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Cool Amanda.  Amanda Coling in the center of the controversy.

The rumors circulating on the internet claims that Amanda Coling, a freelance model and a Ms. Premiere Condom non-winner (loser) is the girl entangled in the alleged gang-rape involving four big boys of the Azkal football team.

More of Amanda.  Did they do it or not?

Reputable source ABS-CBN News reported the alleged hot controversy as follows:

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Azkals find themselves in the midst of controversy as 4 members of the team are being accused of rape.

A tabloid report from a certain Paul Weiler is making its rounds in the Internet. Weiler is accusing 4 Azkals of raping a woman in the house of team manager Dan Palami.

The 4 Azkals being accused by Weiler are Neil Etheridge, Anton del Rosario, Simon Greatwich and Jason Sabio.

But the Azkals are denying the allegations.

On the other hand, leading celebrity website Pep.ph has a similar item on the supposed gang-rape:

Rumor has been circulating that four members of the national football team, Philippine Azkals, were involved in a “rape” incident.

The information received by PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) and other media members insinuates that Azkals members Neil Etheridge (goalkeeper), Simon Greatwich (midfielder), Anton del Rosario (defender), and Jason Sabio (defender) allegedly raped a Filipina in the house of their team manager Dan Palami.

The information contained an unconfirmed e-mail report from Paul Weiler, who introduced himself as a former consultant of the Philippine Football Federation (PFF). He related the incident to a reporter who wanted to confirm the rumor.

Weiler is a German football coach.

In the e-mail, Weiler wrote (published as is):

“Players Anton del Rosario, Jason Sabio and especially Simon Greatwich were involved and recorded the incident also via video cam (Jason Sabio was the one holding camera). Neil Etheridge and his very best friend Simon Greatwich did rape the woman and it seems happened in a villa/house of general manager Dan Palami (who seems not know about what happened in his house and was not there). ‘Master mind’ of this sex violence idea seems Anton del Rosario .. so far I know he did not rape the woman but pushed the others to do it.”

Her 5 minute of fame?  Fans cannot believe that Azkals have appetite for shrimp.

Filipino football fans are divided on this controversy.  Some say this is “crab mentality” working at its best.  They do not believe that these macho-gwapitos need to coerce a girl into a four-way sex romp.  On the other hand, some fans are concerned that the skyrocketing popularity of the Azkals and their strong influence on the youth.  They demand that sports officials should investigate this alleged controversy and spare no one – even though they are claimed to be the ‘”country’s next best hope in sports.”

My take on the matter is:  Why get happy-go-lucky half-breed Filipinos to play for the national team when there are thousand of deserving Filipino boys who could  focus on the ball and not miscellaneous activities.”

Meaning more less-pretty country boys like Chieffy Calindong and Yanti Barsales who would stick to the ball rather on the girls.

Thoroughbred Football Hero. Chieffy Calindong

Pinoy na Pinoy. Yanti Barsales 

Achilles’ Heel


Sure Ball.  The Kuwaiti Football Team unveiled its secret uniform against the Philippine Azkals.

“Azkalized”


The lingering rumor alleges four half-Filipino members of the football boy band Azkals to have gang raped a star struck fan at the house of their manager.

True or not, this has to be seriously looked into.  The Azkals being at the zenith of their popularity is greatly influential on the Filipino youth. They are now being idolized by young footballers who wish to represent their country in international events.

Now, let us ASSUME FOR A MOMENT, that the rotten gang rape has indeed happened. This is actually a remote possibility. There will always be a starstruck female fan hoping to “spend the night’ with one of her hunky sports idols – a pathetic teenage fantasy to be with the popular jock and keep him all for herself.  This is prevalent in any sports forum – a horde of screaming young girls tailing sports heroes around.

Add to this,  a swell-headed half-blood Filipino who thinks that he is better than his “un-handsome”/brown skinned teammate.  A spoiled brat who is promised everything including a showbiz and endorsement career just to don the national colors.  A disloyal sports man-o-war who will likely abandon the national team when a foreign club calls him even to sit-in as a reserve player.  Worse, a pea-brained jock who thinks he is God’s gift to shrieking teenage fans and the “future” of Philippine sports.

This powerful mix gives rise to a  situation where one such rabid fan follows her idol back into the locker room or his bedroom for some “inside stuff.”

Now, if the RUMOR IS TRUE  this starstruck female fan -maybe high on something (natural or otherwise) - found out that she got more that what she bargained for – three more horny sports idols waiting for her.   Inevitably, she was “azcalized” (raped like a street dog).

Thank goodness,  it is only a RUMOR.

Yet just recently,  one of the foreigner AZKALs admitted on TV of having known the girl.  Now that’s a chunk of an admission,mate!  Let me you remind you that no Filipino woman will shout to the whole world that she was raped when she was not.  It is just unfilipina!

If they know the supposed victim and the disgruntled person who is supposedly fanning the rumors against them, why don’t they file the appropriate cases to clear their names?  Why are the Azkals who are supposed to be barking wildly like their lowly streetdog namesake, suddenly quiet.

The Azkals should clear their names.

In fairness to Howie


Atty. Howard “Howie’ Calleja is a bright Atenean lawyer, no doubt.

Here is a reproduction of his letter published in journalist Ellen Tordesillas column:

Why I represent ARMM Governor Zaldy Ampatuan?

By Atty. Howard M. Calleja

When the word came around that I am representing ARMM Governor Zaldy Ampatuan. Family and friends asked, “Why?” Most of my friends cannot and refuse to reconcile the need for a vibrant and fair justice system with their repugnance towards my client. I am further asked how I come to grips with defending a morally reprehensible family? I asked myself, will defending Governor Zaldy lead to anger and hatred of my family, my friends, and my community?

My response is that I do not advocate my client’s viewpoints and or what they allege he stands for, but the broader legal issues which are the presumption of innocence, due process and the right to a fair trial. And since I believe in our legal system, how can I not represent my client? Our system is supposed to be about justice and people getting a fair trial. The system must protect the rights of all, or it cannot be guaranteed for anyone.

Briefly let me state that my client is innocent unless proven guilty beyond reasonable doubt. He is merely linked to the case by association and relation to the other suspects in the case. On the only two incidents where his name is being unfairly dragged, we have solid and convincing documentary and testamentary proof that it was impossible for him to be present. Simply put Governor Zaldy was neither present in the alleged meeting nor was he present in the Maguinadanao Massacre.

Knowing this fact, I decided long and hard whether or not to take this case. The first place I looked was within. Such a decision has nothing to do with my political beliefs but is all about my conscience. As I am able to consult with the internal moral influences that function in my life. I found out that law is such a broad and diverse practice. I take this opportunity to state that in my 16 years in the law profession I have stood up for everyone regardless of age, race, religion, gender, political affiliations and beliefs, and even financial capacity. I have successfully defended an indigent farmer wrongly accused of a crime. I too represented victims of domestic and sexual violence from Zamboanga to Dasmarinas Village, Makati. My practice has also exposed me to various advocacies which I selflessly assisted all pro bono.

In all of this, I have learned that being a lawyer is about ensuring the rule of law for everyone. Our justice system is designed to guaranty a fair trial for everyone including my client. Just because Governor Zaldy was arrested and charged it does not mean he is guilty. 

And it is more unfair when counsels are judged for their defense of unpopular clients.

It is lamentable that the high publicity the case has received works as an injustice to the rights of my client. In such a way that one cannot distinguish one accused from the other. This is likewise true to me, my client-lawyer relationship is confused with what I truly stand for. By analogy, how come when a doctor attends and cures a criminal or an unpopular individual nobody suggests that the doctor support, agrees much less condones his or her acts. However, when a lawyer represents the same individual, everyone decides that the lawyer is as unacceptable as the client.
In conclusion, my bearings and conscience are firm. As a lawyer my primary obligation is clear: I am first and foremost an officer of the court. My first duty is to the court. I act only on lawful instructions of my client having their best interest in mind while not breaching my duties and obligations to the court.

 

 

Jessica Ampatuan, is that you?


IIt’s a relief that Justice Secretary Leila Delima has dismissed moves to make former Maguindanao Governor Zaldy Ampatuan a state witness.

Delima who is an ace litigator may have learned from the recent bungled case of People vs. Hubert Webb, et. al.

That celebrated case was brought down by one single person: the lying Jessica Alfaro (a description courtesy of the Honorable Supreme Court!).

It is also a relief that Delima believes that there could never be a perfect witness who can dovetail all loose ends.  Imagine, Zaldy Ampatuan offers testimony to nip the entire Arroyo Bad Guy Circle in one stick?!

It is highly probable that this Ampatuan warlord is just pulling our legs.  He has not even admitted to be part of the brazen massacre!  How can he turn state witness?

Whatever this Ampatuan is up to, he desperately wants to be convincing.  Having turn against his own family, his father Andal Sr. and own brother Andal Jr.

                                                    Atty. Howie the Transformer?

Well, observers who do not want to do any  deep pondering, have come up with a workable theory.  Maybe his saint of a lawyer, Atty. Howard  “Howie” Calleja (an Atenean lawyer and Catholic Bishop Conference of the Philippines’ legal counsel) must have transformed the warlord just like how the Almighty transformed apostle Paul.

But then….that is something that do not usually happen in Maguindanao.

Family Business


Take One: The Boxing Daughter

 

 

Take Two:  The Dirty Finger Father

 

 

 

Take Three: The Dirty Finger Brother (No originality though).

 

Imagine your city run by rogues like these.

Are there no more intelligent specie who will not agree with what they do?

Yet it is ironic that the Duterte’s brand of rule has been idolized by Davao’s citizenry.  A massive motorcade and parade was organized with people praising the family and throwing their support behind them.

They say that without the Duterte and their strong arm (and dirty finger?), Davao will remain the wasteland it was in the 1980s when one can be mercilessly gunned down like  street dog.  Lawless elements like NPA Sparrow units and Muslim rebels rule  the streets with impunity.   They said that Duterte and their swash buckling ways has restored law and order in Davao.

But isn’t it still happening right now.  Davao is still the  wild wild west.

A supposed powerful officer of the Court, a Sheriff who is tasked with the implementation of court orders, was repeatedly punched in broad daylight and in front of hundreds of cheering spectators.

Two supposed respectable city officials who badmouth the press and stick a “dirty finger” on national wide TV without any trace of regret.

All of these characters live in a city where people fear vigilante justice under the supposed Davao Death Squads.

Now, if you are saying that the Dutertes brought peace to Davao, you can now rest…. in peace.

 

 

 

 

From the Frying Pan to the Fire…



Inday Sara Duterte-Carpio, the embattled mayor of Davao City went on leave after the national government started its investigation on the now notorious “punching incident” involving her and a court sheriff. Replacing her is her equally famous (notorious?) father, former mayor now Vice Mayor Rodrigo Duterte.

Duterte.

The name synonymous with both “peace and order” and “rest in peace.”

Time Magazine once branded him “The Executioner” after he related this strange and disturbing  story:

In 1993, Davao’s San Pedro Cathedral was hit with three grenades during an evening Mass. Six parishioners were killed. The attackers were Muslim militants, the sort easily found in Davao, a time-honored haven for kidnappers, bandits, communist rebels and roaming private armies. Four of the attackers were quickly arrested. Just as quickly, Duterte relates, “They went missing.” Disappeared. Dead. “Then,” the mayor says flatly, “it got ugly.” Further killings? “More like assassinations,” he says. The targets — other militants — didn’t receive the courtesy of arrest, much less a trial. Were they dispatched on his orders? “Oh no,” he responds. “I don’t believe in state-sponsored killing.” A pause. “I can’t say any more, but I taught them a lesson.”

Duterte.

It is not unexpected that Mayor Rodrigo Duterte’s first agendas is to publicly lambast his daughter’s critics:

“Ano? Mga columnist? Oh! (shows dirty finger) ta#@n*a (expletive), hindi lang sampal ang inabot noon. (Expletive), you wage a battle against your own people using policemen?

He goes on to boast that if he was the mayor at that time of the demolition, he not only would he have punched the sheriff, he would also have kicked the officer of the court.

“You ask the people here in Davao, you ask the media, buti nga kung ganun lang abutin mo sa kin, p#t@ng!@ (expletive),” he said. “Kung ako ang mayor, may tama yan talaga.”


Inday Sara was also reported to have toughen up after her father’s statements:

“Sa family, ganoon talaga kami. I understand his reaction, whether right or wrong, hindi kami nag-iiwanan.”

No Guts No Glory


Some of those who saw this scene cannot believe what they are seeing.

It was like a scene lifted from an action film where the good guy throws successive blows on a hapless bad guy.

But this is not the case, the one throwing the punches is  mayor Inday Sarah Duterte-Carpio, the lady Mayor of Davao City who has a platoon of bodyguards at her back.  On the other corner is this  poor guy, Abe Andres, a court sheriff (from RTC Judge Emmanuel Carpio, a relative of Inday Sarah’s  husband).


Duterte.

As in the popular (notorious?) Mayor Duterte Rodrigo Duterte allegedly dubbed by Time magazine as the “Punisher.”  He got this monicker due to his no-nonsense attitude against criminality.  No wonder the entire city of Davao became a peaceful place during his tenure as Mayor.  His critics are quick to dispute this claim by saying that Davao become dead eerie because of the  “Davao Dead Squad” which perpetrated extrajudicial killings.

Sarah who is taking over the reigns from his father (who was downgraded as her daugther’s Vice Mayor) has a lot of things to cover before she able to live up to her father’s colorful career.  Marami pang kain na kakainin. Maybe this “sucker punching” incident was part of the younger Duterte’s push towards attaining her own mark as a very swashbuckling city executive. But it is evident that her bold action to hurt the hapless sheriff has made her liable for a couple of serious violations including a disbarment case for utter disrespect for the law and blatant obstruction of its processes. What more she was reported to have threatened to withdraw all the financial allowances that the city gives the local court.

Inday Sara with her famous surname and impeccable connections in government may very well wiggle from this little mess. Her father have been accused of worse infractions during her time and survived it. But then this incident has shown that the daughter does not have the finesse that the father have. Mayor Rodrigo Duterte may not punch a hapless nobody with the cameras rolling. That is unbecoming of his macho image. But then Inday Sarah does not have to observe this limitation: she is not a man. She is exempted and no man dares to hit back a woman. Specially not Inday Sarah with her phalanx of armed bodyguards.

As a last note, if indeed Inday Sarah will be able to get away with this case, will it be the long-awaited precedent that will make Mayors grown some balls?   Funny thing is it is courtesy of someone who does not have one.

Sue them if you dare.


Look what you have done to my boy!  15 years of his life gone forever.

15 years in jail due to a lying witness. Just imagine yourself in his shoes.  Think about missing nearly two decades of your life.  Rotting away in some hell hole.  Just because some  government agency chose to be negligent and incompetent in its duties.

Family forever lost.  What happened to Lauro Vizconde’s family is a national tragedy.

20 years passed and he is  still wandering around the very same crime scene, imaging her family’s agony at the hand of diabolic creatures.  The beast’s phallic which repeated violated your pretty daughter’s young body.  The demonic arm that stabbed your little daughter’s fragile body into a bloody pulp.  The evil smiles of deranged murderers and rapists in your thoughts as long as you live.  Put yourself in his shoes.  All of this just because some government agency has taken him for a ride all this time.  Supposedly ace  investigators telling you that they have bagged the real culprits when they are just depending on a dubious single witness.

Both Losers.  Battle scarred Vizconde and Webb.

As the Vizconde Massacre comes to and end, both the Webb and Vizconde families turned out to be the ultimate victims of grave injustice.

Why not they stop training their guns on each other and do something to get something out of this goddamn awful mess.  Why not sue the government for ineptitude.  Why not sue those who bungled the investigation?

For parent Freddie Webb, I will sink in a fortune to make sure that these people will pay for the 15 years my son lost…

Bring him to justice. The real culprit is still out roaming our streets.  

Sue them so that they will find the real suspect.

Sue them so no more parent will suffer the same fate, seeing their child go to jail on trumped up charges.

Sue them for all those tears that fell from family members’eyes seeing their love one rot in jail.

Sue them on behalf of his grandchild who has missed her father and just getting to know him now.

For Lauro Vizconde, he must sue so that no father would live to suffer the same faith.

Sue them so that no hardworking OFW will come home to dead love ones.

Falling Star Witness?  Sloppy investigative work produced witnesses like Jessica Alfaro.

Sue them so the government will not present incredible witnesses.

Sue them so that proper investigative work will be done in future criminal cases.

Sue them so they will give a damn in pursuing the real suspects.

Sue them so no more drug addicts can roam peaceful subdivision streets.

This may be the Webb and the Vizcondes’ ultimate contribution to society: to prevent another debacle like their to happen.

Criminal Persecution for the sake of Sentimental value.


On June 30, 2011, the Philippine criminal justice system will once again relish the pain of its biggest black eye, the unsolved murder case of the Vizconde family popularly known as the Vizconde Massacre (God Help us — according to movie director Carlo J. Caparas).

As thoroughly discussed in the Supreme Court decision of December 2010 which acquitted Hubert Webb and his cohorts, failure was on the part of those who bugled the evidence, conducted record-setting slapstick investigation and nonsense trial by publicity that conditioned the public mind that the authorities have already bagged the perpetrators.

Due to repeated media bombardment,  the Filipino people believed was Webb who has perpetrated the crime until the Supreme Court decision came out.

It is fortunate that the decision was so meticulous that it covered all the angles – thereby removing all doubts that the prosecution was not able to prove its case beyond reasonable doubt.  Simply stated, Webb et. al. may have perpetrated the same but then this was not proven.

Why it was not proven?  No credible evidence.  And why there  no credible evidence?  Natulog sa pansitan ang dapat mag imbistiga (“Those who ought to have investigated the case were sleeping at the noodle house.”).

The Supreme Court never hesitated in criticizing the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) for pinning their hopes on the testimony of one  self-confessed drug addict, Jessica Alfaro.  It turned out that she was all hallucination.

The Supreme Court was unkind in describing her:

Was Alfaro an ordinary subdivision girl who showed up at the NBI after four years, bothered by her conscience or egged on by relatives or friends to come forward and do what was right? No. She was, at the time she revealed her story, working for the NBI as an “asset,” a stool pigeon, one who earned her living by fraternizing with criminals so she could squeal on them to her NBI handlers. She had to live a life of lies to get rewards that would pay for her subsistence and vices. 

The NBI had their chance in the past 20 years but was never able to come up with something onvincing. Now when the case is slowly fading into oblivion, they are once again harping the idea that they have new witnesses and evidence that can pin down the real suspect. Maybe they have in mind the ignominy of reliving the doomed case on its 20th anniversary.  So they must do something or else wallow in  public ridicule.

But what are these newly discovered evidence?  During the press conference held by Secretary of Justice Leila Delima, the NBI presented microtapes from the Bureau of Immigration which supposedly prove that Webb has never left the country.  At face value, this piece of evidence is an ambitious attempt to wreck havoc on the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and US immigration’s claim that Webb was in America when the crimes happened.  Now,  who is believable? the FBI and US immigration or the NBI.  It is as easy as that.

One would wonder why these microtapes were not presented during the trial 15 years ago?  These being readily available and could have corroborated the prosecution’s evidence.  Being a forgotten evidence, it evidentiary value is worthless if not dubious.

In the same vein as presenting enigmatic witnesses like Jessica Alfaro, the NBI is talking about a new spectacular witness codenamed the “Black Maria.”   It claims that this is the real lady companion of the gang.  Wow!  The NBI is just good in coining  monickers that Carlo J. Caparas may already by pouncing his keyboards for another block buster script for a massacre movie, “Vizconde Massacre the Final Chapter: The tale of the Black Maria.

Lauro Vizconde who has never accepted his fate  continues to believe that Webb did it.  He must be reminded of the saying: “Its not what you know, its what you can prove!”  Too bad he has been taken for a ride by believing in Alfaro.  If the NBI just looked for other  witnesses instead of pinning  all their hopes on the supposed star witness.  They should have done what they  are doing today  20 years ago.

The battery of lawyers at the NBI should know the principle of double jeopardy.  They very well know that no amount of forgotten evidence and new witnesses may be able to overturn this legal hurdle and haul Webb et. al back to court.  DOJ Secretary Delima knows this.  But how come she still came up with a press conference to stir the public.  A subtle announcement that no new evidence could have done it.  But they want to go down still ablazing. They could have done their jobs but….

What is sad is these latest insinuations from the DOJ, NBI and CIDG give Mr. Vizconde (I pity the poor old man)  false hopes that his case will be reopened. Maybe if the new NBI chief Atty. Magtanggol Gatdula has some ace left under his sleeves.  Like a credible  co-conspirator who would turn state witness and by stroke of luck the Supreme Court rewrites history by reopening the case in the interest of  justice. But this is wishful thinking.

As a last note, Mr. Vizconde was quoted to be saying that public acceptance of these newly-discovered evidence will suffice to vindicate him if their new attempt to reopen the case will be legally thwarted.  The burning question is : did he already achieve this a long time ago when allowed those “Carlo J. Caparas massacre movies” to be shown and caused a pre-mature public hanging of all the accused?  If it is the sentimental value he is looking for, Mr. Vizconde has gotten it already. The public knows that Hubert et. al may have done it. Sadly, this was not proven in court, the only venue which can seal it with veracity.

Enough is enough.  Move on.  True Justice anyway is the Almighty.

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