Posts from the ‘Crime’ Category

The Perils of Doing Business in the Philippines


They thought we are the Army.  New Peoples Army

In the news is the bold attack by the New People’s Army (NPA) against a mining firm in Surigao del Norte. Witnesses said that the NPA rebels numbering 300 strong came aboard dumptrucks in soldier’s uniforms.  Some had yellow ribbons on their automatic rifles.

At the mining site, they killed hapless security guards, burned equipments and office equipments like computers – all in broad daylight!

The burning question is where were the Philippine military or the local police when the rebels pillaged the mining company?

(Caveat: Photos from the net. veracity: unknown)

Incidentally, the mining company which was attacked is owned by a Japanese investor.  Now, will this incident affect the much publicized 1 Billion dollars investment pledges President Noynoy Aquino has gotten from Japan?

If the Philippine government has find it crucial to guard a couple of deserted island in the West Philippine Sea (formerly South China Sea) for probable future exploitation by Western petroleum companies, why don’t it invest in the current investment areas which are susceptible to terrorist attacks?

Mr. Taxman.  Invest and we will surely tax you.

The recent NPA attack is a clear evidence that investing in the Philippines is perilous and the government still has a lot to do in order to secure its investors.

Hi Joe, Philippines!


The new Philippine Tourism Secretary, Ramon “ChickenJoy” Jimenez, Jr. should take note of the following data straight from the US embassy:

First, 500,000 Filipinos are engaged in prostitution ( based on a diplomatic cable from former US ambassador Kristie Kenney according to Wikileaks).

Second, 40% of the foreign male tourists are coming to the Philippines for sex. (With no other than the current US ambassador Harry Thomas as the source of this information).

Whoa!  Secretary Jimenez may re-think his Choose Philippines slogan.  Maybe Hi, Joe Philippines is more appropriate?

If these information are accurate, Secretary Jimenez must do his calculations.  Maybe its time to put Angeles City’s Fields Avenue and Quezon City’s Quezon Avenue in the tourist itinerary.

It is also a signal that sex tourism must be given a rightful attention.   It does not mean, however, that the government will  give it an all out promotion like discounts for group tours or a buy one take one promo.  It should just take note of it.  Meaning it should recognize that there is a thriving market under its nose.  As to what is the  appropriate thing to be done, that should be left for the good members of the Philippine congress to decide. (Maybe to legalize prostitution, eh Gabriela?)

Whether it polices it or not, its a reality that sex sells in this country.  It will just keep on continue growing as long as foreigners will come to patronize our beautiful beaches…er..bitches.

To ignore what the US diplomats have observed is to turn a blind eye to reality.

Gun fight at “Shoot Mart”


Shoemart or Shoot Mart?

In a period of less than two months, three shooting incidents happened at three Shoe Mart (SM) malls.  The first incident happened at SM Delgado in Iloilo City on July 29, 2011 when two gun men slugged it out with high-caliber pistols before bewildered shoppers.  This  resulted to the instantaneous death of one of the gung-ho duelers who was peppered with bullets.

Jam-pack Malls should be well-secured.

Last September 14, 2011, a jealous housewife pumped a bullet into his husband’s skull at SM North Edsa before turning the  gun to  her own head.  Fortunately for her, the gun did not go off.  Unfortunately for a poor security guard who rushed to grab the gun from her, the gun’s unexpired load were emptied on his hapless body resulting to his instant death.

Concealed Weapons should be discoverable at Mall entrance.

Just yesterday, two minors -reportedly gay lovers – ages 13 and 17 were the latest victims in what is now getting to be known as the “Shoot Mart” killings.  This time it happened  in SM Pampanga where the13 year old gay teenager shot the 17 year old lover over a jealous rage.  He used  a .22 caliber revolver in shooting his victim before shooting himself in the head.  Luckily for the two, the small caliber rounds that were used were not enough to blow their brains out. (Sadly, both have already died as of this writing – mr.cj)

Anybody can be a gun man.  

These wave of shootings in a supposed family oriented establishment – where children are brought to enjoy rides and food treats – is a shocking development.  SM Shoemart which is responsible to maintain peace and order within their malls has miserably failed to make the necessary adjustments.  They already had two incidents where dangerous weapons were brought into the mall undetected by its battalion of security guards.  They should have learned already after the Iloilo City incident.  They should have tightened their security measures.

Ma, I’m going to SM.  Don’t worry i’m wearing my bullet proof vest!”

SM Shoemart and its parent company SM Holdings is owned by billionaire Henry Sy, one of the country’s richest man.   For the past years, the SM group have been enjoying a windfall of profits from its ventures.  It has quickly diversified to real estate development and has dotted the  metropolitan manila landscape with its condominium projects.  It has a dozen shopping malls sprouting like mushrooms and hypermarkets in every corner seemingly rivaling the sari-sari store.  This goes to show only one thing- Mr. Sy is making a ton of money because of continuous public patronage of his malls.

Return something to the Filipino People.   SM owners and Billionaires Sy Family

Now, this is where corporate social responsibility should kick in.  Mr. Sy  should also heavily invest in the security of his malls.  Investing in security however does not mean pouring millions on a battalion of security guards that can rival the Philippine armed forces.  He should invest in high-tech gadgets like the  installation of metal detectors on each entrance going to its mall.   He should not put all the burden on the security guards with their bamboo sticks to detect weapons and explosives that may be surreptitiously brought inside his malls.  Human prowess and endurance have their own limits.  Metal detectors on the other hand, works every time as longs a there is power.

An inexpensive measure in the long run.

SM can surely do this as a metal detector is not that expensive compared to a million pesos lawsuit if one day a deranged person decides to go on a shooting rampage in one of its populous malls.

SM should go from “Security Malfunction” to “Security Maximum.”

Saludo kami sa iyo, Koya Mikey!


We salute you koya Mikee!!  Ang Galing Partylist Congressman Mikey Arroyo

You read it right.

This is the once-in-a-blue moon episode where this writer tips his hat off to Congressman Juan Miguel “Mikey” Arroyo of the Ang Galing Party List.

“Ang galing-galing  n’yo, sir!”

Why the accolades for the Philippine most hated junior congressman?  Well just read the news article printed in the Sunstar quoted in toto below:

Ang Galing Pinoy party-list Representative Juan Miguel “Mikey” Arroyo on Tuesday vowed to look into the case of the security guard allegedly mauled at the UP-Ayala Technohub in Quezon City last week.

“My office is always open to anyone who wants my help,” he said in a text message.

According to security guard Ricardo Bonayog, Lanao del Sur Representative Mohammed Hussein Pangandaman allegedly punched him for unspecified reasons causing him to fall on the ground in the presence of some witnesses.

Pangandaman had denied the accusation and said he intends to file a harassment case against the security guard.

Arroyo’s party-list group represents security guards and tricycle drivers in the House of Representatives. Arroyo is currently in Cebu to look into the bank robbery incident where three robbers and two security guards were killed. The robbery occurred at 9:30 a.m. inside Robinson’s Place, which only last April was hit by a fire and reopened last July.”

 

Living up to expectations.  Mikey has become the  protector of security guards.

Mikey has instantly become the protector of the lowly security guard and has proven his critics wrong that he is solely in Congress to protect his parents and their family interests.  By taking the cudgels for the lowly security guard Ricardo Bonayog, he has taken his representation of the thousands of security guards very seriously…and undeniably admirably.

The eldest son of the beleaguered former President, Mike should strike the iron when it is hot.  He can generate a good political PR with this exposure.  At least he can very well say that  during his heyday  as the first son and congressman, he did not manhandled any lowly security.

 

Nasandal kami sa pader.  A lowly Filipino security guard usually earns less than 10,000 pesos a month.

Maybe it is his Atenean Jesuit education that  prevented him from going down to the despicable level of  other spoiled politician brats.  Mikey having studied college at the Jesuit run  Ateneo de Manila University and at its law school (albeit only for one semester).

The  incident allegedly involving neophyte Congressman Mohammed (the prophet’s name!) Hussein (Saddam?) Pangandaman only proves that Mikey – notwithstanding tons of accusations of abuse against him – has never been abusive as to beat a lowly security guard.  It also proves that Mikey’s “Wang-wang”  is a mere mosquito bite compared to Congressman Pangandaman’s alleged Porsche (with “8” plate) arrogance.

With all the congressmen and politicians fast in washing their hands and saying “we do not want to do anything about the alleged mauling incident,” Mikey is fighting for  lowly security guard.

Mikey should pursue this case and bring up the necessary charges at the congressional ethics committee.  He should disregard party lines by soliciting the help of youthful yet seemingly well-behaved congressmen like Erin Tanada (who has offered to help) to bring the case of the security guard to justice.

Then maybe it is step one towards redemption for Congressman Mikey and his family.

Pucha…ang ganda ng Porsche N’yo Sir…


The latest death wish equation seems to be this:

STEP 1 : A neophyte congressman from a political family with bodyguards in tow.

Lanao del Sur Rep. Mohammed Hussein Pangandaman. 

STEP 2.   Add a multi-million sports car like this Porsche 911 Carrera:

Porsche 911 Carrera Sports Car.  The “alleged” official workhorse of the Philippine Congress.

STEP 3.  Add a Number “8” plate :

The New Wang-Wang.  The much abused congressional license plate.

STEP 4:  Add a lowly Security Guard who says the following in awe:

“Pucha, Ocho ang plaka ng Porsche….wow..hanep….(translation:  Sonamagun!…the Porsche has plate number 8 ” – coupled with drooling…)….

 A Lowly “Jaguar”.  But whom the President calls his “Boss.”

EQUALS THIS……..

ARAGUY!!! SIR WAG NAMAN….WAG PO WAG PO KOYA…..

ABS-CBN News reports Congressman allegedly mauling a Security Guard:

 A first-term lawmaker from Lanao del Sur has found himself in the middle of a tempest over allegations of mauling a security guard in a commercial car park in Quezon City.

Mohammed Hussein Pangandaman faced the House media Monday afternoon after queries about a newspaper article alleging that a congressman driving a luxury car refused to be inspected by security last Wednesday when he was about to park.

A check with the Quezon City Police District Detachment 9 in Anonas, Quezon City showed the following blotter report:

“Aug 31 935pm: This time and date SG Ricardo Bonayog y Gate 33 years old SG of Eagle Watch posted at Ayala Technohub UP Campus Diliman Quezon City appeared personally before this stn and requested to be placed on records to wit. That at 430pm aug 31 2011 whie he was performing his duty one Porsche Carrera colored silver was with plate number 8 appeared with the company of one Innova Red pn PCI 150 allegedly on said TDPO the occupant of the Porsche Carrera approached him and with reasons of his own got irked then boxed him several times causing him to fell on the ground in the presence of some witness.”

The blotter did not name the congressman.

Philippine Daily Inquirer reported it differently:  Guard started it, says solon!

Pangandaman himself denied before reporters on Monday a news item that said he punched a security guard twice in the head for refusing to exempt his Porsche Carrera with a number 8 license plate from the usual security check in the parking lot of the commercial strip along Commonwealth Avenue, Quezon City.

Pangandaman’s security escorts then reportedly disarmed the security guard, who has remained unidentified, while the lawmaker proceeded to his meeting in the area.

“I have no written statement because I want to speak from the heart and tell the truth. I felt bad about this news. I don’t know how they could fabricate this kind of story and malign my name,” Pangandaman said.

He said he was at the Technohub with three members of his staff and a police detail.

He admitted driving his Porsche but said the security guard was the first one to act rudely. “He said ‘P*tsa, ocho (s*it, an 8)’ when the attendant asked him for my car’s license number.”

He said that he talked to the guard in “a gentle and civilized” manner.

Pangandaman said he was surprised the security guard followed him to the parking slot where they again argued about his license plate which he said was a “protocol” plate.

Then the discussion got heated, he said. He said it was the security guard who attempted to draw his gun and that he quickly held onto the guard’s gun before he could take it out of its holster, while he used his other hand to hit the guard in the head with some papers he was holding.

He said that his police detail then intervened and disarmed the guard.

Wangwang Pnoy. Can he go against his kind – meaning members of political clans?

Now, will the President act on this latest display of abuse which in every angle belittled his campaign against the “Wang-Wang” minded (supposedly) public servants???  He should put beef to his words by making an example out of this youthful but allegedly abusive congressman who would take it upon a lowly security guard (why don’t he at least pick on a Presidential Security Guard member and find out what he is looking for).

Prove your worth, protect your people.  Ang Galing Party List Congressman Mikey Arroyo

Congressman Mikey Arroyo who is supposedly taking the cudgels for security guards as party list representative for the Ang Galing party-list group should be up in arms and file the disciplinary case against Pangandaman.  Bakit takot ka ba Mikey?  This is the best time you put like up to your responsibility as the “voice of the the simpleng security guard.”  At least, people will see that you are not there in Congress just to protect your parents from being charged for plunder.

If these two politicians – Noynoy and Mikey will not do anything about what this “Ampatuan” of a neophyte congressman has allegedly did to a lowly Filipino breadwinner, can the rest of the country continue to believe in their sincerity?

The reason why Criselda Volks can never be Maricar Reyes.


Volks Populi. Criselda Volks (left)and the lady who look just like her in the alleged sex video.

Many were stunned with ABS-CBN Showbiz Patrol exclusive news item about a sexy star’s involvement in a racy sex video (http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/video/entertainment/08/29/11/excl-starlet-reveals-running-us-after-video-scandal).  It easily became “a most read item” in the ABS-CBN website.   Some could be wishing that it was the one delivering the showbiz report that evening, sexy reporter Gretchen Fullido whom the report was alluding to (too bad it wasn’t her!)

 

The sexy star was none other than Criselda Volks …..cynthia?

Is she the starlet who figured in blind items as one having  gambling troubles? (I did not say that!)

Is she the starlet who appeared “wasted” in a cheapy-cheapy sex scandal which even included anal sex? (Whoa! not confirmed again!)

What is certain is that Criselda Volks used to be one of those flash- in-a-pan exotic looking showbiz wannabes who tagged along legitimate stars in order to be recognized.  Too bad she existed during  the era of Tina Paner and Marilyn Reynes when bakya movies like Petrang Kabayo lorded it over the tills.  As such, her sexiness did not make an impact on the teenybopper audience.  But she was one of those daring tarts who never failed to  shock showbiz observers with her skimpy outfits and alleged salacious behavior.  She was often seen roaming around Greenhills shopping center in shorty shorts  and parading a pair of cute puppies (puppies as in small dogs!).

Cris-crossed.  With ex-boyfriend Cris Villanueva.

What seemed to collar Criselda into normalcy is her involvement with priestly-like actor Cris Villanueva (now a certified has been).  Cris who is perceived to be a goodly-goody next-door-pretty boy who rubbed some of his innocence on the wild Criselda.  But it did last long.  After giving birth to Cris’ child, Criselda seemed to be back in her old ways.  Worse, Criselda’s showbiz  opportunities thinned.  She was never given an opportunity to shine even with kontrabida (anti-hero) roles like her contemporary Gladys Reyes.

Rising from the ashes.  Maricar Reyes.

With her revelation of being embroiled in a sex video, some say that Criselda has been elevated to the same plateau as Maricar Reyes, another alleged sex video victim.

The Face of Innocence.  Maricar was already an accomplished model before entering showbiz.

Unlike Criselda ,however, Maricar Reyes needs no introduction.  She is the famous medical doctor-turned-model-turned sex scandal victim (alleged)-turned-sought after prime time TV star (Whew!).

Maricar despite the ton of resemblance to the pretty and sexy sexual acrobat who figured in more or less three  xxx-rated videos, kept mum on the issue.  Up to now, she does not confirm or deny that she was involved in any sex scandal.  Is it a wise move? Yes it is.  Look at her now, she is at nearing the zenith of her showbiz and modelling careers.  After nearly three years, the Filipino public seemed to forget the titillating videos  that supposedly spelled Maricar’s doom.  Instead, her showbiz star continues to flicker brightly.  She become the face of several marketing campaigns for big league products.  With good things coming her way, we can say that Maricar  survived the sex video stigma with flying colors  (unlike other showbiz figures who got  involved in sex scandal issues and admitted to it like Katrina Halili – who wailed to their heart’s content, have no showbiz career to speak of).

So what is different between Maricar Reyes and Criselda Volks?

Stated otherwise, will the publicity of Criselda’s  sexual encounter with his erstwhile boyfriend bring her luck in her showbiz comeback?

The answer lies in this reality: Criselda is not Maricar.

Meaning Criselda does not behave like Maricar.  That easy.  The latter does not have an untarnished image before she figured in a sex video.

Criselda who is trying to publicize her sex scandal in an attempt to be talked about will find herself back in the mud where she came from.  She should learn from past showbiz lessons – nobody made it big because of a sex scandal.

It seems people just don’t like to know that they are getting spoiled goods.

Where in the World are Daniel Smith and Nicole?


Hit and run? Lance Corporal Daniel Smith

One night wonder.  The court said it was spontaneous.

With no less than 3 lady justices of the Court of Appeals deciding that US serviceman Daniel Smith’s sexual tryst with supposed rape victim “Nicole” during an R and R break at a Subic night club was “a spontaneous, unplanned romantic episode,” and that they were “carried away by their passions,” the baby face American service men walked free from his detention cell at the US  Embassy in Manila.

Oopss. I am not sure.  “Nicole”

Just a month earlier, “Nicole” submitted a sworn affidavit saying she wasn’t sure that she was raped. She said that her conscience had been bothering her and that she wanted to move on with her life.  She also fired her lawyer, Evalyn Ursua,  a well-known woman rights advocate.  This seemed to be a preview of the things to come.

A lot of people  really wanted to find out where the two have gone, even for the sake of knowing if they have actually ended with each other.

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