Many organizations reached out to give aid to victims of the recent record breaking Typhoon Yolanda. Various countries sent help but most of the assistance centered around Tacloban and many outlying Islands were being overlooked. But two motorcycle clubs and their friends here in Angeles City gathered their resources and took action. They contacted their world wide network of fellow MC Clubs and went into action. The letter below from a member of the Outsider Motorcycle Club will give you an idea of the great work they did. All too often the negative image of motorcycle clubs is unjustified. After reading this you will see what an important part they play in society and they do their good deeds with publicity.
“George, Just explain to Harry that Outsider Motorcycle Club (OMC) Philippines and Peace Riders MC and Friends decided to take matters into there own hands to help the people of Northern Cebu and Malapascua Island and started a donation drive to help the people. We have done so far 3 food runs with relief good of over 30 tons of relief goods and the last run done a few days ago, 4th run was with building materials to help rebuild homes on Malapascua Island. We have collected donations from all over the world through our OMC Mactan Chapter web site who posted details there on how to donate. OMC Philippines and Peace Riders and Friends ensure that all donations reach the people and we distribute the relief good in person to the people.
On the 2nd trip we took a doctor to the island with medical supplies and treated the injured, and if it was not for us this island would most have probably been left alone to fend for itself as everyone is more concentrated in helping Leyte recover that most of the other places hit by the typhoon have been forgotten about and received no aid. OMC Philippines and Peace Riders and friends wanted to ensure that all donations went to the people and not in some government officials pockets or to pay for the salary of a big charity CEO, so we guarantee that all donations go to the people who actually need it.
On the 8th Dec in Austria at OMC Neusiedl am See Chapter club house they are holding a Philippines Donation Marathon with live music and raffle and all proceeds and donations going to the relief fund for the typhoon victims through our OMC Mactan Chapter, they are expecting a big turn out and have many things to auction and raffle off donated by various institutions and music bands and have been featured in some of the local newspapers in Austria advertising the event.
To date 3rd Dec we have collected over 20,000 euros and money is still coming in which will be used for the rebuilding process, and all of our chapters in The Philippines, Thailand and Europe have been big contributors to this donation drive for the people of the Philippines. OMC Philippines and the people of Malapascua Island would like to thank one and all who has contributed so far and we hope we can raise more donations in the next few weeks to continue the relief operations and help rebuild the peoples life’s.
One thing for sure with all the bad press that Motorcycle clubs get these days, especially in Australia at present where the law is coming down hard on anyone who rides a motorcycle, we are happy to show and give some help to people who have been devastated by typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan and that Motorcycle clubs do care.
For further details please clink on the links below, on the facebook page there are many pictures and videos of the relief good being transported and distributed to the people.”
OMC Laguna Secretary/Asian Nat Treasurer, OWOV
I learned tonight that the 2014 Hot Air Balloon Festival will be held from 24 to 27 April at Clark. It had recently been announced that the very popular balloon festival was cancelled by the operator of the Festival.
DOT Regional III Director Ronnie Tiotuico informed me that he has received approval to organize the Festival under the auspices of the Dept. of Tourism. Many years ago the Balloon Festival was initially organized and produced by the Region III Dept of Tourism and was held at the OMNI grounds at Clark.
Director Ronnie said that too many people and businessmen were disappointed when they learned that the Festival had been cancelled and he was determined to keep the tradition alive. He expects 30 Balloonists to participate and this time there will be entertainment as well as various rides. Additionally, the hours will be extended to 9 PM.
This is the way the Festival was run in the first few years when it was much more fun to attend. Now I am looking forward to this annual event which, thanks to Director Tiotuico, will not be allowed to die off.
You know me, I like any opportunity to be surrounded by beautiful ladies so I am using this picture to greet everyone of my readers and wish you all a very Merry Christmas. Rob, Mark and Brian also wish you the same but I was not going to ruin the picture by putting them in it. I am selfish! The management of Phillie’s appreciates the support of its many customers and we hope to make your Christmas a little more joyful. In fact, Santa Claus will be at Phillie’s on 25 Dec to greet you and your children. Bring a present with you that Santa can give to your child or children. Oh, you can do the same at Nepo Mall on 20, 21 and 22 Dec.
Welcome to December, did you book your ticket yet? December is the beginning of some great weather and fun celebrations. See ya!
The bar raids apparently started after I left the PI . Sounds like senseless harassment to me. And , I would think , scaring customers away . It is common knowledge why men visit Fields ave. Not to find religion . But, ff the Philippine Government is honestly that concerned about alleged illegal bar activity , prostitution , protecting young dancers from nasty foreign ” papasans ” etc , etc. And feel they must raid bars to free the ” trafficked ” girls being held against their will etc. Then close the fucking bars down and be done with it. This ” open ” ” close ” ” open ” again shit is stupid . And probably a money maker for the cops . And, I guess, the Police being accompanied by American Agents from the Embassy is supposed to show how the PNP or NBI are ” cracking down ” on the bars . I guess ?? Or something ? Make the US Ambassador happy maybe . Joe W. (Yes Joe, some people want the bars closed, maybe to encourage a Korean takeover or a plan for some Filipino’s to enlarge their wallets, who knows for sure? Personally, I hope they stay open but to do so will require adjusting to the whims of those in power and that is not easy.)
Harry, I have noted a few issues to bring to bear…will get around to them….Happy Chicks….Ralph Geronzi, wife Linda, he was from Western Australia and the bar was located roughly where Carousel and Atlantis stood, a couple of bars and in the manner of the day, were former houses, which accounted for 90% of bard in and around Fields (including Super Head etc now Wild Orchid).–
Whilst up in the Pilbarra, the quarry of the world, I was staying at Wickham, next town along from Karratha/Dampier, doing some work for the iron ore mine I was setting up etc. In the midst of the town supporting the Rio operations and rail line from pit to port, I saw a large company sporting facility, pools etc and a soccer field….A sign proudly announced that the ground was the “RALPH GERONZI OVAL” and it took me a while to find out it was because of his services to wog ball (soccer) as we call it….
Last time we saw each other, he was filthy that he didn’t win the Spaghetti cooking contest at the Swagman, as he had “bought all his ingredients at the BX “. Team that won however boasted the chef from the Baguio Hyatt as captain and he would probably make a decent feed out of the sole out of a work boot and some garlic….!!!!
(Sent to me by the man with a million memories of old AC and a great story teller — Mr. Dave Donney himself. I am glad he wrote me because when he speaks to me I need an Aussie beside me to interpret the colorful words emitting from his mouth. Dave is a legend. I will tell you this, those converted “houses” were a hell of a lot of fun back in the day. You did not need a Club with 200 dancers back then. There were a hundred “houses” to choose from and each one had it’s own character and interesting owner who lent a personal touch to the place. Maybe by the time the raids are finished you may have to haunt the back streets of AC to reclaim you favorite “House”)
Dear Harry, there are numerous malicious rumors going around. Four so far that i have heard. My clients are calling me and are very concerned. Some want letters from me about shutting down etc.
1. that i am going to gaol (Jail) .The oppostion’s staff member Mary-lou Walters states that on her face book.
2.my staff has already transferred to my opposition.
3.My business is shutting down.
4. I got my secretary pregnant.
All are incorrect. Could you please run some sort of advertisement and anyone can contact me or my staff anytime. (This was sent to me by John Powers, owner of Australian Visa. He has had a bit of a rough time as described in a previous newsletter but he is alive and well and his business is still functioning. His staff remains quite loyal)
First and Last Name: Terry Betrayed
Comments and Remarks: Hi Harry. A past experience of trusting pinoy, met a girl from in the old Gobbles Bar back in 2008 came back many times to AC and paid the fine to get her out of Bar and back to Mangagoy in Mindanao. Supported her and family since 2010 got a job in in Manila all looking Rosey until local boss was closed down by illegal recruiting for osw. Had apart in QC but when I returned to Aust. she managed to put people off in apart. and was thrown out. Went back in July rescued her belongings and set up apart in Xevera, all going great guns whilst I was going back and forth to Australia lo and behold she gets a job in Aby Lyn Wine Bar services up to 50 customers per month whilst I am not there plus my support for her in apart. Contacts from AC informed me that I was being conned and was be done over by a world champion Janice Limbing Alcujeres, beware guys this is one hell of a professional. (I did not edit this at all. Never heard of the Aby Lyn Wine Bar but sounds like old Terry met one of those not so nice ladies from Mindanao. Seems like a bad roll of the dice on not so sweet Janice)
First and Last Name: Kelly. Please do not publish my name. Harry, I was introduced to your article as a source of information on the raids. Thank you for all the information. I am concerned with something else though. In the November issue you published a story about someone being accosted right near The Brass knob by a group of gang members. As this is the area I usually entertain myself in, I am very concerned. I usually walk in the day, and trike any later than 9 pm. This sort of thing is making me want to stay away from AC. Wondering how best to avoid this kind of encounter, any suggestions? I hope this does not become a common event! I am looking forward to a 2 month stay in AC and am hoping things get worked out by then. I greatly appreciate your news letter. (It is hard for me to answer this. What you are already doing with daytime walking and night time Trike should do the job. Note I said “should”. You see, this is not the first incident of this nature. It has happened on MacArthur Highway, near the Lewis Grand, now the Brass Knob and no doubt other locations of which I have not been informed. My suggestion is if possible, do not walk alone. In the daytime it should be safe but to be sure, take a jeepney. These kids are brazen and depend on speed. Maybe you should carry a walking stick that can be used as a defensive weapon. They like to go after single walkers that are not all that big and look like easy targets. The odds of you encountering such an attack are very low especially if you use due care. They have a new Station Four Commander and when I meet him I will bring this up to him)
Hi Harry, Just got round to reading your November issue, and noticed someone trying to contact Ralph, from their Happy Chicks connection. Pleased to report he’s alive and well, living in Perth, Australia, and his e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org if nobody yet informed you. Regards, John O.
Hi Harry. Re Atlantas. You know as well as I that these raids on the bars in Angeles and to a lesser extent else where will never end as they are a great source of revenue for the corrupt city hall officials and police in the PI. When these people have wrecked places like Angeles and killed the golden goose maybe their dumb brains will click into gear, I doubt it as greed dictates how these people think ,not only in the PI but many countries in the world. As I have said before there is more to the Philippines than Angeles, grab yourself a nice girl, catch a bus and she will take you to the provinces of this great country and you will wonder why you ever bothered with Angeles. The added bonus is there are no bar fines and most girls are glad for a break out of the bar scene where they don’t want to be in the first place, try it you won’t regret it. John H. (You might be right John and good advice for single lads coming here. Try to see more than just Angeles City. Outside of Angeles you will even find friendly Tricycle drivers that charge the proper fare. But, Angeles is where the action is and where most of the typhoon’s pass us by)
Harry, as a daily reader of numerous national Philippine on-line newspapers I am starting to see a sprinkling of editorials ( especially from the Sun Star ) by rational thinking, educated Filipinos who are questioning the tactics of the IJM. I can only hope this trend continues. As we all know the IJM has a huge financial interest in accomplishing their stated goal of closing down ALL of the bars on Fields Ave (Angeles City), Gen. Maxilom Blvd (Cebu City) and other regions of the Philippines. As a long-time member of one of the boards, whose focus is the nightlife of Angeles, I can say that many members (excluding the owners and managers) have an over simplistic view of the IJM. The Amended RA 10364 or the Expanded Law of Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2012 clearly states:
“any person who recruits, transports, transfers, harbors, provides, or receives a person by any means……for the purpose of prostitution, pornography, sexual exploitation, forced labor, slavery, involuntary servitude or debt bondage.” ”receives” = customers / clients. Make no mistake about that!
It is only a matter of time before we are reading about customers of the bars that have been arrested under this vague law. And with the United States’ Department of Homeland Security (Carousel raid) entering the fray I can only imagine what questions await me as I re-enter the U.S upon my return from my twice-yearly vacation in the Philippines.
Over the course of Philippine history there have been many foreign invaders attempting to exploit and change longtime cultural values and mores of the Filipino people. From what I can see and read the IJM is just another invader with their own religious agenda running around rescuing those who are not held captive in any way and are not requesting to be rescued. Additionally the damage caused by these do-gooders is immeasurable to the families of the girls who rely on their support.
I can only hope that one day soon Filipinos will realize that the new invader is an NGO named The International Justice Mission funded by many different countries with the message “we know what’s best for you” (I guess the Special Agents of the US Homeland Security have not “invaded” Cebu yet)
The outrage that prompted this writing was an editorial in the Sun Star that reported the IJM entered a school to perform a “rescue”. Imagine this happening anywhere else? In the U.S there would be litigation that would cost the IJM dearly. Ramon G.
http://www.sunstar.com.ph/cebu/opinion/2013/09/09/nalzaro-what-next-302207. Written by Bobby G. Nalzaro, Sun-Star, Cebu.
“Monday, September 9, 2013. POLICE operatives nabbed prostitutes along Kamagayan and Juana Osmeña Streets. Hauled them to and booked them at the police station and charged them with vagrancy. Those arrested would post bail and the following day, they’d be back in the streets. Several minors were “rescued” by authorities from Jaguar KTV in Banilad several months ago. The KTV bar was ordered closed by City Hall for exploiting minors. But what happened to the girls, most of whom are from the province? Did they go home? I have learned that those girls are working at the Las Vegas KTV at the North Reclamation Area and the newly opened Club Harem in Barangay Subangdaku, Mandaue City. After undergoing rehabilitation for several months, a drug user is reformed. But when he gets home, his old peers are still there. And because of peer pressure, he may return to his old habit. I’m afraid the “rescued” minors from Cordova and Lapu-Lapu City, who were reportedly involved in cyberporn, might end up with the same experience. After they’re rescued, what is next? The minors, most of whom are students, were identified by authorities through their photos taken from the computers that were confiscated in their previous raids.
Combined elements of the National Bureau of Investigation, the Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force and the International Justice Mission “raided” their homes and schools. I think it was wrong for authorities to pick some of them up in school. It might result to embarrassment and traumatic experience. For sure, classmates and schoolmates of those “rescued” will tease them and might call them embarrassing names. Lapu-Lapu City Mayor Paz Radaza and DepEd officials have reasons to “cry foul.” Our authorities should have been prudent in handling this very sensitive and delicate matter. Just imagine, some of those “picked up” were victims of mistaken identity. Okay, those rescued are now in the custody of the Department of Social Welfare and Development. Agency officials promised to provide them with shelter and basic needs.
But for how long can the agency sustain their needs? What about their education? The agency’s aid is not only limited to food and shelter. Will it provide them with daily transportation allowance, personal pocket money and cellular phone loads, among others? Remember, these are minors and they also need leisure time. I’m afraid most of them will bolt or escape from government custody. Their lives there might be boring. This is what’s happening at the Parian Drop-in Center and to other facilities that cater to minors who are in conflict with the law. Learning a livelihood is not yet in their minds.
But you know some people want easy money. And there is easy money in cyberporn. All you have to do is display your “assets” to online clients. I know that this is not only happening in Cordova. It’s all over. Unless and until our government can arrest the problem of poverty, this social problem will continue to exist. Believe me.”
Harry, Purse Snatchers are running rampant! Riding our electric bike on Johnny Street going from Johnny’s Supermarket to fields avenue my GF was holding her purse on her shoulder. Two men with full faced helmets drove by and slowed down next to us. The Filipino on the rear snatched my GFs purse and then they zoomed off. Their take was her new smart phone, all of her bank cards, ID’s and a very nice Sony Camera. She tried to hang on to it which came very close to causing us to have an accident. Best advice is to hold your purse tightly in front of you or put it in a luggage container if you have one. The funny part is, I told her to put that in the rear luggage compartment, but she said she wants to show off her new designer purse. It did attract attention! After that incident, I noticed that most girls do hold their purses tightly to their body with the strap over their head and shoulder. They were more wise than we were. Jack L. (Guess she will listen to you the next time Jack)
Harry, what disappoints me is that whilst countries like ours are pouring millions in aid into Tacloban, providing Drs and medicine, the corrupt officials in the Peenz, police and Customs officers are daily taking tourists from those countries who are giving aid, down to the ATM’s and stealing money from them. Business as usual for these bastards. Police and Customs setups are the order of the day, EVERY day in The Peenz (That is Australian for “Philippines). And the millions in aid money? Don’t dare let a Filipino official near it. It will be gone just like the looting and pillage that is going on in Tacloban now. Any money or aid must be handled by World Vision, The Red Cross or United Nations-not Filipinos who still run one of the most corrupt political regimes in the world. The whole country is run on nepotism and controlled by six families. Ray A. (Oh Ray, these are really very negative words. Yes, there is corruption here in the Philippines but at this time lets not be too negative. Yes, there was looting and pillage in Tacloban and other areas hit by the super Typhoon but be advised that most of the “looters” had nothing to eat or drink for days and no relief in sight. Most were looking for food and I suspect that if I was there with them and suffering the same conditions, I probably would have been looting myself. Yes, maybe some were taking TV’s, radios, whatever but they were a minority. Also, in times of tragedy, Filipinos come together to help their fellow citizens, including those in uniform, etc. This calamity was so tragic to so many that corruption was the last thought one should have. Instead, take the time watch the many thousands of Filipinos that are reaching out to give their time, their money and yes, their prayers to those thousands who are suffering and will suffer for many more weeks and months. I remember how even in Angeles City, after the Mt. Pinatubo eruption how everyone came together to help each other and it was like one big family. It was a tragic time but yet, how wonderful to see so many helping hands from so many different Nationalities reaching out to help each other. Of course, a year later, maybe even less, everything and everyone returned to normal. Tragedies bring out the best in people, and yes, sadly, quite often the worse. Such is life!)
Hi Harry Rick here from Darwin. Wow….what a set back for the people affected from the typhoon in Tacloban….TRAGIC. I see from news accounts that aid and assistance is starting to filter through from foreign countries, but one must ask….where are the Philippine government and its officials? has the President, senators or mayors been to witness the human carnage?…from what we are seeing here on the news , this is not the case. Why has it taken so long to get local service personnel in to assist with the clean up, control and support for the local people? Why is there no machinery, bulldozers, front end loaders and backhoes, to help clean up the debris and sort through rubble for possible survivors in the first instance???….of course one could go on asking questions that I think for the most part we know the answers to. To say that the Philippines were ill equip and unprepared would be an understatement.
First and Last Name: KEVIN F. Comments and Remarks: do u know C.D.R.KING at NEPO MALL is selling PHILIPPS blank C.D.S THAT DONT WORK AT ALL i bought 20 and the first 7 i tried could not be activated …went back for refund or replacement of another brand and was [[TOO..BAD ] THEY ARE RIPPING PEOPLE OFF FOR A PESO. (I guess this is an item one should avoid buying at the Robinson C.D.R King store at Nepo Mall.)
Hi Harry, This is the first time I am writing you, but I just had to report what I saw Saturday, Nov 23 at about 10:00 pm in Angel witch. It is a long one, so feel free to edit if you want to publish.
So, I call down a cute girl from stage, and we start talking. After a couple of minutes, the waitress comes up and does the “you are being watched” thing with her hands and eyes. She seemed real serious, so I immediately think, oh shit, some girl that I barfined from here has a problem with me. I immediately scan the room and don’t see anyone looking at me (the place is packed), but my eyes immediately settle on the table next to me. Just a big, young American with a real scanky looking ho (remember, he was thirty something, and well built). That just didn’t seem right. Now, I can’t tell you how long it took me to know, but it was very fast. He looked like he could be an American undercover agent. Of course, the first thing I thought was that my imagination was running away with me, but I figured that I would watch them as I had nothing else to do.
He was blond, mid to late thirties, maybe 6’00′, 190. dressed in blue jeans, black t-shirt, and heavy boots (hmm, heavy boots for a Saturday night in Angels………) She was in her thirties, with a large butterfly tatoo on the rear of her shoulder, and looked like a girl that had worked one too many decades in the bars. And she was moving in a really obnoxious fashion. So I watch him for about 10 minutes. Here is how he acts. He does not smile. He appears very preocuppied. He looks around seriously. Every now and then he looks at “his girl” and playfully touches her clothes, and then he may smile for a couple seconds. But he does not touch her in any serious way. Every two or three minutes, he texts on his phone. He then puts on his hat, which was on the table. It is black, says Fire Rescue on the front, with a USA flag on the side. After watching this “fascinating” series of events unfold for about 10 minutes, a guy comes over, very excited looking (I didn’t notice what he was wearing, but I would guess also jeans and a black t-shirt), and tells the guy in a loud, but hushed voice (I’ve got one, and she is HOT) (And no, I am not writing the script for a movie, this is EXACTLY how it went down) And right behind him is a very young looking girl (seriously, having a girl that looks like she is under 18 is not a very wise move right now in AC. My guess, is that HOT is code for YOUNG). He then gets up, and the two of them and the girl go to another table. At this point, my heart starts beating fast. I know what I am watching, although I only 98% sure.
I have not seen enough to be 100% sure. It was exactly at this point when a third guy comes in and sits down at the seat just vacated (oh, and the ho is still there, as she did not follow her “boyfriend” to the other table). He is also in his thirties, blond, but thinner than the last guy. So what was he wearing? Well, it was blue jeans, heavy boots, and right after he sits down he takes his hat, which was in his hand (just like other guy, but he kept his on the table) and puts it on. And yes, it was black, with a USA flag on the side, and said Fire Resuce on the front. He also has a very serious, almost nervous look. (I am now 100% sure) He then starts texting on his phone; which just happened to look exactly like the phone the other guy had. At this point I ask for my check and call the manager ( A heavy set Filipino, maybe a bouncer). I assume that he must know (the waitress did indicate that I was being watched), but as it was possible that she did mean something else and I just happened to notice the potential raid going down. As I told him, I got the strong indication that he knew, although he did not say.
As a final thought, I think the raid would have happened immediately if they were able to barfine the girl. The very fact they were wearing boots and dressed identically was to show authority if things went that way. I assume the PNP was kept a safe distance, and may not have even known in advance when or where they would be called. So, that was their M.O. Lets hope they don’t change it, as it is very easy to spot if you are looking for it. (Folks, this is an indication of how some customers are a bit nervous in the bars and being more observant than in the past. This man who used the name Chris may or may not have been on to something. If this was a potential raid then the key words were “they could not get a bar fine” and that dear people is the key to staying open or giving the finger to the IJM)
Hi Harry, I am a regular reader of your blog and I enjoy it. I want to share with you my latest experience of two days ago. I live in Phuket. I am visiting the Philippines 2/3 times per year. Last April 2013 my friend and I met two Philippines ladies ( 25 and 26 year old) in the Philippines. We spent some time together.
This time November we try to contact them when we were visiting again. We found out that the place they worked was closed. I contacted the girl I met and she told me that the other lady was killed by a car accident and that she moved back to her province. She was sad because of the death of her cousin and she was out of a job. I decided to cheer her up and bought a ticket from her province to Manila and spend some time together. Everything was good. Philippine citizens can travel to Thailand for 30 days and get visa on arrival. So I invited her to join us back to Thailand and spend two weeks holiday in Phuket.
She had a passport and I bought a two weeks return ticket with Cebu Pacific Airlines Manila- Phuket- Manila. We checked in together at Terminal 3 with Cebu Pacific and she paid 1620 pesos travel tax for Philippinos. After that we paid the airport tax 550 pesos and went to Philippines Immigration to get our passports stamped. My friend and my passport got stamped and she was asked to fill in a questionnaire. After filling in the questionnaire she had an interview with a rather unfriendly and arrogant Philipinno man. I was asked to join at the end. I was told that she can not join me to Thailand because I was not her father, brother or any family relative. We were not married. The Philippines Immigration law is protecting her citizens for going abroad. We needed to get her suitcase off loaded from the airplane. My friend was crying and did not understand why she could not join me for a two weeks holiday trip. Cebu Pacific Ailrines did not reimburse the airline ticket so I lost 15.000 pesos ( about 10.000 bath).
Let this be a warning for everybody visiting the Philippines and thinking of inviting their friend or girlfriend to join for a holiday outside the Philippines. You have a risk of losing your money and getting a lot of tears in return. The Philippines Tourist Bureau have a slogan “More fun in The Philippines ” Sorry, but I strongly have to disagree on that phrase. It is easy to take a Thai grilfriend around in Asia for a holiday, but the Philippine girlfriend are simply not allowed to travel abroad by their own government. Harry, I have read in the past about this problem in the Philippines on your blog. However I thought that things might have changed over time and as a smart looking business man it would not happen to me. So I was wrong. The Philippines Immigration law is still as weird and strict as before.
(jeroen I am sorry this happened to you. You see, with a single girl with no job or anything you have to send her to Manila to attend a seminar and get a clearance. It is very annoying and unnecessary and these Immigration people can be quite rude. You did not say where you met these ladies or what kind of job they had. It is a shame how they love to humiliate the women here who want to travel. I guess what should happen is that you buy a ticket for her father or brother the next time you want to take her abroad and pretend that you do not know them then send the father right back. Better still, just take her to Cebu, it is too hard to buck the system)
Submitted by Howard McKay:
Two photos, one in August and one taken last week. Apart from the bailey bridge almost nothing has been done to reinsate the abutment, just a few large canvas bags on sand have been placed. There were no men or machines there at all. At this rate it will take years to repair the road. At the present time, one end of the bailey bridge is sitting on soil which has a vertical and unprotected face. This is not a good engineering solution. With time and repeated vibration this soil face could collapse. (I do not have much faith in seeing that Bailey Bridge replaced anytime soon. Imagine, one end sitting on sand, it will be interesting to see the next heavy rain. Remember, this is the SCTEX which had to start having repairs less than six months after it was opened to the public. Don’t get me wrong, I am so grateful that it was built and I love the fact that now it has been extended to where you can bypass Tarlac City, but more on that later. It is just that I and everyone else who travels on that beautiful route to Subic do not want to make that detour trough Porac again unless it is because of construction to replace the Bailey Bridge before next years rainy season. Thanks for the pictures Howard)
First and Last Name: Heinz Westermann. Hello Harry, its nice to find your website. You are lucky man in lucky city. I wish that we can meet one time there and enjoy your city. Bye, and have a good time, Heinz from Germany. (Heinz, I agree with you, I am lucky. I hope to be here many more years so if you can manage to get here before I croak, by all means stop by my stable for a drink)
Many thanks go out to the boys from Maui who took time out from their barhopping to stop by to visit me and deliver two big bags of children’s clothes for my annual charity. ”Da Maui Bunch” members are Daniel Namahoe, George Enriques, Mike Hagston, Pat Borge, Speedy Takayama and Ed Tamura. Ed and his “Bunch” visit every year and they really are a bunch of good guys. Who knows, maybe one year I will be able to visit them in Maui, let me add that to my list of dreams. Thanks guys, Merry Christmas.
Ken Graham Update: I have now been detained for 19 months, 17 months in hospital. In my last update on 2nd. September 2013 I outlined the then status of my legal, health and financial position. This is an update as of 31st. October 2013.
(1) Legal Position – In the legal cases of which the non-bailable Human Trafficking charge is the most important there have been around 12 hearings. In all of the appearances the prosecution has given their evidence. As this was the end of the prosecution’s case my lawyer Attorney Francisco Yabut submitted a demurrer. (A pleading or motion pleading the insufficiency of the prosecution’s evidence). The Judge is given 90 days to answer this and that means given up to November 3rd. 2013. We pray for a favorable decision but I am not confident.
In addition Judge Erum ordered me to go to jail in May and we submitted a Certiorari (a plea that the Judge’s decision lacked merit) to the higher Appellate Court. In response to the Certiorari the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) submitted on October 30th, 2013 their comments basically stating that the Certiorari was bereft of (lacked) merit. My Attorney will now respond to the OSG comments and if we lose I shall be forced to go to jail. If we win then the attending physician Dr. John Kit will present more medical evidence. If we lose and appeal to the Supreme Court I would still remain in jail until a decision was made by the higher court. This would be lengthy and costly and way beyond my means.
(2) My deteriorating health - The Doctors, both Government and Private have confirmed that I am suffering from the worst stage of Cirrhosis of the liver (f4), Hypertension, Coronary Artery Disease, Cardiac Dysrhythmia Atrial Fibrillation, Prostatic Hyperplasia (causing difficulty in urination) Chronic Asthma and other pulmonary condition,(requiring regular medication and nebulization) Enlarged prostate causing difficulty in urinating, Thrombosis of the left leg, Blood Pressure, Reflux, and now fainting and instability of body movements. A recent report by my now attending physician stated for the court’s records that ” With his age (nearly 77) and the nature of his condition, with him being in a private room, he still has episodes of dyspnea and chest pain, the possibility of Mr Kenneth Graham to be transferred to a regular jail is NOT ADVISABLE, given the current situation in a cell with its humidity, crowded condition and other possible viral/bacterial infection hemight acquire, which are all detrimental to his condition.” Signed John V Kit MD, Internal Medicine, Medical Officer 5, Ospital Ning Angeles.
For those who remember an earlier report that the jail cell I was placed in earlier had 64 prisoners, no ventilation and no electricity between midnight and 5 am. As I need regular nebulation and ventilation, it clearly aggravated my condition and as occurred on that occasion I had to be moved to hospital for necessary treatment particularly my asthma. The Doctor had previously written on May 14th. “In addition to having difficulty in breathing (Chronic Asthma), chest pains, difficulty in urinating, leg pains and abdominal enlargement (Final stage of cirrhosis of the liver F4), he has developed dizziness probably vasovagel in nature which we attribute to lack of oxygen supply to his brain. He has been given separate medication for blood flow.”
Despite these medical opinions, (as mentioned earlier) and in response to our submitting a Certiorari (Appeal to a higher court) to the appellate court, the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) has commented that the Certiorari is bereft of (lacks) merit. This is the comments of the OSG. It is not a decision but their comments indicate it mat be difficult to stay out of jail and impossible if there is an unfavorable decision. Personally, as a resident of the Philippines for 27 years wherein I promoted Tourism to the Philippines and even represented them at World Council Meetings of the Association of Tourism Professionals (SKAL), for 13 years and in addition was made an Adopted Son of Angeles City, I feel that the decision of Judge Erum of Regional Trial Court 61 to order me to jail and the comments of the OSG are inhumane and prejudiced.
My Attorney Francisco Yabut summarized these medical condition as follows: ”the accused is suffering from various serious ailments which need to be attended full time at the hospital; otherwise his medical condition will aggravate, or worse , he might die, if he is transferred to the jail. Respondent Judge implied acknowledgement when she allowed the continued hospital confinement of the accused.
To conclude, my health deteriorates each day as the pressure of this long internment takes effect on mind and body.
(3) The expenses I am incurring - And Finally the expenses are enormous and although my family and friends have supported me to as much as they could, they too have families to consider. I face a constant battle for funds to pay, the hospital, medicine, doctors fees and legal fees where I am so far behind. I would like to thank an anonymous donor. I would appreciate knowing if he/she cares to contact me so I can personally thank them. As before any donation of any size would be a help to pay off the arrears as mentioned above.
Bank in Australia ANZ Savings Account – name: Kenneth John Graham BSB 014249 A/c No. 516035132 Swift no. ANZBAU3M
Philippine Bank PNB Savings Account – name: Kenneth John Graham, A/c 371014300019. SSS Diliman , Metro Manila Yours sincerely, Ken Graham
Phillip Thrash sent this to me. I did not know the Immigration office did allow shorts. Maybe I will take this with me and show it to the guard at the Clark Office and see what he says. Immigration Administrative Circular No. SBM-2013-007
SUBJECT: DRESS CODE POLICY -
WHEREAS, Memorandum dated 20 July 2011 prescribed that the public shall be denied access to the bureau if they fail to observe the Dress Code Policy provided there-under;
WHEREAS, the Dress Code Policy denies clients dressed in shorts, sandos, and/ or slippers entry into any BI office;
WHEREAS, there is a need to modify the Dress Code Policy considering the tropical weather and the usual tourist attire in the Philippines;
WHEREFORE, to maximize and accommodate visitors and foreign nationals with official transactions at the Bureau, the following are hereby ordered:
I. MINIMUM DRESS CODE REQUIREMENTS
A. FOR MEN
Top: Sleeved-shirts that cover the shoulders and waist in its entirely are required.
Bottom: Men wearing shorts will be allowed access to the Bureau, provided, that it is at minimum knee length. Sports shorts and sweatpants are not allowed.
B. FOR WOMEN
Top: Women wearing tank tops with straps that are the width of three (3) fingers are permitted entrance into the building. Any thinner straps (I.e. stringed-straps) will be denied entry. Shirts must cover the cleavage and waist in its entirely.
Bottom: Women wearing shorts and skirts will be allowed entry to the bureau office, provided, that said apparel must not be shorter than three (3) inches above the knee. Sweatpants, sport and workout shorts are not allowed.
II. STRICT ADHERENCE
A. DECENT ATTIRE
The proposed dress code only identifies the minimum requirements for entry. All articles of clothing and footwear must also be worn properly and in good condition (i.e. no holes, rips, stains, etc.). Undergarments must not be visible.
IV. REPEALING CLAUSE
All previous issuances or any part thereof that are inconsistent herewith are hereby revoked and/ or modified accordingly.
This Administrative Circular shall take effect immediately.
(At last, after so many years, common sense has prevailed at the Immigration Offices – Update: on 4 Nov I tested the policy. Went to the Clark Immigration office in my shorts and no problem. It is a wonderful new policy)
Art Benjamin Update – I am still in the Bureau of Immigration detention center in Manila. Have not yet had my first hearing or arraignment. It has only been 9 months! Efficiency at its finest! I cannot be deported to face identical charges in the US until my case here is complete. Absolutely no time frame at the moment. (This was an update from Art Benjamin. He is right, the court process is so slow. Imagine, after nine months and still not even a first hearing. I have heard of detainees being held for years still awaiting a hearing. To me it is a black mark against the Philippine legal system. But, that is the way it is so for sure one does not want to let those visas expire for any length of time and do nothing about it. You can get away with it for years but when the shit hits the fan, my goodness, it is one hell of a mess)
Last month I wrote about a US Homeland Security Special Agent, assigned to the Manila US Embassy working undercover with the NBI. Since then I have talked to various people and found out that there are about 4 or 5 HSI agents in Manila stationed at the Embassy. It seems that HSI-Manila’s primary mission is to identify, investigate, arrest, and prosecute child sex tourists who are violating the protect act. This is a very important function of ICE’s mission. We all know that there are numerous child sex tourists going to the Philippines, the annual number is in the hundreds. Of course, as law abiding US citizens we should respect and support ICE’s mission on stopping these despicable people from coming here to the Philippines. But, the recent raid on the Carousel Club shows that ICE is straying from its primary mission in the Philippines. Instead of identifying and investigating child sex tourists, they are assisting the NBI in blackmail. They are not accomplishing what they are supposed to do here, instead they are helping NBI, PNP, and CIDG in their activities. At the same time they are victimizing these poor, sweet, friendly Filipina girls who are simply trying to support their families. ICE may be attempting to use the scourge of human trafficking to justify their involvement in this latest raid. My sources have told me that what is happening in Angeles City DOES NOT meet the definition of human trafficking as put forth by the United Nations. In order for Human trafficking to be present you need all 3 elements – act, means, and purpose, you do not have that here in AC. Maybe some sort of public media campaign should be undertaken to get ICE/HSI off of this latest campaign and back to what they should be doing – stopping child sex tourists here.
Another contact suggested that: ”For those that are concerned in letting their female workers go the bars due to the recent raids involving HSI agents I would like to give some suggestions that you should pass along to the bar owners to help protect themselves from this new campaign of blackmail involving HSI, NBI, PNP, and CIDG: 1.) do not go out with any white American clean cut, 30 – 40 yrs ( HSI agents in Manila are in this category) 2.) If a girl does go with a customer that may be in that above category, tell the girl that she will only go barhop or dinner/lunch. 3.) If a customer begins asking questions about her employment – things such as did the mamasan recruit you to work here, did the mamasan pay for your transportation to angeles, what type of sex acts will you perform, do you have any underage girls working here, does the mamasan hold your id from you? any questions of that nature are likely to detect signs of human trafficking and are a red flag. Tell the girls to not answer any questions related to that and if they encounter a customer asking that do not go out with him. Keep in mind that HSI may also have Filipino born agents (that are US citizens) so a Filipino in the bar (30 -40 yrs, clean cut) that is American may also be an HSI agent. 4.) Bottom line if the girl has never seen the customer before and is in the above categories – then be cautious.” These are the same warnings I have been giving out when talking to bar owners. It is a bit of common sense but it sure is a shame that we have to now be a bit suspicious when any young clean cut American walks into a bar. I guess they will be recruiting old drunks with beards next.
Last month the owner of Salvatore’s Restaurant on Fields Ave announced that they would be operating 24/7. This restaurant has a long history in AC and thanks to its loyal customers and many tourists and a bit of good management as well, they are able to increase their hours. So we have another place to feed ourselves at 0300 hrs when those crazy hunger bouts come about.
Atlantis Club raided last month by the PNP. All dancers and staff carted off to Camp Olivas. Underage girl discovered?? Next day manager Jun travels to Camp Olivas, everyone released, no mention of underage girl. Business as usual continued at Atlantis. Suspicion is that Christmas bonuses were given out early to some folks in uniform. Meanwhile, the 10 very innocent folks from the Carousel Club that were held in Station four for two weeks were finally transported to the City Jail where no doubt they will linger well beyond the Christmas holidays. Millions of pesos sure can help those that have and the others, well, figure it out.
The following is excerpted from a recent article in the local Punto newspaper last month: ”This, as Pamintuan bared an ambitious plan to finally uproot this city’s reputation as “Sin City,” a moniker it earned during the time of the US Air Force Base at Clark Field, now a freeport. US military presence here built up so-called red light districts that lured women from various parts of the country to serve the “rest and recreation” interests of the American soldiers.”
This kind of shows why the Mayor, this year, has distanced himself from the bars in the “entertainment zone” and maybe even one of the reasons why we have seen a big increase in raids. I even heard one rumor, and this is strictly rumor, that Resort World Manila is interested in taking over all of Fields Ave. This is in line with my theory that there are hidden plans in City Hall to force the bars out and replace them with an entity that will make money for a lot of people. This is just my half brain idea but I strongly disagree with those who say “without the bars, AC will drop off the radar”. There is one thing I learned after “Pinatubo” and that is “never give up on Angeles City”, also, never underestimate “EdPam”.
CLARK FREEPORT, Pampanga, Philippines – – The Philippine Air Force (PAF) has submitted to the Department of National Defense (DND) a detailed plan on the transfer of seven of its major units from this freeport to other areas.
PAF spokesperson Lt. Col. Miguel Okol told The STAR that it is up to higher authorities to approve the plan and release the funds for the transfer.
“We are giving way to progress and development of Clark, but without compromising national security,” Okol said adding the approval of the transfer plan rests with the DND and the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA). He said the transfer would start as soon as the plan is approved and funds are released. He said the timetable for the transfer would depend on the approval date of the plan and on the release of funds. Over 300 hectares of this freeport was allocated for the PAF after the US Air Force left its base here in 1991. The allocation is based on an agreement between the DND and the BCDA, which owns the lands within the former US military base. (This was part of a article written by Ding Cervantes, Phil Star. For years there has been talk about the PAF moving out of Clark and returning the vacated land to the CDC. Maybe now it is getting close to becoming a reality. Note though that Okol indicated it is based on approval of plan and release of funds; Now, that could take a hell of a long time but at least the subject is not dead).
Russell from Bunny Burger has taken over what was the Happy Rock Bar. Extensive renovations taking place, look for an opening in December. It will not be a girly bar.
I have heard that the Blue Nile has become part of the Lewis Grand empire and there are plans to tear down a wall and make High Society a bigger Disco club.
Rumors – Is “Hooters” interested in the building used by “Charlie on The Bend”?
Did a certain self proclaimed “Meat King” have a few drinks too many and had a bit of a verbal exchange with Bernard, one of the owners of Bretto’s?
How long will the “Blind Beggar” be around? I have heard that the landlord is not a happy camper and a change may come about when the lease is up next year.
SM Clark – I have heard that two Call Centers will be constructed in the back area as well as a SM Hotel and a SM school. How about a removable ice-skating rink being installed near the food court by end of November but only for three months? Could they also be considering a bowling center in the future? Did you know that the new Food Court design at SM Clark is one of a kind for the SM organization. It is an experiment and if successful will be duplicated throughout the SM organization. It is the only food court within the organization that requires all food to be freshly cooked. I have also heard that they are considering 24 hour operation and that would certainly be a welcome change. Shucks, even staying open until mid-night would be great. Their 9 PM closing sucks. Angeles City is a 24 hour City and it is time that SM Clark caught up with the needs of the people here. It is annoying to come out of a movie, hungry, and walk out of a closed down Mall.
The La Pasha Group is no more. All the Clubs have been sold to various people including Korean and German. Hey, the Carousel re-opened under a new name, “The Centauro Hotel, Bar & Bistro”. I think Cowboy Mike is at the helm. Clever way on how to open a bar that was closed down by not naming it a bar. I hope to get some pictures soon.
The “Knockout Game”- WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – A terrifying new ‘game’ that’s already caused deaths in Syracuse, St. Louis and New Jersey is sweeping the nation, and it preys upon unsuspecting people walking the streets, anywhere.
A recent report from New York-based CBS 2 shed light on the growing trend, displaying unsettling footage of teens participating in this game – which goes by the name ‘Knockout’ – and involves randomly targeting passersby, with the ultimate goal being to knock them out with one punch as they walk by. Naturally they like to pick on the elderly and women. This is the shit going on in the US now and another reason why I would rather be here in Angeles City. The shame of it is even the adults are laughing about it. So much for parenting in the US. This further represents the break down of the family unit, lack of education and discipline in schools. Acts like this continue to shine a negative light on America around the World. There will be a million excuses for this mainly Black activity but the one used so far is “boredom”. Lets forget political correctness folks, attackers, all black, victims white, press slow to wake up to the racist angle. Reverse it and see what the outcry will be in the press. For sure, it is a “game” that must be stopped before it spreads further than it already has)
I think “All Saints Day” when families visit the cemeteries to remember their lived ones who have passed away is a wonderful tradition. They bring candles, food, drinks and the entire family to spend a few hours there and this can take place over a couple of days, not just on 31 Oct. But, regretfully, the tradition is blemished with a bit of shame because of the “dead garbage” left behind. It is disgraceful and shows a total lack of respect for this final resting place. I read one excuse where people said it was the fault of the cemeteries as they did not put out enough rubbish bins. How ridiculous! My goodness, why can’t they bring their own plastic bags and clean up after themselves? I am proud of the fact that my family does just that. We clean up when ready to leave the site and leave with our full plastic bags of garbage to dispose of at a proper location.
The Mrs and I were in Subic recently and we were going to stop by “Deals” to see what new items they had. We were surprised to find the place locked up and on a second trip a few days later, it was still locked up. I did not have the number of the Manager or Robert Sullivan to ask why it was closed. Looking through the window I could see that it was still well stocked. I checked around and all I could get is that maybe it is being moved to a new location. I hope that is the case because, surprisingly one could get some “good deals” there.
Another raid – This time a Korean Club (Oppa) located on Fields Ave near the Genesis Club; it took place on the evening of 24 Nov and was not well publicized. The fact that a Korean bar was raided is rare but when raided not much is heard about it as the Koreans pay up big right away. Why raided? One theory is that the Korean Association of Angeles City asked someone to raid Oppa to make them join the Association and pay their dues. The Korean Association of AC, otherwise known as K2AC is run by the Korean Mafia. No doubt they want to control all Korean establishments even those operating away from “Korea Town”. Remember, I said “theory” not fact! The following comment was sent to me from a tourist where he wrote an opinion about the Oppa raid: Harry, Far fetched theory but just a thought. Maybe city hall are in cahoots with Korean mafia, Koreans set it up so they can buy it and fits into city halls new Angeles (less bars, family friendly etc). Ive never been a gloomer but this current trip, i didnt get the fun factor as i did previous trips, girls seem to have higher xpectation….only fields, perimeter better than ever (maybe the stark difference had a huge implication). Couple a good small bars at the lower end (opp walkabout).
If anyone has any doubts about the Korean Mafia influence here in AC read the following:
“One of South Korea’s most wanted fugitives, the alleged head of a major crime syndicate, was arrested in the Philippines on Tuesday after hiding out in the country for two years, officials said. Justice Secretary Leila de Lima said Cho Yang-Eun, 63, was arrested by immigration agents, saying he was the leader of a South Korean crime syndicate. She said in a statement that Cho was “head of the Korean mafia, responsible for extorting and threatening fellow Koreans as per info (from the) embassy”. She did not elaborate. Immigration Bureau spokeswoman Angelica Pedro told reporters that Cho had allegedly founded the Yangeuni Family, one of the biggest gangs in South Korea, in 1978.
A South Korean embassy representative said “he is indeed the Korean mafia head and he spearheaded many fraudulent cases in Korea and the Korean government continuously requested his deportation”. Cho, who is facing charges for allegedly embezzling $2.5 million from a South Korean bank, was arrested while leaving a casino in Angeles City, about 75 kilometres (46 miles) north of Manila, the immigration bureau said. He entered the country as a tourist in 2011, but never renewed his visa. South Korea revoked his passport in March 2012, making him an undocumented alien and paving the way for his deportation. Pedro said they do not know if the South Korean had committed any crimes in the Philippines. South Korea has become the top source of foreign tourists to the Philippines in recent years, with over 822,000 coming to the Southeast Asian archipelago in first eight months of 2013, government figures say. (Just because this Korean ass wipe was arrested does not mean this mob of gangsters will disappear from AC. There is too much money to be made and the “fear factor” brings contributions without any hesitation)
The following are not my comments. Some one extracted it from one of the message boards, sent it to me and I am just passing it on for general information.
“Got this from a reliable source about the Atlantis raid, city hall wanted P17m-20m but sr8 away settled for 7.5m the next day and was opened 2 days after it was raided. Carousel was setup with marked money but was never found….they have no evidence for anything. Cost to open – P33m. Owner refused to pay anything, sold up all xcept one (not 100% maybe Genesis) fled to Deutcheland. (The problem with the Carousel is that 9 innocent people were sent to jail, charged and still sit in the City Jail, suffering. Pity! The sale of the clubs did not come about because of the raids. Two were sold before the raid and the others were under negotiation. There are many different rumors about the Atlantis raid. Money paid out ranges from 7 to 12 million. Payment made to the police and now someone says City Hall. I doubt City Hall but I am very sure money was paid to someone, somewhere)
Just a thought – If all the bars or even a few, absolutely have dropped “bar fines” then why should the waitresses or dancers have to wear pink ID cards that require them to go to Hygiene for a smear test every week. Next year folks, just apply for the white ID’s that do not require weekly Hygiene visits.
There is a “For Sale” sign posted at the California Hotel, a Korean owned Hotel that I think has never really met the City Engineer’s construction standards. Anyone interested in buying should do some very close, extensive research first.
I received a very long Email from a David Hoops about certain details and opinions about the recent tragic Typhoon that hit the Philippines last month. Rather than print the whole thing I will just pass on one item that I found should be passed on. It read: ”However, one appalling law from the Philippines is that relief goods, both from within the country and other countries, are subjected to local tax if these goods were not course through its Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) or accredited private foundations. As for international monetary donations, these will also be subjected to a Value Added Tax unless these donations were coursed through the NDRRMC (National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council). And so while foreign donations and aid pour in the Philippines, its Bureau of Internal Revenue will go after and impose taxes to those countries and institutions that did not follow this system.” (I have heard that many wanted to bypass the Philippine Government when donating money or relief goods as they did not trust the PI Government. I guess Government officials heard the same thing, hence the warning)
Baby Jaycee Christening – Last month Mrs Horse and I drove to Barrio Barretto to attend the Christening of John Marszal and Clarissa’s 9 month old baby girl, Jaycee. It was a nice gathering and a pleasure to see a lot of familiar faces. Congrats to John and Clarissa and their well fed, lovely baby girl.
CLARK FREEPORT — An official of the Clark Development Corporation (CDC) has confirmed reports that the 18th Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Festival (PIHABF) slated in 2014 has been cancelled. CDC Tourism Office Manager Noemi Garcia said the event will resume in 2015 with more well-prepared activities. Garcia, at the same time, denied reports that Captain Joy Roa will no longer handle the annual festival in Clark, which is witnessed by thousands of spectators.
Last month, Roa asked officials of CDC, including President Arthur P. Tugade to suspend the event to prepare for it longer. ”He (Roa) has set a standard and he wants to surpass the success of the 2013 hot air balloon festival,” Garcia said. A website released an article stating that CDC cancelled the event because of lack of preparations. The yearly event also highlights aerial shows and other exhibitions. It is also the biggest aviation sports activity in the Philippines and the longest running balloon fiesta in Asia. SOURCE: Sun Star. (I kind of think there were other issues not mentioned. In the past two years I have heard rumblings about the management of this Festival. It is a big event that many look forward to so hopefully it will return in 2015)
On 29 Nov the City Mayor still upsets hundreds of motorists and business people with the closure of McArthur Ave for his annual 3 day Festival. Instead of moving the Festival to a park or the SM Clark Parking lot he would rather unnecessarily create a massive gridlock. Does he forget that we only have one main thoroughfare leading to Angeles City. Every day under normal conditions we have traffic gridlock along Perimeter Road and on McArthur yet nothing is ever done to alleviate this situation except to make a difficult traffic situation even worse once a year. Complaints and appeals from local citizens fall on deaf ears. Mr. Mayor, why not move the Festival to a different venue?
It was great to see Richard Rehm and his wife Mary in Angeles City again for a short visit before heading back to Las Vegas. Richard is an avid dart player who has played on my team during his very infrequent visits to this part of the world. In fact Richard was a member of our team that played with us when we played in the Subic dart league a few years ago. He only played for the first three weeks before he had to return to the States. He was able to bring us up to date on dart activities at the CD Lounge in Vegas, a location he can be found at most Saturday nights. He plays both steel and electronic darts and is quite good at either one. Richard, don’t stay away so long, we miss you here. Maybe we can meet up in Vegas next year, around October.
The word from Doggy Dave - Harry, this email is just to give you a “heads-up” about our next *performance (*sic.). The next date will be on Tuesday 17th December at the usual time.
P.S. We can neither confirm nor deny the rumor that Bob Dylan, Mick Jagger and The Who have all formed up to perform together along with Howard and myself for just this one special night. I can only tell you that if they DO appear, they will only be performing as the “warm-up” act. The bastards aren’t getting equal billing with us!
TOURIST OF THE MONTH
Christmas greetings to Gerry Brown and Tony Smith, two lads from Sydney, Australia who stopped by to greet me at my stable on bright sunny morning. Gerry is very experienced with life in the Philippines as years ago he use to own bars on P. Burgos Street, Makati. I never had the income to hang around Makati but there must be some folks who remember “Jools”, “Dimples” and “Rogues” bars. Gerry was a customs broker in Australia, is 68 years old with 3 children. His buddy Tony Smith, 57, no wife and no kids. A very happy man who has been visiting AC since 1993. They were both staying at the Pacific Breeze this trip. Two great lads who are enjoying life and the wonderful entertainment in Angeles City.
GREEN BOTTLE ANNIVERSARY
For a small bar, owner Elmer put on one hell of a good celebration. The ladies rented gowns for the best gown contest and even dusted off their bikini bathing suits for the best figure in a bikini. It was a fun evening but I had to leave before the contest winners were announced. I will say that Cecille, the lady I spotlighted last month ran away with a couple of the big prizes. The music, girls and food that night were fantastic. I ate too much but was still able to get up and take a few pictures to pass on here. I did not realize that one year had passed so quickly but I sure hope that the Green Bottle will be around for many more years. I love it because I can walk there and walk home easily and safely. What a convenience.
BRIT ACCUSED OF MURDER IN THAILAND SAID HE WAS HAVING SEX WITH LADY BOY AT THE TIME. BUT HE ELOPED ALONE. Mick the Dog, real name Michael John Taylor, 50, from Hull, was down on the beach at Pundaquit , four hours north of Manila, seemingly quite aware of a row about him in Thailand on the island of Phuket from where he fled a charge of murder. At the time of the murder, he said, he was drinking at a lady boy bar, which led him to have sex on the beach with a lady boy. Further, after sex , he took the lady boy home with him and they both discovered the body of his girlfriend 27-year-old Jantra Waengta together. Jantra had been stabbed to death. Her body was on the bed of their rented home near Chalong Pier, Phuket. Taylor also brought the lady boy, 21-year-old Fonnoi Khonsau, with him to the police station to corroborate his story.
OK, I have passed on newspaper articles about Mick before and his lifestyle in Pundaquit. Mick owns the “Dog’s Offshore Bar” there. This alleged murder he is accused of took place 9 years ago and he was charged with the crime of murder, paid bail and then skipped out of Thailand. I have heard that “Mick the Dog” is in and out of Angeles quite often as he comes here on a supply run and visits with friends. He also travels freely in and out of the Philippines working on oil sites thereby making a hefty salary. Doesn’t seem like a fugitive to me. So, I guess we have in our midst another colorful character that the Philippines and especially Angeles City attracts. Mick, of course, professes to be innocent and I certainly am not the one to say otherwise. No doubt, after more and more people read the sites I have placed above or just Google his name you will learn all the details about the murder he is accused of and how the Thai Police are not really taking action to extradite him and also how the Philippine NBI and local police are not concerned at all. Knowing human nature I can imagine that “Dog’s Offshore Bar” will become a tourist destination and Mick will be sought out by many who will love to hear his stories over a cold beer. Those who will not seek him out are a few folks who supposedly hope that he would move elsewhere. I have talked to a couple of people who have met Mick and think he is a great guy but then when I mention his history they are surprised. I am curious about one thing, why would Mick take a “Lady Boy” home with him after having sex on the beach if, supposedly, he thought his wife was alive and well? Maybe Mick will be writing a book about this most interesting tale and then HBO could make it a TV movie. He could collaborate with Tim Kaufman and Joe Tramontano who also might avoid the justice system for many more years after being accused of murder. The good old Philippines, where money buys everything and maybe in Thailand as well.
MERRY CHRISTMAS EVELYN DAVIS
Yes, it is that time of year where I hope my message gets through to Evelyn, the notorious lady who had her husband, Steven Davis, murdered while he slept in his Manila apartment in 2002. Thanks to his mother, Margaret, Evelyn was convicted and sentenced to 40 years in prison, no parole, no remission. Margaret had told her lawyer that she did not want to seek the death penalty. The Judge thought she was being kind. When the sentence was read Margaret thought to herself “I was against the death penalty for Evelyn not because it was inhuman to take a life, but because I thought it was too good for her. I wanted her to suffer every day of her life for what she had done. I wanted her to wake up every day knowing that she would never see her children.” Well, each year at this time I try to include an updated picture of her children, not in kindness, but because I hope that I can help, in a small way, to add to her suffering. Evelyn, Margaret and Alan have enjoyed another wonderful year with Jessica and Joshua and continue to provide them with a wonderful life. (For full details on this case read the book, “For the Love of My Son” by Margaret Davis.)
PROPERTY TAX INCREASE
Angeles bizmen buck 600% land tax increase
POSTED ON NOVEMBER 13, 2013 AT 12:03 AM 0 COMMENT
ANGELES CITY–Businessmen in this highly-urbanized city are up in arms against the proposed 600-percent average increase in Real Property Tax (RPT) set to be implemented in 2014. “Do not penalize the people,” said the businessmen who attended the third public hearing at the city council session hall on Tuesday. “Even in the local government code, it is said that taxes should not be repressive. The city should also consider the capability of the land owners to pay the new proposed taxes,” they added. Assistant City Assessor Lea Dizon and Luningning Llanto, regional director of the Bureau of Local Government Finance, said the increase will be at around an average of 400 percent. Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan, who is in the United States of America, earlier said that he wants to generate at least P1 billion in taxes to beautify the city. In the proposed tax ordinance sponsored by Councilor Jericho Aguas and the rest of the majority members of the council, the RPT in residential areas will increase from P500 per square meter to P2,500. The RPT will increase by virtue of the proposed ordinance providing for the schedule of fair market values and assessment levels on real properties located in Angeles City. Residents of the posh Villa Teresa said the assessment in their village will increase from P1,800 per square meter to P9,000. But City Administrator Atty. Dennis Albert Pamintuan said the increase at the Villa Teresa will be between “P1,000 to P1,500.” Atty. Pamintuan appealed for calm during the hearing attended by landed and prominent residents of the city. The city administrator said, “we don’t want to raise taxes because you will get back at us in the next elections.” “But we are pressured by national government agencies to raise taxes,” he added. Atty. Pamintuan said the government agencies, including the Department of Finance, had written the city government several times for failure to increase RPT rates in the city. Angeles City’s last increase of its RPT was made 18 years ago. Councilors Bryan Nepomuceno and Carmelo Lazatin, Jr., who are members of the minority bloc, urged the city government and businessmen to “meet halfway.” Nepomuceno asked Dizon and Llanto if they could “lower assessment resulting in much lower RPT taxes.” The finance officials said that the lowering of the rates will still depend on the councilors.
Lazatin said the increase should be “gradual.” “We will abide by what the stakeholders want,” he said.
Councilor Jericho Aguas, chairman of the committee of ways and means and landed estate, said “the mayor doesn’t want to increase taxes but he has no choice but to follow the laws.” He said that a fourth public hearing will be held next Tuesday, November 19. Aguas said the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) also wrote the city government reminding it of its failure to increase RPT in almost 20 years. In the proposed ordinance, the commercial properties will increase by as much as P14,000 per square meter and the industrial at about P7,000 per square meter. In 2012, the city government collected P418,124,757.47 in taxes. ●
(Merry Christmas folks. Ed Pam and the City Councilors are about to kill Christmas this year. Lets see how much “beautification” actually takes place after millions of pesos are collected and how much of that is actually accounted for. Doesn’t matter how many meetings are held the shit is gonna hit the fan anyway. So, investors, hold off on coming here with your money until the dust settles. Land prices have already skyrocketed to a very ridiculous amount. Maybe it is time to be looking at Mabalacat and other outlying towns for investment purposes. Progress is wonderful but it can sure hurt the pocketbook. Lets hope that the increases can be spread over a year or two instead of all at once)
It is called Clawdaddy’s Seafood and Ribs Shack and it is located on the first level, Harbor Point, Subic Bay Freeport Zone and for sure, they put out some fine mouth watering food at affordable prices. It is also a restaurant you won’t find at any of the Malls in Angeles City. We really enjoyed our meals except for the Onion Soup. Order anything else but leave that onion soup alone. I did not realize it at the time but tt is also a steak house as well. I did not look at that menu as I thought it was a separate restaurant and was closed. I was surprised when the manager, Susan Capulong, greeted us and we had some great interaction with her. It was a friendly restaurant and for sure we will return. When in Subic, put the Clawdaddy on your list for lunch or dinner and say hello to Susan.
By the way, a couple of days later we just had to return to Texas Joe’s as it remains one of our favorite places to chow down and it is always a pleasure to say hello to Gilbert and those lovely cowgirl waitresses. Vasco’s used to be on my list as well but the last time we were there it just wasn’t the same. The service was a bit slow but I just can’t quite put my finger on why we were less enthusiastic. I still love the view, the museum and the overall look of the place but — ah hell, maybe it was just a bad day for me.
I know my title for this bit is unusual. I took this picture of a young 20 year old woman this afternoon while I was at the Subic Harbor Point Mall. It was spontaneous, unplanned, a fortuitous event. For years I have been writing that single men visiting the Philippines need not search for that “special woman” only in bars. Take the time to start up conversations with the friendly ladies working in the Malls, Restaurants, wherever. I was able to start a conversation with Cyris who was manning the information desk at the Mall by simply asking her what her job entailed. From there I found her to be charming, intelligent and a wonderful representative of the Mall. She lives in Olongapo, has four sisters and completed 2 years of a HRM Course. She is 5’4″, loves to travel and enjoys music, so much so that she is not shy about singing a song or two. Her Email address is: email@example.com. When I left her, while walking, I thought of how wonderful it was to be able to stop and talk to such a nice person without her being upset or hostile. This is the face of the Philippines and a very pretty face indeed.
This is the third time that a Trivia night was held at my stable and I was very impressed with the evening and the gentlemen playing. Howard McKay was the quiz master for the evening. I will say this, the questions asked are certainly not easy, in fact many are very difficult. For example, how many pips are there in the Greenwich Time Signal? What is measured by Mohs scale? (I never heard of a Mohs scale). In heraldry what color is gules? How long is the Suez Canal (to 10km) either
way)? What is the common name for the medical condition ipistaxis? Just to be mean I am not going to give you the answers. In a moment of weakness I decided to donate a bottle of wine to the winning team. I don’t know when the next quiz will be held but now I find myself looking forward to it as I was impressed by the serious team work of each team. I would never play myself as I know how dumb I am but why make it public.
I WOULD IF I COULD
Please excuse me if I present another very nice lady from the “Green Bottle” again. It seems that Elmer hired three new ladies and Julie Ann caught my eye. I still plan to make it to the Candy Bar but time ran out on me, well, I think you might agree that this is a good choice. She is 22 years old, has a 3 year old daughter and is from Antique, Visayas. She had only been working two weeks when I met her so she still had that new girl personality. This was her first job in a bar. She completed 2 years of College and had hopes of being a Pharmacist but the usual reason forced her to stop early. She has 3 sisters and her Mother and Father are alive and well in the Province. She likes to surf the internet and watch foreign movies. She would enjoy meeting a decent man between 30 – 50 years of age. Her Email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org. I keep hoping one of these ladies I feature would meet someone through this column and get married. You see I make a deal with each girl. If someone meets a woman featured here, courts her and gets married then I must be invited to the wedding. The reason being that I like to eat for free so expect a good reception. Seriously, it sure would be nice to know I was able to bring love and happiness to one of these ladies. So, drop Julie Ann an Email and who knows, it could be the start of a great romance.
READY FOR OCCUPANCY
I have been watching the rapid construction of the Horizon Condo units and was pleased when Marketing Consultant Steve O’Keefe notified me that the elevator was operational and that officially, on 27 Nov the first tenant was moving into his 7th floor studio apartment. Naturally, I walked over, slowly, with the aid of my cashier, Monique to check out the place. I wanted to get up to the roof and check out the view and the swimming pool. I was not disappointed, the view was spectacular even if the deck is not 100% completed but give it another 7 days and all will be ready. The swimming pool is really what I consider a lap pool, long and narrow and only 4′ deep but what a thrill it will be to swim in it. It has the illusion that one can swim over the edge and fall to oblivion. It is an infinity pool which has a continuous recycling of the water. The roof area is a fantastic area for tenants and guests to relax and be overwhelmed by the view. Studio, one and two bedroom units are available but already, many have been scooped up for occupancy and investment. Two elevators have been installed and a massive generator has been installed that will negate any inconvenience caused by brown-outs. There are so many other features but I will leave the details for Steve to explain and also to work out your pricing figures. The location is terrific because you are so close to my stable and can join me for breakfast or a few beers. Hell, I had to get a plug in for my humble guest house and stable. I will include a couple of pictures here but you really have to make a personal visit to appreciate it. Call Steve O’Keefe at +63 915 7125545 or 45 624 0200 or contact him at sales@Horizon.ph. Wait, do you need an address? OK, guess some of you might not know the exact location: 282 Don Juico Ave, Malabanias, AC. Why the heck am I writing all these details, just look at the ad in this column.
For the first time in SM Clark Mall you can find a touch of Belgium thanks to Pasqual and his partner. When Pasqual told me about his waffle enterprise I thought he was talking about fancy breakfast waffles. So, the day I decided to visit I did not eat breakfast as I figured I would be eating some waffles with maple syrup and other fancy toppings. I was a bit late and got there around lunch time and after getting my table started searching for the waffles. To my surprise it was located at the end of the area that has salad and other goodies. I checked it out and I discovered these were small waffles with all kinds of different toppings which are more like a desert than what I expected. Needless to say, I had to eat lunch first and then hit the waffle stand. I called Pasqual and told him to meet me so I could get a picture of this unique offering. I pigged out on some delicious waffle with strawberries and a bunch of other stuff on it. Good? Bet your a– it was. The next time I hit SM Clark for lunch I will definitely be looking for “Waffle It” again.
ACl FITNESS CENTER
There I am in my favorite gym and the favorite of many others as well. This year many improvements have been made at the Gym, repainted, new equipment and for me, best of all, an updated system for the steam room. Before it was always on and off and now, once turned on you can sweat it out without any interruptions – fantastic! Now for even better news. Your membership card also includes use of the gym and swimming pool at the Dongwang AC1 gym located on the 4th floor of the Dongwang Condo complex on Clark. It is open from 0600-2100 hrs and 0800-1600 on Saturdays, closed on Sundays. It is that little extra privilege that makes your membership card to the AC1 Gym special. This is in addition to the great people you meet at the main gym on Friendship. There are other gyms around town so one has a choice of where to seek out a fitness routine, my choice is the AC1 Gym because of its accessibility, reasonable fees and no frills approach to fitness plus the willingness of the staff to assist and teach. Now all I have to do is get away from my computer and get back to my exercise routine, I am always on and off because of my busy schedule.
NUAT THAI MASSAGE
A very nice Thai massage parlor has opened across the street from the Tune Hotel. There are no Thai ladies, unfortunately but the ladies have been trained in Thai methods. The interior is very nice, clean, soft music, very relaxing. The staff very friendly. The various massage tables are separated by curtains only. My wife and I took advantage of the last day of their 20% price discount and each had a massage. There are many different styles to choose from with price variations but I felt that the prices were very reasonable. My wife went for a hard massage, I chose the “relaxing” massage. I hate pain and my bones hurt enough without someone pounding on them. The massage lasted one hour and was indeed relaxing to a degree. You see, I hate to lie on my stomach so that part was uncomfortable for me but once on my back it was better. The two times I stopped by I noticed a that they did have a good turnover of customers. I misplaced the info sheet they gave me with all the details so I can only suggest you give it a try and see how you like it. They have plenty of parking.
THE FACE OF THE GALLEON CHANGES
The top pictures show the Galleon and the businesses to the right of it before any changes. The bottom three show the initial changes in that the business have been removed and the beginnings of a fence erected. Supposedly the new owner is Bong Pineda and most people know the extent of the money he has access to. He is well known for his very successful business operation. Will it be a hotel/Casino? No answer to that yet. Will the entire building be torn down? I suspect, yes but will have to see. Just as I was writing this my wife told me they put the fencing up already so will have to get a picture of that. I will be so happy to see this enormous eye-sore removed. The size of the lot is beyond belief and has to be the last acreage of this size to be available on Perimeter Road. I will enjoy watching its development. Update: On 29 Nov workers started to complete the external fencing of the construction site.
I do believe I am finished here. Yes, I do realize I have not written anything about the Typhoon Yolanda. I realize that there has been enough media exposure on this tragic event. There is much disappointment with the Philippine Government by the Filipinos and rightly so. Maybe now they will be more careful as to who they elect to office. Recovery in the affected area will take months, maybe years in some cases. Right now it is too sad and unsettling to write about. Those not affected by the storm cannot begin to imagine the suffering encountered and I am one of them. No matter what is said the initial response from the Government was too slow and inept. Thank goodness for the help by the International community and private citizens. This storm set records, but it is record setting that we could have gone without. Too many tears, too many deaths, too much destruction and too little help from the top.
Pacquio won his fight and yes, Rios was a punching bag. I still wish Pacquio would retire but he won’t because the Philippine Tax folks want his money.
Christmas season is here and my Santa suit has been dusted off and cleaned. No matter what, the Filipino people still love Christmas and celebrate it with no interference from the Government, sort of like it was in the US many years ago. With this I will say Merry Christmas to one and all and may love and happiness come to all of you. Put up a bit of mistletoe and give someone a kiss but remember, be kind to Horses, kisses accepted!
POLITICAL RANTINGS – STOP HERE
Interesting response to China’s latest threat. Worth a read.
Surprise, no rants this month. Not only did I run out of time but I am just so frustrated with America’s entire political situation right now to include Democrats and Republicans that I don’t know which situation to address first. I am tired of hearing about Obama Care, I just want both parties to come together and fix it – “Period”.
Iran – wrong approach – weakness again. What else is new?
China – challenging us again – will it escalate or not? Maybe it is China just giving us the finger. No fear of repercussions from our President. Maybe, just maybe China made the wrong move this time.
The good news is that more and more middle class folks are moving to Texas. No State taxes, less regulations, more positive approach to businesses. Lower property costs.
Less people worrying about what is happening on the political scene, they have switched to watching the Cartoon channel instead of watching the news. Yabber, yabber doo!
A BAD HAIR DAY?
On Monday evening the first raid on a bar in Barrio Barretto took place. From what this Horse has been able to find out, around 11 PM, a Filipino and Korean entered the lobby. The Korean went to the bar and bought drinks for one of the GROs. They then went to one of the rooms at the hotel. After the Korean and Filipino left a bit later several cars with plain clothes and uniformed officers arrived.
They took the whole staff including the foreign manager and the cashier of the restaurant to Camp Olivas. They were held for several hours and many of the girls were convinced to sign papers that they were working as prostitutes.
Late on Tuesday, they were taken back to Olongapo. As of this writing, the girls are to be released, but formal charges against the manager and owner are being considered.
It has been reported that the CIDG officers are from Pampanga and did not coordinate this raid with the regional headquarters which are in Barrio Barretto. It is also questionable if there was any search warrant or mission order.
Let’s see, now we have to worry about Filipino’s and Koreans as well as American HSI agents. Soon they will be recruiting Australians and Canadians, then Germans, maybe Italians, who the hell knows. I wonder what charges they are considering, maybe guilty of making too much money? What a crock of shit!
UPDATE: Latest details:
1. The CIDG started at 1.5M. Tommo was able to obtain an Attorney and he sent a negotiator. He started at P5K/girl (about 80K).
2. It didn’t get off the ground, so everyone was taken to the fiscal in Olongapo. It’s my understanding that all the girls have been released (no money) and Tommo and the night manager were going to be charged with trafficking. Still no word on that.
3. I was 100% correct about him not having underage girls. Geez, the youngest one is probably 28 and has 4 kids.
Summary: Every time these CIDG or NBI people come up, after a raid, with no evidence of any wrong doing, they immediately go for the charge of “Human Trafficking”. It will be interesting to see how this plays out. Tommo runs a very straight operation. Maybe they thought they had easy money after hearing about the result of the Atlantis Raid.
Join Harry the horse at the La Casa Pension/Blue Boar Inn for a delicious, affordable Thanksgiving dinner. The price is only P350 and the helping is large enough that you will be filled up. We ain’t fancy, we stick to the basics with the following menu:
Turkey/w stuffing, ham, macaroni salad, veggies and dinner roll, choice of pumpkin or apple pie.
RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED SO MRS. HORSE KNOWS HOW MANY TURKEYS TO BUY AND COOK.
YOU CAN CALL 322-7984, MY NUMBER 0919 325 1396, MRS HORSE AT 0919-515-0328 OR DIRECT TO OUR KITCHEN STAFF AT 0947-736-2693.
EVEN BETTER, STOP BY PERSONALLY, HAVE A DRINK, CONVERSATION WITH OUR FRIENDLY STAFF, HAVE SOMETHING TO EAT AND THEN MAKE YOUR RESERVATION.
UPDATE: last week two tickets were drawn and no winner for the P10,000 Joker. Tomorrow, Friday, the Joker will go for P13,000. Be there from 5:30 to 7:30 PM, you might be lucky.
JOKER POKER – PHILLIE’S SPORTS GRILL -STARTS FRI, 15 NOV – 1730 – 2030 HRS – STARTING JACKPOT OF P3,000
FOR EVERY DRINK A RAFFLE TICKET WILL BE GIVEN FOR A CHANCE TO DRAW THE JOKER FROM THE CAGE WHERE THE BACKS OF 53 PLAYING CARDS ARE DISPLAYED.
SHORTLY AFTER 2030 (8:30 pm) 2 RAFFLE TICKETS WILL BE DRAWN. IF FIRST PERSON DOES NOT DRAW A JOKER, THE SECOND PERSON HAS A CHANCE. NO JOKER DRAWN, p3,000 WILL BE ADDED TO THE POT AND THE SAME PROCEDURE WILL TAKE PLACE NEXT FRIDAY. EACH WEEK P3,000 WILL BE ADDED UNTIL SOMEONE DRAWS THE JACKPOT.
ADDITIONALLY, RAFFLE TICKETS WILL BE SOLD FOR VARIOUS PRIZES TO BE RAFFLED OFF DURING THE EVENT, 5 TICKETS FOR P100.
THIS WILL BE A FUN EVENT. CHECK OUT THE INTRODUCTION OF JOKER POKER THIS FRIDAY, 15 NOV. SEE YA THERE!
I have received text messages that now, 0010 hrs, the Atlantis is being raided by the PNP. I have been told 5 SUV vans are outside and PNP inside. At least 200 staff inside. No further details. It is time for me to go to bed. A few years ago I would have jumped in my car and checked it out but those days are over. I will just wait for eyewitness accounts.
More harassment and disruption of business. I will provide more info as I receive it. I wonder if this crap will ever stop?
Yes Dear readers, for the first time I have witnessed common sense being used in a Philippine Government office.
Phillip Thrash sent me a copy of the new Dress Code for Immigration. There are a couple of key sentences.
1. Whereas, there is a need to modify the Dress Code Policy considering the tropical weather and the usual tourist attire in the Philippines. (Man, me and many, many others have been saying this for years – this is where common sense finally prevailed)
2. For men – Top: Sleeved shirts that cover the shoulders and waist in its entirety are reqired. Bottom: Men wearing shorts will be allowed access to the Bureau, provided, that it is at minimum knee length. Sports shorts and sweatpants are not allowed.
3. This Administrative Circular shall take effect immediately.
Today I went to the Clark Immigration Bureau in shorts and this policy is in effect. They even have the new dress code posted on the window.
Women can wear shorts as well and skirts but both must not be shorter than three (3) inches above the knee.
I thank the head person in Manila who made this most welcome decision and Officer-in-Charge Siegfred B. Mison who signed the Circular.
Friday, 8 Nov is the 1st year anniversary for the Green Bottle Bar. The festivities should be starting around 4 PM. Not quite sure what to expect but am sure that many familiar faces will be available to assure a fun filled afternoon and evening. Hope to see you there. By the way, the pictured waitresses and other are anxious to serve you cold beer and finger food.
ALBANY — A former U.S. Marine who was living in Clifton Park and charged with killing a couple in the Philippines can face charges there after a federal magistrate in New York ruled Wednesday there was sufficient evidence to extradite him.
Timothy Kaufman, 35, will remain behind bars until U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry makes a decision on surrendering him to Philippine authorities, under the order from Magistrate Randolph Treece.
Kaufman, formerly of Knoxville, Tenn., is one of three men charged by authorities in the Philippines with the 2011 killing of a retired Northern Ireland police officer and his girlfriend. David Balmer, 54, and 26-year-old Elma de Guia were found dead on Sept. 2, 2011, in a bedroom of a home owned by a local club owner who was friends with Balmer.
Kaufman was arrested in April near his grandfather’s Clifton Park home. He professed his innocence at a court hearing last month and his lawyer, Mark Sacco, argued that Philippine authorities failed to establish probable cause.
Treece rejected that argument in the ruling, saying the evidence was “sufficient to sustain the charges” against Kaufman under provisions of the extradition treaty between the United States and the Philippines.
There was no immediate comment from Sacco.
Kaufman left the Philippines a month after the killings. He was arrested in April at a Saratoga Springs-area business, near where he had been staying with his grandfather. Kaufman testified at his hearing that he had had been living in the open before his arrest, working part-time as a bartender and holding a driver’s license.
(I hope that anyone connected with this case, especially Balmer’s relatives take the time to write to Secty of State Kerry and relate the horrors of this murder and to convince him that the evidence against Tim is overwhelming, more than enough to have him returned to the Philippines to defend himself. He has friends in the US and a defense fund has been established for him. His grandfather supports him as well. No matter what people might think, many here hope he will return to this City and have his turn in court. All we can do now is wait for a decision from Kerry)
10 Nov is Marine Corp day (Est. 1775) and 11 Nov is Veterans Day. I think both days are significant, especially Veteran’s Day when we take the time to remember all Veterans and what they have done for our country. I like to salute Veterans from all countries who served, fought, died, were wounded and survived. Those veterans who gave so much, retired and still years later, proud of the uniforms they wore.
11 Nov is a holiday that recognizes US veterans and here in Angeles City our local VFW Post 2485 is holding their annual picnic and raffle at the post home. It is a fine patriotic day where the hot dogs, hamburgers, potato salad and beans are served up. A band is on hand, the street is closed, a tent put up and right up to the last minute Cliff Wilsey is out flogging his raffle tickets. There is still time to drop over to the VFW and buy some tickets as the prizes are not shabby, they are worth the chance to get lucky. But throughout the day, remember it is a day to acknowledge and respect our Veterans. It is a time to remember those still recovering from their wounds in various hospitals. It is a time to remember those who lost their limbs in war and still, through medical miracles, are still with us and able to sit beside us. It is time for veterans to remember, forget and forgive but for some actions forgive, maybe, but never forget! I salute all Veterans and may they forever have the respect they deserve. Least I forget, happy Anniversary Marines. Rod Carter, that’s for you.
I guess that is a pretty long introduction to November and I am kind of excited to greet you this month as we are now at the beginning of the holiday season and nice, beautiful weather. October was a hell of a month with both the weather and raids on the bars. Maybe things will lighten up a bit this month and into next year. There will probably be a lot of turkey dinners served up for Thanksgiving. As usual Mrs Horse will be offering a very reasonably priced turkey treat with all the trimmings. When in town, stop by my stable and visit.
Harry, Bar hopping last night 7pm with 2 experienced barhoppers and both rare posting board members. I was walking with just one big young friend, 30, good shape 6’1″ I am 50, 6’1″ , 250 both sober from Gentlemens Club towards Brassknob. 9 youths? 12-19 years in age with sticks fashioned as knifes and rocks grabbed us ( pushed, shoved, high and low.) they tried to push us between the parked cars and bulldog us and then tried to pick pocket us we had our hands on our pockets as we ran into Brassknob, like two pussies. it happened so fast (what you going to do really? punch a 12 year old, for holding a toy wooden knife sir?)
A big thanks to Brassknob. I Told the manager, he went out with his security, as the gang that consisted of 3 older 18-19 year old looking pinoy guys and 6 young teens 12-18 where 100 meters down the street. For 20+ years I have been walking these streets drunk. NO PROBLEMS LIKE THIS ONE. It can fuck up a good barhop. (This is not the first time I have been informed of incidents like this. The locations of these incidents are not restricted to any one area. The police are aware of the problem but, yes, you guessed right, nothing is done about it)
Harry, I have read some of your posts about the bar raids in Angeles City. There seems to be a lot of speculation on exactly what is behind them, but much of it seems to be heavy on the speculation side and light on evidence. Have you ever read any of Laura Agustin’s work? She is an anthropologist who has studied migrant workers, especially in the sex trade. She is not very popular amongst many feminists and social work agencies because of some of the theories she has developed based on the data she has collected over 20 years plus of research. Laura is the person who coined the term “rescue industry” to describe social workers who have created very lucrative careers for themselves.rescuing women, who for the most part, don’t want to be rescued. She says that human trafficking is essentially a myth, and that most of the women who work in the sex trade do so consciously and willingly. The only “pimp” that sends them to work in the bars is poverty. For many of these girls working in the bars is one of several tough options. Young women with no education (and often a child) can do back-breaking work in the rice paddies in blistering heat or sell oranges on the street corner to barely make enough money to eat, or they can work in the bars and for a few years make a professional level salary. Many young women choose the first two options because they can’t get past the moral issues related to paid sex work. This is especially true in a country like Philippines steeped in Catholic guilt.
You might want to check out some of Agustin’s writing. She has a blog called “The Naked Anthropologist” http://www.lauraagustin.com/ She has written a book called “Sex at the Margins”. I think you will be surprised by much of what she has to say. It certainly explained a lot of what is happening with the bar raids in AC for me.
(Darrell, I do not have to read her book because she is echoing exactly what I have written in the past. I agree with her 95%. That is exactly true here in AC. The girls come from an impoverished environment, have one kid from a Filipino that has abandoned them, travel to AC and APPLY for a job in the bar. They have no desire to be “rescued” and organizations like the IJM make tons of money from the US and other countries for their so called battle against human trafficking. Some agencies try to tell the girls to quit the bars, we will get you another job or teach you sewing, then they end up in sweat shop factories working for peanuts under severe conditions.
(Sorry Nick, I do not. Not many places have room for a ping pong table. Sorry that you were treated that way at Marble Inn. Maybe they figured you were not spending enough or the owner was having a bad day. I am a bit surprised as Henrik and his wife are usually very cordial hosts. I suspect there is another side to this story)
First and Last Name: Carl Redmond
Email Address: email@example.com
Comments and Remarks: I met a filipina from Nueva Vizcaya. We tried twice to get married, but got delayed due to paperwork requirements. I am applying for her to come here (Australia) but the visa fees are very high. ($3000AUSD). I am a pensioner. Your advice, please!
(Carl, all I can say is that falling in love with a girl in the Philippines and wanting to get married can be expensive, frustrating and requires a great deal of patience on both you and the lady. I will put your question along with your Email address in my column and I am sure some Australian lads that have gone through the process can pass on their experiences and tips to you.)
Hi Harry, this is Terry, i have stayed in Angeles for over 3 years and love every day and read your column regularly. I did however get scammed for 200,000 PHP in the oldest trick in the book. I put myself in a dodgy position and I have copped it sweet in my learning curve. This occurred some months ago so its not recent and I have not encountered trouble since.
This began with a street girl, as usual best left alone who was a weekly visitor and great performer, mainly short times and a few long times over 2 years. Gangsters pounded the door and she jumped up and let them in only to discover hidden drugs placed by her. At gun point we were kidnapped and taken to a house past Dau and held till money was sent from the UK. 2 of the gunmen were posing as policemen, however, fake i believe. The girl was very relaxed throughout the ordeal and is known to the men as i observed all communications, undoubtedly she had done this before.
They were of course interested in the money and after it was paid i was released. The girl stayed with the gangsters and I was released in Dau. I was held for around 24 hours while the money was transferred. Naturally all communication is cut with the girl however is still around working the foreigners mainly Santos Johnny Street, areas. Again this was not a random scam but a calculated hit after establishing a rapport as a short time customer. This enforces the risks taken with any street girl and as usual, buyer beware. The Street girl, Pia (Cherry – real name), 29yrs, Tarlac is home base, light build, works around Santos Johnny Street, set up merchant, be aware.
(The victim of this free lancer asked if I would reprint this article from my June column as he states this girl is still out there around Fields Ave plying her trade. His message to me: Harry, This girl is still out there robbing Foreigners and June is low season as u know, Dec – April high season and there will be readers who missed it, so i asked to promote the dangers. I understand bcoz its your call. if u think its of value, up 2u, thanks.”
Dear Harry, I just read the submission from Stephen W. (re racism) with truly great sadness. As humans, we all take comfort in numbers, which would explain why the guy thinks you and most of your readers are racist like himself. I know you hate President Obama, and that is your prerogative, but having met you personally, I don’t believe that you automatically judge people by the color of their skin without knowing them. You may not remember me, but I am the N- who gave you a hand up the final steps of Phillies a few months back where you had come for a meeting. I was truly pleased to meet you in person and we chitchatted for a few seconds. That Stephen doesn’t “give a flying fuck about a dead Filipino” and other sorts of humans certainly points to a not quite well mind. I don’t know what his relationship is with the Philippines, but if he has so little esteem for Filipinos, then I truly wonder if he isn’t just one of those guys who can’t get a homeless prostitute in their home country to go with them, but who think they are gods in the Philippines and act like boors and total jerks.
I have personally referred about 30 people who have become very loyal readers of your site, and these include those like me, whom W. calls N-, and can assure you that none of them subscribes to his lazy ignorance, which is the main trait characterizing racists. What we have in common is our love for the Philippines, and Angeles in particular, and our true gratitude to you for providing us with a means to stay there even when we are away. God bless Harry, and hope to see you soon.
(Thank you Eric, I look forward to seeing you again. I must clarify that I do not “hate” Obama the man, I could probably enjoy meeting with him informally. I do strongly dislike his politics and the direction he wants to take America. It has nothing to do with the color of his skin, after all he is as much white as he is black. There are too many people in America who like to use the term “racist” all too easily. Call me a “Cracker”, no problem as long as it is a “Ritz cracker” but no matter what Eric, we do share a love for the Philippines and its people, who like anywhere else, are not perfect, but then neither am I or my fellow Americans, especially the politicians.)
Hi Harry, I just read your comments re the Exit Visa in your October Newsletter. I agree, it’s an easy mistake to forget this requirement if you have extended beyond six months. I can’t think of any other country that requires a Visa to LEAVE, but this is Asia I guess. They do like their red tape.
Anyway, I just had to get one myself. Actually, it is called an Emigration Clearance Certificate. I did it myself at Immigration, the cost was P500, not P1,000 as you indicated. Maybe it depends on which is your home country, I don’t know (I am UK). Readers should be aware that they are quite picky about information requirements, it is easy to fall foul of them….. For example, they need the receipt from your last visa extension, which you may well have thrown away, as nobody previously told you to hang on to it. They need five 2 x 2 photos on a white background. Why on earth do they need FIVE? I had four at 2 x 2, and one at about 1.8 x 1.8, and the Inspector there “oohed” and “aahhed” as if is was a major problem, but let me get away with it. You fill in a bunch of forms, including stuff like your height in feet and inches, and your weight in kilos. A strange mix of Imperial and Metric measurements! If you are Divorced, they want your ex Spouse’s name and address too (why?). You are required to give copies of your ACR Card, also various parts of your Passport, including the photo page, and the pages showing your original entry here, and the last visa extension. As you noted, all your finger prints are taken, which is not a pleasant experience.
I made my application one morning, and my visa was ready for collection that same afternoon. I think all they do is run a check to make sure there is no outstanding criminal case involving you in the Philippines, that should prevent you from leaving the country. This was one week before travel, but I’d recommend you do it a bit earlier than that, as there can always be delays. Oh, and you will need your travel schedules. Don’t forget, if you are returning to the Philippines, you will need evidence of an exit flight, otherwise, they will not let you on the plane to come back here! Hope this helps someone Harry. Keep up the good column.
PS to that last note: When attending Immigration, you must wear long pants and a sleeved shirt. If you show up in shorts and a vest, you will get turned away. They love to make life easy for us! Kevin R. (Seems pretty clear to me. My goodness, they sure seem to need a lot of unnecessary paperwork. Thanks for the input Kevin)
Hi Harry, I was going over some of your articles and thought I would do a search for Happy Chicks. I was surprised to see an old friends picture, Ralph, from
Happy Chicks. If you know his email, I would love to send him a message. He sponsored my softball team the last year I was at Clark. He owned both Happy Chicks and Rolling Stone Bars. So we combined the names and we were “Rolling Chicks”.. We went 17-1 and ended up finishing 3rd in the post season. I also had Roy Warner as a sponsor and him and Tess sponsored 1 of my teams.. the Brass Knob. I was sad to see he sold the bar in your article. My wife and I visited him back in Nov 2011 and had a great time. He even took us on a tour of the base. and we stayed at his motel. We hope to get over there in 2014. Just wish it didnt cost so miuch for tickets. Let me know if you know a very good travel agent. anyway I attched a picture from Happy Chicks and our team. it was my going away party. Thanks Jim Mangin Cincinnati Ohio. (Hey Jim, that is going back a few years. I do not know Ralph’s Email address but maybe someone reading this will have it)
Hi Harry, I am wondering if you know what is happening to the coverage of the Barclays English Premier League . As from Nov 1 Balls channel no longer showing it and it will be shown on Sky HD. This is not much good for soccer fans in Angeles Area or many other areas in Phils where sky not available. I contacted Acctn but not forthcoming at present. I appreciate this may not be your favorite sport but maybe you have some information on subject.
(David, Phillie’s Sports Grill is able to show the Premier League through their Cable Box. Just go there at the times of the games and ask the waitress or supervisor put the match on. There are staff there ready to put on whatever you want)
Hi Harry, I am a 43 yr old Brit living in Hong Kong but have been frequenting AC for 5 years now and had an apartment there for 3 years. I read your column from time to time and I read with regret some peoples experiences and various crimes committed against them. I would consider myself a seasoned AC Guy and over the years I have never apart from the usual police stopping me on my motorcycle been robbed, scammed or extorted. I have never paid a bribe especially to the police. I always treat them with respect and I am courteous and helpful. I have found this approach works. I have found if you stick to the rules AC is no more dangerous than anywhere in Asia. Even if I know they are robbing bastards !!
In the last few years I settled down in Hong Kong with a beautiful Indonesian girl and in May we decided to take an extended holiday inc AC, you are prob all thinking sand to the beach etc but she is beautiful and very open minded. She has visited I am sure every bar on fields and partyed with all of my very good friends from HK and local expats I have made over the years. She was somewhat a local celebrity as to see and indo in Ac is rare. The girls were so sweet and polite to her and at the same time fascinated. Of course it was interesting while in viking, it got raided and the officials trying to talk to her in Tagalog she simply blasted them in around 4 different languages inc Cantonese, they where surprised and lets us all go along with another hundred westerners.
I have found that Filipino’s outside of AC are so different, when I return to the UK they are respectful and honestly nice people. In Hong Kong they are the same. Its only in Ac where there are bad apples. I think what people need to remember and I would like to highlight is that, Despite all of the bad things that AC brings, it still has that magic. Just stand at the top of walking st and look down at 9pm on any night and its there for every one to see. Gordo. (Gordo, I agree with you and I would have paid to see and hear your lady talk to the cops that night. Yes, if one follows all the rules and remain polite, a visit to AC should be very enjoyable. I have no intention of leaving my little paradise. Regretfully, we have to live with these raids on Clubs which are having a negative effect on tourism to Angeles City)
Hi Harry, I am back in my home town Bangalore after my Philippines tour. On the way back, I broke my journey and visited Hong Kong and Macau–both dazzling cities. Of course, I did not gamble in Macau for two reasons: I did not want to blow up my money, and, for the life of me, I do not know how to gamble! I was indeed happy to meet you at your bar. I not only enjoyed our conversation but also followed-up on your tips about other bars. A pity, though, I could not return to your bar. I enjoy browsing your website and I am sure we will keep in touch. With good wishes. Anil K. (I also enjoyed our conversation and look forward to when we meet again)
Harry, I don’t know if you remember Jimmy Walker, but he passed away earlier this week. Here’s what I posted: Early today, Jimmy Walker lost the battle, and passed away. I’ve been told it was from AIDS, but that is unconfirmed. Johnny Tango visited him a few days ago, and mentioned that Jimmy was emaciated, riddled with sores and infection and only semi-lucid.
Jimmy came to Angeles around 17 years ago. He worked as a manager in several places including Margaritaville, Pit Stop, Ziggy’s and, for us, at Cotton Tales. He was excellent with the staff and customers. Later, he became involved in a boiler room operation on Base and, did well at that, also. He came to AC after serving in Korea. He was fluent in Korean. Over the years, he developed an addiction to different drugs, and his health suffered. He was probably in his mid 40s.
I received an email from a former USAF college of his asking if there was anything he (or his friends) could do to make sure Jimmy got a decent burial. I replied that he had been cremated, and that I was trying to contact his ex girl friend and mother of his daughter. Later in the thread I mentioned that Jimmy, even with all of his problems, remained a devoted father. Here’s the text of the email I received from his friend:
Dave, I cannot thank you enough for running this to ground for us over there. And you are correct – Jimmy did 8 years of active duty military service and did not retire.
I’m curious as to whether his family in the US is aware and whether they expressed wishes as to the disposition of his remains. I met his father in Angeles City in 2006 and I think his mother was still alive at the time, and according to another member of our group, Jimmy had a sister living in Las Vegas approximately 10 years ago; unfortunately he had no further information and we have been unsuccessful in locating any stateside family members. Would you have any idea if Monica and/or Amanda maintain contact with Jimmy’s side of the family? I certainly would not want to horn in on family matters, but if there IS communication and an amiable relationship between the stateside folks and Monica/Amanda, then maybe our group could help further any conversation of his interment, i.e. ”it would be nice to do X, but the funds just aren’t there to do it.” That sort of thing.
My further interest in reaching out to Monica, Amanda and family is to fill in the gaps of Jimmy’s life since we last saw him. Not because of any morbid curiosity, but in order to write a synopsis of the good and bad that can be used to fundraise from our larger Skivvy Nine community. Activity right now is mostly from those who served with him; however, Skivvy Niners take care of Skivvy Niners, and I think we would have more participation once the call goes out community-wide if a factual obit accompanied any larger fundraising efforts.
For sure, the drugs and boiler room information is disturbing. Jimmy was much better than those things and makes one wonder how much the desire for drugs affected the decision process in how he chose to make money over there. It is also sad to think he never reached out. There is not a single one of us who would not have bought a ticket back to the US for him if we’d known what he was going through. Of course, maybe Jimmy had no desire to return; we’ll never know. When I saw him with his father in 2006 he looked happy, healthy and spoke non-stop about his daughter, who I believe was 8 or 9 at the time. He was happy to be back in the Philippines and was looking forward to setting up a business and getting to work. He did not mention specifics and sadly, I never saw him again.
I will research Jimmy’s veteran benefits (he was honorably discharged in 92 or 93) and the Clark Field requirements. I was under the impression it was a garden variety veterans cemetery, but due to the space constraint they’ve had there for years it indeed may be restricted to retirees. And as his surviving daughter, Amanda will need a copy of Jimmy’s DD-214 if she does not already have a copy, and we can help her and Monica with that from stateside. Along that line, do you know if Jimmy was a member of the VFW? He was eligible, and may have joined over there. If so, they would be able to serve in an ombudsman capacity for Amanda’s paperwork collection. Just thinking out loud, and I suppose I could email Cliff and ask for that matter.
Well Dave, I’ll close so I can drop Mr. Wilsey that note at the V, but many, many, many thanks again for bringing us up to speed. It’s a damned shame Jimmy was never able to fathom the number of people who considered him a close part of their life, past or present. Those who worked with him knew him as a compassionate person “who liked to party” as a friend wrote, but who didn’t in those days? Sad that the partying turned to drugs and pushed him away from those who could have helped. He was one of us. Warmest Regards, (This was sent to me by D.F. (Mo) in Olongapo (Barrio Barretto), a man who has helped many during his business years here)
A Little Birdie just informed me that the Philippine Bureau of Immigration has established a task force to go after overstaying and undocumented foreigners. So make sure your ACR or whatever visa you have is current to avoid any unpleasant visits from the BI folks.
Many thanks to Jon C., from England who brought me Yorkshire pudding mix and good old English mustard.
I have heard that someone has purchased the “Go2Phil” site and plans to make it a free site and depend on ads for income. It would be nice to see this site active again since way back in Tom Deaseys time he is the one that brought me and “Harry The Horse” on line.
La Pasha Group has been sold. Am seeking further information. OK, I was able to get in touch with the owner and was told that the Fantasy and Typhoon Clubs have changed hands. Fantasy to Koreans, Typhoon to German ownership. Those Koreans keep creeping into Fields Ave. The only good thing about Korean ownership is that they seldom get raided and if by chance they are raided they pay off whoever they have to right away. The rest of the bars under the La Pasha are still being negotiated. The Fantasy is closed now for renovations and a name change. It is expected to re-open early this month.
Barack Obama, during his Cairo speech, said: “I know, too, that Islam has Always been a part of America’s history.” (My response to that is bullshit!)
Joke Time - sent to me by Jim Farrell – A mother and her 5-year-old son were flying Qantas from Sydney to Auckland. The son (who had been looking out the window) turned to his mother and asked, “If big dogs have baby dogs and big cats have baby cats, why don’t big planes have baby planes?” The mother, who couldn’t think of an answer, told her son to ask the flight attendant. So the little guy walks up to the galley and asks the flight attendant, “If big dogs have baby dogs, and big cats have baby cats, why don’t big planes have baby planes?” The flight attendant responded, “Did your mother tell you to ask me that?” The boy said, “Yes, she did”.
“Well then, please tell your mother that there are no baby planes because Qantas always pulls out on time, and ask her explain that to you.”
SUBIC BAY NEWS BY RON CHESLEY - Midst all the flooding tragedies in September, I was unable to send a Subic Article for October, but I did see someone else took up the slack and sent Harry several photos of the scene here in the Subic Bay area. A lot of people here are still cleaning their homes, buying new household appliances, furniture, etc., so I am sure for a lot of people that Christmas will be very limited this year. I will not say “rainy season is over” but I can say we are not getting nearly the rain we did before. However, the roads are still filled with pot holes and they fill the holes with sand – like it is really supposed to do some good when the next rain comes. I have been here just about 20 years now, and it is the same thing year after year. I am not only talking about Barrio Barretto and Olongapo, but also on SBMA and going from Subic to Angeles City, so just passing it on to be careful when driving around here and try not to drive around at night cause the pot holes are hard to see. The never ending saga of the stop lights at the Kalaklaan Gate continues. I don’t think they have anyone who knows how to fix the problem, as the lights work for two days and then don’t work for two weeks. There have been several accidents there as they have no idea who has the right of way and everyone is in a hurry to get no where fast! There are plenty of restaurants at the mall on SBMA now, but for the most part, we still go to the ones in barrio as it is “homier” since we know the owners and the service is excellent regardless of which one you go to. Darts and Pool are still going strong, although the number of pool teams has dwindled substantially from what was a few years ago. Hard to believe this year has just about come to an end already. It’s just about Christmas so be careful when you go to the Malls or anywhere around (both here and Angeles) as the pick pockets will be on the prowl. The bottom line is BE SAFE and watch where you put your money. It’s better if the ladies don’t wear expensive necklaces, bracelets or watches when going to the mall. Look as simple as you can. We will be making a trip to Angeles sometime in November to get Christmas shopping done along with a few friends and will be stopping to see Harry and other friends around town. Until next month, this is hoping everyone has a great thanksgiving dinner and just forget about the diet for one day!
The Horse says since we are on the subject of Subic do you remember the horrible fire in Barrio Barretto that took the lives of a few people? It was a very sad event. But time passes and now you can see that a new Club has opened up on the ground floor. I hope that as the building if further renovated that somewhere a commemorative plaque with the victim’s names will be affixed in a visible location.
THE CAROUSEL RAID - This latest raid took place on Friday, 11 Oct, at 9 PM. I did not write anything on my breaking news for information was limited. For two weeks I was talking to various sources, trying to piece together a few facts. What I found out dismayed me and also angered me. As I write this a Filipino male supervisor, one foreign tourist who was training to be a manager and 7 females were being held in Station Four awaiting further legal procedures. The foreigner kind of stepped on his own tongue. He decided to introduce himself , unknown to him, to an American undercover agent and his “fiance”. While talking to them he mentioned that he owned bars in Germany and the difficulty there was the high taxes. But, he continued, the problem here in AC is that they have to pay a lot of money to the NBI and CIDG under the table in order not to be raided. This turned out to be a very stupid thing to say and now he has time to think back at his words while in jail. They are being provided food and rubber mats to sleep on but the conditions are crowded, hot and very uncomfortable. Bear in mind that these people are innocent of any crime but yet the forces that be, as usual, enjoy the act of torturing innocent people on trumped up charges. We all know the routine, raid a bar, load up buses with girls, take them to Camp Olivas, separate them into groups, release a few, separate others into a group in which they are held without charges and the police threaten them to sign affidavits against the floor managers, etc. This is the normal routine used by various agencies and this time it was a PNP Special Group operation. What shocked me this time is that an additional element entered the scenario. The raid also involved a United States Homeland Security (HSI) Special Agent assigned to the US Embassy, Manila. This man, Special Agent Keith (I chose not to use his full name) set up the raid by working undercover with the NBI. He is the one with the PNP female officer posing as his fiance.
This is a first for Angeles City and the methods used were such that I do not see anyway that Clubs in the entertainment zone can protect themselves without dramatic changes in operating procedures. The undercover operation took place over a couple of weeks and involved more than one undercover operative. SA Keith was the main set-up man. posing as a customer. The mission was to meet and talk to the youngest looking dancers and build up a rapport with one or two. Agent Keith and his “fiance” made friends with a dancer and on 27 Sep took her out to eat with the intent of getting detailed information from her. The dancer, of course, talked a lot. On a follow up visit to the Club SA Keith was able to meetin the German manager, the Filipino supervisor and of course the floor managers that they had developed a rapport with in previous visits. On the night of the raid, note the date, They asked the dancer if they could take her bar fine? The lady indicated that the Club did not have a bar fine policy. But, she pointed to a sign on the table that promoted a P2,250 drink. Needless to say folks she, and many other ladies would then explain in detail what that drink would get the customer once they left the bar. Meanwhile, other undercover agents in the bar would be buying drinks and then pay for the special drink with marked money. Be advised that at the same time agents were investigating other bars on Fields Ave in preparation for future raids.
There were other unusual procedures used that night and the next few days. Seventy ladies were taken to the old DFA building on Clark where the NBI offices are located in the back and hidden there while attempting to get them to sign affidavits against the managers and floor managers. Additionally 16 ladies were taken to Palayan and held without charges. That is a hell of a long way to take innocent girls to detain them without charges. The parents had to meet in San Fernando and travel together to visit them. Why was this necessary? Was this an attempt to isolate the girls and try to get them to make statements against some of the staff? I wonder at the legality of such actions.
I also wonder why a US Special Agent from Homeland Security is allowed to participate in such raids in a foreign country. Why is the President of the Philippines allowing such actions against the sovereignty of the Philippines. I have heard, not confirmed, that this was tried in Singapore and not allowed. They were told that Singapore would take care of their own problems without US Assistance. (While trying to find out the answer to this, one answer that came out was the American agents were allowed because there were American customers in the bar. Wow, if that is true I am in shock and can only throw up my hands in frustration)
These actions are deplorable, the ladies are not being rescued, instead they are victims and abused by their own countrymen with the assistance of foreign agents. To me, the procedures used smell of entrapment. Nobody cares what happens to the girls when they are detained, threatened and treated badly. Where are their rights? This mass round-up of girls should not be tolerated. If there is specific evidence of wrong doing then do a proper investigation and detain those specifically identified as under age. All girls working in the Clubs on Fields Ave are doing so voluntarily. No one is forcing them to work there, they can leave any time they want to. Why does the Mayor allow such actions in his town? I guess Alex Cauguiran might be happy as he wants all bars closed but someone has to stop this madness.
Every bar should have full video coverage of their establishments so that these undercover foreigners can be identified and their pictures published. Too many innocent women and men are being sent to jail on false charges and by the time the courts declare their innocence and dismissed charges they have spent many months in jail. This has to stop or at least have better investigations prior to sending so many to jail. At least, at this time customers are not being harassed, they are separated and allowed to exit the affected Clubs. I wonder how long this will last? I could write a few more details but why bother, you get the idea. I visited the ladies in Station Four and it was a sad sight. They are locked up like animals, scared, hungry, confused and put shoulder to shoulder with dope addicts and true criminals. Overnight, families are broken up, lives turned upside down simply because they chose to work in a vocation that would afford them a decent salary. It is a shame and shame on you Special Agent Keith for contributing to their suffering. Maybe you will get a commendation for your bravery in apprehending these dangerous criminals. Why not stop by Station four and see for yourself their conditions or maybe by the time this is published, they might be in the City Jail. So glad you received all that special training in the US to accomplish your mission here. Believe me, your work is not appreciated! (Update: on 23 Oct the ladies from Palayan were released and returned home)
PHILLIE’S – THE NEW BAKLA BAR – Comments from a customer:
Never really been a fan of the place but we use it for a morning meet up before golf or bar hopping. Last trip meet up with a friend of mine who was in town with his gf. Never been in there at night as the prices they charge I would rather sit in air con playing with girls. Spent 3 nights in there with him for about 2 hrs each night. The place is full of them, mostly around the pool table. Had to try hard not to laugh to much at there antics when I played them as well as the outside being surround by them and loads inside. I wonder how long before there is lady boy bar in town? I remember remember chatting with Harro years ago about this and he reckoned that’s where the money is. I wonder, is Phillie’s the first? (Thanks for your comments. I can assure you that recently we have taken aggressive action to stop these “ladies” from entering the premises. I do believe if you visit us again you will notice the difference)
I have been warning about the growth of radical Islamic communities in the US and their implementation of Sharia law. Today, I was shocked to see footage of a Muslim group of thugs in New York State attacking a student because he walked through their neighborhood drinking a beer. They beat him nearly to death and manage to get away with it. Then the report showed a so called Islamic Village in which Sharia Law was being instituted and the residents, even women being trained in military tactics. I did not realize that 22 of these villages were scattered throughout the United States. But where is the media outrage? Why is this being tolerated? These Muslims are not here to comply with American culture or to follow our laws. They are plain evil, despise Christians, and our law enforcement officers are gutless to do anything about it. Yet, President Obama and ass kissing Hillary want to disarm our citizens. Folks, buy guns, buy ammunition and be ready to defend yourselves as our police force won’t do it nor our Attorney General. These “Villages” are training grounds for Jihadists.
CLARK FREEPORT — At least 10 commercial aircraft were diverted to Clark International Airport late Wednesday afternoon due to the upgrading of the radar system at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA). Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) President Victor Jose I. Luciano said the aircraft started arriving at CIA around 4:30 p.m., with passengers landing safely.
Luciano said diverted flights were three Airphil Express aircraft from Tuguegarao, Dipolog and Cagayan De Oro, one Gulf Air aircraft from Bahrain, one Philippine Airlines aircraft from Incheon, two Tiger Air Philippines aircraft from Cebu and Bacolod, Air Asia Zest aircraft from Cagayan De Oro and two Cebu Pacific Air aircraft from Cebu.
Diverted aircraft started leaving Clark at 2:10 a.m. Thursday, after NAIA returned to its normal operations. Clark Airport is being eyed by the government as the country’s next premier gateway. The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) had already submitted a study on the development of a “Dual Airport” system for NAIA and Clark Airport. Aviation experts say that NAIA already reached its capacity. (No shit, that has been a fact for years)
The entry of Emirates Airlines last October 1 into the airport is expected to boost passenger volume before the end of 2013. Emirates, which flies Dubai-Clark-Dubai daily, had promised to deliver one million passengers by next year. Qatar Airways is set to start daily flights (Doha-Clark-Doha) on October 28. An estimated 10 million Overseas Filipino Workers in the Middle East, coming from Northern and Central Luzon, will benefit from these flights.
Hi Harry, thought you might like a brief update on the status on Philippine Land Group’s Grandview Tower Project.
Building progress remains about 70%, significant construction ceased a couple years ago (as soon as PLG collected for the pre-sold condos), no titles were ever issued (they’re still illegally mortgaged), numerous creditors/suppliers are owed tens of millions, and Philippine regulatory agencies HLURB and SEC have issued cease & desist orders to PLG to stop selling units. PLG’s Petition for Rehabilitation filed in Regional Trial Court 42 some nine months ago claims financial distress and is still under review. The judge may eventually rule to either approve or deny the Petition.
If the Petition is approved, PLG would have five years to “rehabilitate” by finishing the building, selling the remaining 91 units, and settling its debts. It’s unclear how PLG would obtain more funds to finish the building or get the cease & desist orders lifted.
If denied, the bank holding the mortgages would foreclose and auction the building at Sheriff’s Sale. Considering PLG’s past and present issues, some condo buyers believe PLG has zero chance of being “rehabilitated,” have expressed written opposition to PLG’s rehab plan, and favor liquidation. It is hoped a reputable developer would purchase the building, issue titles to fully paid buyers, settle debts, and finish the project. CJ. (The drama continues with the Grandview Tower. There are some frustrated, disappointed, angry Condo unit buyers living there right now. Don’t become another one and use due care in buying any Condo unit in this town. Most are reputable, but ——-? I can vouch for the kandi Suites and the Horizon)
TRICARE Philippine DEMO PROJECT USERS [10/25/13] - RAO, ANGELES CITY WAS ADVISED 24 OCT THAT AUF MEDICAL CENTER, ANGELES CITY HAS SUSPENDED TRICARE UNTIL PAYMENT PROBLEMS ARE RESOLVED. THE RAO CONTACTED ISOS (GLOBAL-24) TO CONFIRM THE BAD NEWS. IT WAS TRUE. THEY WERE ADVISED BY GLOBAL 24 THEY ARE TRYING TO RESOLVE THE PROBLEMS AT THE SACRED HEART AND AUF MEDICAL CENTER HOSPITALS. IN THE MEANTIME, SHOULD YOU USE EITHER OF THE HOSPITALS AND PAY UP FRONT, RAO ANGELES WILL HELP YOU WITH YOUR CLAIM. NO GUARANTEE THAT IT WILL BE PAID. IF ABLE TO TRAVEL NOTE THAT MAKATI MED IN METRO MANILA IS STILL TRICARE APPROVED AND YOU CAN USE THAT HOSPITAL IF SHORT ON FUNDS UNTIL THE ANGELES CITY HOSPITAL PROBLEMS ARE RESOLVED.
Answer to my Email response to James T. Noted. Obviously TMA has either no control over ISOS or they are part of the problem. All I can suggest is to contact your Congressman. If enough DEMO users do, perhaps somebody’s representative will initiate a Congressional Inquiry to determine where the fault lies and correct it. In the interim don’t get sick. (Guess that is the bottom line now.)
(This is disgraceful. The ISOS/Global 24 administrators are a bunch of incompetent people who garnered a money making contract on a project they were not capable of administering. Additionally, this is the second time that Sacred heart withdrew from the program. The first time Global 24 representatives met with Sacred Heat management and were able to convince them that the payment problem could be fixed. This turned out to be bullshit. Why, one big reason is that Wisconsin Tri-Care treated their claims the same way they treated individuals for years. Denial of payments! Maybe these are the same idiots who helped to develop Obama Care. Maybe those who ridiculed Jim Houtsma will now have the balls to stand up and say, “sorry, you were right all the time”. He predicted failure because of the ineptness displayed by Global 24/ISOS. The program failure is not the fault of the hospitals, but with the architects of the program. Doctors do not like to work for free!)
I visited the City Jail last week (174) and while there asked about Mark Dizon. I was told by the prisoners that he was found guilty of murder, sentenced to life and transferred to the main jail in Manila. I will try to confirm before this goes to print. UPdate: Not true. He has not been convicted, in fact he attended trial on 29 Oct. I do not know why 3 prisoners told me he had been convicted and transferred. I wonder if he is still held with the general population? On Tuesday, 29 Oct Mark Dizon was presented in court again. Following is a summary of what happened submitted by Dave Mason who attended the hearing.
“The primary witness was supposed to be PNP Supt. Reynacio Dabe who was the patholigist who did the 5 autopsy’s on the mitchell victims. He did not appear! Judge Iturralde found him in contempt of court and fined him P5,000 and ordered a subponea be hand delivered withing 48 hours ordering him to appear on 19 Nov or a warrant will be issued for his arrest.
Representing the prosecution was private attorney Alan Passamonte. For the defense was public defender Adrian Lopez and for the PNP was SPO4 Tolentino from Station 1. Dizon was present wearing yellow T-shirt and handcuffs. He looked thinner and no smug smiles this time.
Rumor was not 100% true. Dizon was convicted in La Union of illegal gun possession and ordered to be moved to a jail in Manila. But, Judge Iturralde ordered him back to the City Jail, 1u74 toa be present for the 3 cases being tried here. Do notd know the sentence he got for the conviction in La Union. No pictures of Dizon were allowed to be taken.
The next trial date will be 19 Nov at 1330 hours at RTC 58. The witnesses will be Marisa (daughter of Al Mitchell) and the Pathologist. Back up trial dates are 18 Feb and 3 June 2014.
POLICE NAB 7 IN ANGELES ANTI-CRIME CAMPAIGN - Harry, I hope these are the guys who have been behind recent local robberies. In the last four months my personal knowledge of robberies has been my son when he visited from Aust robbed at gun point, an Aust mate bashed and robbed over near the park, another Aust mate robbed at knife point in Diamond and another’s girlfriend (Mylene) robbed just before she got to the Oasis gate where they live – she was on the way home from work at Blind Beggar. Cheers, Rob B.
ANGELES CITY – Police arrested over the weekend seven persons believed to be members of robbery and snatching groups operating in this city during raid at the suspects’ safe house in Barangay Malabanias here.
Senior Supt. Eden Ugale, Angeles City police acting director, identified the suspects as Gene Balsem 28, a native of Tacloban City, Jumil Acidre, 29, Arile Ortiz, 24, Michael Justin Sumayan, 28, Ricky Mondelo, 22, Ruel Sumayan, 28, and Kenneth Cantiga, 22, all from Leyte. He said the suspects were the subject of complaints by residents in the community for being unruly especially when drunk. All the suspects have no permanent jobs and suspiciously staying in the city for quite sometime.
The raiding team, led by Supt. Joselito Imperial, chief of ACPO Intelligence Branch, was armed with search warrant issued by Judge Richard Paradeza of Olongapo City Regional Trial Court when they stormed the suspects’ lair. Ugale said victims of robbery hold-up and snatching in Angeles City have been invited to come forward to ACPO for them to identify the suspects. The suspects, he said, were staying in a residential unit along Macopa Street in said village. The search was done in an orderly manner as witnessed by residents and barangay officials in the community, said Ugale.
The suspects yielded a homemade caliber .38 revolver, a fragmentation grenade, different bags and wallets believed taken from their victims. Ugale said all the suspects were brought to ACPO headquarters for further investigation as illegal possession of firearm and explosive offenses are initially being readied against them. SOURCE: Central Luzon Daily. (You can see how Angeles City attracts these dirt bags. One from Tacloban City and the rest from Leyte. I sure hope some victims do come forward and identify these assholes and that they are prosecuted)
For those of you that like to remember the old days, how many remember this bar from the past? I am sure there are many and if anyone has a story they can pass on about this place, send it to me and I will publish it next month. Keep it short, even humorous if that is the case. I do not have to print your name . I will tell you that on a few occasions I did do some extensive research there. Ah, the good old days.
There are more and more fun places to eat in town but not that many that afford a place where you can eat and do some girl watching at the same time. One place is Phillie’s Sports Grill and the other is Kokomo’s. I enjoy both locations but I
have discovered the perfect “cheap Charlie” meal at Kokomo’s. It is their delicious Thai Fried Rice! The price is only P225. Wait, you say that is not cheap? Let me explain – you have to take your wife or girlfriend with you to bring the cost down to the “cheap charlie” level. You see, the portion is enormous, enough for 2 1/2 portions so certainly enough for one guy and a lady who does not eat much. The ladies do not eat much while you are courting them, it is only after you marry her that she starts eating like a horse (pardon the pun). I must admit that owner bet me a very small, and I mean small sum of money that I could not finish this meal by myself. I am proud to say that I ate bit of it. Of course I did not eat breakfast or lunch either so at 4PM I was prepared. Fortunately I had a witness as he did not believe me. Regretfully, I have not been able to convince Mrs Horse and my 15 year old son to go out with me for dinner at Kokomo’s and only order one order of Fried rice and three plates. The are not interested in the savings to our eating out budget. I’m still working on it.
THIS IS INTERESTING: NBI breaks up extort gang in Angeles city – MANILA, Philippines—National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) agents raided an Angeles City hotel at dawn on Friday being used as a base for “blackmail” by a syndicate of foreigners, a bureau official said. Agents of the NBI Investigation Services headed by Deputy Director Ruel Lasala raided 26 rooms of the Sothernberg (Stotsenberg?) Hotel in Clark, Pampanga.
Lawyer Daniel Daganzo, NBI Foreign Liaison Division head, said 52 Chinese were arrested for financial fraud for allegedly threatening and extorting money from people in Taiwan and China. He said the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Manila was the main complainant in the case. Daganzo said the suspects who were males and females in their 20s and 30s had posed as tourists. He noted that they sported the same tattoo designs on their backs, arms and legs, and that at the hotel they always declined room service or to have their rooms cleaned. Daganzo said at least 100 telephone units, laptops, two-way radios and Internet cables were found in the rooms that had been divided into cubicles.
The group’s modus operandi, Lasala said, was to identify a rich target in either China or Taiwan and research their backgrounds, financial status, irregular habits, illicit dealings or affairs. The syndicate would then call their target by using the local facilities and threaten him or her with exposure unless he or she came up with the equivalent of P1.5 million to be deposited in the group’s bank account. The suspects pretended to be government authorities and this frightened the victims even more. Also found in a room was a white board listing names of possible victims of the syndicate along with points earned by an “operator.” The suspects declined to say anything, insisting that they were “tourists.” Lasala said they were looking into possible Filipino partners of the Chinese nationals. He said the suspects would be charged with violation of Republic Act. No. 8484, or the Access Devices Regulation Act of 1998.—Nancy C. Carvajal. (I wonder if they paid their hotel bill in advance?)
The hearings for the Kaufman and Santos case are 3 Feb, 18 Feb and 7 Apr at 1330. I will attend at least one of these as I have no idea what is happening. Timothy Kaufman is appealing his extradition in the US and a friend has set up a fund to solicit donations for his defense expenses. He has hired a hot shot Washington lawyer. His grandfather still believes in his innocence which is nice. Tim still pushes for sympathy as an ex-Marine. Yes, he is presumed innocent until proven guilty but is fighting tooth and nail to avoid extradition in which he could prove that innocence in court.
Knowing how weak the Philippine legal system is here and the lack of money they have I suspect that Tim will never step foot on Philippine soil again. I can only hope that it will cost him a small fortune to avoid an appearance in a Philippine court. Check out his face book page and his appeals for financial help. Life goes on and maybe some day we will get the truth out of Tim. He will probably write a book and make a fortune. The title would be “How I got away with a double murder in the Philippines”.
Russell, owner of Bunny Burger has taken over the old Happy Rock Bar, located on Perimeter Road next to the Midnight Rock. The interior is under renovation now with an estimated opening in late December. Russell told me he will not have dancing girls, only waitresses with easy listening music. Food will also be available. His set up will be similar to that of Garfields. Sounds good to me. I think Rockin Dave and Russell will offer two Club environments that will complement each other. I will be looking forward to the opening.
For those who remember Tom Deasy, the originator of “Go2Phil” here are a couple of pictures of him and Vergie in Las Vegas. We met up over a year ago and enjoyed a bit of time together. They were traveling in a beautiful RV and had parked in the Circus-Circus RV parking area. This year they drove it to Alaska and many other destinations. They call Arizona their home state and Tom is enjoying life with his Mrs and son. Maybe some year they will travel to Thailand and we can meet up there. That would be something to look forward to.
TOURIST OF THE MONTH
Dave Donney gave me a call one afternoon and told me he had a friend going to my place for lunch and wanted to meet me. Sure enough, 15 minutes later I was called downstairs and was able to meet Greg Roberts and his family and enjoy an hour of chatting with them. Greg is a retired Postman now living on a 280 acrea spread in Wingham, (Near Taree), Marlee, N.S.W. He has 30 head of cattle plus a lot of visiting Kangaroos. He is happily married to Roselle who will become a registered nurse next year, she is from Bataan. He met her way back in 1997 in Angeles City while he was visiting here. They have three great children, one of whom, the oldest girl has ambitions to be a policewoman. Greg and Roselle have plans to eventually move to the Philippines, possibly somewhere in Zambales. Greg last visited AC 11 years ago so this was a special visit. He met Dave Donney in 1996 and they have kept in touch all these years. I suspect that Greg and Roselle will not stay away that long again. Maybe I will see them again in two years.
I WOULD IF I COULD
This charming, personable young lady of 23 years is La Blanza and she works at the Pacific Blues Club located across the street from the Wild Orchid Hotel. She has no children, no boyfriend and has completed 2 years of college studying business office administration. She stands at 5’1″ and hopes someday to be able to complete her college and obtain a degree. She is from Manila but currently lives in Dau. She has 2 sisters and 1 brother. She has worked in her present job for one year and has still not met that special guy. She has also worked abroad in Dubai. She likes to cook and travel. For courting purposes her age preference is 35+ but she wants that guy to love, care for her and commit to a long term relationship, hopefully leading to marriage. This is a lady you have to meet so get on your computer and write to her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
PACIFIC BLUES CLUB
Naturally, if I found my special lady for this month at the Pacific Blues Club I have to plug the Club itself. Last month Elvie, the singer, owner and employees celebrated their first year anniversary and what a lot of fun it was. But, when I first went in it was at the beginning of the month, early in the evening and there was only one customer on board by the name of Trevor. He greeted me firmly, invited me to join him and bought me a drink. Sitting beside him was the house singer Joanne who I met for the first time. Elvie was upstairs and I waited for her to come down. She was busy with her 3 week old baby boy. As I sat there enjoying the company of Trevor more customers arrived and I settled in to listen to the band and then later on the singing of Joanne who is a very good vocalist. I began wondering why the hell I had not visited this Club since Elvie took it over. The previous name was Strawberry Fields? I enjoyed the atmosphere and the friendliness of everyone. I will return again, especially to keep track of LA because I am invited to the wedding if she meets someone through my column. That is my payment as I like to get that great food at the receptions. Before I forget, Elvie is also a great singer and is well known to a lot of the old timers in town.
I LIKE THE GREEN BOTTLE
There are a number of reasons that I like the Green Bottle Bar. 1) It is located only a few steps from the stable. 2) I like the owner, Elmer and I sure did enjoy his pick for substitute manager Richard. He stepped in while Elmer was in Bangkok getting some special treatment for his eyes. 3) I like the music, not loud and some good selections. I appreciated that Richard went over and had the DJ lower the music when he started to get carried away with the sound. 4) Elmer has upgraded the quality of the ladies on board. By golly they are looking good. 5) Now comes the best part. Cecille is working there. The young lady of 25 pictured above. This is a sweetheart guys. Personable, good looking and intelligent. She has a young boy of six years who she says is good at science, English and math at school. The father, who was 56 at the time died of kidney disease. Cecille was
enrolled in college at the time but had to drop out and come to work for the usual reasons. She has been at the Green Bottle only one month. What surprised me is that when I asked her what she would like to study if she had the chance to return to college, her answer was “accounting”. That is the first time ever when interviewing a woman working in a Club that she gave such an answer. She loves math and even said she would like to become a CPA. This is also a lady that does not mind meeting an older gentleman. She does not have an Email address but told me she would get one before I publish and I hope she does so. If not, you will just have to see her at work. Email address provided: email@example.com.
In the last picture you can see Richard and Peter O’Donnell plus two others whose names I forgot to get discussing the results of the Roosters, East Sydney VS Sea Eagles, Manley game the previous evening. Needless to say they dissected the game to death and somehow the result did not change. I guess the losing coach should visit AC and get some good sound advice from the expert pundits. Visit the Green Apple folks, where you can hear each other talk, the price of beer is right on and the ladies are a treat. See you there, oh, if you get hungry, just pop around the corner and have a meal at the Blue Boar Inn. (On a return visit I was told that the Green Bottle will have their 1st year anniversary on 8 November. For sure I will be there)
CLARK INTERNATIONAL SPORTS COMPLEX
This is a case where pictures speak for themselves. If you you drive around to the back area of Clark you will come across this enormous construction project. The sign announces that this will be a sports complex. I have no other details at this time but keep an eye on the construction and find out more details. If you look closely at the third picture you will see the Expo in the background so that gives you an idea of where it is located.
WIDUS CONVENTION CTR
The Widus Hotel and Resort located within the Clark Freeport Zone is experiencing tremendous success with their newly built Convention Center. Besides business meetings and conventions they are also bring in International entertainment. This is something I have been hoping for over the years and felt was lacking in Angeles City. Recently I took the wife to see the Platters, at least one of the 5 groups touring the US and beyond. On 19 Nov we will attend the John Ford Coley show and on 30 Dec “Chicago”. Moving ahead a few months the “Cascades” will be appearing and I hope to see that show as well. My compliments to the Widus management for bringing much needed family entertainment to this area and I am hoping for much more. I have not been in the Widus Casino yet but it is under expansion. The growth of this hotel has been very impressive. It is located at the very end of Mitchell Highway, across the street from the gas station. Old Clark personnel will remember the Bobbitt theater which has been converted into the Casino.
THE PLEASURE OF “NIGHT MOVES”
It was so close to crunch time for my Nov column that I normally would not go out to check out a club but I had promised Steve and Paul at the last Business Men’s Luncheon that I would feature their Club in Nov. I do not like to break promises but do so once in a while because of my bad memory. Even though it was already 28 Oct I asked Mrs. Horse to drop me off at the Night Moves Club on Perimeter Road. Boy, I am so glad I made that decision. As soon as I stepped into the Club it was fantastic. It was my first visit and I did not know the Club was that big, beautiful interior, spacious, comfortable seats, great lighting and one hell of a friendly, happy crowd. Steve was there and also Lucky, the manager. They greeted me with big cheerful hellos and handshakes as did a few of the customers sitting at their table. They then assisted me in taking pictures and best of all, they got the ladies to HAPPILY pose on stage with them. I was nearly overwhelmed with the cooperation of the Floor supervisors, waitresses and dancers. This is becoming very rare, especially at the Clubs on Fields Ave where taking the photos of the ladies can be like pulling teeth. After the picture on stage I walked around and greeted the customers and found out many knew me and were fun to talk to. The music was not loud, everyone could talk to each other without yelling and the atmosphere was so cheerful. While talking to Lucky about the Club and how nice it was he made special mention of the bathroom and how many compliments they had received on its design and cleanliness. I guess every Club has to have something special to stand out from the competition. Even without the bathroom, “Night Moves” is a star!
AC BUSINESSMEN’S LUNCHEON
Last month Eruptions hosted a very successful Businessmen’s luncheon. I thought that if I got there by 1130 I would get a good seat at the bar around the stage or table, hell, even a booth. I was wrong! I think some folks must have started arriving at 1030 hrs. Next time I will get there around 1100 hrs and see if that is better. The food provided by Phillie’s Sports Grill was excellent this time, no complaints. The entertainment was fun. The boss hired a dance troupe from Manila that did a hell of a good job, despite the fact that one member walked out because he did not like the two gay dancers. I did not notice them, I kept looking at the females who looked hot to me. They sure did display one hell of a lot of energy. I took their picture so you can judge for yourself if they were good to look at. It is not like the old days gentlemen very, very interesting entertainment was available. I think many appreciated the diversion from the normal house dancers. This meeting brings together a lot of the AC businessmen and it is a time to get to know each other and even collect business cards. The quality of the food has improved to justify the price increase but I hope no further increases will be necessary for a few more years.
I wrote last month that the Britannia Dental and Wellness Center would be opening soon. I am happy to say that it is up and running and as usual Dr. Tan’s staff are talented and beautiful. It is located at Mitchell Highway, in front of Clark and across from the SM Clark Mall. All treatments offered at the original location are available here. Dr. Tan will be splitting his time and treating patients in the afternoon at the new location. This is a great new location, convenient to many people living in Balibago, Clarkview and Anunas as well as the many tourists that visit and stay at the local hotels nearby. I think it is worth a visit just to say hello to the receptionist.
SENATE BILL SEEKS TO PUNISH RESTAURANTS NOT SERVING HALF-CUP RICE
Some Filipinos may be having hard time sticking to a “low-carb” diet because some restaurants don’t serve half-a-cup of rice. But a bill filed at the Senate may just be the solution to such a situation. Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. has filed Senate Bill 1863, or the “Anti-Rice Wastage Act of 2013,” seeking to impose fines on establishments that refuse to serve half-cup rice orders. The goal is to lessen rice wastage, the grain being the Filipino’s staple food, Marcos noted in a statement Sunday. “This measure will considerably reduce rice wastage on these establishments by letting… customers… order just the right amount of rice that they can consume,” the senator said. Citing numbers from the Food and Nutrition Research Institute, Marcos said each Filipino wastes three teaspoons of rice every day, equivalent to some P23 million or P8.28 billion a year. Under the Senate bill, establishments refusing to serve half-cup rice orders will be slapped with a fine of P20,000 for the first offense, P50,000 for the second offense and P100,000 for the third offense. Two congressmen, Butil Rep. Agapito Guanlao and Batangas Rep. Mark Llandro Mendoza, earlier expressed intention to file a counterpart bill at the House of Representatives. The Marcos bill still a long way to go through committee and plenary debates and voting before it can be passed by the Senate. (Restaurant owners should be grateful. In the old days Bong-Bong’s father or mother would have arrested, without charges, or shot anyone violating their orders. Ain’t Democracy wonderful.)
So close to another end of the month. I am weary. Tonight, 30 Oct, I was the MC for the Phillie’s 3rd year anniversary celebration. It had been many years since I was an MC for anything and it was fun. But now, tonight I only want to bring this column to a close, go to bed and wake up to greet 400 or so kids tomorrow night as they visit our annual Halloween haunted house. It has been a fine month despite the typhoon and police actions. There is supposed to be rain approaching this area even as I write this. I hope it waits a couple more days. For now though, good night and remember, be kind to horses.
HTH POLITICAL RANTS – STOP HERE
Is Obama’s Golf Cancelled? by KEITH KOFFLER on OCTOBER 2, 2013, 1:08 PM
President Obama has been playing golf at a furious pace this year – already heading out more times than during any year of his presidency – but the government shutdown raises the prospect that his favorite leisure activity is about to be suspended. It’s unclear how a presidential golf outing could be justified as “essential,” which is the general standard for government activities that continue during the shutdown. When Obama is in Washington, he plays at one of two publicly funded courses – either the links at Andrews Air Force Base or at Fort Belvoir. His rounds are paid for out of the public kitty. What’s more, the public must pay for the nearly half hour trip by the large motorcade that shuttles the president to his golf destination, costs that involve the logistics of the movement as well as staff and Secret Service who must accompany Obama. But beyond the actual costs, a golf excursion by Obama when the government is supposedly trimming costs and while furloughed federal workers are going without pay would be extremely bad public relations for a president waging a shutdown public opinion war against Republicans.
Obama generally plays every Saturday, most recently this past Saturday when he went out even as the government headed toward a shutdown. It was the 35th time he has played this year, eclipsing his 2011 record of 34 outings. ( My theory is that he knows this is his last years as President and he knows he will have to pay to play golf when he is out of the White House. So, as a confirmed left wing socialist, semi-Muslim he wants to get as many free things as he can before it is too late. Secondly, like many married men, he needs a day to get away from his extra large derriere wife. I wonder what his handicap is? No, no not his wife, his golf game.)
DETROIT – TAX PAYERS SCREWED AGAIN
A stunning new actuary report on Detroit’s pension implosion has revealed that Detroit trustees doled out nearly $2 billion in undisclosed holiday “bonuses” to Detroit workers and retirees negotiated by the city and its unions.
Internally, officials called the bonuses “13th checks.”
“People were having a hard time, living hand-to-mouth, and we thought we would give them some extra,” Detroit pension trustee spokesperson Tina Bassett said.
Almost everyone received a bonus. “Most of the trustees on Detroit’s two pension boards represent organized labor, and for years they could outvote anyone who challenged the payments,” reports the New York Times.
Financial journalist Megan McArdle, writing for Bloomberg, says the findings left her “speechless” and that “it’s hard to overstate how bad this is.”
The Times asked Detroit’s independent auditor general from 1995 to 2005, Joseph Harris, what legal authority Detroit trustees used to issue the holiday bonuses. “My understanding was, it had to be approved by City Council, and the council was under the belief that the money was there–that the pension funds were earning the money–with the consideration that in bad times the city would be making up the difference.”
Harris added: “I hate to say that. Ultimately the fund has to be funded by the taxpayers.”
The union-brokered $2 billion bonus revelation comes as President Barack Obama sent a White House delegation led by Attorney General Eric Holder to Detroit on Friday to announce a $320 million aid package.
The timing of the unfolding bonus scandal creates a politically liability for Obama, as in 2012, Obama declared that his leadership kept Detroit from going bankrupt.
“We refused to throw in the towel and do nothing. We refused to let Detroit go bankrupt. I bet on American workers and American ingenuity, and three years later, that bet is paying off in a big way,” said Obama.
Detroit, which has $18.5 billion in long-term debt obligations, is the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history.
(The only good thing about this “aid package” is that finally we are giving aid to a City in the US instead of wasting aid money in foreign countries that don’t even like us. I don’t think that giving aid money to Detroit will help that City since the politicians and unions were responsible for the mess in the first place and those same assholes are still around.)
Wednesday night – 30 Oct – Check out the action at Phillie’s Sports Grill! In addition to the snacks, and all around festivities come and see the return of two of the Phillie’s Idols as they perform for you. Additionally watch the dynamic dancing of special dance troupe from Manila who recently dazzled the members of the AC Businessmen’s Club monthly luncheon. This evening is for you, the customers who have supported us for three years.
Harry the Horse will be there to greet you so remember, be kind to horses!
Yes, folks, they are back again on 29 Oct at the Blue Boar Inn. Usual start time at 7 PM and of course, get there early to assure a good seat. Doggy hinted to me that there might be a few surprises this time. See ya Dave.
I would also like to let you know that at the Widus Resort Convention Center, on 19 Nov John Ford Coley will be performing. John was the other half of the England Dan and John Ford Coley duo. Tickets are only P2,000 each and can be obtained at the Widus Hotel on Clark or at SM Clark.
On 30 Dec the musical group Chicago will be appearing and in Apr, the CASCADES. Believe me, when you read or hear about events at the Convention Center, run, do not walk to the Hotel to buy your tickets. They sell out quickly. Do not wait to get them at SM as they only make them available after Widus has sold out the best seats in the place.
At last, thanks to Widus management, good entertainment is coming back to Angeles.
Reminder of the 30 Oct Cottage Kitchen Halloween party.
Well, I had a hell of a time trying to get these three different announcements here and I don’t have them in order but I think you will get the right idea. All you can drink beer during the month of Oct for P350 and I guess there are some folks out there that can take advantage of that but I am not one of them. But, the Sat night BBQ, all you can eat for P700 is something I can deal with. 6 to 7PM on Saturdays.
Wed, 30 Oct Halloween party is looking good, P700. Hope you can see the menu, I have trouble with red ink, hard for me to read.
There ya go, guess you better check out the Cottage kitchen often during the month of October.
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