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October 8, 2011

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by Rey E. Requejo, Manila Standard Today

President Aquino has ordered the Development Bank of the Philippines to declassify for purposes of investigation all information not only on the alleged behest loans granted in 2009 to Delta Ventures Resources Inc. owned by businessman Roberto V. Ongpin, but also on three more “exceptional cases of anomalous transactions” involving more than P17 billion in people’s money.

In line with the President’s transparency policy and anti-corruption drive, the Palace said ordered declassified were the details of individual accounts or specific banking transactions of the DBP on Global Air Services, Inc./Metrorail Transit Corp., sale of the shares of the Manila Electric Co., and investments in Lehman Brothers Holdings, Inc.

The DBP charter says only the President can declassify information on transactions made by the state bank whose primary mandate is to finance small and medium-size entrepreneurs as well as microfinance institutions to support the poverty alleviation program.

Mr. Aquino’s order was contained in a September 13, 2011 letter sent to DBP President and Chief Executive Officer Francisco F. Del Rosario Jr. by Executive Secretary Paquito N. Ochoa Jr. who signed the document “by authority of the President.”

Malacanang directed the DBP to make the disclosure of the information relative to the four alleged anomalous transactions “to the Office of the Solicitor General and other government agencies/bodies specifically clothed with power and authority to investigate and make inquiry under existing laws and jurisprudence.”

When sought for comment on the Palace’s decision, Solicitor General Jose Anselmo Cadiz said: “This is certainly a welcome development because the availability of the pertinent documents will beef up the case against those responsible for these questionable transactions, not only the P660 million behest loans awarded to Mr. Ongpin. It will make easier for the OSG and other investigating bodies to prosecute those who participated in these irregular transactions because we can lay all the facts on the table.”

“This clears the way for the true and transparent, but strong prosecution of these cases, without worrying that the documents will not be available. The declassification of information on the details of these anomalous DBP transactions will be a big boost to President Aquino’s zero-tolerance against graft and corruption,” Cadiz stressed.

Mr. Aquino’s declassification order came after DBP chairman Jose A. Nunez and Del Rosario filed criminal and administrative cases before the Office of the Ombudsman against Ongpin and several incumbent and former bank officials led by former president Reynaldo G. David, former chairman of the DBP board Patricia A. Sto. Tomas, and senior executive vice-president and chief operating officer Edgardo F. Garcia, in connection with the P660 million behest loans.

Cadiz, the lead counsel in the DBP case against Ongpin and company– had sought the preventive suspension of those charged administratively.

The complaint before the Ombudsman stated that the past board of directors of the DBP extended two “behest” loans of P150 million and P510 million to Ongpin’s DVRI despite its having only P625,000 in paid-up capital and despite its latest financial statements, which indicated that it suffered a loss of P98.76 million and retained earnings of negative P2.35 million.

Also covered by Aquino’s declassification order is a $90-million (roughly P3.87 billion at P43-$) DBP loan to Global Air Services, Inc., a foreign company, in 2008 for the purpose of acquiring the “economic” interest in the Metrorail Transit Corp. GASI also obtained another $90 million or roughly P3.87 billion loan from the Land Bank of the Philippines, also a government financial institution.

The DBP’s internal audit showed that “there was no borrower or loan applicant at the time the bank approved the loan on Dec. 3, 2008, and that Global emerged as borrower only at the time the loan was released on Dec. 23, 2008.”

The audit report said that Global had only $2 as paid-up capital in 2005 and has no financial capability when the $180 million loans were granted by DBP and LBP because, at the time, GASI had a net loss of $403,509 versus an asset of $5,364 and liability of $408,871.

One of those who signed as authorized representative of Global was a certain Josephine Manalo who was allegedly with the staff of Ongpin, the report said.

In the case of Lehman Brothers, former DBP president Reynaldo David had admitted during a 2009 Senate hearing conducted by Senator Edgardo Angara that the state-owned bank had $60 million (or roughly P2.58 billion) in exposures to the now bankrupt foreign investment firm.

Reports on the installment sale of Meralco shares stated that Global 5000 Investments, Inc. acquired the voting rights of the Social Security System, Land Bank of the Philippines, and DBP.

The transaction was done in 2008 and reportedly involved P10 billion.

But the same reports stated that while there had been no full payment yet on the transaction, the SSS, LBP, and DBP had allowed Global to control the Meralco shares to the detriment of the government financial institutions.

 

*Copyright Manila Standard Today 2005-2009

The UK screws the Gurkha’s yet again.

“Air Commodore Andrew Lambert, of the UK National Defence Association, said: “This is extremely debilitating for those in the service and it’s sure to have an impact on already fragile morale.”

Who has fought sans question for the UK? Who has fought to the death for the UK? Who protected the Prince when he was stationed in Afghanistan? The Nepalese-born Gurkhas. Yet know, yet again, they are being dumped by the UL Government.  Time was when from the time a Gurkha could run, he did so across the Nepaese mountains to poreapre himslef for hois future in the Britsh Armed Services.  This was so that he would be in tip-top shape to be in top condition as he was going to join the British Army, as the British would often ask their help to fight their enemies. This went on for decades and decades.   God knows how many of these brave souls have died for another countries flag, that of the Brit’s. and now, they are again, for the second time in a couple of years being tossed out into the street, simply put, by the mostly disloyal and obviously ungrateful Brits.  These guys were so tough and recognized  that they were the only soldiers in British units who were allowed to wear their Gurkha Knives align with their uniforms.  It is no secret that the Brits have been dumping these guys for years. Hongkong’s turn-over meant that Gurkas’a would be fired. And so they were.  Then, in a surprise move, the Brits chose to give Pakistanis and Indians priority over these men, who died for them, for residency. Some form of a return for their royalty, but this is nothing new from the British.  Over and over, they have been trampling on the Guirkha’s, despite what these soldiers have done for them. Incredible.  Now comes another story from the front page of the Brit paper the Telegraph, which will give you yet more insights on how the Brits will allow one old lady to live in a hug palace with hundred of rooms, yet not even allow the Gurkha’s a besdspace because the Paki’s and the Indians, as well as the Middle Eastern countries are allowed a stay or residency in Britain, (great Britain? sorry, but not for me, just Britain, the home of the uncaring and the disloyal to those who really counted).  From the land of  the Tony Blair’s comes now this latest story regarding the Gurkha’s plight.-ed.
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Anger over ‘shameful’ sacking of

Gurkhas

Almost 150 Gurkhas are to be sacked due to defence cuts after only a handful volunteered for redundancy, figures obtained by The Daily Telegraph show.

Members of the Queens Gurkha Engineers gather before the unveiling of a statue to mark the 60th anniversary of the unit's formation

Almost 150 gurkhas face the sack after they refused to take voluntary redundancy. Photo: PA
Thomas Harding

By Thomas Harding, Defence Correspondent

11:02PM BST 19 Jun 2011

Hundreds of RAF and Royal Navy personnel will also be made compulsorily redundant on Sept 1 as only half have agreed to take the voluntary package.

A total of 17,000 personnel will be dismissed from the Armed Forces over the next three years.

Only six Gurkhas have chosen voluntary redundancy out of the 150 demanded by the Ministry of Defence in the first tranche of sackings in September.

A total of 1,000 across the Army are to be sacked, but this newspaper reported on Saturday that outside the Gurkhas there were double the number of voluntary applications, including from some of the “best and brightest” officers.

It is understood that many of the Nepalese soldiers fear being unable to get work in Britain or having to take poorly paid jobs back home.

Major David Owens, of the British Gurkha Council, said it would be difficult for Gurkhas to find employment in the poor economic climate.

“This is just very sad that 150 Gurkhas who have loyally served this country and have pretty much spent their entire life on operations are being treated so shamefully. Man-to-man Gurkhas spend more time on operations than anyone else in the Forces. They have also been the most loyal to serve Britain.”

The RAF and Navy are already at record low levels for manning and are under more pressure from operations in Libya and Afghanistan. More than 1,000 sailors and airmen will be made compulsorily redundant in September as only about half of the 1,020 in the RAF and 1,600 in the Navy have volunteered.

Air Commodore Andrew Lambert, of the UK National Defence Association, said: “This is extremely debilitating for those in the service and it’s sure to have an impact on already fragile morale.

“Many of them have put their lives at great risk on operations for the last 20 years and this is their reward.”

Jim Murphy, the shadow defence secretary, said it was very worrying that so many personnel from the Navy and RAF were being made forcibly redundant at a time when both services are engaged in fighting in Afghanistan and Libya.

“Their families will be deeply concerned and Britain’s ability to defend herself potentially harmed,” he said.

“Ministers will need to give a full and convincing explanation of their actions. This proves again the ministers’ assumptions made in their rushed defence review were fundamentally flawed.”

Gerald Howarth, the minister for international security strategy, said: “We would prefer not to have to make these reductions, but the massive budget deficit, together with the black hole in the defence budget, left by Labour has meant we have had to take some very difficult decisions if the UK was to avoid the same fate as Greece.

“We have to get the defence budget back on to a stable footing to ensure we have a modern, fully equipped Armed Forces able to deal with future threats.

“On the dates redundancy notices are issued, no personnel preparing for, deployed on, or returning from combat operations and on post-tour leave will be made compulsorily redundant.”

‘Marcos an anti-hero, doesn’t deserve Libingan burial’

Source: abs-cbnNEWS.com

MANILA, Philippines – The leader of a group of World War II veterans on Thursday said the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos is an anti-hero who does not deserve a place at the Libingan ng Mga Bayani.

Atty. Rafael Evangelista, the national commander of the Defenders of Bataan and Corregidor, made the remarks during a wreath-laying ceremony at the Filipino Heroes Memorial in Corregidor as part of the tribute for war veterans in time for the April 9 Araw ng Kagitingan.

Evangelista is the son of the late Rafael Evangelista, who served in the medical corps of the United States Armed Forces Far East in Bataan and Corregidor and was captured and tortured by Japanese forces during the World War II.

The younger Evangelista said he had been asked by many people about his position on the proposed hero’s burial for Marcos.

“When confronted with the issue of Marcos burial at the Libingan, I’ve been forced to ask myself — what legacy would we be leaving to the youth and to the generations after if we allow Marcos’s burial at the Libingan? It is a legacy that it is alright to regard as a hero a man who unleashed the powers of violence against his own people. It is a legacy of what I would call glorification of anti-heroes,” he said.

Evangelista said the late dictator “mangled” the Constitution, closed down Congress and controlled the media during martial law. He said Marcos also imprisoned real heroes such as Lorenzo Tañada, Jose Diokno, and Chino Roces.

Evangelista also cast doubt on the authenticity of Marcos’s war medals, doubts which were first noted in a book written by American author Charles McDougald.

“I believe that saying yes to the proposed burial of Marcos in the Libingan tells our children that Marcos was a hero, that his lifetime cause was freedom, and that the legacy he leaves behind is that of a hero for the cause of freedom. I believe that this is not true,” he said.

He said his position on the issue is not yet the stand of the entire organization, saying he still has to consult with the group’s board.
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“I cannot speak for them yet. I have talked to some of them and they answered yes. In fact, Nini Quezon Avanceña, the daughter of President Quezon, suggested that we take a position such as the one we took today,” said Evangelista.

Marcos was elected president in 1965 and was re-elected for a second term in 1969. Before the end of his second term, he imposed martial law in 1972 and stayed as president until 1986 when he was deposed by a bloodless People Power revolt.

He died in exile in 1989 but has yet to be buried. His remains are preserved in the family’s mausoleum in Batac City.

President Aquino has refused to comment on the issue of giving Marcos a hero’s burial. Aquino has maintained that Marcos ordered the murder of his father, the late Sen. Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr., in 1983.

The President has assigned Vice-President Jejomar Binay to form a committee that will study the issue of a hero’s burial for Marcos.

A Social Weather Stations survey, meanwhile, showed that the public is split on the issue of a hero’s burial for Marcos.

Based on a survey done from March 4 to March 7, the polling institute said it found a “virtual exact split” in the opinions of the respondents, with 50% agreeable and 49% answering that Marcos is not fit to be buried there.

The respondents were asked: “In your opinion, is the body of ex-Pres. Marcos worthy to be buried in the Heroes Cemetery or not? [Sa inyong palagay, karapat-dapat bang ilibing ang bangkay ni dating Pres. Marcos sa Libingan ng mga Bayani o hindi?].”

Of the 50% who answered in the affirmative, 30% said he should be “buried with official honors” and 20% said he should be given “private burial only.”

http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/nation/regions/04/07/11/marcos-anti-hero-doesnt-deserve-libingan-burial

 

Omer Farooq Khan, TNN | Mar 17, 2011, 08.37pm IST ISLAMABAD: With people across Pakistan protesting the court decision of releasing the US Central Intelligence Agency contractor Raymond Davis in a twin-murder case, the country’s top government functionaries preferred to remain tight-lipped on the unpopular issue in a bid to avoid wrath of the masses. The release of Raymond Davis has ended a diplomatic standoff between the US and Pakistan but also brought the weak PPP-led coalition government on the verge of popular backlash. So far, no comment was heard on the issue from Presidency, PM’s office, foreign affairs and home ministries. Well aware about the sensitivity of the issue, leader of the country’s main opposition party Nawaz Sharif and his chief minister brother of Punjab province Shahbaz Sharif left the country for London ahead of the court decision. Thursday saw countrywide demonstrations by the rightist parties, president Musharraf created PML-Q, and Imran Khan-led Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI). They condemned the government, saying that families of the two men killed by Raymond Davis were forced to accept blood money in return for pardoning him. Critics of the deal pointed out that as recently as four days ago, the families of the victims said that they wanted justice not compensation. A petition was also filed in the Lahore High Court (LHC) on Thursday, challenging the release of Davis. The petitioner Barrister Iqbal Jafri requested the court to invalidate the decision and direct the authorities to initiate proceedings against those who brought about CIA operative’s release. Davis was released by a prison court on Wednesday after the heirs of the slain men accepted $2.34 million in compensation. In most of the cases, blood feuds are settled in Pakistan’s rural parts through the Islamic law of “Diyaat”. According to the law, a convicted killer could be pardoned if the victim’s heirs agree to accept blood money. For weeks, Pakistan’s federal and Punjab governments were working in collaboration with the country’s military establishment to convince families of the dead men to pardon Davis in return of blood money and US green cards. The efforts for his release was essentially started when Pakistan army chief General Ashfaq Pervez Kiyani met his American counterpart at the beach resort in Oman last month.

After getting a bad rap from the infamous Smartmatic, whose local expat is seemingly more intersted in dating aged local actresses than running this racket of “Automated” Elections, now Smartmatic is again insisting that the next elections coming in the Philippines use their used, old  gear once more.  If the Philippine Commission on Elections, whose top Commissioners are sadly lacking in basic IT knowledge, they are leaning again towards utilizing the old Smartmatic machines, which had already showed how much outdated it’s system is. Using almost a year old equipment which will cost Mega-millions of Philippines taxpayer money yet again, the marketing smooth-talking Smartmatic white guys might yet again score another financial bonanza.  And all this in exchange for yet another failure of elections in the Philippines.  In case they do not know, the last time I checked (years ago), changes, updates in Computer equipment are updated in Silicon Valley at a rate of hours, not days or weeks. In other words, your  spanking new laptop is obsolete hours after you bought it.

There is only one IT guy in the COMELEC, as the local Election bosses are called, and he is all out for Smartmatic, suspiciously too energetic for his own good.   How the Election “Commissioners” are managing to completely ignore the pleading, begging, and YELLING of all other IT Professionals about how bad this fellow’s judgment has been , and still is, is incredible.  This type of enthusiasm,  and his total terrific impression of how great Smartmatic is can only be motivated by certain factors, and we are not excluding the possibility of his being his way for possible other motivations for not finding a single fault in what other older, more savvy IT folk is definitely an indication of the same way of thinking of his masters at the COMELEC.    The failure of elections of the IT-ignorant COMELEC “Commissioners”,  who till now insist on turning a blind ear to the majority of IT Professionals in this poor country.  They should all be tried for treason if they insist on working for foreigners and not the Filipino people. for treason, at the least, in MY OPINION.  It should be PHILIPPINES FIRST, SMARTMATIC LAST.  NOT a campaign to compliment and market Smartmatic used goods to a starving people.  We the people are DONE with Smartmatic, you imbeciles.  Please get that through your hard skulls, and foget the money (if any), because the country needs you,  not THEM.  But YOU seem to be working for THEM, not US.  So whose side are you on, really?

Obviously not ours, so what is it really? REALLY?  Are you working on taxpayers money to market some used outdated computers that do NOT function as they should, OR are you looking out for the welfare of the FILIPINO people? Please, say it is not what everyone is thinking and saying about you people. Strange how you simply discard all the hoopla and technical arguments AGAINST the foreigners you so staunchly defend.
Saan ba talaga kayo nakakampi? Sa taong bayan ba? O baka naman sa sarili NIYO?   HUDAS NG BAYAN rin ba kayo?  Tama na, po. Sobra na. Bistado na po sila. At kayo po, sabit rin, kung niyo pa halata yan, nabubulag po kayo ng ibang bagay.  Kayo na po ang mag-isip.

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Intelligence

CIA, Pakistan’s spy chief discuss US killer

IRNA – Islamic Republic News Agency Islamabad, Feb 27,IRNA — Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA),Leon E.Panetta, has talked to Pakistan’s spy chief Major General Shuja Pasha over phone and discussed the controversy over U.S.undercover agent,who faces double murder charges,local media reported Saturday. Penetta’s call to his Pakistani counterpart is an attempt to play down reports that CIA has suspended contacts with the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI). Besides top level contacts between the U.S. Administration with Pakistan leaders, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Adm. Mike Mullen, and Pakistan’s army chief, Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, also met last week in Oman, and discussed Davis case. The U.S. insists that Mr. Davis enjoys diplomatic immunity and should be freed. The Pakistani government says court will determine the diplomatic immunity. The Foreign Office will make a statement of the question of diplomatic immunity at the next hearing before the Lahore High Court on March 14. Pakistani TV channels reported that the Pakistani ISI chief asked for data of all the CIA men working in Pakistan with the U.S. diplomatic missions or with institutions of other countries. Pakistani police has arrested another U.S. national, Aaron Mark DeHaven. in the northwestern city of Peshawar of illegal stay at a time when the issue of Davis is still unresolved and has caused a deepen row between the two allies. A court in Peshawar Saturday sent DeHaven to jail on a two-week judicial remand as his arrest also created suspicion about the activities of U.S. nationals. He told the police that he is running business in Pakistan. The police in Peshawar Saturday raided several locations to catch his local contacts at the University Town area of the city. The American embassy in Islamabad said that it is arranging consular access through the Government of Pakistan. “Until a U.S. government representative meets with him, we cannot confirm additional details,” a brief embassy statement said. **1771 Islamic Republic News Agency/IRNA NewsCode: 30268572

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