What is the truth? What else do we not know about Mayor Duterte and his hidden wealth? What immeasurable damage can he inflict on the Philippine treasury should he win the Presidency?
DON’T BE SCAMMED BY DUTERTE
The sins of corruption of Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte:
DUTERTE CORRUPTION 1994:
• In 1994, San Miguel Corporation wanted to put up a big brewery in Davao City. This would have generated thousands of employment for the people of Davao. However, SMC decided to relocate in the adjoining town of Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur because of alleged extortion by members of the city council. Duterte was not named in the attempted extortion but as mayor, he simply looked the way and never reprimanded the members of the City Council, all of whom are his political allies. Extortion has become a normal practice among members of the City council particularly the so-called DLBM Gang who are all staunch allies of Duterte.
DUTERTE CORRUPTION 1996:
• In 1996 the Davao City government under Mayor Rodrigo Duterte built a two-storey Sangguniang Panlungsod building for P150-Million. During that same period, the management of the nearby Apo View Hotel was built a nine-storey building that only cost P140 Million. How can a two-storey government building be more expensive than a nine-storey hotel?
DUTERTE CORRUPTION 2000:
• In 2000, Duterte claims that he only had P2Million in assets in his Statement of Assets Liabilities and Networth. His registered income was his salary as mayor and part owner of the Honda showroom in General Santos City. That was the time when the marriage of Duterte and his wife Elizabeth Zimmerman. But in 2007, upon their entry to politics, his son Paolo declared in his SALN that had P20 Million and Sarah also had P18M. Both were jobless before they decided to enter politics. When asked where they got their money, Sarah said in public debate that they got the money by way of the so-called advance legitim (inheritance) as a result the annulment of their parents’ marriage. So how can Duterte, whose net worth 7 years before was only 2 Million, raise a minimum of P38 Million which was shared by Sarah and Paolo as part of their inheritance from their father?
DUTERTE CORRUPTION 2006:
• In 2006 his son Paolo Duterte managed to corner the city’s advertising contract for all of Davao City’s center islands. Paolo’s Genesis Advertising which is co-owned by his smuggling partner Glen Escandor was able to secure the advertising deal for FREE! Under the agreement, the Genesis Advertising was allowed to build and operate decorative lamps with advertisement spaces purposely for the Asian Tourism Forum in 2006 at no cost to the city government but they would be given the option to maintaining these ad spaces even after the event.
DUTERTE CORRUPTION 2007:
• In 2007, the Davao City Government under Mayor Rodrigo Duterte bought garbage cans for P200 Million. The small garbage bin which City Hall bought from Duterte’s favored supplier for P6,295 per piece would only cost P2,199 if bought from Department Stores and Hardwares. The bigger bins which Duterte bought for P11,000 a piece is only worth P5,150 if purchased from Department Stores and Hardwares.
• In 2007, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte decided to demolish Davao City’s only sports facility called the Kapitan Tomas Monteverde Sports Center and build a “tree park” instead. For simple concrete walkways and trees that were planted in a 7-hectare lot, the Davao City government had to spend P87 Million! With that amount, you can already reforest an entire mountain!
• Based on Commission on Audit’s annual report from December 31,2003 up to 2007, Mayor Duterte and the City Council headed by his daughter Sara have yet to account for P2.9 Billion worth of equipment and properties which were procured by the City Hall. The COA reported that a colossal 82% of Davao City Hall’s declared assets valued at P2,933,909,784.17 could not be ascertained because of the failure of the city government to conduct physical count and for failure to prepare and submit a reports of such physical count.
DUTERTE CORRUPTION 2008:
• Based on the 2008 audit report by CoA, the Davao City government collected some P180-million for Special Education Fund. The amount is a percentage of the real estate taxes being collected by City Hall from businessmen and real property owners. SEF is a required by law to help public schools. Instead of using the money solely for improving public school facilities, Duterte spent nearly P11 Million in just one month for lavish restaurant parties and groceries. CoA revealed that for just one month, City Hall used the SEF to pay Ayang Food Caterer (P975,000), Yellow Fin Seafoods & Restaurant (P487,000), Lola Maming Restaurant & Catering Services (P487,000), Metro Plaza (P1,603,660) and NCCC (P7.8-million). That 11 Million would have been enough to build 22 new classrooms!
• In 2008, the entire City Council then headed by daughter Sarah was rocked by a pay-off scandal involving a property developer Interbev Philippines Davao which allegedly paid P300,000 to secure a zoning approval. The issue generated a lot of public uproar that Sarah admitted publicly that there was indeed an attempt to bribe the city council. The tough-talking Duterte was silent all throughout and never took any action even just to investigate the issue.
If Duterte becomes President, the entire stretch of EDSA will be filled with Paolo Duterte’s advertising decorative lamps. Cool!
By Ed Rojas- Asuncion
For those interested in the Asuncion Family Tree…
My officemate Chunie Flores’ attended the wake for Otilia Oliva Gustilo (27 November 1915 to 14 December 2015), mama of her family friend – Eric Gustilo. Eric and Chunie belong to BCBP (Brotherhood Of Christian Businessmen & Professionals).
Eric showed Chunie a magazine they made a decade ago to honor their mom, the magazine titled “Otilia, The Shaping of a Beautiful Soul”.
It was published by Otilia’s children some ten years ago to celebrate and honor their mom at her 90th birthday. A lot of articles and photos showed Otilia and her family through her nine decades, her memories, her stories as well as those who were close to her, friends and relatives.
And the book started with a paragraph:
“Asuncion, ‘Galing tayo sa mga Asuncion’ and with pride on her face and the sparkle in her eyes, Otilia narrates her roots once given a chance to talk about it. She is eternally grateful that she lived with a third generation descendant, a great and noble woman of Nasugbu, Batangas in the person of her paternal grandmother, Florencia Oliva Y Zalvidea. She was the twelfth of fourteen children of Canuta Zalvidea Y Asuncion, who herself was the twelfth and youngest child of Mariano Asuncion and Maria dela Paz Molo de San Agustin.”
Knowing that we would be interested in the coffee table magazine, she borrowed it from Eric to show us.
In our Asuncion Family tree we know that among the twelve children of Mariano “Kagalitan” Asuncion and Maria Paz Molo de San Agustin came our ancestors – Justiniano and his sibling Canuta.
We know that Justiniano’s son Zacarias married his first cousin, the daughter of Canuta Asuncion with Zalvidea Revilla.
Now with this magazine, we know Canuta’s other daughter, Florencia Zalvidea Asuncion (Lola Enchang) married Florencio Gavino Oliva. Which means Lola Enchang and Lolo Zacarias are first cousins.
Lola Enchang had four children. Vicente, Carmen, Florencio Jr, and Magdalena. Otilia’s dad is Vicente. Which means Otilia’s dad Vicente is the second cousin of all the children of Zacarias (from first wife Juana Zalvidea and third wife Remedios Ramirez).
Therefore Vicente’s second cousins are Guia, Consuelo, Adonis, Jacobo, Rodolfo, Justiniano, Zacarias, Zacarias, Kenerino and Digna.
The children of this generation (Vicente, Guia, Consuelo, Adonis, Jacobo, Rodolfo, Justiniano, Zacarias, Kenerino & Digna) would be third cousins. For most of us today, this generation would also be our own grandparent (our parents would come after the generation of Vicente). Which means Vicente’s daughter Otilia is the third cousin of our parents. Otilia is third cousin of Gracia Carrillo, Corazon Galang, Paz Ma. Munson, Lourdes “Nellie” Jocson, Flavio Intengan, Andres Sr, Papa Ronnie, Sor Marissa, Kenerino Digno, Isabelita Torella….
Eric and his brother Francis (Fr Francis “Buddy” Gustilo, SDB) would be our fourth cousin. Whew, did we get that right?
The good news is that Eric, his brother Fr Francis and their cousins have kept tract of their line in the Asuncion Family tree coming from Mariano Asuncion and Maria dela Paz Molo, through Canuta Asuncion Zalvidea, through Florencia Zalvidea Asuncion, through Vicente Oliva and his siblings, and through Otilia and her siblings.
I went to research the paintings in this seminary (please see previous story). There is this very old religious painting, nearly 150 years old, of St. Anthony, The Abbot. This painting is said to be the work of Mariano Asuncion, El Menor (that ‘Junior’ for you 21st century people!) ca. 1865. But the painter’s signature and date cannot easily be seen in this oil-work.
The story of this saint is very interesting, he was born in the 3rd century in Egypt. He decided to become a hermit to devote his time contemplating and praying for God. He gave away his inheritance and as an ascetic, he was tempted for 20 years by the Devil. He was tempted with different forms, afflicting him with diseases, boredom, laziness, even phantoms of women, elementals, scary shadows, poltergeist, etc. One day, as he was always successful with his resistance of all these trials and temptations thru prayers and his faith in God, the devil actually had him beaten by his minions. The poor saint was found nearly dead inside the cave he was living in. In the CIN website here was the story goes: “When he began to come to himself, though not yet able to stand, he cried out to the devils whilst he yet lay on the floor, “Behold! here I am; do all you are able against me: nothing shall ever separate me from Christ my Lord.” Hereupon the fiends appearing again, renewed the attack, and alarmed him with terrible clamors and a variety of specters, in hideous shapes of the most frightful wild beasts, which they assumed. to dismay and terrify him; till a ray of heavenly light breaking in upon him chased them away, and caused him to cry out, “Where wast thou, my Lord and my Master? Why wast thou not here, from the beginning of my conflict, to assuage my pains!” A voice answered: “Anthony, I was here the whole time; I stood by thee, and beheld thy combat: and because thou hast manfully withstood thy enemies, I will always protect thee, and will render thy name famous throughout the earth.” The devil then ceased to tempt he no more. He then established a monastery as his ‘devotees’ had increased. After establishing the monastery he went back to the wilderness. St. Anthony, the Abbot is said to be the Father of Christian Monasticism. (source: Catholic Information Network)
The painting I saw was partly restored yet more has to be done as the back of the canvas was nearly covered in molds. We placed the painting on a chair fronting an open window since we cannot take any photo with flash bulb. We first took a photo of the painting then the back part to document the condition of the canvas. I was interested of the parts where the restoration was done, we then took the photo of the painting with its back on the light-source: daylight.
Now here is the tickler, when we got home to my parents’ house, I showed the photos to my sister, while we were intently looking at the 2nd photo, we noticed that more images of evils, elementals have appeared. And this 2nd picture shows about, as of last count, there are 6 more ‘evil-looking’ entities on the painting. There is even 1 more that seemed to have appeared on the back of the canvas!! From the front the painter has painted 7 including the yellow crocodile and the blond woman. The ‘tikbalang’ is more like a shadow but the figure of a horse still appears. Anyway, we think there are 6 more in the ‘shadows’ plus the one at the back!!
One can only surmise what was going on to the painter while this painting was being painted! That question wasnt raised by me, but of the person very much familiar to the painting. I had the same thought, mind you. If you are not convinced about my ‘superstitious’ findings (and not scholarly, mind you! So I hope I am excused by all scholars and academicians, esp. by my professor) I hope you will indulge me. Its just the ‘gossipy’ side of me thinking of these things.
So judge for yourself! Happy Halloween!
Yes, you are not at war with Mary Jane Veloso, she is not your enemy! So please don’t shoot somebody who hasn’t killed anybody, who hasn’t hurt anybody and who was not proven guilty beyond reasonable doubt. This is unfair to a fragile human who did not commit a crime to humanity to be shot by a handful of men with their rifles. How could you ever overkill a woman like Mary Jane Veloso? This act would be over barbaric! Consider the human in you and the grave insult to all of you soldiers and to all your Indonesian women if you would shoot a helpless woman and mother of two little boys.
Be a fair neighbor, Indonesia. In the Philippines, we try criminals and corrupt politicians, imprison when proven guilty but we don’t kill them by firing squad anymore. A brutal and undifferentiated justice system wouldn’t sustain a modern society. The death of Mary Jane would only quench the bloody thirst of a few people in Indonesia, but it would never put Indonesia morally forward, Indonesia would never be a wonderful democratic nation after her death or a model of humanity. So don’t pull the triggers, soldiers! Be gentlemen.
I ask President Joko Widodo and the Attorney General to be gentle and consider other civilized punishment than death through firing squad. Likewise, her death would never make you better people and leaders of Indonesia. Respect a mother, don’t kill her. Killing a human being is an insult to all Religions!
Peace be with you- and to Mary Jane Veloso and her family
posted by jun asuncion
The meaning of the Asuncion clan’s surname
The clan’s name comes from the mystery called “La Asuncion De Nuestra Senõra” or the Assumption of our Lady both body and soul to heaven. This mystery express Mary^s indissoluble bond to Christ (John Paul II’s Encyclical Redemption Mater 25-11-1987). We, the Asuncion’s are invited to praise God for the honor and blessings we received; likewise, fulfill with joy our mission in life as we aspire with tender love to bind our relatives forever, overcoming differences so that this tradition of being together may endure through generations.
Vision: That ike Mary, our lady of the Assumption, we, the Asuncions strive to discover and fulfill with joy our respective mission in life, pray for each other’s sanctification and be channels of grace to others.
Mission: Inspired by Mary, our blessed Mother’s indissoluble to Christ, we are moved to cherish and support one another as we endeavor to praise God and serve others in whatever state of life we are in.
Feast Day: August 15
Prayer: (by Fr. Raul M. Asuncion, Ph.D.)
” We fly to your patronage O Mary, Nustra Senõra de la Asuncion, so that each one of us and the succeeding generations in the Asuncion clan, may grow in our love for one another by imitating the enduring love of your son, which took you, His Mother, into heaven. May we always be united, striving together for the common good and if need be, sacrificing anything that threatens the special grace of our common ancestry. Through your powerful motherly intercession, may the Lord Jesus Christ hear and answer our petitions. Amen!”
Group Photos of the Reunion last January 4, 2015
(to be continued..)
The Asuncion Grand Reunion 2015 shall be held today at Times Street starting at 4:00 p.m. All relatives are invited to join. It is potluck and shall start with a mass.
The organizer is Sor Marissa Asuncion.