Resigned DILG Usec. Rico Puno claimed all the charges against him are outright lies. Against that claim are the following facts: 1st, jueteng is going on unchecked. Director General Nicanor Bartolome admitted that.

2nd, Puno is in-charge of the PNP.

3rd, the PNP admits it has been unable to eradicate jueteng. Protection is going on. Sen. Lacson said it is P2-3 million for a PNP Regional Director, P500,000-P1 million for a Provincial Director

4th, Puno admitted he was an “observer” at the meetings, discussing the gun and rifle purchases.

5th, Puno admitted calling a meeting of suppliers.

6th, Puno went to Israel upon the invitation of Israel Military Industry (IMI). He visited their factory and he test fired their guns.

7th, Filipino arms dealer Reynaldo Espineli accompanied him on the trip.

8th, Ramiro Lopez, Puno’s consultant also went with him on the trip. Lopez sat in at the meetings of the Bids and Awards Committee (BAC).

9th, Puno approved the purchase of 60,000 Glock pistols.

10th, It’s been standard operating procedure (SOP) thru the years that in all PNP equipment purchases, commissions are paid.

I am sorry Mr. Puno but your denials appear to be outright lies, too. Where there is smoke, there is fire.

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POLITICAL UPDATE . . ABS-CBN Broadcaster Sol Aragones is running for Congress under UNA in the 3rd district of Laguna against Rep. Ivy Arago (LP), Aragones is supported by San Pablo Mayor Vic Amante and Gov. ER Ejercito Estregan.

Senator Vic Ziga, an original LP leader is complaining that Councilor Edcel Lagman Jr., son of Lakas leader Rep. Edcel Lagman has been picked as LP bet for Congress in the 1st district of Albay over Ricky Ziga, Vic’s youngest son.

Rep. Hermilando Mandanas is being offered an appointment to DOF to withdraw his candidacy for Governor of Batangas. 

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CRIME SCORECARD . . One dead, two wounded at an attempted robbery holdup of an armored van at Alabang Town Center.

At the same time, a grenade launcher was fired at Sterling Bank also at Alabang Town Center, 4 were hurt.

Lt. Arvin Quedding, 28, and Pfc. Alfe Caballes died at a clash with rebels at Talaingod, Davao del Norte.

Carjackers attack again in Quezon City and has taken an SUV.

Chop-chop body found in Makati; 2 dead bodies found in Taytay, Rizal.

Ed Ryan Gloria was shot dead by riding in tandem in QC.

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UNUSUAL ENTERPRISE . . Ferds Medina of Angeles City has a unique enterprise. He is promoting the development of native black pigs. He distributes piglets for free to farmer cooperators, weighing 15 kilos. He then buys them back when they reach a weight of 45 to 50 kilos. The farmer makes about P2,000 per pig.

He has distributed 1,000 piglets and plans to reach 10,000 in 3 years. It was interesting to learn that native pigs make better lechon with crispy skins. They taste better, too.

His enterprise is called, Ecopigs, Inc.

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WHY ALLOW IT? . . DILG and PNP officers keep on giving excuses that the Small Town Lottery (STL) is being used by jueteng lords as a cover for jueteng collections.

So, why is it allowed to continue? 2 years ago, PCSO announced the revocation of STL licenses and the substitution of a Lotterya ng Bayan. Why was it not pushed thru?

It is also a matter of public knowledge that most STL franchisees are known jueteng lords as in Pampanga, Batangas, Laguna, Bataan, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Pangasinan and Ilocos Sur.

Why reward jueteng lords with STL franchisees making them concurrent jueteng and STL operators? Their collectors report only 20% for STL and keep the 80% for their jueteng operators.

Sen. Panfilo Lacson confirmed that STL operators are “dummies” of well known jueteng operators.

It is a clear case of one plus one equals two.

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JINGGOY AT ILOILO . . Sen. Jinggoy Estrada is one of the most invited speakers these days.

Last Thursday, he was the guest speaker at the 2nd General Assembly meeting of the Homeowners Association Savers and Builders Cooperative in Iloilo City.

Councilor Joshua Alim, Vice Mayor Joe Espinosa, Lovelove Baronda and Barangay Chairman National Servando welcomed him.

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BIG AWARD . . The Supreme Court has affirmed the decision of the RTC of Quezon City and the Court of Appeals granting P52 million on damages to the widow and son of Frederick Harper, 30, a Norwegian, who was robbed and killed in his hotel room at Shangri La Hotel in Makati.

The Supreme Court ruled the Hotel failed in its duty to protect its guests.

There have been many robberies of hotel guests in their rooms. Let us hope this decision will cause hotel managers to improve security arrangements.

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TIDBITS . . . China reiterated its claim of sovereignty over South China Sea renamed West Philippine Sea by President Aquino. A Chinese paper editorial said the name change is a “reckless challenge” causing tensions to flare up.

Bishop Camilo Gregorio of Batanes is sending SOS. He said there is a shortage of rice, sugar and diesel in the island province.

Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno called President Aquino to fill up 591 vacancies for judges.

DBP employees are conducting a silent protest at noontime, wearing black shirts. They are protesting the non-payment of their rata for 2 years. They have not received any increase in salary, too.

DOH reports 252,000 teenage pregnancies for 2011. DOH also reported 549 deaths from dengue and 199 from leptospirosis.

Indiependensya Film Festival is going on the UP Film Institute today and tomorrow. Admission is free.

Condolences to the family of former LABAN candidate in 1978, Atty. Romeo Capulong, a well respected human rights lawyer.

Happy birthday to Rep. Aurora Cerilles of Zamboanga del Sur.

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