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The BINAYS in Makati

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MANILA, Philippines – A mango tree doesn’t bear a santol fruit.

Let’s not be surprised that Makati City Mayor Junjun Binay and his sister, Sen. Nancy Binay, acted the way they did when they were prevented by guards at the posh Dasmariñas Village from using a gate of the subdivision.

In 1986 when their father, Jejomar Binay, was still officer in charge of Makati, he ordered the closure of the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) clubhouse for refusing to let his children use the club’s swimming pool because they were not accompanied by a member.

I was a witness to the elder Binay’s abusive behavior. I couldn’t use the club gym at that time because of the closure.

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The three guards who didn’t raise the gate’s barrier to allow the Binays’ convoy to pass through were arrested by Makati policemen and detained for four hours. The Binay camp, however, said the guards voluntarily went to police headquarters.

The two children of Vice President Binay, Jun and Nancy, said the report on the incident was blown out of proportion by the Inquirer.

This, despite a 24-minute video of the incident.

The Binays not only want to show who’s the boss; they’re also not truthful.

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The Binays, the epitome of a political dynasty, think they own Makati City because of their power and influence.

The father is vice president of the Republic; and the children are senator, mayor and congresswoman.

The mother used to be mayor who temporarily manned the fort for her husband when his three consecutive terms expired.

If you go around the city, you’ll find the letter “B”—with a tail—painted on walls in public places.

The “B” sign, which looks like a brand on cattle, stands for Binay, of course.

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Mayor Junjun goes around with a convoy of police bodyguards apparently to show that he’s the city’s boss.

The incident at the Dasmariñas Village was not the first time the mayor bared his fangs.

In the Dasmariñas incident, Junjun Binay was quoted by a source as saying to the guards, “Kilala ba ninyo ako? (Do you know me)?”

In another incident that took place at Rockwell Mall basement parking early this year, the younger Binay allegedly figured in an altercation with an Israeli whose car got ahead of his car in an empty parking slot.

During a heated exchange of words between Binay and the Israeli, the mayor allegedly blurted out to the foreigner, “Don’t you know me? I own this city.”

The Israeli left the country months later.

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The shooting at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport’s Terminal 3, which killed a town mayor and several others, was an incident waiting to happen.

Angel Honrado, Manila International Airport Authority general manager, doesn’t allow members of the Philippine National Police (PNP) to keep the peace at the airport complex, which is their mandate.

Instead, Honrado has ordered the airport police, who are glorified security guards, to patrol the airport premises.

The airport police are not only as inefficient as Honrado, they’re also a bunch of goofs.

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Written by 88kensan

December 21, 2013 at 9:18 am

The Napoles Story: So the entire Philippines will know

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By Alfredo Masigan

Janet Lim Napoles has strong ties before with the late Emilia Boncodin, DBM Secretary. Emilia is the one that keep Janet in the loop whenever a budget or SARO is approved and to which senator or congressman.

Gringo Honasan is a dear friend of Janet’s husband, Jimmy Napoles. I was surprised when I read somewhere online when Honasan was interviewed and he said that he doesn’t know the Napoles family.

During the coup in Cory’s time, Jimmy Napoles was driving a tank on the way to Camp Crame when his tank was hit by a mortar. Jimmy was operating the .50 caliber machine gun and the soldier driving the tank died during the blast. Jimmy survived and was jailed along with Honasan. If you can get clear photos of Jimmy Napoles online, you will see that part of his face and his arms show burn marks.

Their wealth started to build up during the late 90’s when they engaged themselves with mayors based in Zamboanga to use them as a front for a Foundation that will implement projects or deliver farm materials. With connections at COA, they were able to arrange completed projects without delivering anything. They established JLN group of companies sometime in 2000 and they moved to their new office from AFPOVAI to Discovery Suites on the 25th floor.

Soon enough, they were able to develop deep connections with more legislators in Congress and numerous senators. What JLN Group Of Companies do and their sub-companie, Jo-Chris Trading (named after their eldest child, Jo-Christine “Neneng” Napoles) – they use their foundations as the implementing agency for the funds of congressmen or senators. You see, congressmen and senators have budget, PDAF or the pork barrel , but these politicians do not have direct access to their funds and they can never touch it. So what they do is the politicians will create a project (common one is fertilizer distribution to farmers) and will ask DBM to set the budget. Then, there will be a public bidding to be held by DAR. The outcome of the bidding is already fixed and it’s Napoles foundation wins. The fund or SARO will be released through Janet’s foundation and the congressmen/senators will ask 70% of the whole amount. So if the project is P10 million, Janet will give 70% of that. Usually Janet’s nephew, John Francisco Lim is the courier of the money, they will meet at Podium or at a parking lot. The money are stored in plastic bags or paper bags.

So, whatever is left from the budget, 30% goes to Janet. They usually cash-in the check they get from DBM at Landbank in Greenhills and the manager there is part of Janet’s payroll. Janet also need to pay the inspectors from COA and whoever is involved in DAR.

This is their workflow. This is what they do for more than a decade. This is how the senators and congressmen make money. This is why theses politicians have so much and working class Filipinos almost have nothing. This is not only Janet’s fault. The greediness of the senators and congressmen are the driving point that keeps this system operating. It is also amazing that if Janet’s family and her company goes into trial, the people who will try them judges, senators, congressmen, are also part of this. I fear for the life of Benhur and Merlina as whistleblowers. Soon enough they will die. The people of the Philippines should protect them. NBI or the witness protection program cannot do anything about it. Because they are keeping the whistleblowers alive for their own use only. Once Janet gives payments to the NBI and once Revilla, Honasan, Arroyo, Pichay, Ducut, Pineda, Lim, Estrada, Soto, Lapid, and almost all the congressmen who were in post for the past decade, step in – there’s nothing Benhur or Merlina can do. They are as good as dead by now.

Please post this on your social media and share it to the world. It is time to stop this madness and remove the pork barrel and protect Benhur and Merlina.

“A night of fright reveals a virtue of Digong”

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Photo by #YouScooper Anton Abella Vidal: "Mayor Elect Rodrigo Duterte nangunay ug traffic aid during sa baha ghapon sa villa abrille. Wala siya nahadlok sa pagtapak sa baha, para lang mahapsay ang dagan sa trapik sa villa abrille, kauban niya iyang mga body guard." (Mayor Elect Rodrigo Duterte took the initiative of becoming a traffic aid during the flood in villa abrille yesterday. He never feared the flood and the risks it may bring and did all he possibly could to smoothen the traffic congestion.) #baha06052013 #unakabai

Photo by #YouScooper Anton Abella Vidal: “Mayor Elect Rodrigo Duterte nangunay ug traffic aid during sa baha ghapon sa villa abrille. Wala siya nahadlok sa pagtapak sa baha, para lang mahapsay ang dagan sa trapik sa villa abrille, kauban niya iyang mga body guard.” (Mayor Elect Rodrigo Duterte took the initiative of becoming a traffic aid during the flood in villa abrille yesterday. He never feared the flood and the risks it may bring and did all he possibly could to smoothen the traffic congestion.)
#baha06052013 #unakabai

(By Jun Ledesma)

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

THE heavy downpour last June 5 gave a strong signal that rainy season is around. In fact, it did not come gently. The cloudbursts bathed Davao City with an unusually copious volume of rain that rendered many parts of the city impassable to small vehicles and inaccessible to pedestrians.

That rainy Wednesday night would just have been one of those evenings for incoming City Mayor Rodrigo “Digong” Duterte. The come-backing mayor is known to be a night owl. He prowls the city streets hoping to catch his prey of criminals among them drug pushers, snatchers, robbers, and other menace of society. He does this nightly to keep city residents safe no matter what the weather is. Never did he realize that in that evening will be part of an unforgettable episode to a distress young mother which he encountered that rainy eve.

June 5, 2013 to a mother of four is a night to remember. Annelyn Pongase Paunon earlier went shopping at Gaisano Mall for the school needs of her kids. Because she cannot not leave her toddler child, she tucked the baby with her and off they went to the mall. The weather was not as sunny then but there was no indication of a heavy downpour.

Night caught up with them at the mall not realizing that the light rain that come with dusk took a violent turn. When they decided it was time to go home they looked and waited for a taxi. But everyone else was looking for a cab which had become scarce as flood waters in most of the thoroughfares were no longer “navigable.”

Annelyn started to be panicky. She had three small children in tow and a baby which she held close to provide warmth. By 11 p.m. there were no cabs in sight. The kids were jittery and Annelyn was as nervous. Tugging the children, she decided to make a dash to San Pedro Hospital hoping some patients might have taken a taxi to get to the hospital. They braved the rain and the rising water. Before they can make it across however, a black D’Max stopped right in front of them. The occupant on the front seat rolled down the tinted window. “Asa man mo?” (Where are you headed?) The man on the front seat asked.

Annelyn replied: “Sa Skyline pa mi,” (We’re headed to Skyline.) she replied to the stranger.

The man in the black pick-up then told her in a much louder voice: “Sakay na kay ihatud ta mo sa Skyline.” (Hop in and I’ll take you to Skyline.)

Annelyn hesitated for a moment. She looked closer to the stranger who offered her the ride and recognizing who was the Good Samaritan she exclaimed: “Ay si Mayor diay!” (Oh it’s you Mayor!)

Annelyn and her children packed themselves on the back seat. She felt relieved she has a ride to take them home and safe and secured it was no less than incoming Mayor Rodrigo Duterte who will be conducting them all the way to Skyline.

The pick-up inched its way through the flooded street. But at the corner of Guerrero St. traffic was snarled and then went on a standstill. The Mayor and an aid alighted from the vehicle to man the traffic. He knew that it will take time to deal with the traffic jam, he directed his driver to take Annelyn and her kids to the doorsteps of their home at the Skyline and then to just come back for him.

Safe in the comfort of her home, Annelyn started to email friends about her unforgettable experience and encounter with Mayor Duterte. She can only imagine how the mayor was manning the traffic under the rain. She felt guilty she was not able to thank him enough. Then she remembered, she has a friend whose father is a journalist. She wanted to tell the world how caring is the Mayor of Davao City and how he dispenses his own comfort to extend help to the helpless.

This is her story in a capsule as told to my daughter Kristine.

(Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on June 20, 2013.)



Written by 88kensan

June 23, 2013 at 2:35 pm

Rizal Day.

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Infograph by Official Gazette of the Republic of the Philippines



SECTION 1. The existing laws and regulations to the contrary notwithstanding, cockfighting, horse racing and jai-alai are hereby prohibited on the thirtieth day of December of each year, the date of the martyrdom of our great hero, Jose Rizal.

SECTION 2. It shall be the official duty of the mayor of each municipality and chartered city to create a committee to take charge of the proper observance of Rizal Day Celebration of each year, in which he shall be the chairman, which shall be empowered to seek the assistance and cooperation of any department, bureau, office, agency or instrumentality of the Government, and the local civic and educational institutions. Among the ceremonies on Rizal Day shall be the raising of the Philippine flag at half mast in all vessels and public buildings.

SECTION 3. Any person who shall violate the provisions of this Act or permit or allow the violation thereof, shall be punished by a fine of not exceeding two hundred pesos or by imprisonment not exceeding six months, or both, at the discretion of the court. In case he is the mayor of a municipality or a chartered city he shall suffer an additional punishment of suspension from his office for a period of one month. In case of partnerships, corporations or associations, the criminal liability shall devolve upon the president, director, or any other official responsible for the violation thereof.

SECTION 4. This Act shall take effect upon its approval.

Approved: June 9, 1948

Published in the Official Gazette, Vol. 44, No. 8, p. 2627 in August 1948

Source: CDAsia

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December 30, 2012 at 6:00 am

World Class SM Lanang Premier (Davao City, Philippines)

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Davao City, Philippines- SM Lanang Premier will open its door for us on September 28, 2012!

The new mall, which is located at the northern part of the city, has a total land area of 100,000 square meters. It has a four-level structure built with a modern design inspired by the origami. It has a gross floor area of almost 145,000 square meters and a gross leasable area of approximately 84,000 square meters.

The new mall will carry some of the best features of existing SM Premier malls.

The Skygarden, which is located at the property’s façade, will have restaurants amid a lush garden with refreshing water features. Inside the mall is the Flat Café, floating above the ground and offers a vast view of The Atrium. The mall’s Ground Level will house international retail brands like Forever 21, as well as key SM retail anchors, SM Supermarket, SM Department Store.

At the rear section of the mall will be a strip of restaurants both at the ground and second level overlooking the sprawling outdoor event area called The Park. Also on the second level are 6 Digital Theaters (including SM Center Stage), the IMAX Theatre, the SM Bowling Center, and the Science Discovery Center.

The mall’s third floor will house the SMX Convention Center Davao, perfect for the growing MICE events (meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions) in the region.

Rising within the property is the Park Inn by Carlton of the Radisson Blu, which may also be accessed from the mall through a bridge way at the second floor.

All these facilities are SM’s response to the growing demands not only of the Davao market but of the tourism industry and its nearby provinces as well.

The first class mall, SM Lanang Premier, incorporates green architecture and environment friendly features as part of SM’s sustainability efforts. The mall building itself takes only 40 percent of the total property with paver blocks used in the open parking area to minimize surface run-off water. It will also have the city’s first rain catchment system minimizing storm water peak flow, surface run-off and siltation.

The mall is also designed with skylights and will use LED to ensure efficient energy consumption. Park finders will also be installed at the Basement Parking to minimize carbon output from vehicles. It will also utilize recycled water for its cooling tower and for comfort room flushing.

SM Prime‘s biggest and first-of-its-kind premier mall development project in Mindanao, SM Lanang Premier is believed to set world-class malling and shopping standard in the region. It will re-shape the malling experience in Mindanao bringing luxury that is within reach.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on April 18, 2012.

Image via SM Lanang Premier FACEBOOK PAGE.