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BIKE SHOW 29 JAN

Posted by admin on January 14, 2012 in Breaking News

The AC Thunder MC Club (Pres. Joe Strauhn) will have a bike show in front of the Screaming Eagle Cafe, 53 Don Melton Ave, Angeles City on Sunday, 29 Jan 2012. This is a charity event supporting the A.W.A.M (Anonymous with a Mission) project for homeless kids.  Funds are also set aside for the Bahay Bata Street Children’s Center and various other other organizations.  This is a fun show and they will be having various contests.  The main one will be the judging for the best looking motorcycle, Harley and Non-Harley bikes.  There is a P500 entry fee for each bike.  Anyone is welcome and any bike as well, so this is a time to show off your pride and joy and I don’t mean your wife or girlfriend but bring them along anyway.  The event is from 0900 to 1500 hrs.  But the times are split up for various events as follows:

0900 – 1200 for set up and poker run.  There is a 1300 hr deadline for deadline for entries.

1200-1300 Wet T-Shirt bike washing contest (The “horse” likes this)

1300-1400 Judging and viewing

1500 Presentation of Prizes

During the judging there will be a slow ride contest (single) and also with passenger. Then they will have a slow ride with passenger and hot dog.  That should be interesting.

Food and drink will be available from the Screaming Eagle Cafe.  I think I covered everything Paul Baker told me and I sure am glad he stopped by to clue me in.  I went td one of these events a couple of years ago and they are fun to watch and of course, participate in.  I heard that Ed Pamintuan will be there with his bike, as well as Rey Pineda and his group of friends.  I can’t ride those big bikes but I sure do like looking at them.  This is a good excuse to get out on a Sunday morning and afternoon and you will be contributing to a worthwhile charitable cause.

 
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PENTHOUSE RELAUNCH

Posted by admin on January 6, 2012 in Breaking News

The Penthouse Relaunch might be an event some of you might be interested in attending.  A presentation will be offered and a question and answer period will follow.  The Penthouse (Previously the Lexus) has an interesting history and it is good news to know that construction is in high gear once again.  This is an event that I will be most interested in attending.  Hope to see you there.

 
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HEART ATTACK VICTIM

Posted by admin on January 3, 2012 in Breaking News

2 Jan 2012, 1040 hrs, It was reported that one Craig Ihara, 62 years old, married, Japanese-American was found by his driver at his residence, lifeless in his bed.  During the conduct of investigation, no sign of foul play was noted and medicines for hypertensions, gastric and for cardio were found at the place of occurrence.  The body was taken by Funeria Pangilinan for autopsy examination.  Craig was living at 20-12E Dalia St., Diamond Sub-Division, Balibago, Angeles City.

 
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January 2012

Posted by admin on December 31, 2011 in 2012 Monthly Newsletters

HAPPY, HAPPY NEW YEAR ONE & ALL

YES!!!! Made it another year, fantastic!  So happy to greet all the readers of this column with a great big happy New Year greeting.  I would also like to especially greet all those who wrote to me when I was undergoing my cancer treatment in Las Vegas and send special greetings to those of you who are presently ill and undergoing various medical treatments.  I am writing this a day before New Years Eve and I know when I join my family for our annual New Years Eve dinner tomorrow night I will be so grateful that I am fit enough to be up and around and not ill in bed.  However long I am allowed that privilege I will be extremely grateful for each day.  As you can see, I started off with 9 pictures of folks that wanted to pass on New Years greetings to all of you.  Let me explain them one by one, starting from the top row, left to right.  1)  A few of the female staff from Britannia Medical Center.  Dr. Brian Tan was busy with a patient and could not step out to join the picture.  I have enjoyed some very special treatment at Britannia and they are top notch in the Philippines for medical and cosmetic treatment.  2)  The newly elected Hotels and Restaurants in Pampanga (HARP) officers, board members and regular members gathered to greet everyone and send out an invitation to all Hotel and Restaurant owners in Angeles City, Dau, San Fernando, etc., to become a member of an Association dedicated to serving its members and also willing to promote tourism in this dynamic part of Northern Luzon.  3) The well known talented duo of Doggie Dave and Howard McKay wishing everyone a Happy New Year.  They have been providing their devoted fans with a unique blend of song and jokes for years now and will perform again at the Blue Boar Inn again in Feb.

They love what they do and their fans are happy to follow them wherever they might appear.  4&5) These are two Aeta children enjoying the taste of an apple and an orange.  This was the last project of Mrs. Horse and I for this Christmas season.  We provided food baskets, candy and clothes for 100 Aeta children and 100 adults.  I was surprised to see that the favorite items of the kids were the apples and oranges.  It was only two weeks ago that I thought of asking Tess and Roy, owners of Brass Knob if they could donate apples for 100 Aeta kids and Rob, owners of Phillies if he could donate the oranges.  They were more than happy to do so and as you can see by these two pictures, the kids were overjoyed to feast on those sources of vitamin C right away.  Thank you Tess, Roy and Rob.  Think you can do it again in Dec 2012?  6)  These Juliana Club dancers love to perform and for sure did not hesitate to send some New Year cheer your way.  Catch them at the Juliana Club on 1st Street every night.  It gives you a chance to get away from Fields Ave for one night.  7)  These three ladies are ready to greet you at the Lewis Grand Hotel’s pool area.  A toast for the New Year, hell yes, but who cares what they are saying, just stand there, smile at me and make my day.  If you want your own special day, check out the Lewis Grand Hotel and tell these young ladies that I said hello.  8)  Ah, Tequila Reef Mexican Restaurant and their lovely waitresses.  What a treat they are.  Good looking, good figures, bright smiles, energetic, hard working ready to greet you, not only for the New Year but every day.  Sometimes when I enter the Tequila Reef I forget that I am in there to eat some good Mexican food, I just enjoy looking at the waitresses too much, especially when someone orders a Margarita.  9)  How could I start the New Year without a greeting from the old gang in Las Vegas.  I took this advance picture when in Vegas when we gathered for a buffet lunch one afternoon.  All these folks read this column and most have spent time here in Angeles City and I sure do enjoy seeing them whenever Priscilla and I get back to Vegas.


I guess I could have added a few more pictures but that is a good enough start to the New Year.  As you know, each year my wife and I have our own charity project in which we reach out to a community of low income families and have a special day for up to 150 kids, plus their parents in which presents are given to the kids, games, prizes and lunch for all up to close to 200 people, plus Santa visit to two hospitals on Christmas Eve and then a visit to one Aeta village.  We started this in 1985 and it has grown each year except for a few years after Pinatubo.  But the project has grown as more people have heard of what we do and have donated clothes, candy, goods, money and toys which enable us to include more needy children and adults to our program.  Let me take this time to acknowledge folks who have helped us through donations and please forgive me if we have missed a name or two:  Many thanks to Dr. Tey, Smile Make Over, Andy from Florida, Rey Pineda, Gerard Heinan, Karel Heinen, Cliff Wilsey, Tony Power, Alan McClure, Chris Walshe, Ray Lombardi, Dennis Wright, Peter and Bernadette Coombs, Bruce McTavish, DOT (Ronnie Tiotuico), Charles Hoffman, Ed Tanuro (Hawaii), Larry Kiehl (Delta Flight Attendant), John McCully, Carl Chiulli, Brightwoods School, Nepo Mall, SM Mall Clark and all those who dropped some money in my collection jar at the bar.
My one regret this season is that we did not have enough food baskets for the patients in the hospitals.  We make up 125 baskets, and each patient get P100 each as well and some candy.  Usually we see a little less than 100 patients as many get released before Christmas Eve so they can be home for the holidays.  This was not the case as Mabalacat Hospital had 35 patients when they usually only have an average of 16 and Ona Hospital had way more than the 75 or so patients that we normally expect.  We never got to the main men’s ward as we ran out of packages and money.  I told Priscilla that we will prepare 200 baskets for this year as it is better to have too many than not enough.  Anything left over we just add to the packages for the Aeta village residents.  The small stuffed toys we were able to give to the sick children went over so well.  You should have seen how some of them clutched those toys.  OK, enough, this was an extremely long intro so lets get with the first column of 2012.

THE FEEDBAG

My name is Tim Ostrem.  I am the husband of Joden Basilan.  In your May column you have a picture of her passport.  Can you please remove this picture from that site.  I don’t want her personal information out there for anyone to see and possibly use for foul purposes.  Thank you.  (Tim, glad to oblige, picture removed).

Harry Just to let u know that I have been to the “nindy” a few years back- the pub at the time was owned by the brother in law of a mate who happened to be the manager at the time. It was a very alcoholic weekend and yes you are right about the food – the steaks overlapped the plate and made the cowcockies even look.  Ken (Great, one person who has been there.  I note that you did not eat the hamburger- I probably would have opted out for the steak as well)

Hello Harry the Horse.  I have lived in Angeles for 4years, and I think most people don’t like the overcharging that the trikes do. I am sure you are aware that there is a Trike Fare Matrix. I have just found out that the trike drivers were given fuel cards in the 1st part of 2011. Maybe you would like to run a small piece in your next newsletter on this matter. Because when I occasionally try to get a trike, the drivers always say that the increase in their fares are due to the rise in fuel costs. Craig Williams

 HI Harry, Great informative website. I found you after perusing philippine-addicts, another equally informative site. I have only done one trip to Phils, Manila, Angeles, tagaytay and Subic Bay in Oct 2011. Hope to do another in Feb …. will try look you up, love what your doing with the kids at xmas time … Keep up the great work, anyways, not much to say now, but howdy form Australia. Paul.  (Hi Paul, I am not familiar with “Philippine-Addicts” but if it led you to me then I am very happy.  I am also pleased that you find my site helpful.  I hope you will find the time to visit me on your next trip here)

Harry, thought you might be interested in knowing that the Anchorage  (Real Street) closed today (6 Dec). Some Koreans are going to lease it for 10 years.  Jim Quinn (As I predicted, every establishment on Fields Ave that comes up for sale or lease, the Koreans are on it immediately.  They are hot to increase their presence on Fields Ave.)

Dear Harry, It has been nearly 3 weeks we left ph and I’m missing all the excitement and fun we had there. Well…. did not get any girl on that day cause I was so tired walking from barhopping in manila and on our last day at AC. We stayed in a small hotel in fields avenue. This was arranged by a friend. The price is ok but nothing much that me and my friends would expect. Met up with a beauty, nice and polite receptionist.
Did not feel strange walking around the streets in ac. Most of the people down at the store and mall tried to speak to me in tagalog cause they all think that i’m a pinoy.
There were a lot of girls at night walking around the streets. But i think it is much safer to get from the bar. Did inquire the price to a mamasan, and it would cost us around php1800 (waitress and non dancer) and php2200 (for a dancer) to bring a girl out from the bar. (Way overpriced for a dancer, try another bar)  We did find the “Party Animal” bottle posted on your Dec Newsletter down in the fields avenue. When asked about bringing out a girl from the bar, the mama say you pay php 1865 you get a bottle and the girl of your choice. You don’t have to consume the bottle at the bar but you can bring it with you.
Will we be back? Yes, for sure. We have already booked another ticket in April for 4days/3nights but this time it will only be in AC.  I hope that this time I would be able to say hi to you there. p/s. I did ask some people at the store about the location of your place, Blue Boar Inn, but nobody seems to know. Well i think there is a lot of things to remember there, perhaps.
Christmas is coming soon and I’m sure ac will be colorful at this time. I would like to wish you a wonder full and joyful Christmas 2011 and god bless u 2012. With warm regards and sincere, Maxi @ Roy. (Glad you enjoyed yourself Max.  The barhopping scene in AC can be interesting and a challenge.  Have no idea which hotel you stayed in but it sounds like your friend did not set you up in a decent place.  Next time you visit and you want to visit my stable ask for the Hotel La Casa, Clarkview, it is past the Savannah Hotel, near the VFW.  Very happy to know you are booked for a return trip in Apr.  See you then and Happy New Year)

Harry, hello, I’m the tax lawyer that visited your town several years ago, and you put a message on your site about it. I would be grateful if you would please delete the references to me on this page:http://www.harrythehorse.asia/?p=851 Recently, someone was searching for me online and went to this page and it led to a bit of embarrassment because of all the lovely ladies on the same page. Many thanks. (Ah, this was five years ago and the picture was a good one but I can understand where some straight laced tax guy might be embarrassed by one person in five years who found it by chance.  I guess “four Democratic asses” would offend nearly everyone)

Harry, Just wanted to thank you for all the effort you put into your monthly and latest news. I am new to PI and find the information very informative and honest. I also, would like to take this opportunity to share my concerns over the recent rash of violence, theft, and bar raids occurring in Angeles City. I am starting to look at Thailand alternatives due to the past year’s track record. I had planned on retiring in PI next year until the escalation in anti-tourism events. Hope things straighten out so I can come again soon. Thank You, Harry (Skip) Bonham, CTR, CMSI  (Skip, hopefully we are in the “healing process} and the unrest you write about will have settled down to a tolerable level.  I, and many others still find the Philippines, even in Angeles City, a comfortable place to retire.  With each passing month there are more businesses opening, hotels, condos, and apartments being built, more medical services and despite the raids, the Clubs still operate and the entertainment still a welcome change from the usual fare you are used to back home.  I must admit that our Clubs here are more PG rated whereby in Thailand XX rated is more the norm.  But for retirement, the Clubs are not a primary reason to be here.  Here, it is the ease of communication and the overall friendliness of the Philippine people that makes life quite pleasant.  Think about it and visit us again before making any definite decisions)

Harry, I do not know if you can put this in your Jan issue or your breaking news section. Feel free to edit

HIT & Run - On Friday Dec 16th Sherill Harris (the wife of Charles, ACBC member and former bar owner) was seriously hit at about 12:30PM in front of the ABC hotel by an American driving a scooter.  The hotel staff identified the person as Charles Hoffman (not the one who owns Garfield’s) he is tall and was driving a blue scooter.  He left the scene of the accident while Sherill was laying injured on the road. The hotel staff recognized him as he used to stay there in 2009 he has since built a house here in AC.  If anyone can help identify him please contact Charles at charris@totaltalentintl.com Charles Harris wants to compliment the staff at the ABC hotel who helped tremendously with first aid and in getting her to the hospital (This was also published in breaking news on 17 Dec)

Hi Harry, Regarding to Hans: I’ll hope that they catch these …. very quickly. We know Hans already for a very long time and he always calls my wife Raquel when he was for a few days in Holland. I still cant believe it whats happened to Hans. It’s so unrealistic… Regards, Peter (Yes Peter, it is tragic and the police damn well better come up with an arrest on this one)

Hi Harry remember me, This is Glenn Toh the chef  from Singapore who worked at Kokomo’s before during the time of Dave Fisher. Iam writing to u because I would like to ask if u can post a write out about my restaurant located at National Highway Rd Poblacion West  Sual  Pangasinan. I and my wife Ligaya Santos runs the restaurant called House Of Asian Seafoods, well we own it. and we serve S’porean, Thai, Malaysian, Indian, Indonesian and Filipino cuisines. We also do a little American and Western cuisines. If u can pls check Ligaya Santos Facebook page u can see alot of photo’s and video of the restaurant. My location is along the Highway before the Zigzag Rd on the way up to Alaminos City Home of the Hundred Islands.I will be back in Angeles City on the 10th of Jan, maybe I will drop by at your stable to chat with u. At my restaurant I have a complete array of spices which I import from Singapore so all my food is authentically cooked the way it should be.  My specialties are Fried Hokkien Mee (Fried noodles with seafoods), S’pore style Chilli & black pepper crabs and many more.  My Email address is Tohg18@yahoo.com.  Hope to see you soon and for sure hope that the folks traveling this way will stop by to sample my great menu items.  (I ate quite a few of Glenn’s offerings when he was at Kokomo’s and was never disappointed.  One of these days I will take the family on a one day trip to Pangasinan to check out this restaurant.  It takes a lot to get me out of Angeles City Glenn so you better be in top form the day we drop in)

Harry, i have read your report regarding unsolved murders, my brother paul raymond atkins was murdered on the 16th october, do you have any update regarding the police investigation im having little joy from the home office thank you in anticipation.  steve atkins.  (Steve, I regret to inform you that as of this time no progress has been made on this case.  I spoke with an investigator assigned to Station Four and he explained that the case is still active and that such an investigation does take a bit of time.  Sure, usually lots of time, like years, until everyone forgets about it).  

Hi Harry, I have enjoyed reading your straight forward no baloney articals recently. I have lived in AC off and on for 7 or 8 years and permanently for the past 3 years. I have a lovely wife and daughter and pretty much stay out of the bar scene, for no other reason other then I am just plain happy at home. I do have a few friends around the bar scene that in the past few months have met with tragedy such is the latest, Hans, of Butterfly Rock.  I don’t know if things are getting worse around here or just a bad run of luck in recent months.

I’m a straight forward foreign guy who has worked and traveled the world for 30 years with basic common sense about other cultures and local laws. I keep my nose clean and stay out of trouble or possible troublesome situations. However in the past few months have also met with my own minor bad luck around town. In Sept I was run off the road on my motorcycle on MacArthur near Johnny’s to find 4 local upstanding teenage citizens jump out or their van to assault me. I had my motorcycle helmet on, so that saved me a bit and of course I fought back in the middle of the street until the police arrived. One might think this is a cut and dry obvious crime situation that 4 men in a van ran over and attacked one man on a motor bike. Well the local authorities didn’t think so, and to make a long story short I decided after a long evening in jail cell (together with 3 of my attackers, the 4th mysteriously walked away ) to wrap up my torn clothing, pay a few bucks and get home. As well, to pay these gentlemen the cost of their damaged van that my motorcycle caused.   I cant complain much about this, as it was my decision to just end the situation and be done with it. Something that some might say is what these kind of folks count on. At least with us foreigners. But honestly I cant say if I would have faired any better in AC Courtroom..

Secondly, my Filipina wife was Car napped or motorbike napped just last month in broad daylight just off Pandan road near theTuscanyresort. Actually just in front of the christian international school where as the security guard just happen to be in the CR. Two men with the T-shirt style face cover and a 45 automatic jumped out of a hide spot near the speed bump and pushed her and her 8 year old son off the bike and shoved the gun in her face and rode off. 3:00 pm with the schools guard 5 meters away and a trike terminal 20 meters away. No one lifted a finger to help in any way. I do consider us lucky as similar situations with guns have turned out far worse. Needless to say that bike is gone forever especially since the LTO has no system in which to report or track stolen motorbikes.  As my wife attempted to at least input the stolen motorbike registration into the LTO computer system so if and when the thieves tried to re-register it then it would be marked as STOLEN.   But NO, this is not possible. Thus making it absurdly easy for a thief to re- register a stolen bike and make it their’s in a matter of minutes. No questions asked, As well, the police write a report but seem to do little else but persistently asked my wife out on a date. Their opening line is: Police man “Hello Mom Did you find your motorbike ?  (arent we supposed to be asking them that question)   Anyhow, the system is set up in favor of the thieves. The only measures to stop this are the occasional check point in which you might catch 1 out of 1000 thieves.  The LTO needs a system to mark stolen vehicles in the computer.

Well last but not least my subdivision in Pandan is run by a supposed elected president that no one has seen or talked to in many years. Even the borangy capt cant contact him.  The problem is this subdivision has been the continued victims of crime after crime in the last year with no security and no one to speak with in the homeowners association.  Robbery’s, burglaries, car napping, motorbike napping , drug dealing, and the usual. In fact last week two guys on a trike took a young girl from fields ave and brought her all the way over here just to rob her.  A sign that the local thugs know just were to go for a little privacy with no security.  I have tried for more then a year now to get some one, any one to help or at least identify our homeowner’s association and help with this situation but to no avail.   my question to you after all of this, is do you have any idea who in the local government is in charge of the barangy’s over all or who has any say in the homeowners associations ?  Thanks for your time and I do appreciate any of your advice. Tony  AC Pandan (Tony, the first part of your letter indicates one hell of a run of bad luck.  Too bad that you got a taste of the “no matter what syndrome” here in the PI.  That is, if you are involved in an traffic accident, no matter who is really at fault the police usually decide that it is the foreigner.  In your case I am surprised since you were physically attacked by four men and beaten.  Then, to have your wife attacked as well?  Man, that is just too much.  The homeowner’s beef seems trivial compared to all the other stuff but I did forward your comments to John Casey, a foreigner who has had some recent experience with the Villa Sol Homeowner’s Association.  You might find his comments helpful: Interesting situation with the President missing. The organization to approach is HLURB on their web site. Republic Act #9904 is the Magna Carta for Homeowners and Homeowners Associations, and for other Purposes. I personally feel that locally a letter to the City Council would be in order and the proper person is in the City Council online directory. I don’t mind assisting in the matter if he should want to stop by my place any afternoon and we could go over the paperwork and the routes that I took and I could show him where to deliver a letter for the City Council and or attend their meetings.)

Harry, A few months ago, I wrote you about my concern over the rise of bar raids and murders of expatriates taking place throughoutAngelesCity, especially the past 2 years.  You told me to “keep the faith” as the situation would hopefully improve, as AC has weathered similar problems over the years. Well, it appears things are getting worse and not better.   I was shocked to read this week in your blog about the brutal murder of Hans Siepkamp, owner of the Butterfly Rock.   The Butterfly Rock was one of my favorite bars in AC and a place I enjoyed very much.  Hans will be sorely missed by all.

This latest killing of a bar owner raises the level of suspicion in my mind of an organized criminal element involved with the murders of expats in AC this year. Add them with the bar raids and a sinister pattern emerges.  It appears expats with long-term financial ties to AC are the primary targets along with their businesses.  And I wouldn’t be surprised if Hans’ killing was actually a contract hit perpetrated under the guise of a burglary, as part of a strategy to intimidate other expats to sell out or pay protection money. I was planning a trip to AC in February, but now I’m mulling over my decision to go elsewhere where it’s safer.
Anyhow, life goes on and there’s still a lot of good in AC, thanks to people like you.  As always, I enjoy your newsletter and glad you’re back in the “saddle” again with family and friends in AC following your surgery.  Have a wonderful holiday season and a healthy, prosperous 2012! All the best, Jon R. (Darn Jon, I know I did say “keep the faith” and now I have a bit of egg on my face.  But, despite this, again, please note that this murder appeared to be an inside job with one well known person being targeted.  Ah, I can’t bullshit, it pisses me off!  And what continues to piss me off is the length of time taking to solve this murder and others like Adkins and David Balmer.  Is AC safe, yes, to a certain degree but damn it, crime and killings have increased, in my opinion, to an unacceptable level. The proliferation of guns and the wanton use of them by criminal elements is very disturbing.  Imagine, shooting Hans three times!  Were they trying to get information out of him?  The man was tied up and they still shot him in the leg, the body and then the face. I will feel better when I see some of these crimes solved and the killers behind bars.  There are two reliable witnesses to the Balmer murder who have provided more than enough information for arrest warrants to be issued but yet City Prosecutors continue to sit on their hands.  You have the PNP here upset with a key witness who turned over evidence to the NBI instead of to the PNP.  We don’t need little shit like that to hold up investigations. You have one good NBI investigator working hard to gather evidence and then I hear they want to transfer him.  My goodness, no wonder murderers do not fear the police and walk amongst us without any fear at all.  Yes, come to AC, enjoy the night life, enjoy the ladies, come here to live, and the percentages favor you having a safe, comfortable, happy life, but if things keep going the way they are with this lack of law enforcement, those percentages will certainly change dramatically, and I do not mean in a positive way).

Harry, First of all I want to thank you for your monthly news letter which I started reading about 6 years ago and enjoy very much.  I want to write you a letter about a hotel that I recently stayed at and had a problem with theft.  The hotel is The Sunset Gardens.  I have stayed there several other times with no problems which is why I returned this year.  I stayed for 4 days.  I always use a safety box to put my valuables in.  Since I was on my way to Tacloban the following day, I went to the bank to exchange 200 US dollars for small bills since it can be difficult to change large bills in the province especially on the weekends when banks are closed.  I placed the roll of small bills in a shirt pocket and hung it up in the closet.  I went out that afternoon for about 3 to 4 hours.  When I returned, my room was cleaned as well as my shirt pocket of the $200 in small bills.  Yeah, I know, stupid me for not placing it in the safe.  Long story short, I was in a hurry and “thought” it would be ok since I never had any issues at this hotel before.  What really got under my skin is that when I reported it to the front desk, the receptionist tried to say it was probably my girlfriend.  The problem was, I did have any ladies in my room when I had the money in my pocket.  It was clearly someone in house keeping.  When I asked to speak to the manager, the receptionist said he would not be around until the following week. Another absent manager, same old story when there is a problem.  I was able to get the owner’s email address and send him a letter.  His response was something to the affect of “we don’t have employees who take things that don’t belong to them.”  Unbelievable!  Perhaps this was an isolated incident.  I really felt like the front desk person was in on it as she was not interested in seeking any kind of resolution and tried to make it sound like it my fault which in some sense it was.  I thought about filing a police report but having been back and forth in the Philippinesfor almost 20 years, I realized that would be about as useless as tits on a bull.  Any way, hope this will serve as a warning to all readers that no matter the hotel’s reputation, always use a safety box!  Reinhold Hayner. (Reinhold, yes, you made a mistake and your letter serves as a warning to others. Never relax your guard, no matter how much you trust an establishment. You were right and wrong in not submitting a police report, not because the police would ignore you, but because it would have been impossible to prove who the thief was.  But then, by submitting a report, in the future, if there is another similar theft at that establishment then a record would have been established. The Sunset Gardens does enjoy a good reputation and this is the first time I have learned of any problem there.  I think management could have been a bit more responsive to your problem but at least you know what to do in the future) 

Ariel Jesey is the current Assistant District Governor (ADG) of Rotary District 3790.  He used be a key employee for UTP and a close friend of Charlie Kemplin, owner of UTP.  Charles sent the following message:  ”Yes it’s a shame folks don’t know the real story behind Ariel Jersey’s rise – but perhaps in due time the truth will be known. Ariel now gets all the recognition for not only owning, but founding UTP. It’s unthinkable he has removed the legacy of Mike Dunne and Charlie Kemplin from all UTP literature.” (It is always sad to see a close friendship go sour and even sadder when an Expat owner of a business is forced out on the street.  But it is an example of the perils a foreigner faces when owning a business here.  Be very careful of who you put your trust in.  I believe there is still a pending court case regarding this matter).

I already published this in my breaking news on 30 Dec so I am pretty sure the quota has been filled by now, but, just in case I am wrong, I am repeating it here:  Hi Harry, happy new year for the 2012 year coming, jim i have been asked by bill williams from the blind beggar to send you this request, hopefully you can either post it on your site now or in the january news letter, we have been approached by an american advertisement agency who are looking for 100 extras for a T.V. commercial featuring Manny pacuiao life story combined with a advert for hennesey brandy, the scene will be focused around a boxing ring, which will be shot in the middle of january here in the philippines, the exact dates are 12-13-14 jan 2012, the venue should be the expo @ clark, transport will be provided along with any costumes, the intrested people should be 30 years + all size and shapes and also some distinguished gents as well, the pay will be 3000 pesos upwards daily, Anyone interested please contact Bill williams @ the Blind beggar on #09475106166 we already have 50 places filled so we are at a minimum, the cut off date for applicants is the 7th of jan or when posistions have been filled, whatever is the soonest…… cheers Harry, regards kennie.

Harry,  I really found your dec report amuzing considering I have been in the Philippines for 37 years with no problems. First, I have stayed and Johan’s Barrio Barretto many time and have eatten many meals there in my several year here. When he moved from Blue rock many of the Blue rock employees went with him. His food is always great and yes because of this he as a large amount of people eatting there so sometimes it is a bit slow. But if you want fast food go on subic to mac do or jolliebee. It appears the complainer may have a hidden agenda in his complaint.
Also the annual or even more often comments about staying or going to thailand instead of AC really gets me. I have been both and believe me if you want to be able to talk english to your date than better to stay here in Philippines.
One more thing, the group which was willed 30,000 pesos has broken the law if they did not go the AC as the will said. When judicating a will, all items in the will must be complied with. IE if I will my dog a million pesos, a group cannot vote to spend it somewhere else. A caretaker of the dog is appoiinted and spends the money as needed. The will said to have a party in AC (according to the person complaining) so that is where the party has to be.. Sounds again like a fake complaint.
Anyway, Christmas in La Union has been good, we were able to feed 38 though our VFW post 9892  on dec 17th, with gifts and the works. Than on 24th Ocean Deep DiverTraining Center fed and give gifts to 50 barangay kids with santas appearance.
Will visit your place on next AC trip.  Tim Aukshun

Gday Harry, well an end of an era for us at Gentlemans club, it was sold to the new owner, Australian Brian Cooke who took over on 26 Dec.  Rune from foxies, Dr Holms, etc., is the manager there.  i am heading off to Australiaon 11 jan, not for good as my wife is still here and will be back and forward as most of the people here do.  Shane Kennett (This did not make me happy.  Shane was a good friend for 7 years and I hate to see him give up the Gentlemen’s Club, especially since he put so much work into the renovation.  Sure would be nice to see him before he leaves on 11 Jan.  Guess I will have to climb those darn stairs to see what is going on under the new management).

 

TIDBITS

10 NEW ‘UNCONFIRMED” HIV CASES - ANGELES CITY, Philippines– City health authorities yesterday reported 10 new suspected cases of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) here.

Dr. Teresita Esguerra, chief of the social hygiene center of the city health office, also noted an eight percent increase in cases of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) among thousands of women registered as workers in local bars and other tourist-oriented establishments. She told The STAR that there are about 13,000 registered workers in local entertainment establishments who are all required under a city ordinance to undergo weekly smear tests at the social hygiene center.
“Since last July, the number of such workers coming for the tests has increased from an average of 700 to 1,200 daily,” she said.  Center nurse Lynne Velasco quoted the STD victims as saying that Koreans have replaced Americans as the suspected sources of their ailments. (Why am I not surprised at that)
Angeles earned the tag “sin city” as American soldiers stationed at the former Clark US Air Force base frequented the “red light districts” here for their “rest and recreation.” The red light districts suffered a slump when the Americans abandoned Clark in 1991, but resurfaced a few years later when Clark was converted into a special economic zone. (Even Esquerra mistakenly calls it a “Red Light District” instead of “Adult Entertainment District or Zone”)  Esguerra noted that since 1985, at least 100 locals, mostly women working in bars, have been confirmed to be HIV-positive. HIV eventually leads to the fatal Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS).
“A rapid test we did recently revealed 10 more suspected HIV cases but we are not informing the concerned girls yet until we receive a confirmation from a laboratory in Manila,” she said. Esguerra, however, said her office has lost track of most of the 100 confirmed HIV cases. “We got feedback that some went back to their provinces, while about 10 have already died of AIDS,” she said. Velasco said the victims included three siblings, now aged two, four, and seven who were orphaned by parents who died from AIDS. These children are now under the care of a foundation in Manila.
Esguerra cited limitations provided by Republic Act 8524 of the Philippine National AIDS Law that prevent health authorities from tracking down probable sources of HIV in the city’s foreign community.
“We also cannot control the activities of the HIV patients. We cannot forbid them to return to the bars to work, neither can we warn the bars on the health of the patients,” she said. (Hence the weakness of the program – how ridiculous)
Esguerra and Velasco said attempts to provide the patients with other forms of livelihood have failed. “The cash given them just vanishes. It seems that their experience in bars has developed an outlook for easy money,” Velasco said.  She said six confirmed HIV patients are now under the care of the city government. Four of them are employed as “peer advisors” to other bar workers.  Esguerra noted though that compared to other major cities in the country, the local HIV situation is not as bad. “But we have to be vigilant,” she added.
Next month, she said random HIV tests would be done among registered and freelance entertainers as well as tricycle drivers, among whom STD cases have been reported to be significant. “At least 300 from each group would undergo behavioral and blood tests,” she said.
Esguerra said her office is pushing the availability of condoms in nightspots to help prevent the spread of HIV and other STDs.
“The female entertainers, however, report that most of their customers refuse the use of condom. In gay bars, the male workers are embarrassed to admit having had sex with customers, so they refuse blood tests,” she said. SOURCE: The Nation

My libel case:  Someone wrote and asked me the status of the case the previous Mayor filed against me more than two years ago.   It died a natural death in the court system after the Mayor agreed not to pursue the case after I apologized.  But it was only on 9 Dec 2011 that, with my lawyer, we went to San Fernando to get my bail money back.  They only issue checks on Tues and Fridays so my lawyer went there on a Wednesday to make sure that all was correct and the check could be picked up on Friday.  We drove there, through the rain and lo and behold, they had forgotten to have the Judge sign the check that AM.  Ah, not to worry, you can come back they told me with so many friendly smiles.  So, on Tuesday, 13 Dec they were nice enough to issue me cash instead of a check.  One does learn to be flexible and patient in the Philippines.  Please note, that this slowness also applies to people who end up in jail here and have to deal with the slow system and intolerable jail conditions.  If you end up in jail you better have friends on the outside and enough funds to allow you to sleep and eat decently, pay off the head prisoner so you are left alone.  If you do not have funds, well, you are literally screwed.  I just met one individual who was falsely accused of rape, incarcerated for one year and went through three of four public defenders before finally getting out with the charge dismissed.  Oh, visiting or living here can be so wonderful, but man, stay out of trouble, stay out of jail, or your life in paradise can be turned into a life of hell.

KILLER OF BRITON ARRESTED
By AARON B. RECUENCO
December 14, 2011, 7:26pm
MANILA, Philippines — Police arrested last Tuesday a 28-year-old man as a suspect in the killing of a Briton who came to the Philippines to marry a woman he had met through the Internet.
Chief Supt. Agrimero Cruz Jr., Armed Forces spokesman, said law men had been hunting Anselmo Lacostales for more than a year before he was arrested in his apartment inSan PabloCity in Laguna. Cruz said Lacostales is the main suspect in the case of 28-year-old John Lorne Macdonald, who was stabbed and killed in Angono town in Rizal in September last year.  The official said Lacostales was the boyfriend of a woman whom MacDonald had met through the Internet. He arrived in the country in September last year to marry her.  During a small party in the woman’s house, Lacostales arrived and attacked him. The suspect was charged before a Rizal court. SOURCE:Manila Bulletin. (So many things to look out for when meeting Filipinas through the internet.  You have to worry about current and past boyfriends for the Filipino can go wacko when it comes to their women, especially if they have had a few drinks. I wonder how many guys do not stop and think that the males here may resent foreigners going out with the local ladies?  Just another item to look out for when visiting the Philippines)

The Villa Sol drama continues.  This is the latest I have heard from a resident:  ”Villasol remains the same and now it seems as if the Brgy. Captain
seems to be ignoring the City Council and the locals are telling me he
is bought and paid for. I found it interesting that they were able to
construct a guard shack right in the middle of New York Street without
a visible “building permit”and when asked the man in charge replied
that they needed none as they were the “Association” and in charge. I
asked his name but he declined to identify himself. I brought it up
with Councilor Edu Pamintuan and he said he would look into it. So
things remain the same and the City Engineers people continue to
collect our garbage on Fridays. The Barangay truck has not been seen
as ordered by the City Council or maybe they did not purchase one yet.
The guard shack is not stopping vehicles yet and it will be very
interesting when they try to impede residents from reaching their
homes. Many are still refusing to pay the dues the VHRAI is asking and
the list is growing. I am told that a lot of people invested money in
this and it is considered a business with profit as the motive and not
done in the interests of the residents. Why am I not surprised? No
roads being fixed or lighting being done but security personnel abound
with the intention of keeping the residents under control.”  (Imagine, Villa Sol used to be a nice peaceful sub-division to live in.  By the way, the Wanjai property has been sold to a Korean interest and it is rumored that a hotel will be built on that site (New York Street).  Have no idea how this goes hand in hand with the Villa Sol “garbage problem”.)

On the last day that I did my Santa duties at the Nepo Mall, downtown, the kind folks there provided me lunch from the “Dice and Slice” restaurant located within the Mall. The meal included a piece of steak, rice and a plate of shelled mussles.  That is something I normally do not eat outside of my house.  Everything was great until I awoke at 0500 hrs with an urgent need to go to the bathroom.  To my surprise I not only had diarrhea but vomiting at the same time.  This continued every 20 minutes or so until 1000 hrs.  I also had the chills which had me shaking and requesting a blanket.  For the first time ever, I could not show up for a Santa appointment at a school in San Fernando.  I was sick all day but the vomiting stopped but man, I was weak as all get out.  Dr. Canlas, my family doctor, came by to see me at 1700 hrs and provided some necessary medications.  He told me I did have food poisoning and that was the first time in my life that I experienced it.  It is something I am not anxious to feel again.  Bottom line, I will never go to the “Dice and Slice” again, and they have one at SM Mall as well.

Another food experience involved my wife.  Now this one was not nearly as serious but Mrs. Horse, it was a major thing.  We were eating at the Chow King, Marquee Mall and Priscilla had taken a few spoons of the beef soup when she looked at her spoon and spotted an ant.  Now folks, I have no idea how many of you would have noticed an ant in your soup spoon.  Me, the way I eat, I doubt that I would have, and after living in Asia for 35 years, even if I did, I might have just gulped it down anyway.  But, not Priscilla, we called the waiter, showed him and then had him get the manager.  He apologized and replaced the soup.  All was well, until, she looked at her spoon and lo and behold, there was another ant.  That did it, she was really upset, refused to eat anymore, called the manager again and this time refused any replacement.  I have no idea if the batch of soup they made contained a whole family of ants and Priscilla got the mother and the father but she definitely was not going to eat anymore.  Me, I just closed my eyes and finished my Beef and Wanton soup and departed with my Mrs claiming she will never eat in that Chow King again.  To me this had a bit of humor to it but please do not tell Mrs. Horse I wrote that as she did not think it was funny at all.  She got a bit “antsy” about the whole thing.

The Penthouse (previously Lexus) -  http://thepenthouseinvestments.com/blogs/2011/12/happy-holidays-the-penthouse-construction-continues-to-push-forward/  I guess the Lewis Grand Folks are gearing up to finally get busy on the construction of this high rise condo/hotel.  I am printing their latest blog creation so anyone interested can check it out.  I would be very pleased to see this project completed and opened for occupancy.  They say it will happen in 2012 so it will be interesting to see its progress over the next few months.

Philippines to establish direct air link with Cambodia – Philippine Daily Inquirer – The country’s airlines will soon fly straight to destinations in Cambodia, one of the few members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations that do not have direct air links with the Philippines. During a board meeting held earlier this month, the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) gave four airlines the signal to mount a total of 21 weekly flights between various points in Cambodia and the Philippines. The air link is expected to boost trade and travel between the two countries, which are starting to rely more on their respective tourism sectors to create more jobs and boost growth.

The entitlements are a result of a 2009 air deal between Manila and Phnom Penh, paving the way for the establishment of direct air links between the two countries.
This is in line with the liberalization of Cambodia’s air rights regime, which has contributed significantly to the rapid growth of its tourism sector. From just 700,000 in 2003, the number of tourists going to Cambodia has grown to over 2.5 million at the end of 2010, government data showed. The Aquino administration is now trying to replicate in the Philippines what Cambodia has done to boost its tourism industry, which was attributed to the enactment of an “open skies” regime that allowed foreign airlines to fly directly to Siem Reap, home of the Angkor Temples, Cambodia’s top tourist draw.

From over three million at the end of 2010, the Philippine government now wants to increase tourist arrivals to as much as 10 million by 2016. In its board meeting, the CAB gave Cebu Pacific five flights a week from Manila to points of its choice in Cambodia. Two flights were given to budget carrier Zest Airways, while AirPhil Express, the low-cost arm of flag carrier Philippine Airlines, was granted seven.
AirAsia Inc., the Philippine subsidiary of Malaysia’s AirAsia Berhad, likewise received seven flights from its hub in Clark Freeport, Pampanga. Also, the CAB gave out flight entitlements to Japan, Vietnam and Malaysia.  (It is always exciting to see more flights in and out of the DMIA to various locations in Asia but when do we get to see those International flights we are all waiting for?)

Made in America- Create jobs by looking for the right products.

http://cdnapi.kaltura.com/index.php/kwidget/wid/0_04vzdsr5/uiconf_id/5590821
A little research can pay off big time.  (I found this to be very interesting.  It seems in a lot of ways we can get back to “made in America” instead of China, India, Philippines, etc. with a bit of research.  I did not try to obtain the list quoted in this newscast but am sure it is available)
Peter Taylor, owner of Bare Assets Club on Perimeter Road was robbed, beaten and tied up at his residence in Timog Park, 11 PM, 24 Dec.  Another so called secure compound.  The asshole thieves got the money set aside for the bar rental, salaries, electric bill and the house rent.  They also took his cell phone and laptop.  He was bruised up quite a bit but at least was not killed.
Treasure Island to be closed, permanently 0n 31 Dec.  Why?  The lease is up and the landlord is asking for 3 plus million pesos key money for a 5 year lease and also wants to double the rent.  Is the landlord greedy or just trying to get rid of a tenant for other reasons.  The same landlord holds the leases on the La Pasha and One Eyed Wench buildings as well.  Could this be the beginning of the face change I anticipate on Fields Ave.  The property values have risen dramatically and land owners are catching the smell of gold in them there buildings.  They also smell the stench of Koreans with pockets full of money.

NOT JUST IN ANGELES CITY -

James Thomas Kakara, 61, was bludgeoned to death Saturday while he was alone at his home in Tagaytay, an upscale community nearManila, said provincial police chief Senior Superintendent John Bulalacao.

“The victim is an amputee who is a retired US Marine. He was apparently hit on the head and a piece of pipe that was presumably used in the attack was found at the bottom of his swimming pool,” Bulalacao told reporters.

His wife and other members of the household had been away at the time, the officer added. Police said the thieves took about 206,000 pesos ($4,700) in cash, as well as the victim’s mobile phone and laptop computer.

Kakara, who was from California, moved to the Philippinesafter marrying a Filipina, Tagaytay police officer Leonard Carandang told AFP. There have been numerous cases of elderly foreigners living in the Philippineswho have been attacked and robbed in their homes, with some victims dying of their injuries(Isn’t it great how the Christmas season brings out the best in the Filipino’s?  Yeah, I know that is not a fair statement but it does seem that older foreigners living here seem to have become a favorite target of the large criminal element in this country) 


TAPS

Glen Thomas Shotwell, American, committed suicide by jumping from the 2oth floor of a hotel in Manila.  A friend of his wrote the following:  Hello Harry, thanks for getting back, appreciate that. Found out, got a number talked to the manila police.
They have his body. He lived in angeles many years. went down to manila on the 3rd. went to hospital, found out he had cancer. Police found note that he had no money to pay, was on small military pension, told his gal who was still in angeles, he was gona go see a friend.  Went to the hotel and jumped off 20 stories. He was a great guy. Gotta give it to him he lived how he wanted to. didnt want to burden folks. sad part is manila police have his body and he has only a sister in Naples Florida and cant find her. Only relative and they weren’t on good terms so the police will keep the body. take care bro, thanks again.

Harry, Don’t think you knew David Culotta, retired PNC(SS), U.S. Navy.  Dave was a barrio stalwart for many years and was well known in the VFW/Military retired community and especially well known in all the bars in and around the Subic bay area. I’m sad to inform you that Dave passed away last night. He was suffering from severe pneumonia, and while he hid this from friends for a long time he was eventually forced to go to a hospital. I checked him in friday night about 6pm and he passed away Monday night about 1150pm. Things aint going to be the same around here. Dave was buried Thursday, 22 DEC 2011 at Clark veterans cemetery

I was so sorry to learn that Cheetah, the chimpanzee sidekick in the Tarzan movies of the early 1930s, died on 24 Dec at age 80.  I think I liked Cheetah more than I liked Tarzan and Jane.  I was surprised to learn that he lived to such a ripe old age as most live an average of 35 to 45 years in captivity. Guinness World Records cited Cheetah as the world’s oldest non-human primate.  RIP Cheetah and thanks for some great childhood memories.  Guess he was right up there with “Howdy Doody”  for me.

Larry Martin passed away at the AU Hospital here in Angeles City this morning, 30 Dec.  I do not know the cause of death at this time.  Larry, a few years ago, worked 3 days a week at the Butterfly Rock.

BUTTERFLY ROCK OWNER MURDERED

I just learned tonight (16 Dec) that the owner, Hans, of the Butterfly Rock Club was murdered in his home.  According to Maj Tan, Station Four Commander, an investigation is ongoing and at this this time they are interested in some suspects.  I am in touch with Han’s partner and will get further updates tomorrow.  This has to be the third such similar this year in which a girlfriend/boyfriend motive was involved.  All too often an expat is murdered and the prime suspects are the wife or girlfriend plus a jealous Filipino or another motive being money.  This hits a bit close to home as our expat community here is close knit and when such a tragedy occurs it concerns one and all.  More details to follow.

Sat, 17 Dec – Following is a message sent to me by his partner and best friend Corne.  I pray that this case is solved quickly.  This time we have people willing to pay necessary expenses to keep investigation going in the right direction and there is a lot of local expat interest in this one.  The reward for key information is substantial so lets see what happens:

“Hi Harry, It is me Corne., The partner of Hans.  I was so busy last few days with police and arranging things, also Hans his brother happens to be also here. So I was not really able to talk to you yet a lot. Anyways , I want to give you a little more details and maybe you could post this information on your site.

The murderers also took Hans his car and fled the site with expensive belongings. Maybe the killers try to sell some of that stuff and maybe they offer such things to foreigners and maybe someone  hears about a guy selling expensive things, You never know.

His car is a Ford Escape, color gold. (License plate I will get from Major Tan tonight. – Update – the car was recovered in the mountain View area).  They also stole Hans his big camera. He has 2 of them and they are both Canon I believe. Also they took 2 golden lighters and 2 golden Rolex (Leather strap)  and a few cellphones.  In his car he has always a lot of power tools. They are new like drills saw and stuff like that.  They also took the vault, maybe some guy starts changing a lot of Euros (because those were in the vault. Most probably they took more things but I was not able to look into that yet.

I also want to inform you that me and his brother will offer a reward of 1 million pesos for the one who could bring us the Golden tip to arrest these motherf***ers.  I am in contact with Major Tan daily and will keep you informed.  Hans is not only my Partner he is also my best friend. I am willing to do what ever it takes to get these Crazy low lifes!  Thanks for any help you can extend. Sincerely, Corne”.

LETTER TO WATERSTONE VILLA RESIDENTS:

Harry, Here is a report to the Waterstone  Villas home owners association concerning Mr. Siepkamp’s murder. Sent to reassure residents and owners that it’s safe inside our little gated community. (I don’t live there, I am invested). Until this arrived, I had no idea that he was killed within Waterstone. Anyway, thought maybe you would be interested in what they had to say. I hope they find the SOB’s that did this and bring them to justice…soon… Bobby W…

WATERSTONE VILLAS PHASE I HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION, INC.

Blk. 8 Waterstone Dr., Waterstone Villas, Balibago, A.C.
Tel. & Fax No.: (045)-892-6647
Email: waterstonevillas_hoa@yahoo.com
mailto:waterstonevillas_hoa@yahoo.com
December 20, 2011

To: All Residents
From: James M. Hebron – President
Subject: Hans Van Siepkamp Murder Investigation and Safety review

The murder investigation into the savage murder of our neighbor  Hans Van Siepkamp continues. The vehicle stolen from Hans and used in the getaway has been recovered in Mountainview on Tarlac Street. The Scene of the Crime Operatives (SOCO) have completed their forensic investigation of the vehicle. The PNP detectives are awaiting the results of the vehicle examination and that of the crime scene itself. An autopsy was performed and initial results have been sent to PNP. They may be waiting on toxicology reports, which usually take a longer time to complete.
The police have said that the girlfriend will be undergoing a polygraph test today. The results of this and any other polygraph examinations will be included in the Police Report. When we receive a copy of the Police Report, each of you will receive a copy.
I know many of us are deeply concerned about our safety and well
being here at Waterstone. We all have a thousand questions and very few answers. There have been wild rumors printed in the media and
circulating on the internet. Most have one grain of truth and a million
grains of fantasy. Let’s review our situation. In March of last year,
rather than sitting back on our laurels, we incorporated a new Security
Program. We hired a new security company with fully qualified personnel. We pay the highest salaries with the most complete set of employment benefits in the entire Region Three area. They work only eight hours per day for six days a week. They come to work fully rested and equipped for work. They have continued to keep us safe and have earned us an enviable record for having zero robberies, burglaries or assaults for EIGHT years! There is not a compound here in Angeles City that can match our record. Indeed, many of you have moved here from other very wealthy compounds with much, much larger homes precisely because of our outstanding safety record. Our thanks for this should go to the Tinio family and the Waterstone Realty Board for creating this safe environment and to our residents who pay the highest Monthly Dues to maintain it.
However, no system is foolproof. And no system ever devised by
the human mind can prevent what police are calling an “INSIDE JOB”. We need look no further than the Presidents of the United States. They are the most protected people on earth. Yet four of them were assassinated. But, since this tragedy, the Board of Directors, has begun a review of our security procedures to discover new means and methods to improve our security situation. The PNP Intelligence Division will provide us with recommendations to improve our security profile. But, we’re not sitting around passively waiting for their results. The Board of Directors have decided to take a pro-active stance and are seeking security reviews from our own Triple Eight security company as well as from the security companies of some of our neighbors who have graciously offered their help. We also have residents with extensive military and security backgrounds that are also providing us with their expertise. If you feel you may have something to contribute, please don’t hesitate to contact me. Remember, the only bad idea is the one you didn’t share. We’re all in this together, so please feel free to question or advise us when something comes to mind.
In the meantime, please remember that safety is our first concern. Practice normal safety procedures like locking your door at night. Use common sense. One of our members is doing just that. He’s
enhanced his home safety by adding barbed wire barricades to his roof
area. Another immediate safety precaution we’re taking is stopping all
cars entering or leaving the compound to allow the guard to confirm the identities of the occupants. We ask your cooperation by lowering your windows, or turning on your dome light and turning off your headlights at night to enable the guard to see into your vehicle. We feel this extra step will enhance all our security and minimize the chances of something like this happening in the future. With this in mind, we also must not fall victim to overreaction. What happened to Hans is an unspeakable abomination, but it was an isolated incident with very unique and personal antecedents. Simply put, this was an “INSIDE JOB”. This is not just my opinion. This is the opinion of over twenty police officials, with whom I have spoken, from Colonel on down to Private.
So, let’s remain vigilant, but let us live our lives as normally as
possible. I would also like to ask you to remember Hans and his family in your prayers, as we enter thisHoliday season. May he Rest in Peace and may God Bless you and your families. (Very good letter to the residents of  Waterstone Villas but the point is a resident was murdered, by gunfire, which no guards heard.  The killers drove his vehicle out of the compound at 0400 hrs.  Also, they say their security service kept residents safe for eight years but they changed the security company 9 months ago.  Makes you think the first company did a better job than the new one.  Yes, it is very true that no matter the precautions taken, one cannot prevent an “inside job” but damn, it sure is happening far too often.  Now, no matter what additional security measures are taken the residents of Waterstone and residents of all subdivisions will be a bit more insecure.  Many will wonder, who will be next?)

UPDATE:  I have heard that P C/Insp Tan of Station Four is aggressively investigating the murder of Hans and is providing daily updates to his partner, Corne.  This is encouraging as it means that there is a strong possibility that this crime will be solved and the culprits imprisoned.  When that happens it will bring

mental peace to Hans’ brother Frederick and Hans’s son Charlie, both of whom flew into Angeles City to attend to funeral arrangements.  The body of Hans will be shipped to Holland for burial.  Meanwhile, his son Charlie is struggling with all the proper paperwork necessary to accomplish this plus the red tape required for clearing Hans’s bank accounts and assets here.  I was able to meet these two very nice men and what makes a sad story even sadder is that they both planned to fly here in Feb to attend the 60th birthday party for Hans.  Corne had told me that Hans was very excited about that and was planning one hell of a big celebration.  This one murder affected so many lives, even that of Corne.  Imagine, he and Hans were not just partners, but the best of friends and now Corne is not sure of what to do next when it comes to the bar.  Frederick, Charlie and Corne are determined to see this through to it final conclusion.  Below are pictures of Frederick, Charlie and Hans with girlfriend of five years, lovely Claire.

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOURIST OF THE MONTH

That very happy man, James Lawson, is from Chicago and the lady who is making him so happy is Vina Maroe, a charming young lady who could bring a smile to any man lucky enough to know her.  James came by to visit me after he purchased a Chatsworth Condo unit which is close to the old PIH Hospital.  I keep meaning to stop by and see exactly where it is located and how it looks.  James is using the management system whereby the Chatsworth folks rent out the unit until he is ready to take possession.  Meanwhile Vina is in the province and James must be content to continue a long distance relationship.  I bet he does a lot of thinking about Vina during those cold, windy, snowy Chicago nights.  James plans to retire in another 12 to 14 years and man, that is a hell of a long wait.  Right now he is connected with a transportation business.  Vina Marie is only 21 years old so you can understand why James never quits smiling.  By the way, he met Vina Marie on-line and so far that long distance romance has worked out quite well.  I was supposed to ask more questions and take more notes while they were visiting but I kept looking at Vina and lost my concentration.  Anyway, James is in Chicago and I am sure his co-workers, when they see this picture will be running to their computers to go on-line and hope they can be as lucky as James.  Of course, those that are married are shit out of luck.

INTERESTING

 

 

 

 

 

I found these pictures to be very interesting.  Why?  Regretfully, I remember that the first time I took my son to a McDonalds in Las Vegas it looked exactly like this one. That was one hell of a long time ago and another reminder of how old I am.  Can’t get much to eat for fifteen cents now.  The other two pictures makes me happy that I was not around to book the Titanic for its maiden sailing.  There she is, standing tall ready to set sail and the last picture shows where she ended up, at the bottom of the sea.  I can never forget that Titanic movie and still like that darn song.

I WOULD IF I COULD

Oh boy, oh boy, I sure did enjoy meeting this young lady.  I was attending our Hotel and Restaurant Association (HARP) Christmas luncheon at the Juliana night club on 1st street and this was one of the charming ladies that assisted with serving the food, greeting the guests and helping this old man to his seat.  Her name is Shane Santos, 21 years old, from Bulacan.  She stands 5′ 5″ and is quite attractive.  Needless to say, she has a nice figure and magnificent legs.  Normally she works from 7 PM to closing and is one of the models that performs at 11 PM.  She only has one brother, enjoys cooking and seeing movies.  She is a high school graduate and hopes one day to own her own business, something like a small restaurant or a beauty salon.  For anyone wanting to court this lovely lady she likes men 35 to 50 years of age and if it is the right guy, even older.  The Juliana is a night club with food and entertainment.  The prices are a bit higher than one is used to on Fields Ave with ladies drinks at P265 for juice and a mixed local drink will go at P300.  You will find mostly a Filipino clientele but foreigners are most welcome.  I was impressed with Shane’s conversational abilities and she has a great sense of humor.  She is a very confident lady who I think is well worth the price of a drink to enjoy her company.  The Juliana has been a mainstay on 1st street for many years and it is a welcome change from the regular clubs on fields Ave.  I recommend you make the effort to check it out when in town, and if you do, say hello to Shane for me.  I nearly forgot to include Shane’s Email address, it is:  roseann_shane@yahoo.com.

A VERY BIG HELPING HAND

Dennis Wright of Peregrine and Global Gateway Logistics City, Clark Freeport Zone reacted quickly to the disastrous flooding in Cagayan De Oro and provided potable drinking water in record breaking time.  As Dennis explains in a recent message:  “Perhaps one of the better CSR projects we have ever undertaken… providing potable water for those in CDO.  A city of 500,000 with virtually no potable water supply.  Manila water and Manylad Water both donated a comparable unit (12,000/day) and the government  a smaller unit… the one we provided is as large as the two from the public utility companies in Manila and the largest they now have in use… one unit can provide 8 bottles of water a day to 12,000 people (although they serve even more)… Attached are some photos taken from CDO and the first water provided.  Ambassador Rabe was able to work through the local Chamber of Commerce who he felt was trust worthy and would not take advantage of the situation.  We have been well pleased with the feedback to date.  The company also has been good to work with and everyone cooperating for the benefit of the community.

Because the new one we purchased from Manila was delayed getting on a Negros vessel (should arrive today), we were able to get the company we are buying it from to let us use a used one immediately (attached photos)… until the new one arrived and set up… but because the water is so badly needed, we decided to lease the used one even after the new one shipped and installed and ended up buying it also as the rental for two months equaled the buy price… so we will be providing potable water for over 24,000 per day… which will be the single largest provider… but in view of 500,000 residents even that is hardly enough… the city is working hard to get their wells back on line and distribution system repaired… some estimate 2 months to get it back up to normal…The pictures tell the story… and in a small way helped over the Christmas Holidays…(No Dennis, not in a small way, but in a very big, life saving way.  Many thanks go out to you, management and staff at Peregrine)

 

 

 

 

 

THREE THINGS I MISS ABOUT LAS VEGAS

 

 

 

 

Yes, I do like being here in Angeles City but there are always things in Las Vegas, USA that remain dear to my heart.  I absolutely enjoyed the use of the electric cart that is provided, free of charge, at WalMart.  Man, I loved shopping with the Mrs and she could take as long as she wanted.  I scooted around the store and enjoyed every minute.  My legs never got tired and neither did my ass.  The store is so large that I could not stand or walk too long, but give me that cart, and I hated to give it up.

Picture #2, a great big fat roast beef sandwich on Rye Bread at Weiss Deli in Green Valley.  My mouth is watering as I write this.  Oh, include an extra helping of those great kosher pickles and I was in heaven.  What a great deli and you should be so lucky to sample their great breakfast servings as well – super omelets.
And last but not least, being able to buy those green and red grapes, peaches, strawberries and plums at affordable prices at Smith’s grocery.  Oh yes, they had electric carts as well and a great pastry section.  Excuse me now, I have to order something to eat, for some reason I am now starved.

NT REALITY ASIA CO.


Quite often I get Emails asking for advice on apartments, condos or houses and what is available.  Let me say right out that I do not track those things.  This is not a small neighborhood anymore and construction of apartments and condos is wild.  Every month I see some new building going up.  What I usually do is refer the writer to NT Reality and now, in particular, to Miss Irene Ruiz, NT Reality Property Consultant.  One advantage of dealing with Irene is that she is single and attractive as well as a mother of two.  She has had a couple of bad breaks in her life but now is working hard to make a life for herself.  So, if you have real estate questions contact Irene at:  Email – Irene@nt-realty.com or even skype at Irene.ntrealty.  Mobile phone:  0927-680-3848 or 0939-208-1118.  You can’t beat a two phone gal!

BALMER MURDER UPDATE

(Picture of Joe Tramontano in happier times)
It appears that the extreme slow motion legal actions on this case are beginning to speed up.  Finally the statements of two key witnesses have become enough for the case to be raffled off to a judge.  This will take a bit of time, not much but then getting the two alleged killers, Tim Kaufman and and Joe Tramontano back here will not be easy.  The Philippines and the US do share an extradition treaty but no doubt the process is full of red tape.  NBI Investigator Nolly has been the lone police official working hard to bring all the evidence to bear on this case.  Richard Agnew himself has been working tirelessly to keep the pressure on police officials to continue their investigation.  It has not been easy as there seems to be a bit of a conflict between the City Director and the area NBI Chief as to who has jurisdiction.  Even though Nolly has been working tirelessly on this case Col Diaz appears to want to take him off the case and transfer him.  Such an action does not make any sense at all.  Anyway, somehow, despite the slowness of the City Prosecutors, the City Director and the NBI Chief and maybe even folks like me not fully understanding the police procedures here, the case continues to make its way through the system.  The name Les Nelson keeps popping up as well but it seems there is not enough evidence against him at this time to include his name in arrest warrants.  I guess Joe and Tim will have to explain any roll Les had in the planning of the murders.

There is one thing that disgusts me every time I hear about it.  It relates to how Joe was such a cold blooded killer.  Allegedly he shot David while David was awake and begging Joe not to shoot him.  Despite the pleas from David Joe emptied his gun into David and then, Joe had the nerve to attend the funeral for David and his girlfriend.

THE BOOMERANG HOTEL 

 

 

 

 

 

This is one of the newest hotels going up in the Clarkview area.  Two great guys, Dave Lindsay (Australian) and John Burnett (Ireland) are pooling their talents and experience to build what should be a very popular Hotel.  The location is good, just down the street from Garfields and Club Rio.  You can already check out their website at www.boomeranghotelac.com.  When I visited construction was ongoing but I could get a feel for the place.  I particularly liked the ideas they were putting into the kitchen and the lobby area, with a boomerang shaped bar.  I am not going into details here because it is late and also they have a webpage up and they also have an Email address of boomeranghotel@yahoo.com.  You can even google the hotel name and the info comes up easily.  What I liked is that these guys are spending a ton of money to pave the road leading to their hotel and the one beside it. I know the owner of the Club Rio will be happy with that because before the arrival of the Boomerang folks that was a very lousy street.  Their room prices are very reasonable so put this place on your shopping list when planning a visit to AC.

THE DEVERA HOTEL

 

 

 

 

 

Yes folks, another new hotel.  This one is situated near the checkpoint, occupying the site where the Clark Airport Terminal building used to be and Domino’s pizza and if you want real history, where Maverick City used to be located.  Right now they only have the first two floors ready for occupancy and have already had one guest arrive the same day they had their soft opening.  The rooms are nicely furnished and I was impressed with the king size beds.  The prices range from P1,600 to P2,400 a night.  When the 7 floors are completed 72 rooms will be available.  Right now the elevator has not been delivered but the shipment from China is expected sometime this month.  They are developing a web site:  www.deverahotel.com but their phone number is:  63 45 893-3847.  This is not a big company owned hotel, it is more a family operated hotel with Dante Devera, his wife and daughter working hard to put it all together.  Right now, during the construction phase the you can get 25% off the listed prices.  By the way, they have room for a small coffee shop and are looking for someone that might be interested in renting the space for this purpose.  Contact Dante if interested.

That is it for this month.  It is 0410 hrs, 31 Dec and I am dead tired.  I have been working on this all day, into the night and then morning and man, my fingers are in rejection mode.  I am out of here and I sure hope you will continue to be kind to horses this year.

 

 

HARRY THE HORSE POLITICAL RANTINGS – SKIP THIS PART

WASHINGTON — Saying they hope to stem the tide of jobs heading overseas, legislators introduced a bipartisan bill Wednesday in the House that would punish American corporations for offshoring their telephone call centers, making such companies ineligible for grants or guaranteed loans from the federal government.

Introduced by Rep. Tim Bishop (D-N.Y.) and Rep. David McKinley (R-W.Va.), the protectionist legislation would also put some aggressive mandates on call-center operations. Not only would customer service representatives working overseas forU.S.corporations have to disclose their locations upon request, they would also have to offer callers the option of being transferred to call centers back inAmerica.

“Outsourcing is one of the scourges of our economy and one of the reasons we are struggling to knock down the unemployment rate and reduce the number of Americans who are out of work,” Bishop said in a conference call with reporters. “We can’t prohibit it, but we can certainly discourage it.”

Although some call-center jobs have trickled back into the U.S.in recent years, the long-term trend has shown thousands of American-based customer service positions being outsourced to Indiaand the Philippines, where workers come considerably cheaper. The Philippines’ call-center industry recently surpassed India’s as the largest in the world, according to a report in USA Today.

The call-center bill has strong backing from the Communications Workers of America, a union representing 700,000 workers, more than 150,000 of whom are customer service reps. Ron Collins, CWA’s chief of staff, said that Americans have been losing decent-paying call-center jobs so that large corporations can save on labor costs. He praised AT&T for its decision to bring 5,000 customer service jobs back to the U.S. as part of its merger with T-Mobile.

“When I talk about this, I talk about it from experience,” said Collins, a former Verizon call-center worker. “This bill is a very important step forward — for jobs, for workers and for customers.”

In addition to scuttling any grants or guaranteed loans for a period of five years, the U.S. Call Center Worker and Consumer Protection Act would require that companies that are about to offshore call-center jobs notify the Labor Department 120 days before they do so. The companies would then be put on a public list. Bishop said the law would apply to businesses in all industries.

Such a bill is unlikely to garner strong support from anti-protectionist, free-trade GOP members of Congress, but the inclusion of the call-center rules adds an interesting wrinkle. Given the widespread frustration of customers who end up on long calls with agents overseas, plenty of constituents, Republican and Democrat alike, would probably appreciate the option of dealing more regularly with customer service reps based inAmerica.

“With Rep. McKinley as my primary Republican co-sponsor, I’m very hopeful he can bring a good number of his colleagues to the table,” Bishop said. “It’s hard to defend the practice. It’s hard to say we would rather employ someone in thePhilippinesthan in theU.S.”

To bolster their case, the CWA said it plans to release a report next week that shows that consumer fraud and identity theft is higher at call centers abroad than in the U.S. (This article from the “Huffington” post was sent to me and I must say it is about time that some of our political leaders are beginning to sit up and take note of the loss of American jobs to outsourcing Call Center jobs.  Even if this proposed bill does not get passed in its entirety I like the part about the Call Center person having to identify where the call is being received and have to connect me to an American Call Center if I so request.  I firmly believe in keeping Call Centers in the US where they belong).

Harry, Please take care of yourself. A recent joint study conducted by the
Department of Health and the Department of Motor Vehicles indicates that 13% of traffic accidents are alcohol related. This means that the remaining 87% are caused by assholes who drink water, coffee, tea, carbonated drinks, juices, and eat yogurt and shit like that. Therefore, beware of those who do not drink alcohol. They cause more than six times as many accidents. This message is sent by someone who worries about your well being.. (Gosh, I do not drink but maybe, now, I should start thinking about starting – wait, no need to do so as Mrs. Horse will not allow me to drive anymore, she says I am not a safe driver.  Not to worry, when she goes out shopping for the day I grab the car keys and take off.  So, watch out for me, being sober means that you now have a 87% chance of my running you over).

Hi Harry! I have had the pleasure of meeting you, but you probably don’t remember me. I received this attachment from a mate of mine inSydney. I thought that you might find it amusing. If you like, please feel free to include it in your political rants. Regards, Jules (Jules, good to see a bit of humor from “Down Under”)

HEADLINES FROM THE YEAR 2030

*Ozone created by electric cars now killing millions in the seventh largest country in the world “Little India” formerly known asAustralia.

*Tasmaniaexecutes last remaining Greenie.

*White minorities still trying to have English recognised asAustralia’s third language.

*Children from two-parent heterosexual families bullied in schools for being ‘different’.  Tolerance urged.

*Gay Marriages now overtake heterosexual marriages as preferred ‘lifestyle’ choice.

*Melbourneschoolgirl expelled for not wearing Burqa, being a Christian is no excuse says school. Sharia law must be enforced.

*Japan  announces that they will no longer consume whale meat as whales are now extinct and the scientific research fleet are unemployed. Australian Government has told the Japanese that Cane Toads taste like whale meat.

*Australianow has ten Universities of Political Correctness. Professor Goldman of ANU says there is still a long way to go in the fight to stop people saying what they think.

*Australian Deficit $10 trillion dollars and rising. Government declares return to surplus in 100 years which is 300 years ahead of time. Prime Minister Mohammed Yousuf claims increased growth through more immigration is the secret to success.

*Wall Street banks merge to form new super bank, Goldman, Rothschild,  Ebeneezer, Epstein & Drescher (GREED). Huge bonuses paid to executives to celebrate launch.

*Baby conceived naturally! Scientists amazed.Iranstill quarantined.

* Physicists estimate it will take at least ten more years before radioactivity decreases to safe levels.

*France  pleads for global help after being taken over by Islamic Countries.  No other country volunteers to come forward to help the beleaguered nation ! Serves them right.

*Castro finally dies at age 112. Cuban cigars can now be imported legally, but President Chelsea Clinton has banned all smoking.

*Jose Manuel Rodrigez Bush says he will run for second term as US President in 2032.

*Australia Post raises price of stamps to $18 and reduces mail delivery to Wednesdays only.

*After a ten year $75.8 billion study, commissioned by the Labor Party, scientists prove diet and exercise is the key to weight loss.

*Average weight of an Australian drops to 115 kgs.

*Global cooling blamed for citrus crop failure for third consecutive year in Victoria India and New South Iraq.

*Japanese scientists have created a camera with such a fast shutter speed they can now photograph a woman with her mouth shut.

*Senate still blocking drilling inCanberraeven though petrol is selling for 5,000 Rupees per litre and petrol stations are only open on Tuesdays and Fridays.

*Supreme Court rules punishment of criminals violates their civil rights. Victims to be held partly responsible for crime.

* Average height of professional basketball players is now nine feet, seven inches.

*New  federal law requires that all nail clippers, screwdrivers, fly swatters and rolled-up newspapers must be registered by January 2035 as lethal weapons.

*Australian Tax Office sets lowest tax rate in decades at 75%.

*Carltonwon this years National Footy final beating the Hindu Hornets 20-11  to 13-18.

*Southern Asia (formerlyNorthern Territory) voters still having  trouble with voting machines . . . ..

 

“Witnessing the Republicans and the Democrats bicker over the U.S. debt is like watching two drunks argue over a bar bill on the Titanic.”

 

 


 

 


 
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THREE NEW ITEMS

Posted by admin on December 30, 2011 in Breaking News

1.  Larry Martin passed away at the AU Hospital here in Angeles City this morning, 30 Dec.  I do not know the cause of death at this time.  Larry, a few years ago, worked 3 days a week at the Butterfly Rock.

 

2.  Peter Taylor, owner of Bare Assets Club on Perimeter Road was robbed, beaten and tied up at his residence in Timog Park, 11 PM, 24 Dec.  Another so called secure compound.

 

3.  Treasure Island to be closed, permanently 0n 31 Dec.  Why?  The lease is up and the landlord is asking for 3 plus million pesos key money for a 5 year lease and also wants to double the rent.  Is the landlord greedy or just trying to get rid of a tenant for other reasons.  The same landlord holds the leases on the La Pasha and One Eyed Wench buildings as well.

 
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MOVIE EXTRAS NEEDED

Posted by admin on December 30, 2011 in 2011 Monthly Newsletters, Breaking News

Comments and Remarks: Hi Harry, happy new year for the 2012 year coming, Harry, i have been asked by bill williams from the blind beggar to send you this request, hopefully you can either post it on your site now or in the january news letter, we have been approached by an american advertisement agency who are looking for 100 extras for a T.V. commercial featuring Manny pacuiao life story combined with a advert for hennesey brandy, the scene will be focused around a boxing ring, which will be shot in the middle of january here in the philippines, the exact dates are 12-13-14 jan 2012, the venue should be the expo @ clark, transport will be provided along with any costumes, the intrested people should be 30 years + all size and shapes and also some distinguished gents as well, the pay will be 3000 pesos upwards daily, Anyone interested please contact Bill williams @ the Blind beggar on #09475106166 we already have 50 places filled so we are at a minimum the cut off date for applicants is the 7th of jan or when posistions have been filled, whatever is the soonest…… cheers Harry, regards kennie

 

 

 
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HANS VIEWING LOCATION AND TIME

Posted by admin on December 27, 2011 in Breaking News

 

I saw the comment of Mike. (don’t know which Mike that is) Anyways there is a lot of speculations going on of what could have happened. Police is still busy with it. They up-date me once in a while.  There are some suspects but nothing solid yet. In the meanwhile I would like to inform you the following. I hope you can post the details on your site.

 

Hans his Brother Fred and Hans son Charlie will both arrive here tomorrow. On Thursday and Friday there is an opportunity to visit Hans and say a final goodbye to him. Fred and Charlie will be there from 12 noon till 2  and from 7 Pm till 9 Pm, both days. After that Hans will be going to Holland and he will be buried there.  TY, Corne

 

The address were Hans is:

St Peterlife Memorial Homes, Luzon INC
BLK 3 , Lot 3, Rizal extension
Barangay Cutcut, Angeles City, Pampanga
Tel: 045-4590134 (not to far from Nepomall),

 
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LETTER TO WATERSTONE VILLAS RESIDENTS

Posted by admin on December 20, 2011 in Breaking News

LETTER TO WATERSTONE VILLA RESIDENTS:

Harry, Here is a report to the Waterstone  Villas home owners association concerning Mr. Siepkamp’s murder. Sent to reassure residents and owners that it’s safe inside our little gated community. (I don’t live there, I am invested). Until this arrived, I had no idea that he was killed within Waterstone. Anyway, thought maybe you would be interested in what they had to say. I hope they find the SOB’s that did this and bring them to justice…soon… Bobby W…

WATERSTONE VILLAS PHASE I HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION, INC.

Blk. 8 Waterstone Dr., Waterstone Villas, Balibago, A.C.
Tel. & Fax No.: (045)-892-6647
Email: waterstonevillas_hoa@yahoo.com
mailto:waterstonevillas_hoa@yahoo.com
December 20, 2011

To: All Residents
From: James M. Hebron – President
Subject: Hans Van Siepkamp Murder Investigation and Safety review

The murder investigation into the savage murder of our neighbor  Hans Van Siepkamp continues. The vehicle stolen from Hans and used in the getaway has been recovered in Mountainview on Tarlac Street. The Scene of the Crime Operatives (SOCO) have completed their forensic investigation of the vehicle. The PNP detectives are awaiting the results of the vehicle examination and that of the crime scene itself. An autopsy was performed and initial results have been sent to PNP. They may be waiting on toxicology reports, which usually take a longer time to complete.
The police have said that the girlfriend will be undergoing a polygraph test today. The results of this and any other polygraph examinations will be included in the Police Report. When we receive a copy of the Police Report, each of you will receive a copy.
I know many of us are deeply concerned about our safety and well
being here at Waterstone. We all have a thousand questions and very few answers. There have been wild rumors printed in the media and
circulating on the internet. Most have one grain of truth and a million
grains of fantasy. Let’s review our situation. In March of last year,
rather than sitting back on our laurels, we incorporated a new Security
Program. We hired a new security company with fully qualified personnel. We pay the highest salaries with the most complete set of employment benefits in the entire Region Three area. They work only eight hours per day for six days a week. They come to work fully rested and equipped for work. They have continued to keep us safe and have earned us an enviable record for having zero robberies, burglaries or assaults for EIGHT years! There is not a compound here in Angeles City that can match our record. Indeed, many of you have moved here from other very wealthy compounds with much, much larger homes precisely because of our outstanding safety record. Our thanks for this should go to the Tinio family and the Waterstone Realty Board for creating this safe environment and to our residents who pay the highest Monthly Dues to maintain it.
However, no system is foolproof. And no system ever devised by
the human mind can prevent what police are calling an “INSIDE JOB”. We need look no further than the Presidents of the United States. They are the most protected people on earth. Yet four of them were assassinated. But, since this tragedy, the Board of Directors, has begun a review of our security procedures to discover new means and methods to improve our security situation. The PNP Intelligence Division will provide us with recommendations to improve our security profile. But, we’re not sitting around passively waiting for their results. The Board of Directors have decided to take a pro-active stance and are seeking security reviews from our own Triple Eight security company as well as from the security companies of some of our neighbors who have graciously offered their help. We also have residents with extensive military and security backgrounds that are also providing us with their expertise. If you feel you may have something to contribute, please don’t hesitate to contact me. Remember, the only bad idea is the one you didn’t share. We’re all in this together, so please feel free to question or advise us when something comes to mind.
In the meantime, please remember that safety is our first concern. Practice normal safety procedures like locking your door at night. Use common sense. One of our members is doing just that. He’s
enhanced his home safety by adding barbed wire barricades to his roof
area. Another immediate safety precaution we’re taking is stopping all
cars entering or leaving the compound to allow the guard to confirm the identities of the occupants. We ask your cooperation by lowering your windows, or turning on your dome light and turning off your headlights at night to enable the guard to see into your vehicle. We feel this extra step will enhance all our security and minimize the chances of something like this happening in the future. With this in mind, we also must not fall victim to overreaction. What happened to Hans is an unspeakable abomination, but it was an isolated incident with very unique and personal antecedents. Simply put, this was an “INSIDE JOB”. This is not just my opinion. This is the opinion of over twenty police officials, with whom I have spoken, from Colonel on down to Private.
So, let’s remain vigilant, but let us live our lives as normally as
possible. I would also like to ask you to remember Hans and his family in your prayers, as we enter thisHoliday season. May he Rest in Peace and may God Bless you and your families. (Very good letter to the residents of  Waterstone Villas but the point is a resident was murdered, by gunfire.  The killers drove his vehicle out of the compound.  Yes, it is very true that no matter the precautions taken, one cannot prevent an “inside job” but damn, it sure is happening far too often.  Now, no matter what additional security measures are taken the residents of Waterstone and residents of all subdivisions will be a bit more insecure.  Many will wonder, who will be next?)

The following was a comment made on a local message board in regards to the above letter:

The security company must be good. They started there just last March and already have been able to retroactively earn an eight year safety record of nothing happening.
I believe I am more inclined to say that they have been there only nine months and already have had a significant crime occur without them being aware (awake).

Victor Dufort sent me that and he wonders why, if everything was going so well, why change the Security company?  Obviously the Waterstone folks are doing a bit of tap dancing.  No guards fired after this incident??  Maybe they should go back to the old company that kept them safe for so long.

 

 

 


 
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3rd Update – Hans Killing

Posted by admin on December 20, 2011 in Breaking News

The brutality of the killing of Hans is shown by how the killed him.  He was shot in his house in Waterstone, supposedly a very secure sub-division.  He was shot three times, in the leg, in the heart and in his cheek.  I do not know how many people were involved in the killing but they were cold blooded killers.

They took his car but left it in Mountain View, the same night of the killing.  The police found it and have taken it for investigation.  The investigation is continuing, there are suspects but nothing can be revealed at this time.  The police are updating Corne on a daily basis.  There will be a wake for Hans, but no date has been set yet.

It is strongly felt that these scumbags will be caught and it is a shame that the Philippines does not have the death penalty anymore.


 

 
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HIT AND RUN

Posted by admin on December 17, 2011 in Breaking News

Harry, I do not know if you can put this in your Jan issue or your breaking news section. Feel free to edit

HIT & Run

On Friday Dec 16th Sherill Harris (the wife of Charles, ACBC member and former bar owner) was seriously hit at about 12:30PM in front of the ABC hotel by an American driving a scooter.  The hotel staff identified the person as Charles Hoffman (not the one who owns Garfield’s) he is tall and was driving a blue scooter.  He left the scene of the accident while Sherill was laying injured on the road. The hotel staff recognized him as he used to stay there in 2009 he has since built a house here in AC.  If anyone can help identify him please contact Charles at charris@totaltalentintl.com Charles Harris wants to complement the staff at the ABC hotel who helped tremendously with first aid and in getting her to the hospital

 

 
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HANS SIEPKAMP MURDER UPDATE

Posted by admin on December 17, 2011 in Breaking News

Following is a message sent to me by his partner and best friend Corne.  I pray that this case is solved quickly.  This time we have people willing to pay necessary expenses to keep investigation going in the right direction and there is a lot of local expat interest in this one.  The reward for key information is substantial so lets see what happens:

“Hi Harry, It is me Corne., The partner of Hans.  I was so busy last few days with police and arranging things, also Hans his brother happens to be also here. So I was not really able to talk to you yet a lot. Anyways , I want to give you a little more details and maybe you could post this information on your site.

The murderers also took Hans his car and fled the site with expensive belongings. Maybe the killers try to sell some of that stuff and maybe they offer such things to foreigners and maybe someone  hears about a guy selling expensive things, You never know.

His car is a Ford Escape, color gold. (License plate I will get from Major Tan tonight.) Will send you later.  They also stole Hans his big camera. He has 2 of them and they are both Canon I believe. Also they took 2 golden lighters and 2 golden Rolex (Leather strap)  and a few cellphones.  In his car he has always a lot of power tools. They are new like drills saw and stuff like that.  They also took the vault, maybe some guy starts changing a lot of Euros (because those were in the vault. Most probably they took more things but I was not able to look into that yet.

I also want to inform you that me and his brother will offer a reward of 1 million pesos for the one who could bring us the Golden tip to arrest these motherf***ers.  I am in contact with Major Tan daily and will keep you informed.  Hans is not only my Partner he is also my best friend. I am willing to do what ever it takes to get these Crazy low lifes!  Thanks for any help you can extend. Sincerely, Corne”

 

 
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BUTTERFLY ROCK OWNER MURDERED

Posted by admin on December 16, 2011 in Breaking News

I just learned tonight that the owner, Hans, of the Butterfly Rock Club was murdered in his home.  According to Maj Tan, Station Four Commander, an investigation is ongoing and at this this time the suspects are Han’s girlfriend and her Jealous boyfriend.  I am in touch with Han’s partner and will get further updates tomorrow.  This has to be the third such similar this year in which a girlfriend/boyfriend motive was involved.  All too often an expat is murdered and the prime suspects are the wife or girlfriend plus a jealous Filipino or another motive being money.  This hits a bit close to home as our expat community here is close knit and when such a tragedy occurs it concerns one and all.  More details to follow.

 
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HOWARD MCKAY AND DOGGIE DAVE RETURN

Posted by admin on December 9, 2011 in Breaking News

13 Dec 2011 (Tuesday), 7 PM Howard Mckay and Doggie Dave will be returning for a night of raucous and entertaining music at the Blue Boar Inn Stable, home of Harry the Horse.  As usual free entry, good food and drink available.  This is a well attended event but there is always room for more.  Howard performs only once every other month and always as some new songs to present so join him on this pre-Christmas celebration.

 
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HOWARD MCKAY RETURNS TO THE BLUE BOAR INN

Posted by admin on December 4, 2011 in Uncategorized

I do not know how Howard McKay and Doggie Dave do it but every time they perform they always have new songs, new jokes and new energy.  On DEC 13, 7 PM, they will be bringing their unique style of entertainment to the Harry the Horse stable at the Blue Boar Inn.  They perform here every two months and the word is out that this is a night you don’t want to miss.

 
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BALMER MURDER CASE INVESTIGATION

Posted by admin on December 4, 2011 in Breaking News

Last night I posted a long update on the Balmer murder investigation.  There is one area of that report that has to be corrected.  The reporter,  Jess Malabanan, wrote that “Diaz said Bautista’s mission in Angeles City had been terminated shortly after the case against Kauffman, Santos, and “Joe” was filed in court”.  This not exactly true.  In fact, there is no order for Noli Bautista to stop the investigation.  Even if the case has been filed in court the NBI does not stop investigating.  Further investigation of this case is absolutely necessary in that there are still unanswered questions, i.e., who is the mastermind behind the murders, and other related details.  NBI investigator Noli Bautista was the only investigator assigned to this case and he is the one who has turned up most of the incriminating evidence against the suspects.  It is not NBI procedure to leave the investigation of a case incomplete.  Agent Bautista must and will continue as the key investigator with the blessing of his boss, other agencies and certain individuals who are assisting him.  Noli is a dedicated investigator who is pursuing this case officially and also as a personal challenge.  He is NOT receiving any unauthorized payments of  money for the investigative work he is doing.   I can assure anyone interested that without the work of Noli Bautista, this case would not even be close to being solved.  I am monitoring this case very closely and it WILL be solved through the efforts of the NBI and Noli Bautista.

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