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Caste System In The Philippines

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Caste System In The Philippines

As you have probably gathered from the amount of recipes, dining experiences, photos and blogs posted on GlobalGranary.Org, that we are very partial to food. So I thought I should watch a lifestyle program with a cooking segment from the Philippines. With my trusted MacBook Pro, I trawled youtube for some cooking programs. I came upon Regine Velasques’s Sarap Diva.

I settled down to watch, contentedly chomping on my breakfast in bed, courtesy of my sweet, darling husband and, hoping to enjoy the show especially as Regine said that it would be a homage to the 80s, a throwback 80s if you like.

There were songs and reminiscence which I thought were really nostalgic of the period but I almost choked on my toast with growing anger, shock and disbelief when some of the guests became ABUSIVE and disparaging towards a black transvestite, who acted as Regine’s sidekick.

The most sickening and abhorrent part was Regine, herself.  Instead of chastising her guests, she joined  in with the MALTREATMENT AND DEHUMINISING of the sidekick! I think this is what they call comedy.

They made it very clear that the sidekick/maid was just so lucky to be there breathing the same hot air with Regine and guests in the studio.

A prat of a guest, to get a laugh, commented that “Sigurado ka hindi nangangagat yan?” (Are you sure it won’t bite?)

To which Regine replied “Hindi naman at saka may injection! (No, and it has its injections)

By implication, the black maid was reduced to a dog, rabid or otherwise!

They should be laughing with the maid rather than laughing at her.

Regine did make me laugh when she tried to remonstrate her sidekick (not really sure of his name), who came in with some tin-foil wrapped hotdogs.  Regine said “Ilagay mo lang dyan, wag mo munang pagtripan yan! (Just put them there, don’t start on them yet), completely ignoring that fact that Regine, herself, looked like she’s been the one eating all the donuts or hotdogs.

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It is so sad that Philippines is not joining in with the rest of the world in ensuring that everyone is treated fairly and rightly.  Where is the respect?!!!

It is even sadder to think that there are now more than 100 million Filipinos and most of them live in poverty in the motherland.  There is a great chasm between the rich and the poor and programs like SarapDiva are not doing their bit to make sure that the poor, the gay, the black and disable are not dehumanised.

Another show that makes me wince because of latent denigration of others is KrisTV. Kris Aquino comes out as all benevolent, and extremely generous to her minions but she does make them pay or work for it. Time and again, Kris would treat Darla, her ‘assistant’ more of a servant or a favoured pet. Many a time, Darla becomes the butt of Kris’s often cruel jives.  Darla, the human waste disposal or vacuüm cleaner gets to eat all the leftovers!!!

This treatment of the less fortunate is very telling of our Filipino ways and traits. This is the very reason, I think, that we do not progress as people. Our colonial mentality, the remnants of which still exists whilst the rest of the civilised world had moved away from it, is alive and kicking, sadly.

We Filipinos seem to  love nothing better than kicking  or make those who we think have less in life, largely through no fault of their own,  to feel small, to convince  and make ourselves better and superior and climb a higher echelon in life.

Contrarily we give too much leeway and importance to those who have risen into the elite part of our society through corruption.  Yes we are talking about you, Napoles, Enrile, Reyes, Revilla, Ejercito and your likes!  Why do these corrupt people continue to get preferential treatment in jail when others are accepting humiliation just to survive?!!!

Caste system is still in place in the Philippines.  And we enthusiastically allow it to embrace our future generation.

Filipinos give big business to places like Belos.  It seems being Kayumanggi (brown race) is something to be ashamed off.  White rocks!

Until we all realised that being different doesn’t make us inferior to anyone, the battle of the downtrodden will live on.

Rogues Gallery: PDAF Plunder Mugshots

Mugshots of Alleged PDAF Plunderers

At long last heads have started to roll and about time too.  It has been a very slow process.  Criminality and corruption are so entwined and intertwined in the Philippine Government that untwining these would take some time.

Janet Lim Napoles, the madam of the PDAF plunder, is no longer the lone person to be arrested for criminality against the Pork Barrel scandal.

She has been joined by Bong Revilla, her Pogi, who surrendered himself a few days ago.

Jinggoy Estrada, Janet Napoles’s Sexy, has also surrendered himself but was for a moment  almost free to “walk” after Government lawyers bungled the case raised against him.

There are plenty more to come including Tanda Enrile and of course people who are under PNoy’s own party list and cronies.  This would be a test for PNoy’s much talked about Daang Matuwid (Straight Path) away from corruption.

Who will join these three?  Who else have taken advantage of the P10 Billion Pork Barrel?  Where are Janet Napoles’s children?

We’ll just have to wait and see!

PDAF – The Rogues Gallery

 

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Janet Lim – Napoles PDAF – Facilitator

Bong Revilla

Bong Revilla Napoles’ Pogi

 

Jinggoy Estrada

Jinggoy Estrada Napoles’ Sexy

 

Juan Ponce Enrile Napoles' Tanda

Juan Ponce Enrile
Napoles’ Tanda

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Jo Christine Napoles Still pending arrest

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James Christopher Lim Napoles Still Pending arrest

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Fernando Ramirez Pending Arrest

 

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Renato Soson Ornopia Pending Arrest

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Aileen Palama Pending Arrest

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Amparo Fernando Pending Arrest

 

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Dorilyn Agbay Fabian Pending Arrest

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Jesus Bergola Castillo Pending arrest

108 Alleged Pork Barrel Criminals by Napoles

Janet Napoles has finally named names of alleged master criminals working within the bowels of the Government.  All of these alleged money tricksters are already well healed in their own rights.

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108 solons in ‘Napolist’
Abad gave me ideas to set up NGOs – Napoles

by Hannah L. Torregoza & Mario B. Casayuran
May 26, 2014

Manila, Philippines — Suspected pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim Napoles has implicated 108 former and incumbent senators and congressmen in the misuse of their Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) in her expanded affidavit submitted yesterday to Justice Secretary Leila de Lima.

In the same affidavit, Napoles said that it was Budget Secretary Florencio Abad, then a congressman representing the lone district of Batanes, who told her in 2000 about a P10-million project. Abad even showed Napoles the Special Allotment Release Order (SARO), explaining what it was for. Abad, she said, gave her ideas on how to set up non-government organizations (NGOs).

The 20 senators listed in Napoles’ affidavit submitted by the Department of Justice (DOJ) to Senate Blue Ribbon Committee Chairman Sen. Teofisto “TG” Guingona III are:

1. Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile

2. Sen. Jinggoy Estrada

3. Sen. Ramon Revilla Jr.

4. Sen. Gregorio Honasan II

5. Sen. Manuel “Lito” Lapid

6. Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr.

7. Sen. Loren Legarda

8. Sen. Aquilino Pimentel III

9. Sen. Vicente Sotto III

10. Sen. Cynthia Villar

11. Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano

12. Sen. Francis Escudero

13. Ex-Sen. Rodolfo Biazon (now Muntinlupa congressman)

14. Ex-Sen. Robert Barbers

15. Ex-Sen. Loi Estrada

16. Ex-Sen. Robert Jaworski

17. Ex-Sen. Ramon Magsaysay

18. Ex-Sen. Tessie Aquino Oreta

19. Ex-Sen. Aquilino Pimentel Jr.

20. Ex-Sen. Manuel Villar

Also listed were 88 former and incumbent congressmen. They are:

1. Abad, Florencio

2. Agarao, Benjamin

3. Albano, Rodolfo

4. Amatong, Prospero

5. Angara-Castillo, Bellaflor

6. Arroyo, Iggy

7. Arroyo,Mickey

8. Bagatsing, Amado

9. Banaag, Leovigildo

10. Baterina, Salacnib

11. Beratio, Napoleon

12. Biazon, Ruffy

13. Cagas, Marc Douglas

14. Chavez, Leonila

15. Chiongbian, Erwin

16. Chipeco, Joaquin

17. Cuenco, Antonio

18. Dangwa, Samuel

19. Estrella, Conrad III

20. Estrella, Reymund

21. Fabian, Erico

22. Falcon, Jesnar

23. Falcon, Peter

24. Flores, Florencio

25. Fuentebella, Arnulfo

26. Gullas, Gerald

27. Joaquin, Uliran

28. Jaraula, Constantino

29. Lagdameo, Antonio Jr.

30. Seachon, Lanete Rizalina

31. Lanete, Scott Davies

32. Labanan, Marcelino

33. Macarambon, Benasing Jr.

34. Madamba, Sunny Rose

35. Malanyaon, Corazon

36. Malapitan, Oscar

37. Martinez, Clavel

38. Mercado, Roger

39. Miraflores, Florencio

40. Miranda, Anthony

41. Montejo, Neil Benedict

42. Nieva, Ernesto “Banzai”

43. Olano, Arrel

44. Ortega, Manuel

45. Ortega, Victor

46. Pablo, Ernesto

47. Padilla, Carlos

48. Pangandaman, Hussein

49. Pangandaman, Nasser

50. Pichay, Prospero

51. Pinggoy, Arthur

52. Plaza, Rodolfo

53. Ramiro, Herminia

54. Real, Isidro

55. Remulla, Gilbert

56. Rodriguez, Maximo

57. Rodriguez, Oca

58. Romualdo, Jurdin Jesus

59. Rodriguez, Rufus

60. Romualdo, Pedro

61. Sandoval, Ricky

62. Sandoval, Joseph

63. Solis, Jose

64. Suplico, Rolex

65. Tulangan, Generoso

66. Umali, Alfonso “Boy”

67. Umali, Aurelo “Oyi”

68. Umali, Reynaldo

69. Ungab, Isidro

70. Unico, Renato

71. Valdez, Edgar

72. Valencia, Rodolfo

73. Veloso, Eduardo

74. Yumul Hermida, Georgilu

75. Zamora, Manuel

76. Alvarado, Wilhemino

77. Cortuna, Juliega

78. Daza, Nanette Costelo

79. Echeverri, Recom

80. Lapuz, Jesli

81. Monfort, Narciso

82. Nantes, Rafael

83. Nograles, Prospero

84. Pablo, Ernesto

85. Plaza, Maria Valentina

86. Roman, Antonio

87. San Luis, Rodolfo

88. Zialcita, Eduardo.

Of the 20 former and incumbent senators, Enrile, Estrada, and Revilla are already facing plunder complaints before the Office of the Ombudsman.

The agents

Enrile’s agents are Gigi Reyes, Ruby Tuason, Freddie Villamor, Butch Tuason.

Jinggoy’s agent was Ruby Tuason, while Richard Cambe acted as Revilla’s agent.

According to Napoles, certain “Bernard and Rose Palacio” acted as agents for Biazon and Barbers, respectively.

The affidavit also stated that certain “Lyn,” Matt Ranillo, Butch Tuazon, Tet De Joya, and Pauline Labayen acted as agents for Ex-Sen. Loi, wife of former President and now Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada, while a certain “Atty. Danny” acted as agent for Honasan.

Jaworski’s agents, according to Napoles’ affidavit, were his son Dudut (prior to his election as Pasig congressman) and Tet De Joya.

A certain Zenaida Ducut acted as Lapid’s agent, while a certain Catherine Mae “Maam Maya” Canlas Santos acted as agent for Marcos and Legarda.

In Magsaysay’s case, Napoles said that certain Patricia “Gay” Agana Tan, Bibing Agana Villacorta, and Atty. Yacky Agana were his agents.

Listed as Oreta’s agent was a certain Carlos “Caloy” Reyes, while a certain Mon Arcenas acted as agent of the elder Pimentel. On the younger Pimentel’s case, his estranged wife Jewel and Luis “Louie” Cruz acted as his agents.

Napoles named Jennifer “Jen” Corpuz as Sotto’s agent, while she identified Jun Adriano and Arman Padilla as the agents of the Villar couple.

Campaign contributor

Napoles also admitted providing campaign funds for former senator Villar through Adriano, as well as Cayetano and Escudero.

“Nagbigay ako ng pera para sa kampanya ni Senador Alan Peter Cayetano noong last election (2010). Nagkita kami sa Slice restaurant sa Bonifacio Global City. Personal kong inabot sa kanya ang pera,” Napoles stated in page 28 of her affidavit.

She also said she got to meet congressman Ompong Plaza who introduced her to Escudero who ran in the 2010 senatorial elections.

Before the elections, Napoles said she met Escudero in a private function at a Chinese restaurant in EDSA Shangri-La Hotel and was convinced to provide financial support for his presidential bid. Escudero would later back out from his presidential bid.

Napoles said her next meeting with Escudero, already a senator, was at the Taste of LA in Quezon City. She said they discussed possible projects and gave sizeable funds again to Escudero only to learn later that no project pushed through.

Not the mastermind

In the same affidavit, Napoles reiterated her innocence in the pork barrel fund scam and her decision “to tell the whole truth.”

“I am not the most guilty and not the mastermind of the alleged P10-billion pork barrel fund scam nor of the Malampaya fund scam,” Napoles said.

“I categorically and strongly deny that I am the mastermind of the alleged Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) or pork barrel and Malampaya fund scams as well as other projects that used government funds of which I have personal knowledge of,” she also said.

Napoles also said that though the Commission on Audit (COA) report identifies at least 82 NGOs with questionable transactions, she clarified that she is not involved nor familiar with all these NGOs.

“I am absolutely sure that even before I entered into the business of transacting through NGOs or foundations, there were already existing foundations transacting with the government,” she said.

As a businesswoman, Napoles said she just wanted to expand her business as well as the distribution of her products having been a manufacturer of liquid foliar fertilizers.

But in 2000, Napoles said she was introduced to Abad by Manuel Jarmin at a Japanese restaurant at EDSA Shangri-La. It was during the meeting that Abad told Napoles about the P10-million project.

Napoles also said that she was presenting her affidavit to support her request for the exclusion of her children James Christopher and Jo Christine from prosecution, saying they had “no knowledge, participation, and involvement” in the case.

“I am executing this affidavit to shed light on the facts and circumstances surrounding the PDAF and Malampaya fund scams involved in the cases pending before this honorable office and to support my request to be utilized as state witness and to be granted immunity from criminal prosecution in accordance with Section 17 or Republic Act 6770,” Napoles stated in the conclusion of her affidavit.

Bureau of Customs (BOC) Commissioner Ruffy Biazon Gone and Good Riddance

Ok people, let us turn our attention back to the pork barrel scandal.  We must not let them sweep this gargantuan issue under the Government stinky carpet.  Let us focus and let us punish those who are corrupt.

Ruffy Biazon, BFF to PNoy, is gone.  He resigned due to his implication to the Pork Barrel scandal which purported that he got P1.9M kickback from bogus NGO related projects.

To Ruffy Biazon, please shut the door on your way out.

JPJhermes, Nagpapatrol

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Customs chief resigns

By Edu Punay (The Philippine Star) | Updated December 3, 2013 – 12:00am
GOODBYE TO ALL THAT: Customs Commissioner Ruffy Biazon looks at the BOC seal before announcing his resignation yesterday. EDD GUMBAN

MANILA, Philippines – Saying a person “can only take so much,” embattled Bureau of Customs (BOC) Commissioner Ruffy Biazon yesterday tendered his irrevocable resignation.

“No position is worth sacrificing for the well being and peace of mind of my family,” he said. “A good name is more desirable than great riches.”

He quit just days after the Department of Justice (DOJ) filed charges against him and 34 others in connection with the pork barrel scam.

“I resign in order to prevent exploitation of the controversy by parties who would like nothing better than to have an issue to throw against the Aquino administration,” he told reporters at a press conference in his office at the BOC.

Unlike his first offer to quit, which he texted to President Aquino after the latter lambasted the BOC in this year’s State of the Nation Address, Biazon announced his resignation yesterday on national television.

When asked if he considered himself a sacrificial lamb of the administration amid criticisms of political persecution in the pork barrel scam, Biazon replied, “If my case would serve to show that the Aquino administration does not consider party affiliation, so be it.”

Biazon told President Aquino of his decision to resign during a 40-minute meeting wherein the Chief Executive indirectly tried to convince him not to immediately resign.

“In the way the discussion was moving, I think he gave me space to think about it. But from the moment I sat down, I had already made up my mind,” Biazon said. “I’m at peace with my decision. I feel this is the right thing to do.”

The outgoing BOC chief said he and the President remained “OK” after the meeting. He was given a week to wind up his affairs in the bureau for a smooth transition.

Biazon, a former congressman of Muntinlupa and member of the ruling Liberal Party that Aquino heads, is among the 34 individuals charged last Friday over the pork barrel scam.

He was accused of receiving a kickback of P1.95 million for a project channeled through the bogus non-government organization of alleged pork barrel scam brains Janet Lim-Napoles in 2007.

Biazon is among seven former lawmakers in the second batch. The others were Salacnib Baterina of Ilocos Sur (P7.5 million), Douglas Cagas of Davao del Sur (P9.3 million), Marc Douglas Cagas IV (P5.54 million), Arrel Olaño of Davao del Norte (P3.175 million), Rodolfo Valencia of Oriental Mindoro (P2.41 million), and Arthur Pingoy of South Cotabato (P7.055 million).

“I resign to protect my family, particularly my young children, from the exposure to the hostile environment from the public controversy involving their father. The intense discussion in media may be too much for them to endure. They are too young to understand, in the face of allegations like this, that anyone is deemed innocent until proven guilty in the court of law,” he said.

He added that his father, former senator and now Muntinlupa Rep. Rodolfo Biazon, has served the country for 52 years with an untarnished record. “I would like to uphold the honor he earned for our name.”

The BOC chief, however, stressed that his decision to resign was not an admission of guilt as he vowed to clear his name on charges of malversation, direct bribery and graft and corrupt practices before the Office of the Ombudsman.

“I know I can defend myself properly when the time comes. I don’t think the media is the proper venue to address the issue,” he stressed.

Biazon only said he knew alleged pork barrel scam architect Napoles, but he never met any of the whistleblowers.

He admitted being surprised by the charges against him since in the days leading to the filing of the complaint there was no indication that he was going to be included.

Asked for a message to his critics, he said: “Those who are saying I am kapit-tuko (holding very tight) to my post, in your face!”

Lastly, he thanked the President for allowing him to serve as Customs chief, a task he said he took on because he “believed that it was a cause worth fighting for to break the generations-long kalakaran, to reverse the bad image of Customs and to propel it forward to a reformed and modernized customs service.”

“On this instance, for this particular sensitive post, I believe that even if the distrust comes from just a segment of the people, honor dictates that I give up the post and make way for a new leadership in the bureau,” he added.

Biazon believes the reforms he put in at the BOC and the imminent posting of record-high P300-billion collection of the bureau this year could be his biggest contributions to the agency.

Biazon, who was appointed September 2011, also offered to resign last July after the President castigated his agency during the State of the Nation Address (SONA) for its failure to curb smuggling and other illegal activities involving its personnel.

Aquino, however, rejected his resignation then and insisted that Biazon still enjoyed his trust.

 

UK Aid £83 million (5835597532.00 pesos) Yolanda Typhoon Haiyan Aid and Funding Must Reach those at Ground Zero

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Philippine Typhoon Yolande aftermath

Philippine Typhoon Yolande aftermath
Pork Barrel PDAF Fraud

Pork Barrel PDAF Fraud

As I am proud that UK  is offering a total of £83 million (5835597532.00 pesos) fund plus logistical Red Cross etc  aid, I and others are concerned that the Philippine Gov’t will receive the bulk of this cash. We know of the recent Govt corruption scandal there concerning senators, etc who siphoned off project funds to their family and friends.

This funding rarely reaches the poor and needy.   The scandal of Janet Napoles working as an ‘agent’ to corrupt Senators whereby creating fraudulent Non Government Organisations (NGOs), where these Senators diverted money meant for urgently needed local infrastructure  projects is still ongoing.  The trial is taking so long and starting to become a farce and probably will end up being swept under the carpet.

These senators involved have been named and hopefully shamed. Sadly other officials  we  do not know off, may still be involved as corruption  has tainted the top to the bottom of Philippine Government both local and national.

With such diversion/fraud  of monies, we are seeing the results as better preparedness should have been in place.

To me, the Filipino people are stoic, resilient and resourceful & quietly get on with it, no matter what kind of ‘it’ is thrown at them. They deserve to have better government that despite the hype they generate, actually deliver and are transparent and honest.

Below is an interesting article from NBC, please read…

http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/11/16/21477014-why-wasnt-the-philippines-better-prepared-for-the-typhoon-corruption-shoddy-buildings-to-blame