Posts from the ‘Crime’ Category

Illegal Possession of A Certain Look.

I was so intrigued with Michael Collin’s award winning documentary film “Give Up Tomorrow” that I went to see it.

Having known that the case went through the entire length of  Philippine criminal justice system, I am pessimistic that the documentary film will do anything to reverse the adverse judgment against Filipino-Spaniard Francisco “Paco” Larranaga.

Yet, the documentary  has once again revealed the two faces of Filipino Justice system and the cold realization that most of the time  these are one and the same:  both the accused and offended party are the victims.

In this case however, the common face is that of the accused/convict  Larranaga and presiding judge, Martin Ocampo.  Both are victims of stereotype.

Larranaga, who is popularly known as “Paco” has Spanish features that set him apart from regular Filipino boys.   A little boy who just saw him on tv, exclaimed: “Wow, si  Sabretooth!”  pointing out to Paco’s striking resemblance to Liv Schreiber who played the comic character.   Personally, I think Paco looks like bit screen villain  Marco Polo Garcia!)   Paco simply  has that villainous look.   His accusers can point at him as the culprit and the rest will easily believe.   They easily believe that a bully of a rich kid can fly back and forth faraway cities of Manila and Cebu on a whim.

On the other hand, Judge Martin Ocampo looks like the hermitic magistrate – weird and dangerous with the gavel in his hand. I say he is the twin brother of deceased North Korean stalwart Kim Jung Ill.  Like his Korean look-alike,  Judge Ocampo would wear dark glasses in court and had no qualms in sending the entire defense team to jail.  He was even described as  somebody whose life revolved  around his court room and allegedly estranged from his family.  As such, it was easy for people to believe that Judge Ocampo to have taken his own life in a grand fashion – locking himself in a 4-star hotel then shooting his head with his own gun while examining himself in the mirror.

Locked-up Abroad: Boracay Version

Careful you might end up in a popular  NatGeo Channel show.

Due to the sensitive nature of the information to be revealed here, the names of people and concerned establishment are kept confidential.  Yet, this should serve as a stern warning to tourists going to Boracay.

The Free 3 day accommodation you would not want to take!

Just last week (from April  14 to 18 or a mere period of 4 days) the Boracay Special Tourist Police have arrested two foreign nationals (same country) for alleged possession of prohibited drugs inside a popular night club along the white beach.  According to the police blotter and official records, these two foreign nationals were caught by the night club’s security guard (same security guard for both incident) in possession of prohibited drugs.  The latest foreign national caught supposedly bought his  marijuana from a drug pusher inside the night club’s rest room.  Funny though, it was reported that  the notorious drug dealer was not caught.   It was the poor foreign national (in his early 20s) who was allegedly caught in flagrante delicto after the security guard “subdued” him (the security guard allegedly hitting him in the throat and poking his revolver against him).

What the???

Two foreign nationals, same nationality.

Caught in a span of 4 days apart.





What the????

What is happening to Boracay?

Be careful, it might be the last party of your life!

What is simply concerning here (aside from the fact that drugs seem to proliferate in the island), is the fact that this popular night club’s management ( a popular hangout for foreigners)  has not tightened its security and prevent drug dealers from supposedly dealing inside their restroom as what happened in the latest foreigner’s case.  Why were they not able to catch the drug dealer?  The admission by the security guard that the supposed drug transaction happened in the night club’s restroom is an admission of security laxity on the part of the establishment.

Be careful who to talk to while on the island.

The Filipino tourist industry players have to protect the foreign tourists who still plow in money into what most have already perceived as a slowly-decaying island.  Just imagine the horrorific experience of a vacation totally gone wrong ( incarcerated in a tiny cell in Boracay island along with local criminal suspects!).  The laxity of security personnel makes possible the entry of drug dealers inside clubs and establishments.  It is just too tempting for vacationing tourists to sample cheap illegal drugs which are seemingly delivered to their doorsteps.  They not knowing that mere possession of marijuana will surely entail “free accommodation” for three nights at the police detention center.   Worse, it the drugs seized turns out positive, he has to cough out a stiff bail bond of P 200,000 at the very least (if the offense for the kind of drug possession is classified as bailable).  If it the accused is found guilty by the drug court for drug possession, then its game over for his free-wheeling days!

Que Horror!

Instant Justice Strikes Again

After you, Gong Zhun Yan!  Bacolo and Soliveres.

Just a few months ago, I wrote a story about chinese national Gong Zhun Yan  and his attempt to wrestle the handgun of a Manila Police District (MPD) police officer SPO1 Charles Duran (

Well, MPD Officer SPO1 Charles Duran is in the news again.

This time, his now famous name is tied up with the tragic end of two poor soul self-confessed rapists, Cecilio Bacolo, 19, and Roderick Soliveres, 28:

The story was reported by Philippine Star newspaper:

Suspects in rape-slay of 7-year-old shot dead

By Rey Galupo The Philippine Star Updated March 15, 2012 12:00 AM

MANILA, Philippines – The suspects in the rape and murder of a seven-year-old were shot dead during an alleged scuffle with Manila policemen in their detention cell at the Manila Police District’s homicide section Tuesday night.

Investigators told The STAR that Cecilio Bacolo, 19, and Roderick Soliveres, 28, suffered gunshot wounds in the head and chest.

Bacolo and Soliveres were arrested for the rape and killing of Ernieca Abando, a grade one pupil of the F. Ma. Guerrero Elementary School.

Initial reports stated that SPO1 Ramir Dimagiba, duty deck investigator, ordered the victims to dispose of four water containers used as prisoners’ urinals.

Dimagiba said that after opening the cell’s padlock, the two allegedly dropped the containers. Soliveres allegedly grabbed Dimagiba‘s gun that was in his waist.

He said the gun went off as they scuffled for its possession, hitting Bacolo – who tried to join the fray – in the chest.

Dimagiba claimed Soliveres succeeded in getting the gun “utilizing his power and height advantage” and shot him twice but missed.

The police report stated that Soliveres also aimed the gun on PO3 Rodel Benitez, who came to the aid of Dimagiba, but the latter shot the victim in the head.

The victims were rushed to the Philippine General Hospital but Bacolo died after a few minutes. Soliveres died at around 12:29 a.m. according to Dr. John Paul Nang.

The suspects, both members of the Sigue-Sigue Sputnik gang, owned up to the crime.

Bacolo said Soliveres had been eyeing the child for quite a while and was actually looking for a chance to molest her.

Bacolo said that at around 7:30 a.m. last Friday, he agreed to take Soliveres to Abando’s house after the former told him that he would give food to the girl.

The two took the girl with them, rode a jeep to Sta. Mesa and headed to a house on Pat Antonio street which turned out to be owned by Soliveres’ friend.

Bacolo said he left Soliveres and Abando inside a room and when he came back saw the girl naked from the waist down, gagged and with her wrists bound together. He said he believed that his companion had just raped the girl, so he took his turn.

After he was done, Soliveres came back with a nylon cord and strangled the girl. They then left and headed back to Paco.

During investigation, a certain Riza Escoto confirmed that she saw the suspects and the girl heading up to the fourth floor of the house between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m.

Escoto told the police that at about 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. of the same day, she noticed the suspects coming out of the house without the victim.

The crime was discovered at around 9:20 p.m., almost 12 hours after it was committed, when the owner of the house arrived.

“The suspects apparently didn’t look like they were bothered by their conscience. We first arrested Bacolo, who pointed to his cohort’s whereabouts. They didn’t resist arrest,” said investigator SPO1 Charles John Duran.

So there you go…Another episode involving

SPO1 Charles John Duran!

Why is the Philippine National Police (PNP) not sending  the bumbling SPO1 Duran to retraining when his negligence supposedly allowed the hand-cuffed Gong Zhun Yan to wrestle his gun while they were on their way to the office of inquest prosecutor?  Surely, he like SPO1 Dimaguiba in this recent episode needs training to avoid similar situations from happening in the future (what if the suspects are able to SUCCESFULLY wrestle their service firearms and puts two in their head?).

But then SPO1 Duran and SPO1 Dimaguiba may not really need training. All they need is to BE CAREFUL next time….

Meaning – all they need is to avoid these “sticky” situations.  Especially that Manila’s incumbent Mayor, Alfredo Lim has a colorful history of being accused as responsible for several alleged extra-judicial killings.  In fact, he is often dubbed as “Dirty Harry.”

Ambisyoso ‘tong  sina Duran at Dimaguiba….they seem after the Mayor’s title.

Ang Matuwid na Daan, Bow! (“The Straight Road”, Bow!)

No Bribery if Beneficial to Government?

A lot of  first year law students may have rushed to consult their Criminal Law 2 books after reading this news report:

(above) Pagcor Chairman and Macau Visitor Cristino Naguiat

Palace: Freebies for Pagcor OK


Malacañang on Tuesday said there was nothing wrong with Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (Pagcor) Chairman Cristino Naguiat accepting free accommodations and gifts from the Wynn chain of casino hotels as this was “an industry practice and saves expenses for the government.”

According to presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda, Naguiat did not personally profit from the freebies.

In a press briefing, Lacierda said President Benigno Aquino III had accepted Naguiat’s explanation on the matter which was revealed in a dispute between Wynn Resorts Ltd. chief executive Steve Wynn and Japanese gambling tycoon Kazuo Okada.

Wynn had accused Okada of making improper cash payments and gifts totaling about $110,000 to gaming regulators, including those in Philippines—in this case, Pagcor.

The report alleged that Pagcor officials had received dinners, Chanel bags and suites at Wynn Macau, all courtesy of Okada, chair of Universal Entertainment Corp.

“(The President has accepted Naguiat’s explanation) in the matter of being able to save on costs, that is beneficial to the government and chair Naguiat never profited from it personally anyway,” Lacierda said.

“Look, it’s cheaper for us: When they come here we pay for them and when we go there they pay for (our) accommodations. From that perspective, we save more on the cost,” he said.

Asked whether this kind of arrangement was not in conflict with the President’s clean governance campaign, Lacierda said there was no conflict because Okada had been granted a provisional license as far back as 2008 to do business with Pagcor.

(Source: Philippine Inquirer dated February 22, 2012)

Now, a reading of the provision on Indirect Bribery in the Revised Penal Code reads as follows:

Art. 211. Indirect bribery. — The penalties of prision correccional in its medium and maximum periods, and public censure shall be imposed upon any public officer who shall accept gifts offered to him by reason of his office. (As amended by Batas Pambansa Blg. 872, June 10, 1985).

Furthermore, Republic Act No. 3019 otherwise known as the “Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act”, provides:

Sec. 3. Corrupt practices of public officers. – In addition to acts or omissions of public officers already penalized by existing law, the following shall constitute corrupt practices of any public officer and are hereby declared to be unlawful:

xxx  xxx   xxx

(c) Directly or indirectly requesting or receiving any gift, present or other pecuniary or material benefit, for himself or for another, from any person for whom the public officer, in any manner or capacity, has secured or obtained, or will secure or obtain, any Government permit or license, in consideration for the help given or to be given, without prejudice to Section thirteen of this Act.

Still, another applicable provision in the Republic Act No. 6713, otherwise known as  “Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees” should be taken into consideration:

Section 7. Prohibited Acts and Transactions. – In addition to acts and omissions of public officials and employees now prescribed in the Constitution and existing laws, the following shall constitute prohibited acts and transactions of any public official and employee and are hereby declared to be unlawful:

(d) Solicitation or acceptance of gifts. – Public officials and employees shall not solicit or accept, directly or indirectly, any gift, gratuity, favor, entertainment, loan or anything of monetary value from any person in the course of their official duties or in connection with any operation being regulated by, or any transaction which may be affected by the functions of their office.

The Macau trip is seen to bring in Big time Gambling in the Philippines.

From the looks of it, Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation Chairman and General Manager Cristino Naguiat can be CHARGED FOR GRAFT, INDIRECT BRIBERY and violation of the CONDUCT AND ETHICAL STANDARDS FOR PUBLIC OFFICIAL.  Mind you, graft charges against public officials have territorial effect, meaning even the offenses were allegedly committed abroad, these can be charged in the Philippines.

We don’t see anything wrong.  Presidential Spokesman Atty. Edwin Lacierda (above)

Now, if the Palace through lawyer Atty. Edwin Lacierda has the gall to defend Naguiat and describing what he did as mere”customary or a practice”, they might as well consider as normal the “gift-giving” that is happening at our government offices like the Bureau of Customs  (Hi Mr. Elevado!) and even the National Bureau of Investigation (Hi Atty. Sison!).

The problem with Atty. Lacierda is he even twisted the law by saying that bribe receiving by Naguiat is even “BENEFICIAL TO THE GOVERNMENT!”  DIOOSSKOOOPOOOO!!!

I thought that this is the very evil that President Benigno C. Aquino III wants to eradicated with his campaign slogan “Matuwin na Daan” or “Straight Road.”

Broken Vow?  PAGCOR Chairman Naguiat is seen as one of the most trusted men of  President Aquino.

“MATUWID NA DAAN BA ANG TINATAHAK NI NAGUIAT, MR. PRESIDENT?” (Is this the straight road you are talking about, Mr. President?)

Now, if Pnoy is fast on his guns to sack NBI Chief Magtanggol Gatdula when he was implicated in the shenanigans of his men, why will he not do the same against Naguiat who based on the Inquirer reporthas accepted  dinners, Chanel bags and suites from gambling lord Kazuo Okada at Wynn Macau (is that all Mr. Okada?, how about the “splendid” massage services that Macau is known for?).

One of Macau’s traditional offer of hospitality:  Free “Massage.”

Shame on you Mr. President if you let this bad example (and bad egg like Naguiat) slip through your fingers.  In that occassion, you will be worse than your father and mother’s version of Renato Corona, President Ferdinand Marcos – who actually crafted this law against  bribery and was strict against gift receiving during his time (at least on paper!).

Pulis Patola Strikes Again

This is for the 1 billion Chinese and the record.

A Manila cop reporting a suicide by a chinese national suspected of murdering his girlfriend.

Click this video link from ABS-CBN News  to find out his story….


or click the following video link from GMA 7 news:

The story below is  from ABS-CBN news website in toto.

This police officer, SPO1 Charles Duran, said that the suspect Gong Zhun Yan grabbed his .9 mm caliber gun and fired it at his chin.

“Nung binbaybay namin yung Taft Avenue, pagdating sa may Ayala, paghinto nung mobile namin nahulog yung mga documents ko. Yung iba nalaglag kaya yumuko ako para abutin, para kukunin ko. Maya-maya nagulat ako ginrab niya yung baril. Paglingon ko biglang pinutok na niya,” Duran said.

Authorities rushed him to the Philippine General Hospital.

The suspect, however, was declared dead on arrival at 9:45 p.m.

According to Duran, they did not expect that Go would commit suicide.

“Mabilis ang mga pangyayayari. Nagulat rin kami. Hindi namin akalain na gagawin niya yun dahil tahimik lang siya,” he said.

(To translate and encapsulate SP01 Duran’s follies: He is one fumbling cop who can’t hold on to his papers and secure his pistol.  Too bad for his prisoner – a lanky chinese whose wrists are cuffed – he got a free bullet for his suicide.)

Go was supposed to face charges of murder, theft and traffic violation. His car was seen on closed-circuit television camera ram into his girlfriend on January 14. He then got off his car and repeatedly stabbed her on the chest.


These cops talaga….what do they think of the Filipino viewing public? Aren’t they afraid of public backlash for this latest pulis patola antic?  Regardless of the evil deeds of Gong Zhun Yan, he is still entitled to due process and has to be properly brought to the bar of the law.

Oh c’mon, SP01 Duran…do you really want us to believe that you lost your service pistol to a lanky chinese kid whose wrists are hand-cuffed (as shown by earlier video).

Are you still having a hangover with the now legendary pulis patola antic of the Quirino Hostage Massacre?  No wonder the Chinese (including the Hong Kong nationals) do not trust you.

At the very least, the Philippine National Police (PNP) should discipline this bumbling police officer. Or tuck his gun safely to his waist with a staple wire.

One Hit Wonder

Despite what fans and supporters are drumming about her – one indisputable fact remains – Charice Pempenco is still a one hit wonder.

Yes, she is undeniably pure talent and Filipinos should be all proud of her.

But Charice has not yet reached her utmost potential and remains as one of the thousands  up and coming talents that flood the American music industry .    The likely cause of her slow ascend is the fact that the rest of the world seems unable put in the proper shelf – is she already a grown-up? Is she already a woman who can be marketed as one sultry singer that the male market can fantasize like Beyonce or Britney Spears?  Or is she a siopao-faced woman child whose voice is the only thing desirable about her (Sex sells even in the music recording industry – just ask Beyonce and Britney- again!).

As such, she can be aptly described as a one hit wonder and some of her fans seem to forget already the title of her latest hit.

Was it Pyramid? Well, it is  surely jumpy tune but we cannot disregard the fact that Iyaz did a lot to make it likeable.

Her signature “Listen?” – well, half of the Philippines knows how to sing this number.  So there is nothing extraordinary about it actually.

Her stint at Glee is as brief  as the “Telephone”  duet she had with the show’s resident self-centered star  Rachel.  It cannot  be counted as her recording hit.

Charice who is currently touring with hitmaker David Foster should think twice about how she is portrayed as an international recording star.  International singing Filipino maybe.  But hey, they are lots of talented Filipinos overseas who can belt a song better like her.

(Talking about Charice, the violent death of her biological father in an alley somewhere in his hometown is a grim reminder that showbiz success (?) has its own price.  Charice who is reportedly estranged from her father drifted away from the latter.  In previous publicity feeds, Charice  was not shown to have provided for her unemployed father despite her megabucks deals as an international recording star.  She was only seen providing for her mother Raquel and sibling.    This allegedly drove the latter to sink further in his self-destructive mode – drinking and trouble-making.

The international star may not have been taught the value of humility by taking care of somebody who has once taken care of her.  Her father no matter how monstrous his behavior is (as portrayed by several media releases) remains to be her parent.  No mother should destroy her child’s image of her father.  If there had been bad experiences in the past involving Charice’s mother, Charice should have been spared and given a good impression of her father. And no obstacle (may it from her mother or father’s relatives) should prevent Charice to contact her father.

Well, this writer may be actually be an  ignoramus about Charice’s relationship with her father.  But it is basic that each child should still respect his or her parents regardless of how other people portray them to be.)

From Wang-Wang to Bang-Bang

Sec. Ronald Llamas. From Activist to an Imperialist?

It was President “Pnoy” Noynoy Aquino’s battle cry: “Bawal ang Wang-wang” (No to Sirens) that catapulted him to  a near-perfect Presidency.  People who heard his latest State of the Nation Address (SONA) find it painful in the ear to hear  the President echo this “holier than though” slogan.  His no non-sense campaign against corrupt official regardless of party affiliation has become the formidable pillar of his feasibility as the country’s top leader.

Because of this stance, President Pnoy’s men have to measure up to a higher bar.  They have to be like their boss – a self-sworn graft buster.  A person who abhors influence-peddling and abusive behavior.

Enter Secretary Ronald Llamas.

Before… activist roaming the streets.

Now….With Government Salary and roaming with bodyguards.

A brief research on his credentials reveals that Llamas is a Thomasian-educated student activist during the late martial law years.  He like the present student leaders- dreamed and fought against a dictator for a better society. Ironically he is no different from former activists like Binay and Panelo  who are now forgotten faces in activism movement.

Llamas became Akbayan chief honcho and this explains his close relationship with President Pnoy.  Akbayan is the latter’s version of an activist group.  Critics say Pnoy and Akbayan use each other for political ends.  Other activist groups like Bayan Muna, Act etc. are now saying that this tie unmasked the real Akbayan.  It is nothing but an opportunistic political party which piggy back rides (or weighs down?)  on a popular President.

From a legal point of view, Llamas will surely wiggle out of this mess. He has a license for the AK-47 that was confiscated from his aides after a vehicular accident (China-made presumably and selling for 40 thousand pesos at Twin Pines Gun Store.   Yet it is mind-boggling why Sec. Llamas is able to own one.  The store’s website however indicates that this high powered firearm is only open to military and law enforcement agents ) .

What more, he was thousand of miles away in cold Switzerland when the firearm was seized by the authorities.  It was his aides and not him who were caught possessing the firearm.  Ergo, it is not him but these poor souls who will face the music for the brou-haha.

The only black eye Mr. Llamas sustained from this incident is his qualification as a Presidential adviser and government official under a “No Wang-wang” administration.

If Mr. Llamas cannot tuck his firearm while he is gone on a official trip.

If he cannot discipline his men while he is not away.

He is in no position to become a government official under the Pnoy administration.


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