K9 (Dog) Cemetery on Clark — Pending Eagle Scout Service Project
1. Howard McKay bringing his special brand of music to the Blue Boar Inn’s “Stable” on Friday, 28 Mar 2015, 7 PM.
2. UPDATES ON LUBAO HOT AIR BALLOON FESTIVAL, MARCH 26-29, 2015: Activities at the venue include balloon flights every 5:00 a.m., night glow every night @ 6:30 p.m. (depending on wind or weather situation), animal shows, water balloon fights, sky diving, fireworks display, giant lantern show, paintball, playhouse, concerts, motor paragliding, game booths, DOT tourist information counter cum parlor games (fund-raising for children with disabilities), food trucks, food and souvenir bazaar, and many more! Already 16 special shaped balloons have registered. Total of 43 – 45 balloons altogether.
RATES: Balloon ride with the pilot @ P10,000, entrance to balloon launch area @ P200 / person. Food and trade booths / stalls available at P15,000 per 3x3m good for four days for concessionaires. Entrance tickets @ P250 per adult (kids 3f ft. below free, seniors 20% discount) available at any SM City ticket outlets (cinema). Or buy your tickets in bulk at Oxford Hotel in Clark @ 10% discount for every 10 tickets sold.
BOOK NOW: Looking for hotel accommodation in Lubao or nearby areas? Just follow the link below:
Are you guys in the US tired of the snow? Are you dreaming of Florida. Why? The women there are nice old retirees. Come on over to the Philippines where the weather is perfect. The ocean is warm, the golf courses are busy, the swimming pools are beckoning and so are the lovely ladies. Book a ticket now, it won’t be too long before the rains come and you will miss out on this perfect weather. My best friend in Long Island, NY could not take it anymore, he packed up the family and headed for Florida. But that is only temporary relief, here it is permanent. Welcome to March dear readers. Howard McKay will be performing at the Stable on Friday, 28 Mar, 7 PM. Come on up for an evening of good music from this talented man. Come on over and see the changes in AC first hand. It is amazing. Readers keep asking me if it is safe. Yes it is! Perfectly safe, no, and neither is any large tourist related City, not even Las Vegas. Just remember, this is a third wall country with a very different culture from the US or other countries and use common sense while here and you will be OK. Hell, it is getting so much better that they are even arresting the police! See ya –
Breaking News - The foreigner who collapsed near Johnny’s Supermarket has been identified as Charles Alan Craig, 67 years old. He had been staying at the 950 Condotel. He arrived in country on 20 Feb. Initial information was posted in my Breaking News. It is suspected that he was attacked by the youth gangs that have been terrorizing Expats around the entertainment area. Be very careful when walking here. If you see a group of kids avoid them, cross the street, or when passing them be very observant. What they are doing now is hitting men across the back of their legs with a stick causing them to bend over and then bashing them in the back of the head. The police have done nothing about these youth gangs despite many reports about them.
Hi Harry, Thought I’d give a bit more info on the Air Asia Clark flight having used them in January. The flights from Clark are 4 times a week and go to KL. Coming from Melbourne you can book Clark/Melbourne but the flight will have a transit of a few hours in KL. Beware that on my last trip I could not get a boarding pass at the Air Asia transit desk in KL and had to clear immigration and obtain my boarding pass at the normal check in desk (total BS). So check in online and print your boarding pass. This may not be an issue if you have bought a ticket covering both sectors. When booking it pays to check what the price is for each sector as buying by sector is often cheaper than one ticket covering both flights. For my next trip in April I obtained Clark to KL for $40 and KL Melbourne for $175 compared to $360 had I booked Clark Melbourne. Cheers, David L. (Good tip for saving money)
Hi Harry,, My name is Frank I live in Los Angeles. I have been to Angeles City Three times and had a pretty good time being there. Am I to understand that there are Americans involved in helping to set up bar owners and helping the police in raiding bars and causing a lot of misery for the girls and bar owners??? If so why are Americans involved ..?.. Also Koreans,, Fucking gooks who have little or no respect for the Filipino people, hell they have no respect for anyone here in Los Angeles either. (I also complain about the Koreans but I think your terminology is a bit harsh) I have bar fined a number of girls from different bars in Angeles no problem. Maybe they can tell that i’m just a regular guy on vacation…?? Of course this makes me nervous as I am planning another trip to Manila and Angeles next year. I was planning on Subic but now that idiot murdered that poor trans girl i’m thinking Americans may not be to popular there.? That happened to a friend of mine and he just gave them some money and told her to leave, not that big of a deal..(sensible response) I really hope that idiot gets a nice long prison sentence to a Filipino hell hole prison…..(It seems it is heading that way) . Harry i’m kind of confused about Angeles City..Aren’t all the hotels and bars there to help the city and overall economy? I only see foreign guys in the hotels and bars, yet they get raided and disrupted….I truly believe the law should be strict about underage girls, there has to be a better way for the city and bars to verify the ages of the girls..If i’m in a bar that gets raided should I just stay seated and be ready to show my ID..?? (leave if you can, if not, yes, stay seated) Will they take me away or let me go..?? (Normally they will let you go) In Manila the mamasan just came right out with you want to bar fine it cost 3900p ….Also you are right about women being jealous of guys out here going to the Philippines..They seem to think I should stay here and date some old bag with a belly and a moustache, .And lot of people say guys who go to the Philippines are losers…I say they are winners..For some reason a lot of people have it in their minds that older guys are not supposed to have fun..Looking around at the old guys in Angeles most seemed to look pretty happy..Harry (They are!!) , I don’t waste any money here on dating any women. I save my money and get on a plane and head to the Philippines..Would Angeles City sink if there were no more bars…..?? (No, but tourism here would drop off a lot) Ok gotta go Frank E,, Redondo Beach California. (The Mayor understands the situation and even though he is being pressured to close the bars realizes at this time, it would hurt far too many businesses economically. No matter what happens the ladies will never leave AC. They will go underground and uncontrolled. They will use cell phones, skype, Face Book, Emails, twitter, instagram and whatever other medium is available. Where there is a will, there is a way)
Hey Harry, thanks again for your great site! I love Thi Hi!! Great Bar! I love how laid back it is, nice ladies there! I plan on making it my first bar to visit when I come back! Sorry I missed you when I was there. (Good choice of bar Chad! A lot of people overlook it because it is small and not filled with 200 dancers, that is a mistake. It is a nice neighborhood bar with a bit of a bite to it. You can even have a conversation with the girls or your mates without having to shout. See you there?)
Hi Harry, I read your fine newsletter each month, and it just gets better and better! Why Quit!?? Haha..I know you are getting a bit older, and perhaps you may desire to shorten the content, a bit…that shouldn’t be hard…Congratulations, again, on being Santa Clause last Christmas! It seems each year, you help, assist more and more needy folks! Wonderful! Thanks also, to Mrs. Horse! A great job…I know there will come a time that Las Vegas, will call….as i KNOW…you have family there, a nice, big VA Hospital, there…(you can still publish a monthly, shortened newsletter…from Vegas, Harry!)…Again, congrats on turning 77 (on the 25th)….and best of luck, on whatever you decide…to pursue, as you round 3rd base…and head for home! You are already…a Winner! God Bless, take care! (and I agree with your political ”rants”..99.8%..ha ha)….Keep giving em Hell! Danny Long, Florida…
(Damn Danny, I got all teared up on your words. Thanks so much and yes, maybe I can shorten up the writing a bit and have more fun with the column. Might lose a few readers but, the domain is still my baby. I really appreciate your message. Stay out of the sun there in Florida. I keep getting those darn skin cancers burned off my arms and back. Too much sun when younger is not always good.I asked my doctor why me? His response: ”you have New York skin”. Yeah, I have the accent too!)
Hi sir, im patricia lannon from angeles city philippines, I’am helping my sister Katherine shufflebottom help find her father mr. william or bill shufflebottom i have seen a picture of mr william in a 1989 angeles city hash harrier run on march. We are looking for him all over the inernet and for many years but cannot get any information. I am just wondering if you knew him sir? Birds of paradise was hash house harrier’s meeting spot. I do not know his hash name but what my mom lea rodriguez told me it is “kalbo”. Thank you for giving time to read my message sir. Hoping for you reply soon. Thank you. (If anyone knows where Bill is or what happened to him please let me know so I can pass the info on)
Hi Harry, Met you 3 years ago when i stayed at the stables, i was reading your monthly news and i saw someone was looking for me, Ralph Geronzi it was someone from your October newsletter his name was Doc from Karrahta. If you could please forward my email address to him. (Sorry, I can’t find Doc’s address so Doc, if you read this, drop me a line and I will send you Ralph’s Email address)
Subject: Buyer beware info for Baypointe Hospital - Yesterday a member came in and informed me of a situation at Baypointe Hospital all need to be aware of;
He was admitted for a procedure for which he has health care. He presented his LOA and was admitted. His assigned room was a semi-private. He wanted more privacy and requested private accommodations. They were available so he was placed as requested. He was notified the additional cost was 600 peso’s more per day, and signed an agreement to pay that as VA and Tricare only pay for semi-private. He had the procedure and checked out 2 days later. While paying his bill he thought to himself he must have been treated really well as the amount was a bit more than he expected, but he thought to himself, because he was well medicated during the period, he must have not realized the huge benefit he received in asking for a private room. He must have had meals prepared by either Emeril Legaspy or Chef Ramsey. They must have been 6 course. His bedding and furniture must have been been flown in from Malacayang palace, they must have installed fiber cable when he was asleep, and the 100 mbs internet connection and free laptop supplied surely were worth the cost. Also he obviously had a private nurse to care for all his needs, not to mention the personal physical therapist and world re-known doctors who cared for him.
Then he remembered, as the drugs wore off, all they did was remove one of the beds from the room. The food was the same as everybody else ate, and the bedding was the same ones both days. He also remembered part of the agreement he signed was he was advised that there was an increment increase in all hospital charges and professional fees from the room upgrade. That amounted to a 30% increase. Which was not a basic 1200 peso increase for the room but resulted in P17,000 additional fees. Why?
If the only change was one less bed in the room, good question, I’m sure somebody somewhere can answer that, but good luck! Please read everything before you sign, if you don’t, you have no one to blame but yourself! Be advised you’ve been advised. Buyer Beware. (I doubt that I will ever use this hospital because of its location and I suspect that those who might have to use it will be very careful in what they are signing. Some hospitals here will try to do anything they can to over charge patients, especially foreigners)
Harry, just thought you might like seeing this. Really quite sad and I’m sure if and when the authorities look into this they will blame a foreigner that can be heard in the background. http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=6d8_1423884719 Eric W.(Hard to believe that parents would allow such an activity. In the US these children would be taken away from their parents and charges brought against them. No wonder we have so many street kids here and those who are on drugs)
Hi Harry, I’m a part-time resident here. Last Thursday, I was sitting on my motorbike when Mama Annalisa from Fire Pit attacked and beat me. I suffered lacerations, contusions and a concussion. See attached photos. A mutual friend suggested I let you know. Do you want more details? Wayne W. (Naturally I did ask for more information as the photo that was attached was very disturbing. I did not print it out of respect for the identity of the victim. Believe me, it was not pretty, she did a bit of a bashing on him – in a later conversation with Wayne he indicated he wanted me to use the picture and his name)
My gf quit the bar to go back to her province. Mamasan stole her last week’s salary. I went to the bar and talked to the manager. He made her give it back. She lost face, as well as the 1000p. She attacked me in the bar with just pushing and shouting. My gr was living at mamasan’s house. I went to pick her up. I was on a public street. Mama came running out the house and attacked me with her fists and something in her hand. I got a concussion, too. After she hit me 4 or 5 times, I landed one punch in defense. Then her brother and sister pulled her off me. I never got off my bike. I never even stood up. I went to the hospital. Later, the police kidnapped me and held me for ransom. The phony charge was “attempted murder” on my part. Of course, it would never hold up in court, but I might spend 2 years in jail awaiting trial. So I paid them 20,000 and was released.
Another American (my next-door neighbor) barfined a friend of his live-in gf. After a nice dinner and a bm-bm she left, then claimed rape. They kidnapped him too. He paid more ransom than me. How’s that for a set-up? (Police here appear to still be in the set up racket. I have asked which police station was involved)
Wayne’s Answer: It was Station 4, just off of Fields. It’s a block east of Jollibee. Sgt (no nametag) played good cop, bad cop with me, poorly. I was interrogated for about 3 or 4 hours AFTER I asked for an attorney. Because of the concussion, I am a little fuzzy about some of the details, like names. About the concussion, they took me to the hospital for an examination, then denied me any treatment or prescribed medications.
My comment to Wayne: I am very familiar with Station 4 and their tactics. I do not understand why the hospital would not treat you. Actually, on a concussion people are told to wait and not go to sleep right away. They probably thought you had a mild concussion not needing any further help. Or, maybe you did not have any proof of being able to pay the bills.
His reply: I was taken to the public hospital (Ospital Ning Angeles) south of Hensonville, near the Pampanga market. The doctor ordered a CT scan for the concussion. They do not have the capability there. The police said they would not take me to another facility unless I paid for it. Of course, they had emptied my pockets at the station so I had no money on me nor my Tricare insurance card and military ID. The prescribed meds were for pain pills and antibiotics.
(Between Wayne, his friend plus one other case I heard about recently it seems that some police at Station four are enriching themselves. This type of activity has been going on for the many years I have been here and I suspect it will be on-going for many more years. Even now as policemen have been reported for extortion and placed in jail it still goes on. Foreigners are easy victims, it is a sad fact of life here. No one wants to go through a justice system in which you will linger in jail for years or months even if innocent of the charges. Not many will report the extortion to higher authorities for fear of physical harm or in the case of travelers, not wanting to miss a scheduled flight home. The bars and the girls are here and there is so much to do that is enjoyable but you have to be so careful in not putting yourself in a precarious situation that will lead you into the open arms of our friendly police officials. Remember, they are underpaid and overworked and their system of justice is far different then the country from which you came. Dear readers, never, ever, forget that)
Harry, Here’s a little story. One evening early, my friend and I went into the Midnight Rodeo and as it was only about 8.30, we were the only people there except for a few waitresses sitting at a table. There were about 15 empty tables when 6 Koreans came in and they went straight to the waitresses table and in an aggressive manner told the waitresses to get off that table as they wanted it. They then started shouting at the band to play only their songs. My friend was ready to go and punch the guy when I said no, we better leave. There must be other stories about Korean attitudes.
RE: Street Kids – Bunch of kids near Rosalinos. One of them has a stick and if you don’t give, he whacks you around the shin with it. It can be really sore if you are like me, old and skinny. Lennie B. (Lennie, this pisses me off to read your comments. Koreans are extremely rude and I do not know how you were able to stay calm. It must be your British class coming through. Personally, I feel the management should have said something to them. Regarding the kids, they are a nasty nuisance)
Hey Harry, I am a new boy to property ownership in Angeles after falling in love with my beautiful filipina fiance 3 years ago. I read ur column regularly on the advice of my good friend Paddy/Harry Hanson who got me over here in the first place but tragically died last November from a heart attack.
Just want to remind the other Australians who are whining about the time it is taking to upgrade Clarke airport and to build rail link to Manila that the land for Sydney’s second airport was purchased in the 80s at Badgerys creek and not a sod of dirt has been turned since. This in spite of every government since launching a new enquiry of some sort and spending hundreds of millions of dollars on spin !!.
Throw in 24 year old boys being arrested hours before a plan to cut some poor bastards head off in the name of Allah and nightly drive by shootings by assholes defending their empires built on this wicked drug ice, well lets just say, me like all the other xpats are here for a reason !!. Every morning when I look at a beautiful sexy young lady who treats me like royalty and whom I would trust ahead of a lot of the expats round here I feel I made the right move. Regards, Ted (Ted, I agree with you 100%. Nice way to go to sleep too)
Hello sir, Was wondering if you had any way to contact Mr. Bob Maupin of Osan, Korea? Would appreciate any help in trying to contact him. It pertains to golf on the Osan Air Base. Justin Garagan. (Justin some things are a bit too difficult for me to accomplish. The only thing I can do is print your request and hope that I have some readers in Osan that will contact Bob for you. Justin’s Email is: <firstname.lastname@example.org>)
harry I ask you to kindly keep keep my name out of this subject. But there’s a date website called dateinasia. And the police are using it to setup unsuspecting people like me. One girl on that site goes by the name Bella_yas 18 will tell you her sad story. She’s from Cebu. Her sister and brother-in-law. Are fighting and she just needs a place to stay. She will even say. I just need to eat can I just go eat your house? I will have to sleep on the street if I can’t go to your house. The girl is exceptional sexy cute and well kept. Her clothes alone spoke for herself. She was very well dressed. Well I ask do you have an ID? She said no, it’s at my house in dau. I said. No ID I can’t allow you to come to my house. She begged me and finally produced an ID. It had a picture of the mayor on one side and her picture on the other side in an official capacity on the other. On the back was her birthdate 1988. But she had a firm grip on it but I finally got a look at what she was trying to hide. Right in the middle was an official pnp stamp. She was a police woman and I’m sure 100% she was trying to set me up! I attached a photo of the girl beware to all who live here. Please don’t use my name. Have good day sir. (This is definitely a new approach to a set up and I have seen many of them. You sure did the right approach and probably saved yourself a big headache)
Every time a white man is beheaded or a Western installation is attacked retaliate. This is cruel and I will
draw criticism but here goes. Our military must start taking out a crowded mosque every time a bastardly low cowardly act is inflicted upon us.
Very soon the good Muslims would turn on the bad ones as their innocent loved ones (like ours) are killed. My step brother suggested this. He was a Gulf Air four pip pilot Captain and lived amongst them for 30 years. He says this is the only language they understand.
He branded them cowards and hypocrites. Hypocrites because the rich Arabs and their politicians throw wild orgies, import hordes of prostitutes to them, drink alcohol at their private parties….all of the things they deny others. He has told me. He has been to their parties. Now not many mosques would need to be taken out. Maybe only one. Maybe NONE, if they heed the warning. The message would soon get out as the good Muslims turn on the fanatics, Taliban and ISIS.
Could mean the end of terrorism. It is worth a try because nothing else has worked. First of all warn them what will happen when the next act of terrorism is perpetrated. I don’t like writing this but someone has to. For sure it would have been thought of before. By the way an appreciated, fantastic and informative column.
Oh:-And on meeting girls. Simple! 1. Find a girl with a job…anywhere. For a start that means she has commitment, is possibly educated and honest.
Look in Malls, Supermarkets, Department Stores, government offices-there are many lonely girls 2. Hand her a card with your fone number. Just ask her to text you if she would like to go to dinner one night. No strings attached. I met many many nice girls this way. I am married to one! Stay away from bars. The nice girls have jobs. Another tactic is to leave a message on a University notice board. Add you will ‘help with tuition fees’. You will be bombarded with dates and save a fortune on bar fines. Not only that but you will meet a woman with enough brains that you can hold a civil conversation with! There will be no raids, no crazy-priced Ladies Drinks, no hype. In all my years in The Peenz I spent very little time in bars-except when I took my women there that I met OUTSIDE the bar! Cheers, Paul Keating.
Hi Harry I am a long time visitor and reader of your monthly magazine in the Philippines. I think that you do a great job for us. I have not visited the Stable as yet but I wonder if you would give me a plug in your in your magazine. I have been a regular visitor to the PH. for some time now but the only negative for me is travelling on your own to the PH. I am setting up a small groups business in Australia for people like me who do not enjoy travelling on their own to the PH. Small groups have more fun. I would like to bring some more Aussies to the Stable and have a beer with you. Thanks, Harry please do not put my name on this email as yet as I am still working in Australia. 0411373607. (Done!)
Good morning Harry, I noted that in this February’s newsletter you mention Mrs Harry is coaxing you to hang up your boots and retire from production of your interesting monthly missive. I sincerely hope you can resist this temptation for a tad longer as the advice and guidance for both visitors and residents alike that you offer would be sorely missed. The no nonsense style and ‘warts ‘n all’ content in reviewing life here in the Philippines is refreshing in these politically correct days of smoke and mirrors. Many of your readers may be understandably hesitant to visit PI in view of the annoying foibles, petty crime and red tape ever present in Filipino life and sadly it does seem the ‘golden times’ of yesteryear are long gone.
Nevertheless if the French are suffering shoot outs in Paris, beheadings throughout the Middle East and even the Danes are having gunfights in Copenhagen… then too be honest, it seems there is an increasing global cancer to which our spineless politicians are failing to address. Consequently life here in the tropical Philippines looks far better… if you follow my drift. A smile/apology defuses most problems here (and sometimes a few pesos!) Try doing that with a Daesh nutter or a brain dead rapist ‘Sheik’ in a Sydney cafe! I know we have our problems in Mindanao, but that tend to be between locals and the odd dopy evangelist waltzing about the barrios with a wooden statue of the Madonna & Child!.
As a long time resident here married for many years to a lovely Filipina, may I suggest via your columns, that should one meet a partner in the Philippines with a view to some permanency then don’t be in too much of a hurry to suggest relocation back to the US, Europe, Oceania etc but try, if you are financially able, to relocate here. I’ve known a few colleagues caught in the first flush of romance go through all the promises of a better life abroad, and get stung. Of course, you can stay here and get stung, but it’s far easier to recover! Once you suggest you are giving up your job, will have little income, and will rely on the fruits of love… and your spouse’s family for support… you’ll soon find out how devoted your partner is! The other option of course is you can become a ‘foreign’ OFW and regularly return but that can be a bit risky too! No two couples will have the same experience but regardless, I would urge extreme caution, the world is becoming an increasingly dangerous place in more ways than one. Set against this backdrop however life in PI is not that bad and for me has certainly proven more relaxing than the rat-race (and climate) back in the UK.
Meanwhile Harry, if at all possible without inflaming the ‘missus’, keep up the good work! Dr John Dobson, Sucat, Paranaque City.
(John, one of the reasons for her concern is my physical limitations. I cannot walk far, go up steps easily and even curbs cause me a problem. For now, I cannot drive so my mobility is limited and when I walk I have to do so slowly and am always looking down as the sidewalks here are not level and have cracks and holes in them, especially that disaster of a walking street on fields ave, so easily, one like me can trip. Once I trip, I cannot get up on my own. Before, I could walk from one end of Fields Ave to the other plus the side streets. Naturally she is worried. You see, unlike the wife of “shy John” she cares for me even as I weaken. Every time I fall I end up damaging my hand, arm, back, head or whatever. I am old, 77 this month but my mind keeps telling me I am young enough to continue. My body disagrees but I will try to continue a bit longer. It is hard to give up something you love doing. Thanks for writing Doc, I appreciate it)
Harry, Keep the Receipt! This is worth reading if shopping at stores… They do not automatically hand you a receipt anymore if the sale is under $30. You must ask for it! CHECK YOUR RECEIPTS BEFORE LEAVING THE CHECK-OUT. An associate bought a heap of stuff the other day while on holidaying in Melbourne (over $450), & when he glanced at his receipt as the cashier was handing him the bags, he saw cash out of $20. He told her he didn’t request any cash and to delete it. She said he’d have to take the $20 because she couldn’t delete it. He told her to call a supervisor. Supervisor came and said he’d have to take it. He said NO Bloody way! Because taking the $20 would be a cash advance against his Credit Card and he wasn’t paying interest on a cash advance!!!!! If they couldn’t delete it then they would have to delete the whole order! So the supervisor had the cashier delete the whole order and re-scan everything! The second time he looked at the electronic pad before he pinned in his number and again cash-back of $20 popped up. At that point he told the cashier and she deleted it. The total then came out right The cashier said that the Electronic Pad must be defective. Obviously the cashier knew the electronic pad was defective because she NEVER offered him any cash after either of the transactions. Can you imagine how many people went through before him and by the end of her shift how much money she pocketed?
His wife went into a Coles Warehouse last week. She had her items rung up by the cashier. The cashier hurried her along and didn’t give her a receipt.. She asked the cashier for the receipt and the cashier seemed annoyed but gave it to her. She didn’t look at her receipt until later that night when back at their Hotel. The receipt showed that she had asked for $20 cash. SHE DID NOT ASK FOR ANY CASH, NOR WAS SHE GIVEN IT! So she called Coles who investigated but could not see that the cashier pocketed the money. They then spoke with a friend who works for one of the banks; they told them that this was a new scam that was bound to escalate. The cashier will key in that you asked for cash and then hand it to one of her friends when they next come through the check-out queue.
This is NOT limited to Coles; they are just one of the largest retailers to have the most incidents. I wonder how many “seniors” have been, or will be, “stung” by this one????? To make matters worse …. THIS SCAM CAN BE DONE ANYWHERE, AT ANY RETAIL OR WHOLESALE LOCATION!!! IT COULD HAPPEN ANYWHERE. CHECK YOUR RECEIPT BEFORE LEAVING THE CHECK-OUT…………CHECK YOUR RECEIPT!!!!! I’ve since seen people do just that!..SO NOW I’LL START! Sent by Jim Farrell. (Thanks Jim, I am one of those Senior Citizens who never looks at his receipts. I will start checking them now)
Warning – new tactic used to attack foreigners. A friend told me he was walking on Real Street, heading towards the Tequila Reef Restaurant when someone threw a bottle just in front of him where it broke. When he looked down someone hit him behind his head. As he went down he did not completely fall and was able to come back up and hit the person behind him. He noticed other people close by and after hitting the guy he ran away not wanting to take any further chances. This was in the afternoon and people were around but all the Expat heard was a lot of yelling and screaming. These isolated attacks are becoming all too often and the tactics used seem to become more and more innovative.
Subject: Buyer beware info for Baypointe Hospital (Sent as an advisory from the DAV, Chapter 3 Representative) - Yesterday a member came in and informed me of a situation at Baypointe Hospital all need to be aware of;
He was admitted for a procedure for which he has health care. He presented his LOA and was admitted. His assigned room was a semi-private. He wanted more privacy and requested private accommodations. They were available so he was placed as requested. He was notified the additional cost was 600 peso’s more per day, and signed an agreement to pay that as VA and Tricare only pay for semi-private. He had the procedure and checked out 2 days later. While paying his bill he thought to himself he must have been treated really well as the amount was a bit more than he expected, but he thought to himself, because he was well medicated during the period, he must have not realized the huge benefit he received in asking for a private room. He must have had meals prepared by either Emeril Legaspy or Chef Ramsey. They must have been 6 course. His bedding and furniture must have been flown in from Malacayang palace, they must have installed fiber cable when he was asleep, and the 100 mbs internet connection and free laptop supplied surely were worth the cost. Also he obviously had a private nurse to care for all his needs, not to mention the personal physical therapist and world re-known doctors who cared for him.
Then he remembered, as the drugs wore off, all they did was remove one of the beds from the room. The food was the same as everybody else ate, and the bedding was the same ones both days. He also remembered part of the agreement he signed was he was advised that there was an increment increase in all hospital charges and professional fees from the room upgrade. That amounted to a 30% increase. Which was not a basic 1200 peso increase for the room but resulted in P17,000 additional fees. Why?
If the only change was one less bed in the room, good question, I’m sure somebody somewhere can answer that, but good luck! Please read everything before you sign, if you don’t, you have no one to blame but yourself! Be advised you’ve been advised. Buyer Beware. (I never knew doctors work harder for private room patients than for those in shared rooms. I hope I never get put in a ward)
U.S. Embassy, Manila, Philippines
Message for U.S. Citizens: Preparing For the 2015 Tax Filing Season
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has provided guidance for U.S. citizens abroad preparing for the 2015 tax filing season. This IRS guidance is posted under Federal Benefits and Obligations on travel.state.gov.
The IRS has created the International Taxpayers webpage (http://www.irs.gov/individuals/International-Taxpayers) to help answer questions and provide the forms needed to navigate some of the complexities faced by American citizens and other taxpayers who live and work abroad. Other resources include information on the foreign earned income and foreign housing exclusions and foreign tax credit, along with instructions on how to catch up on filing tax returns.
If you are a taxpayer who lives outside the United States and have specific individual or business account questions, you may contact the International Taxpayer Service Call Center by phone or fax. The International Call Center is operational Monday through Friday, from 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. (Eastern Time):
Tel: (267) 941-1000 (not toll-free)
Fax: (267) 941-1055
International taxpayers with tax questions may also visit the “Help with Tax Questions” webpage. The IRS office formerly located at the US Embassy in Beijing closed last year.
JOKE TIME – Sent in by Dennis Bradbury - Prince Charles and the hooker
Prince Charles decided to take up walking every day. At the same street corner he passed a hooker standing there every day. He learned to brace himself as he approached her for what was almost certain to follow. ”One hundred and fifty pounds!” she’d shout. ”No! Five pounds!” He’d say from the side of his mouth, just to shut her up. This ritual between him and the hooker became a daily occurrence. She’d yell, “One hundred and fifty pounds!” He’d yell back, “Five pounds!”
One day, Camilla decided to accompany her husband. As the couple neared the hooker’s corner, Prince Charles realized she’d bark her £150 offer and Camilla would wonder what he’d really been doing on all his past outings. He figured he’d better have a good explanation for his wife. As they neared the hooker’s corner he became even more apprehensive than usual. Sure enough, there she stood. He tried to avoid eye contact as she watched the pair pass. Then, the hooker yelled: “See what you get for five pounds, you tight bastard!” (To appreciate this joke you would have to remember what Camilla looks like)
So it begins: Bruce Jenner never had an automobile accident until he became a woman!
CAMP OLIVAS, Pampanga — Two women were found dead in two rooms of Clarkview hotel located along Malabanias, Angeles City, on Friday. Senior Superintendent Eden Ugale, Angeles City police director, said the two victims were found in separate rooms of Clarkview by hotel attendants. Ugale said Senior Inspector Darwin Barbosa of Angeles City Police Station 4 proceeded to the area and found the victims lying on the floor with stab wounds in their necks. He said one of the victims was identified as Ely Rose Abalos, a student, while the other still unidentified. Ugale said one of the victims was naked when found by policemen. Police Station 4 operatives are on hunt against the suspect who was already identified but whose name could not be divulged pending his arrest, he said. A Scene of the Crime Operatives team is conducting an investigation if the victims were raped before they were killed. (Ric Sapnu) (This really stirred up the neighborhood on 13 Feb and it was very close to my home grounds. Usually there is never any follow-up news on these type of crimes and I certainly hope that no foreigner is involved. The suspicion is that it is strictly a Filipino incident. It was a terrible crime and hopefully this suspect will be caught soon)
UPDATE: Tuesday, February 17, 2015 = CAMP OLIVAS, Pampanga — Police arrested Monday the suspected killer of two women who were found dead in two rooms of Clarkview hotel located along Malabanias, Angeles City. Senior Superintendent Eden Ugale, Angeles City police director, said arrested was Blessed John Albano, 19, a native of Ramon, Isabela. Ugale said that after coordinating with Isabela Police, the suspect was arrested in his residence in Ramon town. The suspect did not resist when arrested by operatives of Angeles City and Isabela police. On Friday, Albano allegedly stabbed his alleged girlfriend Ely Rose Abalos during a heated argument. Seeing the incident, the still unidentified friend of Abalos tried to rescue her but was also stabbed by the suspect, Ugale said. The suspect, after killing the two, fled to his home province where he was arrested by policemen, he said. (Well, well, well – notice how quickly they can apprehend a killer of two Filipinas but can seldom find killers of expats. Shows you where their resolve lies. When it concerns Expats their motivation only shows when there is money to be made)
ANGELES CITY — Operatives from the regional police office and international anti-human trafficking representatives recently rescued two underage girls employed as sex workers in a bar along the red light district in Barangay Malabanias here.
Chief Supt. Ronald Santos, officer-in-charge of the Police Regional Office 3 in Camp Olivas, identified the raided establishment as the Nasty Duck Bar along Don Juico Avenue.
Police officers were accompanied by representatives from the Dept. of Social Welfare and Development, the US Homeland Security Investigation, and the International Justice Mission (IJM) during the entrapment and rescue operation. An undercover policeman and two confidential agents acted as customers and asked for two minor females for sex in exchange for “bar fine.”
After handing over the marked money to the “mamasans” and cashiers of the bar, the policemen entered the establishment and cornered its employees. They were brought to Camp Olivas while the two minor females were brought to Clark Freeport for interview and processing.
Extracted from the INQUIRER 10th February 2015. Being the fourth story written by hard hitting columnist Ramon Tulfo – View story online viz-
Makati Judge Winlove Dumayas convicted for homicide two of of the four men who stabbed to death US Marine Maj. George Anikow during a fight near the posh Bel-Air Village in Makati City. However, they were given suspended sentances. Any way one looks at it, Anikow was murdered. One: Four against one was a one sided fight and that’s superior force, an element of murder. Two: Security cameras show Anikow running away with the four giving chase. Three: The four were armed with knives while Anikow was unarmed. Was the judge a little slow on the uptake? Don’t want to think that money changed hands. (Something stinks here, I wonder what opinion my readers have on this one)
This is a great bit of info for US Americans wanting to renew their passports. Even though I have a few more months to go before I have to apply for renewal I already filled out and printed the form. I now know what other information I have to include. Thank you DAV for forwarding the info.
For more information or to begin the process of renewal, please visit the U.S. Embassy Manila’s Passport webpage or the Apply for a New Passport page on Travel.State.gov. When you are ready, follow this link to schedule an appointment.
There is a new hotel on Manila Bay named the “City of Dreams”. It is owned by Henry Sy and Australian Harry Packer. If anyone has visited it please send me some comments on it as I seldom get to Manila.
“Hollywood” Mark is out of jail on bail. He is laying low for a while.
The court appearance for Tim Kaufman is set for 18 Mar.
Valentine sweethearts – Lorna and Jomal. They are both long time employees at the Orchid Hotels. Lorna is at the Wild Orchid, Angeles and Jomal is at the Orchid Inn. Both are excellent employees and well liked by fellow workers and all customers who come in contact with them. They are ideal representatives for the meaning of Valentine’s Day.
Toga Party – It is wild, it is fun and some times absolutely crazy – it is a Toga party. The occasion was a going away party at the “Stable” which I had the pleasure of monitoring . I had never been to such an event before. I found that the gals and guys start out routinely enough but as the evening progresses and the liquor starts to take hold, well, the fun really becomes fun. This is a small group of great fun loving customers of
the Blue Boar Inn and a few other establishments around town. They eat, drink and play as a group and the wives, girlfriends fit right in. In fact real late in the evening I think the ladies were having more fun then the men. One lady in particular was the life of the party until the booze caught up with her. It was one big great, fun evening
MAXICARE INSURANCE - For those Expats living here who do not have any medical insurance I would like to suggest the availability of Maxicare (www.maxicare.com.ph). Expats can sign up for Phil Health which is very inexpensive and if you add Maxicare your stay in a hospital would be just about free. This is ideal for a wife or live in girl friend. I won’t go into all the details but I have dealt with agent Emmanuel P. Bernado who can be contacted and he can visit and provide all the details you need. His phone is 0932-858-4407 or 0927-779-3966, Email: email@example.com.
Ken Norman, 54 years old, passed away on 11 Feb. He was found lying on his lounge at his house. He is survived by his two children, 13 and 16. Ken was a long time resident of Angeles City and at one time was an employee of SEAIR. At this time he was not working as he had purchased some apartments and was able to live comfortably on the income they provided. The last time I spoke with him he was quite happy and enjoying life. His sudden demise was shocking to his many friends.
Award-winning editor, war correspondent, and best-selling author Arnaud de Borchgrave, hailed as one of the most noteworthy journalists of the modern era, died Sunday after an extended illness. A founding board member of Newsmax Media, he was 88. I came across this announcement recently and I was intrigued as I read his biography and the fascinating life he lead and his many accomplishments. The entire article was too long for me to duplicate here but I will just print a bit of an excerpt to show what a great wise person he was and I am saddened to see such a great patriot who was so proud to be an American leave us in these troubled times. I recommend you look up his name and be, as i was, enthralled with his story.
De Borchgrave continued writing columns through December. In his more recent commentaries he warned that there was “no possibility” of defeating ISIS without putting U.S. boots on the ground.
He also recommended a temporary alliance of convenience with Syrian strongman Bashar al-Assad, a tactic that the Obama administration has signaled of late it would like to adopt if it can do so without alienating America’s powerful Sunni allies Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Turkey.
In one November jeremiad, he warned America’s superpower status was being challenged.
“Global disarray coupled with the decline of superpower U.S. are flip sides of the same coin,” he wrote.
In his last column, the long-time war correspondent urged America’s leaders to stop getting sucked into conflicts in the Middle East, and turn their attention instead to restoring the standing of the U.S. middle class and repairing America’s crumbling infrastructure at home.
He would blame America’s debacle in Vietnam on “clever disinformation by the enemy turning an American victory into defeat.” (so very true) He also became critical of the ability of the political establishment and the mainstream media to scrutinize story lines and information they were ideologically inclined to believe. It was a theme he would explore again and again in the years ahead. (I wish I could have met this man personally.)
This was sent to me by Frank Devlin. I have no idea who “shy John” was but I can’t pass up this rather unique announcement about his passing:
Good Morning Gentlemen,
it is my sad duty to inform you that Shy John passed away at 0100 this morning. His caregiver called both Patrick and myself yesterday morning just after 0900 to tell us that he was in trouble. Patrick went to his house and found this to be true and brought in his wife. She attempted to get an ambulance but failed, so Pat called a high ranking official and procured one, post haste. The wife asked that he be taken to Sacred Heart Hospital and that was where our involvement ended.
Later in the day she transferred him to the ONA Government hospital because of costs and was told that there was nothing that they could do for him and they were going to send him home to die this morning. John, never one to fit into somebody else’s plans, forestalled them by passing away in the hospital before his release.
John is survived by two beautiful daughters in their twenties and his wife who did nothing for him in his declining years. Since I will be departing for Australia for a few weeks tomorrow, I will leave it up to Patrick to advise on the funeral arrangements. He was a good and very interesting man who lived a very full and interesting life. At one stage he was a member of the New Guinea Parliament. He would not have been bothered by his death as he had complained repeated over the last few years about his quality of life since he had been bed ridden. He was 86 years old. Rest in Peace at last mate. (it seems Frank and company at Garfields are becoming quite familiar with handling the remains of old customers who have passed on. I’m at that age when maybe I should start stopping by there for a drink once in a while)
As my email list of members is incomplete I am tagging this message on to a previous email by the secretary to all our members, hopefully this will allow all our members to get this message. As many of you know John Stuntz, known by many as “Shy John” as passed from a long term period of illness, due to his turbulent to say the least Marital status the services and the preparation of the remains has been in limbo for several days preventing myself from notifying anybody. This situation has changed, I have received a text message from his wife advising me that the final disposition of Johns remains are Cremation at La Pieta Funeral Parlor, McArthur Hwy, A.C. , Friday 27 Febuary at 8am. LaPieta is located between the Petron and Shell Stations on McArthur down towards the LTO office and Sacred Heart hospital, their phone number is 045-322-5451. Johns daughters will be in presence, the oldest one arriving from Okinowa Thurday hence the reason for the delay.
Johns wife Tess did send me a text thanking all of our members and Johns friends for all the help we have provided in the past to John, each member can take from this message on its own face value when one considers the events that have passed over the last year.
(Since I received all this information about “Shy John” I have come to realize that, for at least one year, during his illness to the time of his death his wife had little to do with his care. She kind of abandoned him. The folks at Garfields paid for his caretaker, made sure hie was fed and looked after him. Even the VFW provided meals for him. This is a sad story but also one of friends joining together to help another friend that a wife should have taken better care of. I applaud those Expats at Garfields who reached out to help as they have on so many other occasions)
Just received info that John Hammond, a retired US Navy CB died of cancer in CA military hospital 21 Feb am. He lived here about 8 months out of the year for the last 8 years and was on several of the towns pool teams. He went to Guam last week, they transferred him to Hawaii and they sent him to CA, Please mention this as he was pretty well known around town. nick name John Pinquine. Thanks Shelby Tague.
Hi Harry, I like reading your monthly news letters about Angeles City but, Ive never been there, only Manila and a few other places. I met a good friend of mine from Angeles City, Gary Heath, who spent 7 years there and made friends with the locals at Geckos Bar. Garry moved back to Australia and we shared many adventures together, but sad to say Gary lost his battle with cancer and died last week. His final hours were without pain or any worries.
Gary had too many friends for me to contact them, so I was hoping you could make some small room in your newsletter for his friends to remember him. Cheers, Garry OConnor from Australia.
I WOULD IF I COULD
This cute little gal at 4’11″ has a great personality and is the only girl in a family with four brothers. She is 22 years old and hails from Angeles City, She is currently unemployed but enjoys staying at home helping out her parents. She does not have any children and no boyfriend. She would love to travel and appears to like horses so I liked her right away. You can catch her on face book at firstname.lastname@example.org.
AMERICAN TRAVELS WITH 17 YEAR OLD GIRL – ARRESTED IN CEBU
51-year-old Robert Edward Neves, an American National arrested in the Philippines, will face trial for accompanying a 17-year-old minor he met on a dating site in February of 2014. Neves will be charged with violation of Republic Act #7160 – The Special Protection of Children Against Abuse, Exploitation and Discrimination Act. Neves is also being charged with Republic Act #9208 – the Anti Trafficking in Persons Act (also amended by Republic Act #10364 – The Expanded Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act). Bail has been set at 120,000 peso per offense (240k peso in all). Associate Prosecution Attorney Jennifer Karen Alo-Leyson resolved to elevate the cases in court after Neves opted not to file a counter-affidavit and undergo preliminary investigation.
The case began last February 2nd, 2014 when a member of the Cebu Port Police arrested Neves for being with a 17-year-old girl. Under the law, it is illegal for any persons to keep or have in their company a minor which is 12 years or under – or who is 10 years or more his junior in any public place, hotel, motel, bar, pension house, sauna, massage parlor, beach or any tourist resort or any similar place. Violators of such acts can face imprisonment and be fined no less than 50,000 peso.
The American national and the minor were at Pier 1 in Cebu City when they were questioned – the two were on their way to Bohol. The minor admitted to authorities that her and Neves were in fact in a relationship and that they had met in an online date site – eventually becoming lovers in late November after they met in person. The minor said Neves promised her parents he would take care of her and shoulder the expenses of her college education.
Under Section 4 (b) Republic Act #9208, a person is prohibited to “introduce or match for money, profit, or material, economic or other consideration.” The act further states that “any Filipino woman” should not also be matched “to a foreign national, for marriage for the purpose of acquiring, buying, offering, selling or trading her to engage in prostitution, pornography, sexual exploitation, forced labor, slavery, involuntary servitude or debt bondage.” (This is a heads up to all foreigners who visit the Philippines. This guy should have at least waited until she was 18 years of age. The girl being underage set off alarm bells and the age difference really was icing on the cake. What the hell was Neves thinking? I hope he did not think this girl was in love with him. I hope the jail in Cebu is more comfortable than the City Jail here)
A SPECIAL LADY
She is a very nice server of drinks at the Green Bottle Bar located on Perimeter Road, very close to the Blue Boar Inn. her name is Lailane, from Pangasanan, 34 years old. For older guys that is a perfect age for any man looking for that perfect gal. She has a 4 year old boy and is an excellent mother to him. She is no slouch in the education department having completed 2 years of computer science. She has worked for Elmer for a long time, one year at the Stargate and two years at the Green Bottle. She is strictly a waitress and interesting to talk to in between serving customers. She does not have Email but you can locate her on Face Book under the name Lailane Ontimara.
BRITISH NATIONAL ARRESTED AND EXTRADITED
The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) today said it will deport to the United Kingdom John Halliday, a convicted drug dealer who has been hiding in the Philippines.
NBI Director Virgilio L. Mendez said the deportation of the drug dealer, John Halliday, would be the first case under the new Extradition Treaty that was ratified by the Senate of the Philippines on March 14, 2014 between the governments of the Republic of the Philippines and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Island.
Mendez said Halliday is facing a ten (10) year imprisonment in the United Kingdom after his conviction on December 13, 2013 by the Crown Court at Leeds for various drug offenses. Mendez also said that representatives of the British police office from the West Yorkshire Police Department in the UK arrived in the country yesterday for the purpose of escorting Halliday back to the UK to serve his sentence.
On August 12, 2014, the NBI received from Department of Justice Secretary Leila M. De Lima a copy of the letter request dated 26 June 2014 from the Extradition Section, Judicial Co-operation, United Kingdom, with a copy of “Certification of Conviction” issued by the Crown Court at Leeds against Halliday.
Reliable information received by the NBI-International Operation Division-INTERPOL (IOD-INTERPOL) headed by Atty. Daniel D. Daganzo revealed that Halliday has been staying in the Philippines since September 2013 for the specific reason that by that time, the Philippines and the UK of Great Britain and Northern Ireland had no Extradition Treaty yet in force.
Through intelligence sources, it was also established by the IOD-INTERPOL that Halliday frequently visited the red light districts of Manila regularly staying in the hotels along Mabini St. of Malate, Manila and has a close association with an Englishman operating a fitness gym called Fitness Connection in Angeles, Pampanga that Halliday was using.
Based on verified information, SRA Jose S. Gabriel of the IOD-INTERPOL applied for and was granted by the Manila Regional Trial Court a provisional Warrant of Arrest against Halliday as a prelude for his extradition to the UK. On January 23, 2015, Halliday was arrested in Taguig City and was brought to the NBI main office. Today, police officers from the West Yorkshire Police Department are here to escort Halliday back to the UK.
One who will be very worried at the moment is Douglas Slade, currently out on bail in Angeles City on child sex charges in PH. Slade, who is in his 70′s, has been arrested several times before in the Philippines on pedophile charges but always managed to buy his way out of trouble.
He was notorious in the UK in the 1970′s for his membership of groups such as the Paedophile Action for Liberation (PAL), the South London Gay Liberation Front and the Paedophile Information Exchange (PIE) and left Britain to move to the Philippines in 1985. However, in the wake of the Jimmy Saville sex crimes revelations, there have been accusations leveled against Slade from his time living in the British city of Bristol in the 1970′s and 80′s. He is under investigation by Bristol CID as part of its Operation Bluestone inquiry into historical sex abuse cases after an alleged victim approached the London Daily Mail and the police.
Avon and Somerset police would only confirm they are aware of the allegations and told Balita Pinoy “…following your query I can confirm enquiries are ongoing.” They refused to elaborate further.
Now, a little history about Dougie provided by Balita Pinoy:
A Briton who has been living in Angeles since 1985 has been arrested and charged over child abuse charges. Douglas Michael Slade, 73, who has had previous sex abuse charges against Filipino boys dismissed before, was arrested by operatives of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI). The NBI discovered images of minors in provocative and nude poses on his computer when his house was raided and he was subsequently arrested.
This is not the first time Slade has come to the attention of the authorities over child abuse cases. He was originally arrested in 1995 in Angeles when several young boys complained about him abusing them. He was later arrested in 2006 at his Carmenville, Angeles home with some nude boys with him in his swimming pool. In both cases he was able to buy his way out of trouble
Slade moved to the Philippines from the UK in 1985. He had originally been the secretary of the Paedophile Action for Liberation (PAL) which had developed as a breakaway group from the South London Gay Liberation Front. This group was the subject of an expose by a British newspaper, the Sunday People, in 1975.
After the expose, the PAL merged with another notorious group, the Paedophile Information Exchange (PIE). This group then disintegrated in 1984 after several high profile arrests, but not before it had had tacit approval from and had become affiliated to the National Council for Civil Liberties (now known as Liberty).
Some previous reports have stated that Slade was a former officer in Britain’s Royal Navy, serving as a Lieutenant Commander on the Royal Yacht Britannia. Checks with the Royal Navy have ascertained that although a man of the same name and age served in the navy from 1963 to 1976, he was never a Lieutenant Commander and never served aboard the Britannia. In fact he served at HMS Pembroke, the shore establishment at Chatham in Kent. A spokeswoman for the Navy confirmed he was discharged in 1976, but would not release details of the discharge, and could not confirm if he was subject to a courts martial.
(I have known Doug Slade for years and have bought meat from his business “Home Base” and my wife still does, though he is never seen personally anymore at his place of business. He is smart but not so smart that he openly confesses to someone about having his lawyer offer the prosecutor money to drop her charges and also if that does not work, offer money to the family. Doug openly says that is the way things are done here. His conversation was secretly recorded and you can see it on “You Tube”. Just search “Douglas Slade”. I sincerely believe this man, based on his history, honestly believes that there is nothing wrong with going after underage children, preferably boys. He would like to see it legalized. He also believes nothing will happen to him here in the Philippines as long as he has enough money to pay off Prosecutors, judges and complainants. Go to Balitapinoy.net, a site that I think will never stop reporting on the actions of Douglas Slade)
Another Briton who is wanted by the police is Paul Longfield, a bodybuilder and former Mr Britain winner, who owns a gymnasium, the Fitness Connection, in Angeles City. (I wonder how many more notorious characters are connected with fitness connection?)
He is on the run from drugs charges in the British city of Derby dating back over 7 years, and like Halliday, he skipped. When the NBI were conducting surveillance on John Halliday they discovered his linkage to Longfield, who visited the gym in Angeles. A British paper, the Derby Telegraph, located Longfield last year and reported on the fact. At the time Derbyshire Police told them: ”We were unaware of the whereabouts of Paul Longfield, who is wanted for failing to appear at court to face drug-related charges. Once the Derby Telegraph shares the information they have, we will begin to make inquiries to trace him and bring him to justice.”
Yesterday, a spokeswoman for Derbyshire Police told Balita Pinoy: ”Paul Longfield was charged in 2007 with 14 drugs offences relating to possession with the intent to supply. He was due to attend court to answer the charges but failed to appear and a warrant for his arrest was issued. There have been cases where Derbyshire officers have worked with Interpol and other forces to arrange the extradition or deportation of people from other countries and we are reviewing the case into Mr Longfield.”
US EMBASSY OUTREACH VISIT
GREETINGS FROM THE USAF RAO, ANGELES CITY…U.S. EMBASSY OUTREACH HAS BEEN CONFIRMED FOR 12 MAR, 2015 AT AZZURRO HOTEL (FORMALLY BEST WESTERN MINT HOTEL) LOCATED ACROSS THE STREET FROM CASINO PILIPINO, BALIBAGO, ANGELES CITY… PLEASE NOTE THAT THE CITY DOES NOT ALLOW PARKING ON MCARTHUR HIGHWAY IN THAT AREA; THEREFORE, PARKING IS VERY LIMITED AND SHOULD PLAN ACCORDINGLY…
WHEN YOU ARRIVE AT THE U.S. EMBASSY OUTREACH, FORMS SHOULD BE COMPLETED AND HAVE ALL DOCUMENTATION REQUIRED… THIS INCLUDES HAVING PHOTO COPIES MADE OF ALL FORMS/DOCUMENTS THAT YOU WILL SUBMIT TO THE EMBASSY AND PAYMENT READY IN PESOS… THE KEY IS TO BE READY WHEN YOU SIGN-IN AT THE OUTREACH AND WAITING TIME WILL BE A LOT LESS FOR ALL… IF YOU DO NOT HAVE ALL FORMS/DOCUMENTATION READY WHEN YOUR NAME IS CALLED, DO NOT BE SURPRISED IF THE EMBASSY STAFF ADVISES TO COMPLETE YOUR REQUIREMENTS AND SIGN-IN AGAIN…
ANOTHER PROBLEM AT THE OUTREACH IS SIGN-IN PROCEDURES… WE HAVE PUBLISHED VIA OUR WEB, NEWSLETTERS AND RAO UPDATES NOT TO USE BLANK SIGN-IN SHEETS IF YOU GET TO THE OUTREACH EARLY… BLANK SIGN-IN SHEETS CANNOT BE USED BY THE EMBASSY… WE WILL HAVE PREPRINTED SIGN-IN SHEETS AVAILABLE AT LEAST 30 MINUTES PRIOR TO THE OUTREACH AND USUALLY A LOT EARLIER… AFTER SIGNING-IN, PROCEED TO THE FUNCTION HALL AND BE SEATED… IF YOU ARE HAVING PROBLEMS COMPLETING FORMS OR NEED HELP OBTAINING DOCUMENTATION, PLEASE COME TO OUR RAO OFFICE BEFORE THE OUTREACH… DO NOT GO TO THE OUTREACH WITH INCOMPLETE FORMS/DOCUMENTATION AND EXPECT THEM TO PROCESS YOUR REQUEST…HAVE A TEXAS DAY, JIM BOYD
FINALLY, POLICE EXTORTION RACKET EXPOSED
Central Luzon police director Chief Supt. Ronald Santos said he has initiated dismissal proceedings and filed a non-bailable case of robbery in band against two policemen who were caught red-handed extorting a huge amount from a Swiss tourist here last Jan. 27.
In a press briefing at the Widus Hotel and Casino in Clark Freeport, Santos said suspects PO3 Manachem Baking and PO2 Ricardo Cabrera Jr. of the Angeles police have remained behind bars after they were charged with “an airtight case” that would not allow them temporary freedom.
Santos said the police chief of this city vowed to build up an “airtight case” against two of his policemen who were caught blackmailing and extorting P500,000 from a Swedish tourist.
Baking and Cabrera were arrested by agents of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) in a sting operation as they received the second payment of P280,000 of the total P500,000 they demanded from tourist GoranSmedjer, 64, in Barangay Malabanias here. The two cops allegedly blackmailed Smedjer after the tourist invited two young women to his apartment in Malabanias earlier on Jan. 25. After a few minutes, an elderly woman, in the company of Baking and Cabrera, barged into his apartment and angrily claimed to be the mother of one of the young women.
It is not clear whether the young women were minors. The CIDG report said the two cops then demanded P500,000 from Smedjer in exchange for freedom from any charges that could be filed by the alleged mother. Smedger, however, sought the help at the CIDG who laid out a sting operation that led to the arrest of Baking and Cabrera who had an M16 rifle, a .9 MM and .45 pistols, a .22 revolver and , a bullet proof vest. Santos said he is now coordinating with the CIDG and the National Bureau of Investigation in identifying more “bad eggs” in the police force in his region, as he vowed to deal with them “with the full force of the law.” (This is a racket that has been going on for years. I have written about it quite often and even discussed it with various Commanders at Station four. Hundreds of Expats have been set up using this very successful method. Few foreigners report it as they are fearful. Maybe with these latest arrests more reports will surface and foreigners will be more willing to report to the police when they become a victim)
Girl’s body found at accused Australian paedophile’s former home in Philippines
Philippine police have found the remains of a 12-year-old girl at the former home of an Australian man who is already facing charges of rape and cybercrime. The body was discovered in a house once rented by Peter Gerald Scully, 51, in Surigao City in the country’s north. Scully’s former partner, a Philippine woman, reportedly told authorities he accidentally killed one of his victims in 2013.
The discovery came a few days after Scully was arrested and charged with sexually abusing young girls and uploading videos of sexual acts online. He was arrested at his rented house in Malaybalay City after a three-week police stakeout, local online news site Rappler reported
Authorities allege Scully lured girls to his house promising education and food and then forced them into sex, according to the reports.
Police said Scully had been under investigation for online pornographic activities after he was tracked by authorities in the Netherlands.
Scully, who has been living in the Philippines since 2011, was charged with human trafficking and child pornography last year but had evaded arrest. He is wanted in Cagayan de Oro over accusations he sexually abusing seven girls, including a one-year-old, police said, according to reports.
“He lures young girls into his house and gains their trust as he is broadcasting his activities on the internet,” chief investigator Angelito Magno said, according to Rappler. He added Scully “performs sexual acts according to his client’s instructions”. Philippine police believe the Australian is also facing charges in other countries related to child sexual abuse and fraud. (This is one sick puppy. I hope he rots in jail)
ROB’S GASTRO PUB RIBBON CUTTING
I was so pleased when Kevin Wakeley (Orchid Inn Group) called to invite me to the long awaited official opening of the newest Pub in town. Over the years there have been a few name changes for this Bar/Restaurant. Many will remember it as Shano’s, Cuba Cuba and the International. My impression is that the present name, owners, chef, managers, this time, will be around for a long time. I did not get a chance to look at the menu but if the food is as good as the buffet that was laid out, their food selections will please the palate of one and all. They have a top international chef on board who will offer a variety of menu items guaranteed to please the most picky of diners. The decor has not changed dramatically but the added pictures and other improvements have made this a most comfortable setting for dining and drinking. Happy horseshoes to owners Paw Bangsil and Wayne Bangsil, a dynamic brother act.
I arrived just after the ribbon cutting but the VIP’s were kind enough to pose for a picture even though they were anxious to sample the buffet. In picture one from left to right are Nicole Pamintuan standing next to her husband AC Counselor Edu Pamintual, Paw Bangsil, Wayne Bangsil, Kevin Wakeley, Clive Pollington, Harvey and Patrick Sibreg (Chief of Staff for Counselor Pamintuan). Standing next to the replica of a British Phone booth (brings back memories of my four years in England, (1958-1962) are Wayne and Kevin. What you might not notice in the picture is that the interior is actually the wine cabinet. Of course I could not resist posing with the lovely staff. One final note, most know how difficult the parking is in that area so you will be happy to know that they offer Valet Parking, or you can drive around the corner and park in the Wild Orchid parking lot and walk to the Pub. For me, Valet parking is my choice. When you visit, say hello to Wayne or Paw for me, they are very friendly and very excited about this new venture for them.
A little up-date on the walking street. Remember it was only a year or two when there was a big ambitious project to renovate the street on Fields Ave along the walking street. When finished it looked great for a few months then it began to deteriorate; lost color, was not level, and began to crumble. Whoever the contractor was he either pocketed some money or was completely incompetent. Now, there is a new contractor rebuilding a portion at the entrance to the walking street as a sample fix. (Pictures 1 and 2. I introduced myself to this new contractor. His name is Frederick Ponio owner of FredMark Builders, a local company that builds horizontally and vertically all types of buildings and roadways. His number is 0922 832 2813. I told him the reason I asked for this information is if he does a good reputable job then others might want to contract more work. If he does a lousy job like the previous contractor then we know who to blame and wonder if the City wasted their money again.
Picture #3 shows the tearing down of the CDC stalls opposite Phillie’s Sports Grill which extends all the way to McArthur Hi-way. What is the plan? No one knows exactly but many people have different theories. The one I hear is that they will be moved and rebuild further back. Once rebuilt those vendors who lost their stores will have first priority but this time can only lease one store each and the rent will increase from P7,500 a month to P10,000. Remember, this is all un-confirmed at this time. I also heard that the Checkpoint jeepney station will be moved.
The last three pictures show the lone hold out for the CDC stall removal action. It is the popular “We 4 U” bar that is a watering hole for expats. The day I took this picture the lads drinking there were a happy, fun group that included Philander Rodman and his friend as well as mine Leonard. Rodman is so happy to be back in country legally with no problems. Now I ran into the lady owner of We 4 U and she told me that they will not vacate the premises as she is taking the issue to court. I felt she was wasting her time but she was adamant and convinced that this particular bar will remain in place. She is a tough little gal so lets see what happens with this modern David and Goliath battle.
VALENTINE’S DAY DINNER
Even though I planned Valentine’s Day in advance I still nearly screwed up. I started early, I bought a dozen roses a week early as I was able to get them for a thousand pesos less then getting them on Valentine’s day.(Thank you Purple Essence Flower Shop) Now, I had a thousand to spare towards a nice Valentine’s day dinner. But I could not decide where to go so waited a bit long to make a reservation. It was too late for the Holiday Inn, and also the Marquis Hotel’s restaurant. So, on the big day I told Priscilla and now, this is where I was saved. She said lets call the America Hotel and make a reservation at their new Guanghau Chinese restaurant. We called, no problem and headed there at 6:30 PM. Shucks, I did not know the place was open but Priscilla saw the banner a few days earlier. Boy was I surprised. The place was absolutely perfect. The decor was red and black, the service was outstanding , and the buffet was absolutely wonderful. We sat there at our table thinking the same thing, thank goodness I kind of messed up as fate brought us to this restaurant. Now, here is the icing on the cake, it cost only P399 per person. Imagine this price on Valentine’s Day when everyone raises their prices. For the three of us (we took our son too) the total price was still less than the price of one person in some of the other places we could have eaten at.
We plan to go back because I do not know if they have a buffet all the time or that was a special occasion. I will check it out and have a look at their men but whatever, for sure we will be eating there again. Easy to get to for us, easy parking, no traffic and we want to enjoy the food and see the friendly staff again. My ass was saved and we had a wonderful, romantic Valentine’s day and my flowers did not die until after the big day.
PALMER;STAR SUITES (SUBIC BAY)
This a hotel that is easily overlooked by visitors to Subic who plan to stay overnight or even longer. Why? Because it is located just a short distance off the base. If you go out the gate next to the Mall, it is a few meters down the road on the left. It is a family run operation run by Dr. Robertt Palmer, his wife Madamn Marian, Phd. and their son. On board also as a consultant is Mr. Joey Moster, the dynamic manager for many years, of the Marlim Mansion Hotel. It is through Joey’s effort that this hotel is fast becoming a first class place to stay. It is a six story hotel which opened its doors on 22 July 2014 and very quickly it has become one of the finest, most modern hotels in Olongapo. They have 40 rooms and a conference room for 250 people on the second floor and a smaller room for 50. They offer weekly and monthly discounts and also corporate rates. Yes, they have Wi-Fi!l. As I wrote earlier, yes, it is a bit off the radar for the average traveler but when you are looking for a bargain when going to Subic or you can’t get aa room on Subic itself, remember this Hotel. For those who remember Joey and wonder where he can be found, visit him at the Palm Star, he would love to see you.
Hotel Email address: email@example.com. Tel: 222-0175/222-2885 Globe line: 047-3045245 Smart: 0929 501 5835 Globe: 0915 697 0711
Address: 335 Rizal Ave. corner of 3rd st. Tapanic, Olongapo City, Zambales 2200
Feb has come and gone and I survived to see another birthday. Have gone through 77 of them now and this time I had an old man’s celebration. It was quiet, normal, and enjoyed the day with the family and Priscilla taking me and our son to dinner at the Holiday Inn. No drinking, dancing or running the bars. The picture here says it all. Really, I just appreciated the day. It was so very nice.
I am hoping to continue greeting visitors from various countries who read this column. Oh, one other thing, I thank all those people who greeted me on Facebook and my Emails. I never had so many before. It really made my day. Well, as usual, it is late and it was a short month but I still made my deadline. I will now retire for the evening with memories of a great month. Remember now, be kind to horses.
HTH POLITICAL RANTS – STOP HERE
We now have Obama puppet Secty of State John Kerry telling us that we are safer than ever. What an idiotic statement. I guess he has joined Obama, Susan Rice, Joe Biden and so many others in the back of the White House with their heads in the sand.
Is the Government and Centrelink totally blind to what’s going on?
UNBELIEVABLE !! This was pulled off AUSTRALIA’s Today Tonight and never aired !This clip was made by Today Tonight, Channel 7 a while ago. Due to political correctness it was decided not to broadcast. However it’s been leaked out. Judge for yourself, and pass it on … to EVERYBODY ! How despicable is this ?? (I believe I saw this before but believe everyone should see it. Even though this is in Australia it applies to every country that is being swamped with an increasing Muslim population that wants to ignore the laws of the country they are living in.
I don’t understand why newscasters continue to wonder why Obama is not recognizing the Muslim threat or refusing to use the words “radical Islamists”. Some ask why is he soft on Muslims. Why doesn’t he help the countries willing to fight the Islamic Terroirists? Why does he go out to play golf the day after an American is beheaded by these animals? Guess!
We have seen beheadings and burning of humans. Read this and see what is yet co come. It is scary. These terrorists must be destroyed.
And on December 27th last year, Shoebat.com, a week prior to the actual execution, we reported that ideas on how to desecrate the pilot’s living body began to trickle to ISIS when it asked the Muslim public to suggest, based on Islamic law, the different horrific methods, not just of desecrating a dead, but a living body while still alive. Shoebat.com pre-warned about this (see below), that such methods are on the way, especially when it comes to the execution of the Jordanian pilot which we wrote about a week prior to the execution:
“If you think ISIS’s killing methods are bad wait till you see what one video in Arabic done by a Muslim lady dressed in a Hijab circulated to Muslims worldwide. The video was a complaint to Caliph al-Baghdadi of ISIS as “the call of Muslim mothers” arguing that such methods as “beheading” and “shooting” are just too humane and will not work to stop the U.S. led coalition air raids which she complained that this is persecution against her living in Syria. To eliminate the attacks she suggested that an Ottoman method of execution be used to detract pilots from joining the coalition against ISIS. She suggested to use the captured Jordanian pilot Moaz Kasasbeh and begged not to execute him mercifully by using a bullet or a knife, but begged them to reinstitute the Khazouk.”
Obviously, they opted for cage-burning. Believe us, we warned about Muslim cannibalism prior to when Muslim cannibals ate hearts and cooked heads, what will also be coming from ISIS, in the pipeline, is the Khazouk. Everyone in the Middle East knows three things told to them by their grand parents about the Ottoman Turks and what they spread throughout the Middle East: Sihr “sorcery,” Baksheesh “bribery”, and the Khazouk which is a spike driven through the victim’s rectum, which the Ottomans used to terrify locals and deter potential insurgents. And this is exactly what this lady wanted to reinstitute:
“Are you going to execute him with a merciful bullet? Or are you going to execute him with a merciful knife?” she asks. Khawiskou “impale him” she cries out “then send him to his mother” says the peace-loving Muslim lady. “Why are the Arab world fighting us. We are Muslim doing the will of Allah”. “I am pleading [ISIS] to honor my special request that you Khazouk him “impale him” and post it all over the social networks and the media”.
Executing someone and desecrating the body alive is not something that only existed in far history, it was a reality under the Turks until the Christians gave a crushing blow to the Ottoman beast after World War I when Khazouk executions were part of daily life. One TV series reminds how the Ottomans, in order to thwart dissidents used this horrific type of execution:
Such brutality has come to the world from an Islamic edict by Ibn Taymiyya, one of the highest authorities on Islamic jurisprudence, and will be emerging as we see neo-Ottomanism revive in which the world will become as we see in the movie Apocalypto with all the heart plucking cannibalism including burning and khazouking Christians and other victims. As we learned in school when I lived in Bethlehem of Judea, the Ottomans were creative when it came to all sorts of weirdities. At times they used the hot poker, a red hot metal rod that is inserted through the anus which the expert executioner is able to avoid puncturing the heart and the victim could live up to two days before he dies since the bleeding is minimized as the hot rod caterizes the wound. But as it seems, some are begging to revive the Khazouk in revenge against the U.S. led coalition pilots. But to this lady, the Khazouk is no fantasy, she is serious. The West does not understand such tradition as a Muslim woman making such an appeal. A Muslim woman’s appeal stems from In Ibn Athīr’s famous history book al-Kāmil, he mentions the story in our history of a King called al-Mu’tasim, who was from the Banū ‘Abbas. The event goes like this; A Muslim woman was captured by the Romans and imprisoned, so the Romans laughed at her. The leader of the Roman king sarcastically said, “You won’t ever leave this place until the muslim king himself removes you from these shackles.” The woman shouted “Wa Mu’tasima!” [Oh my grief, Mu’tasima!]. The Roman King laughed at her and said: “He will never come to save you unless he was riding “ablaq” a black and white horse. He said this in a way of mocking her and showing the impossibility of the situation. When al-Mu’tasim heard of the news, he gathered a whole army and made the entire army ride the “ablaq” horses and defeated the Romans (who in this case are viewed as the U.S. and Europeans) and himself entered the prison where the Muslim woman had been imprisoned. “Who are you?” she said.”I am al-Mu’tasim.” He freed her from her shackles, a sign of humiliation for the Romans. The Muslim mind stems from a pre-Christian dark history and desires to plunge the world to these times. And this became the issue that when a Muslim woman calls upon the Caliph for help he must comply. The Muslims always use this story al-Mu’tasim, a call of a Muslim woman’s appeal in Jihad must be honored and in this case, the hot poker, but as we see the winner was burning inside a cage. Islam is a cage, whether the individual selects such a religion, imprisons and burns others, burn themselves, or burn eternally in hell, Muslims need to make a choice and the choice needs to be made now: convert to Christianity and avoid eternal hell fire.
(I’ll tell you this. This scare the hell out of me because I realize that we have not see the extent to the evil they want to bring down on their enemies. These people are not civilized and I have seen that some of the horrors of history seem to be with us again. People, someone tell our President, Americans and all other countries to stop turning a blind eye to what we may see in the very near future)
Listen to this Muslim with his prediction for Belgium. Note that he says there is no such thing as a “Democratic Muslim”. This is what I have said many times, the so called “peaceful Muslims” will easily accept Sharia law without lifting a hand against it. All Christians and Jews in the United States must be ready to bear arms against these people. Do not meekly follow the example of the Jews during the reign of Hitler. Governments must limit the immigration of Muslims into countries with Democratic rule. No neighborhood community should be allowed to practice Sharia law. Why is no one paying attention?
If we could convince the Chinese that Jihadists’ testicles are an aphrodisiac, in 10 years they could be extinct … “
Here is an interesting article. Emperor Obama in his quest to control everything is now taking over the internet. My God, what more damage will he accomplish before he is finally out of office?
by Richard Fernandez
February 23rd, 2015 – 7:36 pm
The permissionless Internet, which allows anyone to introduce a website, app or device without government review, ends this week. On Thursday the three Democrats among the five commissioners on the Federal Communications Commission will vote to regulate the Internet under rules written for monopoly utilities.
No one, including the bullied FCC chairman, Tom Wheeler, thought the agency would go this far. The big politicization came when President Obama in November demanded that the supposedly independent FCC apply the agency’s most extreme regulation to the Internet. A recent page-one Wall Street Journal story headlined “Net Neutrality: How White House Thwarted FCC Chief” documented “an unusual, secretive effort inside the White House . . . acting as a parallel version of the FCC itself.”…
The more than 300 pages of new regulations are secret, but Mr. Wheeler says they will subject the Internet to the key provisions of Title II of the Communications Act of 1934, under which the FCC oversaw Ma Bell.
The specifics of the grab don’t matter as much as the direction in which things must inevitably move. Regulation is an absorbing state like the Hotel California. You can try to check out any time you like, but once inside you can never really leave. Three hundred pages of regulation will become 301 … 302 … A new administration might slow down the rate of growth, but it can never reverse it.
The very success of the Internet doomed its independence. Like any rich, glittering center of wealth that springs up in the desert sands, it would inevitably be coveted by nearby chieftains. And if there’s anything this administration — and to a lesser extent any administration — hankers after it is power. So a-raiding they will go. So here is prince Barack, at the tech city gates, demanding the keys. Not that he will know what to do with it after obtaining them. But possession of the bauble is in the first instance enough.
There is the notion, often reticiently expressed but frequently glimpsed in news stories, that the key to the future World Order is information. Lawfare, the use of sanctions — in fact every application of ”smart” policy — implicitly depends on information dominance. Information is the key to the Western elite’s power. It is probably the administration’s idea that possession of tech will open the gates to this new World Order.
The “other side” — whatever you want to call them since they cannot be referred to as the ‘enemy’ know this too. They understand or guess that the world is dividing into wired and unwired spaces. Their basic strategy is to base themselves and expand in the ungoverned – and coincidentally the unwired — spaces of the world where they operate in conventional ways; with armies, trucks and outlandishly uniformed men. But in the wired West, their strategy is totally different to suit the conditions.
There Lawfare is waiting to defend the West with surveillance. Homeland Defense doesn’t really rely on screeners at airports or border crossings who are there only to impress the rubes. The real defense of the realm depends on ever increasing amounts of domestic monitoring. The cracked encryption on your SIM; the data retained on your ISP, the real-time machine monitoring of conversations, the proposed sharing of data collected by Silicon Valley these are all bricks in the wall that keep the Jihadis out. They are also bricks in the invisible prison that surrounds you. But a brick is a brick and the information sharing the president proposes will naturally enough be put under Homeland Security rather than the NSA.
The “other side” understands this and therefore employs “lone wolf” tactics against the West for two reasons. First, singletons are difficult even for the wired world to detect; and second, they encourage the metastatic growth of more wires to prevent the next attack. The joint product of political correctness, lawfare, surveillance and lone wolves is to essentially create fascism and discontent in the West. The president’s response to the lone wolf problem will essentially be to watch everybody. In that way nobody is profiled. Everyone is suspected equally. This suits the every players’ book. The El-Shabab threatens to attack the malls and Jeh Johnson gets a billion dollars more. What’s not to like?
This happy cycle can go on indefinitely until eventually the the world is divided into two distinct spaces: a West completely crisscrossed by a “free and open” Internet and Internet of Things governed by a man called Hussein and 8th century badlands governed by other men called Hussein. Welcome to the 21st century. So are we doomed? Probably. But critically not in the way you might think and perhaps more importantly, not in the way president Obama thinks.
The actual effect of government control is to institutionalize incompetence. The more Obama controls, the more he destroys. Take Obamacare. Hardly a day goes by when we don’t read that 80 million records have been stolen by Chinese hackers from Obamacare provider Anthem; or that Obamacare itself is sharing information with third party providers. Only the other day the public learned that 800,000 wrong tax forms were mailed to Obamacare policy holders because they used the wrong year in the computation; that after 3 years the backend isn’t finished.
And in other news let’s not forget that Snowden stole the crown jewels from the NSA. In fact, Glenn Greenwald was on hand to collect the Oscar given by Hollywood to the documentary depicting the theft.
The administration’s proposal has been called Obamacare for the Internet. What Obama’s Internet grab will do is activate the Law of Unintended consequences. The princes may be attracted to the glittering city in the sands but they don’t know a thing about running it. Never having governed before, they haven’t learned that the wires can strangle them also. Once they lose information — and cover it up in the habitual way — the loss can have deadly consequences. To see how this can happen, let’s take a trip back in time to 1920 and the review destruction of the Cairo Gang.
The Cairo Gang was a special British intelligence unit dispatched to Ireland to finish the IRA. ” Its members lived in boarding houses and hotels across Dublin, where they lived unobtrusively while preparing a hit list of known republicans. However, the IRA Intelligence Department (IRAID) was one step ahead of them and was receiving information from numerous well-placed sources, including Lily Merin, who was the confidential code clerk for British Army Intelligence Centre in Parkgate Street, and Sergeant Jerry Mannix, stationed in Donnybrook. Mannix provided the IRAID with a list of names and addresses for all the members of the Cairo Gang”.
This is a simple example of what it means to lose information. The IRA got inside the wires. The IRA hunters were themselves killed on “morning of 21 November 1920 by the IRA in a planned series of simultaneous early-morning strikes engineered by Michael Collins”. Now imagine if you will, some enemy power getting inside the ramshackle empire of Homeland Security and getting a list of all the people who really matter in American defense and doing a Michael Collins. Or think about a monumental takedown of a powergrid, or the compromise of a vital SCADA system.
Many of the administration’s supporters don’t understand that they are making themselves, not just others, vulnerable. Once you put the wires in the hands of Barack Obama, what could go wrong? Ambassador Stevens must have trusted the administration. Where is Stevens now?
In some ways, leaving the Internet alone has the same advantages as leaving all the P-40s at Pearl Harbor in their original revetments. Readers will recall that as a security measure against sabotage, military authorities ordered all the P-40s in Hawaii taken out of their shelters and parked in the center of the runways in order to better guard them. That was how the Japanese found them on December 7, 1941.
Will the administration give you a “freer and more open Internet” than you have now? Or more to the point, will giving it over to the feds enhance security? We are in all probability doomed by this move. The difference is we know it. The administration has not yet figured out that in incompetent hands even the finest weapon can be turned around to face its hapless wielder.
Need an identity on this man. He fainted in Johnny’s Store a few days ago and taken to ONA Hospital. They will not treat him until there is an identity and I guess someone that will indicate funds are available for his treatment. A cold blooded system they have here. Somehow they came up with a name Charles, wonder how that came about.
UPDATE - He has been identified as Charles Gray or Grey, not sure which spelling. The American Embassy is taking care of the body and notification of relatives if they can find the necessary information. He is American.
HE HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED AS CHARLES ALAN CRAIG, AND HAD BEEN STAYING AT 950 CONDOTEL. HE ONLY ARRIVED IN COUNTRY ON 20 FEB.
IT IS SUSPECTED THAT THE GANG OF KIDS THAT HAVE BEEN TERRORIZING EXPATS IN TOWN MAY BE BEHIND THIS “MURDER”. THIS IS NOT CONFIRMED, ONLY SUSPECTED AS THERE ARE NO WITNESSES. THE SIDE OF HIS SKULL WAS COLLAPSED IN.
This is a step in the right direction but I had to smile when I read Supt. Ugale’s statement that “he had heard of blackmail schemes similar to what happened to the Swedish tourist last Tuesday.” Actually I laughed out loud as this exact scheme has been going on for many years here in AC. This is very rare for these rascals in uniform to be caught, why? Because the victims are too terrified to report the incident to higher authorities. It is a lucrative money maker for the cops.
Ugale admitted that both Baking and Cabrera were being monitored amid reports they had been involved in various illegal activities that included selling of seized illegal drugs and even seized motor vehicles.
The CIDG report said that the two cops negotiated with the tourist, saying no complaint would be filed by the alleged mother against him if he would pay P500,000.
Smedger, however, sought the help at the CIDG office where agents laid out plans for a sting operation against the suspects who were caught red handed with some P280,000 of the second payment handed them by the tourist in his apartment last Tuesday.
Ugale said there had been raw reports on wrongdoings involving Baking and Cabrera, but no official complaint had ever been filed against them because both witnesses and victims were probably intimidated. “Now that we have a complainant, I am urging other victims to come out so cases against them would be solid.
I vow protection for the complainants and witnesses,”Ugale said. Ugale said
“I have warned all police station commanders against such schemes and I told them that those involved would have to face the full force of the law,” he added. The CIDG agents found in the possession of the two cops an M16 rifle, a .9 MM and .45 pistols, a .22 revolver, a bullet proof vest and a Toyota Innova car.
This, even as Ugale noted significant decrease in criminal cases in Angeles City since some 3,700 cops were deployed in the city and at Clark Freeport for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit.
The Avenue at the Lewis Grand Hotel is offering up a great Valentine’s Dinner in a wonderful romantic setting. Book early as this is a very popular restaurant.
Hi, my name is Aiza and I would like to welcome you to Harry’s Feb 2015 newsletter. I am 19 years old, from Bulacan.
Greetings ladies and gentlemen. This charming lady works at the Hang-out on Perimeter Road not too far from my Stable. As soon as I spotted Aiza I had to stop and take her picture and introduce her to all my readers. I thought she had a lovely face. All I can tell you is that she is a HS Graduate and if you want to know more you will have to visit the Hang-Out. I figure if you are living in a cold climate right now her face will warm you up a bit.
February is a great time to visit the Philippines. It is the last month before heading into the hot months. It is so pleasant in the day time and cool enough at night for many romantic nights, especially since it is the love month with Valentine’s and flower prices tripling in price. With the APEC attendees still here for the first week of Feb security is at its best. Even off base as the hotels on base could not handle everyone the Penthouse, Lewis Grand and even the Grandview hotels got some of the run off and we finally get to see some decent security in Angeles City. With the Mayor going all out to beautify and clean up AC if wonder how long the effort will last after the APEC is finished and all the VIPs leave. Should be interesting.
I thank all those who stop by to visit me as it is always a pleasure to greet those who take the time to read my words here. This month I get a bit further along in my “Golden Years” and Mrs Horse is after me to either quit writing or at least reduce the hours I spend on it. She does not want me to croak in front of a computer screen. Maybe I can work on a different format where I do not have a end of month deadline. Remember now, book your flight, get on over here, enjoy all the special Valentine dinners that will be served up at many different restaurants in town. There are a lot of “Valentine” ladies waiting for you.
Once again, let me remind you that it is Valentine’s day on Feb 14th. If you have not met that special lady yet then for sure you need to be here on that special day as the many restaurants in town will be going full out to provide that special meal for you. This is the day you may want to get engaged or married as then the date will be easier for you to remember. Remember, true love keep you together, at least until the divorce or as they say here in the Philippines, the “Annulment”.
DUE TO THE CONTROVERSY OCCURRING IN THE FOOTBALL COMMUNITY AT THIS TIME, A NAME CHANGE SHOULD BE MADE. I THINK IT WOULD BE APPROPRIATE TO RENAME THE SUPER BOWL TO A NEW ONE. SO BE IT FROM NOW LETS CALL IT THE “LOW PRESSURE BOWL”. J J. (Picture submitted by my Son in Arizona)
Hi Harry, I would like to ask you to put a note in the next newsletter or monthly round up. Air Asia has flights from Clark to Australia one day a week only. Change planes in KL but the luggage can be checked right through. Passenger stays in transit lounge. I myself will be using it next month. I will let you know what its like. I’m sure if its not patronized they will SHUT IT OFF AGAIN then back to bloody Manila.
The plane seems to leave on Fridays and leaves the Gold Coast on Sundays, it must link up with Sydney and Melbourne flights in KL. as when you click on Clark on the web site THAT’S the only place that plane goes. We have to use it or lose it. I just booked the wife through in July A$463 CLARK TO COOLANGATTA all in. Even with jumping all over, going to Manila for flights, flying two different airlines, that’s a good price. NO SPECIAL’s on that flight for the wife. That’s the base rate, may be cheaper with promos. All the best. Bruce SBMA (I never heard of Coolangatta so did a google search: Coolangatta is the southernmost suburb of Gold Coast City, Queensland, Australia. It is named after the schooner Coolangatta which was wrecked there in 1846. At the 2011 Australian Census the suburb recorded a population of 5,193. Wikipedia. Saw some pictures and it sure looked like a nice place to take a vacation. Beautiful beaches. I agree with Bruce, lets hope this is not another Airline that starts something good at the Clark Airport and then cancels after a couple of months)
Harry, I’ve started raising plants for aquariums because local stores did not carry any. In my travels I ran into a new shop,about 90%complete, that blew my mind. It is Pet More located across from Hyper Mart in the old Macro location in Dau,Mabalacat. While they did not have plants or animals for sale they had all the high end accessories. If anyone would like to view nice aquariums or purchase equipment they have some fine displays set up. Any pet lover could find top line supplies in a new clean store with easy parking. Amazing to find such an upscale business starting and adding to the diversity of our area. After living here for over 20 years I need more than the bar scene to keep my interest. John Casey. (Thanks for the tip John)
Harry, I thought I’d request a segment in your next newsletter or in the near future anyway. There are quite a few chaps like myself who want to live in the Phils full time but unfortunately still need money to live, so we have to keep our day jobs and settle for 2 or 3 trips per year there. I was thinking perhaps if you would suggest some types of businesses people like myself might invest in that are stable money makers. I know business is never an easy thing to do or get started but with you being there you are aware of the needs and wants of the locals as well as the expats and perhaps have some ideas of what could be a good idea for startups or perhaps you need capital yourself for a business opportunity. This might then give those of us wanting to live there full time a means to do so if we have something to generate even a modest income. Anyway, just a suggestion. I look forward to reading your next newsletter. Take care! Josh. (Gosh, I can’t count the times I have been asked this question and my advice never changes. Continue your job until you have saved enough to have a monthly income and a tidy sum in the bank to allow you to live here. But, since you would be coming here 2 or 3 times a year, on each trip you would have time to talk to many people that are living here and look at different areas of business opportunities. But, it can be a maze of problems and that is what you must be prepared for)
Hi Harry, Sorry I missed you as I did not travel up your way as planned. My original plan was to stay at the your La Casa Hotel Inn with my son, however that fell thru when my son saw Fields Avenue and wanted to stay close to the action. I apologize for not getting back to you to cancel out. I hiked up there but you were out, so I left two bottles of hot sauce for you. I remembered before I left the states that you collected these so I tried to find some that were obscure so that you wouldn’t have duplicates. The Marine Corps hot sauce is to commemorate my first enlistment in the armed forces. I would subsequently enlist in the Navy to be a hard hat diver and stayed on for 22 years. The second bottle is in honor of the “Political Rant” section of your blog.
I used to make that Fields – Perimeter hike on numerous occasions when I came up from Subic to party. I had some great times up there, but I’ve got to tell you that other than the road lay out, there was very little recognizable from the old Angeles to now. The clubs I remember on McArthur HWY(Silver Dollar, Earthquake McGoon, Iron Horse and others) are all gone and although Fields was there then it seemed different. The bars near the gate are now gone and replaced by the Lewis Grand Hotel and an Iglesia Ni Cristo cathedral. I ended my hike at the Oasis Hotel which looked like the original I stayed at 35 years ago. Is the reason for the lack of original structures being left from the Clark AF Base days because of the eruption of Pinatubo? That is my theory. I could be full of beans, Hope to see you on my next visit. Bob Stout. (Yes, Most of the old bars are gone as are the buildings. Pinatubo, of course, contributed but the bar scene has changed a great deal as well. New owners, new policies, bigger and grander and no longer just bars but night clubs with hundreds of girls instead of just 10 or fifteen. You will have to write and tell me of your son’s impressions. Did he fall in love right away? I am sure he had a good time)
Dear Harry, For more than 10 years, I have read your informative newsletter. When I know first timers going to Angeles City, I have suggested that they read your advice. I also made a map of the Blue Boar Inn from Dau Bus Station. This was for the Americans, if they got questions or problems. Many years ago, I met you and you were friendly and informative. You have been spot on with your advice in person and in writing.
I know that there are so called rescue attempts at the bars. These guys don’t do any favors for the poor women. They work at the bars because it’s survival. These guys swoop in and make a splash, then disappear. Those guys are terrible.
In 1993, I worked with a church group , that DIDN’T preach to them or “rescue” them. We saw them in clubs and gave them reproductive health devices to protect against AIDS and HIV.
In the case of Arthur Benjamin, I am NOT a big supporter. I have seen the ABC News Nightline Video more than 6 times. I listened to his bragging to the foreigners. I listened to what he said to those undercover officials. It wasn’t pretty. What he said was at times gross.
I know that the Philippines Justice System is warped. As an American and long time Philippines Permanent Resident, I know the cards against foreigners in the so called Philippines Justice System. They are quick to nail one of us and slow to give us justice, like the George Anikow Case. In 1998, I know it personally that some influential Filipinos had my bona fide case ditched. They were embarrassed that an American could make a persuasive case. It would have been a loss of HIYA for these clowns.
As a 2 war (Gulf War 1991 and Iraq War 2003-2005) veteran, I am appreciative of your information for us. I will try to return to the VFW Post near you! Hopefully, you and your family had a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Very Respectfully, Matthew A. (Thank you Matthew. It is true that Benjamin does not have much support but I try to keep people updated on his status and will do so as long as he keeps me posted. It is a lesson to others and it also shows how slow the justice system here is and quite often, not very fair)
Hello Harry, For many years I’ve read and look forward to your monthly Newsletters, which provides a wealth of information on Angeles City and life in the Philippines. Thank you very much for all the time & effort you’ve put into sharing pertinent information to your readers new and old. Two important topics I’ll like to share with you and your readers. First check out the Philippine Bureau of Immigration (PBI) website. http://www.immigration.gov.ph/
PBI is on a “Campaign” advertised on their website and with large posters at their Regional offices that read: “Report illegal aliens and be a part of our campaign: GOOD GUYS IN BAD GUYS OUT. P2000 monetary incentive will be given to the informant upon successful apprehension of overstaying aliens.”
In my opinion this proves the PBI is as corrupt & greedy as the notorious Filipinos at the PNP, CIDG, NBI, BOC, BOP, etc., who want to make quick and easy money exploiting and extorting as much as possible from Foreigners. I’m certain the 2000 peso incentive reward paid to informants will be recouped by the PBI at least 10 fold with the penalties, fines, various fees, including the stupid “Express lane fee”, plus additional consideration fees PBI personnel will require the “BAD GUY” Foreigner to pay for “Overstaying”.
PBI labels an alien overstaying as a “BAD GUY” who must be targeted as you can clearly see on the BI website and poster that the letter “O” in the word “Out” in their campaign slogan “GOOD GUYS IN BAD GUYS OUT” the “O” is the shape of a Big target, which Foreigners are – Big Targets.
Every month foreigners must pay the PBI thousands of pesos to stay in the Philippines, in fact the PBI in 2013 generated its highest annual income in history since it’s creation in 1940, posting nearly 3 billion pesos in 2013. Foreigners be wary, keep everything legal and don’t give these greedy turds a reason to get any more of our hard earned money than absolutely necessary. Eric Z. (Eric, this one is easy. Do not let your visa expire. Too many visitors here forget to renew it or just ignore it and end up in trouble. There are plenty of locals who will turn someone in for P2,000)
“DEATH ABROAD” – I just came back, from A.C. Philippines , a situation arose which i like to share about a hospital in AC that does not practice international laws – no surprise there. After, the Billing Dept. had received 75% on their questionable bill $7,000 was received, “Death Abroad” was still not called (three days later) or a copy of the death cert. would not be given to me ( or a lawyer). A Miss Flor , told the lawyer, we will release the body, but No Death cert. (I call this a ransom hold). I told Miss Flor, i need to report to the Embassy, for proof of death abroad, which is a international law.. Miss Flor in the billing dept, quoted to me…”We do not practice international Laws.” (like, Filipino and China ships out in the sea, just throw up their hands and say, “we don’t practice that”, like that… I ask). Now the only way, a decease body can be pick up from a hospital, at that time, you have to have a death certificate.[ Not Even, Reporting } " Death Aboard" to the Embassy, After the fact…. After I had made, 5 phone calls, Respectable Positions and 4 days of traveling to talk to the only people , that may give me the S.O.P answers and to make this situation to move, forward ….The money for this hospital bill was raised out of the kindness of friends. I Know, That I can go straight into the courts in a Third world country and sign for the "Holding a Death Certificate" Over my head for Ransom, before they release the body for transfer in a natural way …. for what ever form they may have to complain…. Would only put me on their blacklist. And i understand that we all need to pay our own responsibilities. (This was a friend) Really not my responsibility to pay the hospital. (Is there a compliance book to follow in a private business)…maybe on reporting death abroad. In less than 24 hours….I Received a text from the hospital, and was ask to pay cash for any meds that were needed because they .....closed the billing account. .....so now they need cash,...(Tactics) - I had given them... $1,000 us (40,000p) that morning. They did this a few times, or stop giving meds, til you pay. And of coarse they will tell you they do not do this. (Im not much on liars).So, if you are receiving a gov. check….. then the Embassy will retrieve a body…… oh, if that is reported. And no burial on Clark base, for the last two years,…I Hope the other foreigners body in the same hospital morgue, was reported. (was told he had been there for a week) Jo Ann Keesey. (Jo Ann, I found your statement to be a bit difficult to read. I guess you are talking about an expat that died here in AC while in hospital and that he was a US veteran. You did not mention the hospital which would help if you did. The holding of a body until all bills are paid is common here but I do not know why they would hold back the death certificate. Yes, one must have some type of insurance or the cash to pay hospital bills and for medicine. I have mentioned this many times over the years and it is one of the draw backs one experiences when living here. It is a shame. Burials at Clark have commenced again. If you can provide a few more facts I can write up a better, factual warning) Note: Jo Ann responded but the only additional information she provided was that the hospital was Angeles University Foundation (AUF) Hospital. She also wrote that she would write more but failed to do so. Those of us living here know what it is like with the local hospitals and that insurance and/or cash counts to get anything done. I do not know the name of the deceased she was referring to but it appears that she really ended up having a hard time performing a very stressful mission to help that friend)
Hi Harry, I have been living in angeles now for 5 months and up to yesterday all was ok until 4pm Saturday, my fiancée and I was inside fresh options near johnnys supermarket and when we left and only walked 10 meters we were approached by at least 7 boys ages from 12 to 15 all had their hair tinted with a orangey /red colour. They were walking behind us and somehow a cap/hat landed on my shoulder I took it and dropped it on the so called footpath, seconds later the boys while we were walking surrounded us asking for money, we tried to keep walking but they were blocking our way and again the same cap landed on my head I took it and threw it away, the boys were persistant when I did not give money but we were surrounded by a pack of dogs/ them, 1 boy came close to me and as we were still walking I bumped him away I turned to all of them and told them to piss off, luckily there was a tricycle only 5 mtrs from us so we took that to escape. My friend who is well known here in Angeles told me that recently this same gang approached a Korean on perimeter road and the Korean punched one of the boys and then the boys called the authorities. The result was that the Korean had to pay P50,000, of that 10k went to the boys. This is not good, what chance do expats have when we don’t have a leg to stand on? its standard tactics, criminal, and unjust , something needs to be done. Brent H. (I have received many complaints about these young hoodlums who attack foreigners without any fear of being caught or punished. I have written to Barangay Capt Mamac about it and you will see one of his two answers to me later in the column)
Hi Harry been reading your column for last few years a good read and very informative to people wishing to visit there.i have been coming to AC for last 6 years met my wife in a bar there luckily she was new in the bar .not a seasoned veteran, have been happily married in Australia since, gave her a job with me .and she is very happy , we come back usually twice a year as her family resides there, just wanted to share something with any man wanting a flipina for a wife. you can find one in a bar .just make sure u do your research on her, take her away from the bar for few days . Take her to Subic , make sure she has not been married before if u intend on bringing her to your country as I know they have no divorce in Philippines only annulment and I know that can be a costly and time factor considered also. Could take years , luckily my girl never married before so her visa only took a few months. Another thing which I call “try before u buy” is if you’re able to is to first bring her on a tourist visa first, usually 3 month visa . Live with her to see how she likes being with you and see how you get along together away from her usual surroundings. if all is sweet, make your commitment with her on a fiancee visa ..that’s about it take care Harry . Regards Paul Jones ! Paul, you must be a Navy man using that last name as an alias. Clever.
Happy New Year! Harry, after 2 years I have just returned from my trip to PH. I was concerned after all the problems posted everywhere that things would be difficult. Not so, sadly my “girlfriend” finally had to come clean and after 5 years we are no more. I found that the bars have not changed at all. And I am once again in love with PH. Of course, I don’t live there and I don’t have to put up with their fiddling system. I am happy I returned as I don’t know of any better women on the planet today. Kelly P. (Kelly, oh well, for 5 years you had a good run. Now, be free and find another one, or two. I am sure there are equal women elsewhere but why bother looking. Did you see the Miss Universe PH contestant? I rest my case)
Good day to you Sir. I would like to introduce myself. I am Ganie Poras female, 24 years old 5’0 tall and a single mother. I am living in Surigao Island and I am a highschool graduate.
As I am searching and looking for a job I came across your website and read a bit about what you do, and I see that you have been helping women so I thought that I would email you that maybe you could help me or know anyone looking for a housemaid, waitress in a hotel bar & restaurant, hotel attendant, cleaners, etc.
I have experience as a housemaid and as a waitress in a small restaurant. I am a hard working woman and willing to work full time. I prefer 7 to 10 thousand a month or more with free accomodation, food and free fares from Surigao-manila or Am i asking to much? I hope that you could help me and hear from you. Thanks for your time. I will attach photos of myself. <firstname.lastname@example.org> (Good luck Ganie, this is the best I can do for you)
Just in case you had nothing to worry about – read this!
If your grandchildren are Brats without manners, You blame television.
If your friend is shot by a Deranged madman, You blame the gun manufacturer
I must have lived too long to Understand the world As it is anymore.
(Actually, blame me for not listening to my wife who wants me to quit and enjoy the years I have left. But this month, when I greet my 77th year I must say it would be hard to stop that which I love doing. But I must admit I can’t get out and walk the streets like I used to. I will be making changes)
A comment submitted by a local Expat, Dennis W. ”Hamburgers or Minimum Wage? For those fast food employees striking for $15 an hour, let’s do some math. At $15 an hour Johnny Fry-Boy would make $31,200 annually. An E1 (Private) in the military makes $18,378. An E5 (Sergeant) with 8 years of service only makes $35,067 annually.So you’re telling me, Sally McBurgerflipper, that you deserve as much as those kids getting shot at, deploying for months in hostile environments, and putting their collective asses on the line every day protecting your unskilled butt!?Here’s the deal, Baconator, you are working in a job designed for a kid in high school who is learning how to work and earning enough for gas, and hanging out with their equally goofy high school pals. If you have chosen this as your life long profession, you have failed. If you don’t want minimum wage, don’t have minimum skills. (I guess there are a lot of pros and cons on this subject)
What a waste of the Pope’s message. – January 25.
By and large, the Filipino public comported itself well during Pope Francis’ visit, enduring long hours of waiting behind barriers and exercising discipline in not breaching those barriers in the excitement of seeing him in the flesh.
Indeed, Filipinos gave the Pope the warmest welcome possible. The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority estimated the attendance at the Jan. 18 papal Mass in Rizal Park in Manila as at least six million, and the Vatican affirmed that it was the largest such gathering ever. It would not be unreasonable to claim that public discipline contributed much to the Pope’s successful visit to the Philippines.
But for one major thing: Those “disciplined” throngs also passionately left mountains of garbage. According to the MMDA, 138 metric tons of trash–or the equivalent of 23 truckloads–were collected from the cities of Manila and Pasay, including the routes taken by the Pope’s convoy during the four-day visit. It said 10 truckloads of trash were collected from Rizal Park alone after the Sunday Mass. The detritus included empty plastic water bottles, Styrofoam containers, barbecue sticks, candy wrappers–even discarded liturgical missalettes!
This is particularly discouraging considering how diligently the public and private sectors, as well as the Church, had called on the faithful to take to heart the theme of the Pope’s visit—“mercy and compassion,” not only for their fellow men but also for the planet Earth. Thousands of ecology volunteers had actually been deployed to make sure that the streets were litter-free before, during and after the Mass. This is a pope, after all, who has been outspoken in his advocacy for environment protection.
The EcoWaste Coalition’s Aileen Lucero deplored the mess left behind and said Rizal Park was “turned into an unsightly garden with trash strewn all over the area.” She expressed sadness “to see such a low regard for the environment at a Holy Mass officiated by Pope Francis, the ‘green pope,’ and participated in by millions of Filipinos led by President Aquino” who, ironically, had earlier “proclaimed the month of January as the first-ever ‘Zero Waste Month.’”
Think that’s bad? Manila City Hall’s Department of Public Service head Belle Borromeo said its workers collected a mind-boggling 1,133 tons of trash from the sites of papal events and the roads taken by the convoy. “We followed the usual protocol,” MMDA Metro Parkway Cleaning Group head Francis Martinez said. “As soon as the events were done, we sent dump trucks and sweepers to the area to begin the clearing operations.”
There’s an apparent cognitive dissonance between Filipinos’ religious devotion and the necessity of protecting the environment. Whenever Filipinos gather in large numbers to worship, mountains of trash appear, requiring an army of sweepers to clean up after them. In the week before the papal visit, 400 tons of rubbish were collected in the wake of the annual procession of the Black Nazarene in Quiapo. The EcoWaste Coalition’s Tin Vergara said she and her colleagues had hoped that the papal Mass in Rizal Park “would not be blighted by the garbage that we saw in the event [in Quiapo]. No such luck. The sweepers and garbage collectors cleaned the streets after the Black Nazarene parade, only to have to return and clean these again the week after.”
This is a crying shame. What would the pope of the environment, the same one who exhorts the faithful worldwide to be devoted stewards of God’s creation, say? There’s so much to work on in mass gatherings that purport to elevate the spirit. Surely one can display fervour and devotion and at the same time take responsibility for one’s litter. The question is so simple that it becomes a point of outrage: Why should one feel entitled to make a mess and then have others clean it up?
Current discussions involve how the Filipino faithful have been changed by Pope Francis’ visit. Have they become, or are they becoming, better Christians and better guardians of the planet? The silence deafens. From Philippine Inquirer. (I do not understand why this writer was concerned about the garbage or why it was there. I wonder if he has been to the cemeteries on All Saints Day when the people paying their respect to the dead forget about respecting the living, the people who have to clean up the garbage they leave behind? Doesn’t he see the dirty streets and sidewalks in various sections of Manila? Doesn’t he see the garbage dumped in empty lots and rivers? This is not something new. It is part of what they do here and in other countries. Where are garbage receptacles? They are not around because people will steal them. There is no discipline when it comes to garbage dumping. Why is it that one can go to Davao, Vigan and many other Provinces, Cities and see cleanliness? They have strong leaders and laws are enforced. The people have pride and respect for the environment. Far too many do not so it will not change any time too soon, just hire more sweepers and live with it – Maybe there should be a volunteer program where schools provide students assist to clean up after such big events so they will experience and learn for the future)
Hot Air balloon Festival at Clark 12 to 15 Feb.
A BRITISH WARNING
THE United Kingdom Foreign and Commonwealth Office updated its travel advisory to the Philippines because of its “high level of violent crime” and “high incidence of street crime and robbery” after a Briton was robbed and shot by a taxi driver and other criminal incidents.
“There’s a high level of violent crime, including gun crime. Although British nationals are not normally targeted, they have been caught up in some incidents,” the UK foreign office said the advisory posted on its website.
The latest incident happened before the arrival of Pope Francis last week and involved a 51-year-old British woman who was robbed in the taxi on her way from Burgos Street in Makati to Malate, Manila and was shot in the face when she resisted. “There is a high incidence of street crime and robbery,” the advisory said. “Only use taxis from a reputable company. Some taxi drivers and their accomplices have robbed and harmed passengers.” “Be particularly vigilant when traveling on public transport. Armed hold-ups have occurred on ‘jeepneys’ and buses. In some cases these have resulted in fatalities,” the advisory said.
The travel advisory also urged Britons to “avoid travel to remote areas and always leave travel plans with friends, colleagues or relatives” and scored the low safety standards on taxis, buses and boats, noting that there have been two bus crashes that caused multiple fatalities or injuries. “Avoid travel on ferries if possible. Ferries are often overloaded, lack necessary lifesaving equipment, are not adequately maintained and have incomplete passenger manifests,” the advisory said. It noted that “major accidents, which involved ferries, and resulted in large loss of life occurred in 2008 and 2009. Two large ferries sunk in 2013, the most recent off the coast of Cebu City in August 2013.”
The UK is the third nation to issue an adverse travel advisory on the Philippines, after China and Korea. China, with whom the Philippines has a simmering maritime dispute, has even called the Philippines “quasi-rogue” state that cannot guarantee of the safety of foreign nationals. In its English-language Global Times, Beijing criticized Philippines for “poor social governance, an anti-China sentiment and a Western-style democratic system where nationalism can foment wantonly make the Philippines a quasi-rogue state.”
But even without the color of international politics, the Philippine National Police admitted that 18 Chinese citizens so far died in separate incidents in the Philippines. Beijing said four died in accidents while the remaining 14 were killed in separate kidnapping and murder incidents. In the past, Chinese officials recorded an average six to seven deaths per year.
Even Korea, with which the country has very cordial relations, has expressed alarm at the increasing number of crimes against Koreans in the country. Last August, Korean Ambassador Kyuk Lee wrote the Philippine National Police to urge law enforcement agencies to curb criminality to encourage more Korean investments in the country. “The rising incidence of crimes committed against Koreas while in the Philippines either on vacation or on business is a trend that has alarmed the Embassy of the Republic of Korea,” Lee said. Lee said while Korean businessmen expressed desire to continue to pour in investments in the Philippines, “it is feared that if crimes against innocent Koreans persist, businessmen will avoid the Philippines and seek safer places for doing business.” Lee also stressed that specific measures should be adopted by the law enforcement agencies to prevent motor vehicles, taxi cabs in particular, from being used as means to commit crimes, or from being targeted for kidnapping or car theft by organized criminal syndicates. “Such preemptive actions would allay the anxiety of Koreans, who have been coming to the Philippines in greater numbers either as tourist or as investors,” he said.
SAFER IN ANGELES CITY (Until the APEC is over?)
ANGELES CITY — Local and foreign tourists will now be guaranteed of a safer visit to the city’s top tourist destinations as 40 policemen of the Angeles City Police Office (ACPO) will be doing double-duty of securing and promoting renowned tourist spots here. The ACPO has joined forces with the Department of Tourism Region 3 (DOT-3) in launching the first ever tourism police unit (TPU) in Central Luzon.
DOT-3 regional director Ronnie Tiotuico said the launching of the Angeles City tourism is part of the government’s project dubbed “Tourist-Oriented Police for Community Order and Protection” or TOPCOP program, which is based on a memorandum of agreement between the DOT and Philippine National Police (PNP).
Republic Act 9593 or the Tourism Act of 2009 stipulated the establishment of a tourism security force within the PNP “to assist in maintaining peace and order in areas with high tourism traffic.” The TOPCOP program provided continuing training the for city tourism police, including tourism awareness seminars, hosting seminars, cultural sensitivity seminar, emergency response and lifesaving, crisis management, community-based guiding, foreign language, and familiarization tours.
“This is a project of DOT all over the country, particularly in places or towns and cities where tourism is quite significant. We conduct training on becoming tourist friendly, even responding to emergency situations. Once passed, police attendees are given certificates of completion with uniform (blue T-shirt) for easy identification,” Tiotuico told Sun.Star Pampanga. He added that the tourist police were given special workshops and training to develop their cultural, interpersonal, and communication skills.
“Our seminars are coordinated with the PNP headquarters. The purpose is to ensure the safety and security of tourists, especially foreign,” he explained. He also described the inauguration of the TPU as a “milestone” in the history of Angeles City.
ACPO Director Eden Ugale, meanwhile, explained that the project will not only increase police visibility in the tourist areas but also enhance the security investigations and follow-up operations on crimes committed against tourists in the city. “This was actually necessary because of the massive influx of tourists in the city. As one of the centers of tourism in the region, the city is also very vulnerable to criminals who take advantage of the domestic and foreign tourists,” shared Ugale, who concurrently heads the tourism police.
Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan, Councilor Maricel Morales, and Tourism Officer Dr. Richard Daenos also attended the event to turn over the uniforms of the newly launched TPU. Pamintuan positively noted that the launching of the TPU is very timely given that the city “has become one of the top tourist destinations in the region and the country.”
Angeles City is famous for its historical landmarks and marvelous tourist attractions such the Holy Rosary Parish Church, Museo Ning Angeles, and Bayanihan Park.
(I guess many people have forgotten the Tourist Police that was started by the Angeles City Tourism Association (ACTA) that started with a few Few Filipino’ s but over a few years grew into a very effective force. In fact the running of it was transferred to the PNP. This is when we had a bicycle patrol, vehicles and even had CCTV cameras stalled in a number of locations on Fields Ave with the monitoring system in the ACTA office on Fields Ave. It stopped when funds were no longer available and the ACTA was disbanded. For a number of years I have brought up to various police officials here that there has been a PNP Tourist Police office in Barrio Barretto and suggested we have a copy of it here. Now, all of a sudden, finally, we have a TOPCAT program. Wonderful but what took so long? I guess we had to wait until a number of foreigners were killed, youth gangs ganging up on individual foreigners to rob and beat them, motorcycle riding robbers and killers. Before, the excuse was lack of budget but now it looks like this new program will be budgeted properly. Lets see how it works, especially after the conclusion of the APEC and the Delegates depart – I have to mention that none of the Tourist Police organizations I mentioned were trained by the Dept of Tourism (DOT)
this a first and should be a big positive)
TOURIST OF THE MONTH
Meet future resident of AC, Steve Hughes, 42 years old, recently retired from the US Army. He is from a small city in Missouri named Flurissant, which borders on the recently famous city of Ferguson, Mo. Steve met his special lady through the internet and after a reasonable amount time getting to know each other they have decided to get engaged. They are currently working on a fiance visa and when the dust settles Steve will return to AC to live here permanently. His special lady is 21 years old and has a good job on Clark. When I met Steve at my stable he was researching the ins and outs of living here and learning what to expect. He was also looking for a place to rent in which his fiance would feel comfortable and safe while he was back in the US continuing to complete the paperwork for his fiance to join him. He was a fine gentleman to talk to and I hope all goes well with his marriage plans and that one day in the near future he will be living here and we can continue our conversations and a new friendship will come about. He has a lot to learn about the Philippines and the culture and he is going about his research in the right way. Good luck Steve.
10 Jan 2015 – Angeles second highest in HIV cases
ANGELES CITY — Angeles City ranks second in terms of the increase in the number of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) infection diagnoses, said the AIDS-Free Philippines (AFP) based on the recent study of Human Life International.
AFP national director and Human Life International president Dr. Rene Josef Bullecer revealed that the number of people infected with HIV/AIDS in the Philippines grew at an average of 87 percent from 2008 to November 2014 (I find this hard to believe. If it is so then I suspect that it would be attributable to the local gentlemen taking out untested ladies)
LEWIS GRAND MENU LAUNCHING
This is the first time I have seen or at least attended such an event. It was announced that the Lewis Grand’s Avenue bar and restaurant was introducing a new menu created by Chef Oliver Dizon and Jonard who is the overall manager of the Food and Beverage department. The actual idea for the event was Alvin, one of the owners of the Lewis Grand. My invitation to attend came from the hard working General Manager “James”. The event was held on the evening of 23 January. The event was scheduled to start at 6 PM and the wife and I arrived at 6:45 PM, not knowing what to expect. We were led to a table near the bar and told that the appetizers were available at a nearby display that featured the largest selection of appetizers available at one time that I had ever seen. There were three layers of delectable choices and they were going fast. I thought of writing down the names of each one but there were too many. Not know what to expect later in the evening we sampled quite of few of the offerings but, fortunately we did not go back for seconds. Wine, beer and local drinks were available as well as a delicious lemonade type drink. On the table next to each plate was a list of 14 items from the new menu. I had a scoring from 1 to 5 for each item. It finally dawned on me that we were going to sample each item and affix a score. This procedure did not start until everyone had consumed most of the appetizers. General Manager James joined us later in the evening shortly after the sampling had started. Each item was served one at a time and each item was freshly cooked. The teamwork was absolutely fantastic with the kitchen staff and the waitresses working in a continuous flow cooking, serving, removing plates, keeping the drinks flowing and supervisors keeping a close eye on everything. It was amazing, very impressive.
I now fully realized what was happening. I did not expect so much food. Yes, each item was a small offering but enough to allow one to get the flavor of each sample. If you only had 3 or 4 items one, after the appetizers would already feel a bit full. Imagine 10 more to go. There were many who gave up as the evening progressed. I was nearly one of them as I was full and it was late into the evening. When my wife and I finally consumed sampling #14 at 11 PM we were stuffed and happy to put our forks down. To our shock, a few minutes later we were served 4 deserts that were obscenely delicious. They were so damn good but we could only take a few bites of each one. The cake finished me off. It was one hell of a feast and I was introduced to food I had never eaten before. I will take the time to list them here:
1. Pepper crusted Ahi tuna salad, 2. Spice-rubbed shrimp salad, 3. Jerk chicken salad, 4. Spicy Ahi tuna Bruschetta, 5. Cold cuts and cheese platter, 6. Beer-steamed mussels, 7. Baked Brie, 8. Steak Panzanella skewers, 9. Oyster Ceviche, 10. Baked Oyster, 11. Blue Cheese Oyster, 12. Crispy Salmon, 13. Pan seared Lapu-Lapu and finally, 14. Beef Wellington.
The only item I did not like at all was the Blue Cheese Oyster but that is only because I do not like Blue Cheese. Cheese lovers would like it a lot. I have never been exposed to this type of cooking before. All I can tell you is that the blending of flavors and presentation was fantastic. We departed at 11:30 PM so stuffed we could hardly move and I skipped breakfast and lunch the next day. I think this type of introduction to a new menu is a first for Angeles City and definitely a first for me. Chef Oliver prepares his food using fresh items from the various markets that he personally shops for. His dedication and professionalism creates food that will bring thousands of diners to the lewis Grand’s Avenue Restaurant, just in time for the APEC delegates.
For a bit more information about how the food is prepared I suggest you check out this you Tube Video.
I WOULD IF I COULD
Now here is a young lady that is cute, energetic, personable and a good age of 30 years old. She is working at my favorite watering hole, the Thi-Hi, where Senior Citizens are welcome along with the young whipper snappers. They even have oxygen in the back for emergencies. It ain’t fancy but everyone is so nice you just want to keep going back. Hey, the music is not too loud either. But, I am supposed to be telling you about Anita. Yeah, she has a 5 year old boy and of course the father went on to greener fields, probably looking for an 18 year old gal in the Province. That sure is a common enough story. Heck, that might be a good break for Anita. She might meet that special guy who will bring a lot of happiness into her life. Dreaming is good and by golly, a lot of these gals do find that dream come true. She told me she would love to travel abroad and cook for her special man. She did finish high school and that is good enough for most people. She does have a Facebook account email@example.com. I might have messed that up because I still do not understand face book that much. Anyway, give it a try, if it doesn’t work just go on by the Thi-Hi and say hello. If Anita isn’t there, well, you know what to do.
CLARK FREEPORT — Clark International Airport (CRK) officials have recorded a decrease in the number passengers using the airport in 2013 and 2014 following the pull out of two airlines from the airport. In 2012, the Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) stated that the passenger volume reached 1.3 million. But in 2013, the same year when The Emirates Airline and Philippines AirAsia suspended their operations in Clark, the number of passengers plying the airport was pegged at only 1.2 million. Last year, the volume of passengers declined to only 877,757, it was learned.
Businessman Ruperto Cruz, head of the Pinoy Gumising Ka Movement (PGKM), blamed the government for the pull out of the two airlines. He said this supported the suspicion of the Kapampangans and the people of Central Luzon that there is an alleged conspiracy between the taipans in Manila and government officials to prevent the full development of Clark airport. Cruz said the decrease in the number of passengers at the Clark airport has greatly affected business in surrounding communities in Angeles City and Mabalacat City. He said that the occupancy rate of hotels in Angeles City decreased by more than 50 percent. He also urged local government officials to take a stand on the issue and compel the national leaders to fully develop CRK as a premier international gateway. Many hotels will “close shop” if this trend on Clark passengers volume continues, according to Cruz.
Cruz earlier urged the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) to scrap the plan to construct a new international airport at Sangley Point in Cavite province. He said that instead of construction a new airport, the DOTC should develop the existing airports in Clark and Lipa City in Batangas province. ”Instead of spending P460 billion for a new airport, the DOTC should develop Clark and Lipa to save billions of tax payers’ money,” Cruz said.
(This is the reason no one is sure what the hell is going on with the Clark International Airport (CIA)! There were recent articles in the newspapers about building an Airport in Cavite to ease the load in NAIA. Whether this happens or not is irrelevant at this stage, what is serious is it causes so many investors in the local area to lose confidence in the build up of the CIA. The Philippine Government is not doing anything to make a decisive decision on the CIA. One day you read of a super terminal going to be built at the CIA and then you read of Sangley Point. One day you read of a train line being built from Manila to AC and then nothing. The CIA people can’t even keep an Airline flying from Clark to Bangkok anymore. Roberto Cruz is so very RIGHT!)
MT. CARMEL HOSPITAL CLARK
The official name is Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Medical Center Clark Branch. It is located on Ninoy Aquino Avenue, Clark Special Economic Zone, Clarkfield, Pampanga. It is not to be mixed up with the Medical City Hospital due to open in the Global City Complex. I heard about this hospital from an Expat who was treated there and he thought it was terrific.
When I visited I had access to the building in which only 5 rooms were available for patients and each one was occupied. The rates for the rooms were from P1,000 to P1,500 pesos a day. This was a one story building that will soon be used for the hospital administrative offices. If you look at the picture you will see that a new multi-floor extension is being constructed. This is exciting and something to look forward to. Actually, this whole hospital is a branch of the main Mt. Carmel hospital in San Fernando. The extension, when completed, will have 80 to 100 rooms and will be a full service hospital. Guess what, they will have one whole floor devoted to a Wellness Center and Physical Therapy. This is something I will be looking forward to. A ambulance service will be available as well.
There is one sad note for American veterans using the Tri-Care Demo program, this hospital will NOT accept Tri-Care at all. When talking to the Arlene, the OIC of nursing services she told me that the reason is that the doctors are not being paid. Just like Sacred Heart who dropped out of the program for the same reason. Regardless, it is wonderful to see such a fine medical facility being added to this area. It will be a big benefit to so many people.
PEMBERTON MURDER CASE: IT’S MURDER!
Not too long ago this article in the Philippine Daily Inquirer would have been front page news but now, on 29 July, it was on page 16 in the “Across the Nation” section:
The Department of Justice (DOJ) yesterday upheld the decision of the Olongapo City Prosecutor’s Office that found probable cause to indict American Marine Pfc. Joseph Scott Pemberton for the murder of transgender woman Jeffrey “Jennifer” Laude.
“After a judicious scrutiny of the evidence on record, we find no reason to alter, modify or reverse the resolution of the city prosecutor of Olongapo,” the DOJ said in a 12-page resolution signed by Justice Undersecretary Jose Vicente Salazar denying the petition for review filed by Pemberton.
The DOJ supported the panel of prosecutors’ findings that all the elements of murder existed in the case and were enough bases to charge Pemberton.
“A finding of probable cause needs only to rest on evidence showing that, more likely than not, a crime has been committed and that it was committed by the accused. In this case, the evidence presented has sufficiently established that the respondent is probably guilty of the crime of murder and should be held for trial,” the resolution said.
Lawyer Harry Roque, counsel of the Laude family, described the dismissal of Pemberton’s petition as “very good news.”
“The nation deserves to know the truth, while the victim deserves justice,” Roque said.
Asked about the possibility of Pemberton elevating the DOJ decision to the Office of the President, Roque said Pemberton might do this but the Laude camp would oppose it.
Laude was found dead on Oct. 11, 2014, in an Olongapo hotel where she and Pemberton checked in. The Olongapo prosecutor filed the murder charge against Pemberton on Dec. 15 last year, but Pemberton filed a petition for review.
The DOJ said pieces of evidence presented by the investigators “lead to no other conclusion than that respondent Pemberton was the perpetrator of the crime.”
Among these are closed-circuit television footage from the club showing Laude and Pemberton leaving the place, testimonies of witnesses who identified Pemberton as the last person seen with Laude, Pemberton’s prints found on a condom and testimonies of other US Marines who were with Pemberton on the night of Laude’s killing. The DOJ also noted evidence showing Laude was choked from behind, which indicated treachery. Another element of murder, cruelty, was also shown by autopsy results showing that while Laude was still breathing, Pemberton drowned her by forcing Laude’s head into a toilet bowl.
The DOJ dismissed Pemberton’s claim that he was not given the opportunity to dispute the evidence against him. It said Pemberton, “for reasons known only to him, failed to file his counter affidavit and chose to file several dilatory motions.”
I WILL NOW PRESENT AN OPINION from a Blog site that I will identify at the end. This was sent to me by a reader of this column. I add it only because I have heard opinions from others that believe Pemberton is innocent and state why.
“I have said nothing until now about this matter. I don’t want to be involved, after all who would want to get anywhere near the fucked up legal system in the Failopinnes.
Set the scene.
The Lauds live near us in Barrio Barretto, Our family and friends families have Baklas and know this Jeffry well and associate with him. I knew personally two women with him on that night, not baklas, who were interviewed by Police. Within 24 hours we heard he didn’t do it, this from the family, and the local baklas. Before the Fucking Lawyers arrived.
Every time Jennifer went out he always had a lot of money on him. He was a big shot in the scene at the bars in Olongapo. This was his forth booking for the night. with Pemberton. (no dispute he left the disco with Laude). The witness in protection of the lawyers Barbi was Laudes regular JEALOUS companion as he didn’t have a Foreign Boyfriend. Barbis Filipino boyfriend worked at the Hotel where Laude was found.
Barbi wants protective custody??? Why, is Pemberton gunna hunt him down.!!!!!!!!!!!!
Barbi wants protection from the Filipinos in Olongapo, who are hunting him and the missing boyfriend down.!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Where was the money that Laude had when he left the house 50,000p actually, sighted by someone I trust. where is the money from the other three dates/bookings that he had before Pemberton arrived on the scene.?????????? MISSING. Where is Barbis Filipino boyfriend – also MISSING!
I doubt a trained marine needed to Strangle someone, that takes someone with less skill. How much money did Pemberton have on him when arrested??
I have actually heard the local politicians laugh about this matter.
I have also heard about 5 Billy Boys were killed last year in Olongapo, serial killer????????????? Robbery is very very common in this scene.
Who found Laude??? FOLLOW THE MONEY. Just maybe Jenifer was having a shower and caught Barbis Boyfriend robbing him. Witnesses said Pemberton was Calm, not agitated as he exited the Hotel, even relaxed.
Will he get a fair trial? NOT ON YOUR LIFE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Can anyone tell me anywhere the FUCKING SPANISH WENT that has not GOT A FUCKED UP Legal System.”
This came from a Blog site that i had never heard of before. for those readers that think i am blunt you ain’t seen nothing like this.
NO STREET CHILDREN DURING POPE’S VISIT
The Pope, when visiting Manila did not see any street children or homeless people along his motorcade route in manila. Why? The Dept of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), according to the Philippine Inquirer bundled up hundreds of them and hauled them off to detention centers and beach resorts during the visit. When this story broke in the papers there was a lot of controversy and the DSWD folks used the excuse that they were just trying to protect them from massive crowds of people out to see the Pope. For me, I think they saved the on-lookers from a lot of grief from smart little thieves. Never-the-less, the incident is under investigation by the House of Representatives.
Now, lets go to Angeles City where someone nearly implemented a similar plan with good intentions.
On Jan 14, Banangay Capt Tony Mamac issued a memorandum addressed to to All Bars and Clubs within the jurisdiction of Barangay Balibago and the Board of Directors, LACEM regarding the rescue and safe keeping of street children and mendicand roaming around Barangay Balibago for the period of Jan 31 to Feb 7 2015 during the APEC activities in Angeles City (AC). It went on to explain that there would be a clearing operation of the street children, etc for their safekeeping during the period of the APEC. To support this endeavor it was agreed by LACEM and Bar Owners that each Bar/Club in the Balibago area would voluntarily donate P100 a day and authorized collectors were named.
This was a plan with good intentions and commendable that business owners would help to finance this operation to assure the safety of APEC delegates. Because, imagine what would happen if one of these delegates was walking to SM Mall and was a victim of the street kid gangs that have been attacking foreigners in this town. My goodness, that could cause an international incident and distract from all the good work by Mayor Ed in preparing for this conference. This plan was cancelled, never implemented because no doubt it was felt that the extra police security provided would be able to keep these urchins under control, especially with the additional police forces and professional PNP Tourist Police on patrol as well. No doubt DSWD was out in force to continue their efforts to repatriate these children to their parents as they do 7 days a week all year round.
In fact, on 28 Jan the City Mayor put out this announcement in the Sun-Star newspaper.
ANGELES CITY — The City Government here has denied reports that it has been rounding up street children because of the ongoing Asia Pacific Economic Conference (Apec) meeting inside the Clark Freeport. Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan described the report as “wrong and malicious.
The Mayor’s anger is understandable as incorrect rumors should be rectified as soon as possible. The City Government under the leadership of the Mayor and Barangay Captains have collectively created a perfect environment for the APEC Delegates.
IT IS NOT AN EASY SOLUTION - The Mayor and especially Barangay Capt Tony Mamac try and try – this message to me from Capt. Mamac gives you an idea of the difficulty of this task of getting the kids off the streets of AC:
“I’m doing my best to get and have these street children away from the street and bring them back in the comfort of their homes and classrooms. For so many times we conducted rescue operations coz these children are already becoming bold and daring in their activities. I sympathize with your friend and he is not alone in his experience against these children. Many victims has come to my office and complaining their predicaments done by these children. Almost everyday you can see my people running to catch them but to no avail after transferring them in the custody of DSWD they’re back to the street. Along the way there is a problem as far as handling them and the system imposed by DSWD. These children are not anymore ordinary children on the street but they became children in conflict with law ( using rugby, snatching, theft, prostitution). Usually, the Barangay will conduct rescue operations and will turn-over rescued children to DSWD which is the agency of government in-charge. However, after turning them over to DSWD they will release the child in the custody of their parents and again you will see them back on the street. During our meeting with Mayor Edpam 2 weeks ago with HARP, LACEM, BBEA, PNP and other stakeholders, i recommended that a shelter to house these kids and while in the shelter we will formulate programs to transform and educate these kids. They will undergo rehabilitation (spiritual, behaviour, conduct and others) for their transformation before they will be re-integrated with their families. The 2nd floor of the City Hygiene will be converted as shelter and last monday i had a coordinating meeting again with the PNP headed by Col Ugale, LACEM, BBEA A representative from HARP for the tasking and refining everything.Barangay with PNP will conduct the rescue operations, DSWD for the housekeeping of the shelterhome, BBEA to donate used clothes for the SC, LACEM will take charge for the subsistence by way of voluntary donations. After the meeting, last friday, saturday and sunday, we conducted series of rescue opns in Balibago and we were able to rescue 50 SC. Thereafter, yesterday, we turned-over them to DSWD only to find out that they are returning all the rescued SC to their respective Brgys were they resides. Tonight we monitored some of them back on the street again. We will rescue them again, again and again turn-over them to DSWD and release them again and again, for sure they will return again, again and again to the street. Its hard to conduct rescue opns Harry coz you have to be careful with these kids for human rights issue. Finally, unless otherwise DSWD will establish a shelter home to house these kids, people particularly tourists will experience same experience as your friend. They are not only nuisance per se but becoming menace of society. Thanks Harry for your concern. (This should be a concern for all Angeleno’s and the Mayor and Tony Mamac cannot solve this problem by themselves. I have been here and survived many Mayors and each one has had to deal with this. A shelter and education is an absolute necessity. The Governor has funds, it should be elevated to her for assistance)
CLARK NEW JOGGING PATH
Get out and jog, enjoy the fresh air and meet new people or ones you already know. Whether you jog in the morning or early evening you will not find a better place to do it than at the refurbished jogging trail at the Clark parade ground. What a beautiful job they are doing their with a new finish that is easy on the feet, new benches, water fountains for drinking, bathroom and additional lighting. It is very impressive and is drawing more joggers than ever. Mrs Horse loves it! I love to sit on the bench and watch.
CLARK MUSEUM ADDITION
The wonderfully interesting Clark Museum is under renovation and once complete it will have to be a must for every tourist coming to Angeles City to see. An additional section is being added in which I believe will house an audio visual presentation area. I guess I could get a better technical meaning for what is happening but I have not been able to get around to talk to anyone. It is all closed up except for construction workers. I am looking forward to its re-opening so I can visit and tell you all about it.
Just past the Widus Hotel, a the intersection, turn left heading towards Fontana and you will see on the right a large building being constructed. The sign outside will tell you it is the Midori VIP Hotel but it does not tell you that the adjacent building will house a casino. We took the road beside the building and the second picture shows the real view of the construction. The 3rd picture was a mystery to us. It is gated and the lettering on the wall indicates that it is the Mahogony Parc, yes, with a C not a K. Strange. We did not see any work being done on it. We went further down the road and that led to a large clearing. It is fun to explore but we will return for further investigation and maybe be able to find out more information. Guess I could go to the CDC office and ask but what fun is that.
REMEMBERING JOHN HOLLIS
These pictures were sent to me recently by someone who was close to John. I kind of think his many friends here would enjoy sharing a glimpse of his younger days. He had a lot of friends here in AC and Garfields Last Stand remains in his honor.
THE AZURRO HOTEL PROFILE
AZZURRO HOTEL IS A 9-STOREY BUILDING LOCATED AT 4895 MON TANG AVENUE, BALIBAGO, ANGELES CITY. THE HOTEL CATERS TO BOTH LEISURE AND BUSINESS TRAVELERS WITH A BRAND NEW AND DIFFERENT KIND OF HOTEL LIFESTYLE.
THE HOTEL BOASTS OF THE FOLLOWING FACILITIES AND SERVICES WHICH A WEARY TRAVELLER EXPECTS TO FIND IN AN IDEAL HOTEL.
A) ITALIA MULTI-PURPOSE AND FULLY EQUIPPED FUNCTION ROOMS THAT CAN EASILY AND COMFORTABLY ACCOMMODATE IMPORTANT BUSINESS MEETINGS AND CONFERENCES AS WELL AS BANQUETS, WEDDING RECEPTIONS, ANNIVERSARY , BIRTHDAYS AND FAMILY REUNIONS..
B) CAPRI LOBBY BAR AND RESTAURANT THAT OFFERS AN ARRAY OF FLAVORFUL INTERNATIONAL AND LOCAL CUISINES AND ZESTy MIXED COCKTAIL DRINKS SERVED WITH SUPERB RELAXING MUSIC.
C) ROOFTOP TERRAZZA RESTAURANT WITH THE PANORAMIC VIEW OF MT. ARAYAT THAT GOES ALONG WITH YOUR SCRUMPTIOUS BUFFET LUNCH OR DINNER.
D) A BUBBLE JET JACUZZI WHERE YOU CAN RELAX WHILE ENJOYING YOUR FAVORITE HEALTH DRINK FROM THE BAR.
AFTER A LONG DAY ACTIVITIES, RE-ENERGIZE AT THE COMFORT OF OUR WELL APPOINTED AND EQUIPPED ROOMS PROVIDED WITH WELL-DESIGNED BEDDINGS AND HIGH QUALITY BATHROOM AMENITIES.
AZZURRO HOTEL IS NOT JUST ANOTHER HOTEL. THE HOTEL IS THE BETTER ALTERNATIVE FOR ALL WEARY TRAVELERS LOOKING FOR COMFORT AND SERENITY AMIDST A PLEASANT AND RELAXING AMBIANCE.
ROUGH TIME FOR A NAVY MASTER CHIEF
The former command master chief of the USS Germantown admitted Wednesday at a court-martial that he oversaw a prostitution research ring operated by four senior chief petty officers aboard the ship.
Command Master Chief Petty Officer Jesus Galura pleaded guilty to conspiracy to procure prostitutes, violation of a general order and making a false official statement to a law enforcement agent.
He pleaded not guilty to one count of sexual harassment and two counts of unwanted sexual contact directed toward a subordinate aboard the Sasebo, Japan-based ship.
Testimony at the trial revealed a series of sexual assault accusations involving Galura and others that prompted the 7th Fleet to initiate an investigation of Germantown, Amphibious Squadron 11 and Expeditionary Strike Group 7.
An investigation report later described the situation among Germantown’s chiefs as “out of control,” according to court testimony.
Galura testified that he and the four chiefs researched websites offering prostitution services in the Philippines, where the chiefs had expected to make a port call.
Galura also testified that he encouraged Senior Chief Petty Officer Paul Swank, whom he said was negotiating prices, to see if the women he found would be available for parties. Swank was reduced in pay grade to E-7 after being found guilty in October of conspiracy to patronize a prostitute and a related charge.
Galura later used his ship email to send a picture of two scantily clad women with the message “I got my first two for the day,” which was a violation of a Defense Department regulation regarding use of government communications.
Galura, who is still technically attached to Germantown but temporarily assigned to squadron shore duty, also admitted to lying about the intent of his illicit website browsing, claiming it was part of a safety briefing for sailors. He made no excuses for his efforts at prostitution planning while entering his pleas to military judge Capt. David Harrison. “It’s hypocritical on my part, because I would tell a sailor not to do it,” Galura said.
Lt. Brandon Sargent, his defense attorney, argued that the charges directed against Galura constituted unlawful command influence. Galura’s permanent removal from Germantown was directed by the four-star Pacific Fleet command, rather than any of the lower local commands. Cmdr. Jason Leach, the former commander of Germantown who was relieved due to loss of confidence in his leadership, testified Wednesday that his “gut feeling” told him Galura would be court-martialed regardless of the investigation results into his actions. Leach also said he and his immediate superior, Capt. Heidi Agle, were never informed of Galura’s removal.
“[Agle] shared an article from Stars and Stripes in which Pacific Fleet announced the relief (of Galura),” Leach said. “I was extremely shocked. I asked her if she knew about it, and she said she did not.” Harrison ruled that no evidence thus far supported the unlawful command influence argument, since Pacific Fleet’s actions were administrative in nature and their deferral to Naval Forces Japan for judicial action was proper.
Galura agreed to plead guilty to some charges Wednesday as part of a plea agreement with prosecutors. Sentencing was deferred until the end of the trial, which is scheduled to reconvene Feb. 23. At that time, Galura will face charges that he harassed, forcibly kissed and improperly touched a subordinate.
TWO ANGELES CITY COPS
My Goodness, gee whiz – I did not know the AC Cops did things like this (Smile) -
2 Angeles City cops nabbed for framing, extorting P1M from Korean.
CITYOF SAN FERNANDO, Philippines–Two policemen, who allegedly framed a Korean businessman in Angeles City and demanded from him P1 million, were arrested by personnel of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) and Central Luzon regional policemen in an entrapment operation on Tuesday night, an official said.
The erring policemen charged their victim with human trafficking after the latter paid a “bar fine” to be able to take out a sex worker from a night club on Fields Avenue, said Chief Supt. Ronald Santos, officer in charge of the regional police office, in a telephone interview. The CIDG has yet to release the names of the policemen and the Korean businessman.
“Instead of taking the Korean to jail, the policemen took him to a safe house. They demanded P1 million but the Korean managed to give only P200,000,” Santos said.
He said improved coordination with the Korean community in Angeles City helped free the victim and arrest the suspects as they tried to collect the balance of P800,000. The policemen are in the custody of the CIDG, as of this posting.
“We are weeding out police scalawags victimizing foreigners [in Angeles City],” Santos said, referring to a campaign that began in December 2014. (One question, did the Korean get his P200,000 back?)
It is a lovely day outside. A sunny warm afternoon and yearn to be outside, even though it is nearly 5 PM already. My fingers are typing away on the keyboard as I look at the window and yearn for the fresh air. I look at my surveillance camera and see my old mate George Brown in the bar with his friends and I yearn for a bit of a drink with them. So, with so much yearning I say enough is enough, my aching fingers and sore arms have had enough for this month. Pop around on 25 Feb, my birthday and share a bit of grog with me. Youngsters not allowed, only fellow old horses like me, but if you have a young female partner with ya, well then, exceptions can be made. Good day to you, one and all and by golly, be kind to horses!
HTH POLITICAL RANTS – STOP HERE
How stupid – students at Smith all girls college in the US raising $10,000 to give an Illegal alien (female) a scholarship
How Stupid – 10 States now issue driving licenses to illegal aliens. These are people who drive without car insurance and will try to use those licenses to vote illegally.
How stupid – One Mexican immigration activist stating on TV that there are no Illegal Aliens only undocumented humans. Hello, stupid person, they came here and continue to come here illegally and break our laws. Why can’t more Americans understand the word “Illegal” and get off this Political Correctness that is killing our country.
How stupid – Huckabee entering the Presidential race again. Nice guy but LOSER before and he will be wasting his money again. He is too weak on important issues.
How Stupid = Mayor (jerk off) Blasio of New York now issues free ID’s to anybody in New York. Can New York official residents gain their senses and make this guy
“There is a reason why in NY harbor there is a Statue of Liberty, not a Statue of Equality” — Charles Krauthammer
A 94-year-old Prophecy is Fulfilled. H.L. Mencken (born 1880 – died 1956) was a journalist, satirist, critic and Democrat. He wrote the editorial below while working for the Baltimore Evening Sun, which appeared in the July 26, 1920 edition.
“As democracy is perfected, the office of the President represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day, the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last and the White House will be occupied by a downright fool and complete narcissistic moron.” —H.L. Mencken, the Baltimore Evening Sun, July 26, 1920.
So it was written, and so it has come to pass. (submitted by Don T.)
THIS MAN HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH ISLAM… REALLY?
Iranian “refugee”, Manteghi Bourjerdi (AKA Sheik Man Haron Monis, pictured), walked free on bail into the Lindt cafe and left his filthy, indelible mark on Australia.
Last year Penrith Local Court Magistrate, Darryl Pearce, gave the unhinged Iranian cleric, along with his accomplice, bail despite being charged with accessory to the murder of his ex wife and setting her on fire, hand delivering filthy letters to widows of fallen Australian soldiers and 40 counts of sexual assault.
If you’re a mad Muslim supporting ISIS and Al Queda and up on the most heinous of multiple charges it appears that Australia is the place to be.
The Left leaning judiciary can claim responsibility for almost forty murders committed since 1980 by people either set free on bail, given ridiculously low sentences or where parole boards had released those deemed “likely to re-offend” back into the community.
Australia not only offers free money and a wonderful lifestyle to its Islamic refugees, it offers them freedom to molest Aussie women and children, freedom to threaten our lives, freedom to give comfort to our enemies and free legal aid to keep them out of jail.
The “sheik’s” offer was one freed hostage in return for an ISIS flag and five freed hostages for a chat with Tony Abbott (Tony should feel chuffed about that). The offers of course were refused.
Islamic leaders rushed to condemn the “sheik”, after all, this was more of a personal matter, but when it involves the despicable teachings of the Koran, the silence is deafening.
The rare Muslim leader who denounces the vile prophecy of Islam lives in fear for his life.
Media’s Left will try to distance this atrocity from Islam. Just watch, they will talk of an isolated incident from a “lone wolf”, a one-off madman who has no connection to Islam and they will thank the Islamic community for their sympathy and go their merry way.
But it wasn’t a Baptist incident and it wasn’t a Buddhist or Presbyterian incident, no… it was yet another in an endless line of Islamic incidents that end in lost lives of non-Muslims. How many more “isolated” incidents will it take before we condemn them as “Islamic atrocities”?
This Islamic activist went into that coffee shop in the full knowledge he was about to die and he was determined to take Australian lives with him.
Muslims don’t place the same value on life that we do. They live in an ethereal world of after-life rewards for martyrdom, where decapitating non-Muslims and debasing women is honorable, where raping young girls is lawful.
If Aussies want to feel safe when going for a coffee in future then the Islamic scourge must be faced, named, dealt with and eradicated. It is so alien to our way of life it can never fit in, we can never be their friends. Assimilation of Muslims, like everywhere else in the West, is an impossibility.
We are at war with Islam, yet neither the Premier nor the Prime Minister, nor even the Police Commissioner, could bring themselves to utter the words “terrorism” or “Islam”. (It is so refreshing to see so many articles being written now that duplicate the words that I have been writing for years now. Islam is evil and the whole world must wake up to this fact before it is too late)
Why is it the media and liberal left feel it is ok to depict, joke or otherwise defame or blaspheme Christian or Jewish holy symbols but not Mohammed or the Koran. If the media wants to mock the Bible, Torah, Jesus, the Blessed Virgin, or other symbols of faith to Christians or Jews, then why should they be so sensitive to similar cartooning, jokes or deriding Mohammed.
Dennis W. forwarded this to me with the following comment:
“Why is it the media and liberal left feel it is ok to depict, joke or otherwise defame or blaspheme Christian or Jewish holy symbols but not Mohammed or the Koran. If the media wants to mock the Bible, Torah, Jesus, the Blessed Virgin, or other symbols of faith to Christians or Jews, then why should they be so sensitive to similar cartooning, jokes or deriding Mohammed.”
Charlie Hebdo: Radical cleric Anjem Choudary calls cover depicting Mohamed an ‘act of war’ London-based preacher said Sharia court would punish the drawing with death.
The cartoon of the Prophet Mohamed on the cover of Charlie Hebdo’s first edition since the massacre has been described as an “act of war” by a London-based Islamist cleric. The cover depicts the Prophet with a tear falling down his cheek, holding a sign reading “je suis Charlie”, replicating the phrase used on banners, stickers, clothes and social media as a show of solidarity in the wake of last week’s attacks.
But radical preacher Anjem Choudary said “ridiculing” Mohamed is attacking his personality, calling the latest cartoon “extremely serious”. To depict Mohamed in this way is “attacking the honour of the Prophet” as most Muslims do not draw or depict him in any way because it is deemed to be sacrilegious, Mr Choudary said. He added that if the “act of war” was tried in a Sharia court it would carry capital punishment. The 47-year-old, who lectures in Sharia law, was arrested in September as part of an investigation into Islamist terrorism but later bailed. Mr Choudary described Charlie Hebdo’s cover as a “blatant provocation” and claimed insulting Islam and Muslims is “part of the war that is taking place”.
People should be “sensible and sensitive to the emotions and the feelings of the Muslims”, he added, accusing authorities of refusing to “nip it in the bud”. Immediately after the Charlie Hebdo massacre last week, Mr Choudary wrote an open letter entitled “People know the consequences” where he argued that “Muslims do not believe in the concept of freedom of expression” because they submit to the commands of Allah alone.
The radical preacher founded the banned al-Muhajiroun network, which was classified as a terrorist organisation by the British government and has been linked to extremists including Michael Adebolajo, who murdered Lee Rigby. Mr Choudary previously protested against cartoons of the Prophet Mohamed carried in Danish publications outside the country’s embassy in London and was fined £500 for organizing the illegal gathering. In January 2010, shortly before he become Prime Minister, David Cameron said Mr Choudary needed “to be looked at seriously” because he strays “extremely close to the line of encouraging hatred, extremism and violence”. Last year, he claimed he would renounce his British citizenship to go and live under Isis rule in Syria but could not leave the country because his passport has been seized by anti-terror police.
Keith Vaz, chairman of the Commons home affairs select committee, responded: “If he wants to go, he should be allowed to go. I think that would be a much better scenario than having him stay…people would like to see the back of him.” (I agree with this as well and any American radical Muslims who feel the same way. I could care less if any of these ass wipes are insulted)
This is a new Diner on Clark located between the Northwalk and the Binulo restaurant. It is due to open any day now but when I stopped by, owner Camile Miranda and Architect Ric were still in the process of putting the finishing touches on the building and landscaping. No menu was available yet but Camile told me that her and her boyfriend partner got their ideas for a diner in the US and the menu will feature some great dishes at a reasonable price. She got a bit of help from her mother who owns the nearby Binulo restaurant. Nothing like having Mom close by.
The interior is bright, clean and very inviting. The staff that were still in training looked very keen on getting the operation underway. There is plenty of parking and the location is very convenient. One of my favorite places to eat breakfast in Las Vegas is the 50′s diner. I hope this will be a close second.
As soon as it opens I will be there to sample the food, service and prices and provide a more detailed review. Right now I just want to give my readers a heads up that what appears to be a very interesting new eatery will be opening something this month. Camile told me she will notify me when the official opening date is determined. I will pass that info on here.
4 US Contractor Jobs in Philippines – Supply Services for US Navy Construction Ops
3:36 PM (6 hours ago)
1. Positions Discussed (4 Positions as follows):
a. Project Manager (PM) (1 position) – Needs to be a U.S. Citizen Possessing at least a Confidential Clearance; Have at least five years relevant experience at a comparable level of responsibility in projects of similar size, scope and complexity. At least two years of experience shall be as an independent field manager. Experience in a management or supervisory capacity in a remote/contingency location with a multi-national work force is highly desirable. Education: The PM shall have a Bachelor’s degree, preferably in Business Administration, Management or Engineering from a US accredited 4 year college/university or equivalent institution; At least two years of experience shall be as an independent field Quality Manager. Experience in a quality management or supervisory capacity in a remote/contingency location with a multi-national work force is highly desirable; A minimum of two (2) years’ experience/training in supply services.
b. Site Safety and Health Officer (SSHO) (1 position) – The SSHO shall have completed five years of satisfactory experience in preparing and enforcing safety programs on contracts of similar size and complexity in the past, and have completed the OSHA 30-hour construction safety class or equivalent within the last five years and an average of at least 24 hours of safety training per year for the past five years. Position can be a local national that reads, writes and speaks English.
c. Site Manager (SM) (2 positions)– NEED for each Location (island). Needs to be able to communicate (speak, read, write and translate) in both English and Tagalog(or other local dialect, i.e. Cebuano, as appropriate to site location). College degree (Bachelor or equivalent level); desired but not mandatory; At least two years of experience as an independent field Manager and/or Quality Manager, in a quality management or supervisory capacity in a remote/contingency location with a multi-national work force is highly desirable; a minimum of two (2) years’ experience/training in supply services; have completed the OSHA 30-hour construction safety class or equivalent within the last five years and an average of at least 24 hours of safety training per year for the past five years. Positions can be a local national that reads, writes and speaks English.
Howard McKay will be performing at the Blue Boar Inn (Stable) on Thursday night, 7 PM, 29 January instead of the 27th.
Change necessary as the RC Clark Centennial will be meeting on Tuesday evenings at the Stable, a recent change from meeting weekly in the afternoon time slot.
Howard is a very talented singer and guitarist who has a large following in AC. It is one of the best free shows in town and all seats are filled quickly so get there a bit early.
I received this message yesterday. No further information at this time. The police from Station 3 have been going around talking to various Expats that might be able to give information. So far, a day later, no further details available. It seems to be another sad story in this town of sad stories and not a good way to start off the New Year.
To all the friends of Ghiline De Villar and Robin Potter. Their bodies were found today. The murders are under investigation at this time. They were found stabbed in their House in Don Bonifacio.
here we go again, another brutal killing of a foreigner this time its a disabled Vietnam vet. named Robin & his long time girl friend. I believe the location of his home was in MountainView. Neighbors complained of a bad smell coming from his apartment. The vet & his girlfriend were found bound with their hands behind their back and each had mutable stab wounds.
I hope the police can catch these killers, i will be rethinking how much time i spend in the Philippines. Mike
Hi Harry, Just dropping you a note to let you know that Peter Brook (Yorkshire Peter) also died yesterday, January 10 about 7:15am of a suspected heart attack at Vistillana. Also a double murder was discovered in Don Bonifacio of Robin, an American expat and his wife. They had been dead for about two days and were hogtied like Doggy Dave had been. I hope this is not a first example of 2015 in Balibago for foreigners.
Also, sadly, I have to report the passing of Colin Sexton on 13 Dec at the age of 44. He leaves behind his wife, Jona and his 3 year old son, C.J. Colin worked in the Eruptions Bar for 2 years and then the Emotions Bar for 3 years, prior to working recently for the Kandi Realty Group.
It appears he died from liver failure. A wake was held for Colin at the Night Moves Bar on Friday, 9 Jan.
Hi Harry, I hope that you are well. Sad news: I received this news earlier today from his brother Robert.
I would like to inform you that my brother, Ken Graham, passed away this
morning, 10th January, at the OMA Hospital in Angeles City.
A lot of you have known he has been quite ill lately but it is very sad to
see him go. We expect the funeral to held this Thursday or Friday in Angeles City. I
will be leaving Brisbane for Manila on Tuesday morning.”
Regards, Rockin Dave
I am shocked. I visited him on Christmas Eve and he was fully dressed and able to sit up and talk to me though he said he was in pain. I took him a couple of books and left a bit of cash. Please note that at the time he had been held for 2.5 years.
He died in hospital (ONA), imagine how much quicker he would have died if the judge had succeeded in returning him to the horrible conditions of the City Jail (174). The man never had a decent chance to prove his innocence or guilt. He has now joined his wife who passed away not too long before he was arrested after a raid on his bar. He was never convicted of any crime yet he received a death sentence. He fought a long hard battle with the justice system as well as his health. Finally he has the freedom the courts never gave him.
Message from his daughter Kristina:
Hello friends of my Father Ken.
This is probably one of the hardest emails I will ever write.
He has now gone to meet our Great Creator on January 10, at 10.05 am Manila time.
Most of you who knew him very well would know how great of a man he was.
He was the most kind hearted person I ever met and I am not being biaist, you know how he cared for his family and friends so dearly.
I am asking for you to come and see him and pay your last respects to him where he will be buried at Holy Mary Memorial in Angeles City.
In this time I request to notify everyone that knew him of where his remains will lie.
We will be burying him on Friday, 16th January at 9 am.
Iam also pledging help if they can to make sure that we (the children) are able to give him a proper burial, as we want to give him what he deserves. His last hoorah!
Many thanks to the love and care you have shown my father.
“God has you in his arms now Daddy, but I will always have you in my heart”
Annually, those folks with permanent resident ACR cards have to register at the Immigration office. It was easy to do until last year when we had a mess trying to fill out those 4 page forms, getting pictures and finger prints.
This year the forst I heard was that we had to fill out those forms again and you had to do it online. That upset me but when I went on line , pulled up the form the first thing I saw was that only those who did not fill out the forms last year had to fill out the 2015 form. OK, the next day I sent the Mrs to Marquee Mall to check this out. An official there told her that we all had to fill it out, whether we did so last year or not.
Next morning, two friends came in the stable and told me that it was a piece of cake, just show your ACR and the transaction was completed in minutes. The computer showed that their forms were completed last year. Hey, great, back to the way it used to be.
Next day, I went with the Mrs, got our number, when called she went to the window. Oh, oh, I saw her talking to the official and saw him giving her a form. I struggled out of my seat ready to go to war. Turns out the computer showed my 2014 payment but not the info from the 4 page form. I am upset but the official was super nice and said that some clerk must have not coded it correctly last year. So, we sat down and filled out the form, real easy and quick, returned it, cleared and paid the fee. Believe it or not, today I took my son to register and same situation but the official remembered me and he filled out the form for us.
BOTTOM LINE: just take you ACR card and as long as you filled out the form last year, it is routine. But, if it was not recorded, be prepared to fill out the one page form. Take your passport with you just in case as that is the info they are asking for. You have no idea what to expect until you get there.
The Immigration office is open until 1730 hrs.
On-line address is: http://vua.immigration.gov.ph/
Another Christmas has passed and as I have done for many years now I became Santa for the month of December. I appeared at a number of schools and three days at Nepo Mall, downtown Angeles City. Those appearances were fun but also used to raise funds for our yearly charity. Appearing at the schools were a pleasure as the young children in pre-school, kinder, 1st grade were all at the age were they believe in Santa and their various expressions are priceless. At Nepo I dealt with the very young, teenagers and adults and the spirit of Christmas was so evident. Unlike the US where so many people want to delete the word “Christmas” and don’t really fuss over Santa, here in the PI Christmas and Santa is alive and well.
At Nepo Mall I had two great assistants, one was “Trixie” who helped me last year and is so cheerful and full of the Christmas spirit. Then I had the “Elevator girl” Mira, sitting next to me who stood and greeted customers, helped take pictures and did not waiver the whole three days she was there. Her normal job at the Mall is running the elevator, hence the name of “elevator girl”. Her real name is Mira and she is a single 24 year old woman who is charming, good looking, and carries a very nice figure. She is an only child and works hard to support her mother who has a small store in Manila. Mira, like most young women, has dreams but hers is quite simple and unusual. She would like to live on a farm or on a mountain where she could lead a peaceful life, away from crowds. Her tastes are simple, not extravagant. Needless to say, I was impressed with her. She started off working as a janitor, then worked in the food court and now runs the elevator. None of these is high paying jobs and do not offer any chance for advancement to a better paying job. But she is still happy and I can’t help that someday she will be in a much better job. Anyway, if anyone wishes to communicate with Mira contact her at: firstname.lastname@example.org or take a ride on the elevator at Nepo Mall and say hello to her. You will witness a smile that will brighten up your day.
Now, I have to mention the names of some of the many people that donated funds and goods to Santa this year. Ready? Here goes: Tony Power, Cliff Wilsey, Charly Wohner (from Thailand), James Winterbottom (Las Vegas), Bob Chesko, David Dew, Sean Connally, Gerard Heinen, Karel Heinen, Damien King, Dr. Tey Bondoc, Mark Broom, John Roberts, Claire Gauthier (Stuffed Toys and assorted toys), John McCulley, David Fraser, Russ Yates (Toys and candies), Dennis Shimabuku (T-shirts and crayons), Fred (Fred’s Pies and his special cakes he made for the kids) and the wonderful customers in my bar who put various sums of money in collection jar on my bar counter. A special thanks also go out to the owner of Phillie’s Sports Grill who contributed apples, Tess from Brass Knob for oranges and also oranges from Derek, Kokomo’s. The Aeta children could not wait to start eating those delicacies. A special thanks to Lisa Mapua, owner of Nepo Mall for taking such good care of Santa for three days and Denise, marketing, I did not forget you.
My dear friends, one and all, thank you for staying with me for another year and I hope all of you have a Happy New Year and welcome to the year 2015. Please come on over to AC for a visit, all is well and the weather is perfect.
Harry, The examples in your November newsletter of how the “police” are here is spot on. I put police in quotes because there are no police here, just thieves in uniform. Whether it be for the brake light out, or having a piece of clear plastic on your MC license plate…both costing 5000 Pesos. Or worse, and all too common, when we have a friend dies and the “police” line up outside to rob the place..oops…I mean “inventory’. These people in uniform are pathetic excuses for humans.
Well, three of us have decided these people can have it. I was late onto this bus…the other two have already sold their stuff and have tickets in hand. Each of us, like many here, are on good pensions, and drop 3-4 thouand USD here every month. Well people….go to the Koreans and get it from them now…until you run them out of the country as well.
The everyday Filipino may now actively be corrupt, but they allow these idiot cops and politicians to be on their offices. Like I said to many before, if the Filipino had a brain, this place would look like Bangkok and Hong Kong. The only people that can be even semi-trusted to run this country is the military.
I am going to take a page out of the inner-city playbook when it comes to dealing with local ‘leadership’. If I walked by and saw some Abu Sayyef planning to attack the police and political offices….I would keep on walking and not ‘see’ anything. In fact, good luck boys! Bob Smith Jones. (Bob, seems to me you are fed up with the place and ready to hitch up and head out. Where do you plan to move to?)
Yes Sir Harry!!! Very well fed up with idiocracy dito. Got all my VA done, so I can comfortably move on. Only issue that I am attached at the hip with my girl that has been with me for 4+ years. After so many horror stories I have witnessed in the military and here, I am dead set against the ‘institution of marriage’. Alaska gives some excellent state level benefits to veterans and especially disabled vets. A 25% discount on some state land is too good to pass up. Two issues…..1. My girl is more than willing to go, but I do not think her 34kg will handle the cold very well. 2. The visa issue for her. The fiance visa is only good for 90 days, so the govt is forcing people to marry. A tourist visa for her is quite a high hurdle to clear. Could just tell her to claim she is Mexican and she could get amnesty, a credit card, and probably favorable terms on a mortgage (probably only a slight exaggeration with Obama in office).
Being originally from Jersey, Alaska is quite a change, but I have lived outside the US since 1992. Looking at the lower 48, I don’t fit in….being a single white Christian straight Conservative male…..and I do not and will not speak Spanish in MY country. Ok, I vented and feel a bit better….just a bit though (Dave, do not blame you but the GF is a problem. Believe me, you will miss her in Alaska where some of the women are good looking but hard to get and no young ones would be interested in you.
You would be surprised at how quickly the ladies here adjust. I think the first thing they do is check out the location of divorce lawyers, just in case. Guess you could come back here once a year to visit and enjoy a month or two of good companionship. I can understand your reluctance to get married but after 4 years of being together maybe she is a keeper or at least a good bed warmer.)
Harry, Not sure about the God Father role….better just stick with grandfather! David Albright. (Darn, and I thought I had a chance)
ART BENJAMIN UPDATE: Howdy! Figured i would bring the world up to speed on my travesty. To start, I could not attend my hearing this month. The Bureau of Immigration decided that despite their escorts reporting last month the details of my pending hearing, they require a subpoena from the court. I understand that but it has not been a requirement in the past.
Emy contacted the courthouse on Tuesday morning to confirm mailing of the subpeona since BI had not yet received it. They claimed it was mailed last week. That afternoon an Atty contact we have there checked and found that it was mailed just that day! No way it could possibly make it to manila in time… Either the court is incompetent (this is not the first time they did not send the subpoena) or the prosecution paid them (again?) to not mail. A typical tactic here.
Bottom line is I did not attend the hearing. My Atty decided to not cross examine in my absence as they would simply have taken his questions home and prepared scripted responses. It appears i am expected to be present for this part to get live responses. No more hearing dates possible this year (holidays), and no hearings scheduled in January (the entire month is set aside for the court folks to take vacations and billed as an inventory month), so… Looks like my next hearing is the first friday in February. Its more fun in the Philippines, right? Gotta love it…
So no updates for a bit. Little break from my pity party for a couple months! Sorry. My mood could use some adjusting. Will write again once I know what’s happening, like that will happen any time soon! On a more positive note, the family is hanging tough. They understand the nature of the beast better than I could have hoped for. Be good. Art Benjamin
Art, I thank you for writing again. Can you tell me the name of the place you are being held? You are going on two years there now, am I correct? I had a reader ask about you recently but I was not able to give an up to date report. You are not forgotten.
I know the frustration of the justice system here, getting regular court dates is hell. i have known Expats held in the City Jail here that have suffered so many resets for one reason or another, Inventory, judge on vacation, prosecutor on vacation, prosecutor attending a seminar, prosecutor attending a birthday party, judge attending a seminar and on and on. Last Dec 2013 prosecutor not available so next court date Mar 2014. Just this week same thing, prosecutor attending a seminar, next court date Mar. It is a disgrace. I spoke to a judge recently and he claims lack of budget and lack of judges to handle the case loads.
I suspect you yourself do not have access to a computer so whoever receives this for you I hope he or she passes it on.
I would wish you a Merry Christmas but I do not think that would be appropriate. Let me just say that I hope in 2015 you will see the gates open and shower you with the gift of freedom once again. I will post your update in my Jan column. Cheers, Harry the Horse.
Hi there, my name is Brock, I’m 36, from the USA (California) and now living/working in Thailand. I have been to Angeles on two occasions (both in 2014, last time being the end of August/beginning of September) and love it there. In fact I would place it above Thailand to the point that I’d move there if there was work. Both times I have stayed at the little hotels on Real Street (the names are escaping me at the moment, but they were both 950/night). I would say my favorite bar is Angel Witch. They tend to play the most Rock and OK, there are some lookers there to boot. That being said, the Perimeter Road joints are great fun at happy hour. I have only been reading your website for about two months, I believe Stickman’s site is where I saw a link.
Anyways, the first thing I knew about Angeles before going there were the pool parties that I saw on YouTube. I’m a very single guy and these things look like they could be a blast. BOTH times I’ve been to Angeles there was a pool party taking place a week AFTER my stay, of course. My question is do you keep track and announce when these pool parties are gonna happen on your website? If not, is there a site that does? Maybe they aren’t as fun as they look on YouTube, but I want to at least hit one up just to see for myself. If only Pattaya had them too! thanks, Brock
(Thanks for writing Brock. I agree with you, Angeles City is a great place to visit and live. Thailand is pretty good as well but won’t get into the comparison game. I am glad you noted that the Perimeter Road bars are more fun to visit. They are more laid back than the bars on Fields Ave and less expensive. But, after 10 PM or so, you need to head for Fields Ave where the action is all night.
Hey Harry, Well, I just received some rather sad news but not really that surprised as how I have conducted myself in Angeles and Manila over the past 10 or so years. I was feeling really tired and run down all the time. I’ll make this as simple as possible and come right out and say I was informed last week after a visit to the doc’s office and having an HIV test. It came back positive so I took another and it was confirmed.
I have partied like a rock star and slept with many bargirls without protection now I must pay the ultimate price. I keep thinking it would never happen to me and wish it was a bad dream but its not. Now I have to think about how many girls I may have infected. I hope none but I am sure there may be some, Wish I had a better Christmas to look forward to. This is no joke. Please inform your readers to always wear their raincoats. Hope you and your family are blessed in the New Year. You may print this but PLEASE do not use my last name. I probably will not return this year as I have to think about my health first. Take good care, Marcos (That is a bit heavy Marcos. Your warning about the “raincoats” is well taken but I think a lot of guys would like to know your favorite bars in Angeles City and when was the last time you were here. We could advise the owners to have their girls double checked. I can understand why you will not make a return visit here in 2015. I have read that the medical care for your problem has improved dramatically over the years so you should be OK)
Harry, I toured the new Clark Field Medical City Hospital today along with some other veterans. I thought all the veteran groups would send representatives, but they didn’t. The new hospital is almost unbelievable, compared to any other hospital I’ve been in here in the PI. It is VA certified and should be Tricare certified soon, if ISOS doesn’t screw it up. You have to see it to believe it! They may be open by end of Jan 15′, or soon after that. There’s still some major equipment being installed. The rooms are larger than any room I’ve seen in a hospital over here. Plenty of elevators throughout all the floors. First escalator I’ve seen in a PI hospital. Rhett, DAV, Chapter 3. (Thanks Rhett, I wanted to tour the place today but had Santa duties all day from morning to evening. Was hoping to get a report from someone. I got to see the ground floor a few months ago and was impressed. Agree that it won’t be fully open until Jan or Feb. First thing I will do is head for the Physical Therapy clinic there. I am afraid that 1SOS will screw things up for us)
I wish Jan Morgan a very happy New Year. She is the great gal who declared her shooting range in Hot Springs, Ark a “Muslim Free Zone”. Too bad she has more “balls” than our spineless politicians, from the top down.
RESUMPTION OF BURIALS AT CLARK = We were informed the evening of 4 December that Burials at Clark Veterans Cemetery may resume. The three Burial requests previously submitted to ABMC have been approved and Burials may be scheduled.
Please provide required documentation and a family contact for other requests which may be pending to either Carl Burke, Neil McAuliffe, or myself. We’ll process the request with ABMC and schedule Burial as before.
Our thanks to all who raised the visibility of this issue, which I’m sure facilitated resolution. John Gilbert, VFW Post 2485.
Humor - We had a power outage at my house this morning and my PC, laptop,TV, DVD, iPad, ham radio & my new surround sound music system were all shut down. Then I discovered that my iPhone battery was dead, and to top that off it was raining outside, so I couldn’t play golf. I went into the kitchen to make coffee, and then I remembered that this also needs power, so I sat and talked with my wife for a few hours. ”She seems like a very nice person!” (submitted by Allen Huber)
Superstitious Women in the Philippines: I have lived, worked and enjoyed myself here in the Philippines, specifically Angeles City, for many years. This a country in which the people, especially the women from the provinces, believe in many different superstitions or beliefs. One of which I came across recently in a personal experience. One lady that I know firmly believes in what we in the US call “Voodoo” but here it is called “kulam” which is supposed to mean a “witch curse”. She believes that once you have Kulam, if you go to a doctor and get an injection, then you will die. Let me call this lady Anna, not her real name, of course. She explained that she got this curse from a woman she met in the province who took a piece of her hair and an a piece of her clothes. She found that had “Koto” which is lice in her hair. She developed a severe rash over her entire body and she was scratching herself so severely that she developed some sores as well. She believed that the “witch” put rotten fish in her body. She was given money to see a doctor but refused to do so out of fear that the doctor would give her an injection and it would kill her. Instead she went to a local faith healer near where she lived. The faith healer told her to get a piece of clothing or anything from the witch which she was able to do. Then the faith healer started a series of rituals to include boiling the item from the witch.
Now, here is the hard part. Her close friend swore to me that she saw, during the ritual, flying cockroaches exit from the sores on Anna’s arms and legs. Naturally I laughed but the friend was dead serious and she believed in both Kulam and Barang as well as the faith healer. So, when you meet some of these ladies in the Clubs here, especially if they are from Samar and other distant provinces, do not be surprised if one day you find out about some of the superstitious beliefs they have. Don’t bother arguing with them either or trying to change them. No matter what they will continue to believe in those that can cast an evil spell over them and the faith they have in those men or women you and I will call quack quack doctors who can dispel evil spells and cure all sorts of ailments. Sure would be interesting to know if any of you who have been coming to the PI for many years have met with any ladies with these beliefs.
ANOTHER CHRISTMAS IN CONFINEMENT FOR KEN GRAHAM: The court system is not being very kind to Ken Graham with Prosecutor Haban definitely trying to make his life miserable. So far, he is succeeding. But then, there are a lot of prisoners in the overcrowded confines of the City Jail who are in the same boat. At least, for now, Ken is a bit more comfortable in the hospital though not doing well physically. Following is his latest update and appeal for funds:
Harry, Hope you have a great Christmas emphasizing Christ. Ken Graham
“Angeles police director Senior Supt. Eden Ugale said that his entire police force would take turns to ensure daily, 24-hour security for the APEC. “We are now organizing reaction teams for APEC. We are prepared even for the expected protest actions of militants who are known to hold rallies in APEC gatherings even in other countries,” he said. Ugale stressed, however, that the focus on APEC at Clark would lead to police shortcomings in the rest of Angeles.
“There will be enough policemen in the rest of the city to maintain peace and order,” he said. He noted that apart from the Angeles police, cops from other provinces of Central Luzon are also expected to help augment security personnel for the APEC delegates. (Gee, first he says there will be police shortcomings and then adds that there will be enough cops to keep us safe. That does not give me a warm fussy feeling) Ugale could not immediately provide more details on security plans for the APEC, saying that the only information officially relayed to him as of the time of the press conference was the date for the APEC meet at Clark. But Ugale said that the decline in the number of crimes in Angeles in the recent months augured well for the APECevent. “Despite the sensational cases in the recent weeks, the peace and order in the city is now very manageable,” he said. “There has been a downtrend in crimes in fhe past three weeks after we studied the crime situation so as to redeploy our personnel accordingly. We assess the situation weekly,” he said.
23 Jan – Howard McKay at Barbarino’s, Zeppelin St., 7 PM.
27 Jan – Howard McKay at the Blue Boar Inn Stable, 7 PM.
Harry, Coach Dick Thornton lost his battle with lung cancer the Fri before Xmas . He was in AC a lot, lived on Burgos St. in Makati for yrs . He was a storied professional football player for the Canadian Football league. I thought he said him and his wife Lhyn had talked to you in the last few months.
Anyways .. he was known to many people in the Phils and all over the world. He was a great guy to party with and was always willing to help out if you needed something. It’s hard to imagine a world without Coach. He may be gone but his legend lives on thru all of his friends around the world. Regards, Bruce Cripps
Following is an article by Steve Simmons, Toronto Sun, 30 Dec 2014
Dick Thornton, like Pat Burns, should have been in the Hall of Fame when he was still alive, before cancer took him. And that would have meant so much to him. He was an obvious choice that somehow got passed over year after year for reasons still unexplained. Thornton was a throwback, the kind of football player we don’t see anymore, the kind of quirky character we don’t hear much about — the kind of larger-than-life figure who lived larger than life, and was adored for the panache he brought to the game.
Thornton played defensive back for the Argos and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, but that wasn’t all he played. He played football. If you needed a quarterback, he’d throw the ball. If you needed a running back, he’d run the ball. If you needed, a punter, he’d kick the ball. If you needed someone to make a catch, he’d catch it. He scored in the CFL like no one since, by intercepting the ball, catching it, running it from scrimmage, throwing it, returning a fumble, returning a blocked kick. Who does all that? Tricky Dicky did. When he left the Argos in 1973, he had the pro football record for most interceptions returned for a touchdown. To put that into context, and considering how pass-happy football has become, it took almost 40 years for someone (Byron Parker) to break that CFL record.
Over the years, I tried to keep in touch with Thornton. He wasn’t just a fascinating player — he was a fascinating man. “When a team goes on the road for an away game, most players call their girlfriends. Richard Quincy Thornton always called the local sportswriters and broadcasters,” the late Dick Beddoes once wrote. And the media-savvy Thornton once wrote a column for this newspaper. All that seems so long ago. When last I heard from him, on the final day of October, he wrote by email: “Thanks so much for the thoughts and words of encouragement. It means a lot … You know me. I’m fighting the best I can.” Dick Thornton was 75 years old when lung cancer took him.
95 year old Van T. Barfoot died on 17 Dec 2014. He was the medal of honor recipient from World War II who refused to take his flag pole down and the large American flag on it when ordered to do so by some assholes in his community Home Owners Association. This took place in Virginia where patriots USED to live. This why in the US we should have mandatory 2 year military draft in the Army for 18 to 25 year olds to teach them what Van Barfoot fought for.
FROM BIRDS OF PARADISE TO SYDNEY AND FEAR FOR HER LIFE
I WOULD IF I COULD
Ailene Cudiamat is only 18 years of age and already has a beautiful mature look that will catch your eye anywhere that she may be. She is from Quezon City, Manila, has a high school education. She stands 5’6″ and is so very easy to talk to. She has 2 sisters and 1 brother. At the time of this writing she had been working only for 2 weeks at the Centauro Club (previously Carousal). Before starting work she had been helping her mother at their store but decided she wanted to earn her own money. That led her to Angeles City. She likes to dance and also loves window shopping, I guess dreaming of the many items she would like to buy as she earns her own money. She would like to be able to travel in the future. Her preferred age for anyone opting to court her would be between 25 to 40 years of age. That seems reasonable to me and I kind of feel she would be a good woman to get to know. If interested you can reach her at email@example.com.
CITY OF DREAMS
It was not until 14 Dec that I came across this article announcing an enormous new project in Manila. This so reminds me of Las Vegas and leads me to believe that money is still flowing into the Philippines, at least in Manila.
City of Dreams Manila slated to open on Sunday (14 Dec 2014)
By Jenniffer B. Austria | Dec. 10, 2014 at 11:30pm
City of Dreams Manila, the $1.3-billion integrated casino and resort facility of Melco Crown Philippines Corp., is opening its doors to the public on Sunday, becoming the second operational project in Entertainment City.
Melco said in a disclosure to the stock exchange it received the notice to commence casino operations from state-owned Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp.
City of Dreams Manila will be the second integrated casino resort to open in government-sponsored Entertainment City in Parañaque City, after Solaire Resort and Casino of Bloomberry Resorts Corp. “City of Dreams Manila will commence operations on 14 December 2014, with a grand opening of the integrated resort planned before Chinese New Year in 2015,” Melco Crown said.
City of Dreams Manila vice president Charisse Chuidian said in an e-mail message some components of the casino project would be opened during the soft opening. “The hotel restaurants will be available at the preview, the mass gaming area and some food outlets adjacent to it, some retail shops, one of the nightclubs,” Chuidian said. The $1.3-billion project, once completed, will have six hotel towers including the 260-room Crown Towers hotel, 321-room Nobu Hotel Manila and Hyatt Hotel as well as restaurants, bars, gaming facilities and a multi-level car park.
City of Dreams Manila will also feature three distinct entertainment venues, including Manila’s first family entertainment center, a live performance central lounge, inside the casino and night club situated at the fortune egg, a dome-like structure that will be centerpiece of the whole complex.
TOLL ROAD THRU MANILA TO AIRPORT
Currently the are building fast an above tollway on the roads next to the airport in Manila. It will go from the entertainment city/Roxas to termininal 1 and 2 to be completed by next June and to terminal three to be completed by November 2015 with the continuation to the current completed south skyway.
The 14 kilometer tollway (skyway 3) thru Manila is being built in 4 sections. Section 1 and 3 will be done by December 2016 and Section 2 and 4 will be done by December 2017. This tollway will connect the north tollway to the southern tollway. Which means it will take 15 minutes to drive thru Manila. (This I have to live to see) So you will drive the whole way to the airport by tollway. There is currently a exit on the south skyway I think it is called stage. Go off stage and enter the NAIA tollway.
San Miguel Beer is building both tollways. (I don’t think they will provide pit stops serving cold beers) They are also building the tollway to La Union. 99 kilometer. Suppose to cut down a 4 hour trip to one hour. That tollway will be 4 lanes to Urdantes. Two lanes the rest of the way until more traffic. Part of the road is completed (like 40 kilometer?)and another big section will be open in February. Two more years to finish the whole project. I am guessing that when the NAIA tollway is completed next year they will shift all the workers to the skyway in Manila. If you want information and pictures. Go to skyscraper.com. Then Philippines. Then infrastructure. Then roads and highway. (Good luck, I never succeeded in seeing any pictures)
THE LONDON PUB
It has been a year or so since I last visited the London Pub on Clark, a few meters past the Holiday Inn. I used to play dart matches there. I do not have a good excuse for not visiting in such a long time other than it location. But I was reminded recently that it is a wonderful venue to visit and to also book private parties. What reminded me is the information text I received which reads as follows:
“Looking for a nice place to have a party with friends or venue for corporate event in Pampanga Clark Freeport? The London Pub is now accepting bookings for parties and events for 20 to 60 persons. There can be more than just beers, cocktails and liquor. We can do a delicious buffet spread with a choice of local cuisine, continental or the popular choice British Gastro pub Grub. Located inside Mimosa, this pub which is home to the famous vintage beers brings you the English lifestyle and that laid back British ambiance. Don’t be surprised how good pub food has become.
The London Pub - Mimosa Leisure Estate, Clark Freeport, Pampanga
Tel: 0927-418-4096, In Manila (02) 633-1566, http://www.LondonPubClark.com
Guess it is time for me to visit the “Pub” again and introduce myself to management. Additionally, I will also visit “Yats Wine Club” as well as I have not been there since Chef Phillip left.
LHANI RETURNS AFTER SIX YEARS
This is a first for me. Lhani was featured in my June 2009 blog and I went back to look at the write-up. She was cute and only 4′ll” and was a working student. A few days ago I received an Email from her greeting me and asking the following: ”Hi do u still remember me? i was working @ orchid inn resort 2009 and you posted about me on june 2009. see the picture in red attached. The other pictures are of me now, a few years later. Can you post on your website again all about me? i am looking for a very nice guy, hehe.. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. let me know if you agreed to do it so that i will check on ur website.thanks a lot!”
Of course I was happy to oblige. I did write back asking for a few more details which she replied: ”I was just turned 29 yrs.old last august 2014. when i left orchid Inn last 2009, i meet a filipino guy and we lived together without marriage. we got a daughter now 4 years old. i went to abu dhabi last march 2013 to april 2014 as a cleaner but i went home after 1 yr. coz my salary was just too small. when i was in abu dhabi my live in partner cheated on me until now. so now i am looking for a nice guy who can love me and cares for me even if i already have a child.” Her updated photos follow:
Pfc. JOSEPH SCOTT PEMBERTON UPDATE
After being charged earlier this month with murdering transgender Filipina national Jennifer Laude, U.S. Marine Private First Class Joseph Scott Pemberton knew the days before he would face a Philippine court were few — too few, according to the 19-year-old alleged killer.
This month, Pemberton filed a motion with the Department of Justice to defer his trial proceedings for 60 days so that he and his counsel could review his murder indictment, reports the Turkish Press. On Thursday he learned that, much to the ire of the slain 26-year-old woman’s family and loved ones, his request was granted. The Philippine government, however, remains sure that justice for Laude will ultimately be reached.
“We have to follow it because it’s the legal process and the process is one of the rights of the accused,” spokesperson Herminio Coloma Jr. explained to Filipino news outlet Philstar. “It’s the intention of this government to ensure that justice is served and within the timeframe set under the [Visiting Forces Agreement].”
The trial suspension may be an attempt by Pemberton’s counsel to delay the trial past its one-year expiration date, which has been set by the Visiting Forces Agreement between the U.S. and Philippine military forces. This, along with a lack of clarity over whether the U.S. or the Philippines should retain custody of Pemberton, has placed pressure on officials to review the agreement’s terms.
The VFA, signed earlier this year, allows for the increased rotations of troops, ships, and other U.S. military assets through bases in the Philippines. However, when Laude was found October 11, strangled in an Olangapo City hotel room shortly after Pemberton — who was stationed with the U.S. Marines for military training exercises — was allegedly seen entering with her and leaving alone shortly thereafter, advocates began calling for the VFA to be cancelled.
At the same time, Pemberton was quickly charged with murder by U.S. officials, but Phillipine authorities demanded he be turned over to their custody. After initially refusing, in late October the U.S. agreed to have Pemberton held in the Phillipines under joint custody in a modfied shipping container on a military base in Manila, guarded by both Phillipine and U.S. sentries.
Many Philippine advocates have argued that the Visiting Forces Agreement, as well as the U.S.’s continued involvement in Pemberton’s custody, is not in the best interest of Filipino citizens, but rather is meant to protect the U.S.’s military goals. Phlippine president Benigno Aquino III, however, has lauded the U.S. for its conduct in the Pemberton case, telling the Wall Street Journal that the U.S. has “respond[ed] to our needs and our sensitivities.”
But as Pemberton’s case carries on, the Philippine government has faced increased pressure and need to review the terms of the VFA. This week, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima came forward to say that there are “vague provisions” in the VFA that make Pemberton’s case an “inevitable and recurring problem” if they are not addressed, particularly in relation to custody and detention.
“One of the problems is until now, the implementing guidelines have not been completed,” she explained to the Manila Standard, referring to negotiations begun prior to Laude’s murder. “We tried working on it for two years or more, but there are certain aspects where both sides couldn’t agree.”
Currently, Philippine authorities are arguing that under Article V Paragraph 6 of the VFA, the “extraordinary circumstances” of Laude’s murder justify Pemberton remaining in Philippine custody. But the VFA’s vagueness, Lima admits, ultimately means that the U.S. is not beholden to cede Pemberton to Philippine authority, despite the fact that he is awaiting trial in a Manila court. (Story copied from the internet, “Advocate.Com”. I researched the story today after talking to an Expat who told me that his trial had been postponed. This person also felt that Joseph was innocent because he had learned that Jennifer, that day, had received from Western Union P50,000 from her boyfriend and she was out spending some of that money with her friends. This I had never heard of and cannot find any mention of it anywhere. He also added that no fingerprints from Joseph had been found in the room and the condom did not have his DNA. The last two I had read about before. Of course, as I predicted this trial will, if it ever takes place, will drag on and will have interesting ramifications. I do not agree that the VFA between the US and the Philippines should be scrapped but I do agree with Justice Secretary de Lima that certain vague portions of the agreement need further clarification so we do not have to go on this Merry-Go-Round every time there is an incident involving a US Active Duty Military person on Philippine soil)
TOURIST OF THE MONTH
This is a man that knows how to enjoy life. I guess that coming from Boulder, Colorado that would come naturally to him. His name is Bruce Thorne, 62 years of age and happily single. He is a retired engineer/programmer. He spends 6 months in Boulder and then 6 months traveling throughout SEA and this time he decided to spend a bit of time checking out Angeles City. He was in the Navy and in the earl7 70′s was able to check out Subic when it was one hell of a fun place. After getting out of the Navy he started touring SEA in 1974 and has not stopped since. Now that he is getting a bit older and has experience AC, he is beginning to think of maybe spending a bit more time here. I was happy to stay at the La Casa and found him to be a great conversationalist. He enjoyed himself and told me he felt right at home here. That is something we try to impress upon our visitors, be casual and become one of the family. He also enjoyed his stays at El Nido, Palawan and Kampot, Cambodia both amazingly beautiful locations to visit. He gave me some of the famous black pepper of Kanpot. Bruce, a great tourist and a great new friend.
THE CLARK MEDICAL CITY HOSPITAL
A report by Tony Grimm - Jimmy, here are some photos from the tour of Medical City Clark. In my opinion from what I have been told the standard of care will be as good as what one would receive in the US. Two examples of why I say that is first in regards to the Emergency Room. The Doctor in charge specialty is Emergency Medicine. The Ambulances will be staffed with EMT’s who will be trained and certified in Advance Cardiac Life Support and Pre Hospital Trauma Life Support. All medical records will be in digital format, which means if seen in another Medical City facility they will have access to an individual’s Medical data. Lastly Medical City Clark will be getting Joint Accreditation of Health Care organizations International accreditation which means they will have to provide the same level of care as an accredited Hospital delivers. (I wanted to go on this tour but it was on the first day of my Santa appearance at Nepo Mall. Many Expats are looking forward to the completion of this hospital)
ANAPUL BAMBAN SANTA GIFT GIVING
Phase 1 of Santa’s annual gift giving took place at his farm in Anapul, Bamban Tarlac where 142 less privileged children from an area called the “Bunk Houses” were invited to a day of games, prizes, lunch, presents from Santa and finally, a coin toss. The ages of the children received gifts by name were 3 to 12. In attendance were also the mothers, aunts and grandmothers as well as children younger and older than the 3 to 12 selections. Close to 300 were in attendance.
CHRISTMAS EVE HOSPITAL VISITS
Project 2 was our annual visit to two hospitals on Christmas Eve afternoon. The first is the Mabalacat General Hospital and secondly is the Lazatin General Hospital (ONA). We visit the general wards for sick children and adults. Each patient receives a food basket, candy and a new P100 bill for good luck. The children also receive a stuffed toy. This year we gave gifts to 94 patients total.
SAPANGBATO AETA GIFT GIVING
Phase 3 was a visit to Sapangbato where we gave out packages of clothes, food and fruits to 100 Aeta adults and 150 children. This year I did not have enough clothes to give to the adults and kids, especially the children. In 2015 I hope to be able to collect more second hand clothes for men, women, girls and boys. The kids from age 2 to 12. These people appreciate any clothes given to them. It was a very successful day.
CLARK DEV’T PLAN DRAWS ASIAN DEVELOPERS
The plan by the Philippines to develop the former Clark Air Base has drawn interest from Asian developers, who may join a Black Eyed Peas rapper in promoting an alternative urban center to the country’s congested capital.
Taiwan’s Farglory Land Development Co. and the property arm of Japan’s Sumitomo Corp. are among foreign companies that may be keen on the project, joining local developers such as Ayala Land, Inc., said Arnel Casanova, president and chief executive of the Bases Conversion and Development Authority or BCDA, the state manager of former military properties.
Earlier this year, Casanova recruited Allan Pineda, a member of hip hop group the Black Eyed Peas, to promote the site to relieve congestion in Manila, one of the world’s most overcrowded cities. Pineda, whose American father was an airman at the former Clark Air Base, is a citizen of both the US and the Philippines.
“We need to ease the pressure of migration into Manila by creating another metropolis,” Casanova said in an interview in Manila on Dec. 18.
The BCDA plans to sell joint development rights to local and foreign companies interested in developing a 9,450-hectare (95 square kilometer) area of land at the former Clark base, which was used by US forces during World War II and the Vietnam War, and was handed back to the Philippine government in 1991.
It wants to develop a mix of housing, shops and manufacturing facilities on part of the 35,000-hectare site, which is about half the size of Singapore. That will relieve some of the pressure on the overcrowded capital, which lies about 70 kilometers to the south.
Ayala Land, Robinsons Land Corp. and Century Properties Group, Inc. are among half a dozen local companies talking to BCDA about developing the so-called Clark city, Casanova said.
Manila is home to 22 million people who share only 620 square kilometers of space, already one of the highest population densities in the world. The population will rise to 30 million by 2025, making it the world’s third-largest urban area after Tokyo and Jakarta, according to forecasts by Belleville, Illinois-based Demographia.
President Benigno Aquino has promoted the Clark city project as part of plans to spread wealth outside the capital, which accounts for more than a third of the country’s gross domestic product of $272 billion. The BCDA is hoping to sign the first development contract during the first quarter of 2015, Casanova said.
Pineda, popularly known as Apl.de.Ap, has been meeting companies interested in Clark city, and helped organize a forum in Singapore on the project last month. He said in a Twitter post he will promote the area as “a technology hub for Southeast Asia.” He couldn’t be reached for comment.
When the US military left, parts of Clark Air Base were used as an economic zone, which included an international airport, though most of the area remains undeveloped.
The new Clark city will eventually create about 1 million jobs, mostly in outsourcing and manufacturing, and generate about $36 billion worth in economic activity from industrial parks, education and recreation centers which are planned over the next 30 years, Casanova said. The BCDA has approached colleges, such as the University of the Philippines, to set up campuses.
Developers are being offered similar terms to those used at Fort Bonifacio, a former army base which is now one of the fastest-growing districts in the capital, Casanova said. A group led by Metro Pacific Investments Corp. partnered with BCDA to develop Bonifacio city, though it subsequently sold its development rights to Ayala Land and Evergreen Holdings, Inc.
The terms for developing Fort Bonifacio will probably work for Clark city as well, said Astro del Castillo, managing director of First Grade Finance, Inc. in Manila, an investment company. “Any government project or any project of such magnitude tends to attract a lot of interest from investors,” he said.
Farglory said in an e-mail that it’s assessing the Clark city project without giving further details, while Sumitomo’s spokeswoman Miyuki Egusa said talks are still at an early stages with “no concrete move” having taken place.
Ayala Land “would be interested” in the development, said Bobby Dy, president of the Philippine builder, while Robinsons Land President Frederick Go is “waiting for terms of reference to come out.” For Century Properties, Clark city is “one of the many new opportunities” the group is looking at, it said.
Development work at Clark city will take several years, meaning much of the work will be left to subsequent governments, said Casanova, whose term at BCDA ends at the same time that President Aquino leaves office in June, 2016.
“We plant the seed, we break the ground then let the succeeding leader implement the vision,” he said. (I had never heard of this before but I would like to see how much of this idea becomes a reality. It bodes well for the economy of Angeles City if any part of it is developed. I wonder if this would be positive or negative for the development of the Clark International Airport (CIA). One of the positives about the CIA is the open space surrounding it but now they want to build a City at Clark. The future growth of this area can only bring more and more investments to Angeles City. It is amazing how far Clark and AC has come since the Mt. Pinatubo eruption and the closing of the Air Base)
A VERY SPECIAL SCHOOL
There is one school that I try to visit annually as Santa that is extremely personal. In fact, even if Santa had to visit this school in a wheel chair I would make this visit. Only if it became physically impossible would I stop. It is the Angeles City Special Education Center where children, and even some adults come under the care of some very dedicated teachers and loving, patient parents. Here you will find children who are blind, deaf and other characteristics that require their attendance at this center. They are so excited to see, hear, and touch Santa during his visit. They simply want to hug Santa and I am grateful for the big beard I wear and wig so that no one can notice a few tears that always seem to drop from my eye. There is usually a sponsor who provides money for the teachers to buy gifts for this event. This year it was Remy Suarez who has moved here from Las Vegas. If there is a year with no sponsor then I will cover that myself.
A NEW PARK
This is another ongoing project by the Mayor to clean up an area that was looking pretty shabby. I call it the Checkpoint little park but I am not sure what it will feature when completed. It is located a bit pass the Checkpoint at the location where some structures were removed to make room for the proposed railroad from Manila. Now the City has removed the temporary shacks that were in front and installed a nice walking area and some nice looking light posts. As soon as it is finished I will be able to see what it will be used for. One thing you can bank on, it does not look like any railroad will be coming through any time too soon.
That brings this months column to a close. December was a very tiring month for me and wife Vina as well. Without her running the show none of the Charity work we are involved with would continue. She does ALL the organizing and even helping to dress Santa. I also am lucky to have her family members helping with putting the packages together, organizing the food for the kids, putting all the candy in packages and so much more. Again, I am so grateful to all the people that donate and send boxes of stuffed toys and clothes for our project. I started this in 1985 and from the beginning until now good people have helped me. Thank you one and all. With that I now head to bed and hope everyone remembers to be kind to horses. Happy New Year!!
HTH POLITICAL RANTINGS – STOP HERE
Spare a few minutes and listen to a man making common sense.
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I wonder if there is a garbage can big enough to put Al Sharpton in. Of course you would have to pry him away from underneath the arm of Pres. Obama. Following is an interesting article on the NYPD Garner arrest:
“Eric Garner, a 43-year-old father of six, is dead. This is a tragedy, regardless of the circumstances. We rightly mourn with his wife and children. They will never see their husband and father again, and that should break everyone’s heart.
When we witness a gut-rending tragedy like this, we want to know who is responsible. Who is to blame for depriving this family of its husband and father? As the facts emerge, it becomes increasingly clear that, as tragic as this situation is, in the end the culpability for Eric Garner’s death rests with Eric Garner.
To put it as simply as possible, if Mr. Garner had not broken the law and then resisted arrest, he would be alive today.
While protesters are trying to make this about race, it must be noted that the police showed up in response to complaints from black business owners. The arrest was ordered by a black officer, and the arrest itself was supervised by a black officer, a female sergeant.
A crackdown on the sale of illegal, untaxed cigarettes – called “loosies” since they are sold in singles rather than in packs – had been ordered just days before Garner’s arrest by the highest ranking black police officer in the NYPD, Philip Banks.
So a black officer ordered the crackdown, black business owners called for the arrest, a black officer ordered the arrest, and a black officer supervised the arrest itself. It’s also worth noting that the 23-member grand jury which refused to indict the arresting officer included nine non-white members. Ask yourself how many of those facts you have heard from any member of the race-obsessed, low-information media.
Garner had been arrested 31 times, and eight of those had been for selling loosies. His rap sheet goes back decades and includes arrests for assault and grand larceny.
At the time of his death, Garner was out on bail after being charged with multiple offenses, including illegal sale of cigarettes, marijuana possession, false impersonation and driving without a license.
So he certainly knew the law, knew he was in violation, and knew doing it again would likely lead to his arrest, a drill he’d been through dozens of times before.
There were 228,000 misdemeanor arrests in New York City in 2013, the last year for which figures are available. All of them put together led to precisely zero deaths.
Garner, all six-foot, three inches and 350 pounds of him, clearly resisted arrest, swatting away the arresting officer’s hands while loudly exclaiming, “Don’t touch me!” After he was taken to the ground, he growled, “This ends here!” That could be taken any number of ways, but in the heat of the moment it certainly could be read reasonably as a declaration that he was going to fight arrest until he was subdued by compelling force.
The patrolman who wrestled Garner to the ground, Daniel Pantaleo, did it by the book, using a takedown maneuver every policeman is taught at the academy. He did not, in fact, use a chokehold, which is defined by the NYPD as “any pressure to the throat or windpipe, which may prevent or hinder breathing or reduce intake of air.” Now Garner was clearly able to breathe, since that’s the only way he could repeatedly say, “I can’t breathe.”
The autopsy explicitly declares that there was no injury to Garner’s windpipe or to his neck bones. This was a wrestler’s headlock, not a chokehold. (As a sidenote, chokeholds, while contrary to police policy, are not in fact illegal in the state of New York when an officer uses one to restrain a resisting subject. They are not even illegal in New York City, at the insistence of liberal mayor Bill DeBlasio.) Patrolman Pantaleo was not indicted for the simple reason that he did nothing wrong.
Garner’s death likely should be attributed to the fact that he himself suffered from severe asthma, something the arresting officers had no reason to know. According to Garner’s friends, his asthma was severe enough that he was forced to quit his job as horticulturist for the city. He wheezed when he talked and could not walk so much as a city block without having to stop to rest. Garner “couldn’t breathe” because of his asthma, not because of a chokehold.
In addition, he suffered from heart disease, advanced diabetes, hypertension, obesity and sleep apnea. Contrary to public perception, he did not die on site, nor did he die of asphyxiation. He suffered cardiac arrest in the ambulance and was declared dead about an hour later at the hospital.
So it turns out that almost everything bleated out by the race-mongers and the low-information media has turned out to be wrong. As the wisest man who ever lived wrote 3,000 years ago, “The one who states his case first seems right until the other comes and examines him” (Proverbs 18:17).
Eric Garner and Michael Brown both fought the law, and the law won. In the end, they have no one to blame but themselves.
New York Post columnist Bob McMcanus concluded his column on Eric Garner this way:
“There are many New Yorkers – politicians, activists, trial lawyers, all the usual suspects – who will now seek to profit from a tragedy that wouldn’t have happened had Eric Garner made a different decision. ”He was a victim of himself. It’s just that simple.” (I recognize that he was breaking the law and that black business owners wanted him arrested but I doubt that they wanted him killed. Unlike the Ferguson case I had my doubts here. What happened to those taser guns that could take someone down with killing him? I think this one should have gone to trial so at least there would have been more transparency. But, in no way do I support violence and the call to kill policemen. That in itself is criminal. When I was a kid I was brought up to respect the police but that is no longer the case anymore and that is a damn shame)
Hello Don’t recognize me? That’s OK; I understand.
My name was Antonio West. I was the 13-month old child who was shot in the face at point blank range by two black teens, who were attempting to rob my mother, who was also shot. I think my murder and my mommy’s wounding made the news for maybe a day, and then disappeared. A Grand Jury of my mommy’s peers from Brunswick , Georgia ruled the black teens who murdered me will not face the death penalty. Too bad it was me who got the death sentence from my killers instead, because Mommy didn’t have the money they demanded. See, my family made the mistake of being white in a 73% non-white neighborhood, but my murder wasn’t ruled a ‘hate crime’. Oh, and President Obama didn’t take a single moment to acknowledge my murder. Attorney General Eric Holder didn’t come into town and start a Federal investigation. Neither one have any children who could possibly look like me – so why should they care?
I’m one of the youngest murder victims in our great Nation’s history, but the media didn’t care to cover the story of my being killed in cold blood. There isn’t a white equivalent of Al Sharpton, because if there was he would be branded a ‘racist’. So no one’s rushing to Brunswick , Georgia to demonstrate and demand ‘justice’ for me. There’s no ‘White Panther’ party, either, to put a bounty on the lives of the two black teens who murdered me. I have no voice, I have no representation, and unlike those who shot me in the face while I sat innocently in my stroller I no longer have my life. Isn’t this a great country? So while you’re out seeking ‘justice for Trayvon Martin or Michael Brown’, please remember to seek ‘justice’ for me. Tell your friends about me, tell you families, get tee-shirts with my face on them, and make the world pay attention, just like you did for Trayvon and Brown. I won’t hold my breath. I don’t have to anymore. (Of course there were no whites demonstrating and breaking into stores and stealing liquor, food and luxury items and laughing about it. Yes folks, racism is not just a “white thing”, a lot of folks better wake up to that fact and find the voice to shout it out loud and clear)
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