Pinoy Joke: Good News ni Warden sa Kulungan

October 30, 2010

Sa Isang pagkakataon, nasiyahan ang Warden dahil sa mgandang ipinakita ng mga Preso sa kulungan.

Sabi ng Warden: Dahil walang gulo sa araw na ito dito sa loob ng pihitan, lahat kayo magkakaroon ng “BAGONG BRIEF”.

Reaksyon ng mga Preso: Yeeehay!! ang bait ninyo naman Warden. Salamat.

Wika ni Warden:
Okay! kayong nasa Selda Uno at Selda Dos, EXCHANGE BRIEFS.

De Lima: Did GMA gov’t hide truth about Glorietta blast?

October 30, 2010

Justice Secretary Leila de Lima has not received instructions from President Aquino to reinvestigate the Glorietta 2 blast in October 2007 that killed 11 people and injured more than 100 others.

This was bared by de Lima following a statement of Presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte on Wednesday that Malacañan may ask the Philippine National Police (PNP) to reopen the case if retired Army Col. Allan Sollano could provide more evidence.

Sollano, former head of the Army Explosive and Ordnance Disposal (EOD), claims that what caused the blast was C4, an explosive material and not methane gas, as was the official findings the authorities that conducted the probe. (Related article on Sollano: Glorietta: Blast from the Past)

The justice chief, however, said she is ready to conduct a reinvestigation anytime, if given orders by the president.

“We still want to know from him [Sollano]… what is he talking about? If he is willing to cooperate and execute sworn statements, he can come to us and request for witness protection,” de Lima said.

De Lima said a preliminary verification of facts surrounding the incident should be conducted first, including facts as claimed by Sollano.

“May sinasabi siya na mukhang nagkaroon ng cover up and from there we can take off…what could be the motive of previous administration? Meron bang brewing scandal nun na gusto idivert ang attention ng mga tao on that particular incident?” she said.

“Let’s go back… may iskandalo ba noon…. na meron gusto pagtakpan… na may ganung scenario,” de Lima added.

De Lima also said that this thorough review of the incident was important in the event that such reinvestigation should happen, and that it would also be necessary to actually check whether cases were filed against any entity or individual.

“What could be happening at that time? Kailangan kasi may motive…Why would a government be a party to such alleged cover up as claimed by this retired army officer?” she added.

‘Propensity to lie and conceal’

Aside from this cover-up angle claimed by Sollano, other angles should also be pursued, said the justice chief.

“I have to consult the president. Because why would government be party to an alleged cover up? Or is it just part of the previous administration’s propensity to lie and conceal?” de Lima said.

ABS-CBN News asked de Lima if these “other angles” could include–(1) trying to arrest the impact to the economy of a blast caused by explosives, which is why methane was tagged as the cause; and, (2) the issue of the mall owner, the Zobel de Ayalas, being sympathetic to the opposition at that time–and she said, “yes.”

Fil-Am helps SF Giants win first game of World Series

October 30, 2010

Filipino-American Tim Lincecum yielded 4 runs and 8 hits, bolstering the San Francisco (SF) Giants in Game 1 of the World Series against the Texas Rangers.

The right-handed pitcher, nicknamed “The Freak,” helped the Giants beat the American League champions, 11-7, in the Major League Baseball (MLB) best-of-seven final.

Washington-born Lincecum thrust the team closer to winning the 106th World Series title, with shortstop Juan Uribe collecting a 3-run home to spark a six-run fifth inning.

Lincecum allowed 4 runs on 8 hits but the long-haired hurler retired 13 of 14 batters in one stretch to earn the win.

“I didn’t have my best stuff out there,” Lincecum said. “I was battling myself a little. The guys gave me a chance to settle down and get into my mode for a few innings.”

After Texas took a 2-0 lead, the Giants equalized in the third and Sanchez and Andres Torres hit back-to-back doubles to ignite a six-run fifth inning for an 8-2 edge. The Rangers never came nearer than the final margin after that.

“Jitters didn’t have anything to do with it,” Rangers manager Ron Washington said. “They put 11 runs on the board. They beat us.

“Tomorrow can be a different day. Maybe we will end up scoring the runs.”

The Giants pounded out 14 hits and were aided by four Texas errors while San Francisco surrendered 11 hits and committed two errors. It was the most combined miscues in a World Series gme in 13 years.

“That’s just baseball,” Sanchez said. “You can have an amazing game and do great things and the next day you can’t do anything right.”

Texas boasted the top batting lineup in Major League Baseball with a .276 average but San Francisco countered with a pitching staff that led the majors with a 3.36 earned-run average.

“It helps us even more when we can win with our bats and take the pressure off our pitchers,” Sanchez said.

Lincecum has gained a favorable Filipino following after being picked to start Game 1 against Texas pitcher Cliff Lee in their home field.

“It’s a really good atmosphere, a lot of people kind of embracing me. I’m having fun with it,” he previously said.

Earning a spot in the World Series since 2002, the Giants earlier beat the Philadelphia Phillies at 3-2 at the National League championships.

Lincecum is the first pitcher in MLB history to win the prestigious Cy Young Award in each of his first two full seasons. He is also the only pitcher to strike out more than 260 hitters in each of those two seasons.

In February, Lincecum became the highest-paid pitcher in his first year of eligibility in Major League Baseball (MLB) after signing a $23 million two-year deal with the San Francisco Giants.

The deal was reported to surpass the record set by Boston closer Jonathan Papelbon who signed for $6.25 million last year in 2009.

Lincecum, next to Manny Pacquiao, is perhaps the most popular athlete in the US with Filipino lineage.

His mother is a Filipina and his father is an American.

ABS-CBN’s North American Bureau’s Gel Santos Relos tweeted: “Lincecum’s mom, Becky Asis, is a second-generation Filipino-American.

“Becky is one of Balleriano and Philomena Asis’ 10 children—eight girls, and two boys.

“Balleriano was born in Honolulu, Hawaii.

“His father Genaro Asis was born in Mindanao; his mother Alberta Alcoy was born in Cebu City.

“Philomena was born in Stockton, California. Her father was born in Batangas, while her mother was born in Siquijor.”

Lincencum once shared the AT&T Park baseball stadium with 7-time world champion Pacquiao in 2009 when the boxer was promoting his fight against Briton Ricky Hatton.

Pacquiao made the ceremonial pitch while Lincecum acted as the catcher to the delight of baseball fans.

Manny Pacquiao endorses US Senator in political rally

October 30, 2010

Boxing superstar and Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao took a short break from his busy training schedule in Los Angeles to endorse an American politician.

Pacquiao flew to to Las Vegas on Friday (Saturday in Manila) to join the political rally of US Senate Majority Floor Leader Harry Reid who is running for re-election.

Pacquiao stood tall in his suit as he stood side by side with Reid.

“I came here to support Harry Reid on his candidacy,” Pacquiao said when addressing the crowd. “We are not only to vote but we are supposed to convince our friends and relatives to vote for Harry Reid, thank you very much.”

Pacquiao is a legislator himself, having been elected as the Philippines’ lone representative of the province of Sarangani. He is set to fight Mexican toughie Antonio Margarito on November 13.

The senator, in return, expressed his admiration for Pacquiao.

“What makes Manny Pacquiao really tough is, I believe, because he fights for those who can’t fight for themselves. That’s why Manny is chosen into public service in his home country where he is a member of Congress,” said Reid.

The US senator is close to Filipinos in Nevada, having sponsored laws for the benefit of the Filipino World War II veterans. He also declared the month of October as Filipino-American history month.

Most of those who attended Reid’s political rally were Filipinos who wanted to catch a glimpse of Pacquiao.

“I think he is such a hero that everybody wants to turn out to see him. To have him helping Democrats and Sen. Reid is very important,” said US Congresswoman Dina Titus of Nevada.

“Tulad ng mga Pilipino sa Las Vegas (Like other Filipinos in Las Vegas), I am very proud that Manny Pacquiao is supporting Harry Reid, it is good for the Filipinos in America and Filipinos in the Philippines,” said Dr. Jun Aragon.

On Saturday (Sunday in Manila), Pacquiao is set to meet the daughter of boxing legend Muhammad Ali, Laila Ali, in Los Angeles.

The younger Ali is a former professional boxer, who fought in the women’s super middleweight division.

Manny Pacquiao ‘too much’ for Margarito – boxing trainer

October 30, 2010

Amid the size drawbacks, international Boxing Hall of Fame boxing trainer Emanuel Steward still believes that Manny Pacquiao is ahead of Mexico’s Antonio Margarito regarding their bout on November 13.

“Even though (Pacquiao)’s physically much smaller, I think he’s going to just be too much for Margarito,” Steward said in an exclusive discussion with US-based On the Ropes Boxing Radio.

The Fighter of the Decade will face Tijuana’s Tornado toe-to-toe for the World Boxing Council (WBC) super welterweight title, next month at the Cowboy Stadium in Texas.

66-year-old Steward became known for training boxers in the renowned Michigan-based Kronk Gym, which he fronted the “Save the Kronk” campaign for in 1998.

Pacquiao too fast, too furious

With 5’7” Pacquiao who has reportedly cut his weight down to 148 pounds, Steward said the 7-title holder is swifter against 5’11” Margarito.

“Even though (Margarito) has a physical advantage, I just don’t think he’s going to be sharp enough to deal with the speed and accuracy and pinpoint punching of Manny,” he said.

Pacquiao reportedly went above 150 pounds before deciding to shed the added weight. The agreed weight limit for the Margarito bout is at 151 pounds.

Steward explained that along with the Filipino boxer being lightweight working to his advantage, Pacquiao is also “a special, special machine.”

On Coach Roach

In the same radio interview, Steward also voiced out his views about fellow American trainer Freddie Roach, the famed coach of Pacquiao.

“I think Freddie did what words won’t be able to describe what he did with (Pacquiao). He definitely transformed him from being one-dimensional, and that’s why I wasn’t that super high on (Pacquiao) to a certain degree, because he would move around, move around, and throw a long straight left hand with his full power, but there was no other balance or combinations or anything,” he said.

Furthermore, Steward commended the “unbelievable” relationship between Roach and Pacquiao which crafted the latter to be a “very dangerous guy to fight.”

“The chemistry worked perfect for them, and he’s became a balanced fighter with a right hand now that’s just as deadly as his left,” he added.

Steward has previously worked with other boxing champions namely Miguel Cotto and Oscar De La Hoya whom Pacquiao overpowered in 2010 and 2008, respectively. -

Globe Asiatique execs face syndicated estafa raps

October 30, 2010

Charges of syndicated estafa were filed on Friday by the Pag-IBIG Fund and the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) against 16 officers and employees of Globe Asiatique Realty Holdings Corp (GA) and Pag-IBIG over a housing loan mess.

The criminal cases arose from the investigation of Pag-IBIG, formally called Home Development Mutual Fund, on the alleged bogus loans of its members who bought houses in GA’s Xevera housing project in Pampanga. The syndicated estafa cases constitute economic sabotage.

Charged at the Department of Justice (DOJ) for this non-bailable offense are

* Delfin Lee, GA board chairman
* Dexter Lee, GA Executive Vice-president
* Cristina Salagan, chief finance officer, treasurer and board member
* Christina Sagun, heads of the company’s Accounting/Finance Department and Documentation Department

The following GA employees/agents are included in the suit for soliciting and allegedly paying off “special Buyers” and/or creating “ghost borrowers”:

* Lerma Vitug
* Tintin Fonclara
* Geraldine Fonclara
* Revelyn Reyes
* Atty. Rod Macaspac
* Marvin Arevalo
* Joan Borbon
* Christian Cruz
* Rodolfo Malabanan
* Nannet Haguiling
* Hon Tungol

An employee of Pag-IBIG’s Legal Department, Atty. Alex Alvarez, was also charged for notarizing majority of the fake and/or fraudulent loans submitted by GA to Pag-IBIG.

Alvarez reportedly admitted to the NBI that he received a monthly salary of P30,000 from GA “in exchange for notarizing its documents without the need for the borrowers to personally appear before him as the documents are brought to him for such notarization in batches.

“In securing funding for the Xevera Projects… the respondents actually conspired with each other, with malice and evident bad faith, by willfully and feloniously employing a grand fraudulent scheme to deceive HDMF into releasing the aggregate amount of at least P6,653,546,000 directly to Globe Asiatique, to the damage and prejudice of HDMF and its contributing members,” the complaint said.

The complaint further said Lee made false representations, submitted falsified documents (such as ID, ITRs, birth certificates, TINs) allegedly manufactured by GA as supporting documents for the loan applications, and paid for the immediate Pag-IBIG membership of these fictitious and fraudulent buyers for them to qualify for loans.

Pag-IBIG claims that in order for GA to induce the mutual fund to release more funds to pay for the housing units supposedly acquired by these individuals, Lee paid the amortizations of the non-existent borrowers in order not to alert Pag-IBIG to the scheme.

300 affidavits obtained

The NBI said it was able to obtain some 300 affidavits confirming that Lee, through GA, “was actually engaged in a grand fraudulent scheme to swindle Pag-IBIG of its funds, which funds are contributions solicited from its members and the public in general.”

During the investigation conducted by Pag-IBIG and the anti-graft division of the NBI, its was found that some units taken-out by PAG-IBIG through these loans, were actually occupied by 3rd parties or buyers who brought directly from GA.

Pag-IBIG said, “More shocking is the fact that of the randomly sampled 20 units taken out by Pag-IBIG that are occupied by 3rd parties, 16 properties are being occpuied by in-house buyers (buyers who bought directly from GA without loaning from HDMF, 2 of whom have fully paid their purchase to GA), 3 units are leased out by parties other than the Pag-IBIG borrowers, and 1 is being occupied by a replacement borrower.”

Again, in a post-take-out validation, it was revealed that at least 644 of borrowers endorsed by GA were not genuine buyers of Xevera homes.

At least 802 of the borrowers cannot be located, 3 are actually deceased, and 275 were not around during the visit, all of whom are presumed to be totally fictitious buyers, Pag-IBIG said.

This case carries with it a penalty of life imprisonment.

DOJ reopens Glorietta blast probe

October 30, 2010

The Department of Justice (DOJ) on Friday said it will reopen its investigation into the Glorietta explosion in 2007.

Justice Secretary Leila de Lima issued Department Order 716 for a fact-finding investigation and/or validation of facts on the blast.

De Lima had earlier indicated that some facts may have kept secret by the Arroyo administration. (Related article: Did GMA gov’t hide truth about Glorietta blast?)

The probe comes after Allan Solano, former head of the Philippine Army Explosives and Ordnance division, resurfaced to claim the explosion was caused by a bomb. (Related article: Glorietta: Blast from the Past)

Sollano claims that what caused the blast was C4, an explosive material, and not methane gas, which was the conclusion of the official investigation.

Sollano’s then superior, now Armed Forces of the Philippines chief Major General Ricardo David, supposedly asked him not to talk about it anymore. He said an illness prompted him to finally come out in the open.

Police earlier said the blast, supposedly caused by a biogas explosion, was detected from the Makati Supermarket building.

The blast affected a large portion of Glorietta 2, killing 11 persons and injuring more than 100.

The portion of the mall in Makati is still being being rebuilt after it was torn down months after the explosion.

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