then, that is nothing new.  Oh well, such is life!)

ANGELES CITY – A man claiming to be Italian was caught red-handed while installing copying gadgets in an Automated Teller Machine (ATM) of Security Bank along McArthur Highway, Barangay Balibago Saturday, and police suspect he is part of an international syndicate engaged in ATM card fraud.

Suspect Roberto De Cecco, 62, had no passport when arrested, but claimed to be Italian, according to Chief Inspector Romeo Castro, Station 4 police chief of the Angeles City Police Office (ACPO).

He said De Cecco was initially held by Security Bank guards who became suspicious after the foreigner stayed unduly long in front of the ATM machine. When accosted, he hastily pulled out all electronic devices he had installed. He did not resist when the guards apprehended him.

Police identified two other suspects believed to have fled on board a black Hyundai Tucson (RMZ-123) as Gyorgy Sandor Varro and Marian Grama, both Romanian tourists.

The suspects with two other compatriots had been staying at La Belle Helene Townhouse  on Mount Makiling Street, Plaridel 1, Bgy. Malabanias, Angeles City and had paid six months advance rental, said Castro.  (They were living In Unit 4, Labelle Helene 2)

He said photocopies of the passports of Varro and Grama were attached in the house lease contract submitted by Leonides Cabico, the townhouse administrator.

Castro said a follow-up operation at the suspects’ residence lead to the discovery of other electronic gadgets believed used in their modus operandi. He said the residence had apparently been abandoned.

Seized from De Cecco were a piece of metal which serves as an improvised ATM access device, data-capturing device (also known as MAG Stripe reader for ATM card) and metal cover for CCTV camera with electronic chip, believed use to transmit data to a laptop computer.

Piecing together the group’s modus operandi, Castro said four other suspects were positioned inside the getaway vehicle, where they received data transmitted from the ATM device card reader. He said the group has also ready-made blank ATM machine where stolen data are stored. The clone card will be used to withdraw in other branches of the bank.

He said hot pursuit operations were launched against the suspects who fled, and the Bureau of Immigration is verifying the suspects’ status.

De Cecco was brought to City Prosecutors’ Office where criminal complaints were filed, ranging from violation of the Access Device Regulation Act, E-Commerce Law, and sabotage. He is detained at the Station 4 detention cell.
(Great work by the Security Bank Guards and the police of Station 4 led by Police Chief Inspector Castro.  I hope they get the rest of the gang.  An example of what can happen to you with assholes like Roberto on the loose was brought to my attention by a close friend here.  He used the ATM at the BPI Bank at Friendship quite often.  He lost, altogether, P200,000 as Roberto and company kept withdrawing the minimum allowed over a short period of time.  When he went to use his card, one of three, he found that each account had insufficient funds.  He was shocked!  This is one reason I have never used an ATM machine yet.  I don’t trust them) 

Springfield man admits fleeing to Thailand to avoid paying child support
(Reported by KY3)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A man from Springfield who has been living in Thailand pleaded guilty in federal court for fleeing from the United States in 2007 to avoid paying child support.  Randy Lee Essary pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Brian C. Wimes on Tuesday. Essary was a resident of Chon Buri, Thailand, where he was employed as the senior vice president of development for Eclipse Hotels and Development, which is based in Manila, Philippines and in Hong Kong.  By pleading guilty, Essary admitted he has failed to pay any court-ordered child support for his son for more than eight years, since January 2005. Essary owes $164,891 in child support.
Essary was a resident of Missouri in 1996. On Feb. 9, 1996, the Jackson County Circuit Court ordered him to pay $1,500 in monthly child support payments for his son, who currently resides with his mother in Utah.  Essary’s last documented entry into the United States and exit thereafter was on Sept. 12, 2007, to attend his daughter’s wedding in Illinois. Essary did not fly directly into the United States for the wedding. Instead, Essary flew from Thailand or the Philippines to Canada. Border crossing records confirm Essary then walked across the border from Canada into the United States at Blaine, Wash. He returned to Thailand in the same manner – by walking across the border at Canada and flying back to Thailand.  Essary was arrested at LAX airport when he returned to the United States on Feb. 22, 2012.

Under federal statutes, Essary is subject to a sentence of up to two years in federal prison without parole, plus a fine up to $250,000 and an order of restitution. A sentencing hearing will be scheduled after the completion of a presentence investigation by the United States Probation Office.  This case was investigated by the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General.
(Randy Essary is well known in Angeles City as he has been coming here for many years.  He is known as a good, honest man that is willing to reach out and help people when necessary.  He is a successful businessman and earned so much respect here that a room in the local VFW was named after him,  ”The Essary Room).  This is not a man that should be in jail but one has to watch out for these child support rulings.  I guess Randy just, with age, just decided that walking across borders was too taxing now and a plane ride was more comfortable.  I suspect that he just decided to sort out his legal problems and get on with his life) 

Politically incorrect?  Maybe, but I did laugh out loud anyway –  ”Sorry for not calling you on New Years, I just got out of jail. I got locked up for punching out this idiot at a party.  In my defense when you hear an Arab counting down from 10 to 1, your instincts kick in.”

There is absolutely nothing fancy about Paizano’s Pizzeria with it’s bare walls, flea market tables and chairs, and very simple counter.  It reminded me of a small Mom and Pop pizza store found in a run down mall in NY or even Detroit. BUT, and this is a big BUT, the food is delicious and reasonable in cost.  Needless to say, it is not a place to dine out but for sure, calling in for take out is their meat and potato business.  You can call in your order and stop in to take it home as well.  It is new to the location they now occupy but they made their name while occupying a stall at Al’s Mall.  I had heard some comments about the place and had to find out for myself.  We did dine in!  I had the Paizano’s Super Sub, 6″ for P280 but the next time I will go for the 12″ instead as it was delicious, especially the bread.  Mrs Horse went for the Baked Spaghetti with Meatballs, excellent!  I even ordered a small Pepperoni Pizza to go for our son.  Very good.  The owner is a Filipino by name of Joe.  I wanted to meet him but he was not on site, maybe next time.
One thing I must mention, unless you have an emergency, give the CR a pass.  I took their menu home as I am sure its use will come in handy when I get a hankering for some Italian for lunch or dinner, or even a late snack.  They are open from 12 noon to 2 AM.  They are located at 4180-G Zeppelin St. Hensonville Subd. (Next to Rasoi Indian Restaurant)  Call them at 045.436.2396, 0918.378.7133 or 0916.360.2652. Save those numbers as I know you will be ordering take-out from them – Delivery is FREE.

Some items just pop up that stick in my head and arouse my curiosity.  One sentence received recently is an example:  ”Holden, Ford and Toyota will cease all Australian manufacturing….no more Aussie built cars.”  That seems a bit sad to me.  Another item was a story on the King game company discussing the game “Candy Crush” and the ridiculous amount of money they are making on this game.  It caught my attention because I find it absolutely annoying to see so many people spending so much time on such a non-productive game.  Not just kids, but adults.  One other item, I listened to guest speaker Eric Schlosser, author of “Fast Food Nation” talk about the fast food industry and the meat packing industry in relation to his book.  I realize this was way back in 2006 and a film was made that I never saw but believe me, even before I saw this I had already figured that Big Macs were bad for my health.  I also knew that McDonalds bent over backwards to attract children, hence one cause of increased obesity in US children.  I wonder if I can find this book somewhere, by the way he bashed Republicans a bit too.  Probably deservedly so.

There are some things I never think about and one of them is the shirts we buy from the bars that have their websites printed on the shirts.  A visitor mentioned to me that when he went back to the US for a visit some parents were upset with him. Reason:  kids were accessing the website and seeing pictures of the scantily clad ladies.  A lot of kids were happy but not their mothers.   Of course the fathers sided with the Moms but then late at night, on their own happily perused the sites.

Hold-up suspect slain, another nabbed - ANGELES CITY – A suspected motorcycle-riding robbery hold-up gang member was killed in a gunfight with lawmen along Robinson Homes Road Barangay Pampang while his companion was collared by authorities over the weekend.  Police identified the slain suspect as Danilo Guerrero, 46, native of Bulacan and presently staying at Jackfruit Street, Aguso, Brgy. San Fransciso, Mabalacat City. Arrested was Salvador Orodio.  The suspects, police said, robbed at gunpoint a lady pedestrian at Brgy. Ninoy Aquino and fled on board an unlicensed motorcycle.

Ma. Luisa Exemane, 46, of Balagtas, Bulacan told authorities that she was on her way home when the suspects appeared from behind and at gunpoint took her bag with cash, valuables and different cards.  The commotion attracted the attention of patrolling cops and a hot pursuit ensued on the process.  Police said the victim, accompanied by lawmen, spotted the suspects accelerating towards Brgy. Pampang. The back rider opened fire when flagged down by the police prompting the authorities to fire back hitting one of the riders.  One of the suspects, police said, fell to the ground and died on the spot during the exchanges of gunfire. His companion accelerated but was intercepted along Friendship Highway Brgy. Anunas.

Police recovered a caliber .9mm pistol near the slain body of the suspect as well as the victim’s bag with its contents intact.  Orodio was brought to police station for further investigation.  Senior Supt. Eden Ugale, acting director of the Angeles City Police Office (ACPO), said the suspects are members of a motorcycle-riding group engaged in robbery hold-up in the city lately.  Recently, police busted a group of robbery hold-up gang believed responsible behind the raid at Boracay Massage Hotel. – Jess Malabanan.  SOURCE: Central Luzon Daily  (This is very good news.  At last one pair of these motorcycle riding thieves were caught.  Glad to hear one was shot and killed)

For so many years I have recommended that older folks who find themselves alone should visit the Philippines, particularly Angeles City where you can mingle in an environment where the people are not overly age conscious.  This young man of 84 took my advice and I happened to meet him as he was walking by the Midnight Rock.  He was in the company of a friend of mine, Kalbo Mike.  You will notice that Mr. Fred Shilley has a nice smile on his face which has been a constant during his trip.  Mike told me that he did have some overnight company hence the smile.  Fred is from Tacoma, Washington and has survived two marriages.  He is single now and darn happy about that.  He told me he was a “leg and butt” man.

HARD CORE HASHERS

I have not decided if these four fanatical Hash House Harriers are crazy or pioneers to be acclaimed as trail blazers.  From left to right are “Bloody Fairy”, “Pussy Licker”, “Single Malt” and “Mepol Golden Shower”, all Hash names.  Some names are self explanatory!
When this picture was taken they had just completed a 86.6 Kilometer hike from Barrio Barretto to my Hotel.  When they arrived, exhausted and smelling like goats each of them were quite proud of their accomplishment, rightfully so.  It was an overnight hike starting in the Barrio at 0500 hrs and walking over the Zambales Mountains completing 50K on the first day when they finally literally hit the ground to sleep without sleeping bags or cover.  Naturally, mother nature decided to rain a bit that night as well. Again up at 0500 hrs to continue their hike through Porac, Hacienda Dolores and finally the finish line at my Stable.  One of the lads is 60 years old, another at 40. This hike took 3 years of planning as the route they took had never been taken before.  They spent years searching through Google Earth to find a possible path. They made 20 actual visits to search physically for verification of what they saw on Google Earth.  After many hours of Google Earth searches they mapped out a route through the mountain.  One must realize that this was never done before.  They did one 42K recce to verify and to train.  When I asked them if they would do it again all four immediately said NO!  I hope they took many pictures and that the four will write a longer, more detailed story about their adventure.  I asked if they would now pass on the route they took and again the answer was no.  They said if someone else wants to do what they did let them do their own 3 years of research.  They might be collectively crazy but I feel they made a bit of history and their story should go further than this column.  Well done lads but somehow I think that your fellow Hashers, though proud of you, do not relish any of you being a rabbit.

TAPS

Dave Arnold, AKA “Boxer Dave” passed away at home last month.  His remains were cremated.  Dave had many friends here in Angeles City (AC), including me.  At one time he played on my dart team when he never tired of telling me how great he used to be at that game.  He still had the spark and we spent many hours teasing each other.  For a  short period of time he had a small bar in Barrio Barretto but then returned to AC.  He was from England and in his youth was a professional fighter and he never forgot the time of his life.  He told me that he also worked in a bar owned by the Cray brothers and I relished the stories he told of those days.  Dave loved his drink and of course his cigarettes.  Over the years I watched him age and for the last couple of years his body was catching up to the hard life he led in years past.  He became weaker and weaker but still fought to get out and see his mates.  One of his favorite haunts was the Hang-Out where he could enjoy the company of the many Expats who congregate there.  Many nights he would come to my Stable to order some food to take home.  He lived by himself.

Finally there came a time when I was told that he was quite ill and could not get out of the house.  Finally, the day came when I was told “Boxer Dave” had passed away.

The word spread like wild fire and his many friends in the “Booze Fighters” reacted quickly and took care of all the preparations needed for the removal of the body, cremation, notification of relatives and finally organizing a very well attended wake at the Sunset Estates Club House.  Dave would have been proud of the event and I was happy to see so many familiar faces.  At one time I asked a couple of the MC Club members where Dave’s ashes were.  They pointed to a pair of red boxing gloves hanging on the wall.  How very appropriate and Dave was no doubt laughing his ass off at that.  A day later, I wondered “what the hell did they do with the gloves after that?  I have yet to find out.  I wonder if he joined up with any of the Cray’s yet? The bell was slowly run for the 10 count, RIP champ!

                  

                 

                 

MARCH EVENTS 

1 Mar, Saturday, 10 AM to 10 PM – Big Thunder Bike Show.  All of Fields Ave will be closed to host this event.  It is a biggie.  The three lads shown here did a lot of hard
work on setting up this event.  Stephen, Greg and Tinio were the leaders of the pack and I sure did want to attend the event.  You will have participants from all over the Philippines and other countries as well.  Unfortunately I have to attend a Rotary training program over the weekend and will miss it. There will be 30 plus vendor tents, 2 bands and many bikes. I won’t be there but I sure hope a lot of the local expats will attend and the tourists in town as well.  Someone send me a few pictures, how about it Greg?

18 Mar, Tuesday, 7 PM – Howard McKay’s Trivia Night at the Blue Boar Inn’s Stable.  Test your knowledge, it is fun and challenging.

 


RON’S SUBIC REPORT

School will be out for some of the kids this month and others the first part of April. There are a lot of beach resorts from Subic Bay all the way to Iba, and that is a great way to take the family out for a few days. The resorts are reasonably priced. Check the internet for Zambales Beach Resorts and there are a lot listed with location, facilities, pictures and prices for you to make a choice.

Dart leagues and tournamentss are still going strong here in Subic Bay. There are dart leagues on Wednesdays and Fridays and also pick up tournaments with a small entry fee just about every day. The leagues and tournaments are held both in Barrio Barretto and Baloy Beach. Information regarding darts may be obtained at Johannson’s in Barretto or Johan’s on Baloy Beach.

When you are around Barretto, you are bound to notice the new construction of a hotel going on beside Mango’s Bar and soon to be a Chow King beside the new hotel. Also, across the street from Angie’s Bubbly Bones, a new 3 story apartment complex is being built that will include a new swimming pool and small shopping area. Completion dates on all new construction is not known, but they way they are working on them, it should be in the near future.

FLEET RESERVE ASSOCATION INFORMATION:

The Fleet Reserve Assocation (FRA), located in San Antonio (a 30 minute drive north of Barrio Barretto) will host the annual FRALIC’s on April 4, 5 and 6. April 4 is Kids Day with youth activities and also a Golf Tournament.. April 5 is the 8th annual Chili Cookoff from 10 a.m. on with judging and winner announcing in mid-afternoon. On the last day, April 6, there will be a dart tournament, volleyball and a beauty contest. During the 3 day event, there will also be food and cold beer/sodas available at very reasonable prices, and raffle drawings throughout the FRALIC’s. For any details or further information, contact Scott Simms by email at fra367@hotmail.com. Come on out and join the fun.
Hey Horse, let me add a couple of pictures from the Annual Barrio Beach Bash that was held last month.  It is always a lot of fun.  Great parade!

                

                

                

 

TOURISTS OF THE MONTH

I love this, Geoffrey and Geof, and they are friends, not brothers with both living in the same town.  Where is that you might ask?  Katerine NT, Australia.  Geoffrey Payne has been visiting the Philippines since 1972 then after being retired for 12 months has declared 2013 as his best year ever and looks forward to continued happiness for many more years.   He has a house in Panglao Island, Bohol.
Geof Hewitt told me he is having a well earned rest from Katherine, when he first said that to me I thought it was a woman instead of a town but by golly he quickly mentioned that he was married to warm, understanding 27 year old Rose from Estancia, a town recently destroyed by “Yolanda”.  Rose dropped everything and went there right after the storm.  Regretfully she became very sick and nearly died but medical help arrived in time and she is OK.  Geof is still working as a maintenance contractor and has been visiting the Philippines off and on for 30 years.  Both guys were staying at the Boomerang Hotel.  It was easy to visit my stable as the Boomerang is only a few streets away.  Its a darn nice medium sized hotel with a couple of decent Aussies running it.  I look forward to seeing Geof and Geoffrey again.  I bet you can guess why I did not identify who was who in the picture.  I ain’t gonna say because you know me well enough to know why.

EdPam thanks Koreans, but… 

ANGELES CITY – Thankful to Koreans for their investments here, Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan nonetheless appealed to them to end business rivalries that have led to violence among them, as well as misplaced nationalism in disregard of their host country.  “I had to ask them to refrain from displaying solely the South Korean flag in the section of Friendship Highway where they have established their own lair, as if they have claimed the area as territory of their country,” Pamuntuan said in his monthly briefing to local media Wednesday.  (How about adding English or Tagalog to their signs which all too often are only in Korean)

This city hosts about 2,000 South Koreans. Some have put up various establishments here such as hotels, restaurants, spas, night clubs, resorts, and even schools and churches, mostly in the area of Friendship Highway along the perimeter of Clark Freeport, a former US Air Force base.  Pamintuan said South Koreans have overtaken Americans as the top investors in his city which also hosts other nationalities either as tourists or expatriates. Pamintuan admitted several crimes that included murder with Koreans as victims and their compatriots as suspects.
“At one time, a Korean withdrew P10,000 from an ATM machine and immediately after withdrawal, he was shot in the foot and his withdrawal was stolen,” he recalled, noting that the suspect was also a Korean.  The mayor admitted the presence of rival groups of Koreans, even as he refused to refer to them as “mafi as.”  (Gee Mr. Mayor, if you do not have the cajones to call them “Mafia” then let me do so.  They are Mafia and there are a lot more examples of Korean crimes and murders than mentioned here.  Additionally I have been informed by a Korean resident that there are three different Korean Mafia families operating here.  Hence, turf wars and murders)

This, even as Pamintuan also appealed to Koreans not to pay local cops to provide them special security services. “I tell them it’s the duty of cops to protect everybody in their area regardless of nationality,” he stressed.  (That’s a joke – money talks, especially with the police)  Source:  Punto.

Hospital sued for ‘keeping’ patient with unpaid bills

Be aware of this article as it could happen to you when staying at a hospital in Angeles City.

By Gerome M. Dalipe, Tuesday, February 4, 2014

A CIVIL petition was filed in court yesterday accusing a private hospital in Cebu City of illegally detaining its patient for one month over unpaid bills of about P500,000. Petitioner Dessie Po, of Barangay Apas, Cebu City, filed the habeas corpus petition before the Regional Trial Court to compel Cebu Velez General Hospital Inc. to release her younger brother, Sherwin Go.  Named respondents were hospital officials Charife Elguerra, Dr. Carmen Velez, Edna Cala, Atty. Terrence Fernandez, Ma. Mona Velez, and Agnes, Dennis and James Louis Ting.

In a phone interview yesterday, Elguerra, the hospital’s billing section supervisor, said what they asked for from the patient’s family are just post-dated checks to at least guarantee payment for unpaid hospital bills.  Elquerra said the 42-year-old patient has been overstaying in the hospital since his doctors discharged him on Dec.8, 2013.  She denied berating the patient’s family members when they visited her office to discuss the supposed payment arrangement.  Sherwin was confined at Velez Hospital after he suffered a hypertensive attack last Oct. 27, 2013. He was diagnosed with hemorrhage, or blood clot, caused by a stroke.  He underwent craniectomy, a neurosurgical procedure that involves removing a portion of the skull to relieve pressure on the underlying brain.

In the first week of December 2013, the doctors informed Sherwin’s family members that he may be discharged from the hospital.  The patient’s family went to Elguerra’s office to arrange the discharge of the patient. But Elguerra allegedly told the patient’s family members that Sherwin cannot be discharged until he pays the balance on his hospital bill.  The patient’s family said they spent about P600,000 for Sherwin’s medicines, doctors’ fees, among other hospital expenses.  They said they sent a promissory note to Elguerra, but the latter told them that she would only accept cash, post-dated checks or land titles.
The Commission on Human Rights asked the hospital to release Sherwin on “humanitarian grounds.”

I WOULD IF I COULD

I attended the opening of the “Red” Club early last month or at least the unofficial dry run opening and one of the ladies designated as a hostess was dressed in a very attractive long red gown and while waiting for the action to get underway she took the time to talk to me and she gave the impression of being quite intelligent, genuine, and overall, a lady that I figured would be a great partner for some lucky guy.  Her name is Alei, 27 years old from Batangas.  She has a 5 year old daughter.  Alia attended college for 2 years taking an HRM course.  Of course some time in the future she would like to finish and get her degree.  She was very excited to talk about cooking and told me that was her favorite hobby, one that she would like to get more experience in.  Smart, good looking, nice figure and likes to cook – sounds like an ideal lady to me.  Her Email address is:  aleileviste319@yahoo.com.  OK, that leads me right into a few words on the RED Club.

THE RED CLUB

On Monday night, 3 Feb the “Red Bar” opened its doors to the public at 8 PM.  It was nice to see a new bar open in the face of the latest raids.  The name is appropriate as the interior decor is red and black and very nicely done.  The owners, yes, more than one are also connected with Q Bar and great guys one and all.  They are experienced in the Club business and I am pretty sure this venture will be quite successful.

I got there a bit early as Drummer (The Mgr) sent me a text telling to attend the 6 PM opening.  Upon arriving I found out that they were still sorting out everything and the opening would be closer to 8 PM.  I did not feel like walking anywhere else so sat my butt down and waited.  That was fun as I met the owners and some of the ladies and was able to chat with one and all.  Sure enough, around 8 PM customers started to arrive and before I knew it a big crowd was on hand.
Now, that is what was in my breaking news and I promised a few more words and some extra pictures.  It is located right next to Q bar.  Operating hours 6 PM to 3 AM.  Extra Words – The bar features 30 different whiskeys, 7 different Johnnie Walkers, 3 types of Champagne, wine from US, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and whichever other countries I forgot to write down.  The management team is the same as the Q Bar next door, Steve, Willie, Russell and of course Paul.  Operating hours 1800 to 0300 hrs.  By the way, the first official customers this opening night were Alan (Phuket, Thailand) and local lad Basil.  It was nice to see Paul Willis out and about as well as James, manager of the famous Lewis Grand Hotel.  All present agreed that the Red Bar is a nice addition to Fields Ave and no Koreans involved!

                

                

                

 

HOT AIR BALLOON FESTIVAL

The HOT AIR BALLOON FESTIVAL WILL FINALLY SOAR!  IT’S OFFICIAL!
The much-awaited Philippine International Balloon Festival 2014 will finally be held in Lubao, Pampanga on April 10 – 13, 2014 or some 33 kms. away from Clark International Airport.  This was the announcement made by Mr. Noel Castro, Jr., the chairman of the newly established corporation registered as Pilipinas International Balloon Festival, Inc. which will henceforth manage and operate this year’s ballooning event and future events as well.

Mr. Castro said that the annual festival has been moved to its new location in view of the air traffic situation in aviation – related activities at the Clark International Airport where some ten (10) international and domestic airlines now operate in Clark and flying in and out from various destinations around the world. It has been expressed to the committee that flying hot-air balloons at an altitude of 4,000 feet may inconvenience airlines especially if launched during peak hours, thus the decision to move out of the 25-km no-fly zone for balloons off Clark.

This year’s venue is situated in 250-ha. property in Brgy. Prado Siongco in Lubao where a world-class theme park is now under construction. It is now host to the largest wakeboard park in Southeast Asia coupled with some 57 international standard villas and soon a championship golf course.

Aside from the fly-in and fly-out events early in the morning and late afternoon, the pilots are expected to showcase their evening spectacle called night glow by pumping their tethered balloons with hot air to simulate a kaleidoscope of multi-colored incandescent bulbs. This will be launched on a Friday and Saturday only. Other special events would include wakeboarding, kite flying, parade of festivals, live bands, cultural presentations, cook fest, craft demonstration and car show.

Mr. Castro is the founding president of the Angeles City Four Wheelers Club, Inc., the same group that volunteered to serve as the so-called chase crew during the event since the start in 1994. The corporation is also membered by Mr. Steve Kim, a 30-year Korean veteran balloon pilot who has been participating in the same event since its beginning.  This time, the organizing committee is supported by the Culture, Arts and Tourism Office of Pampanga led by its provincial tourism officer Mr. Arwin Lingat who will be assisted by the provincial tourism council composed of tourism officers from all the towns in the province.

How to get there: From Clark, drive towards SCTex along Clark South, turn to Dinalupihan exit plaza, then make a left turn towards Lubao to find the venue right past the Lubao – Dinalupihan welcome arch. Travel time from Clark is only about 45 minutes. From Manila, take the NLex and exit San Fernando toll plaza, then drive left towards Jose Abad Santos Ave., (formerly Olongapo – Gapan Rd.) leading to Lubao. The site is close by the welcome arch on the right.

Spectators are advised to arrive at the site daily at 5:00 in the morning to catch the early morning fly out. Entrance tickets are pegged at P150 per person; parking fee for cars at P50 each and P100 for buses.  (So, the convenience of having this popular event at Clark is over after so many years. Personally I believe there was a bit more behind this change of venue then simply “inconvenience to airlines”.  But, I guess it was due to happen but not necessarily this year.  Getting to the new location will be more inconvenient for those in the Angeles City vicinity who were used to seeing the balloons arrive and depart not only on site but from other locations near Clark. I might be curious enough to drive out there and see how it compares to previous years)

PHILLIE’S LADIES

I do believe that Phillie’s Sports Grill has some of the loveliest, charming, friendly and smart ladies in Angeles working for them.  Their uniforms are very eye catching as well.  But, this does present a problem because they suffer a high turnover rate for waitresses.  Why is this?  Because, dog gone it, the men visit Phillie’s to drink, watch sports, eat and just chill out before a night on the town or shaking off a hangover from the previous night.  Then after a couple of visits they have picked out their favorite waitress and in no time love creeps in and after a bit of a courtship the ladies quit to marry or become engaged.  Believe me, this does happen a lot.  Of course, many of their employees are married with families but I do believe the single waitresses out number the family types.  So this month, I noticed two lovely waitresses that were recently hired, single and figured I would provide you with their Emails so you can be ahead of the game get to know them before you visit here or maybe even start an on-line romance.  I won’t give any details other than their names and Email addresses.
On the left is 18 Year old Camille from Balibago, AC.  Email address: camille_caridad@yahoo.com. Then you have 23 year old Christine from Mt.View, AC, both local gals.  Her Email address is curatochristine@rocketmail.com.

Now I have to introduce you to a very special lady.  This is Jennifer, 28 years old, a college graduate with accounting as her major.  She is employed at Phillie’s as an accountant and is a key employee.  She is absolutely extremely smart, a talented accountant and an overall very nice person.  She is also very single.  Naturally this is one lady that Phillie’s would not want to lose anytime too soon.  Prior to Phillie’s she worked in Singapore as a restaurant manager for four years. She likes to travel and has a passport.  Any man that wins the heart of this lady would consider himself a very lucky person.  She would not mind communicating with a man in the 35 to 50 year old age bracket.  Her Email is: jenniferbautista011986@yahoo.com.

VALENTINE’S AT THE MARQUIS

It used to be that the Marquis Hotel served up a great friday night buffet that my wife and I used to enjoy very much, along with some of our friends.  Sadly they stopped it over a year ago but the memory of it stayed with me.  When I saw that they were offering a Valentines Day buffet for only P350 each I jumped with joy and it made choosing where to eat on that night quite easy.  Needless to say it was a very delicious, wonderful offering and again, we were in the company of our best friends who used to join us for your buffets of past memories.  I was happy to see so many familiar faces there who had the same idea I had.  Terry and Verna were fantastic hosts and the Chef out did himself.  Not surprisingly I leaned that he was the chef of their original buffets.  I asked, no, I begged that they start the Friday night buffet again but, alas, I did not get a positive response.  I guess we will just have to wait for another special occasion.  I can’t figure out why I keep running to Danny and Victor all the time.

                

FIRE FIRE!

            

We had a bit of excitement in my neighborhood one early morning last month.  There was an enormous fire at the Vulcanizing shop located in front of the Grandview Tower and next to the 7-11 store on Perimeter Road.  I believe it started around 0300 hrs and it sure did grab the attention of a lot of people, even at that early time.  There were a hell of a lot of tires stored at the shop and they burned quite well with flames shooting up quite high causing a hell of a lot of smoke.  The car in front did explode which was a bit scary.  It took the arrival of a hell of a lot of fire trucks to finally put the fire out and fortunately, at no loss of life. The occupants of the tire shop managed to escape trough the back of the shop.  Needless to say there was a lot of smoke damage to the Grandview Tower and also the 7-11.  The last picture showing the flames was taken by a friend who passed there in the afternoon, long after the fire had been put out.  I guess they allowed ashes under the tires to smolder and they erupted in flame again but you can now see how the smoke rose to the top of the Grandview and this was just a small fire compared to the main one.  There are many theories as to how the fire started, the favorite one being arson.  The long time owner of the tire shop has refused to sell over the years despite many offers in the millions of pesos.  This resulted in the Grandview and 7-11 being built around him.  Naturally, to date no investigation results have come up which is normal.  The owner still indicates he will not sell. There are many who like to voice their ideas on why he should or should not sell.  Whatever happens, right now that area of the Grandview does not look all that grand.  Not to worry, am sure the new owner will get it all cleaned up, eventually.

ROCKIN WITH DAVE 

After visiting Porky’s I went next door to have a chat with Rockin Dave and I had the bonus of meeting his Italian friend who plays the up-right old fashioned base with Dave when he is in town.  Talking to him brought back memories as when I told him that when I was in the Air Force I had a chance to visit Rimini, Italy and he told me that he lived near there in a town called Forli.  Then I mentioned a trip I made up a mountain to the Republic of San Marino, the oldest surviving sovereign State and Constitutional Republic in the world.  It was fascinating and I never forgot it.  I found out that Lucky and Dave played together for 25 years as they traveled all over Europe.  Naturally, when in AC, which is 2 or 3 times a year he always plays on stage with Dave.  In fact, if you enter the Midnight Rock you will see his base hanging by the ceiling.  Lucky was so interesting to talk to, I liked the man and by golly, somehow, one evening I am going to get over to see him perform with Dave.  I wonder how many people really realize the depth of experience and talent that Dave shares with us when he is on stage.  Dave alone is so talented but add a touch of Lucky Luciano and, well, for the price of a couple of drinks you are watching pure talent.

 

I think I had too much to drink when I celebrated my 76th birthday last month.  My brain tells me I am still 35 but my damn body and doctor disagree with me.  Reality, at times, can be very disappointing.  Oh, I lied, I did not drink at all.  Was too busy and my boss told me not to get drunk.  She took me and the whole Balala Clan to dinner at the Cruise buffet restaurant, our third trip there.  Thanks for the great service Jeff.  Valentine’s day and my birthday in the same month.  I have to tell one and all how lucky I am to have such a great wife.  This is the woman you come here hoping to meet guys, I found one, take your time, be smart and you can too.  Vina, love ya baby!  By the way, this is one lady who is very kind  to horses, at least this one.

HTH POLITICAL RANTINGS READ NO FURTHER

                

I love political cartoons so I kind of save them for times like this when I have run out of time and words escape me but these three pictures say a lot by themselves.


 
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MIDNIGHT ROCK ROBBED BY FOUR ARMED MEN

Posted by admin on February 28, 2014 in Breaking News, Uncategorized

 

I just received this Email from Rockin Dave:

Harry, Midnight Rock was robbed this evening by 4 armed gun men. More details to
follow as and when.
Four armed Filipinos ran into Midnight Rock at 12.30am. Just after the
audience had left the bar following Rockin Dave’s show.
Fortunately, no one was killed. Rockin Dave and cashier held at gun point
on the office floor while the bar was ransacked.
Rockin Dave and security guard were both attacked and forced on the
ground after both being hit with pistols.
This is the second robbery in as many months.
I am writing this now with injuries to my face.

My personal feelings are that I didn’t do much to stop the attack, and
feel totally inadequate under the circumstances. I had never even seen a
gun in real life until I came to P.I., let alone had one held to my head.

I just tried to comfort the cashier whilst we both had guns held to our
heads.   I will give more details when I feel better and able to give this matter
my attention.

I was able to talk to a witness who was playing pool at the time of the robbery.  He just continued playing pool while the robbery was going on and the robbers ignored him.  He said that he stayed to comfort Dave after the perps left the premises and that around 60,000 pesos was stolen.  When the police finally showed up they entered the bar and pointed their guns at the witness thinking he was one of the thieves. Of course that was quickly corrected.  No doubt this was well planned as Dave always has a good Thursday night and at closing time the exterior is dark as all the other bars next to him have already closed.  

What a shame, first he is closed down by City Inspectors and went through a few tense days getting that sorted out, then a robbery and now a second robbery by gun totting Filipino dirtbags.  I am so glad he or anyone else was not killed or seriously wounded.  

 

 
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ATM FRAUD SUSPECT CAUGHT IN ANGELES CITY

Posted by admin on February 9, 2014 in Breaking News

InterAksyon.com

The online news portal of TV5 

ANGELES CITY – A man claiming to be Italian was caught red-handed while installing copying gadgets in an Automated Teller Machine (ATM) of Security Bank along McArthur Highway, Barangay Balibago Saturday, and police suspect he is part of an international syndicate engaged in ATM card fraud.

Suspect Roberto De Cecco, 62, had no passport when arrested, but claimed to be Italian, according to Chief Inspector Romeo Castro, Station 4 police chief of the Angeles City Police Office (ACPO).

He said De Cecco was initially held by Security Bank guards who became suspicious after the foreigner stayed unduly long in front of the ATM machine. When accosted, he hastily pulled out all electronic devices he had installed. He did not resist when the guards apprehended him.

Police identified two other suspects believed to have fled on board a black Hyundai Tucson (RMZ-123) as Gyorgy Sandor Varro and Marian Grama, both Romanian tourists.

The suspects with two other compatriots had been staying at La Belle Helene Townhouse  on Mount Makiling Street, Plaridel 1, Bgy. Malabanias, Angeles City and had paid six months advance rental, said Castro.  (They were living In Unit 4, Labelle Helene 2)

He said photocopies of the passports of Varro and Grama were attached in the house lease contract submitted by Leonides Cabico, the townhouse administrator.

Castro said a follow-up operation at the suspects’ residence lead to the discovery of other electronic gadgets believed used in their modus operandi. He said the residence had apparently been abandoned.

Seized from De Cecco were a piece of metal which serves as an improvised ATM access device, data-capturing device (also known as MAG Stripe reader for ATM card) and metal cover for CCTV camera with electronic chip, believed use to transmit data to a laptop computer.

Piecing together the group’s modus operandi, Castro said four other suspects were positioned inside the getaway vehicle, where they received data transmitted from the ATM device card reader. He said the group has also ready-made blank ATM machine where stolen data are stored. The clone card will be used to withdraw in other branches of the bank.

He said hot pursuit operations were launched against the suspects who fled, and the Bureau of Immigration is verifying the suspects’ status.

De Cecco was brought to City Prosecutors’ Office where criminal complaints were filed, ranging from violation of the Access Device Regulation Act, E-Commerce Law, and sabotage. He is detained at the Station 4 detention cell.  (Great work by the Security Bank Guards and the police of Station 4 led by Police Chief Inspector Castro.  I hope they get the rest of the gang) 

 

 

 

 
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NEW BAR (RED) OPENS ITS DOORS

Posted by admin on February 4, 2014 in Breaking News

On Monday night, 3 Feb the “Red Bar” opened its doors to the public at 8 PM.  It was nice to see a new bar open in the face of the latest raids.  The name is appropriate as the interior decor is red and black and very nicely done.  The owners, yes, more than one are also connected with Q Bar and great guys one and all.  They are experienced in the Club business and I am pretty sure this venture will be quite successful.

I got there a bit early as Drummer (The Mgr) sent me a text telling to attend the 6 PM opening.  Upon arriving I found out that they were still sorting out everything and the opening would be closer to 8 PM.  I did not feel like walking anywhere else so sat my butt down and waited.  That was fun as I met the owners and some of the ladies and was able to chat with one and all.  Sure enough, around 8 PM customers started to arrive and before I knew it a big crowd was on hand.

I will give more details and pictures in my Feb column.  I just wanted to get this announcement out so you can check this newest addition to Fields Ave.  It is located right next to Q bar.  Operating hours 6 PM to 3 AM.

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