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Philippines Untold Truth - What They Don't Want You To Know About

                Philippines Untold Truth

Looks like paradise? You think it's paradise? Think again.... There are many many websites on the internet that depict the Philippines as some tropical paradise filled with welcoming people and beautiful young women that will treat you as a king submitting to your every desire. They paint for you this picture of paradise and utopia. I read every website about the Philippines before I came here and learned as much as I could before I got here, only to find out when I arrived here NONE (and I do mean NONE!!!!) of what I read on these websites was even vaguely true. Well, after spending eight years in the Philippines, I'm telling you that is total BS!!!! I'll tell you here and now the real truth about the Philippines and the reality of what you can expect when you arrive here. So, hold on... beyond the next stop sign, you're about to enter the Philippine Zone.

Now, this is not to say that there's nothing good in the Philippines. There are some beautiful locations. There are some good people, but rare and few and far between. For the most part however, speaking from my own experiences here, the country is corrupt, poverty stricken, no reliable infra-structure, the women are users - players - cheaters - liars - thieves - scammers - pretenders - I can go on but you get the idea. Even most of the Expats are worse then the Filipinos. The locals are pretenders, hypocrites, liars, scammers, users, etc., etc., etc. The country routinely violates your rights and abuses authority. There is absolutely no moral or ethical fiber. They do not trust each other or anyone for that matter. There are armed security guards in every store, mall, building, everywhere - which visualizes the hazards here and distrust. A constant reminder of your lack of safety.

I speak in general as a country and not individually. There are, as with anywhere, good people here. But, the majority sample is as I described. The country is not what it was a decade or so ago. The values, tradition, honor, pride, and moral fiber has dissipated over the years as the new generation comes of age and has the selfish wanting desires of their own pleasure at any cost to themselves or anyone else. They think only of themselves and will do anything to get what they desire. The families do not stay together or have the importance as they did years prior. The new generation wants to leave the family and have their own lives for themselves. Thus, they cheapen themselves to gain things they desire.

As a foreigner, the locals will look at you as their "ATM" machine. They will be nice to you and befriend you to get whatever they can out of you. They will give you this enormous attitude of entitlement. They will tell you that they love you just to get you to give to them. When they bleed you dry they will leave you instantly to find a new prey. They want your money, but they do not want you in their country. That's fact !!

Corruption runs rampant in ALL levels of government and in ALL agencies. So beware of this. The Philippine National Police (PNP), Bureau of Immigration (BI), and Customs are known as the most corrupt government agencies. They're routinely abusing their power and violating your rights. They may even be part of any "scams" done to you. "Surprise, Surprise" as Gomer Pyle would say, these are also the three government agencies that have the most contact with foreigners.

If you happen to get into trouble in the Philippines do not expect a fair trial. Your constitutional rights will be violated and you'll probably be abused in some form or another. Here, you're guilty until proven guilty. Filipinos stick together whether they're right, wrong or otherwise. The Filipinos will lie and fabricate stories. They will believe the Filipino and always side with the Filipino. No one will listen to you. Know this. There is no justice for foreigners.

In your daily life routine you'll also discover that there are two different sets of rules here. One for Filipinos and one for Foreigners, two sets of rules that are very different. For example, you can be buying the exact same item and the Filipino will get a different lower price then you for that identical item. Store clerks who don't want to assist you will tell you "no stock" even if your looking directly at that item. But, they will rush over to assist the Filipino. Taxi drivers will tell you they have no change to try and keep your change. Jeepney drivers will charge you a higher fare then the Filipino pays trying to rob you of a measly few pesos. Filipinos will continually try to cut in front of you in line with their enormous sense of entitlement. I can go on and on with more examples. But, you get the picture of what your daily life routine will be like.

The basic rule to remember is that it will always be in favor of the Filipino... not ever you.

So, in closing, I reiterate "do not believe those websites wonderful stories of a tropical paradise and utopia in the Philippines." That may have been the case years ago. But, those ways and days are no longer part of the present Philippines. It's a new era and a new Philippines - sadly, not for the better.



This is not to say that all Filipinas are bad. Of course, there are exceptions. If you’re lucky enough to find one of the few good ones left, hold on to her, appreciate her and treasure her dearly. Because she will be the best thing that has ever happened to you. The posts here are to open your eyes to the enormous corruption, abuse of power, extortion, stealing, swindling and Filipina scams so you won’t become another one of the numerous statistics of foreigners that have fallen prey to them and have become a victim of the Philippines. All the posts on this blog site are TRUE stories of experiences in the Philippines. KEEP YOUR EYES OPEN AND USE YOUR HEAD (the one on your shoulders)!!!!

Why Would Anyone Want To Visit The Philippines?

Why Would Anyone Want To Visit The Philippines?

January 31, 2016

I’m fairly well traveled. I’ve been in the Philippines many years and have experienced it.

Here’s the true take on the Philippines: 
1. Never relaxed or felt safe at all whilst moving around in Manila. Was constantly on edge and waiting for bad things to happen. Was on guard but all the time felt nervous. Going out at night unless by taxi was a big no-no. Even by taxi was a risk. 

2. Went to Clark AFB, a cyclone came in and weather was terrible for about three days.

3. Couldn't eat at McDonald’s without children or women with babes in arms banging on the restaurant windows asking for money. Have never seen as much poverty or as many slums as in Manila and children begging. It had all the sounds of a dysfunctional country.

4. The only positives were the women spoke English and understood better.

5. Was constantly hassled by beggars in the street and really believe Manila to be the worst city ever visited.

6. Food on the streets, was by and large greasy, unhealthy and inedible unless went to lousy fast food joints. 

People being mugged in broad daylight in Manila, gangs of well dressed Filipinos robbing people without shame in Jeepneys working in groups of up to 8, terrible poverty, drugs being placed in peoples drinks knocking them out and getting robbed, credit card scams in restaurants, aggressive and nasty attitudes from Manila taxis threatening and refusing to open meters, cheating and scamming as soon as you get off the plane, police and security with machine guns at shopping malls and ever increasing threats from Muslim insurgents.

My God, it makes Pattaya sound like kindergarden!!!

I have made a few friends from the Philippines on Facebook and can assure readers ALL BAR NONE are trying to get out of the Philippines and work elsewhere. Never met one, male or female, that says they love the Philippines and want to stay.  

There you have it… As Paul Harvey would say, “and that’s the real story.”

Why would anyone want to visit the Philippines???

Reader Comments:
Scruffy cities. Boring, unhealthy food. Above all, skip Manila. Worst city in SE Asia by far.
the Philippines way ahead  in the murder stakes.

Many natural disasters (storms, earthquakes, volcanoes)
Much poverty
Food is often bland
Taxation on world-wide income (only of interest to those wishing to live there).

Everything is inferior:
  - The ubiquitous grime
  - The catholic bigotry seems an insult to the intelligence
  - The filthy food where each dish is bursting with fat and sugar
  - Too low roof Jeepneys where it enters and leaves squatting
  - All types of more expensive and less good housing.
  - As stated above beggars, slums, garbage everywhere, misery, rats ...

The Philippines, the banking system there is just shit, they learned from the Americans, the road system is shit and the traffic is unbelievable, the train system does not exist and the ferries are overcrowded and dangerous. Since Marcos every government came in on the promise to do something against corruption and then they just filled up their own pockets and disappeared. So if you don't want to be disappointed make a circle around the Philippines and call it a "No go Zone"

Woman Faces Theft Complaint For ‘Robbing American Boyfriend’

Woman Faces Theft Complaint For ‘Robbing American Boyfriend’


Friday, January 15, 2016
Gerome M. Dalipe

A RETIRED American sued his former girlfriend for allegedly stealing his gold coins and making an unauthorized withdrawal from his bank account amounting to about P100,000 total in 2014.

Lewis Franklin Johnson filed a complaint before the Office of the Cebu City Prosecutor accusing Cherie Emnace Momongan of theft and violation of Republic Act 8484 (Access Devices Regulation Act of 1998).

State Prosecutor Simaco Labata found evidence to charge Momongan with theft and violation of Access Devices Regulation Act of 1998 before the Regional Trial Court.

In his affidavit, Johnson said he sought the help of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI 7) after he discovered that his gold coins worth $1,200 were lost.

He also found out that his silver coins worth $17 were missing. The American also reported the unauthorized withdrawal from his dollar bank account amounting to $1,148.

Johnson and Momongan went to the bank and reported the unauthorized withdrawal.

The bank manager told them they could provide video footage of those who withdrew from their bank, but it would need clearance from their head office.

Momongan also confessed to Johnson that she was “kidnapped” and was brought to a warehouse.

She claimed she was blindfolded and was kept inside a dark room.

Momongan said she was “lucky” since she escaped from her captors. She later received text messages threatening her. Johnson said they decided to report the incident to the NBI 7 for fear of their lives.

But NBI 7 investigators doubted Momongan’s claim that she was kidnapped.

While she claimed to be from Barangay Lahug, Cebu City, Momongan is not familiar with Gen. Maxilom Ave.

The investigators suspected that the respondent stole the gold and silver coins and illegally withdrew money from Johnson’s ATM card.

The American received text messages from someone who posed as Momongan and let her withdraw money from his ATM card.

The NBI 7 investigators then accompanied Johnson to view the CCTV from the bank and confirmed that Momongan made several withdrawals on various dates in October 2014.

“It is clear that the kidnapping story is just a hoax and respondent (Momongan) did unauthorized withdrawals,” said Prosecutor Labata in his resolution.

Labata said Momongan took the ATM card, gold and silver coins from the deposit box.

Momongan also admitted to Johnson that she just wanted his money and wished she could get more from him.

Momongan failed to submit her counter-affidavit, which would have given her the chance to refute the charges lodged against her.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on January 16, 2016

Beware Of The Filipina Marriage Scam

Beware Of The Filipina Marriage Scam


Posted - January 9, 2016

Filipina marriage scams occur when a woman lures an unsuspecting Western man into her dangerous web with promises of love and devotion. The man who is usually from the United States, United Kingdom, or Australia falls in love with the person the Filipino woman is pretending to be and marries her. Once the deceptive woman gets what she wants out of the marriage she discards her husband. Sometimes the Filipina will trash the husband's reputation in the process, and if there are children involved the situation becomes even more frightening.

How Do Filipina Women Meet Western Men
A prominent way a woman living in the Philippines will meet a Western man is over the internet. She will post an attractive picture of herself online at various dating and social networking sites. She will quickly tell a man who has shown interest in her how much she loves him and how much she wants to be with him. Sometimes she will be professing love to more than one man at a time. She will appear virtuous and come off as the perfect woman and excellent wife material. Sometimes she will tell of hardships and ask for money before marriage, other times she will wait until she is in the U.S., Australia, or U.K. to begin taking money from her husband. Before continuing with this article it needs to be said that not all women in the Philippines are scammers. Unfortunately it can sometimes be difficult to tell the difference between an honest woman and a migration scammer until a marriage has taken on a darker component and eventually dissolves.

The Cleaner Scam
The cleaner scam occurs when a Filipina woman marries a man who has the intention of moving to the Philippines to live with her. Usually he will have to return to his home country for a period of time to make arrangements. His Filipina wife convinces him to add her name to all of his bank accounts. After he does this she empties the accounts and he never sees her again.

Scams to Get Into the States
Many Fililpina women will scam men so that they can move to the U.S., U.K., or Australia where life is better and money is more abundant. Often they will wait until the allotted time after which the husband cannot say the marriage is a fraud, and then divorce the man. Sometimes a woman is already married and will ask for her brother or cousin to come live with her and her husband. When this is the case, the "brother" or "cousin" is really her first husband.

The Dump Truck Scam
-Tampo Phase

The dump truck scam is form of marriage fraud that can last for a number of years. A man from the U.S., U.K. or Australia will marry a Filipina woman who has made him fall in love with her with pretty words and verbal caresses. The husband will bring his new wife back to his home country, only to discover she is not the person he thought she was. She will begin to act distant, unhappy, and snappish.

- Distracted Phase
In this phase of the scam the filipina wife will stop listening to and being attentive to her husband. She will act distracted when speaking to him, or "doodle" on paper during important conversations. She will ask for money for things she doesn't need, stop taking care of the house, or doing anything to contribute to the marriage.

- Falsely Reporting Abuse
A filipina woman may call the police and say she is being abused by her husband during this phase when she really is not. According to the Mail Order Bride blog, "...female perpetrators of immigration fraud are highly familiar with U.S. Domestic violence laws and understand a false claim of abuse not only insures free legal assistance but also invokes new federal laws prohibiting their removal from the United States" . Not only does this harm the reputation and legal status of the accused husband, it takes valuable time and resources away from women who really are being abused.

-Using Children
Sometimes a filipina woman will have children with her husband while still in the midst of a migration scam. She may do this with her husband's knowledge or she may trick him into impregnating her. Once children are born it makes it much easier for a marriage scammer to get what she wants. When children are in the home a husband is asked to leave if she cries abuse. She will often file for a restraining order, file for welfare benefits, ask for a divorce for which she will receive free legal aid, and get most if not all of the marital assets. In some cases the father will be cut completely out of the child's life and the marriage scammer will use legal means to achieve this, even though her husband is a natural born citizen.

Everyone Suffers from Marriage Scams
Marriage scams happen more often than people realize and when a marriage scam is successful a number of people suffer.

One marriage scammer was married to her American husband for years and had three children with him. She cried abuse and ended up getting sole custody of her children and all of the marital assets. The victim of the filipina migration scam was ordered to pay more in child support than he made and was not even allowed to keep enough money to pay for his life sustaining medication. This filipina's ex-husband is now living in the Philippines with his new wife. The ex-husband is a pastor whose passport was taken from him by the United States Embassy because of the actions of his ex-wife and he cannot return to the United States because of telephone threats on his life made by the police of his hometown. This victim of a migration scam cannot come back to the U.S. to see or protect his kids right now, though he is fighting to change that.

Another marriage scammer actually married her husband in the United States, though she was only there on a Visa. After the marriage her personality changed completely. After the marriage fall apart the husband found out he was not even legally married to the Filipina woman because she already had a husband in the Philippines. He then found out his "wife" had stolen money from a local V.A. Hospital and was filtering it through an account in his name. The woman was never seen again even though the U.S. government has searched for her for over a decade.

Some women will divorce their husbands as soon as they can legally stay in the United States. Others will exhort large amounts of money before doing so. Some Filipina migration scammers will get their husbands to buy them a house, car, pay for their education, and have babies with them before they toss them aside. In the end the husband is left hurting, kept away from his children, and has to rebuild life from scratch.

Caregiver Dupes Disabled American of PhP915K

This American did not know lending means giving in the Philippines?

Yet another American duped. The only part that confuses me is how it took him that long to realize he was being cheated. 

Caregiver Dupes Disabled American of PhP915K

Staff Report Published: December 23, 2015

MANILA: A disabled American has accused his Filipina caregiver of allegedly duping him of PhP915,000 and filed estafa charges against her, media reports said.

Since being hired, Leah Caparida, 33, borrowed money from him for 21 times. He said he gave her cash in 20 out of the 21 instances she asked for a loan, Marvin Hensel, 57, was quoted as saying by Inquirer.

In an affidavit submitted to the Manila Police District general assignment section, Hensel reportedly said he was filing 20 counts of estafa against her.

He was quoted as saying that Caparida started borrowing money in May 2015.

She often claimed that she needed the cash for hospitalization, the report said.

Since then, almost every week, Hensel would lend Caparida money, sometimes in dollars, sometimes in peso.

On Monday afternoon, Caparida attempted to borrow PhP27,000 to pay her bills in a Bulacan hospital.

“I refused (to give her the money) after I confirmed with the hospital…that there is no such patient in her name ,” Hensel was quoted as saying by Inquirer.

Woman Faces Charges For Duping Belgian Guy

Woman Faces Charges For Duping Belgian Guy


Woman Faces Charges For Duping Belgian Guy


Sun Star
Saturday, November 28, 2015

A WOMAN from Cebu City is facing criminal charges in court for allegedly duping a Belgian national into sending her money by pretending that she applied for work abroad and undergoing medical treatment in 2013.
The Office of the Cebu City Prosecutor has indicted Alamarie Mabasa for estafa, which is a violation of Art. 315 of the Revised Penal Code.
It would appear that the intention of respondent (Mabasa) in telling fabricated tales was to take advantage of complainant’s trust and brotherly affection,” the resolution penned by Assistant City Prosecutor Naruzen Delfin-Lorete.
Bail is set at P60,000.
Alexander Schick filed the estafa case against Mabasa, whom he met in April 11, 2013 via software application Skype. The accused worked as a sales agent for Schick’s online ticketing business.
When Schick visited the country in May 2013, he and Mabasa met and became good friends. Mabasa confessed to Schick about her problems with her family, health, personal and financial problems.
The accused asked money from Schick, who then sent her via money transfer.
Mabasa also asked Schick to send her money for the processing fee for her application for Taiwan and her medical treatment. The
Belgian national sent her $3,620, or P155, 660 (at P43 to the dollar).
But last January 2014, Schick became suspicious of Mabasa’s motive, prompting him to verify from Mabasa’s friend about her condition.
Schick later discovered that Mabasa never really left the country for Taiwan nor underwent medical treatment.
Schick said he was “deeply aggrieved” by Mabasa’s deceitful misinterpretation” and ‘false medical condition.”
Schick sent Mabasa a letter, demanding from her to return the money, but to no avail.
A certification from the Bureau of Immigration in Manila confirmed that Mabasa never left the Philippines for Taiwan.
Mabasa’s former friend, Marissa Paner-Alferez, also executed an affidavit stating that the accused also collected payments from her clients without her authority.

Mabasa ran errands for Alferez’s wedding planning venture.
In the resolution, Prosecutor Lorete said Mabasa duped Schick into giving her money by pretending to have worked in Taiwan and undergoing medical treatment.
It was a scheme to extract money from him (Schick), who unfortunately parted with his money,” said Lorete.

Vacationing American National Arrested – Dies in Jail in Cebu City

Vacationing American National Arrested – Dies in Jail in Cebu City






Vacationing American National Arrested – Dies in Jail in Cebu City

Posted - November 25, 2015

CEBU CITY, Philippines – A vacationing American national who was in Cebu City visiting a friend has died in jail after telling police he could not breathe.
51-year-old was arrested and later died in a Cebu City jail with a seedy past from earlier this year.

Cebu City police say that Pikl’s death had no foul play involved – an autopsy has yet to be conducted.
Pikl’s familyl disputes the Philippines media reports that he went “wild” and “berserk” before dying.

Skip Pikl, Mark’s brother, said the reports are “troubling.”

Pikle, an American veteran and retired correctional officer, “would not have acted that way,” his brother Brian said.

Family members said their brother walked in pain and was due to have surgery to correct the problem.

Richard Woodling, consul general at the Philippine Consulate General of Portland, said the circumstances around Pikl’s death sound “rather suspicious.”

A report on the incident said that Pikle was arrested on Wednesday after “getting wild” near a hotel in Fuente Osmeña.

Pikl reportedly complained to police officers that he could not breathe while being detained inside his holding cell.

Cebu City Police reiterated that “We assure the public that there was no foul play.”
The cause of Pikl’s death is still under investigation.

Brian Pikl said the family is working with the State Department and the American Consular  

Agency to conduct an autopsy and return Pikl’s body to the State of Oregon – Mark Pikl is originally from Salem, Oregon.

Locals suspect foul play when hearing of the death of the American national as the jail where Pikl died was also the subject of media attention when earlier this year an 11-year-old died after she was beaten and electrocuted while being detained.

Officers at that jail are facing murder charges for the incident with the young girl – now the family of Pikl may be faced with the same consequences in the death of their brother.



This is a true story happening in the Philippines now. It was published in The Seattle Times - 

SCAMMED - Swiss National Working As Street Vendor In Cebu

SCAMMED - Swiss National Working As Street Vendor In Cebu


Yet another example of why to buy your stuff in your name only.


September 30, 2015

[quote] Earning P150 a day, Ulrich Notter said he doesn’t have money to go back to Switzerland.
A native of Zurich, Switzerland, Notter worked as a painter in a private firm there and married his first wife, a Filipina.
They stayed in Zurich for seven years and then settled in Surigao province for four years.
Notter said they built a house in Surigao but their relationship deteriorated into a series of quarrels about money.
My ex-wife tricked me by saying the house cost only P1 million but I learned it was P3.5 million so I depleted my pension paying for it,” he said. He had no house to come home to, farmland and rice field were reportedly sold by his wife. Notter used up whatever remained of his proceeds to apply for work until it dried up.

He met a Filipina which he courted and they lived in one apartment. She taught him how to make Chocolate marshmallow, "biko", which they then made as business. Later on, he realized that the woman is a gambler and that she always asks for money. The woman left taking his last P50,000 with her, leaving without a trace.

Now he's alone, trying to make a living here in the streets of Cebu selling anything he can get (fish crackers, marshmallow chocolate). He makes so little to feed himself, luckily he has his church to feed him, but he has this apartment that he mentioned he's renting at 1,500.
I sell the whole day, in Carbon, in Colon, in Labangon and every Sunday I go to Tabunok to sell them,” Notter said. [quote]

Source: The Victim Himself - Ulrich Notter



12:30 AM | Saturday, April 25th, 2015

NOEMI Mirabiles, who earns a living by begging on the streets of Cebu City, clings to the coffin bearing the body of her daughter, Chastity, 11, also a beggar, who was killed after physical abuses suffered allegedly in the hands of Chief Insp. Wildemar Tiu and his men.

Chief Insp. Wildemar Tiu

CEBU CITY—Life on the streets as a beggar ended in a violent death for an 11-year-old girl and possible criminal charges for the policeman who had been accused of beating the girl and her companion up after the children were rounded up as part of the city government’s campaign to keep street children away from crimes.

The two girls, both 11-year-olds, were picked up by police on April 5. The next day, one of the girls, 11-year-old Chastity Mirabiles, who had been begging in the streets, collapsed. She was brought to the city hospital where she was declared dead on arrival.

The Department of Social Welfare and Services (DSWS) officials became suspicious and started investigating.

The other 11-year-old girl, also a beggar and who had kept Chastity company, told DSWS officials how they were beaten up and subjected to electric shock by Chief Insp. Wildemar Tiu, head of the Fuente police station, and his subordinates.

Tiu is now facing investigation by the National Bureau of Investigation and DSWS for manhandling the street children. Tiu, who is on leave since April 20, denied beating the girls up. “Why should I hurt children when they are just victims of their parents?” he said.

NBI Assistant Director Augusto Isidoro said they decided to intervene because the accusations were “too serious to be ignored.” “The victim here is a child, a girl at that,” he said on Thursday.

According to the other 11-year-old girl, Chastity was sleeping on the pavement outside a convenience store near Fuente Osmeña Rotunda around 2 a.m. on April 5 when a policeman arrived and kicked her on the face. The witness said the policeman “threw” Mirabiles into a police car and brought Mirabiles and the other girl to Fuente police station.

The other girl claimed that she and Mirabiles were given electric shock inside the police station. The two girls were released from police custody around 7 a.m. of April 6. Since Mirabiles was too weak to walk, her companion had to carry her in her back while they headed to Fuente Osmeña.

On April 5, Mirabiles was able to go home in Barangay Sambag II here. The following day, she returned to Fuente Osmeña to beg. At noon, she collapsed. Bystanders called an ambulance and rushed Mirabiles to the Cebu City Medical Center (CCMC), where the girl was declared dead.

Tests made at the CCMC said the cause of the girl’s death could have been dengue or heatstroke. But Dr. Rene Cam, NBI medico-legal officer who conducted an autopsy on Mirabiles, said he couldn’t support the hospital findings because no lab tests were conducted.

Cam, however, said he found four injuries caused by being hit with a blunt object on the girl’s body and which could have caused her death. The injuries, Cam said, were too much for a girl in Mirabiles’ age to bear. “At her age, those injuries were very painful, really very painful,” said Cam. “If one can’t bear the pain, he or she will go into shock,” he said.

The injuries were found on her left and right chest, right lower abdomen and right elbow, and could have been caused by being hit with either a fist, wood or any object that could cause hematoma. Cam could not confirm if the girl was given electric shock since he could not find any signs of it.

Noemi Mirabiles, 42, who walks with the help of a cane and also begs for a living, said she hoped justice would be served for her daughter. “I dreamt of her the other day. She was crying. She was asking me to help her. And I promised that I will not stop until justice is served,” she said.

‘Rubout’ victim was set up, witness says

‘Rubout’ victim was set up, witness says 

The Philippine Star - July 20, 2015

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The suspected robber who was killed in a “rubout” was set up and the Manila policemen involved hatched the plan two days prior to the murder, a witness said yesterday.

“Dagul,” 21, surfaced at the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) over the weekend and said Senior Inspector Rommel Salazar wanted to arrest Robin Villarosa for robbing people around University of Santo Tomas (UST).

“Once, a student was also stabbed so the policemen wanted to get Robin,” he said.

Salazar allegedly planted the gun, hatched the plan, and even provided the shabu that Villarosa wanted before staging a heist, Dagul said.

He also said barangay councilman Steven de Leon, whom Villarosa allegedly robbed, knew about the plot and was a “planted” victim.

Dagul claimed he did not know the Gulod policemen, which is under the supervision of Sampaloc police station, would kill Villarosa.

“They told me they would just arrest him so I agreed. I was apprehensive at first but they promised to give me P20,000,” he said.

The police officers discussed the plan on July 12. Dagul was playing cards in front of his house when Salazar called him up. The police captain asked if he knew a driver who uses an “orange tricycle” to rob people around UST. Dagul said yes since Villarosa was a friend of his brother’s so Salazar told him to go to his office the next day.

Dagul arrived at the precinct at around 5 p.m. on July 13. He went straight to Salazar’s office, where he allegedly saw Police Officer 3 Ferdinand Valera and Police Officers 1 Ronald Dipacina, Domar Landoy, and Rohel Landrito.

Dipacina and Landoy being his friends, Dagul said he sat with them for an hour as Salazar briefed them on how to set up Villarosa.

The plan went like this: Dagul was to encourage Villarosa to rob people with him near Santol street. Dagul will be the gunman, while Villarosa will be the driver.

Once they arrive at the scene, a fake victim planted by Gulod police in the area will give Dagul a pouch. After that, Dagul will fire his gun, run back to Villarosa and encourage him to drive toward where the policemen were waiting.

From there, Dagul will alight from the tricycle and the policemen will arrest Villarosa.

When the plan didn’t push through on July 13, Salazar allegedly instructed Dagul to do it the next day.

On July 14, Dagul informed Salazar that Villarosa wanted to take shabu “to give him confidence” before staging a robbery. The police chief instructed Dagul to get the “item” in his office.

After getting a sachet of shabu, Dagul met up with Villarosa so the latter could get his fix. Then, Dagul pushed through with the plan. Everything, he said, followed the plan until gunshots rang.

 “I was surprised by the gunshots because they were not part of the plan,” Dagul said, adding he was hiding in Salazar’s car when gunshots were fired.

Salazar returned to his car and was allegedly surprised to see Dagul inside it. Salazar told him to duck because there was a surveillance camera near the area and Dagul obliged. 

A closed-circuit television camera caught Dagul running away and Villarosa stopping the tricycle and kneeling on the pavement in surrender before  one of the policemen shot him twice in the head.



The breakdown of the Philippines

The Philippine Star - Jarius Bondoc
May 13, 2015

Government no longer is working. Services have broken down. Neglected by the irresponsible political class, Filipinos are demoralized.

Most visibly collapsed is transportation. Metro Manila’s main commuter railway is so rundown it fields only eight three-coach trains during rush hour instead of the contracted 20. Yet the transport secretary continues since 2012 to pay the maintenance contractors, his political party mates, P67 million a month for non-work. The two other light commuter rails are falling apart too. Fares have been raised, but riders have no choice but to go on jostling for rides. To complainers the press secretary had this advice: go take the bus.

Meanwhile, the Luzon railway has been stopped after a derailment the other week caused by missing track links. So inept is the manager, the secret partner of one of the metro rail contractors, that he can’t guard his turf against scrap-metal thieves.

Drivers’ licensing has become a racket for bogus optometrists, and vehicle registration for emission testers and plate-release fixers. Land transport franchising now takes longer; time delay is the easiest source of grease money. Regulators have failed to wipe out monopolies in port handling and shipping.

Airports are decrepit. At the Manila international gateway, planes line up for hours because two runways remain unpaved to augment the existing mere two. Contents of passengers’ checked luggage are stolen at unloading, and all the general manager does is blame them for carrying valuables. Cabbies mulct passengers openly because airport cops own the taxis. Long contracted is the erection of a new passenger terminal at the international airport in Cebu. Yet the transport chief merely has refurbished the old one. All other international and domestic airports stink; overseers have not seen fit to ensure working toilets and air-cons at arrival-departure lounges.

Most felt by the poor are rising food prices. Agriculture officials continue to collude with hoarders to smuggle in veggies and depress buying prices from farmers. Thus are they able to buy cheap and sell up to 32 times higher. Forsaken more than ever are rice and coconut farmers. Department racketeers have made billions in kickbacks from overpriced rice imports and cargo handling. Yet they’ve ignored the coco scale insect infestation in Southern Tagalog because there was no money to be made from it. The secretary has failed on his promise to make the country self-sufficient in rice by 2013. So dismal is his performance that even former colleagues in Congress are asking him to resign. He refuses, on grounds that only his appointer-friend, the President, can make him do so. After which, he sets him up with another one of those blind dates.

The Ombudsman long ago should have indicted the two secretaries. Documents and witnesses abound of their plundering. But they escape prosecution under the time-honored Philippine political tradition of “what are we in power for.”

Other basic services have vanished. Mindanao and Mindoro Occidental continue to suffer six- to 12-hour blackouts daily. Natural resources and local officials give away nickel, iron, and black sand mines to tax-evading, polluting Chinese nationals who use the metals to fashion weapons and spy systems against the Philippines. Nationwide agrarian reform should have been completed five years ago, but continues to idle along. Social welfare has gone the “Imeldific” way of hiding street children and beggars in beach resorts during major international conferences in Manila or Cebu. By the dozens, Filipinos still are dying of dengue epidemics, but health authorities hide it by trumpeting discoveries of more and more HIV-AIDS sufferers.

Captured by the very importers it regulates, Customs has become a haven of smugglers and influence peddlers. Internal revenue agents have the temerity to tell investigated taxpayers to legally pay just a third of what they owe the government, and hand over the balance under the table. Regulatory capture plagues as well the water and power sectors. That’s why water rates rise arbitrarily, and electricity in the Philippines is the costliest in Asia-Pacific. Meanwhile, the budget chief keeps busy thinking up new presidential pork barrels.

Peace and order have become mere buzzwords. Porch climbing, kidnapping for ransom, and street assassinations have become so rampant. Yet police higher-ups are preoccupied with gunrunning and kickbacks from the purchase of patrol jeeps and defective grenades. Jail wardens take commissions even from daily food allowances of detainees. Fire officers continue to sell inspection clearances along with homemade extinguishers.

Justice? There’s none when prosecutors sell cases to rich litigants, or convicts stay in VIP cottages from where they manufacture and sell methamphetamines. None when immigration agents let criminal aliens into the country for million-peso fees, and land registrars resist computerization in order to continue counterfeiting land titles.

National Defense? That term has come to mean the purchase of defective helicopters and night-vision goggles, overpriced armored personnel carriers and cannon shells, and fake bulletproof vests and helmets. And like in agriculture, they make excuses to avoid work from which no kickback can be made. Like, the foreign office has given diplomatic clearance to repave the airstrip of faraway Kalayaan municipality in the Spratlys, part of Palawan. Yet yellow defense officials say such act might provoke war with China.

Speaking of which, the government cannot even be imaginative enough to involve local officials and the citizenry in defending against Chinese invasions. It stopped an ex-Navy lieutenant in 2012 from leading a 2,000-boat flotilla of coastal dwellers to protest Beijing’s grabbing of their traditional fishing ground Bajo de Masinloc (Scarborough Shoal). It has not harnessed the 11 million overseas Filipino workers, or even just the 400,000 seafarers who man every merchant ship in the world, to denounce Beijing before their employers.

Malacañang has limited itself to “paper protests,” as an ex-senator says. The one time it thought of back channeling, it sent a pro-Beijing traitor senator, who promptly lambasted the foreign secretary and Philippine ambassadress. That enabled China to seal off Bajo de Masinloc from Filipinos.

To all this, Malacañang spokesmen can only lie about the moment. Like, one day they say that the Executive has no influence over the coequal Legislature, then the next bamboozling Congress to create a Bangsamoro sub-state or else start counting body bags.

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Horribly Performing Government Agencies

Horribly Performing Government Agencies

The Philippine Star -  
August 21, 2015
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We have heard of the top performing agencies like the Bangko Sentral, PEZA, Tourism, Foreign Affairs and PAGASA. We have also heard that the Office of the Vice President is the least performing. All these are according to the big bosses of Philippine business responding to a survey of the Makati Business Club.

BSP and PEZA are really hands down winners. Both agencies under the leadership of Gov. Say Tetangco and Lilia de Lima, have been tirelessly working through the years to promote our country’s economic growth even under most trying times. No matter how corrupt or incompetent the leader in Malacanang may have been, both agencies simply delivered.

PAGASA is the most inspiring of the top five. The weather scientists working under conditions that are less than ideal have shown what sheer dedication can do. They have also proven that given a little more budgetary support to get proper equipment, they are able to provide the life saving forecasting service to our people.

Now, let us go to the last ten in MBC’s sample of 64 government agencies. These are: the Court of Appeals, Agrarian Reform, Lower Courts, MWSS, PNP, Energy Regulatory Board, Agriculture, Customs, DOTC, OVP. They did not rate NTC but it will likely end up with this bunch because people are angry about slow broadband speeds at the highest rates.

I can understand why the Court of Appeals is in this bottom list. Its reputation had been seriously tarnished even before a senator made some accusations about its handling of the Binay case.

The Agrarian Reform bureaucracy is noted for lack of performance and corruption through the years. This is probably why the program is a failure. The bureaucracy and the program should be consigned to the garbage heap.

Lower courts? Slow and disruptive. TROs for sale...

MWSS could have done more but it is not because it didn’t try hard enough. I think it caught the ire of the Makati taipans because the regulatory office of MWSS took a hard position on behalf of consumers on rate adjustments. Indeed, I think the current crop of MWSS officials should be commended for doing what they could to clean up operations.

Where MWSS could have done a whole lot more is in the development of alternative water sources to reduce dependence on Angat Dam. I am also aware of how the current MWSS Administrator tried to get the retrofitting work for Angat done early in his watch but was stymied by government procedures and contrary plans such as DOF’s protracted privatization negotiation.

It is not unexpected to see the PNP near the bottom part of the dishonor roll. It was led by a P-Noy kabarkada who was ousted by the Ombudsman. The reputation of the leader reflected on the public perception of the organization. Besides, we don’t feel secure and until we all do, we will continue to think of the national police as a failure.

The public trust level of our police is dangerously low. The PNP’s biggest challenge is winning our trust. When that happens, we can start to believe their crime statistics which they claim show an improvement.

The ERC is another agency with a credibility problem. It might help that it has a new chairman, a young technocrat who seems to understand his job. The presence of a nominee of a power company among its commissioners makes it difficult to shake off the impression of regulatory capture.

ERC’s big test will be its decision on that controversial increase in power rate December 2013. Preliminary findings seem to show evidence of price manipulation by some of the largest power conglomerates. Consumers will be closely watching what ERC’s final verdict will be.

The Agriculture department has been a colossal failure under P-Noy. Its head should have resigned when P-Noy, having noticed the problem, assigned Kiko Pangilinan to take over the department’s most important agencies. I am not surprised it is in the kulelat list.

Customs is one of the least respected agencies of government. Our Daang Matuwid President fired a reform minded head and replaced him with someone who has a very clear conflict of interest. I don’t think, based on what I hear from businessmen dealing with the bureau, that this conflict has been resolved.

I heard that most of its credibility problems can be traced to the Office of the President. I understand one of the deputy commissioners has written a report on that Daang Baluktot to P-Noy.

But I don’t think the Customs people mind being in this dishonor roll of corrupt and poorly functioning government agencies as long as the kalakaran is alive and well. As P-Noy himself puts it in one of his SONAs, they are shameless... He asked: Saan kayo kumukuha ng kapal ng mukha?

The second most despised agency, according to the Makati businessmen, is DOTC. Why am I not surprised? There is nothing more I can write here I have not written before. It is a horrible non performing agency that will haunt Mar Roxas in next year’s election.

The kulelat is the OVP. Why was it even rated? There is nothing clear about the OVP’s function. I suspect the Makati Business Club rating merely reflected the corruption image of VP Jojo Binay.

So there… both ends of the spectrum… the good and the bad. Hopefully, we get inspiring performance from some of the kulelat agencies next time.


Here is a foreigner’s view of our tourism efforts.

Hi.  First, I must say I enjoy, whether I agree or not with your points of view, reading your columns in the business section of The Philippine Star.

As a foreigner who has lived in the Philippines on and off for 30 of the last 45 years, I feel compelled to comment on today’s column.

The main problem with attracting more tourists to the Philippines is that the environment is, well, filthy in most places. I always laugh when I read that the Philippines has some of the finest beaches in the world. Could be true, if one could get past the polluted beaches and water.

How bad is it?  We once had a cottage next to the ocean in La Union. I would go out every day to clean up the trash on the beach. While the local folks loved to watch me clean, I never actually saw anyone else clean the beach.  Almost to a person, the onlookers were fishermen who depended upon the sea for their livelihood. Still they never got the connection between a clean ocean and a good catch.

Even here in Baguio, unless you confine yourself to the Country Club or John Hay, you will never smell the flowers or pine trees which once made Baguio famous. The common smells are urine, trash thrown everywhere, and dog feces from uncontrolled animals. Good thing man can’t totally screw up the cool climate, or that’d be gone too.

Foreigners don’t mind poor, they don’t mind traditional, they don’t mind rustic, but they hate filth. Till the culture gets a handle on correcting that, there’s not much else that can be done to increase tourism in the Philippines significantly.

Sorry for being so honest. 

And now a view from a Pinoy.

Hello Mr. Chanco,

Good article again today, thank you.

Aside from infrastructure, accommodations, costs... I’d like to add another reason why we can’t match the numbers of our neighbors: CRIME.

I travel very often around the Asean region for business. I also make it a point to check out the local papers’ front and Metro pages. No country comes close to ours in terms of robberies, kidnappings, swindling and most notably – gun-related violence.

Victims here get shot and killed over a minor traffic incident, an argument over a small debt, a cellphone, singing My Way at the karaoke bar, and last but not the least, elections.

The very people I do business with say they are afraid to visit Manila – while they proudly claim they have visited most of the Asean countries and enjoyed it.

Perhaps the locals there are smart enough not to victimize the tourists because they know this is the goose that lays the green dollars. And when there is an exception, the local media does not sensationalize it (“Ativan gang victimizes European”).

Crime is so lucrative here that even the criminals in those countries fly over here to victimize their fellow nationals (we’ve read about those Korean and Chinese gangs exclusively targeting their own).

So aside from the DOTC and the DOT, we have to add to the honor roll the DILG and PNP.

Thank you again for your enlightened columns. I look forward to reading your section MWF, even when I’m on the road (where downloads much faster).