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CAN DUTERTE END “REIGN OF ERROR” IN PH?

By JOSEPH G. LARIOSA

(© 2016 Journal GlobaLinks)

NARITA, Japan (JGL) – I was on my way to Chicago, Illinois when I got a PM (private message) on my Facebook account that my cousin’s husband was gunned down because he refused to give up his dream to become a councilor in the municipality of Matnog, Sorsogon.

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Onoy

Seven bullets from a .45 pistol were pumped in various parts of the body of Cayetano “Onoy” G. Oro, Jr., 58, an UNA candidate, by two men, who fled after his killing in front of the house of Barangay Captain Nelson Gacis in Pawa, Matnog at about 6:20 p.m. on April 25. 

I felt guilty because I was in Matnog a few days before the shooting for about five hours while I was writing a story for my outlets in one of the Internet cafes there. But I forgot to ask Onoy’s uncle, retired Matnog policeman Nonoy M. Garra, for me to talk to Onoy.

Onoy’s death followed the broad daylight shooting of Onoy’s uncle, also a retired policeman Virgilio “Bilyong” Garra, who was also gunned down after losing his election as Matnog councilor in the 2013 elections.

Like Onoy’s death, Bilyong death was also attributed to the “people’s justice” promoted by the New People’s Army (NPA’s).

In other words, Onoy’s death will be an unsolved crime again — a perfect crime, where killers will never be brought to justice – like Bilyong’s.

Will this murder of impunity stop if Mayor Duterte were elected president on Monday, May 9?

It remains to be seen.

I am not a big fan of Mayor Duterte, in fact I am leaning on voting for the Gobyernong may Puso, but if Duterte wins and make good his threat to pulverize the criminals, like the killers of Onoy and Bilyong, I might warm up to Duterte’s Death Squad (DDS).

Like Hitler’s SS (Schutzstaffel) or Marcos’ Metrocom Intelligence and Security Group (MISG) or Metrocom Strike Force (MSF), who could not shoot straight, President Duterte’s Death Squad (DDS) should still give killers of Onoy and Bilyong a day in court before DDS take matters into their own hands.

These killers should hope and pray that Mayor Duterte does not win on Monday.

 NPA’S CLAIMED RESPONSIBILITY TO BILYONG’S KILLING

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Bilyong

 The NPA’s had already claimed responsibility for the killing of Bilyong because they alleged Bilyong was pushing drugs. But the NPA’s brand of justice is spotty. If the hierarchy of NPA’s only investigated Bilyong first before killing him, they would learn that their intelligence information was flawed.

Bilyong could not have sold drugs because he did not even have money to buy medicine to cure his big boil on his neck. (Please note the towel covering his boil in this photo).

The Sorsogon Philippine National Police cannot go after the NPA’s even after the NPA’s claimed responsibility for the killing of Bilyong because the PNP said the relatives of Bilyong refused to file a complaint. Can you believe the alibi of the PNP? Who of the relatives in their right mind would file a complaint against the NPA’s when the PNP could not even provide protection to my relatives?

PARENS PATRIAE

 When there is dead body, a good police agency can motu proprio (on his own impulse) conduct a criminal investigation even if there is no complainant. The dead body is considered “evidence,” a “smoking gun.” Why wait for the scared complainant to come forward when the government under the Constitutional doctrine of “parens patriae” can extend protection to the victims of crime by prosecuting the criminals?

I’ve been prodding the relatives of Bilyong to sue the NPA’s but my relatives were hesitant to do so, because they feared they would be the next victims of NPA’s.

True enough, their fear and apprehension unfolded before their very eyes when Onoy was killed and the killing was attributed yet again to the usual suspects – the NPA’s.

But Onoy was not even a suspected drug pusher either, nor a common criminal. Onoy just wanted to make his dream as an elected municipal councilor come true.

Where is the outrage of the community?

But I have a feeling the NPA’s are terrorizing the peace-loving people of Matnog, the birthplace of my mother, because the NPA’s are conspiring with or are being coddled by local municipal officials of Matnog and Sorsogon provincial officials.

When the death of Bilyong was brought up two years ago in my conversation with Matnog Mayor Emilio G. Ubaldo, Mayor Ubaldo was silent. (Please see my photo with Mayor Ubaldo.)

According to grape vines when Bilyong ran for councilor in Matnog, Mayor Ubaldo felt threatened by Bilyong’s candidacy.

 BILYONG WAS AS POOR AS A RAT

 How can Bilyong become a threat to Mayor Ubaldo? Bilyong is as poor as a rat. His pension as a retired policeman was not even enough to feed himself. Bilyong did not even have money to buy medicine to cure the big boil on his neck. My sister and nephew gave Bilyong money to buy medicine to cure his boil but Bilyong saved the money for himself so he could keep his small business going while he endured the pain.

Bilyong obviously did not profit from his business because when he was gunned down, his boil was still sticking on his neck and was even growing!

And I surmise, Mayor Ubaldo also felt threatened by Onoy.

Bilyong and Onoy were only running for lowly municipal councilors. Why will Mayor Ubaldo feel threatened?

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The Mayor (left) with the author Josep G. Lariosa

Mayor Ubaldo has been the undisputed political warlord in Matnog. Bilyong and Onoy were not even challenging him. Why doesn’t he let other people run for office in Matnog so they can also serve the people, like Bilyong’s granduncle, the late Lamberto “Papa Titong” G. Garra, who was a long-time outstanding councilor of Matnog with unblemished record?

Bilyong’s father, Jose “Papa Tote” G. Garra, was also a long-time municipal secretary of Matnog and was never involved in corruption.

NPA’S SHOULD BE PROSECUTED BY HRC

 As for the NPA’s, who are extorting money from politicians by demanding “permit to campaign (PTC),” I suggest the government human rights commission (HRC) should prosecute these NPA’s. Reward money should be given to anonymous tipsters, who can give information of the extortion activities of the NPA’s to the HRC so the NPA’s do not know the anonymous tipster and the NPA’s do not know whom to retaliate against.

In the first district of Sorsogon, NPA’s demanded and was granted P1.2-M (US$26,666) by candidate running for congress while NPA’s demanded but was rejected when they demanded P500,000 (US$11,111) from a gubernatorial candidate (Eric Dioneda) of Duterte’s PDP-Laban party because the candidate does not have money. Eric Dioneda is the son of Sorsogon City mayoral candidate Leovic Dioneda, who died of heat stroke last week. Leovic will be replaced (or substituted) by his eldest daughter, Jo Abegail “Bem” Dioneda.

Onoy is going to be replaced (or substituted) by his sibling.

Another Sorsogon gubernatorial candidate, Bobby M. Reyes, who is running as an independent supporting Grace Poe, said he does not have money to pay the PTC to the NPA’s but he will focus his campaign on airwaves (radio/TV/social media) and print media so his message can hopefully reach out to the areas under the influence of the NPA’s.

If NPA’s extortion activities weaken because of the reward money, then reward money should also be given to anonymous tipsters of terrorists groups, like Abu Sayyaf.

In the case of jueteng lords, these jueteng lords should pay taxes to the Philippine government because they are using the transportation and communication lines and other facilities set up by the Philippine government. (jglariosa@hotmail.com)

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Asuncion kin reunion

by jun asun*

To all Asuncion relatives:

There will be a reunion on August 15 at 24 Times Street as requested by Sor Marissa Asuncion to celebrate the Feast of La Asuncion de Nuestra Seniora.

There will be a 6:30 pm mass followed by dinner. It will be a potluck.

For more Info, please contact Ed Rojas or Malou Asuncion.

*Thanks Ed and Malou for the Info! I wish you all a happy get-together.- jun asun

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Atty. K. Digno M. Asuncion

by Eduardo C. Rojas 

Today at 8:36 AM
My fellow Asuncion relatives, just saw this post of cousin Elcee’s FB.  Elcee is our second cousin (my generation though Elcee and her sibling Architect K Digno are younger).  Their dad K. Digno Asuncion is the first cousin of our mom (generation of Gracia Asuncion Carrillo Rojas & Corazon Asuncion Carrillo Galang).  Atty K Digno’s dad, Kenerino (married to Leonor Manas) is the sibling of our grandmother Guia Asuncion Carrillo (same generation as Consuelo Asuncion Intengan, Adonis Asuncion, Jacobo Asuncion, Rodolfo Asuncion, ..).  Malou & brother Andres “Jun”Asuncion’s line comes from Adonis, Sor Marissa Asuncion & sis Sor Naty come from Jacobo, Grace – Ann Grey – Monina – Ronivic – Rollie came from Dr Ronnie Asuncion, whose dad Rodolfo (married to Monica Gerona) is the brother of our grandmother Guia Asuncion.

 

Elcee Asuncion Villa

14 hrs ·

Our father, Atty. K. Digno M Asuncion, passed away peacefully in Manila today, May 12th – just as his wife and 5 children were taking Leone Giulio to the crematorium in Italy. He was surrounded by his loving in-laws and grandchildren. It is bittersweet that we lost 2 people we love within a week of each other. But now we know that we have 2 angels in heaven who are toasting us right now with their fav beer. We love you Dad. You taught us so much. You loved us so much.

 

To Elcee,  Ding and Families:

We would like to express our sincere  condolences on the passing away of your father Atty. K. Digno Asuncion. Tears on earth, joy in heaven.

jun asuncion + Family and Bulan Observer

 

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Asuncion Clan Reunion 2013

“Kita Kits Muli Tayo”

“ASUNCION TOGETHER FOREVER”

WHEN:      April 6, 2013 @ 4:00pm onwards

WHERE:   #18 Collins ST. Dona Faustina I

                  Culliat, Quezon City

                  Atty. Godofredo Asuncion‘s

                  Residence and  Clubhouse                    

Pls. call :     

Lota  Asuncion Abella-  

Atty. Nina Asuncion- 

Atty. Edgar Asuncion- 

Mary Anne  Asuncion Gray-

Pls. coordinate with  Lota A. Abella for the Food

Pls. bring gifts for the raffle and games.

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2012 BULAN REUNION INVITATION

by Ma. Salve Lomero
HELLO EVERYONE!
As you all know, Year 2012 is the Bulan Reunion’s Silver Anniversary…..a very important milestone in our group’s history! 
A “SAVE THE DATE” flyer was sent to you previously with information on the celebration planned in the Washington D.C. Metro area.  It’s now only 68 Days and counting until the big event……….! Woohoo!!!

Attached is your Invitation, along with attachments (listed below)!   We hope most of you, if not all, can come and be a witness to this historic event.  Please forward this Invitation and all attachments to others who may be interested and/or are not included in the list of addressee above.


PLEASE PAY PARTICULAR NOTE OF THE FOLLOWING:


    1.  The deadline for receipt of paid reservations to the Dinner-Dance is Tuesday, June 14, 2012.

    2.  The attire for the Dinner-Dance is semi-formal.     3.  There is a 5:00 P.M. mass on Saturday at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church. Some of you may choose to go Mass first and then proceed to the Dinner-Dance after.

    4.  Beer and wine will be provided FREE at each table.

    5.  Children under age 12 may attend the Dinner-Dance FREE.  Please indicate with your reservations and payment the number of children under 12, if any,
who’ll be with you as they need to be counted for seating purposes.

        Please understand that due to maximum capacity requirements (dictated by local fire code regulations), the Reunion Committee reserves
        the right to limit the number of children under 12 at the Dinner-Dance should the need arise to accommodate seating for paying guests.     6.  Additional information regarding the opportunity to advertise in the Dinner-Dance Programme will follow.

  THE FOLLOWING ATTACHMENTS ARE BEING PROVIDED FOR YOUR REFERENCE:

       1. Contact Information and Directions to De Sales Hall, the dinner-dance venue in Vienna, Virginia


      2. Listing of Hotels in the Vienna-Tysons Corner Area

        Please note that we have booked ten (10) discounted rooms at the Embassy Suites under the group name “Bulan Reunion”.
        If you’re interested in availing yourself of the discount, it is suggested that you make reservations at the earliest possible time as these rooms will be going fast.

     3. Directions to Frying Pan Park, the picnic venue.



PLEASE CALL ANY OF THE COMMITTEE MEMBERS IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS (see attachment#1 for contact numbers). 

THANK YOU!  DIOS MABALOS!  SEE YOU ALL!

Ma. Salve Lomero

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25th ANNIVERSARY BULAN REUNION JUNE 30- JULY 1, 2012

By Maria Salve Lomero Bernabe

 

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Mayor De Castro Wins By Landslide

by Tonyboy Gilana- PIO Bulan

 

Bulan Town has new Vice-mayor!

It’s a resounding mandate by the People of Bulan to allow Mayor Helen De Castro another term, her third and last, as she easily defeated perennial candidate Attorney Redentor Guyala. De Castro got 23,350 against Guyala’s 9,705. Boy Gogola of the Liberal Party got 3,305. De Castro won all 63 barangays and all 83 precincts of Bulan.

Meanwhile, Marnellie Ballesteros Robles got the nod of 11,490 voters as against the 7,291 votes on incumbent vice-mayor Manuel Gogola.

Seven of the 8 candidates of Mayor De Castro for the Municipal Council won, while only one from Guyala group made it. The following councilors, out of 25, were voted to sit in the municipal council: Ronaldo Gocoyo, Tessie Guran, Guillermo De Castro, Jr., Bernard Hao, Chito Delmonte, Ronnie Gigantone, Recto Valeriano, and Simmy Gerona. Only Valeriano comes from the local opposition party.

Meanwhile, Former Governor Raul R. Lee was once more voted to the gubernatorial office by trouncing incumbent Second District Congressman Joey Solis. Guiming De Castro of Bulan lost to Kruni Escudero in the vice-gubernatorial race.

The final count for the Second Congressional District is still being fought by Cardo Golpeo of Bulan and Gubat Mayor Ding Ramos.

In the First District, incumbent Congressman Sonny Escudero is on his way to complete a third term in Congress. He defeated former Casigutan Mayor Edwin Boboy Hamor.

This is the first in the history of Bulan that a mayoralty candidate has won in all 63 barangays and in all precincts./

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