Posted by admin on September 15, 2011 in Breaking News

I meant to post this pictures a few days ago but did not feel all that well so did not get to my laptop.  As far as I know the police are still looking for this guy and I sure hope they capture him alive.  We need a lot of answers from this so called “bad ass”. I have been told he describes himself as an ex special forces guy who used to go out and kill targets.  Maybe this time he killed the wrong guy.
David’s body was cremated and sent home, his girfriend’s remains were sent to her Province for burial.





Posted by admin on September 12, 2011 in Breaking News


On Sat, Sep 10, 2011 at 4:35 PM, Angeles City Businessmans Club <acbclub@yahoo.com> wrote:

“Regret to inform you that ACBC Committee member Geoff Johnstone, known to most as Johnno, passed away this morning.  No further information known at this time.  There will be a wake for Johnno at the Honky Tonk Club on A. Santos Street from 2:00PM this Thursday.”



Posted by admin on September 10, 2011 in Breaking News

ANGELES CITY — An American tourist and his Filipino driver were charged the other day for the murder of a retired British policeman and his Filipina live-in partner inside their house in a subdivision in Bgy. Amsic here before dawn on Sept. 2.

Inspector Dickson Tolentino of the Police Station 4 filed the charges against Timothy “Tim” Kaufman and Jesus “John” Santos, both of legal age, before the Office of the City Prosecutor.

The suspects, whose last known address was Maharajah Hotel along Don Juico Avenue in Anonas Village, could no longer be located.

Kaufman and Santos were identified by security guards of Josefaville 2 Subdivision through photos obtained by the police from social networking site Facebook as the occupants of a white Toyota Innova with license plate RJX-264 that entered the subdivision and parked in front of the residence of former British policeman David Balmer, 54, and Elma de Guia, 26, around 3:30 a.m. on Sept. 2.

Chief Inspector Luisito Tan said the close circuit television camera installed at the subdivision’s gate showed that the vehicle almost bumped the gate as it was hastily driven out of the subdivision after several minutes.

Investigators learned from the Land Transportation Office that the vehicle was owned by one Arceli Garcia, 36, of Sapangbato Village. When questioned by the police, Garcia said her vehicle had been rented by Kaufman from the first week of August until Sept. 4.

“He (Kaufman) called my cellphone (on Sept. 4) and asked me to just get my vehicle at the Maharajah Hotel. When I went there, I saw that my vehicle was parked in front of the hotel,” Garcia said in her sworn statement.

Garcia said she has known Kaufman for three years because she used to work as his house cleaner when he was still renting a residential unit at Rikko Homes II in Clark Freeport Zone. She said Kaufman rents her vehicle whenever he is in the country.

The security logbook of Josefaville 2 Subdivision and the CCTV footage showed that the same vehicle entered the subdivision at 1:10 a.m. on Sept. 2 and left after 30 minutes.



Posted by admin on September 10, 2011 in Breaking News

Local EXPAT Charlie Martin suffered a broken left elbow, lower right leg and broken ankle after he was hit by a drunk trike driver with no headlight last weekend.  The driver was caught, but that isn’t helping Charlie!” (I guess it does not matter how long you live in the Philippines you can not avoid these trike drivers.  They usually do not own the trike and have no insurance.  The only thing you can do is have the trike confiscated and hope the asshole starves to death.  I have heard that Charlie is planning to go to Guam to get patched up)



Posted by admin on September 10, 2011 in Breaking News
TIMOTHY KAUFMAN – This is the name of the expat suspect in the murder of David Balmer and his girlfriend.  The police are putting out a wide net to capture this man.  This is the latest report I have received from sources.  
He is an American national.  They only have him on “electronic” surveilance meaning they are tracking his cell phone.  They have his location narrowed down to a cell site in Manila near the International Airport.  They are thinking that by releasing his name and photo the locals will spot him and report him.  Of course the airlines are all alerted to him.  Ditto for the shipping lines and bus stations.  The drag net is closing.  They should have him in 24-48 hours.



Posted by admin on September 9, 2011 in Breaking News

Breaking news from josefaville 2 management, I will scan the paper tomorrow and send.  basicalliy says:  Car was white toyota Innova plate # RGX 264, rent a car.  Driver name Jesus Santos, already in custody at station 4.  Caucasian male passenger, Timothy Hafman.  They are said to be the perps caught on CCTV and identified by the guards Angie Buendia and Marcial Hellacone (Ex-employee, fired out after the event).   Lazatin and Pamintuan have ordered seperate investigations of the two. More to follow.




Posted by admin on September 7, 2011 in Breaking News

The local Angeles City newspaper, Punto ran an article that should catch the interest of present and future investors of this project.  There has been a long history of problems and delays with the Lexus and the new investors that saved the building and worked hard to get it on the right track under the name of “The Penthouse” now finds it necessary to pursue further legal action in a new direction.  It will definitely benefit Angeles City to have the Penthouse on the path to completion so lets hope that this lawsuit will be settled quickly and in favor of its present investors.

Lexus to file administrative charges vs. HLURB execs

By Joey Aguilar  Punto newspaper, Sep 06, 2011
ANGELES CITY – Stock-holders and directors of Lexus Landholdings Group are set to file administrative charges against officials of the Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board (HLURB)-Region 3 before the Office of the Ombudsman for gross ignorance of the law.
Aside from these charges, Lexus officials will also file separate civil actions against HLURB Arbiter Atty. Dunstan San Vicente and Regional Director Engr. Octavio Canta for issuing recently “a questionable decision that has adverse effects on us.”
“We were all shocked to learn that they found us guilty of administrative and criminal charges as well as civilly liable even if we’re not made parties in the civil actions filed by the complainants,” said the investors in a statement headed by Louis Yakich, a stockholder of Lexus and Yakich and Cuizon Corp.
He added that “this is an evident violation of due process since we were not made parties to the action, we were not summoned and were not given the opportunity to air our side on the charges against our company.”
Lexus Landholdings Group is the owner and developer of Lexus Condo and Hotel, a 12-storey hotel and condominium project in Santos Street, Barangay Balibago in this city.
Punto went to the HLURB-Region 3 office recently to get the side of San Vicente but one of his staff said in a statement that the “arbiter not at a liberty to discuss merits of the case because the decision is not yet final – subject to appeal.”
“It will be subjudice for him to discuss it at this point. The decision can still be reversed or modified upon appeal,” the statement said.
Based on documents obtained by Punto, Lexus was granted the Certificate of Registration and License to Sell the condominium project in September 2007. It started building the units and its pre-selling.
Lexus however failed to complete the project within one year but was granted extensions by the HLURB up to August 2010.
In March 2010 until August 2010, five condominium buyers (all foreigners) filed their individual complaints against the corporation (Lexus) for Specific Performance or Rescission of Contracts with Damages with the HLURB-Region 3 office in the City of San Fernando.
But the complainants did not include any of the directors, officers, stockholders, other persons in control of the project and the corporation as respondents in the civil case they filed.
“While the complaints are for Specific Performance with damages, hence a civil action, the HLURB incorporated administrative and criminal liabilities in the decision without proper charges, in violation of due process, and in violation of the rule on proper joinder of causes of action,” said Atty. Gener C. Endona, counsel of Lexus.

“Even the complaints filed against Lexus did not pray for any liability against the directors, officers, investors and persons managing Lexus,” he added.
Endona also questioned some alleged anomalies in the decision: He entered his appearance as counsel for Lexus in the HLURB Specific Performance cases only on July 26, 2011.
However, in the decision dated July 20, 2011, his name already appeared as the counsel for Lexus.
“Clearly, the decision could not have been signed by Atty. San Vicente and Engr. Canta on July 20, 2011,” Endona said
Records also showed that the decision was released only on August 17, 2011. Three weeks prior to this, Canta has been on leave of absence due to health reasons.  Until now, Canta is still on leave.
During the pendency of the five cases, Yakich and Cuizon Corp. (the owner and operator of Lewis Grand Hotel in Don Juico Avenue, Angeles City) and other stockholders acquired 95 percent of the shares of Lexus by virtue of Deeds of Assignment executed by the former stockholders of Lexus on March 21, 2011.
These new stockholders are actually original investors of the project. Records showed that when the project was abandoned by the former stockholders of Lexus, these investors continued to complete the project to protect their investments. From the original two floors constructed by the former stockholders, the present stockholders were able to complete eight floors in few months.
The new owners of Lexus then filed with the HLURB applications to change and alter the plans of the project (from 12 floors to 14 floors). They also filed an application to change the name of the project to “The Penthouse Condo, Hotel and Residences” at the HLURB-region 3 in July 2011.
However, the five complainants opposed Lexus move despite knowing that in their individual contracts to sell, they agreed to allow Lexus to apply for modifications, changes and alterations in the plans and even irrevocably appointed Lexus as the attorney-in-fact to make these changes.
Endona said that he has submitted all the documents and papers required by the HLURB.
He added that he also wrote several letters informing the HLURB to immediately resolve the applications “considering that it would greatly benefit the buyers, including the complainants, if the project is completed under the new improved plans.”
“This would also bring economic progress and benefits in Angeles City and the projected 100 workers to be employed in the project,” he said. Endona also disclosed that despite his everyday follow up, the HLURB did not act on the applications.



Posted by admin on September 6, 2011 in Breaking News

As much as possible I am keeping abreast of the investigation of the double murder of David Balmer and his girlfriend.  Maj Tan and the investigators of Station Four are not slacking off on this case and, for sure, Richard Agnew is NOT a suspect.  I have received Emails in which some folks think he might be involved but I will stand by my conviction that this is not so.  The house remains a crime scene but Richard is till allowed to live there.  But, while this investigation is ongoing let us not forget our evil serial killer, Mark Dizon.  I cannot be there to attend his trial but I have asked a friend to do so if he could spare the time.  He was able to do so and his comments follow:

“I attended the latest Mark Dizon hearing in the pm.  It’s still being held at  the temp courtroom in Marisol.  On the stand was Maritz the neice of Al and Janet Mitchell.  She was finishing up her testimony for the prosecution.  The next hearing is on Sept 13 when she will take the stand for cross examination by the defense.  After her will come the medical examiner and PNP officials.  The trial dates are all on Tuesdays at 13:30.  All thru Sept, Oct, Nov, etc.  Dizon was there and  the Judge is the same as before, The prosecutor is still Alan Pasamonte, and Dizon has his Public Defender lady, I didn’t catch her name.  Alan said he is about half way thru his prosecution case.  The PD lady said she probably will call only Dizon for the defense.  No one else is willing to testify.

Dizon’s family have totally abandoned him.  No financial support, no visiting him, no attending the trial, etc.  They won’t even cooperate with the public defender lady in his defense.  Dizon is screwed.  He’s totally alone in this. There is a Filipino documentary crew that is filming the trial and collecting statements from anyone involved in the case.  The lady in charge said eventually they will make a documentary on this whole case.  I talked to Maritz for a while, she and Sharina are slowly getting their lives back on track.  The Mitchell house is being rented out.

I took some photos that I have attached.  Feel free to use them for a trial update.  Dizon put on a good face in the courtroom but he is fucked.  The Judge is a no nonsense guy.  He is in total control of the courtroom.  He gets up and roams around looking at Dizon, looking at the witness, looking at the evidence…..taking everything into account.  The prosecutor asks his questions and then the judge takes over and asks his own questions.  I am supremely confident Dizon will be found guilty in the Mitchell case.  But the other two cases (Oasis & Santa Maria) are not doing very well.  I have no real info on those cases.” (I had the same opinion after attending the trials before I left for the US. I am so happy to learn that Dizon is receiving no support from anyone.  It is too bad the Philippines no longer has the death sentence but hopefully, if found guilty, he will get a life sentence)



Posted by admin on September 4, 2011 in Breaking News

Harry, Just letting you know Steve Baker who was the manager at Nero’s a few years back died of cancer, Stephen Thomas Baker 8th February 1949 – 8th July 2011 He had been over in the UK fighting cancer of the liver, limp glans and lungs, None of the treatments worked, He had been living in Cambodia, still being a one man band.  I went over there a few times to see him every year since he moved there, And was very close to him over here in England,  Just hoping you could let people know. Thanks, Danny.



Posted by admin on September 3, 2011 in Breaking News

The victim was British National David Balmer and his wife.  I find this extremely distressing as I have known David ever since he first came to the Philippines.  He was indeed a close friend of Richard Agnew.  David was very quiet and quite reserved and had absolutely no enemies.  One theory is that maybe Richard Agnew was the intended victim but this is not confirmed.  I was contacted by his brother seeking information so hopefully I will be able to receive updates that I can pass on.  I wrote to Richard Agnew but no reply and sent a text to Maj Tan but no reply from him either.  This incident is tragic and quite sad.  The bastards who did this must be arrested or killed avoiding arrest.



Posted by admin on September 3, 2011 in Breaking News

For two days I have been getting a few Emails and text messages about a double murder of an Expat and his girlfriend.  I have been waiting to get more specific details from various sources but so far all I know is that Dave (I do not know his last name or Nationality) from the Blue Nile and his live in girlfriend, Shiel, were shot to death while sleeping.  There has been a lot of controversy with the Blue Nile of late but so far no motive for the killings has been made.  It appears that robbery was not the motive.  I surely hope that the police, for a change, put active effort in their investigation of this horrific crime.  I will try to update as more details come available.



Posted by admin on August 27, 2011 in Breaking News

Shane (Shaky) Stevens passed away this past week  There will be a Wake Tuesday. 30 August at 3 PM at Fiesta Gardens.  Shaky hung himself in a room at the Fiesta Gardens Hotel.  More specific details in my Sep column.



Posted by admin on August 22, 2011 in Breaking News

US military veteran Dick Jones died on the morning of 21 August after a long fight with cancer in Jacksonville Fl.  Dick was well known here in the Angeles City Expat community.  It is with great sadness that we pass on our condolences to his family.

Dick was born February 7, 1943 in Alabama, he graduated from Vero Beach High School. He was a Vietnam Vet and after 20 years’ service he retired from the Air Force. He went on to work as a superintendent for American Battle Monument Commission where he spent the majority of his time overseas, Tunisia, France, Philippines.  After his second retirement he spent his time between the Philippines and traveling around the United States in his RV. He is survived by his wife  Mayen Jones, son Lawrance Jones, daughter Alexandra Paul and grandchildren Camdyn and Sophia Paul. More details to follow in the Sep TAPS section.



Posted by admin on August 6, 2011 in Breaking News

An off-duty police officer is the main suspect in the killing of an 18-year-old Norwegian tourist of Filipino descent outside a bar in a Manila suburb where he tried to stop a fight, the chief investigator said on Wednesday. Police said Mikael Troy Johansen Rasay had left the bar with friends early Sunday when he saw a commotion across the street and tried to break up a fight between a man and a woman. Chief Inspector Rodelio Marcelo, head of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Unit of the Quezon City police, said that Rasay, who stood 6ft 3in and with an athletic build, knocked the man down in a fist-fight. A second man also fought with Rasay but the Norwegian teenager also knocked him down, Marcelo said.  Gunfire rang out moments later, and witnesses reported seeing another man chasing and shooting Rasay and reloading his pistol, he said.  He said Rasay slumped to the ground after he was hit three times in the back with two of the bullets exiting his body.  Marcelo said the suspect escaped in a car. Rasay died of his wounds after being brought to a hospital and another person was wounded by a stray bullet. Investigators recovered about a dozen spent shells from a 9mm pistol at the scene.
He said the man who was wounded and a security guard at a nearby establishment were able to identify the gunman from a picture obtained from the national police headquarters. A woman companion of Rasay was expected to also identify the suspect, who is a Manila officer.
Marcelo told the Associated Press the police will file a murder complaint against the suspect. State prosecutors will conduct preliminary investigations to determine if there is enough evidence to bring the case to court. Rasay’s father, Joseph Troy Rasay, urged the suspect to surrender. “We want to know why he shot my son in the back. Mikael was unarmed,” he said. “He made sure my son was dead by shooting him in the back.”  He said his son is the eldest of his three children and was a college student in Oslo.  He said his son was fond of his home country and arrived on 16 July for a vacation and was scheduled to return home to Norway on Monday.
“He said, ‘Papa, … I want to show my friends in Norway how beautiful it is in the Philippines’” he told the AP.  Dozens of friends and relatives have flocked to the Rasay family home in Tanza township in Cavite province near Manila for the wake.
(This is another example of out of control policemen abusing the privilege of being issued weapons.  All too often these ego maniacs in uniform are involved in murdering innocent civilians.  I hate to say this, but being a good Samaritan in the Philippines is not a good idea.  Never, never get involved in any altercation involving Filipinos, especially if they are drinking.  Hell, they even kill each other over silly arguments much less a foreigner.) http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/aug/03/philippines-police-officer-suspect-norwegian


Bar Manager Arrested

Posted by admin on August 4, 2011 in Breaking News

I guess you could call this one of those “Most Stupid Ideas” for one Club Manager in Angeles City.  His name is Joseph Y. Gibson Vastine alias “Jimmy”.  He is known in Angeles City as “Daddy Jimmy” at the Bunny Ranch.  The following newspaper article was brought to my attention today:

“Some P10 million worth of high-grade cocaine was seized from suspected big-time drug pushers, including an American, during a buy-bust operation last Sunday night in the city.

Two kilos of cocaine were confiscated by the combined team of the Taguig City Police and the Philippine National Police Anti- Illegal Drug Special Operation Task Force(AIDSOTF) headed by Supt. Leonardo Suan from the suspects identified as Jose Gibson, Jimmy Albert Joaquin and Edilberto Ty, both of Samar.

The suspects were arrested at the basement parking area of Market Market mall at Global City in Taguig.

The P10-million cocaine deal involved the pushers and the poseur buyer who was a member of the AIDSOTF.

Suan said he believed the drugs were part of the big volume of cocaine which was thrown out of the sea coast off Samar to evade arrest from pursuing US Drug enforcement agents while at sea and was later fished out by some fishermen.

Suan also disclosed the drugs were seized from the American who said it was his first time to do an illegal transaction.

The three suspects were immediately brought to the office of the AIDSOTF at Camp Crame to undergo interrogation after making a coordination with the Taguig Police chief Senior Supt. Tomas Apolinaryo.

Meanwhile, Taguig City Mayor lauded the successful operation that led to the arrest of the pushers.  The PNP AIDSOTF said there is no let-up in running after drug offenders in the city. SOURCE: The Daily Tribune  (I have no sympathy for this character.  Maybe he is looking for sympathy saying it was “his first time”.  I am willing to bet it will be his last time as well.  My goodness, how stupid could one be or should I say “greedy”.  This is a big time bust so I could say that for a first time step into the drug trade he jumped in all the way.  Maybe he will come up with some excuse like he was an innocent bystander and did not know what was going on.  This is one incident I would like to follow to see what happens to “Daddy Jimmy”.  I suspect that he may end up with a new very long term address)


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