This is rather serious yet I have not seen anything on FOX News or CNN on this issue. How could that be?
Fat Leonard: A US Navy Scandal and the Pivot to the Pacific
The central player in the largest scandal to rock the US Navy in decades begins his sentencing hearing today amid virtually no media coverage
By Dr. Ian Ralby
Most Americans are aware that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu recently spoke in Congress. We know that a nuclear deal was reached yesterday with Iran. We’ve certainly come to hate the militant movement known as ISIS or ISIL. And we associate the names Al Qaeda, Boko Haram and Al-Shabaab with terror and brutality. But most Americans – even those who have heard of the Obama Administration’s “Pivot to Asia/the Pacific” – will likely not have heard the name “Fat Leonard.” Furthermore, they will not be aware that the big Malaysian defense contractor, whose sentencing hearing begins today in San Diego, is at the center of the largest scandal to hit the US Navy in decades. Blatant corruption – bribes of money, gifts and prostitutes in exchange for classified information leading to highly valuable contracts – has already tainted the careers of five US admirals. Nearly three dozen more admirals remain under investigation, not to mention numerous other officers and enlisted. Ironically, however, the relative invisibility of the Fat Leonard scandal provides strong evidence that we aren’t actually pivoting toward or even paying attention to what is happening in the Pacific.
Leonard Glenn Francis was the CEO of Singapore-based Glenn Defense Marina Asia Group (GDMA). At 6’3” and 350 pounds, he is widely know as “Fat Leonard”. Since at least 2006, he has used personal connections within the US Navy to secure large contracts for GDMA. Navy vessels would call at his terminals and use his husbanding services, paying fees far above the market rate. At the same time, he is alleged to have established and strengthened those personal connections by paying US officials large sums of money, offering them valuable gifts including Cuban cigars, tickets to concerts, Kobe beef and Spanish suckling pigs, and providing them with the services of prostitutes. In return for the bribes, Fat Leonard received classified information that allowed him to routinely win the overpriced contracts. Perhaps even more surprising than the corrupt practices were the efforts made to keep the illicit behavior obscured from oversight. High-level officials involved in the operation repeatedly tipped off anyone who might be in danger of being investigated or discovered, thereby ensuring that the criminal enterprise survived for years.
The scandal broke in 2013 and continues to unfold as investigations and trials proceed. Sentencing hearings are due to begin today for both Fat Leonard and Captain Daniel Dusek who pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bribery. Dusek is the senior most officer to have been formally charged thus far, though three Admirals were censured by the Navy in January and two others received letters of reprimand.
As significant as the scandal is itself, what is perhaps more telling is how little attention it has received. The Obama Administration has articulated its grand strategy as a “pivot to Asia” or “pivot to the Pacific.” As the global economic center of gravity continues to shift eastward, the “pivot” was intended to take the focus off the Middle East – where it has been for decades – and place it on China and its neighborhood. Two individuals responsible for having defrauded the US Navy out of tens of millions of dollars in its operations in the Pacific region, proceed to sentencing today amid virtually no media coverage. Yet the new cycle remains filled with stories from the Middle East, North Africa, Nigeria and yesterday’s tragic attack in Kenya.
As Fat Leonard and Captain Dusek hope for a Good Friday, they can perhaps take some solace in knowing that if the US really had pivoted to the Pacific, they would be getting at least as much attention for their transgressions as Gen. David Petraeus is concerning his – seemingly minor by comparison – violations of law in the Middle East.
Dr. Ian Ralby is Founder and Executive Director of I.R. Consilium through which he provides legally-grounded policy advice and assistance to governments and organizations, often on matters relating to security. He is an expert on the regulation, governance and oversight of private security companies and on issues at the nexus between law and security. He holds a BA in Modern Languages and Linguistics and an MA in Intercultural Communication from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County; a JD from William & Mary Law School; and both an MPhil in International Relations and a PhD in Politics and International Studies from the University of Cambridge.
I am starting this month off with a picture of Fields Ave walking street before the high rise buildings and before it was a walking street. Many will say that in some ways the town was better back then and in some ways, maybe it was. Life was simpler and the bars were more fun and the raids by the police were less. But now the the street has been transformed with high rise buildings, bigger bars, more restaurants, more neon lights and regretfully, more police raids. Whatever the reasons for the raids, some legitimate, many not. Back then there was no International Justice Mission (IJM) trying to justify their reason for being by seeking out publicity through questionable raids of bars conducted under the umbrella of various police agencies.
Usually, the reason for the raids is to “rescue” underage girls. OK fair enough, no bar owner wants an underage girl working in his bar but somehow they manage to slip in. Some via a Mamasan trying to make a few pesos on the side but this upsets many of the Mamasans who do everything they can to avoid such an issue. Others get in with legitimate licenses and IDs issued by the City Health, City Hall and Barangays yet when discovered in a raid, the blame is put on the owners of the bar, not those who issued the various IDs. You can guess the reason why.
Over the years various Bar owner’s Associations have been formed in an attempt to work with City officials and Law Enforcement Agencies to eliminate the hiring of underage girls and also to police themselves to eliminate the need for police raids. Some of these Associations succeeded for a while but then faded. All worked closely with the City Mayor in office at the time but eventually, that support faded as did the Association.
In the last two years the raids have increased to the level in which it has had an adverse affect on tourism to Angeles City. The big problem was the manner in which the raids were conducted in that police with weapons would enter the bar in a manner in which one would think a gun battle was anticipated. All the girls working, including staff were rounded up and herded in to buses that took them to Camp Olivas or Camp Crame. Usually, the excuse for the raid is that they had a report of a single underage girl being employed. Needless to say, the methods used were a bit of an overkill. Complaints from Bar owners just bounced off concrete walls. Innocent people were sent to jail where it took them months or in some cases years to prove their innocence in court. It developed into the way of life for entertainment entrepreneurs in this town.
You might ask why am I writing all this now? The reason is that recently a meeting was held with police officials that might create a light at the end of a long tunnel. Last month Police Chief Superintendent Ronald Valcos Santos, the OIC of Police Regional Office 3 called for a special meeting of local Club owners. The meeting was held at the Fortune Hong Kong Restaurant, Balibago, AC. Also in attendance were Police Superintendent Rene Artazo Aspe and Senior Superintendent Imperial. This is the first time that such a meeting was held by such a high ranking official (Brigadier General) in recent memory. The General was recently assigned to Region 3 and his presence at this meeting was very much appreciated. The meeting started off in a relaxed manner as P C/Supt Santos introduced himself and had the members in attendance do the same. Santos was a good listener and his replies to comments and questions were direct and to the point. He built up a remarkable rapport and confidence as the evening progressed. In this meeting subjects were brought forth that normally would never be offered by those in attendance. It is the first time that I have witnessed such a positive exchange. This development took place in the last 30 minutes of the meeting.
The reason I am passing all this on is if P C/Supt Santos is true to his word and the Club owners cooperate then the shadow of bar raids will be reduced and the manner in which they are conducted should be less disruptive to the overall business. Note that I wrote “should”. No one can guarantee anything. We have to wait and see if all that was promised actually takes place. It is also up to the Bar Owners, all of them, small, big and medium to work together and trust this man.
This will also mean a great deal to the tourists planning to visit AC. There will be less fear of raids or of being harassed. You will see more PNP trained Tourist Police on the streets. The Mayor is cleaning up the streets, improving lighting and parking. Gen Santos will be meeting with the Mayor and hopefully the Barangay Captain to discuss points brought up during the meeting and hopefully, that light at the end of the tunnel will become brighter and brighter.
This is a much different opening to my column but I thought it was important to pass on that we feel Angeles City will be able to provide tourists and Expats living here a safe, clean, hassle free environment for one and all. Yes, all laws and regulations must be adhered to, naturally, but in return, fairness in the enforcement of the law is expected.
This is the beginning of the summer season and the Clubs will be offering many entertainment specials, keep an eye out for pool parties, beauty contests and of course the forthcoming famous summer ABC pool party. Out with the old and in with the NEW.
Greetings Harry. A word of Caution to your aussie readers who fly Qantas Sydney to Manila. I arrive Brisbane domestic terminal feb 25 for my flight to Sydney to catch QF19 to manila as I have been doing for years only to be refused a boarding pass for the SYD-MNL sector. My sin was my return ticket out of the Philippines back to aus on QF was in july, 3 months time. The ground staff insisted my return ticket had to be within one month of my arrival in the Philippines in line of the visa I would receive on arrival in MNL. BULLSHIT. They were not going to let me on the plane. I did have a flight back to BNE 3 weeks after my arrival on Philippine Airlines for my sons wedding but no eticket to show. I left it in PI as I THOUGHT I did not need it.When I bought the PR ticket, it was not emailed, just a screen print out. I did try to change my QF ticket but refused the $200 change fee required. I was put on a flight to SYD and told to go to PR office in the international terminal, get a copy of the ticket then proceed to QF19 check in.
On arrival in SYD, my flight sat on the tarmac for 20 mins, no slots available, had to retrieve my check in and then find the local bus to the international terminal. I took one look at the QF 19 check in on arrival and realised I was in trouble and had no time to look for the PR office. The Gods were smiling down on me as I found a supervisor who appeared to be switched on, explained my situation and took me under her wing and checked me in personally rather embarrassed at what had happened to me.
Still no apology from Qantas. Qantas has previous form for doing this. A friend of mine was forced to buy a ticket that he was never going to use. On return to aus, he confronted QF and was give a full refund of his unwanted ticket plus a apology. BB (Looks to me like Quantas is hiring some stupid personnel or just some plain old assholes)
I did not report the Nemeses bar raid in my breaking news as I was disappointed that it took place at all. Anyway, enough time has passed so I can pass on this comment that was sent to me: ”AC whisper only.
Not a CIDG raid this time. Black guy is from IMJ. Girls taken to Camp Crame, Manila. Korean owner was amongst them. Nemesis reopened last night. All patrons asked to present ID. Some had ID some not. I am informed it is better not to give ID as your name will then be registered on NBI computer.” (It is always better to have an ID with you when in a foreign country. It can save your being hassled)
LCC Air-Asia also has connecting out of Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Darwin & Perth into Clark 3 times per week, however when you add on Luggage, Food, Seat Selection, you are far better going with a Regular Carrier. I will arriving April 22 thru May 10 (ANZAC DAY) with Singapore Airlines (return) ex Adelaide via Singapore to Manila (30 Kils Luggage), AU $800.oo, also with very acceptable Lay-overs. I had not seen the Cathay Pacific arrangements prior to making this booking. Thought that your Aussie readers might be interested, saves at least 2 possibly 3 Hotels along the way. Just a follow up – ONE of the Best Sites for those Airfares is : - Cheapflights.com.au Travel Experts and also direct to CATHAY PACIFIC Cheers, Ray Sauvola (Thanks Ray, hope this helps a few travelers from Australia)
(Nice report Charlie. Yes, some of what you wrote has been written by me many times. So often in fact that I am tired of the repetition. Maybe it will sink in more if written by a traveling man like yourself. Your hotel and bar choices in Angeles are solid. I am not familiar with the bars in the Barrio but your comments about the Arizona are very accurate. I had to smile when you mentioned the rooms in the Blue Rock. For sure I agree with you there. Stay well and hopefully you will make it to my stable during your July visit)
Harry, this is a letter that I am sending to the House Ways and Means Committee:
Subject:Funding the International Justice Ministry
Members of the House Ways and Means Committee, over the last few years it has come to my attention that an organization, mentioned above, has been imposing morality on the citizens of other countries. I have observed that this organization has been operating in the Republic of Philippines by encouraging and accompanying law enforcement to raid business in and around the province of Pampanga forcing these business to pay exorbitant fines and attempting to close these operations. We as a nation have no right to enter another country and legislate morality. Those alleged illicit business employee thousand of locals that otherwise could not exist. All of this haranguing is done to supposedly find and remove underage girls form the bar business. When in fact these girls have all been proven to be the legal age for employment. Furthermore, this illegal IJM operation is creating an avenue for local law enforcement to impose fines that seldom end up in the public coffers and usually enriches the local law enforcement officers. So in fact the International Justice Ministry is enabling corruption on a large scale. I deeply resent that my tax dollars are being granted to the International Justice Ministry to further corruption in the name of Justice. Please review this grant and act accordingly. Finally, I suggest you consider what the outcome would be absent the International Justice Ministry’s meddling in the morality of other countries. It would be business as usual and the entertainment mecca of the Philippines would continue with or without the unreasonable intervention of the International Justice Ministry. The mission of policing the entertainment industry in the Philippines is the job of local law enforcement and Justice Department not some foreign US tax paid pseudo religious organization. Thank You, Owen Parker. (A couple of months ago the Nemesis Bar was raided by the CIDG AND the IMJ. Following are pictures of what looks like a foreigner who was seen directing the raid inside the bar. Could this be the IMJ in control, not just observing?)
Harry, guess what? For your information the Navy is flying it’s new p8′s out from one of those old air fields. My retired MARINE and NAVY friends in Olongapo tell me that there is a lot of activity at Subic. May heaven forbid that our military comes back for a lasting presence In the Philippines! May I say that a lasting presence is in the works and it is not bolobolo. Stop the VFW/AL and talk to some of the expats and they will fill you in if there are any of them still alive (all of that ESQ and SM). I will keep in touch and inform you with my latest information. This shit is no secret because it is in the news here in the states. John H.
(Guess that is not the most reliable information I have ever received but one never knows. I do not have a source in Subic anymore so have to rely on any bits of information I can receive. I already know there are agreements for rotating visits by the Navy and AF but not anything about a permanent presence in the way it used to be. Lets see what happens this year and how nervous the Philippine Government gets with their great Chinese friends. China is like a salivating dog looking at a bone he could devour in no time at all)
Hello Harry, Ive been making some observations about U.S. involvement in the Philippines. To start with is the case of Scott Pemberton. In a breach of security protestors were allowed to approach the ship. I myself seeing this and living in Olongapo decided to go to the ship the following Sunday morning and was shocked to my toes to what I found. There was no security and I mean zero! I was on my motorcycle and rode right up to the ships entrance. Not a security guard, road block or security vehicles in sight. The Philippines I don’t know who pulled all security from the ship. I at the most 100 meters from the ship well within small arms and RPG range. Before when a U.S. ship was in you couldn’t get anywhere close and couldn’t take a picture of the a U.S. Naval ship from anywhere on SBMA I know I tried in the past. I took photos even a selfie to prove I was there with no security.
9 U.S. ships were going to port through Christmas but all were cancelled and no ships have returned. Now they announced the U.S. will be using Singapore for port of calls with an installation to be built within the next few years. Sounds to me like the Philippines is as they like to say is “persona non grata”. After the recent Philippine military travesty of Mamasapano where 44 Filipino’s KIA they then tried to attach some blame on the U.S. military presence.
Well this past week U.S. Special Forces Command in Mindanao packed up closed shop in a small ceremony and left taking the Intelligence gathering apparatus with them. To top it all the U.N. warned the Philippines they will be kicked out of the U.N. if corruption is not brought under control in 5 years. There are rumors within the U.N. of an investigation of the Philippines of the missing tens of millions of dollars in Yolanda relief.
With our forces gone from Mindanao and no further U.S. ships coming it seems an ominous sign of change is happening and one all foreigners should be aware of and it’s this. The Philippines has worn out it’s welcome and fast running out of friends with zero defense against any Chinese incursion or even increased Muslim or NPA attacks. Seems it’s open season on the Philippines now. Were old enough to have seen the same type of thing happen in Vietnam, Cambodia and a lot of Latin American countries. What are your thoughts Harry. Olongapo Don.
Hi, Just responding to a small line you had in March requesting info on the City of Dreams hotel in Manila.
I have just completed construction on this property so I can tell you the scoop. There are 3 hotels, Crown,Hyatt, Nobu also included the famous Nobu restaurant. All high end hotels. The crown being the best and is owned operated by Melco entertainment hence Henry Packard the owner of Melco Crown Australia. This is similar to the city of dreams Macau across from the Venetian. Which is also owned by Stanly Ho and Packard. There is a casino, very nice pools and cabanas, shopping restaurants, night club and a large Family entertainment portion built by Dreamworks with dreamworks characters. Shrek, train your dragon, Kung Fu panda Ect. Overall a very nice place, but you will need deep pockets as nothing here is cheap. Cheers, Your local expat (I guess just window shopping for me) Location: City of Dreams Manila is located at the gateway of Entertainment City within the Manila Bay area. Find us at Asean Avenue corner Roxas Boulevard, Entertainment City, Parañaque 1701, Manila, Philippines. Three kilometers away from Ninoy Aquino International Airport and a 5-minute drive from SM Mall of Asia.
Harry, Not sure if you received my email from your site. Recently I was with a girl from Fire Pit when I was reading your March report. She was sitting across from me and could not see my ipad. As I came to Wayne W. I asked her about some customer and a fight with momma san Lisa. She said she was there at the bar when he came in drunk and demanding his gf salary. Momma replied that you can only give to the gf. There was some kind of shouting and maybe some pushing by Wayne then. Momma got up and went home. Wayne then followed her there and started a fight with her. The story was that he was off his motorcycle and momma was defending herself. The brother and sister came out to stop the fight.
The girl then told me the police was called and there was P20,000 payment for Wayne to get out of jail. She does not know who got the P20,000. According to the girl, it was pretty common for Wayne to go there drunk and a bit out of control. The girl pretty much confirmed the events but not Wayne’s story. Also she said momma is a pretty nice person. Thought I would let you know this side of the story. I have no dog in this fight. You can use my first name in this if you need to. George (That certainly is a different version of the story. As usual there is always two sides to a story. This girl had no reason to lie and if true, then George was lucky to get out of jail for only P20,000)
Wow, after inserting the above comments from George, I found this message right afterwards. I am pretty sure that after these two accounts that maybe George got his facts a bit mixed up with reality. I think we can say “CASE CLOSED”
To Harry the horse, hello sir, good morning. i would like to add some details on your article about “Wayne W.” Whom he said was attacked by my sister. Wayne version ” I was sitting on my motorbike when Mama Annalisa from Fire Pit attacked and beat me. I suffered lacerations, contusions and a concussion.”
In the first place, he was not attacked.! All the people there know what happen that night even the owner of the Firepit bar, who happen to be there that time… Wayne version “My gf quit the bar to go back to her province. Mamasan stole her last week’s salary. I went to the bar and talked to the manager. He made her give it back.(He didnt talked to her, he yell to her and ask for the money,). She lost face, as well as the 1000p. She attacked me in the bar with just pushing and shouting. My gr was living at mamasan’s house. I went to pick her up. I was on a public street. Mama came running out the house and attacked me with her fists and something in her hand. I got a concussion, too. After she hit me 4 or 5 times, I landed one punch in defense. Then her brother and sister pulled her off me. I never got off my bike. I never even stood up.
The scene he made at the firepit bar was undoubtly very stressful to all the people there and most of all to my sister. He accused my sister of stoling the money.. and even called her a Thief in front of all the people at the bar,.the money was not stole.. (1000php), its his gf salary (Php1000) it was kept by my sister bcoz Grace “wayne’s gf” was not home for a couple of days. Grace and my sister talked about it that afternoon, that my sister will give the money friday afternoon before she leave for manila.. she agreed about it!,,so we guess its all okay… the scene in the bar continued in our house.. he keeps buzzing his motorbrike aloud and yell.. We all got out, and as he seat on his motorbike he still yelling ur a thief, give the money to her.. even her gf try to stop him..My furious sister wants to beat him but he cant get through bcoz we all pulling her off,, it was Wayne who gave the first punch to her.. and in her defense my sister got a stone and throw it to wayne, thats why he got that wound..we all try to stop and let wayne leave..my sister went to station 4 and file a case to wayne.. and stayed there for long period of hours. later that afternoon both parties agreed for a settlement and hoping that it ends there.. ( but i guess its not)
March 2, 2015, the owner of the firepit bar read ur article and print it out and let my sister read it through, we not just sit here and let it pass while wayne still saying the same lies for people to be on his side. We are human and willing to fight for our right.. We hope it ends here and let everybody move on. as you read our side.. Thank you for reading my email… Have a great day.. ALMA LIPASANA
Harry, Bunny Ranch is closed because the landlord wanted to double the lease amount to renew. They are in the process of moving into a club at the rear of Paradise. Name will not be changed. In the interim their girls relocated to Shooterz. Bob. (That is something we may see more and more of, with Landlords looking to increase rents dramatically as lease contracts end)
Harry, Just received a series of sad text messages from a close friend. Four nights ago a Cherry Girl went to work at the Nasty Duck. Last night a smooth talking Korean walked in, took an interest in her and offered to take her out. She told him no she was a Cherry Girl. He replied that was O.K. he just wanted to get to know her and asked if she would go out for dinner and only dinner. The girl consulted with Momma who was good with it so she consented. Outside they got into his car. He was not a tourist, he said, but a business man from Manila. At some point in the evening he drove into the Hill Top Hotel, managed to get her into a room and raped her. He then fled. Management and the Police were notified. Hill Top provided a license plate number. The girl went to the hospital for an examination, gave a statement then went home. She has been consoled by neighbors, one of which is my friend who reports the girl just sits, shakes and cries. She refuses to even eat. No information on the investigation. (If Korean he will get away with it as the Korean Syndicate looks after its own. This is a sample of why so many dislike the type of Koreans that come here to Angeles City)
Man in Cavite arrested for sexually assaulting a cow – Sent to me by Jerry J who wondered if this is what would happen when “Bar Fines” are eradicated in AC? I think cows would be too difficult to mount, how about sheep? ”Authorities later revealed that the man had also sexually assaulted two other cows in different areas in Cavite. A man was arrested early morning on Tuesday, March 10, after he was caught in the act of sexually assaulting a cow in Barangay Biga Dos, Silang, Cavite. Silang police said 46-year-old Andy Loyola was caught around 5 a.m. having sex with a cow, which was initially reported by its owner, Rustico Carlo, as missing. Loyola was believed to be under the influence of illegal drugs when he was arrested. Police noted that various drug paraphernalia and several sachets containing suspected shabu were also seized from the suspect. The suspect is now detained at the Silang municipal jail. He is facing charges of violating Republic Act 8485, as amended by RA 10631, otherwise known as the Animal Welfare Act. Authorities later revealed that Loyola had also sexually asssaulted two other cows in different areas in Cavite. -a report by Eric Dastas, dzMM (That is not fair, maybe the cow enjoyed it! Maybe Loyala was married to a very fat woman and mistook the cow for her. Whatever the reason, the drugs he took sure must have been first grade. What I really want to see is when they bring the victim to court to testify)
This is a video you have to look at. This is the country that Hillary Clinton accepts millions of dollars from for her Foundation that fights for women’s rights. Doesn’t seem right but Hillary does not refuse the money. Seems like a Hypocrite to me.
Frank here, we have a new website for the subic area – subicexpat.com
under the things to do category I do a T.V. guild for the sports the NRL and Rugby Union on Sentena also some of the races on the same satellite the Baseball on Fox. The Aussie Rules on the Aussie channel and the Cricket schedule for the world cup.not many hits so far. could you give us a shout out on your harry the horse. AC has the same channels. double tops to you, cheers (Happy to shout for you Frank)
Hi Harry I just read the article I sent you, sorry for being ambiguous. I should think before I write, make it easier for you. Stick it in as an UPDATE thanks, Bruce.
Yup Coolangatta is Air Asia’s original port of call for Australia and Brisbane, which is 84 klm away straight up a freeway only traffic lights are near the airport and in the city of Brisbane. NO TOLLS!!
I thought I should do more research for the article and found out that these flights to Clark LINK UP with flights from Melbourne as well and there is a link Clark to Sydney on the return leg.there just doesn’t seem to be from Sydney to Clark.
There are good cheap flights from Sydney to either Coolangatta or Melbourne, just check the times of departure from Melbourne and OOL, maybe one is better suited for Sydneyites.
It seems someone was actually thinking, linking the East Coast of Australia with Clark even if it is only one day a week. They just did the Asian mentality thing, and forgot to link Australia’s biggest city properly. It will be right eventually.I have no doubt. But this gives a real opportunity for full planes into Clark with this link.
I got my mate who is American flying over in October for fishing and then returning in Nov. his return flight was a promo. and it was A$636 Clark to Coolangatta return all in. My wife is flying over a week before XMAS as well A$398 one way and that’s a promo too. I recently got an form letter email from Tony Fernadez the CEO of Air Asia thanking his patrons who support them during this time of crisis.
They do service with Air Asia unfortunately they have “Air Asia Philippines” to contest with. I just hope they keep up this link.
Hello Harry, I was catching up on your latest news letter, reading a snip it
about you wishing one of your featured “would if I could” girls would meet and marry due to your featuring them and the deal that, you get invited to the wedding for free food.. Well I’m happy to say that Rossana May Perez and I met as I emailed her hoping to enlist her help looking for a old friend from the Olongapo area.. Long story short… I came, we met, and now we are together. What a great gal.
Your watering hole was on my short list of places to visit when there. I thought you were located in the Barrio Beretto. May informed me she knew you personally and that the Blue Boar was in Angeles. Maybe we will stop by when I’m back in April. If there is ever a wedding, you sir will be on the list of VIP invites.. Thank you, Tim Stumo (Good luck Tim, I can taste all the good food already)
Harry , Yes , we have adds, brochures, listings everywhere that we can think of and have had some good showings but, haven’t connected with a buyer yet. I am puzzled as Title , taxes are in order and its a nice home and location but most want to be in town with the noise of jeepney’ and trike action. Oh well, we are taking another marketing try, hope we can get it Leased or Sold. I am in Costa Rica presently but Jocelyn (wife) is there for a showing .. her number is 09205695868. We certainly appreciate your thoughts, regards, Brent Hofmeister. (I have visited this house. The wife and I made the long drive up to Subic City over a year ago and found the house to be in a very quiet, picturesque community. Ideal for a single man or a retired couple. There is easy access to Subic City and not that far a drive to Barrio Barretto. You will need a car. I thought by now it had been sold or at least rented out. It is an ideal, safe community and the view from the house is magnificent. It is worth the drive just to see it)
G’day Harry, Charlie from Sydney here again. Your newsletters over the past eighteen months or so have often contained emails from guys who are asking about how safe it is in Angeles now or that they are considering cancelling their travel plans because they have safety concerns now because of the odd ex-pat murder or they are wary of being caught up in a police bar raid and some just seem to be put off because they think they cant enjoy a girl’s company outside of the bar anymore because of the official ‘no barfines policy’. I have just returned from a three week visit to Angeles and Subic and in my opinion all of these fears are largely unfounded. However, one thing that stood out in both locations was the uncommon lack of overseas visitors considering that it is normally the height of the tourist season in Jan-Feb. Most bars I attended were often sparcely populated and the majority of those there appeared to be ex-pats.
This most recent trip of mine was my 17th to Angeles and Subic since 2008 and on all of those trips I have never experienced a safety or robbery issue or a police issue. In fact, I have been visiting the Philippines regularly since 1988 (mostly Manila in the earlier years) and I have never had an issue. The common sense approach to visits has been covered by you and other forums many times ….but it WORKS! Simply, don’t get too drunk, always be aware of your surroundings, be polite to everyone (even annoying street hawkers) and don’t walk down dark areas alone late at night. I also always carry a copy of the photo/details page of my passport plus a copy of the page with my current visa stamp on it just in case of any ‘police interaction’.
Anyway, a snapshot of my January/February visit.
Favourite Afternoon Bars: Paradise Beer Garden….girl watching is as good as Kokomos and Phillies but the stools are much more comfortable and the front bench table is set back far enough that you don’t get hassled by the street hawkers like at the other two places. They also make the best pizza’s I have yet experienced in Phil’s. Second pick is Garfields bar…mainly an ex-pat clientele with the odd regular visitor like me. I just like the ambience of no loud music, nice GRO’s and old farts like me having a chat with mates. Third pick is probably Brass Knob …this place has really picked up since the original owner took over again.
Favourite Night Bars: There is only one really for me and that is Angel Witch… good line up of girls, great music, cold beer and always a good atmosphere. Roadhouse next door has similar music (rock and roll mostly) but the I think the girl line up are the ones that didn’t make the grade for Angel Witch Emoji
Favourite Hotel : I always stay at the Pacific Breeze…good rooms (and a lift in the main building…essential for my creaky bones), great staff all round and central to everything on Fields. (Always a good hotel to stay at here in AC)
BARRIO BARRETTO, SUBIC
Favourite Afternoon Bars: Sit n Bull Annex…comfortable stools, air-con, nice girls serving cold cheap beer. I also like to visit the Generals Outpost occasionally and smile inwardly at all the bullshit coming from all the crusty old US ex-pat patrons….the bar is at capacity with a dozen customers (i.e very small) but the beer is cold and even cheaper than at Sit n Bull. The bars at the Arizona Hotel are also good particularly if there is a special sport event on TV that takes my interest.
Favourite Night Bars : It used to be Bar Barretto but that has gone downhill since the ownership change and new name of Coco Lips… no MTV screens anymore and the music is crap with most of it being dorf-dorf techno shit…the customer base obviously don’t like it as they have deserted the place too. Girl line up is about the same but only average compared to most in Angeles. I found a new bar that I liked just near Coca Lips called Wild Island….no dancing girls but a good spread of GRO’s all in the mid-late 20′s age group and no uglies, cold beer and good music that is not too loud…there was a good crowd when I was there.
Favourite Hotel : Arizona…..everything about it has improved since Tommo took over a few years ago ( except maybe the plumbing but that is the norm in Barrio )….good food, good staff, rooms for all budgets and walking distance to most bars. I stayed at Blue Rock a few times in the past as well and while they have a great bar and restaurant I found the rooms to be disappointing for the price plus it is a bit out of the way from the action.
Okay Harry I will leave it there for now. Feel free to post this in your next newsletter if you think its informative. I know a few more bars have been raided in recent weeks and it looks like there is no end to that crap but at least there have been no reports of customers being taken away (to my knowledge) but I feel for the innocent staff who are carted off. Anyway, I have already voted with my feet and I have booked my flight to return to Angeles and Subic in July this year. I will make a point of getting to your stable and hope to catch up with you then. Cheers……….Charlie, Sydney, AUSTRALIA
Harry, Remember last August or September when you printed in your news letter that African Americans receive 40% of all government Entitlements? Well here is a article that disprove your assumption. William Dean (Not my assumption)
Good to know. Now I can afford to live in the US and get some of those entitlements. I can become a 40 percenter. Bill, did you scream when you saw the statistic?
Drugs-charge bodybuilder tracked down to Philippines
By Derby Telegraph | Posted: February 17, 2012
A BODYBUILDER from Derbyshire who has been on the run from police for five years is working at a gym in the Philippines, the Derby Telegraph can exclusively reveal. Paul Longfield, who was the reigning Mr Britain at the time of his arrest in 2006, was charged with 14 counts of illegally dealing steroids. He was bailed to appear at Derby Crown Court to plead to the charges in 2007 but failed to turn up to the hearing. (I don’t blame him)
Now the Derby Telegraph has traced Longfield to the Fitness Connection Gym, in Angeles City, Pampanga, and last night we contacted him. The 48-year-old, formerly of Furnace Lane, Loscoe, confirmed he was wanted by police but said he would not return to the UK – adding he was only missing “haddock and chips and the odd pickled onion”. (Some of the bars used to sell pickled onions here) Longfield said: “To be honest, there’s not a lot for me to come back to in Derbyshire. (Good decision Paul) “All my friends in the UK say the country is in a bad state and I’m virtually married to an Asian girl here in the Philippines now. ”I’m nearly 50 years old, I can compete in the gym on power-lifting weights with guys half my age and I have taken steroids for a number of years. ”Around Derby I’m told there is a problem with heroin and crack cocaine and I can tell you straight that people do not mug grannies for their next fix of anabolic steroids.” Longfield claimed that using anabolic steroids, often to enhance athletic performance, was less dangerous that smoking tobacco and drinking alcohol. Reported side-effects of using the drug include high blood pressure, liver damage and dangerous changes to the heart. Longfield said: “It is a witch hunt. ”There are a lot of people saying in the press about steroids and how dangerous they are that don’t know what they are talking about.” (I think it is a personal choice and no big deal unless it gives you an edge in a competition but it should not be a crime in which one is sent to jail. I think it messes you up in later years if you quit working out. Want an example, look at Arnold S. now. I have talked to some folks who went to Fitness Connection and they have no heartburn with Paul)
Further research has also shown Longfield to be involved in a company called Midas Security, which is claimed to have offices across the world, including the United Arab Emirates and Dubai. The Midas Security website states that Longfield is an executive director. On the site there is a video link of him competing on stage and being handed a trophy. The site describes Longfield as having 25 years’ experience in all levels of securities in the UK and across the World. It reads: “Paul has been involved in martial arts and top-level body-building, being Mr Britain, Mr Europe and competing on world stage.” (So what, sounds like he is the man for the job)
A police adviser confirmed that the person on the video was the same Paul Longfield whom officers were seeking in connection with the drug-dealing charges. Drugs expert Steve Holme said: “From the information and weblinks provided to us by the Derby Telegraph, this is the same Paul Longfield we are looking for in connection with charges of possessing Class C drugs with intent to supply and failing to appear in court. ”I was working with Derbyshire police at the time and my role in the arrest in 2006 was dealing with the drugs themselves but I did see Mr Longfield at the time and this is the same person.”
A spokesman for the Derbyshire force said it was not yet known if officers would be sent to either the Middle East or the Philippines to try to track down Longfield. (I doubt that it would be worth the effort. It is not a crime like selling hard drugs or being a killer or a pedophile. As long as he does not go back to England for those onions and fish he should be OK here)
Ayala Land, Inc. (ALI) held groundbreaking ceremonies for the Alviera Industrial Park in Porac, Pampanga on Tuesday, January 27. Spanning 31 hectares, the industrial park is listed as a Special Economic Zone under the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA), enabling it to grant its locators special tax breaks and other economic incentives. It is designed to provide three clusters of ready-built factory buildings, in addition to 16 lots measuring 1 to 1.4 hectares each.
The park functions as a component of the larger, up-and-coming township of Alviera, the developer’s first masterplanned estate in Central Luzon. At 1,125 hectares, Alviera consists of several sectors, among them residential, retail, recreational, business and industrial. The township is also set to have its own university zone, as well as a country club. ALI estimates that the project can generate up to 5,000 new jobs as it launches its first phase of development. The entire project costs P1.68 billion, and development is scheduled for the next 20 years. Leading the groundbreaking at the site, Pampanga Governor Lilia Pineda stated that Alviera stood as “a manifestation that the Province of Pampanga is really ready for further development.”
Meanwhile, mayor of Porac Condralito Dela Cruz expressed his optimism for the project, saying that local businesses that export their products have already taken an interest in the location. ”The industrial park will offer locators the opportunity to purchase, and not just lease, industrial lots. Standard factory buildings (SFBs) will also be available for lease,” Dela Cruz stated. ”We hope to attract international manufacturers in light industries as well, perhaps from Korea and Taiwan,” the mayor said. Alviera is a joint project between Ayala Land and Leonio Land. Accessible by major highways and within proximity to the Clark International Airport and the Subic International Freeport, Alviera is expected to be the next growth center in its region. (This is another example of the upward economic expansion in Northern Luzon. Porac borders Angeles City so any expansion there benefits Angeles City as well as Pampanga)
DIVORCE FLORIDA STYLE - This is a story of self-control and marksmanship by a brave, cool-headed woman with a small pistol against a fierce predator. What is the smallest caliber that you would trust to protect yourself? A Beretta Jet fire testimonial…. Here is her story in her own words: ”While out walking along the edge of a bayou just outside of Fort Lauderdale in alligator alley with my soon to be ex-husband discussing property settlement and other divorce issues, we were surprised by a huge 12-ft. alligator which suddenly emerged from the murky water and began charging us with its large jaws wide open. She must have been protecting her nest because she was extremely aggressive.
If I had not had my little Beretta Jet fire .25 caliber pistol with me, I would not be here today! Just one shot to my estranged husband’s knee cap was all it took…. The ‘gator got him easily and I was able to escape by just walking away at a brisk pace. It’s one of the best pistols in my collection! Plus the amount I saved in lawyer’s fees was really incredible.” (Be careful on how you treat your women. They can be so very clever)
I wish I was on the Jury for the Jodie trial. Believe me, there would be no hung jury and she would piss in her pants the day she walked to the gas chamber.
A well written comment by my son sent to another un-patriotic college in the US:
Jimmy wrote: “UC Irvine is at it again as they want to ban the American flag (and other flags) in a community hall area on campus. This was my response on the Irvine FB page. I invite you to go to their page and leave your feedback as well. The US flag is a symbol of the lives that were lost fighting for this country, not just against the Queen of England but also brother against brother. That red in the flag is there for a reason, it symbolizes the blood lost from Patriots who believed in a better way! I know that Irvine loves to make headlines but you un-patriotic POS need to go back and take history lessons. I am tired and I mean very tired of certain individuals making attempts at stripping America of it’s national pride and history by degrading or removing its symbolism. I am tired of people trying to prove a point by stomping on American pride. I love my flag and my country and despise the ones who shame it and quite simply should just live in another country if the flag disturbs them. My goodness, this is not what the FOUNDING FATHERS had in mind after fighting so hard to get this country established. UC Irvine you are an embarrassment to the rest of this country including the Patriots who lost their lives fighting for it.” (This type of action is becoming far too common in our left wing, politically correct colleges and universities in the US. No wonder so many are rushing to join the ISIS ranks. Patriotism is just not taught in our US schools anymore. What a shame)
This was quick. Right after I printed my son’s remarks, I saw this:
The statement below is from the UCI Administration
Earlier this week, six undergraduate members of the UCI’s student-government Legislative Council passed a bill that bans hanging a flag from any nation in the common lobby area of the student government offices.
This misguided decision was not endorsed or supported in any way by the campus leadership, the University of California, or the broader student body. The views of a handful of students passing a resolution do not represent the opinions of the nearly 30,000 students on this campus, and have no influence on the policies and practices of the university.
The American flag is still proudly flying throughout our campus and will continue to do so.
Student-body president Reza Zomorrodian has publicly opposed the legislation. The Executive Cabinet of the student government will meet today to discuss a veto. A motion to veto and a second are on the table. One more vote is needed for a veto. We encourage the student government to veto this legislation and abandon any further efforts to pursue it.
We hold the value of intellectual inquiry and the free and rigorous exchange of ideas as bedrock values of institutions of higher education. And yet, we are constantly reminded that those values we cherish are in part, guaranteed by the sacrifices made and the struggles waged to secure the freedom and democracy that the flag symbolizes. UCI never takes that for granted. (I am happy to know that Old Glory will continue to hang in this University)
Some could find this interesting but I take it as another example of writers trying to smear Angeles City with distorted stories. I hate the term “Red Light District” for AC. It is not correct terminology and paints an incorrect picture of what Fields Ave actually is. http://www.aljazeera.com/
BUFFALO MEAT – This gal was smart, she went after the butchers first!
A water buffalo gored two butchers at a slaughterhouse before going on a rampage through the Philippine capital Saturday, terrorizing hundreds of people and tossing furniture in the lobby of a small hotel.
The three-year-old female, weighing nearly half a ton, injured a total of three people with its 18-inch (46-centimetre) horns and caused the evacuation of about 200 call centre workers during its two-hour bid for freedom.
“I ran, but it was faster. It tossed me into the air with its horns and when I woke up, I was being stitched up in hospital,” said butcher Jonet Rufino, the first victim.
“In my 14 years at work, this is the first time I was attacked by an animal,” said the 35-year-old, who required 14 stitches to a wound on his backside.
The animal broke loose as it arrived by truck at a central Manila abattoir and went after the butchers with its potentially lethal horns, said police investigator James Bagay. It then galloped through some of Manila’s busiest streets, goring a woman bystander before reaching the Cubao business district, more than a kilometre (0.6-mile) away. There, Bagay said, it entered the lobby of a small hotel and tossed some furniture, before breaking into a call centre building. It broke some glass panels at reception, but no one was hurt — although the building had to be evacuated, he said. (I bet a lot of phone calls were disconnected as callers probably heard a lot of screaming, Hee Hee in Tagalog)
The huge animal was eventually trapped about two hours after the rampage began. ”I’ve been a policeman in this city for 15 years. I have never seen anything like it,” Bagay said. ”The animal was probably stressed after the overnight trip. Its handlers should have paid more attention,” he added (No shit)
Bagay said the buffalo, which was taken to a police station, would likely still be destined for the abattoir. Water buffaloes — plant-eating, mud-loving animals used to pull ploughs and carts in Asian farms — can weigh up to 1.2 tonnes (2,650 pounds), with males three times larger than females. Their meat can be eaten in the Philippines as a substitute for beef. (Lets see, local favorites, Buffalo, goat and dog all a lot less then high priced beef now a days)
JOKE: A woman in her forties went to a plastic surgeon for a face-lift. The surgeon told her about a new procedure called “The KEY,” where a small key is placed on the back of a woman’s head and can be turned to tighten up her skin to produce the effect of a brand new face lift. Of course, the woman wanted “The Key.”
Over the course of the years, the woman tightened the key, and the effects were wonderful –the woman remained young looking and vibrant. After fifteen years, the woman returned to the surgeon with two problems. ”All these years, everything has been working just fine. I’ve had to turn the key and I’ve always loved the results. But now I’ve developed two annoying problems: First, I have these terrible bags under my eyes and the key won’t get rid of them.” The doctor looked at her closely and said, “Those aren’t bags, those are your breasts.” (She said, “No point asking about the beard then………..(Submitted by David Dow)
I love this one. American history is out the window and I can sure understand why people want to forget Joe Biden.
This is priceless!!! No wonder our country is going down the tube!!! It appears that Texas Tech has launched an effort to unseat Florida State, Texas A&M, Oklahoma and other top 10 in the “Pride of Higher Education Award”. Texas Tech appears to be brain dead… (Sent by Dennis Wright)
JOKE 2: Sent by Ron Nethercutt – An Irish Priest is transferred to Iola , Texas. He rose from his bed one morning and it was a fine spring day in his new West Texas mission parish. He walked to the window of his bedroom to get a deep breath of the beautiful day outside. He then noticed there was a jackass lying dead in the middle of his front lawn and promptly called the local police station. The conversation went like this:
“Good morning. This is Sergeant Jones . How might I help you?”
“And the best of the day to yourself. This is Father O’Malley at St . Ann’s Catholic Church.
“There’s a jackass lying dead in me front lawn and would ye be so kind as to send a couple o’ yer lads to take care of the matter.”
Sergeant Jones , considering himself to be quite a wit and recognizing the accent, thought he would have a little fun with the good father, replied, “Well now Father, it was always my impression that you people took care of the last rites!”
There was dead silence on the line for a long moment. Then, Father O’Malley replied, “Aye, ’tis certainly true; but we are also obliged to notify the next of kin first, which is the reason for me call.”
Every time I get a hair cut here and pay my P150 or P200 I think of Lynn Ricks, owner of the Mens Room Barber Shop back in Mesa, Arizona. When he was visiting here he told me that he charged $25 or was it $35 for a hair cut and that was by appointment only. So you can see one of the little benefits of life in Angeles City. When is your return visit Lynn? For those who can afford it, the barber shop’s number is: 480-325-4727. If my son makes and appointment Lynn, give him a discount and I will shout a beer for you here at my stable.
I was also thinking of Tom and Cherry Schmidt, owners of the Little Red Barn of Nunica in very cold Michigan. Wonder how much snow they had. Their business offers a venue for weddings and events. I was very impressed with this couple as they had great personalities and Cherry was bubbling over with energy. They are located at 9720 Cleveland St. phone: 616-795-2657. I sure hope they are doing well in their business adventure. I never heard of Nunica until I met Tom and I hope they are still reading this column.
YOU might spend quality time at the pub after work together but that doesn’t mean you can trust your colleague.
More than half (53 per cent) of Australian workers said they would sacrifice a work friendship if it meant getting a promotion, according to research from LinkedIn. Ouch. It seems Australian millenials are a particularly ruthless bunch. The Relationships@Work survey found 80 per cent of those aged 18 to 24 years would sacrifice a workplace friendship, compared to the more loyal baby boomers, of which only 37 per cent would stick in the knife. Seventeen per cent of millenials wouldn’t even think twice about throwing their friend under the bus while at least 35 per cent said that while they would still do it, they would at least feel a modicum of guilt about it. (Gee, this can’t be true! Of course Yanks would never do such a thing) (smile)
For those who like playing Bridge – Mike would like you to join a like minded group of folks that love the game. They like to be casual, have fun and just enjoy the game and fellow players. It just another way to enjoy retired life in Angeles City. Interested? They meet at the VFW every Wed and Sat @ 2PM. If you need more information about the Angeles Bridge Club call Mike at 0915 478 3372 or 9997 769 9082. (This is a public service announcement by Harry the Horse – Smile)
The Veterans Affairs (VA) Outreach – Angeles City, at VFW Post 2485, 9:00am-1:00pm, Thursday, April 16. Sign up begins at 0700 hrs.)
Joe Tramontano, left, and Anthony Romano have built up a loyal following at Antonio’s New York Pizzeria in Kahala. The large pizza shown is the Brooklyn Combo; the dish to the left is chicken parmigiana pasta. Desserts are cannoli, top left, and homemade cheesecake. Eugene Tanner • The Honolulu Advertiser (This picture and story was printed in the Honolulu Advertiser in 2004. Could this be the same Joe we know so well here in AC? If it is then it seems to me like Joe should have stuck to wrestling and making pizzas instead of moving to the Philippines. He is now sought by the Interpol and FBI in connection with his alleged involvement in the murder of David Balmer and his girlfriend while they were sleeping in their bed one early morning. It was a vicious murder as both were shot at point blank range. It is thought that maybe Joe could shed some light on the subject. If he ends up in the AC City Jail I would be glad to provide him with a pizza from my stable once in a while. The food there sucks)
Good News! - No, I am not going to talk about the retirement of Harry Reid even though that is very good news. Could Pelosi be next? Instead I am celebrating the opening of a Burger King on the Base (Clark). That sure beats going all the way to the Marquee Mall. Also, a New York Supreme Pizza Restaurant has opened in the Northwalk on base and that sure does cut down on my driving time. It is so much more convenient to go on base for these eateries, especially with the new traffic routing system on Perimeter Road. The Northwalk is a hugh success with many places to eat while the Pavilion is hardly worth stopping at. I did stop and eat once at the Spanglesh Restaurant which was decent enough but have not returned. The Northwalk is just so much more upbeat.
The news that Richard Henry (Ricky) Dupuis passed away in the US last month saddened the many friends that he had here, especially the staff at the Blue Boar Inn where he was a steady customer and friend. During the few years that he lived here he had been back and forth to the States a couple of times for visits with his family and medical care. On his last departure we figured he would show up again in a couple of month but this time, his body gave up on him. He loved it here in AC and was very happy. His personality was one that invited teasing back and forth and managed to brighten up a quiet room. Recently, a group of his friends (Bad Ungoy Boys) held a “Remember Ricky” gathering at this bar where many stories were told, many toasts were offered and a final farewell to a proud veteran and friend was respectfully accomplished.
The passing of George Scullion (Wee George), 62 years old, was covered in my breaking news. George was a legend in this town. His exploits when, many years ago, he managed a bar in Manila started the legend and continued when he moved to Angeles City. He was a friend to many, including myself, and his memory will be with us for many years. There will always be a “Wee George” story related in various Pubs where his friends gather for a drink or two. An example of how well liked he was was demonstrated when a wake/fund raising event was held for him at the Hang Out Bar on Perimeter Road. The event was organized by members of the Thunder Motorcycle of Angeles City with Frankie Ford and Ray Peterson taking leading roles. The fund raising was a hugh success in that P201,700 was raised as the P20,000 personally given to wife Irene by the Thunder members. The funeral/cremation cost P90,000 with the balance of the money given to Irene. She plans to open a Sari-Sari store and we all wish her success and good health. (Pictures of Wake attendees are included in a different section of this column.
Greetings Harry, I was saddened to hear about the passing of Wee George. I met him on my trip to Angeles in December of last year and immediately took to the man as he was a pleasant and easy to like person. Honey Ko’s and all who knew him will certainly miss him. Regards and stay well, Your friend, Digby.
I am so sad to here about the passing of wee george we have been good mates for years and had some fun with him Wullie Oswell Noi Oswell RIP WEE GEO.
DEPORTED GERMAN BEGGAR BACK IN ASEAN
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A 30-year-old German man who was found drinking and partying after begging for money on Bangkok and Pattaya streets is now chancing his luck in the neighboring Philippines, following his deportation from Thailand last year. Benjamin Holst announced his return to the Region on his Facebook page last week saying he was now in Angeles City, Philippines. He posted photos of Angeles City and the Bar Girls there.
Mr Benjamin Holtz, who suffers macrodystrophia lipomatosa, a rare form of local gigantism, was previously last seen in Denmark in November after Thai authorities deported him. While in Thailand the German claimed that his passport and money were stolen and he drew sympathy from many people due to his swollen leg. A German foundation later provided him with a hotel room while he waited for a new passport, but he sneaked away and then resurfaced in Pattaya before being deported.
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I WOULD IF I COULD
A local lass from Angeles City, 19 years old and presently living with her family. She is a High School Graduate and is a little shy until she gets to know you. I was surprised to learn that she likes tattoos and has four of them. I did not ask to see their locations. She has one brother and 2 Sisters, a reasonably sized family. Her sports interest is playing badminton. I think she would look terrific in short shorts running after that feathered flight. She has Facebook and Skype, smile_RBP21@yahoo.com and lady.lady001 (Skype). Do not get back to me if these do not work as she is not working and I do not know how to get in touch with her. But, I would if I could!
MESSAGE FROM KEVIN
I just wanted to update your readers about the many changes we have made at Barbarino’s (Zeppelin St, just 2 doors down from Rasoi) in the last month or so…..
Having previously been 50% Partner, I am now 100%. No disputes – just my Partner lives in Manila, and has very little time to devote to the restaurant. I live 50 yards away, and am there almost every day. He is still very much part of the team in an honorary capacity. Anyway, we recognized there were several areas we could and should improve upon, and we set out to address them:.
First, was a major revamp and re-equipping of the main kitchen area, to maximize space and make for a clean and safe working environment. We are now far more professional in that respect.
Second was an upgrading of the ambiance in the original section of the restaurant, to bring it up to the standard of the newer section. That included a repaint of one wall to match my famous Red Wall in the new section. Also some softer lighting, a new AC unit, and ceiling fans. This does not sound much, but believe me, it makes a huge difference. My last job there will be to find a lighter beer or whiskey sign to brighten up the wall.
Third – in line with the more professional image, our staff now wear uniforms. I am probably going to hire another waitress if business continues to grow. At the moment, we have a Manageress, a Waitress, plus 2 Chefs. Also, my better half chips in when need be, which is most nights.
Fourth – and maybe most important – I have been working on the menu, we have released the first draft, and have been serving it for a few weeks now. We have added to the regular menu some successful Specials, such as Fish n Chips, Prawn Sinegang etc. We also added some new dishes, including two Pastas (Spaghetti Bolognase, and Chorizo Carbonara), a Cheese Platter and Banana Split. We still have Specials each day, currently the Beef Stew is doing very well. Once or twice a week I still do my Cottage Pie, and at least twice a week we are dong Moules Frites. The old faithfuls such as T Bone / Ribeye / Tenderloin have been improved with new vegetables, typically it is now Cauliflower Cheese, Broccoli, Zucchini, Carrots and Sweetcorn. When we do Pork Chops, that comes with Red Cabbage etc. We now offer a choice of 6 different dressings with the Salads. All cooking is done using Extra Virgin Olive Oil, and we only use real New Zealand Butter…..margarine has been banished!
Fifth – we have broadened the drinks offerings. We now do Jim Beam and Jack Daniel’s, plus four different Scotch’s, J&B, Johnnie Red, Johnnie Black, and Glenlivet. Plus of course the obvious things like Vodka, Gin, Emperador and Tandhuay Rum. Lots of mixers to go with them also. We have added San Mig Zero for those health conscious among us. We still have plenty of Guinness at P124 for PI@N members for a 500ml can (after discount).
Prices are unchanged, with the exception of water, which I reduced. We are doing our best to be as competitive as possible, while at the same time being as high quality in all aspects of the business as possible. We offer 10% discount for PI@N, RSL & Hash members.
We have a really good bunch of regulars, to whom I am eternally grateful. Yes, most of the lads are locals, but don’t let that put your readers off. Unless they really want to be alone (which is respected), they will soon feel at home, and hopefully will enjoy the atmosphere.
There are a few more jobs I am sorting out now. The biggest one is to get a good lighted sign outside to improve our street presence. I also need to get the TV / Computer set up for some Sports, but I am not really looking to be a Sports Bar per se – we will just show the odd game of whatever if there is Customer demand. Most people come to us to eat and drink, not to watch TV, so I want to essentially keep it that way. But we also have live music at least one a month, which I publicize on our FB page. As you know, Howard McKay always puts on a good show.
Well, that is about it. Except to remind you we open from lunch till around 11pm, Monday – Saturday. I am in residence in my favorite leather chair, every opening day bar Wednesday, though on that day I often show up late after the Hash Bar Hop. Much to the annoyance of Tim Randall, our Wednesday Manager!
Thanks to anyone who has had the patience to read this. We look forward to welcoming you. (I can’t for the life of me figure out why I keep giving Kevin space for his comments for free! I do believe in the bartering system. The first time I figured a free salad at Barbarino’s with a bit of coffee. The second time I figured I could upgrade to a nice roast beef sandwich and a beer. Now, this third time I think I should qualify for Tenderloin Steak, Yorkshire pudding, Salad, banana split and Champagne. One of these night I shall get over there to collect. Seriously, though, I don’t mind doing so when I think the lad deserves it and the establishment is worth going to. Kevin and his Mrs started off simply enough and have steadily built up a solid fan base. He continually works on innovation and surprising his devoted diners with new ideas and entrees. Kevin, luv ya baby but this is your last free mention!)
HELP ARRIVES FOR EXPAT AND TOURIST CRIME VICTIMS
Her name is Superintendent Gemma Vinluan, assigned to the Angeles City police Information Office as the officer in charge of Community Relations. I met this police officer about three years ago, in her office at the ACPO and at that time she was hell bent on fighting corruption in the police ranks. Now, years later she has returned with the same mission. She had developed her own Anti-Crime Campaign. She is particularly concerned with the many reports of Expats and tourists being set up by the police and made to parts with thousands of dollars out of feat and threats of jail. In this regard she has already made a mark along with Col Aspe, Col Imperial and retired PNP Col Guttierez (Cell # 0937 793 3457) who joined forces to assist an American retiree who had been set up and extorted for money by Station 4 police Investigators Villeneuva and Secat. George was given the name of Guttierez who then was able to contact Col Vinluan and the other high ranking officers and together, with George, entrapped the two policemen. They are both in jail and George has submitted a formal complaint against them. Would you believe that Sicat even offered George P50,000 to drop the charge. Mind you, George has not received any of the P200,000 that they took from him. (See my 6 Mar breaking news).
Col Vinluan met with the Rotary Club of Clark Centennial last month and outlined how she is available to help any victims of police extortion. She wants to see this practice stopped and it can only happen if victims like George will start the ball rolling by calling her (0922 855 0084) day or night or even Col Guttierez. These sentiments were also echoed by City Police Director Senior Superintendent Eden P. Ugale and as high as the Police Regional Office 3 OIC Police Chief Superintendent Ronald V. Santos. If you with to go that high his Cell # is 0927 802 3822.
In my intro I wrote about a meeting held by high ranking police officials with local bar owners and now we also have Col Vinluan, all declaring war on those corrupt police officers. They cannot accomplish unless those affected are willing to seek their help and lodge complaints. Word of advice, make sure you truly innocent and have been wrongly set up. Another word of advice, do not mess with free lancers. You may think you are saving money but you better have your ATM card and a loaded band account. This is the first time, in all the years I have been here, that this kind of cooperation has been offered by the police.
Many of us old timers are very pessimistic and will be waiting to see if once again, we have been subjected to a lot of talk and no action or false hope. Lets see how the rest of 2015 goes. Bar owners are particularly interested in promises make by General Santos.
I saw an Expat today who asked for the number of Col Vinluan. He wanted to find out why the ladies who were detained in Station 4 after the raid on the Nasty Duck are still in jail after so many weeks with no charges being filed. What happened to the 48 hour law? I will be waiting for the answer to that question.
FAREWELL WEE GEORGE
Wee George would have been proud of the send off that was given to him. Below are a few pictures of the lads in attendance at the Hang-Out. They all dug deep into their pockets to help raise the P109,000 which paid for the funeral and left a tidy sum for the Mrs. The Thunder Motorcycle Club did a hell of a job of organizing the event and also providing a motorcycle escort for the hearse carrying George to the Crematorium. (Correction: It was the American Steel MC Club who provided the escort duty. Msg from “MoJO” – “Harry, Just finished your April issue and wish to make a slight correction. American Steel MC were the only bike participants in escorting Wee George from the funeral home to the crematorium,. Not Thunder MC. I know as I rode escort with them. Mojo, American Steel MC) Would you believe that from the start to the finish they never had to stop as the escort and the police cleared the way. What a sight that must have been. All we needed was a bag piper squeezing out a few tear jerker songs.
MISS MAGIC CLOSES
I remember when this Club first opened and how well it was received, especially by pool players in town. It was large, maybe too large, but in the beginning it rocked. The dancers, the music, cute waitresses, pool games every day and comfortable seating. The only negative was the men’s CR was a bit too small. The owners were terrific people, well liked and so very personable. But around two years ago things began to change. Business began to drop off as more and more bars opened up. Management tried selling coffee and donuts outside for a while during the cooler season and then came the “Steak House” which was appealing but still not enough. It did not help that they were harassed by the Barangay for money and other officials as well.
Finally, reality took hold and it was time to close and regroup. The magic had left “Miss Magic” but not the spirit of the owners. I was told they will reopen at a different location and in a much smaller building. It will be located near the Lewis Grand Hotel. No doubt the name will be different but I bet a little bit of that old magic will still be present.
May is usually the last month of the hot, dry season and leave it to the ABC Hotel to throw one of their super parties to bid adieu to the hot weather. This is an advance notice so all travelers have a chance to plan their trip in advance. These gala events are something that no one likes to miss. Water, music, lots of pretty women and tons of food. This will be coming at you on 10 and 11 May. Saturday night, tickets P1,000 and P500 for the women. Sunday afternoon P1,000 and P2,000 for the VIP tickets. If I wasn’t so old, fat and ugly I would love to be there in the pool with all those ladies having fun. This is a fun event folks, ask anyone who has been there before. Book your tickets now, see ya!
DUMAGUETE – THE NEW ANGELES CITY?
I have had a few reports from a Dumaguete frequent visitor, Capt Dan Keener, who seems to feel the the quiet, laid back city of Dumaguete is changing and not for the better. Could this be true? I have read, recently about the dramatic increase in Call Centers which should be contributing to an increase in middle class living for the locals. Here is Dan’s latest report:
Background. Dumaguete, city of gentle people.
I have been going to Dumaguete for 7 years now, and like the people who live there, foreigner and filipino, I have notice dramatic changes in the character of the place. Where 4 0r 5 years ago, there was an inherent slow pace and little traffic, now there is a noticeable sense of tenseness and traffic jams galore ( even, God forbid, horn blowing!!)
What happened? Well I can only imagine the huge increase in population to be attributed to the recent growth of BPO/Call centers in Dumaguete ( I dont have the numbers but I would guess some 10 to 20 thousand new jobs). With these new jobs, where a filipino has a steady income of 8 to 12k monthly, that means tito, tita, lolo, lola, who were previously living in the mountain province, have migrated to the city to live with “the family” where someone, has a job (steady rice on the table). Couple this with foreigners moving in, as they are attracted to the fact other foreigners are there already, and Dumaguete now has, a vibrant red light, prostitute industry (now out in the open, where before it was a no light activity).
With all of this comes “drugs” and the underworld of the drug trade. My guess is this guy Goforth, the PNP cheif, came through the ranks elsewhere and learned the PNP practice of taking advantage of crime not making any real effort to stop it. We can see this in the huge increase of crime in Dumaguete, that the gentle people speak openly about. (see Crimes up by 140% Jan to June 2013 – News around Dumaguete City and Negros Oriental, Philippines | The Negros Chronicle
While I was in jail, my jail mates told me point blank, Goforth and company are a part of the drug syndicate, and that 2 of the inmates had been set up by having the PNP plant evidence ( of coarse everyone in jail is innocent). I did see with my own eyes, Goforth bring a young teenage girl to the PNP overnight duty quarters for what was obviously a sexual encounter. that tells me enough about the guy to understand everything else about him.
One thing we all know about human beings, they will do, and continue to do, what they can get away with. And when it comes to the PNP, that is most everything. We all can see the deterioration of the moral fabric, not just the PNP, not just in Dumaguete, but in all the Philippines government, and in the US government, particularly under Obama, where government acts more like mafia bent on self preservation than service to we the people. The question is, what are we the people going to do about it?
The 2 certainties in life, death and taxes. And if we speak up and expose the corrupt doings of those we pay taxes to, our deaths might come a little earlier than we had hoped. Don’t let that stop us. (I was surprised to read this comment as I had just read of a new 4 story Call Center that just opened in this town. Additionally Capt Dan had written me a long story about a bit of police mistreatment there that had an adverse effect on him. I have seen quite a few foreigners from AC move to Dumaquete in the last couple of years. Maybe things are changing there)
TOURISTS OF THE MONTH
Very seldom do I get to greet customers early in the morning as I usually sleep in a bit and then never get dressed right away. Fox News and CNN takes up my morning. But, yes, there are always exceptions and one morning I did get down early and was surprised to see three new faces enjoying breakfast. They were very interesting to talk to and one of them was Pastor Chris from the Baptist church on 1st street. With him were two tourists, ;Gus Garcia from San Francisco and Kevin Daly from Perth, Australia. Both were staying at the Clarkton and decided to come to my Stable for a very good breakfast at a much more reasonable price than at the Clarkton. Dare I say that my breakfast would be better than the one at the Clarkton? Perish the thought, I would never say that!! Whatever the reason for their presence I enjoyed talking to them and was very happy, that this one time, I managed to move about a bit earlier than normal.
March has passed and it was an enjoyable month. We had our Mango havest and even though not as good as years past it was sufficient for the Mrs to get enough for her Mango Shakes to last for a year. They stay so good and fresh when frozen. I did have a bit of a shock a few days ago when a friend stopped by to tell me that the 3 ladies from Nasty Duck are still being detained at Station 4 ever since the raid took place weeks ago. They have not been charged as of this time which is very unusual. You never know what to expect in this town. Nasty Duck is still closed. Strange, how other bars are raided and never close or re-open the next day. No consistency at all. Can you guess why? Anyway, I am happy to say I am finishing up at a decent time and can go to bed earlier than expected. April should be a great month as long as we do not suffer too many brown-outs. Thank you for taking the time to read my humble words and with that I bid you a good night and yes, of course, be kind to horses.
HTH POLITICAL RANTS – STOP HERE
Dear readers, maybe I should have started of my column with this so more people would read it. This man, at the end, says exactly what I have written before. It is so true!
How it was – and IS
Profound and valid commentary from a voice of authority.
Just over 3 minutes (and worth every second)
Maybe Mayor Rudy Giuliani is right.
Why did Barack Hussein Obama make the famous ‘One-Finger ISIS’ salute at the African Leaders’ Summit in Washington D.C.?
A photo taken at last August’s U.S.-African Leaders’ Summit in Washington D.C. might shed considerable light. It shows Barack Hussein Obama flashing the one-finger affirmation of the Islamic State to dozens of African delegates.
The extended finger is symbolic of the one-God concept of Muhammad and is understood by all believers to be a symbolicshahada, the Muslim affirmation of faith: There is but one God and Muhammad is his messenger.
Thus when believers stick their index finger in the air, they demonstrate they are partisans of Muhammad’s God concept. And they also affirm their belief in Muhammad’s claim he was the interface between God and man. They also demonstrate they are part of the umma, the exclusive transtribal supertribe of believers that Muhammad started 1,400 years ago. With his forefinger in the air, Obama affirmed his membership in this tribe.
(There is more to this as the expressions of the men in the picture. African dignitaries understood, and a range of reactions can be detected among the ones who observed the gesture: amusement, surprise, curiosity, disapproval, contempt.
For six years I have written that this man is dangerous and his agenda is very suspect. Could he be a closet Muslim?)
I searched Snopes on this one and could not find any comments.
The ongoing unrest that forced the United States to close its embassy in Sanaa, Yemen, last month also has caused Pentagon officials to admit that they’ve lost track of $500 million in military equipment, including helicopters, Humvees and ammunition, that it donated to the country, The Washington Post reports.
U.S. officials told the newspaper that they fear the “small arms, ammunition, night-vision goggles, patrol boats, vehicles and other supplies” may have slipped into the hands of Iranian-backed rebels or al-Qaida: (I did not put the whole article here but this is typical of what happens when we feed the enemy. All that equipment, we leave behind. We knew for months that Yemen was about to be taken over yet we leave everything behind. Check out the whole story on Yahoo.news)
“Negotiating with Obama is like playing chess with a pigeon.”
“The pigeon knocks over all the pieces, shits on the board and then struts around like it won the game.” ~Vladimir Putin (Gosh, I hate to agree with an enemy but he sure does have a good point)
First it was Democratic Super Delegates and then Super PACs all designed to control the voting process. Now we have the State of Oregon, with its liberal Governor forcing out more votes for Democrats. I am sure other States will follow this dastardly new forced voting procedure.
“Liberals always seem to come up with the craziest ideas – especially when it comes to government and politics – and the latest one is no exception.
Oregon Governor Kate Brown signed a bill that puts the burden of voter registration on the state instead of the individual voter. Under this legislation, every adult citizen in Oregon who has interacted with the Driver and Motor Vehicle Services Division since 2013 (but hasn’t registered to vote) will receive a ballot in the mail at least 20 days before the next statewide election. The measure is expected to add about 300,000 new voters to the rolls.
Individuals who are registered to vote under the new law will have to affirmatively “opt out” if they choose not to be registered to vote and/or they don’t want to automatically receive ballots in the mail.
Forcing someone to register to vote is designed to ensure as many informed voters cast ballots in an election as possible. Mail-in ballots and now “done-for-you” voter registration makes for a less informed voter base. Recent history shows us that less informed voters have a high probability of voting for liberal Democrats.
Oregon is one of the most liberal states in the US, and Democrats probably wanted to maintain a stranglehold on power by passing this bill. Unfortunately, liberals usually know how to copy these bad ideas in other states around the country.
Will mandatory voter registration be isolated to Oregon, or could this spread to other liberal and moderate states across the country?”
JOKER POKER THIS FRIDAY, 20 MARCH, THE JACKPOT
NOW STANDS AT
YOU DO NOT WANT TO MISS THIS CHANCE TO WIN, ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS DRINK, EAT AND HAVE FUN. FOR EVERY DRINK YOU GET A TICKET FOR THE DRAW. THE MORE TICKETS YOU GET THE BETTER CHANCE YOU HAVE TO BE SELECTED TO PICK THE WINNING CARD.
TWO CUSTOMERS WILL BE SELECTED, IT COULD BE YOU!
IF YOU STAY HOME, OR GO ELSEWHERE, FOR SURE IT WON’T BE YOU. EVEN ONE DRINK COULD MAKE YOU A WINNER.
PHILLIES SPORTS GRILL, FIELDS AVE
SEE YOU THERE – HARRY THE HORSE
It is with great sadness that I am passing on that Wee George, present manager of Honey Ko’s has committed (suicide). (I have been informed by George Brown and Damien that the autopsy revealed that he died of a heart attack and that the initial suspicion of suicide was discounted) I am very pleased to be able to correct that initial information sent to me). George has been a legend in this town for many years and is a friend to many. I have known him for quite a few years and the stories about him and his life are too numerous to mention. On this bright sunny Saturday a dark cloud has taken over my mood. I liked the man.
I do not, at this time have any further details. I am very saddened at this news as are the many people who knew him. He is a legend. Many, many people will miss him.
ADDITIONAL NEWS: On Wed at 3 PM (Tomorrow) at the Hang Out there will be a gathering of “Friends of George” where people can share their stories and bid a good friend farewell.
George is currently laid out at the Galang Funeral Parlor in Dau.
At long last, through the brave efforts of a victimized American Expat, two well known investigators of Station 4, Villaneuva and Sicat were arrested last night, 5 Mar.
His name was George, an American from Arizona, living in an apartment not far from Fields Ave. The drama began when he picked up a girl on the street near Phillies. It was a girl, not a Billy Boy. To him she seemed nice but once he got her home he noticed she had her name tattooed in large letters on one arm and one leg was tattooed from the ankle up to her knee. When the deed was finished and they exited his apartment two gentlemen in civilian clothes stopped him to tell him he was with an underage girl and, gosh, by golly they proceeded to scare the shit out of him and here comes the visit to the ATM machine. Initially they asked for P250,000 which George insisted was way beyond his means. They finally settled on P175,000 but of course you cannot get that large amount out of a ATM at one time. Now starts the payments where finally George had paid enough to where he still owed P60,000. The two cops gave him a couple of days to obtain the money for the final payment along with threats and advice to not tell anyone about what was happening.
George did tell a lady he knew and she contacted a retired PNP Colonel by the name of Neopito Guttierez, Cell: 0947 793 3457. This is an important number for all visitors and Expats living here to record. He is heading up the newly formed Mayor’s Anti-Corruption Task Force. This is a great move by the Mayor to go after the corrupt police that have been extorting so many foreigners in nefarious extortion actions for many years. Col Guttierez met with George and also called in Police Superintendent Rene Aspe who is also involved with this task group.
Together a plan was worked out to entrap these two policemen. I will not bore you with the details other than to relate that the operation was a success and the two cops are in detention at this time, waiting transfer to the City Jail. Would you believe that one of them had someone offer George P50,000 to drop the charges. What a jerk, they take P115,000 from George, ask for P60,000 more and then offer P50,000 to drop the charges. This shows how brazen these characters are. The only glitch in the operation was that the crooked cops never took the marked money. They got spooked. This bothers me but the Col says that they have the cell phone text messages and the complaint from George which he feels is sufficient. I believe the prosecutor agrees.
If you have been reading my column frequently you will know that I have mentioned Station Four quite often in regards to the extortion of foreigners. Maybe now, at least temporarily, this practice will cease. It may even slow down the actions of some of the other police stations in town.
Any updated information will be posted in my Apr column.
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4. Cooking will stop at 2:00 pm.
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6. Any kind of meat and pressure cookers are allowed
9. Have a great time and good luck!
Judging: There will be (4) judges for the Chili Cook-Off.
If you like the taste of spicy food, and would like to be a judge, contact our POC. JUDGES RULING SHALL BE FINAL!
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Hi Harry, As you may be aware, White Wave bar raided on Tuesday night.
32 girls and 3 mamasans taken to Camp Olivas, San Fernando.
As of today, the 32 girls have been released but the 3 mamasans remain in custody (extortion bait?).
Tonight (Thursday), White Wave and companion bars Bunny Ranch & Shooterz are closed.
One of the mamasans being held in custody is said to be the ‘ex wife’ of White Wave’s owner.
Bar manager Daddi Bob (O’Connor) was not there at the time of the raid. Robert.
(I was aware of the raid and have been reading various accounts of the raid. No customers were taken. I heard that the bar was open again so am surprised to hear it is closed along with two other bars. I am not sure this part is true. Yes, 3 ladies are being held, one of which is Mamasan Evelyn. I heard that one was the girl friend of the owner. The main thing is that another bar has been raided and this is the second time for the White Wave. It has not been open all that long. Bring back the APEC so we can have some peace again)
UPDATE: Harry, Per Daddi Bob (real name confidential) White Wave to resume in full tonight. Closure last night was due to lack of managerial staff, although girls were thin in number. The girl Police thought was ‘under age’ – turned out to be ‘of age’. The 3 mamasans have been released.
(It is always good news when a bar reopens and all the ladies are released and back at work. I always wonder why, if one girl is suspected of being underage why a full raid has to be conducted? Why do all the girls have to be rounded up, taken to jail and humiliated? Why can’t one or two authorities go in, get the girl in question and take her away for verification of age. If necessary take one Mamasan as well. The present system sucks. The police responsible for this raid now have a bit of egg on their faces)
K9 (Dog) Cemetery on Clark — Pending Eagle Scout Service Project
1. Howard McKay bringing his special brand of music to the Blue Boar Inn’s “Stable” on Friday, 27 Mar 2015, 7 PM.
2. UPDATES ON LUBAO HOT AIR BALLOON FESTIVAL, MARCH 26-29, 2015: Activities at the venue include balloon flights every 5:00 a.m., night glow every night @ 6:30 p.m. (depending on wind or weather situation), animal shows, water balloon fights, sky diving, fireworks display, giant lantern show, paintball, playhouse, concerts, motor paragliding, game booths, DOT tourist information counter cum parlor games (fund-raising for children with disabilities), food trucks, food and souvenir bazaar, and many more! Already 16 special shaped balloons have registered. Total of 43 – 45 balloons altogether.
RATES: Balloon ride with the pilot @ P10,000, entrance to balloon launch area @ P200 / person. Food and trade booths / stalls available at P15,000 per 3x3m good for four days for concessionaires. Entrance tickets @ P250 per adult (kids 3f ft. below free, seniors 20% discount) available at any SM City ticket outlets (cinema). Or buy your tickets in bulk at Oxford Hotel in Clark @ 10% discount for every 10 tickets sold.
BOOK NOW: Looking for hotel accommodation in Lubao or nearby areas? Just follow the link below:
Are you guys in the US tired of the snow? Are you dreaming of Florida. Why? The women there are nice old retirees. Come on over to the Philippines where the weather is perfect. The ocean is warm, the golf courses are busy, the swimming pools are beckoning and so are the lovely ladies. Book a ticket now, it won’t be too long before the rains come and you will miss out on this perfect weather. My best friend in Long Island, NY could not take it anymore, he packed up the family and headed for Florida. But that is only temporary relief, here it is permanent. Welcome to March dear readers. Howard McKay will be performing at the Stable on Friday, 27 Mar, 7 PM. Come on up for an evening of good music from this talented man. Come on over and see the changes in AC first hand. It is amazing. Readers keep asking me if it is safe. Yes it is! Perfectly safe, no, and neither is any large tourist related City, not even Las Vegas. Just remember, this is a third wall country with a very different culture from the US or other countries and use common sense while here and you will be OK. Hell, it is getting so much better that they are even arresting the police! See ya –
Breaking News - The foreigner who collapsed near Johnny’s Supermarket has been identified as Charles Alan Craig, 67 years old. He had been staying at the 950 Condotel. He arrived in country on 20 Feb. Initial information was posted in my Breaking News. It is suspected that he was attacked by the youth gangs that have been terrorizing Expats around the entertainment area. Be very careful when walking here. If you see a group of kids avoid them, cross the street, or when passing them be very observant. What they are doing now is hitting men across the back of their legs with a stick causing them to bend over and then bashing them in the back of the head. The police have done nothing about these youth gangs despite many reports about them.
Hi Harry, Thought I’d give a bit more info on the Air Asia Clark flight having used them in January. The flights from Clark are 4 times a week and go to KL. Coming from Melbourne you can book Clark/Melbourne but the flight will have a transit of a few hours in KL. Beware that on my last trip I could not get a boarding pass at the Air Asia transit desk in KL and had to clear immigration and obtain my boarding pass at the normal check in desk (total BS). So check in online and print your boarding pass. This may not be an issue if you have bought a ticket covering both sectors. When booking it pays to check what the price is for each sector as buying by sector is often cheaper than one ticket covering both flights. For my next trip in April I obtained Clark to KL for $40 and KL Melbourne for $175 compared to $360 had I booked Clark Melbourne. Cheers, David L. (Good tip for saving money)
Hi Harry,, My name is Frank I live in Los Angeles. I have been to Angeles City Three times and had a pretty good time being there. Am I to understand that there are Americans involved in helping to set up bar owners and helping the police in raiding bars and causing a lot of misery for the girls and bar owners??? If so why are Americans involved ..?.. Also Koreans,, Fucking gooks who have little or no respect for the Filipino people, hell they have no respect for anyone here in Los Angeles either. (I also complain about the Koreans but I think your terminology is a bit harsh) I have bar fined a number of girls from different bars in Angeles no problem. Maybe they can tell that i’m just a regular guy on vacation…?? Of course this makes me nervous as I am planning another trip to Manila and Angeles next year. I was planning on Subic but now that idiot murdered that poor trans girl i’m thinking Americans may not be to popular there.? That happened to a friend of mine and he just gave them some money and told her to leave, not that big of a deal..(sensible response) I really hope that idiot gets a nice long prison sentence to a Filipino hell hole prison…..(It seems it is heading that way) . Harry i’m kind of confused about Angeles City..Aren’t all the hotels and bars there to help the city and overall economy? I only see foreign guys in the hotels and bars, yet they get raided and disrupted….I truly believe the law should be strict about underage girls, there has to be a better way for the city and bars to verify the ages of the girls..If i’m in a bar that gets raided should I just stay seated and be ready to show my ID..?? (leave if you can, if not, yes, stay seated) Will they take me away or let me go..?? (Normally they will let you go) In Manila the mamasan just came right out with you want to bar fine it cost 3900p ….Also you are right about women being jealous of guys out here going to the Philippines..They seem to think I should stay here and date some old bag with a belly and a moustache, .And lot of people say guys who go to the Philippines are losers…I say they are winners..For some reason a lot of people have it in their minds that older guys are not supposed to have fun..Looking around at the old guys in Angeles most seemed to look pretty happy..Harry (They are!!) , I don’t waste any money here on dating any women. I save my money and get on a plane and head to the Philippines..Would Angeles City sink if there were no more bars…..?? (No, but tourism here would drop off a lot) Ok gotta go Frank E,, Redondo Beach California. (The Mayor understands the situation and even though he is being pressured to close the bars realizes at this time, it would hurt far too many businesses economically. No matter what happens the ladies will never leave AC. They will go underground and uncontrolled. They will use cell phones, skype, Face Book, Emails, twitter, instagram and whatever other medium is available. Where there is a will, there is a way)
Hey Harry, thanks again for your great site! I love Thi Hi!! Great Bar! I love how laid back it is, nice ladies there! I plan on making it my first bar to visit when I come back! Sorry I missed you when I was there. (Good choice of bar Chad! A lot of people overlook it because it is small and not filled with 200 dancers, that is a mistake. It is a nice neighborhood bar with a bit of a bite to it. You can even have a conversation with the girls or your mates without having to shout. See you there?)
Hi Harry, I read your fine newsletter each month, and it just gets better and better! Why Quit!?? Haha..I know you are getting a bit older, and perhaps you may desire to shorten the content, a bit…that shouldn’t be hard…Congratulations, again, on being Santa Clause last Christmas! It seems each year, you help, assist more and more needy folks! Wonderful! Thanks also, to Mrs. Horse! A great job…I know there will come a time that Las Vegas, will call….as i KNOW…you have family there, a nice, big VA Hospital, there…(you can still publish a monthly, shortened newsletter…from Vegas, Harry!)…Again, congrats on turning 77 (on the 25th)….and best of luck, on whatever you decide…to pursue, as you round 3rd base…and head for home! You are already…a Winner! God Bless, take care! (and I agree with your political ”rants”..99.8%..ha ha)….Keep giving em Hell! Danny Long, Florida…
(Damn Danny, I got all teared up on your words. Thanks so much and yes, maybe I can shorten up the writing a bit and have more fun with the column. Might lose a few readers but, the domain is still my baby. I really appreciate your message. Stay out of the sun there in Florida. I keep getting those darn skin cancers burned off my arms and back. Too much sun when younger is not always good.I asked my doctor why me? His response: ”you have New York skin”. Yeah, I have the accent too!)
Hi sir, im patricia lannon from angeles city philippines, I’am helping my sister Katherine shufflebottom help find her father mr. william or bill shufflebottom i have seen a picture of mr william in a 1989 angeles city hash harrier run on march. We are looking for him all over the inernet and for many years but cannot get any information. I am just wondering if you knew him sir? Birds of paradise was hash house harrier’s meeting spot. I do not know his hash name but what my mom lea rodriguez told me it is “kalbo”. Thank you for giving time to read my message sir. Hoping for you reply soon. Thank you. (If anyone knows where Bill is or what happened to him please let me know so I can pass the info on)
Hi Harry, Met you 3 years ago when i stayed at the stables, i was reading your monthly news and i saw someone was looking for me, Ralph Geronzi it was someone from your October newsletter his name was Doc from Karrahta. If you could please forward my email address to him. (Sorry, I can’t find Doc’s address so Doc, if you read this, drop me a line and I will send you Ralph’s Email address)
Subject: Buyer beware info for Baypointe Hospital - Yesterday a member came in and informed me of a situation at Baypointe Hospital all need to be aware of;
He was admitted for a procedure for which he has health care. He presented his LOA and was admitted. His assigned room was a semi-private. He wanted more privacy and requested private accommodations. They were available so he was placed as requested. He was notified the additional cost was 600 peso’s more per day, and signed an agreement to pay that as VA and Tricare only pay for semi-private. He had the procedure and checked out 2 days later. While paying his bill he thought to himself he must have been treated really well as the amount was a bit more than he expected, but he thought to himself, because he was well medicated during the period, he must have not realized the huge benefit he received in asking for a private room. He must have had meals prepared by either Emeril Legaspy or Chef Ramsey. They must have been 6 course. His bedding and furniture must have been been flown in from Malacayang palace, they must have installed fiber cable when he was asleep, and the 100 mbs internet connection and free laptop supplied surely were worth the cost. Also he obviously had a private nurse to care for all his needs, not to mention the personal physical therapist and world re-known doctors who cared for him.
Then he remembered, as the drugs wore off, all they did was remove one of the beds from the room. The food was the same as everybody else ate, and the bedding was the same ones both days. He also remembered part of the agreement he signed was he was advised that there was an increment increase in all hospital charges and professional fees from the room upgrade. That amounted to a 30% increase. Which was not a basic 1200 peso increase for the room but resulted in P17,000 additional fees. Why?
If the only change was one less bed in the room, good question, I’m sure somebody somewhere can answer that, but good luck! Please read everything before you sign, if you don’t, you have no one to blame but yourself! Be advised you’ve been advised. Buyer Beware. (I doubt that I will ever use this hospital because of its location and I suspect that those who might have to use it will be very careful in what they are signing. Some hospitals here will try to do anything they can to over charge patients, especially foreigners)
Harry, just thought you might like seeing this. Really quite sad and I’m sure if and when the authorities look into this they will blame a foreigner that can be heard in the background. http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=6d8_1423884719 Eric W.(Hard to believe that parents would allow such an activity. In the US these children would be taken away from their parents and charges brought against them. No wonder we have so many street kids here and those who are on drugs)
Hi Harry, I’m a part-time resident here. Last Thursday, I was sitting on my motorbike when Mama Annalisa from Fire Pit attacked and beat me. I suffered lacerations, contusions and a concussion. See attached photos. A mutual friend suggested I let you know. Do you want more details? Wayne W. (Naturally I did ask for more information as the photo that was attached was very disturbing. I did not print it out of respect for the identity of the victim. Believe me, it was not pretty, she did a bit of a bashing on him – in a later conversation with Wayne he indicated he wanted me to use the picture and his name)
My gf quit the bar to go back to her province. Mamasan stole her last week’s salary. I went to the bar and talked to the manager. He made her give it back. She lost face, as well as the 1000p. She attacked me in the bar with just pushing and shouting. My gr was living at mamasan’s house. I went to pick her up. I was on a public street. Mama came running out the house and attacked me with her fists and something in her hand. I got a concussion, too. After she hit me 4 or 5 times, I landed one punch in defense. Then her brother and sister pulled her off me. I never got off my bike. I never even stood up. I went to the hospital. Later, the police kidnapped me and held me for ransom. The phony charge was “attempted murder” on my part. Of course, it would never hold up in court, but I might spend 2 years in jail awaiting trial. So I paid them 20,000 and was released.
Another American (my next-door neighbor) barfined a friend of his live-in gf. After a nice dinner and a bm-bm she left, then claimed rape. They kidnapped him too. He paid more ransom than me. How’s that for a set-up? (Police here appear to still be in the set up racket. I have asked which police station was involved)
Wayne’s Answer: It was Station 4, just off of Fields. It’s a block east of Jollibee. Sgt (no nametag) played good cop, bad cop with me, poorly. I was interrogated for about 3 or 4 hours AFTER I asked for an attorney. Because of the concussion, I am a little fuzzy about some of the details, like names. About the concussion, they took me to the hospital for an examination, then denied me any treatment or prescribed medications.
My comment to Wayne: I am very familiar with Station 4 and their tactics. I do not understand why the hospital would not treat you. Actually, on a concussion people are told to wait and not go to sleep right away. They probably thought you had a mild concussion not needing any further help. Or, maybe you did not have any proof of being able to pay the bills.
His reply: I was taken to the public hospital (Ospital Ning Angeles) south of Hensonville, near the Pampanga market. The doctor ordered a CT scan for the concussion. They do not have the capability there. The police said they would not take me to another facility unless I paid for it. Of course, they had emptied my pockets at the station so I had no money on me nor my Tricare insurance card and military ID. The prescribed meds were for pain pills and antibiotics.
(Between Wayne, his friend plus one other case I heard about recently it seems that some police at Station four are enriching themselves. This type of activity has been going on for the many years I have been here and I suspect it will be on-going for many more years. Even now as policemen have been reported for extortion and placed in jail it still goes on. Foreigners are easy victims, it is a sad fact of life here. No one wants to go through a justice system in which you will linger in jail for years or months even if innocent of the charges. Not many will report the extortion to higher authorities for fear of physical harm or in the case of travelers, not wanting to miss a scheduled flight home. The bars and the girls are here and there is so much to do that is enjoyable but you have to be so careful in not putting yourself in a precarious situation that will lead you into the open arms of our friendly police officials. Remember, they are underpaid and overworked and their system of justice is far different then the country from which you came. Dear readers, never, ever, forget that)
Harry, Here’s a little story. One evening early, my friend and I went into the Midnight Rodeo and as it was only about 8.30, we were the only people there except for a few waitresses sitting at a table. There were about 15 empty tables when 6 Koreans came in and they went straight to the waitresses table and in an aggressive manner told the waitresses to get off that table as they wanted it. They then started shouting at the band to play only their songs. My friend was ready to go and punch the guy when I said no, we better leave. There must be other stories about Korean attitudes.
RE: Street Kids – Bunch of kids near Rosalinos. One of them has a stick and if you don’t give, he whacks you around the shin with it. It can be really sore if you are like me, old and skinny. Lennie B. (Lennie, this pisses me off to read your comments. Koreans are extremely rude and I do not know how you were able to stay calm. It must be your British class coming through. Personally, I feel the management should have said something to them. Regarding the kids, they are a nasty nuisance)
Hey Harry, I am a new boy to property ownership in Angeles after falling in love with my beautiful filipina fiance 3 years ago. I read ur column regularly on the advice of my good friend Paddy/Harry Hanson who got me over here in the first place but tragically died last November from a heart attack.
Just want to remind the other Australians who are whining about the time it is taking to upgrade Clarke airport and to build rail link to Manila that the land for Sydney’s second airport was purchased in the 80s at Badgerys creek and not a sod of dirt has been turned since. This in spite of every government since launching a new enquiry of some sort and spending hundreds of millions of dollars on spin !!.
Throw in 24 year old boys being arrested hours before a plan to cut some poor bastards head off in the name of Allah and nightly drive by shootings by assholes defending their empires built on this wicked drug ice, well lets just say, me like all the other xpats are here for a reason !!. Every morning when I look at a beautiful sexy young lady who treats me like royalty and whom I would trust ahead of a lot of the expats round here I feel I made the right move. Regards, Ted (Ted, I agree with you 100%. Nice way to go to sleep too)
Hello sir, Was wondering if you had any way to contact Mr. Bob Maupin of Osan, Korea? Would appreciate any help in trying to contact him. It pertains to golf on the Osan Air Base. Justin Garagan. (Justin some things are a bit too difficult for me to accomplish. The only thing I can do is print your request and hope that I have some readers in Osan that will contact Bob for you. Justin’s Email is: <firstname.lastname@example.org>)
harry I ask you to kindly keep keep my name out of this subject. But there’s a date website called dateinasia. And the police are using it to setup unsuspecting people like me. One girl on that site goes by the name Bella_yas 18 will tell you her sad story. She’s from Cebu. Her sister and brother-in-law. Are fighting and she just needs a place to stay. She will even say. I just need to eat can I just go eat your house? I will have to sleep on the street if I can’t go to your house. The girl is exceptional sexy cute and well kept. Her clothes alone spoke for herself. She was very well dressed. Well I ask do you have an ID? She said no, it’s at my house in dau. I said. No ID I can’t allow you to come to my house. She begged me and finally produced an ID. It had a picture of the mayor on one side and her picture on the other side in an official capacity on the other. On the back was her birthdate 1988. But she had a firm grip on it but I finally got a look at what she was trying to hide. Right in the middle was an official pnp stamp. She was a police woman and I’m sure 100% she was trying to set me up! I attached a photo of the girl beware to all who live here. Please don’t use my name. Have good day sir. (This is definitely a new approach to a set up and I have seen many of them. You sure did the right approach and probably saved yourself a big headache)
Every time a white man is beheaded or a Western installation is attacked retaliate. This is cruel and I will
draw criticism but here goes. Our military must start taking out a crowded mosque every time a bastardly low cowardly act is inflicted upon us.
Very soon the good Muslims would turn on the bad ones as their innocent loved ones (like ours) are killed. My step brother suggested this. He was a Gulf Air four pip pilot Captain and lived amongst them for 30 years. He says this is the only language they understand.
He branded them cowards and hypocrites. Hypocrites because the rich Arabs and their politicians throw wild orgies, import hordes of prostitutes to them, drink alcohol at their private parties….all of the things they deny others. He has told me. He has been to their parties. Now not many mosques would need to be taken out. Maybe only one. Maybe NONE, if they heed the warning. The message would soon get out as the good Muslims turn on the fanatics, Taliban and ISIS.
Could mean the end of terrorism. It is worth a try because nothing else has worked. First of all warn them what will happen when the next act of terrorism is perpetrated. I don’t like writing this but someone has to. For sure it would have been thought of before. By the way an appreciated, fantastic and informative column.
Oh:-And on meeting girls. Simple! 1. Find a girl with a job…anywhere. For a start that means she has commitment, is possibly educated and honest.
Look in Malls, Supermarkets, Department Stores, government offices-there are many lonely girls 2. Hand her a card with your fone number. Just ask her to text you if she would like to go to dinner one night. No strings attached. I met many many nice girls this way. I am married to one! Stay away from bars. The nice girls have jobs. Another tactic is to leave a message on a University notice board. Add you will ‘help with tuition fees’. You will be bombarded with dates and save a fortune on bar fines. Not only that but you will meet a woman with enough brains that you can hold a civil conversation with! There will be no raids, no crazy-priced Ladies Drinks, no hype. In all my years in The Peenz I spent very little time in bars-except when I took my women there that I met OUTSIDE the bar! Cheers, Paul Keating.
Hi Harry I am a long time visitor and reader of your monthly magazine in the Philippines. I think that you do a great job for us. I have not visited the Stable as yet but I wonder if you would give me a plug in your in your magazine. I have been a regular visitor to the PH. for some time now but the only negative for me is travelling on your own to the PH. I am setting up a small groups business in Australia for people like me who do not enjoy travelling on their own to the PH. Small groups have more fun. I would like to bring some more Aussies to the Stable and have a beer with you. Thanks, Harry please do not put my name on this email as yet as I am still working in Australia. 0411373607. (Done!)
Good morning Harry, I noted that in this February’s newsletter you mention Mrs Harry is coaxing you to hang up your boots and retire from production of your interesting monthly missive. I sincerely hope you can resist this temptation for a tad longer as the advice and guidance for both visitors and residents alike that you offer would be sorely missed. The no nonsense style and ‘warts ‘n all’ content in reviewing life here in the Philippines is refreshing in these politically correct days of smoke and mirrors. Many of your readers may be understandably hesitant to visit PI in view of the annoying foibles, petty crime and red tape ever present in Filipino life and sadly it does seem the ‘golden times’ of yesteryear are long gone.
Nevertheless if the French are suffering shoot outs in Paris, beheadings throughout the Middle East and even the Danes are having gunfights in Copenhagen… then too be honest, it seems there is an increasing global cancer to which our spineless politicians are failing to address. Consequently life here in the tropical Philippines looks far better… if you follow my drift. A smile/apology defuses most problems here (and sometimes a few pesos!) Try doing that with a Daesh nutter or a brain dead rapist ‘Sheik’ in a Sydney cafe! I know we have our problems in Mindanao, but that tend to be between locals and the odd dopy evangelist waltzing about the barrios with a wooden statue of the Madonna & Child!.
As a long time resident here married for many years to a lovely Filipina, may I suggest via your columns, that should one meet a partner in the Philippines with a view to some permanency then don’t be in too much of a hurry to suggest relocation back to the US, Europe, Oceania etc but try, if you are financially able, to relocate here. I’ve known a few colleagues caught in the first flush of romance go through all the promises of a better life abroad, and get stung. Of course, you can stay here and get stung, but it’s far easier to recover! Once you suggest you are giving up your job, will have little income, and will rely on the fruits of love… and your spouse’s family for support… you’ll soon find out how devoted your partner is! The other option of course is you can become a ‘foreign’ OFW and regularly return but that can be a bit risky too! No two couples will have the same experience but regardless, I would urge extreme caution, the world is becoming an increasingly dangerous place in more ways than one. Set against this backdrop however life in PI is not that bad and for me has certainly proven more relaxing than the rat-race (and climate) back in the UK.
Meanwhile Harry, if at all possible without inflaming the ‘missus’, keep up the good work! Dr John Dobson, Sucat, Paranaque City.
(John, one of the reasons for her concern is my physical limitations. I cannot walk far, go up steps easily and even curbs cause me a problem. For now, I cannot drive so my mobility is limited and when I walk I have to do so slowly and am always looking down as the sidewalks here are not level and have cracks and holes in them, especially that disaster of a walking street on fields ave, so easily, one like me can trip. Once I trip, I cannot get up on my own. Before, I could walk from one end of Fields Ave to the other plus the side streets. Naturally she is worried. You see, unlike the wife of “shy John” she cares for me even as I weaken. Every time I fall I end up damaging my hand, arm, back, head or whatever. I am old, 77 this month but my mind keeps telling me I am young enough to continue. My body disagrees but I will try to continue a bit longer. It is hard to give up something you love doing. Thanks for writing Doc, I appreciate it)
Harry, Keep the Receipt! This is worth reading if shopping at stores… They do not automatically hand you a receipt anymore if the sale is under $30. You must ask for it! CHECK YOUR RECEIPTS BEFORE LEAVING THE CHECK-OUT. An associate bought a heap of stuff the other day while on holidaying in Melbourne (over $450), & when he glanced at his receipt as the cashier was handing him the bags, he saw cash out of $20. He told her he didn’t request any cash and to delete it. She said he’d have to take the $20 because she couldn’t delete it. He told her to call a supervisor. Supervisor came and said he’d have to take it. He said NO Bloody way! Because taking the $20 would be a cash advance against his Credit Card and he wasn’t paying interest on a cash advance!!!!! If they couldn’t delete it then they would have to delete the whole order! So the supervisor had the cashier delete the whole order and re-scan everything! The second time he looked at the electronic pad before he pinned in his number and again cash-back of $20 popped up. At that point he told the cashier and she deleted it. The total then came out right The cashier said that the Electronic Pad must be defective. Obviously the cashier knew the electronic pad was defective because she NEVER offered him any cash after either of the transactions. Can you imagine how many people went through before him and by the end of her shift how much money she pocketed?
His wife went into a Coles Warehouse last week. She had her items rung up by the cashier. The cashier hurried her along and didn’t give her a receipt.. She asked the cashier for the receipt and the cashier seemed annoyed but gave it to her. She didn’t look at her receipt until later that night when back at their Hotel. The receipt showed that she had asked for $20 cash. SHE DID NOT ASK FOR ANY CASH, NOR WAS SHE GIVEN IT! So she called Coles who investigated but could not see that the cashier pocketed the money. They then spoke with a friend who works for one of the banks; they told them that this was a new scam that was bound to escalate. The cashier will key in that you asked for cash and then hand it to one of her friends when they next come through the check-out queue.
This is NOT limited to Coles; they are just one of the largest retailers to have the most incidents. I wonder how many “seniors” have been, or will be, “stung” by this one????? To make matters worse …. THIS SCAM CAN BE DONE ANYWHERE, AT ANY RETAIL OR WHOLESALE LOCATION!!! IT COULD HAPPEN ANYWHERE. CHECK YOUR RECEIPT BEFORE LEAVING THE CHECK-OUT…………CHECK YOUR RECEIPT!!!!! I’ve since seen people do just that!..SO NOW I’LL START! Sent by Jim Farrell. (Thanks Jim, I am one of those Senior Citizens who never looks at his receipts. I will start checking them now)
Warning – new tactic used to attack foreigners. A friend told me he was walking on Real Street, heading towards the Tequila Reef Restaurant when someone threw a bottle just in front of him where it broke. When he looked down someone hit him behind his head. As he went down he did not completely fall and was able to come back up and hit the person behind him. He noticed other people close by and after hitting the guy he ran away not wanting to take any further chances. This was in the afternoon and people were around but all the Expat heard was a lot of yelling and screaming. These isolated attacks are becoming all too often and the tactics used seem to become more and more innovative.
Subject: Buyer beware info for Baypointe Hospital (Sent as an advisory from the DAV, Chapter 3 Representative) - Yesterday a member came in and informed me of a situation at Baypointe Hospital all need to be aware of;
He was admitted for a procedure for which he has health care. He presented his LOA and was admitted. His assigned room was a semi-private. He wanted more privacy and requested private accommodations. They were available so he was placed as requested. He was notified the additional cost was 600 peso’s more per day, and signed an agreement to pay that as VA and Tricare only pay for semi-private. He had the procedure and checked out 2 days later. While paying his bill he thought to himself he must have been treated really well as the amount was a bit more than he expected, but he thought to himself, because he was well medicated during the period, he must have not realized the huge benefit he received in asking for a private room. He must have had meals prepared by either Emeril Legaspy or Chef Ramsey. They must have been 6 course. His bedding and furniture must have been flown in from Malacayang palace, they must have installed fiber cable when he was asleep, and the 100 mbs internet connection and free laptop supplied surely were worth the cost. Also he obviously had a private nurse to care for all his needs, not to mention the personal physical therapist and world re-known doctors who cared for him.
Then he remembered, as the drugs wore off, all they did was remove one of the beds from the room. The food was the same as everybody else ate, and the bedding was the same ones both days. He also remembered part of the agreement he signed was he was advised that there was an increment increase in all hospital charges and professional fees from the room upgrade. That amounted to a 30% increase. Which was not a basic 1200 peso increase for the room but resulted in P17,000 additional fees. Why?
If the only change was one less bed in the room, good question, I’m sure somebody somewhere can answer that, but good luck! Please read everything before you sign, if you don’t, you have no one to blame but yourself! Be advised you’ve been advised. Buyer Beware. (I never knew doctors work harder for private room patients than for those in shared rooms. I hope I never get put in a ward)
U.S. Embassy, Manila, Philippines
Message for U.S. Citizens: Preparing For the 2015 Tax Filing Season
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has provided guidance for U.S. citizens abroad preparing for the 2015 tax filing season. This IRS guidance is posted under Federal Benefits and Obligations on travel.state.gov.
The IRS has created the International Taxpayers webpage (http://www.irs.gov/individuals/International-Taxpayers) to help answer questions and provide the forms needed to navigate some of the complexities faced by American citizens and other taxpayers who live and work abroad. Other resources include information on the foreign earned income and foreign housing exclusions and foreign tax credit, along with instructions on how to catch up on filing tax returns.
If you are a taxpayer who lives outside the United States and have specific individual or business account questions, you may contact the International Taxpayer Service Call Center by phone or fax. The International Call Center is operational Monday through Friday, from 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. (Eastern Time):
Tel: (267) 941-1000 (not toll-free)
Fax: (267) 941-1055
International taxpayers with tax questions may also visit the “Help with Tax Questions” webpage. The IRS office formerly located at the US Embassy in Beijing closed last year.
JOKE TIME – Sent in by Dennis Bradbury - Prince Charles and the hooker
Prince Charles decided to take up walking every day. At the same street corner he passed a hooker standing there every day. He learned to brace himself as he approached her for what was almost certain to follow. ”One hundred and fifty pounds!” she’d shout. ”No! Five pounds!” He’d say from the side of his mouth, just to shut her up. This ritual between him and the hooker became a daily occurrence. She’d yell, “One hundred and fifty pounds!” He’d yell back, “Five pounds!”
One day, Camilla decided to accompany her husband. As the couple neared the hooker’s corner, Prince Charles realized she’d bark her £150 offer and Camilla would wonder what he’d really been doing on all his past outings. He figured he’d better have a good explanation for his wife. As they neared the hooker’s corner he became even more apprehensive than usual. Sure enough, there she stood. He tried to avoid eye contact as she watched the pair pass. Then, the hooker yelled: “See what you get for five pounds, you tight bastard!” (To appreciate this joke you would have to remember what Camilla looks like)
So it begins: Bruce Jenner never had an automobile accident until he became a woman!
CAMP OLIVAS, Pampanga — Two women were found dead in two rooms of Clarkview hotel located along Malabanias, Angeles City, on Friday. Senior Superintendent Eden Ugale, Angeles City police director, said the two victims were found in separate rooms of Clarkview by hotel attendants. Ugale said Senior Inspector Darwin Barbosa of Angeles City Police Station 4 proceeded to the area and found the victims lying on the floor with stab wounds in their necks. He said one of the victims was identified as Ely Rose Abalos, a student, while the other still unidentified. Ugale said one of the victims was naked when found by policemen. Police Station 4 operatives are on hunt against the suspect who was already identified but whose name could not be divulged pending his arrest, he said. A Scene of the Crime Operatives team is conducting an investigation if the victims were raped before they were killed. (Ric Sapnu) (This really stirred up the neighborhood on 13 Feb and it was very close to my home grounds. Usually there is never any follow-up news on these type of crimes and I certainly hope that no foreigner is involved. The suspicion is that it is strictly a Filipino incident. It was a terrible crime and hopefully this suspect will be caught soon)
UPDATE: Tuesday, February 17, 2015 = CAMP OLIVAS, Pampanga — Police arrested Monday the suspected killer of two women who were found dead in two rooms of Clarkview hotel located along Malabanias, Angeles City. Senior Superintendent Eden Ugale, Angeles City police director, said arrested was Blessed John Albano, 19, a native of Ramon, Isabela. Ugale said that after coordinating with Isabela Police, the suspect was arrested in his residence in Ramon town. The suspect did not resist when arrested by operatives of Angeles City and Isabela police. On Friday, Albano allegedly stabbed his alleged girlfriend Ely Rose Abalos during a heated argument. Seeing the incident, the still unidentified friend of Abalos tried to rescue her but was also stabbed by the suspect, Ugale said. The suspect, after killing the two, fled to his home province where he was arrested by policemen, he said. (Well, well, well – notice how quickly they can apprehend a killer of two Filipinas but can seldom find killers of expats. Shows you where their resolve lies. When it concerns Expats their motivation only shows when there is money to be made)
ANGELES CITY — Operatives from the regional police office and international anti-human trafficking representatives recently rescued two underage girls employed as sex workers in a bar along the red light district in Barangay Malabanias here.
Chief Supt. Ronald Santos, officer-in-charge of the Police Regional Office 3 in Camp Olivas, identified the raided establishment as the Nasty Duck Bar along Don Juico Avenue.
Police officers were accompanied by representatives from the Dept. of Social Welfare and Development, the US Homeland Security Investigation, and the International Justice Mission (IJM) during the entrapment and rescue operation. An undercover policeman and two confidential agents acted as customers and asked for two minor females for sex in exchange for “bar fine.”
After handing over the marked money to the “mamasans” and cashiers of the bar, the policemen entered the establishment and cornered its employees. They were brought to Camp Olivas while the two minor females were brought to Clark Freeport for interview and processing.
Extracted from the INQUIRER 10th February 2015. Being the fourth story written by hard hitting columnist Ramon Tulfo – View story online viz-
Makati Judge Winlove Dumayas convicted for homicide two of of the four men who stabbed to death US Marine Maj. George Anikow during a fight near the posh Bel-Air Village in Makati City. However, they were given suspended sentances. Any way one looks at it, Anikow was murdered. One: Four against one was a one sided fight and that’s superior force, an element of murder. Two: Security cameras show Anikow running away with the four giving chase. Three: The four were armed with knives while Anikow was unarmed. Was the judge a little slow on the uptake? Don’t want to think that money changed hands. (Something stinks here, I wonder what opinion my readers have on this one)
This is a great bit of info for US Americans wanting to renew their passports. Even though I have a few more months to go before I have to apply for renewal I already filled out and printed the form. I now know what other information I have to include. Thank you DAV for forwarding the info.
For more information or to begin the process of renewal, please visit the U.S. Embassy Manila’s Passport webpage or the Apply for a New Passport page on Travel.State.gov. When you are ready, follow this link to schedule an appointment.
There is a new hotel on Manila Bay named the “City of Dreams”. It is owned by Henry Sy and Australian Harry Packer. If anyone has visited it please send me some comments on it as I seldom get to Manila.
“Hollywood” Mark is out of jail on bail. He is laying low for a while.
The court appearance for Tim Kaufman is set for 18 Mar.
Valentine sweethearts – Lorna and Jomal. They are both long time employees at the Orchid Hotels. Lorna is at the Wild Orchid, Angeles and Jomal is at the Orchid Inn. Both are excellent employees and well liked by fellow workers and all customers who come in contact with them. They are ideal representatives for the meaning of Valentine’s Day.
Toga Party – It is wild, it is fun and some times absolutely crazy – it is a Toga party. The occasion was a going away party at the “Stable” which I had the pleasure of monitoring . I had never been to such an event before. I found that the gals and guys start out routinely enough but as the evening progresses and the liquor starts to take hold, well, the fun really becomes fun. This is a small group of great fun loving customers of
the Blue Boar Inn and a few other establishments around town. They eat, drink and play as a group and the wives, girlfriends fit right in. In fact real late in the evening I think the ladies were having more fun then the men. One lady in particular was the life of the party until the booze caught up with her. It was one big great, fun evening
MAXICARE INSURANCE - For those Expats living here who do not have any medical insurance I would like to suggest the availability of Maxicare (www.maxicare.com.ph). Expats can sign up for Phil Health which is very inexpensive and if you add Maxicare your stay in a hospital would be just about free. This is ideal for a wife or live in girl friend. I won’t go into all the details but I have dealt with agent Emmanuel P. Bernado who can be contacted and he can visit and provide all the details you need. His phone is 0932-858-4407 or 0927-779-3966, Email: email@example.com.
Ken Norman, 54 years old, passed away on 11 Feb. He was found lying on his lounge at his house. He is survived by his two children, 13 and 16. Ken was a long time resident of Angeles City and at one time was an employee of SEAIR. At this time he was not working as he had purchased some apartments and was able to live comfortably on the income they provided. The last time I spoke with him he was quite happy and enjoying life. His sudden demise was shocking to his many friends.
Award-winning editor, war correspondent, and best-selling author Arnaud de Borchgrave, hailed as one of the most noteworthy journalists of the modern era, died Sunday after an extended illness. A founding board member of Newsmax Media, he was 88. I came across this announcement recently and I was intrigued as I read his biography and the fascinating life he lead and his many accomplishments. The entire article was too long for me to duplicate here but I will just print a bit of an excerpt to show what a great wise person he was and I am saddened to see such a great patriot who was so proud to be an American leave us in these troubled times. I recommend you look up his name and be, as i was, enthralled with his story.
De Borchgrave continued writing columns through December. In his more recent commentaries he warned that there was “no possibility” of defeating ISIS without putting U.S. boots on the ground.
He also recommended a temporary alliance of convenience with Syrian strongman Bashar al-Assad, a tactic that the Obama administration has signaled of late it would like to adopt if it can do so without alienating America’s powerful Sunni allies Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Turkey.
In one November jeremiad, he warned America’s superpower status was being challenged.
“Global disarray coupled with the decline of superpower U.S. are flip sides of the same coin,” he wrote.
In his last column, the long-time war correspondent urged America’s leaders to stop getting sucked into conflicts in the Middle East, and turn their attention instead to restoring the standing of the U.S. middle class and repairing America’s crumbling infrastructure at home.
He would blame America’s debacle in Vietnam on “clever disinformation by the enemy turning an American victory into defeat.” (so very true) He also became critical of the ability of the political establishment and the mainstream media to scrutinize story lines and information they were ideologically inclined to believe. It was a theme he would explore again and again in the years ahead. (I wish I could have met this man personally.)
Just received info that John Hammond, a retired US Navy CB died of cancer in CA military hospital 21 Feb am. He lived here about 8 months out of the year for the last 8 years and was on several of the towns pool teams. He went to Guam last week, they transferred him to Hawaii and they sent him to CA, Please mention this as he was pretty well known around town. nick name John Pinquine. Thanks Shelby Tague.
Hi Harry, I like reading your monthly news letters about Angeles City but, Ive never been there, only Manila and a few other places. I met a good friend of mine from Angeles City, Gary Heath, who spent 7 years there and made friends with the locals at Geckos Bar. Garry moved back to Australia and we shared many adventures together, but sad to say Gary lost his battle with cancer and died last week. His final hours were without pain or any worries.
Gary had too many friends for me to contact them, so I was hoping you could make some small room in your newsletter for his friends to remember him. Cheers, Garry OConnor from Australia.
I WOULD IF I COULD
This cute little gal at 4’11″ has a great personality and is the only girl in a family with four brothers. She is 22 years old and hails from Angeles City, She is currently unemployed but enjoys staying at home helping out her parents. She does not have any children and no boyfriend. She would love to travel and appears to like horses so I liked her right away. You can catch her on face book at firstname.lastname@example.org.
AMERICAN TRAVELS WITH 17 YEAR OLD GIRL – ARRESTED IN CEBU
51-year-old Robert Edward Neves, an American National arrested in the Philippines, will face trial for accompanying a 17-year-old minor he met on a dating site in February of 2014. Neves will be charged with violation of Republic Act #7160 – The Special Protection of Children Against Abuse, Exploitation and Discrimination Act. Neves is also being charged with Republic Act #9208 – the Anti Trafficking in Persons Act (also amended by Republic Act #10364 – The Expanded Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act). Bail has been set at 120,000 peso per offense (240k peso in all). Associate Prosecution Attorney Jennifer Karen Alo-Leyson resolved to elevate the cases in court after Neves opted not to file a counter-affidavit and undergo preliminary investigation.
The case began last February 2nd, 2014 when a member of the Cebu Port Police arrested Neves for being with a 17-year-old girl. Under the law, it is illegal for any persons to keep or have in their company a minor which is 12 years or under – or who is 10 years or more his junior in any public place, hotel, motel, bar, pension house, sauna, massage parlor, beach or any tourist resort or any similar place. Violators of such acts can face imprisonment and be fined no less than 50,000 peso.
The American national and the minor were at Pier 1 in Cebu City when they were questioned – the two were on their way to Bohol. The minor admitted to authorities that her and Neves were in fact in a relationship and that they had met in an online date site – eventually becoming lovers in late November after they met in person. The minor said Neves promised her parents he would take care of her and shoulder the expenses of her college education.
Under Section 4 (b) Republic Act #9208, a person is prohibited to “introduce or match for money, profit, or material, economic or other consideration.” The act further states that “any Filipino woman” should not also be matched “to a foreign national, for marriage for the purpose of acquiring, buying, offering, selling or trading her to engage in prostitution, pornography, sexual exploitation, forced labor, slavery, involuntary servitude or debt bondage.” (This is a heads up to all foreigners who visit the Philippines. This guy should have at least waited until she was 18 years of age. The girl being underage set off alarm bells and the age difference really was icing on the cake. What the hell was Neves thinking? I hope he did not think this girl was in love with him. I hope the jail in Cebu is more comfortable than the City Jail here)
A SPECIAL LADY
She is a very nice server of drinks at the Green Bottle Bar located on Perimeter Road, very close to the Blue Boar Inn. her name is Lailane, from Pangasanan, 34 years old. For older guys that is a perfect age for any man looking for that perfect gal. She has a 4 year old boy and is an excellent mother to him. She is no slouch in the education department having completed 2 years of computer science. She has worked for Elmer for a long time, one year at the Stargate and two years at the Green Bottle. She is strictly a waitress and interesting to talk to in between serving customers. She does not have Email but you can locate her on Face Book under the name Lailane Ontimara.
BRITISH NATIONAL ARRESTED AND EXTRADITED
The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) today said it will deport to the United Kingdom John Halliday, a convicted drug dealer who has been hiding in the Philippines.
NBI Director Virgilio L. Mendez said the deportation of the drug dealer, John Halliday, would be the first case under the new Extradition Treaty that was ratified by the Senate of the Philippines on March 14, 2014 between the governments of the Republic of the Philippines and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Island.
Mendez said Halliday is facing a ten (10) year imprisonment in the United Kingdom after his conviction on December 13, 2013 by the Crown Court at Leeds for various drug offenses. Mendez also said that representatives of the British police office from the West Yorkshire Police Department in the UK arrived in the country yesterday for the purpose of escorting Halliday back to the UK to serve his sentence.
On August 12, 2014, the NBI received from Department of Justice Secretary Leila M. De Lima a copy of the letter request dated 26 June 2014 from the Extradition Section, Judicial Co-operation, United Kingdom, with a copy of “Certification of Conviction” issued by the Crown Court at Leeds against Halliday.
Reliable information received by the NBI-International Operation Division-INTERPOL (IOD-INTERPOL) headed by Atty. Daniel D. Daganzo revealed that Halliday has been staying in the Philippines since September 2013 for the specific reason that by that time, the Philippines and the UK of Great Britain and Northern Ireland had no Extradition Treaty yet in force.
Through intelligence sources, it was also established by the IOD-INTERPOL that Halliday frequently visited the red light districts of Manila regularly staying in the hotels along Mabini St. of Malate, Manila and has a close association with an Englishman operating a fitness gym called Fitness Connection in Angeles, Pampanga that Halliday was using.
Based on verified information, SRA Jose S. Gabriel of the IOD-INTERPOL applied for and was granted by the Manila Regional Trial Court a provisional Warrant of Arrest against Halliday as a prelude for his extradition to the UK. On January 23, 2015, Halliday was arrested in Taguig City and was brought to the NBI main office. Today, police officers from the West Yorkshire Police Department are here to escort Halliday back to the UK.
One who will be very worried at the moment is Douglas Slade, currently out on bail in Angeles City on child sex charges in PH. Slade, who is in his 70′s, has been arrested several times before in the Philippines on pedophile charges but always managed to buy his way out of trouble.
He was notorious in the UK in the 1970′s for his membership of groups such as the Paedophile Action for Liberation (PAL), the South London Gay Liberation Front and the Paedophile Information Exchange (PIE) and left Britain to move to the Philippines in 1985. However, in the wake of the Jimmy Saville sex crimes revelations, there have been accusations leveled against Slade from his time living in the British city of Bristol in the 1970′s and 80′s. He is under investigation by Bristol CID as part of its Operation Bluestone inquiry into historical sex abuse cases after an alleged victim approached the London Daily Mail and the police.
Avon and Somerset police would only confirm they are aware of the allegations and told Balita Pinoy “…following your query I can confirm enquiries are ongoing.” They refused to elaborate further.
Now, a little history about Dougie provided by Balita Pinoy:
A Briton who has been living in Angeles since 1985 has been arrested and charged over child abuse charges. Douglas Michael Slade, 73, who has had previous sex abuse charges against Filipino boys dismissed before, was arrested by operatives of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI). The NBI discovered images of minors in provocative and nude poses on his computer when his house was raided and he was subsequently arrested.
This is not the first time Slade has come to the attention of the authorities over child abuse cases. He was originally arrested in 1995 in Angeles when several young boys complained about him abusing them. He was later arrested in 2006 at his Carmenville, Angeles home with some nude boys with him in his swimming pool. In both cases he was able to buy his way out of trouble
Slade moved to the Philippines from the UK in 1985. He had originally been the secretary of the Paedophile Action for Liberation (PAL) which had developed as a breakaway group from the South London Gay Liberation Front. This group was the subject of an expose by a British newspaper, the Sunday People, in 1975.
After the expose, the PAL merged with another notorious group, the Paedophile Information Exchange (PIE). This group then disintegrated in 1984 after several high profile arrests, but not before it had had tacit approval from and had become affiliated to the National Council for Civil Liberties (now known as Liberty).
Some previous reports have stated that Slade was a former officer in Britain’s Royal Navy, serving as a Lieutenant Commander on the Royal Yacht Britannia. Checks with the Royal Navy have ascertained that although a man of the same name and age served in the navy from 1963 to 1976, he was never a Lieutenant Commander and never served aboard the Britannia. In fact he served at HMS Pembroke, the shore establishment at Chatham in Kent. A spokeswoman for the Navy confirmed he was discharged in 1976, but would not release details of the discharge, and could not confirm if he was subject to a courts martial.
(I have known Doug Slade for years and have bought meat from his business “Home Base” and my wife still does, though he is never seen personally anymore at his place of business. He is smart but not so smart that he openly confesses to someone about having his lawyer offer the prosecutor money to drop her charges and also if that does not work, offer money to the family. Doug openly says that is the way things are done here. His conversation was secretly recorded and you can see it on “You Tube”. Just search “Douglas Slade”. I sincerely believe this man, based on his history, honestly believes that there is nothing wrong with going after underage children, preferably boys. He would like to see it legalized. He also believes nothing will happen to him here in the Philippines as long as he has enough money to pay off Prosecutors, judges and complainants. Go to Balitapinoy.net, a site that I think will never stop reporting on the actions of Douglas Slade)
Another Briton who is wanted by the police is Paul Longfield, a bodybuilder and former Mr Britain winner, who owns a gymnasium, the Fitness Connection, in Angeles City. (I wonder how many more notorious characters are connected with fitness connection?)
He is on the run from drugs charges in the British city of Derby dating back over 7 years, and like Halliday, he skipped. When the NBI were conducting surveillance on John Halliday they discovered his linkage to Longfield, who visited the gym in Angeles. A British paper, the Derby Telegraph, located Longfield last year and reported on the fact. At the time Derbyshire Police told them: ”We were unaware of the whereabouts of Paul Longfield, who is wanted for failing to appear at court to face drug-related charges. Once the Derby Telegraph shares the information they have, we will begin to make inquiries to trace him and bring him to justice.”
Yesterday, a spokeswoman for Derbyshire Police told Balita Pinoy: ”Paul Longfield was charged in 2007 with 14 drugs offences relating to possession with the intent to supply. He was due to attend court to answer the charges but failed to appear and a warrant for his arrest was issued. There have been cases where Derbyshire officers have worked with Interpol and other forces to arrange the extradition or deportation of people from other countries and we are reviewing the case into Mr Longfield.”
US EMBASSY OUTREACH VISIT
GREETINGS FROM THE USAF RAO, ANGELES CITY…U.S. EMBASSY OUTREACH HAS BEEN CONFIRMED FOR 12 MAR, 2015 AT AZZURRO HOTEL (FORMALLY BEST WESTERN MINT HOTEL) LOCATED ACROSS THE STREET FROM CASINO PILIPINO, BALIBAGO, ANGELES CITY… PLEASE NOTE THAT THE CITY DOES NOT ALLOW PARKING ON MCARTHUR HIGHWAY IN THAT AREA; THEREFORE, PARKING IS VERY LIMITED AND SHOULD PLAN ACCORDINGLY…
WHEN YOU ARRIVE AT THE U.S. EMBASSY OUTREACH, FORMS SHOULD BE COMPLETED AND HAVE ALL DOCUMENTATION REQUIRED… THIS INCLUDES HAVING PHOTO COPIES MADE OF ALL FORMS/DOCUMENTS THAT YOU WILL SUBMIT TO THE EMBASSY AND PAYMENT READY IN PESOS… THE KEY IS TO BE READY WHEN YOU SIGN-IN AT THE OUTREACH AND WAITING TIME WILL BE A LOT LESS FOR ALL… IF YOU DO NOT HAVE ALL FORMS/DOCUMENTATION READY WHEN YOUR NAME IS CALLED, DO NOT BE SURPRISED IF THE EMBASSY STAFF ADVISES TO COMPLETE YOUR REQUIREMENTS AND SIGN-IN AGAIN…
ANOTHER PROBLEM AT THE OUTREACH IS SIGN-IN PROCEDURES… WE HAVE PUBLISHED VIA OUR WEB, NEWSLETTERS AND RAO UPDATES NOT TO USE BLANK SIGN-IN SHEETS IF YOU GET TO THE OUTREACH EARLY… BLANK SIGN-IN SHEETS CANNOT BE USED BY THE EMBASSY… WE WILL HAVE PREPRINTED SIGN-IN SHEETS AVAILABLE AT LEAST 30 MINUTES PRIOR TO THE OUTREACH AND USUALLY A LOT EARLIER… AFTER SIGNING-IN, PROCEED TO THE FUNCTION HALL AND BE SEATED… IF YOU ARE HAVING PROBLEMS COMPLETING FORMS OR NEED HELP OBTAINING DOCUMENTATION, PLEASE COME TO OUR RAO OFFICE BEFORE THE OUTREACH… DO NOT GO TO THE OUTREACH WITH INCOMPLETE FORMS/DOCUMENTATION AND EXPECT THEM TO PROCESS YOUR REQUEST…HAVE A TEXAS DAY, JIM BOYD
FINALLY, POLICE EXTORTION RACKET EXPOSED
Central Luzon police director Chief Supt. Ronald Santos said he has initiated dismissal proceedings and filed a non-bailable case of robbery in band against two policemen who were caught red-handed extorting a huge amount from a Swiss tourist here last Jan. 27.
In a press briefing at the Widus Hotel and Casino in Clark Freeport, Santos said suspects PO3 Manachem Baking and PO2 Ricardo Cabrera Jr. of the Angeles police have remained behind bars after they were charged with “an airtight case” that would not allow them temporary freedom.
Santos said the police chief of this city vowed to build up an “airtight case” against two of his policemen who were caught blackmailing and extorting P500,000 from a Swedish tourist.
Baking and Cabrera were arrested by agents of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) in a sting operation as they received the second payment of P280,000 of the total P500,000 they demanded from tourist GoranSmedjer, 64, in Barangay Malabanias here. The two cops allegedly blackmailed Smedjer after the tourist invited two young women to his apartment in Malabanias earlier on Jan. 25. After a few minutes, an elderly woman, in the company of Baking and Cabrera, barged into his apartment and angrily claimed to be the mother of one of the young women.
It is not clear whether the young women were minors. The CIDG report said the two cops then demanded P500,000 from Smedjer in exchange for freedom from any charges that could be filed by the alleged mother. Smedger, however, sought the help at the CIDG who laid out a sting operation that led to the arrest of Baking and Cabrera who had an M16 rifle, a .9 MM and .45 pistols, a .22 revolver and , a bullet proof vest. Santos said he is now coordinating with the CIDG and the National Bureau of Investigation in identifying more “bad eggs” in the police force in his region, as he vowed to deal with them “with the full force of the law.” (This is a racket that has been going on for years. I have written about it quite often and even discussed it with various Commanders at Station four. Hundreds of Expats have been set up using this very successful method. Few foreigners report it as they are fearful. Maybe with these latest arrests more reports will surface and foreigners will be more willing to report to the police when they become a victim)
Girl’s body found at accused Australian paedophile’s former home in Philippines
Philippine police have found the remains of a 12-year-old girl at the former home of an Australian man who is already facing charges of rape and cybercrime. The body was discovered in a house once rented by Peter Gerald Scully, 51, in Surigao City in the country’s north. Scully’s former partner, a Philippine woman, reportedly told authorities he accidentally killed one of his victims in 2013.
The discovery came a few days after Scully was arrested and charged with sexually abusing young girls and uploading videos of sexual acts online. He was arrested at his rented house in Malaybalay City after a three-week police stakeout, local online news site Rappler reported
Authorities allege Scully lured girls to his house promising education and food and then forced them into sex, according to the reports.
Police said Scully had been under investigation for online pornographic activities after he was tracked by authorities in the Netherlands.
Scully, who has been living in the Philippines since 2011, was charged with human trafficking and child pornography last year but had evaded arrest. He is wanted in Cagayan de Oro over accusations he sexually abusing seven girls, including a one-year-old, police said, according to reports.
“He lures young girls into his house and gains their trust as he is broadcasting his activities on the internet,” chief investigator Angelito Magno said, according to Rappler. He added Scully “performs sexual acts according to his client’s instructions”. Philippine police believe the Australian is also facing charges in other countries related to child sexual abuse and fraud. (This is one sick puppy. I hope he rots in jail)
ROB’S GASTRO PUB RIBBON CUTTING
I was so pleased when Kevin Wakeley (Orchid Inn Group) called to invite me to the long awaited official opening of the newest Pub in town. Over the years there have been a few name changes for this Bar/Restaurant. Many will remember it as Shano’s, Cuba Cuba and the International. My impression is that the present name, owners, chef, managers, this time, will be around for a long time. I did not get a chance to look at the menu but if the food is as good as the buffet that was laid out, their food selections will please the palate of one and all. They have a top international chef on board who will offer a variety of menu items guaranteed to please the most picky of diners. The decor has not changed dramatically but the added pictures and other improvements have made this a most comfortable setting for dining and drinking. Happy horseshoes to owners Paw Bangsil and Wayne Bangsil, a dynamic brother act.
I arrived just after the ribbon cutting but the VIP’s were kind enough to pose for a picture even though they were anxious to sample the buffet. In picture one from left to right are Nicole Pamintuan standing next to her husband AC Counselor Edu Pamintual, Paw Bangsil, Wayne Bangsil, Kevin Wakeley, Clive Pollington, Harvey and Patrick Sibreg (Chief of Staff for Counselor Pamintuan). Standing next to the replica of a British Phone booth (brings back memories of my four years in England, (1958-1962) are Wayne and Kevin. What you might not notice in the picture is that the interior is actually the wine cabinet. Of course I could not resist posing with the lovely staff. One final note, most know how difficult the parking is in that area so you will be happy to know that they offer Valet Parking, or you can drive around the corner and park in the Wild Orchid parking lot and walk to the Pub. For me, Valet parking is my choice. When you visit, say hello to Wayne or Paw for me, they are very friendly and very excited about this new venture for them.
A little up-date on the walking street. Remember it was only a year or two when there was a big ambitious project to renovate the street on Fields Ave along the walking street. When finished it looked great for a few months then it began to deteriorate; lost color, was not level, and began to crumble. Whoever the contractor was he either pocketed some money or was completely incompetent. Now, there is a new contractor rebuilding a portion at the entrance to the walking street as a sample fix. (Pictures 1 and 2. I introduced myself to this new contractor. His name is Frederick Ponio owner of FredMark Builders, a local company that builds horizontally and vertically all types of buildings and roadways. His number is 0922 832 2813. I told him the reason I asked for this information is if he does a good reputable job then others might want to contract more work. If he does a lousy job like the previous contractor then we know who to blame and wonder if the City wasted their money again.
Picture #3 shows the tearing down of the CDC stalls opposite Phillie’s Sports Grill which extends all the way to McArthur Hi-way. What is the plan? No one knows exactly but many people have different theories. The one I hear is that they will be moved and rebuild further back. Once rebuilt those vendors who lost their stores will have first priority but this time can only lease one store each and the rent will increase from P7,500 a month to P10,000. Remember, this is all un-confirmed at this time. I also heard that the Checkpoint jeepney station will be moved.
The last three pictures show the lone hold out for the CDC stall removal action. It is the popular “We 4 U” bar that is a watering hole for expats. The day I took this picture the lads drinking there were a happy, fun group that included Philander Rodman and his friend as well as mine Leonard. Rodman is so happy to be back in country legally with no problems. Now I ran into the lady owner of We 4 U and she told me that they will not vacate the premises as she is taking the issue to court. I felt she was wasting her time but she was adamant and convinced that this particular bar will remain in place. She is a tough little gal so lets see what happens with this modern David and Goliath battle.
VALENTINE’S DAY DINNER
Even though I planned Valentine’s Day in advance I still nearly screwed up. I started early, I bought a dozen roses a week early as I was able to get them for a thousand pesos less then getting them on Valentine’s day.(Thank you Purple Essence Flower Shop) Now, I had a thousand to spare towards a nice Valentine’s day dinner. But I could not decide where to go so waited a bit long to make a reservation. It was too late for the Holiday Inn, and also the Marquis Hotel’s restaurant. So, on the big day I told Priscilla and now, this is where I was saved. She said lets call the America Hotel and make a reservation at their new Guanghau Chinese restaurant. We called, no problem and headed there at 6:30 PM. Shucks, I did not know the place was open but Priscilla saw the banner a few days earlier. Boy was I surprised. The place was absolutely perfect. The decor was red and black, the service was outstanding , and the buffet was absolutely wonderful. We sat there at our table thinking the same thing, thank goodness I kind of messed up as fate brought us to this restaurant. Now, here is the icing on the cake, it cost only P399 per person. Imagine this price on Valentine’s Day when everyone raises their prices. For the three of us (we took our son too) the total price was still less than the price of one person in some of the other places we could have eaten at.
We plan to go back because I do not know if they have a buffet all the time or that was a special occasion. I will check it out and have a look at their men but whatever, for sure we will be eating there again. Easy to get to for us, easy parking, no traffic and we want to enjoy the food and see the friendly staff again. My ass was saved and we had a wonderful, romantic Valentine’s day and my flowers did not die until after the big day.
PALMER;STAR SUITES (SUBIC BAY)
This a hotel that is easily overlooked by visitors to Subic who plan to stay overnight or even longer. Why? Because it is located just a short distance off the base. If you go out the gate next to the Mall, it is a few meters down the road on the left. It is a family run operation run by Dr. Robertt Palmer, his wife Madamn Marian, Phd. and their son. On board also as a consultant is Mr. Joey Moster, the dynamic manager for many years, of the Marlim Mansion Hotel. It is through Joey’s effort that this hotel is fast becoming a first class place to stay. It is a six story hotel which opened its doors on 22 July 2014 and very quickly it has become one of the finest, most modern hotels in Olongapo. They have 40 rooms and a conference room for 250 people on the second floor and a smaller room for 50. They offer weekly and monthly discounts and also corporate rates. Yes, they have Wi-Fi!l. As I wrote earlier, yes, it is a bit off the radar for the average traveler but when you are looking for a bargain when going to Subic or you can’t get aa room on Subic itself, remember this Hotel. For those who remember Joey and wonder where he can be found, visit him at the Palm Star, he would love to see you.
Hotel Email address: email@example.com. Tel: 222-0175/222-2885 Globe line: 047-3045245 Smart: 0929 501 5835 Globe: 0915 697 0711
Address: 335 Rizal Ave. corner of 3rd st. Tapanic, Olongapo City, Zambales 2200
Feb has come and gone and I survived to see another birthday. Have gone through 77 of them now and this time I had an old man’s celebration. It was quiet, normal, and enjoyed the day with the family and Priscilla taking me and our son to dinner at the Holiday Inn. No drinking, dancing or running the bars. The picture here says it all. Really, I just appreciated the day. It was so very nice.
I am hoping to continue greeting visitors from various countries who read this column. Oh, one other thing, I thank all those people who greeted me on Facebook and my Emails. I never had so many before. It really made my day. Well, as usual, it is late and it was a short month but I still made my deadline. I will now retire for the evening with memories of a great month. Remember now, be kind to horses.
HTH POLITICAL RANTS – STOP HERE
We now have Obama puppet Secty of State John Kerry telling us that we are safer than ever. What an idiotic statement. I guess he has joined Obama, Susan Rice, Joe Biden and so many others in the back of the White House with their heads in the sand.
Is the Government and Centrelink totally blind to what’s going on?
UNBELIEVABLE !! This was pulled off AUSTRALIA’s Today Tonight and never aired !This clip was made by Today Tonight, Channel 7 a while ago. Due to political correctness it was decided not to broadcast. However it’s been leaked out. Judge for yourself, and pass it on … to EVERYBODY ! How despicable is this ?? (I believe I saw this before but believe everyone should see it. Even though this is in Australia it applies to every country that is being swamped with an increasing Muslim population that wants to ignore the laws of the country they are living in.
I don’t understand why newscasters continue to wonder why Obama is not recognizing the Muslim threat or refusing to use the words “radical Islamists”. Some ask why is he soft on Muslims. Why doesn’t he help the countries willing to fight the Islamic Terroirists? Why does he go out to play golf the day after an American is beheaded by these animals? Guess!
We have seen beheadings and burning of humans. Read this and see what is yet co come. It is scary. These terrorists must be destroyed.
And on December 27th last year, Shoebat.com, a week prior to the actual execution, we reported that ideas on how to desecrate the pilot’s living body began to trickle to ISIS when it asked the Muslim public to suggest, based on Islamic law, the different horrific methods, not just of desecrating a dead, but a living body while still alive. Shoebat.com pre-warned about this (see below), that such methods are on the way, especially when it comes to the execution of the Jordanian pilot which we wrote about a week prior to the execution:
“If you think ISIS’s killing methods are bad wait till you see what one video in Arabic done by a Muslim lady dressed in a Hijab circulated to Muslims worldwide. The video was a complaint to Caliph al-Baghdadi of ISIS as “the call of Muslim mothers” arguing that such methods as “beheading” and “shooting” are just too humane and will not work to stop the U.S. led coalition air raids which she complained that this is persecution against her living in Syria. To eliminate the attacks she suggested that an Ottoman method of execution be used to detract pilots from joining the coalition against ISIS. She suggested to use the captured Jordanian pilot Moaz Kasasbeh and begged not to execute him mercifully by using a bullet or a knife, but begged them to reinstitute the Khazouk.”
Obviously, they opted for cage-burning. Believe us, we warned about Muslim cannibalism prior to when Muslim cannibals ate hearts and cooked heads, what will also be coming from ISIS, in the pipeline, is the Khazouk. Everyone in the Middle East knows three things told to them by their grand parents about the Ottoman Turks and what they spread throughout the Middle East: Sihr “sorcery,” Baksheesh “bribery”, and the Khazouk which is a spike driven through the victim’s rectum, which the Ottomans used to terrify locals and deter potential insurgents. And this is exactly what this lady wanted to reinstitute:
“Are you going to execute him with a merciful bullet? Or are you going to execute him with a merciful knife?” she asks. Khawiskou “impale him” she cries out “then send him to his mother” says the peace-loving Muslim lady. “Why are the Arab world fighting us. We are Muslim doing the will of Allah”. “I am pleading [ISIS] to honor my special request that you Khazouk him “impale him” and post it all over the social networks and the media”.
Executing someone and desecrating the body alive is not something that only existed in far history, it was a reality under the Turks until the Christians gave a crushing blow to the Ottoman beast after World War I when Khazouk executions were part of daily life. One TV series reminds how the Ottomans, in order to thwart dissidents used this horrific type of execution:
Such brutality has come to the world from an Islamic edict by Ibn Taymiyya, one of the highest authorities on Islamic jurisprudence, and will be emerging as we see neo-Ottomanism revive in which the world will become as we see in the movie Apocalypto with all the heart plucking cannibalism including burning and khazouking Christians and other victims. As we learned in school when I lived in Bethlehem of Judea, the Ottomans were creative when it came to all sorts of weirdities. At times they used the hot poker, a red hot metal rod that is inserted through the anus which the expert executioner is able to avoid puncturing the heart and the victim could live up to two days before he dies since the bleeding is minimized as the hot rod caterizes the wound. But as it seems, some are begging to revive the Khazouk in revenge against the U.S. led coalition pilots. But to this lady, the Khazouk is no fantasy, she is serious. The West does not understand such tradition as a Muslim woman making such an appeal. A Muslim woman’s appeal stems from In Ibn Athīr’s famous history book al-Kāmil, he mentions the story in our history of a King called al-Mu’tasim, who was from the Banū ‘Abbas. The event goes like this; A Muslim woman was captured by the Romans and imprisoned, so the Romans laughed at her. The leader of the Roman king sarcastically said, “You won’t ever leave this place until the muslim king himself removes you from these shackles.” The woman shouted “Wa Mu’tasima!” [Oh my grief, Mu’tasima!]. The Roman King laughed at her and said: “He will never come to save you unless he was riding “ablaq” a black and white horse. He said this in a way of mocking her and showing the impossibility of the situation. When al-Mu’tasim heard of the news, he gathered a whole army and made the entire army ride the “ablaq” horses and defeated the Romans (who in this case are viewed as the U.S. and Europeans) and himself entered the prison where the Muslim woman had been imprisoned. “Who are you?” she said.”I am al-Mu’tasim.” He freed her from her shackles, a sign of humiliation for the Romans. The Muslim mind stems from a pre-Christian dark history and desires to plunge the world to these times. And this became the issue that when a Muslim woman calls upon the Caliph for help he must comply. The Muslims always use this story al-Mu’tasim, a call of a Muslim woman’s appeal in Jihad must be honored and in this case, the hot poker, but as we see the winner was burning inside a cage. Islam is a cage, whether the individual selects such a religion, imprisons and burns others, burn themselves, or burn eternally in hell, Muslims need to make a choice and the choice needs to be made now: convert to Christianity and avoid eternal hell fire.
(I’ll tell you this. This scare the hell out of me because I realize that we have not see the extent to the evil they want to bring down on their enemies. These people are not civilized and I have seen that some of the horrors of history seem to be with us again. People, someone tell our President, Americans and all other countries to stop turning a blind eye to what we may see in the very near future)
Listen to this Muslim with his prediction for Belgium. Note that he says there is no such thing as a “Democratic Muslim”. This is what I have said many times, the so called “peaceful Muslims” will easily accept Sharia law without lifting a hand against it. All Christians and Jews in the United States must be ready to bear arms against these people. Do not meekly follow the example of the Jews during the reign of Hitler. Governments must limit the immigration of Muslims into countries with Democratic rule. No neighborhood community should be allowed to practice Sharia law. Why is no one paying attention?
If we could convince the Chinese that Jihadists’ testicles are an aphrodisiac, in 10 years they could be extinct … “
Here is an interesting article. Emperor Obama in his quest to control everything is now taking over the internet. My God, what more damage will he accomplish before he is finally out of office?
by Richard Fernandez
February 23rd, 2015 – 7:36 pm
The permissionless Internet, which allows anyone to introduce a website, app or device without government review, ends this week. On Thursday the three Democrats among the five commissioners on the Federal Communications Commission will vote to regulate the Internet under rules written for monopoly utilities.
No one, including the bullied FCC chairman, Tom Wheeler, thought the agency would go this far. The big politicization came when President Obama in November demanded that the supposedly independent FCC apply the agency’s most extreme regulation to the Internet. A recent page-one Wall Street Journal story headlined “Net Neutrality: How White House Thwarted FCC Chief” documented “an unusual, secretive effort inside the White House . . . acting as a parallel version of the FCC itself.”…
The more than 300 pages of new regulations are secret, but Mr. Wheeler says they will subject the Internet to the key provisions of Title II of the Communications Act of 1934, under which the FCC oversaw Ma Bell.
The specifics of the grab don’t matter as much as the direction in which things must inevitably move. Regulation is an absorbing state like the Hotel California. You can try to check out any time you like, but once inside you can never really leave. Three hundred pages of regulation will become 301 … 302 … A new administration might slow down the rate of growth, but it can never reverse it.
The very success of the Internet doomed its independence. Like any rich, glittering center of wealth that springs up in the desert sands, it would inevitably be coveted by nearby chieftains. And if there’s anything this administration — and to a lesser extent any administration — hankers after it is power. So a-raiding they will go. So here is prince Barack, at the tech city gates, demanding the keys. Not that he will know what to do with it after obtaining them. But possession of the bauble is in the first instance enough.
There is the notion, often reticiently expressed but frequently glimpsed in news stories, that the key to the future World Order is information. Lawfare, the use of sanctions — in fact every application of ”smart” policy — implicitly depends on information dominance. Information is the key to the Western elite’s power. It is probably the administration’s idea that possession of tech will open the gates to this new World Order.
The “other side” — whatever you want to call them since they cannot be referred to as the ‘enemy’ know this too. They understand or guess that the world is dividing into wired and unwired spaces. Their basic strategy is to base themselves and expand in the ungoverned – and coincidentally the unwired — spaces of the world where they operate in conventional ways; with armies, trucks and outlandishly uniformed men. But in the wired West, their strategy is totally different to suit the conditions.
There Lawfare is waiting to defend the West with surveillance. Homeland Defense doesn’t really rely on screeners at airports or border crossings who are there only to impress the rubes. The real defense of the realm depends on ever increasing amounts of domestic monitoring. The cracked encryption on your SIM; the data retained on your ISP, the real-time machine monitoring of conversations, the proposed sharing of data collected by Silicon Valley these are all bricks in the wall that keep the Jihadis out. They are also bricks in the invisible prison that surrounds you. But a brick is a brick and the information sharing the president proposes will naturally enough be put under Homeland Security rather than the NSA.
The “other side” understands this and therefore employs “lone wolf” tactics against the West for two reasons. First, singletons are difficult even for the wired world to detect; and second, they encourage the metastatic growth of more wires to prevent the next attack. The joint product of political correctness, lawfare, surveillance and lone wolves is to essentially create fascism and discontent in the West. The president’s response to the lone wolf problem will essentially be to watch everybody. In that way nobody is profiled. Everyone is suspected equally. This suits the every players’ book. The El-Shabab threatens to attack the malls and Jeh Johnson gets a billion dollars more. What’s not to like?
This happy cycle can go on indefinitely until eventually the the world is divided into two distinct spaces: a West completely crisscrossed by a “free and open” Internet and Internet of Things governed by a man called Hussein and 8th century badlands governed by other men called Hussein. Welcome to the 21st century. So are we doomed? Probably. But critically not in the way you might think and perhaps more importantly, not in the way president Obama thinks.
The actual effect of government control is to institutionalize incompetence. The more Obama controls, the more he destroys. Take Obamacare. Hardly a day goes by when we don’t read that 80 million records have been stolen by Chinese hackers from Obamacare provider Anthem; or that Obamacare itself is sharing information with third party providers. Only the other day the public learned that 800,000 wrong tax forms were mailed to Obamacare policy holders because they used the wrong year in the computation; that after 3 years the backend isn’t finished.
And in other news let’s not forget that Snowden stole the crown jewels from the NSA. In fact, Glenn Greenwald was on hand to collect the Oscar given by Hollywood to the documentary depicting the theft.
The administration’s proposal has been called Obamacare for the Internet. What Obama’s Internet grab will do is activate the Law of Unintended consequences. The princes may be attracted to the glittering city in the sands but they don’t know a thing about running it. Never having governed before, they haven’t learned that the wires can strangle them also. Once they lose information — and cover it up in the habitual way — the loss can have deadly consequences. To see how this can happen, let’s take a trip back in time to 1920 and the review destruction of the Cairo Gang.
The Cairo Gang was a special British intelligence unit dispatched to Ireland to finish the IRA. ” Its members lived in boarding houses and hotels across Dublin, where they lived unobtrusively while preparing a hit list of known republicans. However, the IRA Intelligence Department (IRAID) was one step ahead of them and was receiving information from numerous well-placed sources, including Lily Merin, who was the confidential code clerk for British Army Intelligence Centre in Parkgate Street, and Sergeant Jerry Mannix, stationed in Donnybrook. Mannix provided the IRAID with a list of names and addresses for all the members of the Cairo Gang”.
This is a simple example of what it means to lose information. The IRA got inside the wires. The IRA hunters were themselves killed on “morning of 21 November 1920 by the IRA in a planned series of simultaneous early-morning strikes engineered by Michael Collins”. Now imagine if you will, some enemy power getting inside the ramshackle empire of Homeland Security and getting a list of all the people who really matter in American defense and doing a Michael Collins. Or think about a monumental takedown of a powergrid, or the compromise of a vital SCADA system.
Many of the administration’s supporters don’t understand that they are making themselves, not just others, vulnerable. Once you put the wires in the hands of Barack Obama, what could go wrong? Ambassador Stevens must have trusted the administration. Where is Stevens now?
In some ways, leaving the Internet alone has the same advantages as leaving all the P-40s at Pearl Harbor in their original revetments. Readers will recall that as a security measure against sabotage, military authorities ordered all the P-40s in Hawaii taken out of their shelters and parked in the center of the runways in order to better guard them. That was how the Japanese found them on December 7, 1941.
Will the administration give you a “freer and more open Internet” than you have now? Or more to the point, will giving it over to the feds enhance security? We are in all probability doomed by this move. The difference is we know it. The administration has not yet figured out that in incompetent hands even the finest weapon can be turned around to face its hapless wielder.
Need an identity on this man. He fainted in Johnny’s Store a few days ago and taken to ONA Hospital. They will not treat him until there is an identity and I guess someone that will indicate funds are available for his treatment. A cold blooded system they have here. Somehow they came up with a name Charles, wonder how that came about.
UPDATE - He has been identified as Charles Gray or Grey, not sure which spelling. The American Embassy is taking care of the body and notification of relatives if they can find the necessary information. He is American.
HE HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED AS CHARLES ALAN CRAIG, AND HAD BEEN STAYING AT 950 CONDOTEL. HE ONLY ARRIVED IN COUNTRY ON 20 FEB.
IT IS SUSPECTED THAT THE GANG OF KIDS THAT HAVE BEEN TERRORIZING EXPATS IN TOWN MAY BE BEHIND THIS “MURDER”. THIS IS NOT CONFIRMED, ONLY SUSPECTED AS THERE ARE NO WITNESSES. THE SIDE OF HIS SKULL WAS COLLAPSED IN.
This is a step in the right direction but I had to smile when I read Supt. Ugale’s statement that “he had heard of blackmail schemes similar to what happened to the Swedish tourist last Tuesday.” Actually I laughed out loud as this exact scheme has been going on for many years here in AC. This is very rare for these rascals in uniform to be caught, why? Because the victims are too terrified to report the incident to higher authorities. It is a lucrative money maker for the cops.
Ugale admitted that both Baking and Cabrera were being monitored amid reports they had been involved in various illegal activities that included selling of seized illegal drugs and even seized motor vehicles.
The CIDG report said that the two cops negotiated with the tourist, saying no complaint would be filed by the alleged mother against him if he would pay P500,000.
Smedger, however, sought the help at the CIDG office where agents laid out plans for a sting operation against the suspects who were caught red handed with some P280,000 of the second payment handed them by the tourist in his apartment last Tuesday.
Ugale said there had been raw reports on wrongdoings involving Baking and Cabrera, but no official complaint had ever been filed against them because both witnesses and victims were probably intimidated. “Now that we have a complainant, I am urging other victims to come out so cases against them would be solid.
I vow protection for the complainants and witnesses,”Ugale said. Ugale said
“I have warned all police station commanders against such schemes and I told them that those involved would have to face the full force of the law,” he added. The CIDG agents found in the possession of the two cops an M16 rifle, a .9 MM and .45 pistols, a .22 revolver, a bullet proof vest and a Toyota Innova car.
This, even as Ugale noted significant decrease in criminal cases in Angeles City since some 3,700 cops were deployed in the city and at Clark Freeport for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit.
The Avenue at the Lewis Grand Hotel is offering up a great Valentine’s Dinner in a wonderful romantic setting. Book early as this is a very popular restaurant.
Hi, my name is Aiza and I would like to welcome you to Harry’s Feb 2015 newsletter. I am 19 years old, from Bulacan.
Greetings ladies and gentlemen. This charming lady works at the Hang-out on Perimeter Road not too far from my Stable. As soon as I spotted Aiza I had to stop and take her picture and introduce her to all my readers. I thought she had a lovely face. All I can tell you is that she is a HS Graduate and if you want to know more you will have to visit the Hang-Out. I figure if you are living in a cold climate right now her face will warm you up a bit.
February is a great time to visit the Philippines. It is the last month before heading into the hot months. It is so pleasant in the day time and cool enough at night for many romantic nights, especially since it is the love month with Valentine’s and flower prices tripling in price. With the APEC attendees still here for the first week of Feb security is at its best. Even off base as the hotels on base could not handle everyone the Penthouse, Lewis Grand and even the Grandview hotels got some of the run off and we finally get to see some decent security in Angeles City. With the Mayor going all out to beautify and clean up AC if wonder how long the effort will last after the APEC is finished and all the VIPs leave. Should be interesting.
I thank all those who stop by to visit me as it is always a pleasure to greet those who take the time to read my words here. This month I get a bit further along in my “Golden Years” and Mrs Horse is after me to either quit writing or at least reduce the hours I spend on it. She does not want me to croak in front of a computer screen. Maybe I can work on a different format where I do not have a end of month deadline. Remember now, book your flight, get on over here, enjoy all the special Valentine dinners that will be served up at many different restaurants in town. There are a lot of “Valentine” ladies waiting for you.
Once again, let me remind you that it is Valentine’s day on Feb 14th. If you have not met that special lady yet then for sure you need to be here on that special day as the many restaurants in town will be going full out to provide that special meal for you. This is the day you may want to get engaged or married as then the date will be easier for you to remember. Remember, true love keep you together, at least until the divorce or as they say here in the Philippines, the “Annulment”.
DUE TO THE CONTROVERSY OCCURRING IN THE FOOTBALL COMMUNITY AT THIS TIME, A NAME CHANGE SHOULD BE MADE. I THINK IT WOULD BE APPROPRIATE TO RENAME THE SUPER BOWL TO A NEW ONE. SO BE IT FROM NOW LETS CALL IT THE “LOW PRESSURE BOWL”. J J. (Picture submitted by my Son in Arizona)
Hi Harry, I would like to ask you to put a note in the next newsletter or monthly round up. Air Asia has flights from Clark to Australia one day a week only. Change planes in KL but the luggage can be checked right through. Passenger stays in transit lounge. I myself will be using it next month. I will let you know what its like. I’m sure if its not patronized they will SHUT IT OFF AGAIN then back to bloody Manila.
The plane seems to leave on Fridays and leaves the Gold Coast on Sundays, it must link up with Sydney and Melbourne flights in KL. as when you click on Clark on the web site THAT’S the only place that plane goes. We have to use it or lose it. I just booked the wife through in July A$463 CLARK TO COOLANGATTA all in. Even with jumping all over, going to Manila for flights, flying two different airlines, that’s a good price. NO SPECIAL’s on that flight for the wife. That’s the base rate, may be cheaper with promos. All the best. Bruce SBMA (I never heard of Coolangatta so did a google search: Coolangatta is the southernmost suburb of Gold Coast City, Queensland, Australia. It is named after the schooner Coolangatta which was wrecked there in 1846. At the 2011 Australian Census the suburb recorded a population of 5,193. Wikipedia. Saw some pictures and it sure looked like a nice place to take a vacation. Beautiful beaches. I agree with Bruce, lets hope this is not another Airline that starts something good at the Clark Airport and then cancels after a couple of months)
Harry, I’ve started raising plants for aquariums because local stores did not carry any. In my travels I ran into a new shop,about 90%complete, that blew my mind. It is Pet More located across from Hyper Mart in the old Macro location in Dau,Mabalacat. While they did not have plants or animals for sale they had all the high end accessories. If anyone would like to view nice aquariums or purchase equipment they have some fine displays set up. Any pet lover could find top line supplies in a new clean store with easy parking. Amazing to find such an upscale business starting and adding to the diversity of our area. After living here for over 20 years I need more than the bar scene to keep my interest. John Casey. (Thanks for the tip John)
Harry, I thought I’d request a segment in your next newsletter or in the near future anyway. There are quite a few chaps like myself who want to live in the Phils full time but unfortunately still need money to live, so we have to keep our day jobs and settle for 2 or 3 trips per year there. I was thinking perhaps if you would suggest some types of businesses people like myself might invest in that are stable money makers. I know business is never an easy thing to do or get started but with you being there you are aware of the needs and wants of the locals as well as the expats and perhaps have some ideas of what could be a good idea for startups or perhaps you need capital yourself for a business opportunity. This might then give those of us wanting to live there full time a means to do so if we have something to generate even a modest income. Anyway, just a suggestion. I look forward to reading your next newsletter. Take care! Josh. (Gosh, I can’t count the times I have been asked this question and my advice never changes. Continue your job until you have saved enough to have a monthly income and a tidy sum in the bank to allow you to live here. But, since you would be coming here 2 or 3 times a year, on each trip you would have time to talk to many people that are living here and look at different areas of business opportunities. But, it can be a maze of problems and that is what you must be prepared for)
Hi Harry, Sorry I missed you as I did not travel up your way as planned. My original plan was to stay at the your La Casa Hotel Inn with my son, however that fell thru when my son saw Fields Avenue and wanted to stay close to the action. I apologize for not getting back to you to cancel out. I hiked up there but you were out, so I left two bottles of hot sauce for you. I remembered before I left the states that you collected these so I tried to find some that were obscure so that you wouldn’t have duplicates. The Marine Corps hot sauce is to commemorate my first enlistment in the armed forces. I would subsequently enlist in the Navy to be a hard hat diver and stayed on for 22 years. The second bottle is in honor of the “Political Rant” section of your blog.
I used to make that Fields – Perimeter hike on numerous occasions when I came up from Subic to party. I had some great times up there, but I’ve got to tell you that other than the road lay out, there was very little recognizable from the old Angeles to now. The clubs I remember on McArthur HWY(Silver Dollar, Earthquake McGoon, Iron Horse and others) are all gone and although Fields was there then it seemed different. The bars near the gate are now gone and replaced by the Lewis Grand Hotel and an Iglesia Ni Cristo cathedral. I ended my hike at the Oasis Hotel which looked like the original I stayed at 35 years ago. Is the reason for the lack of original structures being left from the Clark AF Base days because of the eruption of Pinatubo? That is my theory. I could be full of beans, Hope to see you on my next visit. Bob Stout. (Yes, Most of the old bars are gone as are the buildings. Pinatubo, of course, contributed but the bar scene has changed a great deal as well. New owners, new policies, bigger and grander and no longer just bars but night clubs with hundreds of girls instead of just 10 or fifteen. You will have to write and tell me of your son’s impressions. Did he fall in love right away? I am sure he had a good time)
Dear Harry, For more than 10 years, I have read your informative newsletter. When I know first timers going to Angeles City, I have suggested that they read your advice. I also made a map of the Blue Boar Inn from Dau Bus Station. This was for the Americans, if they got questions or problems. Many years ago, I met you and you were friendly and informative. You have been spot on with your advice in person and in writing.
I know that there are so called rescue attempts at the bars. These guys don’t do any favors for the poor women. They work at the bars because it’s survival. These guys swoop in and make a splash, then disappear. Those guys are terrible.
In 1993, I worked with a church group , that DIDN’T preach to them or “rescue” them. We saw them in clubs and gave them reproductive health devices to protect against AIDS and HIV.
In the case of Arthur Benjamin, I am NOT a big supporter. I have seen the ABC News Nightline Video more than 6 times. I listened to his bragging to the foreigners. I listened to what he said to those undercover officials. It wasn’t pretty. What he said was at times gross.
I know that the Philippines Justice System is warped. As an American and long time Philippines Permanent Resident, I know the cards against foreigners in the so called Philippines Justice System. They are quick to nail one of us and slow to give us justice, like the George Anikow Case. In 1998, I know it personally that some influential Filipinos had my bona fide case ditched. They were embarrassed that an American could make a persuasive case. It would have been a loss of HIYA for these clowns.
As a 2 war (Gulf War 1991 and Iraq War 2003-2005) veteran, I am appreciative of your information for us. I will try to return to the VFW Post near you! Hopefully, you and your family had a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Very Respectfully, Matthew A. (Thank you Matthew. It is true that Benjamin does not have much support but I try to keep people updated on his status and will do so as long as he keeps me posted. It is a lesson to others and it also shows how slow the justice system here is and quite often, not very fair)
Hello Harry, For many years I’ve read and look forward to your monthly Newsletters, which provides a wealth of information on Angeles City and life in the Philippines. Thank you very much for all the time & effort you’ve put into sharing pertinent information to your readers new and old. Two important topics I’ll like to share with you and your readers. First check out the Philippine Bureau of Immigration (PBI) website. http://www.immigration.gov.ph/
PBI is on a “Campaign” advertised on their website and with large posters at their Regional offices that read: “Report illegal aliens and be a part of our campaign: GOOD GUYS IN BAD GUYS OUT. P2000 monetary incentive will be given to the informant upon successful apprehension of overstaying aliens.”
In my opinion this proves the PBI is as corrupt & greedy as the notorious Filipinos at the PNP, CIDG, NBI, BOC, BOP, etc., who want to make quick and easy money exploiting and extorting as much as possible from Foreigners. I’m certain the 2000 peso incentive reward paid to informants will be recouped by the PBI at least 10 fold with the penalties, fines, various fees, including the stupid “Express lane fee”, plus additional consideration fees PBI personnel will require the “BAD GUY” Foreigner to pay for “Overstaying”.
PBI labels an alien overstaying as a “BAD GUY” who must be targeted as you can clearly see on the BI website and poster that the letter “O” in the word “Out” in their campaign slogan “GOOD GUYS IN BAD GUYS OUT” the “O” is the shape of a Big target, which Foreigners are – Big Targets.
Every month foreigners must pay the PBI thousands of pesos to stay in the Philippines, in fact the PBI in 2013 generated its highest annual income in history since it’s creation in 1940, posting nearly 3 billion pesos in 2013. Foreigners be wary, keep everything legal and don’t give these greedy turds a reason to get any more of our hard earned money than absolutely necessary. Eric Z. (Eric, this one is easy. Do not let your visa expire. Too many visitors here forget to renew it or just ignore it and end up in trouble. There are plenty of locals who will turn someone in for P2,000)
“DEATH ABROAD” – I just came back, from A.C. Philippines , a situation arose which i like to share about a hospital in AC that does not practice international laws – no surprise there. After, the Billing Dept. had received 75% on their questionable bill $7,000 was received, “Death Abroad” was still not called (three days later) or a copy of the death cert. would not be given to me ( or a lawyer). A Miss Flor , told the lawyer, we will release the body, but No Death cert. (I call this a ransom hold). I told Miss Flor, i need to report to the Embassy, for proof of death abroad, which is a international law.. Miss Flor in the billing dept, quoted to me…”We do not practice international Laws.” (like, Filipino and China ships out in the sea, just throw up their hands and say, “we don’t practice that”, like that… I ask). Now the only way, a decease body can be pick up from a hospital, at that time, you have to have a death certificate.[ Not Even, Reporting } " Death Aboard" to the Embassy, After the fact…. After I had made, 5 phone calls, Respectable Positions and 4 days of traveling to talk to the only people , that may give me the S.O.P answers and to make this situation to move, forward ….The money for this hospital bill was raised out of the kindness of friends. I Know, That I can go straight into the courts in a Third world country and sign for the "Holding a Death Certificate" Over my head for Ransom, before they release the body for transfer in a natural way …. for what ever form they may have to complain…. Would only put me on their blacklist. And i understand that we all need to pay our own responsibilities. (This was a friend) Really not my responsibility to pay the hospital. (Is there a compliance book to follow in a private business)…maybe on reporting death abroad. In less than 24 hours….I Received a text from the hospital, and was ask to pay cash for any meds that were needed because they .....closed the billing account. .....so now they need cash,...(Tactics) - I had given them... $1,000 us (40,000p) that morning. They did this a few times, or stop giving meds, til you pay. And of coarse they will tell you they do not do this. (Im not much on liars).So, if you are receiving a gov. check….. then the Embassy will retrieve a body…… oh, if that is reported. And no burial on Clark base, for the last two years,…I Hope the other foreigners body in the same hospital morgue, was reported. (was told he had been there for a week) Jo Ann Keesey. (Jo Ann, I found your statement to be a bit difficult to read. I guess you are talking about an expat that died here in AC while in hospital and that he was a US veteran. You did not mention the hospital which would help if you did. The holding of a body until all bills are paid is common here but I do not know why they would hold back the death certificate. Yes, one must have some type of insurance or the cash to pay hospital bills and for medicine. I have mentioned this many times over the years and it is one of the draw backs one experiences when living here. It is a shame. Burials at Clark have commenced again. If you can provide a few more facts I can write up a better, factual warning) Note: Jo Ann responded but the only additional information she provided was that the hospital was Angeles University Foundation (AUF) Hospital. She also wrote that she would write more but failed to do so. Those of us living here know what it is like with the local hospitals and that insurance and/or cash counts to get anything done. I do not know the name of the deceased she was referring to but it appears that she really ended up having a hard time performing a very stressful mission to help that friend)
Hi Harry, I have been living in angeles now for 5 months and up to yesterday all was ok until 4pm Saturday, my fiancée and I was inside fresh options near johnnys supermarket and when we left and only walked 10 meters we were approached by at least 7 boys ages from 12 to 15 all had their hair tinted with a orangey /red colour. They were walking behind us and somehow a cap/hat landed on my shoulder I took it and dropped it on the so called footpath, seconds later the boys while we were walking surrounded us asking for money, we tried to keep walking but they were blocking our way and again the same cap landed on my head I took it and threw it away, the boys were persistant when I did not give money but we were surrounded by a pack of dogs/ them, 1 boy came close to me and as we were still walking I bumped him away I turned to all of them and told them to piss off, luckily there was a tricycle only 5 mtrs from us so we took that to escape. My friend who is well known here in Angeles told me that recently this same gang approached a Korean on perimeter road and the Korean punched one of the boys and then the boys called the authorities. The result was that the Korean had to pay P50,000, of that 10k went to the boys. This is not good, what chance do expats have when we don’t have a leg to stand on? its standard tactics, criminal, and unjust , something needs to be done. Brent H. (I have received many complaints about these young hoodlums who attack foreigners without any fear of being caught or punished. I have written to Barangay Capt Mamac about it and you will see one of his two answers to me later in the column)
Hi Harry been reading your column for last few years a good read and very informative to people wishing to visit there.i have been coming to AC for last 6 years met my wife in a bar there luckily she was new in the bar .not a seasoned veteran, have been happily married in Australia since, gave her a job with me .and she is very happy , we come back usually twice a year as her family resides there, just wanted to share something with any man wanting a flipina for a wife. you can find one in a bar .just make sure u do your research on her, take her away from the bar for few days . Take her to Subic , make sure she has not been married before if u intend on bringing her to your country as I know they have no divorce in Philippines only annulment and I know that can be a costly and time factor considered also. Could take years , luckily my girl never married before so her visa only took a few months. Another thing which I call “try before u buy” is if you’re able to is to first bring her on a tourist visa first, usually 3 month visa . Live with her to see how she likes being with you and see how you get along together away from her usual surroundings. if all is sweet, make your commitment with her on a fiancee visa ..that’s about it take care Harry . Regards Paul Jones ! Paul, you must be a Navy man using that last name as an alias. Clever.
Happy New Year! Harry, after 2 years I have just returned from my trip to PH. I was concerned after all the problems posted everywhere that things would be difficult. Not so, sadly my “girlfriend” finally had to come clean and after 5 years we are no more. I found that the bars have not changed at all. And I am once again in love with PH. Of course, I don’t live there and I don’t have to put up with their fiddling system. I am happy I returned as I don’t know of any better women on the planet today. Kelly P. (Kelly, oh well, for 5 years you had a good run. Now, be free and find another one, or two. I am sure there are equal women elsewhere but why bother looking. Did you see the Miss Universe PH contestant? I rest my case)
Good day to you Sir. I would like to introduce myself. I am Ganie Poras female, 24 years old 5’0 tall and a single mother. I am living in Surigao Island and I am a highschool graduate.
As I am searching and looking for a job I came across your website and read a bit about what you do, and I see that you have been helping women so I thought that I would email you that maybe you could help me or know anyone looking for a housemaid, waitress in a hotel bar & restaurant, hotel attendant, cleaners, etc.
I have experience as a housemaid and as a waitress in a small restaurant. I am a hard working woman and willing to work full time. I prefer 7 to 10 thousand a month or more with free accomodation, food and free fares from Surigao-manila or Am i asking to much? I hope that you could help me and hear from you. Thanks for your time. I will attach photos of myself. <firstname.lastname@example.org> (Good luck Ganie, this is the best I can do for you)
Just in case you had nothing to worry about – read this!
If your grandchildren are Brats without manners, You blame television.
If your friend is shot by a Deranged madman, You blame the gun manufacturer
I must have lived too long to Understand the world As it is anymore.
(Actually, blame me for not listening to my wife who wants me to quit and enjoy the years I have left. But this month, when I greet my 77th year I must say it would be hard to stop that which I love doing. But I must admit I can’t get out and walk the streets like I used to. I will be making changes)
A comment submitted by a local Expat, Dennis W. ”Hamburgers or Minimum Wage? For those fast food employees striking for $15 an hour, let’s do some math. At $15 an hour Johnny Fry-Boy would make $31,200 annually. An E1 (Private) in the military makes $18,378. An E5 (Sergeant) with 8 years of service only makes $35,067 annually.So you’re telling me, Sally McBurgerflipper, that you deserve as much as those kids getting shot at, deploying for months in hostile environments, and putting their collective asses on the line every day protecting your unskilled butt!?Here’s the deal, Baconator, you are working in a job designed for a kid in high school who is learning how to work and earning enough for gas, and hanging out with their equally goofy high school pals. If you have chosen this as your life long profession, you have failed. If you don’t want minimum wage, don’t have minimum skills. (I guess there are a lot of pros and cons on this subject)
What a waste of the Pope’s message. – January 25.
By and large, the Filipino public comported itself well during Pope Francis’ visit, enduring long hours of waiting behind barriers and exercising discipline in not breaching those barriers in the excitement of seeing him in the flesh.
Indeed, Filipinos gave the Pope the warmest welcome possible. The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority estimated the attendance at the Jan. 18 papal Mass in Rizal Park in Manila as at least six million, and the Vatican affirmed that it was the largest such gathering ever. It would not be unreasonable to claim that public discipline contributed much to the Pope’s successful visit to the Philippines.
But for one major thing: Those “disciplined” throngs also passionately left mountains of garbage. According to the MMDA, 138 metric tons of trash–or the equivalent of 23 truckloads–were collected from the cities of Manila and Pasay, including the routes taken by the Pope’s convoy during the four-day visit. It said 10 truckloads of trash were collected from Rizal Park alone after the Sunday Mass. The detritus included empty plastic water bottles, Styrofoam containers, barbecue sticks, candy wrappers–even discarded liturgical missalettes!
This is particularly discouraging considering how diligently the public and private sectors, as well as the Church, had called on the faithful to take to heart the theme of the Pope’s visit—“mercy and compassion,” not only for their fellow men but also for the planet Earth. Thousands of ecology volunteers had actually been deployed to make sure that the streets were litter-free before, during and after the Mass. This is a pope, after all, who has been outspoken in his advocacy for environment protection.
The EcoWaste Coalition’s Aileen Lucero deplored the mess left behind and said Rizal Park was “turned into an unsightly garden with trash strewn all over the area.” She expressed sadness “to see such a low regard for the environment at a Holy Mass officiated by Pope Francis, the ‘green pope,’ and participated in by millions of Filipinos led by President Aquino” who, ironically, had earlier “proclaimed the month of January as the first-ever ‘Zero Waste Month.’”
Think that’s bad? Manila City Hall’s Department of Public Service head Belle Borromeo said its workers collected a mind-boggling 1,133 tons of trash from the sites of papal events and the roads taken by the convoy. “We followed the usual protocol,” MMDA Metro Parkway Cleaning Group head Francis Martinez said. “As soon as the events were done, we sent dump trucks and sweepers to the area to begin the clearing operations.”
There’s an apparent cognitive dissonance between Filipinos’ religious devotion and the necessity of protecting the environment. Whenever Filipinos gather in large numbers to worship, mountains of trash appear, requiring an army of sweepers to clean up after them. In the week before the papal visit, 400 tons of rubbish were collected in the wake of the annual procession of the Black Nazarene in Quiapo. The EcoWaste Coalition’s Tin Vergara said she and her colleagues had hoped that the papal Mass in Rizal Park “would not be blighted by the garbage that we saw in the event [in Quiapo]. No such luck. The sweepers and garbage collectors cleaned the streets after the Black Nazarene parade, only to have to return and clean these again the week after.”
This is a crying shame. What would the pope of the environment, the same one who exhorts the faithful worldwide to be devoted stewards of God’s creation, say? There’s so much to work on in mass gatherings that purport to elevate the spirit. Surely one can display fervour and devotion and at the same time take responsibility for one’s litter. The question is so simple that it becomes a point of outrage: Why should one feel entitled to make a mess and then have others clean it up?
Current discussions involve how the Filipino faithful have been changed by Pope Francis’ visit. Have they become, or are they becoming, better Christians and better guardians of the planet? The silence deafens. From Philippine Inquirer. (I do not understand why this writer was concerned about the garbage or why it was there. I wonder if he has been to the cemeteries on All Saints Day when the people paying their respect to the dead forget about respecting the living, the people who have to clean up the garbage they leave behind? Doesn’t he see the dirty streets and sidewalks in various sections of Manila? Doesn’t he see the garbage dumped in empty lots and rivers? This is not something new. It is part of what they do here and in other countries. Where are garbage receptacles? They are not around because people will steal them. There is no discipline when it comes to garbage dumping. Why is it that one can go to Davao, Vigan and many other Provinces, Cities and see cleanliness? They have strong leaders and laws are enforced. The people have pride and respect for the environment. Far too many do not so it will not change any time too soon, just hire more sweepers and live with it – Maybe there should be a volunteer program where schools provide students assist to clean up after such big events so they will experience and learn for the future)
Hot Air balloon Festival at Clark 12 to 15 Feb.
A BRITISH WARNING
THE United Kingdom Foreign and Commonwealth Office updated its travel advisory to the Philippines because of its “high level of violent crime” and “high incidence of street crime and robbery” after a Briton was robbed and shot by a taxi driver and other criminal incidents.
“There’s a high level of violent crime, including gun crime. Although British nationals are not normally targeted, they have been caught up in some incidents,” the UK foreign office said the advisory posted on its website.
The latest incident happened before the arrival of Pope Francis last week and involved a 51-year-old British woman who was robbed in the taxi on her way from Burgos Street in Makati to Malate, Manila and was shot in the face when she resisted. “There is a high incidence of street crime and robbery,” the advisory said. “Only use taxis from a reputable company. Some taxi drivers and their accomplices have robbed and harmed passengers.” “Be particularly vigilant when traveling on public transport. Armed hold-ups have occurred on ‘jeepneys’ and buses. In some cases these have resulted in fatalities,” the advisory said.
The travel advisory also urged Britons to “avoid travel to remote areas and always leave travel plans with friends, colleagues or relatives” and scored the low safety standards on taxis, buses and boats, noting that there have been two bus crashes that caused multiple fatalities or injuries. “Avoid travel on ferries if possible. Ferries are often overloaded, lack necessary lifesaving equipment, are not adequately maintained and have incomplete passenger manifests,” the advisory said. It noted that “major accidents, which involved ferries, and resulted in large loss of life occurred in 2008 and 2009. Two large ferries sunk in 2013, the most recent off the coast of Cebu City in August 2013.”
The UK is the third nation to issue an adverse travel advisory on the Philippines, after China and Korea. China, with whom the Philippines has a simmering maritime dispute, has even called the Philippines “quasi-rogue” state that cannot guarantee of the safety of foreign nationals. In its English-language Global Times, Beijing criticized Philippines for “poor social governance, an anti-China sentiment and a Western-style democratic system where nationalism can foment wantonly make the Philippines a quasi-rogue state.”
But even without the color of international politics, the Philippine National Police admitted that 18 Chinese citizens so far died in separate incidents in the Philippines. Beijing said four died in accidents while the remaining 14 were killed in separate kidnapping and murder incidents. In the past, Chinese officials recorded an average six to seven deaths per year.
Even Korea, with which the country has very cordial relations, has expressed alarm at the increasing number of crimes against Koreans in the country. Last August, Korean Ambassador Kyuk Lee wrote the Philippine National Police to urge law enforcement agencies to curb criminality to encourage more Korean investments in the country. “The rising incidence of crimes committed against Koreas while in the Philippines either on vacation or on business is a trend that has alarmed the Embassy of the Republic of Korea,” Lee said. Lee said while Korean businessmen expressed desire to continue to pour in investments in the Philippines, “it is feared that if crimes against innocent Koreans persist, businessmen will avoid the Philippines and seek safer places for doing business.” Lee also stressed that specific measures should be adopted by the law enforcement agencies to prevent motor vehicles, taxi cabs in particular, from being used as means to commit crimes, or from being targeted for kidnapping or car theft by organized criminal syndicates. “Such preemptive actions would allay the anxiety of Koreans, who have been coming to the Philippines in greater numbers either as tourist or as investors,” he said.
SAFER IN ANGELES CITY (Until the APEC is over?)
ANGELES CITY — Local and foreign tourists will now be guaranteed of a safer visit to the city’s top tourist destinations as 40 policemen of the Angeles City Police Office (ACPO) will be doing double-duty of securing and promoting renowned tourist spots here. The ACPO has joined forces with the Department of Tourism Region 3 (DOT-3) in launching the first ever tourism police unit (TPU) in Central Luzon.
DOT-3 regional director Ronnie Tiotuico said the launching of the Angeles City tourism is part of the government’s project dubbed “Tourist-Oriented Police for Community Order and Protection” or TOPCOP program, which is based on a memorandum of agreement between the DOT and Philippine National Police (PNP).
Republic Act 9593 or the Tourism Act of 2009 stipulated the establishment of a tourism security force within the PNP “to assist in maintaining peace and order in areas with high tourism traffic.” The TOPCOP program provided continuing training the for city tourism police, including tourism awareness seminars, hosting seminars, cultural sensitivity seminar, emergency response and lifesaving, crisis management, community-based guiding, foreign language, and familiarization tours.
“This is a project of DOT all over the country, particularly in places or towns and cities where tourism is quite significant. We conduct training on becoming tourist friendly, even responding to emergency situations. Once passed, police attendees are given certificates of completion with uniform (blue T-shirt) for easy identification,” Tiotuico told Sun.Star Pampanga. He added that the tourist police were given special workshops and training to develop their cultural, interpersonal, and communication skills.
“Our seminars are coordinated with the PNP headquarters. The purpose is to ensure the safety and security of tourists, especially foreign,” he explained. He also described the inauguration of the TPU as a “milestone” in the history of Angeles City.
ACPO Director Eden Ugale, meanwhile, explained that the project will not only increase police visibility in the tourist areas but also enhance the security investigations and follow-up operations on crimes committed against tourists in the city. “This was actually necessary because of the massive influx of tourists in the city. As one of the centers of tourism in the region, the city is also very vulnerable to criminals who take advantage of the domestic and foreign tourists,” shared Ugale, who concurrently heads the tourism police.
Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan, Councilor Maricel Morales, and Tourism Officer Dr. Richard Daenos also attended the event to turn over the uniforms of the newly launched TPU. Pamintuan positively noted that the launching of the TPU is very timely given that the city “has become one of the top tourist destinations in the region and the country.”
Angeles City is famous for its historical landmarks and marvelous tourist attractions such the Holy Rosary Parish Church, Museo Ning Angeles, and Bayanihan Park.
(I guess many people have forgotten the Tourist Police that was started by the Angeles City Tourism Association (ACTA) that started with a few Few Filipino’ s but over a few years grew into a very effective force. In fact the running of it was transferred to the PNP. This is when we had a bicycle patrol, vehicles and even had CCTV cameras stalled in a number of locations on Fields Ave with the monitoring system in the ACTA office on Fields Ave. It stopped when funds were no longer available and the ACTA was disbanded. For a number of years I have brought up to various police officials here that there has been a PNP Tourist Police office in Barrio Barretto and suggested we have a copy of it here. Now, all of a sudden, finally, we have a TOPCAT program. Wonderful but what took so long? I guess we had to wait until a number of foreigners were killed, youth gangs ganging up on individual foreigners to rob and beat them, motorcycle riding robbers and killers. Before, the excuse was lack of budget but now it looks like this new program will be budgeted properly. Lets see how it works, especially after the conclusion of the APEC and the Delegates depart – I have to mention that none of the Tourist Police organizations I mentioned were trained by the Dept of Tourism (DOT)
this a first and should be a big positive)
TOURIST OF THE MONTH
Meet future resident of AC, Steve Hughes, 42 years old, recently retired from the US Army. He is from a small city in Missouri named Flurissant, which borders on the recently famous city of Ferguson, Mo. Steve met his special lady through the internet and after a reasonable amount time getting to know each other they have decided to get engaged. They are currently working on a fiance visa and when the dust settles Steve will return to AC to live here permanently. His special lady is 21 years old and has a good job on Clark. When I met Steve at my stable he was researching the ins and outs of living here and learning what to expect. He was also looking for a place to rent in which his fiance would feel comfortable and safe while he was back in the US continuing to complete the paperwork for his fiance to join him. He was a fine gentleman to talk to and I hope all goes well with his marriage plans and that one day in the near future he will be living here and we can continue our conversations and a new friendship will come about. He has a lot to learn about the Philippines and the culture and he is going about his research in the right way. Good luck Steve.
10 Jan 2015 – Angeles second highest in HIV cases
ANGELES CITY — Angeles City ranks second in terms of the increase in the number of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) infection diagnoses, said the AIDS-Free Philippines (AFP) based on the recent study of Human Life International.
AFP national director and Human Life International president Dr. Rene Josef Bullecer revealed that the number of people infected with HIV/AIDS in the Philippines grew at an average of 87 percent from 2008 to November 2014 (I find this hard to believe. If it is so then I suspect that it would be attributable to the local gentlemen taking out untested ladies)
LEWIS GRAND MENU LAUNCHING
This is the first time I have seen or at least attended such an event. It was announced that the Lewis Grand’s Avenue bar and restaurant was introducing a new menu created by Chef Oliver Dizon and Jonard who is the overall manager of the Food and Beverage department. The actual idea for the event was Alvin, one of the owners of the Lewis Grand. My invitation to attend came from the hard working General Manager “James”. The event was held on the evening of 23 January. The event was scheduled to start at 6 PM and the wife and I arrived at 6:45 PM, not knowing what to expect. We were led to a table near the bar and told that the appetizers were available at a nearby display that featured the largest selection of appetizers available at one time that I had ever seen. There were three layers of delectable choices and they were going fast. I thought of writing down the names of each one but there were too many. Not know what to expect later in the evening we sampled quite of few of the offerings but, fortunately we did not go back for seconds. Wine, beer and local drinks were available as well as a delicious lemonade type drink. On the table next to each plate was a list of 14 items from the new menu. I had a scoring from 1 to 5 for each item. It finally dawned on me that we were going to sample each item and affix a score. This procedure did not start until everyone had consumed most of the appetizers. General Manager James joined us later in the evening shortly after the sampling had started. Each item was served one at a time and each item was freshly cooked. The teamwork was absolutely fantastic with the kitchen staff and the waitresses working in a continuous flow cooking, serving, removing plates, keeping the drinks flowing and supervisors keeping a close eye on everything. It was amazing, very impressive.
I now fully realized what was happening. I did not expect so much food. Yes, each item was a small offering but enough to allow one to get the flavor of each sample. If you only had 3 or 4 items one, after the appetizers would already feel a bit full. Imagine 10 more to go. There were many who gave up as the evening progressed. I was nearly one of them as I was full and it was late into the evening. When my wife and I finally consumed sampling #14 at 11 PM we were stuffed and happy to put our forks down. To our shock, a few minutes later we were served 4 deserts that were obscenely delicious. They were so damn good but we could only take a few bites of each one. The cake finished me off. It was one hell of a feast and I was introduced to food I had never eaten before. I will take the time to list them here:
1. Pepper crusted Ahi tuna salad, 2. Spice-rubbed shrimp salad, 3. Jerk chicken salad, 4. Spicy Ahi tuna Bruschetta, 5. Cold cuts and cheese platter, 6. Beer-steamed mussels, 7. Baked Brie, 8. Steak Panzanella skewers, 9. Oyster Ceviche, 10. Baked Oyster, 11. Blue Cheese Oyster, 12. Crispy Salmon, 13. Pan seared Lapu-Lapu and finally, 14. Beef Wellington.
The only item I did not like at all was the Blue Cheese Oyster but that is only because I do not like Blue Cheese. Cheese lovers would like it a lot. I have never been exposed to this type of cooking before. All I can tell you is that the blending of flavors and presentation was fantastic. We departed at 11:30 PM so stuffed we could hardly move and I skipped breakfast and lunch the next day. I think this type of introduction to a new menu is a first for Angeles City and definitely a first for me. Chef Oliver prepares his food using fresh items from the various markets that he personally shops for. His dedication and professionalism creates food that will bring thousands of diners to the lewis Grand’s Avenue Restaurant, just in time for the APEC delegates.
For a bit more information about how the food is prepared I suggest you check out this you Tube Video.
I WOULD IF I COULD
Now here is a young lady that is cute, energetic, personable and a good age of 30 years old. She is working at my favorite watering hole, the Thi-Hi, where Senior Citizens are welcome along with the young whipper snappers. They even have oxygen in the back for emergencies. It ain’t fancy but everyone is so nice you just want to keep going back. Hey, the music is not too loud either. But, I am supposed to be telling you about Anita. Yeah, she has a 5 year old boy and of course the father went on to greener fields, probably looking for an 18 year old gal in the Province. That sure is a common enough story. Heck, that might be a good break for Anita. She might meet that special guy who will bring a lot of happiness into her life. Dreaming is good and by golly, a lot of these gals do find that dream come true. She told me she would love to travel abroad and cook for her special man. She did finish high school and that is good enough for most people. She does have a Facebook account email@example.com. I might have messed that up because I still do not understand face book that much. Anyway, give it a try, if it doesn’t work just go on by the Thi-Hi and say hello. If Anita isn’t there, well, you know what to do.
CLARK FREEPORT — Clark International Airport (CRK) officials have recorded a decrease in the number passengers using the airport in 2013 and 2014 following the pull out of two airlines from the airport. In 2012, the Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) stated that the passenger volume reached 1.3 million. But in 2013, the same year when The Emirates Airline and Philippines AirAsia suspended their operations in Clark, the number of passengers plying the airport was pegged at only 1.2 million. Last year, the volume of passengers declined to only 877,757, it was learned.
Businessman Ruperto Cruz, head of the Pinoy Gumising Ka Movement (PGKM), blamed the government for the pull out of the two airlines. He said this supported the suspicion of the Kapampangans and the people of Central Luzon that there is an alleged conspiracy between the taipans in Manila and government officials to prevent the full development of Clark airport. Cruz said the decrease in the number of passengers at the Clark airport has greatly affected business in surrounding communities in Angeles City and Mabalacat City. He said that the occupancy rate of hotels in Angeles City decreased by more than 50 percent. He also urged local government officials to take a stand on the issue and compel the national leaders to fully develop CRK as a premier international gateway. Many hotels will “close shop” if this trend on Clark passengers volume continues, according to Cruz.
Cruz earlier urged the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) to scrap the plan to construct a new international airport at Sangley Point in Cavite province. He said that instead of construction a new airport, the DOTC should develop the existing airports in Clark and Lipa City in Batangas province. ”Instead of spending P460 billion for a new airport, the DOTC should develop Clark and Lipa to save billions of tax payers’ money,” Cruz said.
(This is the reason no one is sure what the hell is going on with the Clark International Airport (CIA)! There were recent articles in the newspapers about building an Airport in Cavite to ease the load in NAIA. Whether this happens or not is irrelevant at this stage, what is serious is it causes so many investors in the local area to lose confidence in the build up of the CIA. The Philippine Government is not doing anything to make a decisive decision on the CIA. One day you read of a super terminal going to be built at the CIA and then you read of Sangley Point. One day you read of a train line being built from Manila to AC and then nothing. The CIA people can’t even keep an Airline flying from Clark to Bangkok anymore. Roberto Cruz is so very RIGHT!)
MT. CARMEL HOSPITAL CLARK
The official name is Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Medical Center Clark Branch. It is located on Ninoy Aquino Avenue, Clark Special Economic Zone, Clarkfield, Pampanga. It is not to be mixed up with the Medical City Hospital due to open in the Global City Complex. I heard about this hospital from an Expat who was treated there and he thought it was terrific.
When I visited I had access to the building in which only 5 rooms were available for patients and each one was occupied. The rates for the rooms were from P1,000 to P1,500 pesos a day. This was a one story building that will soon be used for the hospital administrative offices. If you look at the picture you will see that a new multi-floor extension is being constructed. This is exciting and something to look forward to. Actually, this whole hospital is a branch of the main Mt. Carmel hospital in San Fernando. The extension, when completed, will have 80 to 100 rooms and will be a full service hospital. Guess what, they will have one whole floor devoted to a Wellness Center and Physical Therapy. This is something I will be looking forward to. A ambulance service will be available as well.
There is one sad note for American veterans using the Tri-Care Demo program, this hospital will NOT accept Tri-Care at all. When talking to the Arlene, the OIC of nursing services she told me that the reason is that the doctors are not being paid. Just like Sacred Heart who dropped out of the program for the same reason. Regardless, it is wonderful to see such a fine medical facility being added to this area. It will be a big benefit to so many people.
PEMBERTON MURDER CASE: IT’S MURDER!
Not too long ago this article in the Philippine Daily Inquirer would have been front page news but now, on 29 July, it was on page 16 in the “Across the Nation” section:
The Department of Justice (DOJ) yesterday upheld the decision of the Olongapo City Prosecutor’s Office that found probable cause to indict American Marine Pfc. Joseph Scott Pemberton for the murder of transgender woman Jeffrey “Jennifer” Laude.
“After a judicious scrutiny of the evidence on record, we find no reason to alter, modify or reverse the resolution of the city prosecutor of Olongapo,” the DOJ said in a 12-page resolution signed by Justice Undersecretary Jose Vicente Salazar denying the petition for review filed by Pemberton.
The DOJ supported the panel of prosecutors’ findings that all the elements of murder existed in the case and were enough bases to charge Pemberton.
“A finding of probable cause needs only to rest on evidence showing that, more likely than not, a crime has been committed and that it was committed by the accused. In this case, the evidence presented has sufficiently established that the respondent is probably guilty of the crime of murder and should be held for trial,” the resolution said.
Lawyer Harry Roque, counsel of the Laude family, described the dismissal of Pemberton’s petition as “very good news.”
“The nation deserves to know the truth, while the victim deserves justice,” Roque said.
Asked about the possibility of Pemberton elevating the DOJ decision to the Office of the President, Roque said Pemberton might do this but the Laude camp would oppose it.
Laude was found dead on Oct. 11, 2014, in an Olongapo hotel where she and Pemberton checked in. The Olongapo prosecutor filed the murder charge against Pemberton on Dec. 15 last year, but Pemberton filed a petition for review.
The DOJ said pieces of evidence presented by the investigators “lead to no other conclusion than that respondent Pemberton was the perpetrator of the crime.”
Among these are closed-circuit television footage from the club showing Laude and Pemberton leaving the place, testimonies of witnesses who identified Pemberton as the last person seen with Laude, Pemberton’s prints found on a condom and testimonies of other US Marines who were with Pemberton on the night of Laude’s killing. The DOJ also noted evidence showing Laude was choked from behind, which indicated treachery. Another element of murder, cruelty, was also shown by autopsy results showing that while Laude was still breathing, Pemberton drowned her by forcing Laude’s head into a toilet bowl.
The DOJ dismissed Pemberton’s claim that he was not given the opportunity to dispute the evidence against him. It said Pemberton, “for reasons known only to him, failed to file his counter affidavit and chose to file several dilatory motions.”
I WILL NOW PRESENT AN OPINION from a Blog site that I will identify at the end. This was sent to me by a reader of this column. I add it only because I have heard opinions from others that believe Pemberton is innocent and state why.
“I have said nothing until now about this matter. I don’t want to be involved, after all who would want to get anywhere near the fucked up legal system in the Failopinnes.
Set the scene.
The Lauds live near us in Barrio Barretto, Our family and friends families have Baklas and know this Jeffry well and associate with him. I knew personally two women with him on that night, not baklas, who were interviewed by Police. Within 24 hours we heard he didn’t do it, this from the family, and the local baklas. Before the Fucking Lawyers arrived.
Every time Jennifer went out he always had a lot of money on him. He was a big shot in the scene at the bars in Olongapo. This was his forth booking for the night. with Pemberton. (no dispute he left the disco with Laude). The witness in protection of the lawyers Barbi was Laudes regular JEALOUS companion as he didn’t have a Foreign Boyfriend. Barbis Filipino boyfriend worked at the Hotel where Laude was found.
Barbi wants protective custody??? Why, is Pemberton gunna hunt him down.!!!!!!!!!!!!
Barbi wants protection from the Filipinos in Olongapo, who are hunting him and the missing boyfriend down.!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Where was the money that Laude had when he left the house 50,000p actually, sighted by someone I trust. where is the money from the other three dates/bookings that he had before Pemberton arrived on the scene.?????????? MISSING. Where is Barbis Filipino boyfriend – also MISSING!
I doubt a trained marine needed to Strangle someone, that takes someone with less skill. How much money did Pemberton have on him when arrested??
I have actually heard the local politicians laugh about this matter.
I have also heard about 5 Billy Boys were killed last year in Olongapo, serial killer????????????? Robbery is very very common in this scene.
Who found Laude??? FOLLOW THE MONEY. Just maybe Jenifer was having a shower and caught Barbis Boyfriend robbing him. Witnesses said Pemberton was Calm, not agitated as he exited the Hotel, even relaxed.
Will he get a fair trial? NOT ON YOUR LIFE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Can anyone tell me anywhere the FUCKING SPANISH WENT that has not GOT A FUCKED UP Legal System.”
This came from a Blog site that i had never heard of before. for those readers that think i am blunt you ain’t seen nothing like this.
NO STREET CHILDREN DURING POPE’S VISIT
The Pope, when visiting Manila did not see any street children or homeless people along his motorcade route in manila. Why? The Dept of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), according to the Philippine Inquirer bundled up hundreds of them and hauled them off to detention centers and beach resorts during the visit. When this story broke in the papers there was a lot of controversy and the DSWD folks used the excuse that they were just trying to protect them from massive crowds of people out to see the Pope. For me, I think they saved the on-lookers from a lot of grief from smart little thieves. Never-the-less, the incident is under investigation by the House of Representatives.
Now, lets go to Angeles City where someone nearly implemented a similar plan with good intentions.
On Jan 14, Banangay Capt Tony Mamac issued a memorandum addressed to to All Bars and Clubs within the jurisdiction of Barangay Balibago and the Board of Directors, LACEM regarding the rescue and safe keeping of street children and mendicand roaming around Barangay Balibago for the period of Jan 31 to Feb 7 2015 during the APEC activities in Angeles City (AC). It went on to explain that there would be a clearing operation of the street children, etc for their safekeeping during the period of the APEC. To support this endeavor it was agreed by LACEM and Bar Owners that each Bar/Club in the Balibago area would voluntarily donate P100 a day and authorized collectors were named.
This was a plan with good intentions and commendable that business owners would help to finance this operation to assure the safety of APEC delegates. Because, imagine what would happen if one of these delegates was walking to SM Mall and was a victim of the street kid gangs that have been attacking foreigners in this town. My goodness, that could cause an international incident and distract from all the good work by Mayor Ed in preparing for this conference. This plan was cancelled, never implemented because no doubt it was felt that the extra police security provided would be able to keep these urchins under control, especially with the additional police forces and professional PNP Tourist Police on patrol as well. No doubt DSWD was out in force to continue their efforts to repatriate these children to their parents as they do 7 days a week all year round.
In fact, on 28 Jan the City Mayor put out this announcement in the Sun-Star newspaper.
ANGELES CITY — The City Government here has denied reports that it has been rounding up street children because of the ongoing Asia Pacific Economic Conference (Apec) meeting inside the Clark Freeport. Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan described the report as “wrong and malicious.
The Mayor’s anger is understandable as incorrect rumors should be rectified as soon as possible. The City Government under the leadership of the Mayor and Barangay Captains have collectively created a perfect environment for the APEC Delegates.
IT IS NOT AN EASY SOLUTION - The Mayor and especially Barangay Capt Tony Mamac try and try – this message to me from Capt. Mamac gives you an idea of the difficulty of this task of getting the kids off the streets of AC:
“I’m doing my best to get and have these street children away from the street and bring them back in the comfort of their homes and classrooms. For so many times we conducted rescue operations coz these children are already becoming bold and daring in their activities. I sympathize with your friend and he is not alone in his experience against these children. Many victims has come to my office and complaining their predicaments done by these children. Almost everyday you can see my people running to catch them but to no avail after transferring them in the custody of DSWD they’re back to the street. Along the way there is a problem as far as handling them and the system imposed by DSWD. These children are not anymore ordinary children on the street but they became children in conflict with law ( using rugby, snatching, theft, prostitution). Usually, the Barangay will conduct rescue operations and will turn-over rescued children to DSWD which is the agency of government in-charge. However, after turning them over to DSWD they will release the child in the custody of their parents and again you will see them back on the street. During our meeting with Mayor Edpam 2 weeks ago with HARP, LACEM, BBEA, PNP and other stakeholders, i recommended that a shelter to house these kids and while in the shelter we will formulate programs to transform and educate these kids. They will undergo rehabilitation (spiritual, behaviour, conduct and others) for their transformation before they will be re-integrated with their families. The 2nd floor of the City Hygiene will be converted as shelter and last monday i had a coordinating meeting again with the PNP headed by Col Ugale, LACEM, BBEA A representative from HARP for the tasking and refining everything.Barangay with PNP will conduct the rescue operations, DSWD for the housekeeping of the shelterhome, BBEA to donate used clothes for the SC, LACEM will take charge for the subsistence by way of voluntary donations. After the meeting, last friday, saturday and sunday, we conducted series of rescue opns in Balibago and we were able to rescue 50 SC. Thereafter, yesterday, we turned-over them to DSWD only to find out that they are returning all the rescued SC to their respective Brgys were they resides. Tonight we monitored some of them back on the street again. We will rescue them again, again and again turn-over them to DSWD and release them again and again, for sure they will return again, again and again to the street. Its hard to conduct rescue opns Harry coz you have to be careful with these kids for human rights issue. Finally, unless otherwise DSWD will establish a shelter home to house these kids, people particularly tourists will experience same experience as your friend. They are not only nuisance per se but becoming menace of society. Thanks Harry for your concern. (This should be a concern for all Angeleno’s and the Mayor and Tony Mamac cannot solve this problem by themselves. I have been here and survived many Mayors and each one has had to deal with this. A shelter and education is an absolute necessity. The Governor has funds, it should be elevated to her for assistance)
CLARK NEW JOGGING PATH
Get out and jog, enjoy the fresh air and meet new people or ones you already know. Whether you jog in the morning or early evening you will not find a better place to do it than at the refurbished jogging trail at the Clark parade ground. What a beautiful job they are doing their with a new finish that is easy on the feet, new benches, water fountains for drinking, bathroom and additional lighting. It is very impressive and is drawing more joggers than ever. Mrs Horse loves it! I love to sit on the bench and watch.
CLARK MUSEUM ADDITION
The wonderfully interesting Clark Museum is under renovation and once complete it will have to be a must for every tourist coming to Angeles City to see. An additional section is being added in which I believe will house an audio visual presentation area. I guess I could get a better technical meaning for what is happening but I have not been able to get around to talk to anyone. It is all closed up except for construction workers. I am looking forward to its re-opening so I can visit and tell you all about it.
Just past the Widus Hotel, a the intersection, turn left heading towards Fontana and you will see on the right a large building being constructed. The sign outside will tell you it is the Midori VIP Hotel but it does not tell you that the adjacent building will house a casino. We took the road beside the building and the second picture shows the real view of the construction. The 3rd picture was a mystery to us. It is gated and the lettering on the wall indicates that it is the Mahogony Parc, yes, with a C not a K. Strange. We did not see any work being done on it. We went further down the road and that led to a large clearing. It is fun to explore but we will return for further investigation and maybe be able to find out more information. Guess I could go to the CDC office and ask but what fun is that.
REMEMBERING JOHN HOLLIS
These pictures were sent to me recently by someone who was close to John. I kind of think his many friends here would enjoy sharing a glimpse of his younger days. He had a lot of friends here in AC and Garfields Last Stand remains in his honor.
THE AZURRO HOTEL PROFILE
AZZURRO HOTEL IS A 9-STOREY BUILDING LOCATED AT 4895 MON TANG AVENUE, BALIBAGO, ANGELES CITY. THE HOTEL CATERS TO BOTH LEISURE AND BUSINESS TRAVELERS WITH A BRAND NEW AND DIFFERENT KIND OF HOTEL LIFESTYLE.
THE HOTEL BOASTS OF THE FOLLOWING FACILITIES AND SERVICES WHICH A WEARY TRAVELLER EXPECTS TO FIND IN AN IDEAL HOTEL.
A) ITALIA MULTI-PURPOSE AND FULLY EQUIPPED FUNCTION ROOMS THAT CAN EASILY AND COMFORTABLY ACCOMMODATE IMPORTANT BUSINESS MEETINGS AND CONFERENCES AS WELL AS BANQUETS, WEDDING RECEPTIONS, ANNIVERSARY , BIRTHDAYS AND FAMILY REUNIONS..
B) CAPRI LOBBY BAR AND RESTAURANT THAT OFFERS AN ARRAY OF FLAVORFUL INTERNATIONAL AND LOCAL CUISINES AND ZESTy MIXED COCKTAIL DRINKS SERVED WITH SUPERB RELAXING MUSIC.
C) ROOFTOP TERRAZZA RESTAURANT WITH THE PANORAMIC VIEW OF MT. ARAYAT THAT GOES ALONG WITH YOUR SCRUMPTIOUS BUFFET LUNCH OR DINNER.
D) A BUBBLE JET JACUZZI WHERE YOU CAN RELAX WHILE ENJOYING YOUR FAVORITE HEALTH DRINK FROM THE BAR.
AFTER A LONG DAY ACTIVITIES, RE-ENERGIZE AT THE COMFORT OF OUR WELL APPOINTED AND EQUIPPED ROOMS PROVIDED WITH WELL-DESIGNED BEDDINGS AND HIGH QUALITY BATHROOM AMENITIES.
AZZURRO HOTEL IS NOT JUST ANOTHER HOTEL. THE HOTEL IS THE BETTER ALTERNATIVE FOR ALL WEARY TRAVELERS LOOKING FOR COMFORT AND SERENITY AMIDST A PLEASANT AND RELAXING AMBIANCE.
ROUGH TIME FOR A NAVY MASTER CHIEF
The former command master chief of the USS Germantown admitted Wednesday at a court-martial that he oversaw a prostitution research ring operated by four senior chief petty officers aboard the ship.
Command Master Chief Petty Officer Jesus Galura pleaded guilty to conspiracy to procure prostitutes, violation of a general order and making a false official statement to a law enforcement agent.
He pleaded not guilty to one count of sexual harassment and two counts of unwanted sexual contact directed toward a subordinate aboard the Sasebo, Japan-based ship.
Testimony at the trial revealed a series of sexual assault accusations involving Galura and others that prompted the 7th Fleet to initiate an investigation of Germantown, Amphibious Squadron 11 and Expeditionary Strike Group 7.
An investigation report later described the situation among Germantown’s chiefs as “out of control,” according to court testimony.
Galura testified that he and the four chiefs researched websites offering prostitution services in the Philippines, where the chiefs had expected to make a port call.
Galura also testified that he encouraged Senior Chief Petty Officer Paul Swank, whom he said was negotiating prices, to see if the women he found would be available for parties. Swank was reduced in pay grade to E-7 after being found guilty in October of conspiracy to patronize a prostitute and a related charge.
Galura later used his ship email to send a picture of two scantily clad women with the message “I got my first two for the day,” which was a violation of a Defense Department regulation regarding use of government communications.
Galura, who is still technically attached to Germantown but temporarily assigned to squadron shore duty, also admitted to lying about the intent of his illicit website browsing, claiming it was part of a safety briefing for sailors. He made no excuses for his efforts at prostitution planning while entering his pleas to military judge Capt. David Harrison. “It’s hypocritical on my part, because I would tell a sailor not to do it,” Galura said.
Lt. Brandon Sargent, his defense attorney, argued that the charges directed against Galura constituted unlawful command influence. Galura’s permanent removal from Germantown was directed by the four-star Pacific Fleet command, rather than any of the lower local commands. Cmdr. Jason Leach, the former commander of Germantown who was relieved due to loss of confidence in his leadership, testified Wednesday that his “gut feeling” told him Galura would be court-martialed regardless of the investigation results into his actions. Leach also said he and his immediate superior, Capt. Heidi Agle, were never informed of Galura’s removal.
“[Agle] shared an article from Stars and Stripes in which Pacific Fleet announced the relief (of Galura),” Leach said. “I was extremely shocked. I asked her if she knew about it, and she said she did not.” Harrison ruled that no evidence thus far supported the unlawful command influence argument, since Pacific Fleet’s actions were administrative in nature and their deferral to Naval Forces Japan for judicial action was proper.
Galura agreed to plead guilty to some charges Wednesday as part of a plea agreement with prosecutors. Sentencing was deferred until the end of the trial, which is scheduled to reconvene Feb. 23. At that time, Galura will face charges that he harassed, forcibly kissed and improperly touched a subordinate.
TWO ANGELES CITY COPS
My Goodness, gee whiz – I did not know the AC Cops did things like this (Smile) -
2 Angeles City cops nabbed for framing, extorting P1M from Korean.
CITYOF SAN FERNANDO, Philippines–Two policemen, who allegedly framed a Korean businessman in Angeles City and demanded from him P1 million, were arrested by personnel of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) and Central Luzon regional policemen in an entrapment operation on Tuesday night, an official said.
The erring policemen charged their victim with human trafficking after the latter paid a “bar fine” to be able to take out a sex worker from a night club on Fields Avenue, said Chief Supt. Ronald Santos, officer in charge of the regional police office, in a telephone interview. The CIDG has yet to release the names of the policemen and the Korean businessman.
“Instead of taking the Korean to jail, the policemen took him to a safe house. They demanded P1 million but the Korean managed to give only P200,000,” Santos said.
He said improved coordination with the Korean community in Angeles City helped free the victim and arrest the suspects as they tried to collect the balance of P800,000. The policemen are in the custody of the CIDG, as of this posting.
“We are weeding out police scalawags victimizing foreigners [in Angeles City],” Santos said, referring to a campaign that began in December 2014. (One question, did the Korean get his P200,000 back?)
It is a lovely day outside. A sunny warm afternoon and yearn to be outside, even though it is nearly 5 PM already. My fingers are typing away on the keyboard as I look at the window and yearn for the fresh air. I look at my surveillance camera and see my old mate George Brown in the bar with his friends and I yearn for a bit of a drink with them. So, with so much yearning I say enough is enough, my aching fingers and sore arms have had enough for this month. Pop around on 25 Feb, my birthday and share a bit of grog with me. Youngsters not allowed, only fellow old horses like me, but if you have a young female partner with ya, well then, exceptions can be made. Good day to you, one and all and by golly, be kind to horses!
HTH POLITICAL RANTS – STOP HERE
How stupid – students at Smith all girls college in the US raising $10,000 to give an Illegal alien (female) a scholarship
How Stupid – 10 States now issue driving licenses to illegal aliens. These are people who drive without car insurance and will try to use those licenses to vote illegally.
How stupid – One Mexican immigration activist stating on TV that there are no Illegal Aliens only undocumented humans. Hello, stupid person, they came here and continue to come here illegally and break our laws. Why can’t more Americans understand the word “Illegal” and get off this Political Correctness that is killing our country.
How stupid – Huckabee entering the Presidential race again. Nice guy but LOSER before and he will be wasting his money again. He is too weak on important issues.
How Stupid = Mayor (jerk off) Blasio of New York now issues free ID’s to anybody in New York. Can New York official residents gain their senses and make this guy
“There is a reason why in NY harbor there is a Statue of Liberty, not a Statue of Equality” — Charles Krauthammer
A 94-year-old Prophecy is Fulfilled. H.L. Mencken (born 1880 – died 1956) was a journalist, satirist, critic and Democrat. He wrote the editorial below while working for the Baltimore Evening Sun, which appeared in the July 26, 1920 edition.
“As democracy is perfected, the office of the President represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day, the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last and the White House will be occupied by a downright fool and complete narcissistic moron.” —H.L. Mencken, the Baltimore Evening Sun, July 26, 1920.
So it was written, and so it has come to pass. (submitted by Don T.)
THIS MAN HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH ISLAM… REALLY?
Iranian “refugee”, Manteghi Bourjerdi (AKA Sheik Man Haron Monis, pictured), walked free on bail into the Lindt cafe and left his filthy, indelible mark on Australia.
Last year Penrith Local Court Magistrate, Darryl Pearce, gave the unhinged Iranian cleric, along with his accomplice, bail despite being charged with accessory to the murder of his ex wife and setting her on fire, hand delivering filthy letters to widows of fallen Australian soldiers and 40 counts of sexual assault.
If you’re a mad Muslim supporting ISIS and Al Queda and up on the most heinous of multiple charges it appears that Australia is the place to be.
The Left leaning judiciary can claim responsibility for almost forty murders committed since 1980 by people either set free on bail, given ridiculously low sentences or where parole boards had released those deemed “likely to re-offend” back into the community.
Australia not only offers free money and a wonderful lifestyle to its Islamic refugees, it offers them freedom to molest Aussie women and children, freedom to threaten our lives, freedom to give comfort to our enemies and free legal aid to keep them out of jail.
The “sheik’s” offer was one freed hostage in return for an ISIS flag and five freed hostages for a chat with Tony Abbott (Tony should feel chuffed about that). The offers of course were refused.
Islamic leaders rushed to condemn the “sheik”, after all, this was more of a personal matter, but when it involves the despicable teachings of the Koran, the silence is deafening.
The rare Muslim leader who denounces the vile prophecy of Islam lives in fear for his life.
Media’s Left will try to distance this atrocity from Islam. Just watch, they will talk of an isolated incident from a “lone wolf”, a one-off madman who has no connection to Islam and they will thank the Islamic community for their sympathy and go their merry way.
But it wasn’t a Baptist incident and it wasn’t a Buddhist or Presbyterian incident, no… it was yet another in an endless line of Islamic incidents that end in lost lives of non-Muslims. How many more “isolated” incidents will it take before we condemn them as “Islamic atrocities”?
This Islamic activist went into that coffee shop in the full knowledge he was about to die and he was determined to take Australian lives with him.
Muslims don’t place the same value on life that we do. They live in an ethereal world of after-life rewards for martyrdom, where decapitating non-Muslims and debasing women is honorable, where raping young girls is lawful.
If Aussies want to feel safe when going for a coffee in future then the Islamic scourge must be faced, named, dealt with and eradicated. It is so alien to our way of life it can never fit in, we can never be their friends. Assimilation of Muslims, like everywhere else in the West, is an impossibility.
We are at war with Islam, yet neither the Premier nor the Prime Minister, nor even the Police Commissioner, could bring themselves to utter the words “terrorism” or “Islam”. (It is so refreshing to see so many articles being written now that duplicate the words that I have been writing for years now. Islam is evil and the whole world must wake up to this fact before it is too late)
Why is it the media and liberal left feel it is ok to depict, joke or otherwise defame or blaspheme Christian or Jewish holy symbols but not Mohammed or the Koran. If the media wants to mock the Bible, Torah, Jesus, the Blessed Virgin, or other symbols of faith to Christians or Jews, then why should they be so sensitive to similar cartooning, jokes or deriding Mohammed.
Dennis W. forwarded this to me with the following comment:
“Why is it the media and liberal left feel it is ok to depict, joke or otherwise defame or blaspheme Christian or Jewish holy symbols but not Mohammed or the Koran. If the media wants to mock the Bible, Torah, Jesus, the Blessed Virgin, or other symbols of faith to Christians or Jews, then why should they be so sensitive to similar cartooning, jokes or deriding Mohammed.”
Charlie Hebdo: Radical cleric Anjem Choudary calls cover depicting Mohamed an ‘act of war’ London-based preacher said Sharia court would punish the drawing with death.
The cartoon of the Prophet Mohamed on the cover of Charlie Hebdo’s first edition since the massacre has been described as an “act of war” by a London-based Islamist cleric. The cover depicts the Prophet with a tear falling down his cheek, holding a sign reading “je suis Charlie”, replicating the phrase used on banners, stickers, clothes and social media as a show of solidarity in the wake of last week’s attacks.
But radical preacher Anjem Choudary said “ridiculing” Mohamed is attacking his personality, calling the latest cartoon “extremely serious”. To depict Mohamed in this way is “attacking the honour of the Prophet” as most Muslims do not draw or depict him in any way because it is deemed to be sacrilegious, Mr Choudary said. He added that if the “act of war” was tried in a Sharia court it would carry capital punishment. The 47-year-old, who lectures in Sharia law, was arrested in September as part of an investigation into Islamist terrorism but later bailed. Mr Choudary described Charlie Hebdo’s cover as a “blatant provocation” and claimed insulting Islam and Muslims is “part of the war that is taking place”.
People should be “sensible and sensitive to the emotions and the feelings of the Muslims”, he added, accusing authorities of refusing to “nip it in the bud”. Immediately after the Charlie Hebdo massacre last week, Mr Choudary wrote an open letter entitled “People know the consequences” where he argued that “Muslims do not believe in the concept of freedom of expression” because they submit to the commands of Allah alone.
The radical preacher founded the banned al-Muhajiroun network, which was classified as a terrorist organisation by the British government and has been linked to extremists including Michael Adebolajo, who murdered Lee Rigby. Mr Choudary previously protested against cartoons of the Prophet Mohamed carried in Danish publications outside the country’s embassy in London and was fined £500 for organizing the illegal gathering. In January 2010, shortly before he become Prime Minister, David Cameron said Mr Choudary needed “to be looked at seriously” because he strays “extremely close to the line of encouraging hatred, extremism and violence”. Last year, he claimed he would renounce his British citizenship to go and live under Isis rule in Syria but could not leave the country because his passport has been seized by anti-terror police.
Keith Vaz, chairman of the Commons home affairs select committee, responded: “If he wants to go, he should be allowed to go. I think that would be a much better scenario than having him stay…people would like to see the back of him.” (I agree with this as well and any American radical Muslims who feel the same way. I could care less if any of these ass wipes are insulted)
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