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October 3 2013 5 03 /10 /October /2013 16:14

This is going to be short, but not the least sweet!

Just the other day - that it's still clear in my mind - a distressed friend of mine had this story to tell:

She said she had brought her teen-aged son, who was bent with chest pain and rocking cough, to Iligan City Hospital, late morning last month. As she narrated to me her horrible experience at the Iligan City Hospital, she became livid with anger:

"I asked the attending X-Ray technician, who seemed camatose before his office door, why he wasn't 'moving' to prepare my son for X-Ray, seeing my son suffering before his eyes." - Here, I saw her turn more livid - "You know what was his reply? ... 'You've to buy first an X-Ray film...just outside our gate. The hospital has no X-Ray film, ma'am.'"

No X-Ray film!

... Hearing this, I too turned livid. How was it possible for a city, enriched with so many factories, and with hydro-electrical power supplying nearby towns, be so penniless/way cuarta she can't afford a sheet of X-Ray film?

Then I quickly realized the culprit, who has made Iligan City Hospital so destitude: Porky Napoles (full participation of some of our congressmen and senators) fattening herself with the pork barrel, from which a tiny-winy part should have gone to the hospital.

Iligan City Hospital certainly would have a mount of of X-Rays in stock, as high as her rafters,for Iligan folks and give it out for free!

Shame!

Ay, and to think it is our money (taxes) - Porky and not a few 'honorables' themselves have been salivating on the pork's cholesterol fat.

Greed ... thus, they denied the sick child's urgent need for a single sheet of X-Ray, for a few pesos, and the delay to get a laboratory result, could have endangered the teen-aged child's life, and as well as other child's in the future!

 


 


 

   

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September 23 2013 2 23 /09 /September /2013 22:26

Lets hav dis strayd: did former President & former layt Dictator Marcos's police chief, Mr Ramos, say he handed over da solution to da Mindanao Moro insurgency problem to impeached President Arroyo, and den passed it on to present President Aquino - 'on a silver platter'? Da corect phrase shud be: handed over Mindanao to Misuari on a silver platter! Why do you think Misuari is now claiming Zamboanga as his autonomous territory? Why did he blatantly attack peaceful Zamboanga Hermosa? Because Mr Ramos handed her over to him on a 'silver platter' per aggreement made between da two of dem in 2006! He thinks Zamboanga & Mindanao is his, dats why!   

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July 27 2012 6 27 /07 /July /2012 04:48

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CopyrightCon Most Vile-Help Appeal: Philippine PEN International and UMPHIL: member of both.

 

My historical novel 'The Revolt of Gueremon Tenorio' and short stories were posted in Zamboanga.com-webmaster.zamboanga.com, 2006. This vile deed was done without my permission and webmaster has been selling the novel 'in my behalf',' and filling his pocket what I had sweated and blooded for years. Not a centavo came my way nor a coin jiggled in my pocket since over half a decade ago. I need your help t stop this villain, and to stop him from farther coning other writers. Buen salud, Tony Enriquez

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February 26 2012 1 26 /02 /February /2012 15:01

                                            The Waterlogged Files 07

 

                                                         “A Coverup Most Foul”

 

City Lights

 By Antonio Ma. Nieva

 

Philippine Daily Inquirer, October 6, 1992 Twenty-eight days to the eight year of his death by an assassin’s gun, Cesar Cortes Climaco’s ghost haunts the streets of Zamboanga City, restless, troubled by the truth that is denied him to this day in that other bourne.

It is the truth of rank injustice finally redressed, an eye for an eye, if no at least the consuelo of knowing who his murderers were, and who the shadow that gave the go-signal that sent a .45-caliber bullet crashing into his brain, and most important, why.              

Military intelligence would know and should be made to tell, if somebody can pry them loose from their amnesia. All of Zamboanga knows but not, it seems, the law. It has an even shorter memory and would rather forget as it has countless other depredations committed by “duly constituted authority.’

Climaco is no more than a lingering private grief today, an oft-jammed, noisy thoroughfare renamed from Guardia National to honor a macho mayor as madcap noisy and endeared to all for being ever the guachinango champion to the underdog while he breathed. For the seekers of justice, Climaco is a heinous murder unsolved, a canker of disturbing questions that government is hesitant to give an ear to, then and now.

 He never tired of breathing down on the military for their abuses. He needled them constantly. He broke up their attempt to control the arrastre service, the barter trade. Mainly, he stood up to Marcos.

Gunned down in downtown Zamboanga in broad daylight of Nov. 14, Climaco was made to look like the victim of a vendetta by military investigators who pointed an accusing finger at Pat. Rizal Ali and four others.

It was all too pat. Alih’s elder brother, police Lt. Abdurasal, was killed by airborne troops in a gun-fight that erupted virtually at the doorsteps of the  Climaco home in Sta. Maria while the mayor himself was killed near the Alihs’ compound on Gov. Alejo Alvarez Avenue, toward which – so the military said ¾ the gunman was seen escaping.

Nobody believed it, but there was justification enough for the military to start a firefight with Alih and his men, who had to answer for four more dead, three soldiers and a nurse, after the smoke lifted.

Four years later, the court threw out the case against Alih, et al. Lack of evidence, Judge Tibing Asali ruled, allowing Alih to pass into national notoriety soon afterward with the “Battle of Cawa-Cawa.”

If Alih did not kill Climaco, who did? Common knowledge told a military conspiracy to silence Climaco with extreme prejudice, the mayor being punyal in their side, and the Tal Fulanos looked at U-2 and saw Col. Rolando de Guzman, its head and Climaco’s favorite scatologic [sic] target. He was yanked out of Zamboanga and reassigned to Camp Aguinaldo immediately after the Climaco assassination. De Guzman, a Philippine  Military Academy graduate, is two years dead and buried (with full military honors) slain only July 10, 1992, by agents of the National Bureau of Investigation in a cocaine buy-bust operation in Manila.

Before he showed up in Zamboanga in 1983 as intelligence chief of the Southern Command, De Guzman, then a major, was linked as a master-mind of the kidnapping of Debora Simon on March 26, 1982, for which a Cotabato businessman, Pablo Mangulabnan, and four others were convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment

He was never arraigned, according to the Cotabato newspaper Mindanao Cross, for the simple reason that his military superiors had declared him awol in court.

Brig. Gen. Benjamin Divinagracia attested to it in a letter to Judge Alejandro R. Leopando of Regional Trial Court Branch 13 saying that De Guzman had been “reverted to inactive status effective Dec. 1, 1983,” and had “left the country under an assumed name.”

Two military lawyers --- Colonels Artemio Gumtang and Cesar Nicolas Villanea --- told the court just so when they appeared during arraignment to explain De Guzman’s absence.

All this time, De Guzman was in Zamboanga!

How could officers and gentlemen perjure themselves so callously? How was it possible that then Southcom chief Delfin Castro did not know about it? Is it any wonder that Climaco is turning over in his grave?

It is a cover-up most foul. End

 

Note: The late Columnist Tony Ma. Nieva, as a young student at the Ateneo de Zamboanga, lived on the same street, Alejo Avarez Ave.,  where the assassinated mayor was felled with a .45 caliber gun. The very spot where the late Mayor Climaco fell, now marked with a flat bronze plate, a commemorative shrine, was about a kilometer away from his old house.¾Enriquez   

 

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February 26 2012 1 26 /02 /February /2012 14:53

 

                                                        The Waterlogged Files 06

 

                                                               Murder in Broad Dayligh

 

Time:  November 26, 1984 --So commonplace is violence in the southern Mindanao seaport of Zamboanga City that Mayor Cesar Climaco, 68, tallied the killings on a billboard outside the municipal hall. The mayor, a leading critic of the regime of President Ferdinand Marcos, last week became such a statistichiself as he was shot I broad dayight in the center of town. The assassin escaped. Inevitably, some Filipino blamed the killing on the Marcos regime. During the past two months three opposition figures in the south have been murdered, and many suspect that right-wing military elements were involved.

Climaco had been a constant critic of the government’s human rights abuses. When the President proclaimed martial law in 1972 , he vowed not to cut his hair until “pace and democracy are restored,” and his long white locks became his trademark. Marcos condemned the murder and ordered an investigation by the acting armed fores Chief of Staff Lieut. General Fidel Ramos. That did not appease the opposition. Said former Senator Salvador Laurel. “One by on out lfrd sr nrinhkillf ot eliminated.”   End

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February 21 2012 3 21 /02 /February /2012 05:08

Note: You may not realize it, but you can’t read this during martial law¾’72-’86. I got to read this myself only today as I typed it in my PC, having found it damp and muddy after Typhoon Sendong. Caught reading it then, I mean, during the Marcos dictatorship would send you finishing it in a military stockade and languishing in it for who knows until forever because they had thrown away the key.

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The Waterlogged Files #04

 

 

 

Father of Fairview Residents Assassinated

 

“Cesar C. Climaco Killed in the Philippines”

By Patty Cooper

Of the Journal Staff

 

BELLEVILLE¾November 13 started like that of any other evening with Cesar F. and Sandra Climaco of Belleville readying their six children for bed. Then the phone rang and their world fell apart.

The 9:30 p.m. call reported that Mr. Climaco’s father, Cesar C. Climacohad been assassinated while fighting a fire in the small town of Zamboanga in the Philippines. He was killed by a .45-calibre handgun.

But from the beginning, the Climaco’s [sic] had their doubt’s [sic] about a citizen being responsible for the murder. These doubts were verified later in the week with another call from a friend in New York.

Before the senior Climaco’s death a hearing had been scheduled to investigate allegations by Cesar C. Climaco of election fraud. The call said the hearing has now been cancelled because the only witness was dead.

That’s why he was killed, said Sandra. The United States supports the government of President Ferdinand Marcos because of the free elections. If election fraud could have been proved, the American government would have been upset, she said.

Sandra charged, “while they (the U.S. government) look the other way to murder, torture and civil rights violations, election fraud might reduce the financial and military aid.”

The election fraud stems from an incident several years ago when the senior Climaco physically laid on some ballots that were switched. He supposedly had evidence that would have identified the perpetrators as Marcos supporters.

As soon as the death of the senior Climaco was reported, Cesar and Sandra began making plans to go to the Philippines for the funeral. Shortly after a call told them to stay home. “We were told it’s too dangerous,” said Sandra.

The senior Climaco has been involved with the opposition since martial law was declared in 1971. As a constant reminder, he refused to have his hair cut until civil rights were restored in the Philippines. 

Since that time, he has been an outspoken opponent of Marcos, said Sandra. “Every time there was a death or torture, he would speak out and write Marcos telling him something was wrong.

“Daddy was for a peaceful transition. He would tell what the people wanted.”

If fate had not been stepped in and stopped the senior Climaco, he might have been given the chance to speak for he people.

He had been recently elected to the Parliament in May, an equivalent of the U.S.  Senate. Cesar C. Climaco was also the mayor of the small town of Zamboanga.

The senior Climaco was a long time friend of Benigno ‘‘Nino” [Ninoy] Aquino, who was kidnapped and killed a year ago. Both were opposition leaders, said Sandra.

“He was the ideal Christian. If he had one coat he would give it up... if he had enough, he would give, even if he didn’t have enough, he would give,” she said.

“Daddy knew he could be killed, but he said he would give his life for his country … he believed in law and order.”

Cesar C. Climaco is survived by his wife Julpa, an American citizen who lives in the Philippines: six children, Dr. Cesar F. of Belleville, Julio of Fairview Heights, Dr. Augusto of Belleville, Delora of Belleville, Erwin of Fairview Heights, Lalla of Oregon; and 14 grandchildren.

In his memory a mass was said Monday evening at St Peter’s Catholic Church in Belleville.                                                                                                            End

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February 19 2012 1 19 /02 /February /2012 10:34

Note:Files are drying up faster than expected; so, we maybe able to put in our materials without having to miss a day or two.

 

The Waterlogged Files #03

 

“Philippine Opposition Leader Assassinated”

 

The Dallas Morning News, Associated Press, Zamboanga City, Philippines, Thursday, November 15,1984 ¾A gunman shot and killed the popular mayor of Zamboanga City Wednesday, the fourth assassination of a government opponent in the Mindanao region in two months.

Cesar Climaco, 68,  a leader of the Philippines’ biggest opposition coalition, the United Nationalist Democratic Organization, was about to climb onto his motorcycle after visiting the scene of a fire when a unidentified man came up from behind and shot him below the right ear, police said.

The gunman fled on foot into a field of tall grass, where he eluded scores of pursuing soldiers and policemen, fire trucks and an armored car.

No motive for the attack was known.

“A major blow has again been struck against the tranquility and decency of our public life,” President Ferdinand E. Marcos said in a statement in Manila. Marcos ordered the acting armed forces chief, Lt. Gen. Fidel Ramos, to go to Zamboanga, 540 miles southeast of Manila, to take charge of the manhunt.

­     “One by one our leaders are being killed and eliminated,’ said former senator Salvador Laurel, head of UNIDO. He condemned the slaying as part of “‘an emerging pattern to decimate the moderate non-violent opposition.”

Climaco, a member of the UNIDO council of leaders, was known for his honesty. He bombarded Marcos with almost daily telegrams criticizing the president’s policies, alleging military abuses and Marcos imposed martial law and extended his rule. Even though Marcos lifted martial law in 1981, Climaco said the president still retained authoritarian powers.

Climaco was the fourth opposition member in eight weeks to be shot down in the streets of the troubled Mindanao region, where the government is fighting Moslem separatist insurgents and communist rebels. end      

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February 18 2012 7 18 /02 /February /2012 01:56

NoteNOTE: Clipping was still a bit damp, so we miss a word. Is it ‘courageous’?

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The Waterlogged Files #02

 

“Death Squads Cross the Pacific”

 

New York Times, Monday, November 19, 1984. Not one but three treacherous murders: first Benigno Aquino, then Alexander Orgullo, now Cesar Climaco. It maybe that each crime came as a shock to Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos. But for these and other killings, no one has been punished. It’s as if Central American’s death-squads were taking distant root.

Death squads are an especially ugly instrument of terror. Recruited by security forces, the killers pretend to operate on their own. Thus government can disavow the marauders yet by protecting them still intimate opponents.

Is that what’s happening in the Philippines? When Mr. Aquino was killed at Manila airport in August 1983, the President blamed a lone Communist gunman. His own inquiry has now found otherwise and accused high military officers. The promise of swift, impartial trials is not yet kept.

The latest victims, too, are prominent critics of Mr. Marcos. Mr. Orcullo, the regional secretary of an opposition party in Mindanao, was shot on Oct. 19 by men in military fatigues. His family suspects gunmen belonging to a paramilitary group trained by the army. There have been no arrests.

Last Tuesday, in what Mr. Marcos calls “a major blow’ against decency, a __ (unreadable) mayor in the same province was shot by a single gunman. Mayor Cesar Climaco is not an obscure victim. When martial law was imposed in 1972, he vowed not to cut his hair until it was lifted. Nine years later, when Mr. Marcos yielded a bit, Mayor Climaco cut his locks accordingly, to shoulder length. He was known for such flair but also for effective campaigns against crime.

 

President Marcos has ordered yet another high-level inquiry. But the United States, bound to the Philippines by history and strategic interest, needs to do more than join in the hand-wringing. El Salvador makes the point: “When the Reagan Administration finally passed a blunt warning to its military, the death-squad killings dropped off dramatically.

The United States’ influence in Manila is almost as great. A blunt warning about America’s deepening concern stop the bloodletting.

 

 

Next: The Waterlogged Files #03: “Philippine Opposition Leader Assassinated”

      

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February 18 2012 7 18 /02 /February /2012 01:44

NoteNOTE: Clipping was still a bit damp, so we miss a word. Is it ‘courageous’?

 

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The Waterlogged Files #02

 

“Death Squads Cross the Pacific”

 

New York Times, Monday, November 19, 1984. Not one but three treacherous murders: first Benigno Aquino, then Alexander Orgullo, now Cesar Climaco. It maybe that each crime came as a shock to Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos. But for these and other killings, no one has been punished. It’s as if Central American’s death-squads were taking distant root.

Death squads are an especially ugly instrument of terror. Recruited by security forces, the killers pretend to operate on their own. Thus government can disavow the marauders yet by protecting them still intimate opponents.

Is that what’s happening in the Philippines? When Mr. Aquino was killed at Manila airport in August 1983, the President blamed a lone Communist gunman. His own inquiry has now found otherwise and accused high military officers. The promise of swift, impartial trials is not yet kept.

The latest victims, too, are prominent critics of Mr. Marcos. Mr. Orcullo, the regional secretary of an opposition party in Mindanao, was shot on Oct. 19 by men in military fatigues. His family suspects gunmen belonging to a paramilitary group trained by the army. There have been no arrests.

Last Tuesday, in what Mr. Marcos calls “a major blow’ against decency, a __ (unreadable) mayor in the same province was shot by a single gunman. Mayor Cesar Climaco is not an obscure victim. When martial law was imposed in 1972, he vowed not to cut his hair until it was lifted. Nine years later, when Mr. Marcos yielded a bit, Mayor Climaco cut his locks accordingly, to shoulder length. He was known for such flair but also for effective campaigns against crime.

 

President Marcos has ordered yet another high-level inquiry. But the United States, bound to the Philippines by history and strategic interest, needs to do more than join in the hand-wringing. El Salvador makes the point: “When the Reagan Administration finally passed a blunt warning to its military, the death-squad killings dropped off dramatically.

The United States’ influence in Manila is almost as great. A blunt warning about America’s deepening concern stop the bloodletting.

 

 

Next: The Waterlogged Files #03: “Philippine Opposition Leader Assassinated”

      

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February 15 2012 4 15 /02 /February /2012 12:06

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Did Mayor Cesar Climaco Foresee His Assassination?                       

 

Here is a letter written by the late Mayor Climaco to his vice-mayor, Manuel Dalipe, before he was gunned down in the heart of the city before he was gunned down!  .       

 

                                                                                        January 8, 1982

 

Hon. Manuel A. Dalipe

Vice-Mayor

City of Zamboanga

Dear Manny:

With reference to the intelligence report which I transmitted by telephone to you at about 9:30 last night, please be informed that the same has been confirmed early this morning by reliable official sources.

Against a determined assassin, no amount of vigilance or evasive action can save a target ¾ hence in the event of my death, I am hereby alerting you to immediately take over the Mayorship and, hopefully, to try your best to ascertain and apprehend the killers.

I do pray, however, that you will comply wit my wish to be buried immediately: not exceeding two hours after death; or within two hours after sun-rise, if death takes place at sun-down.  It is my further wish that no coffin be used and that I be interred in the very same clothes in which I had been gunned down.

It is also my fervent wish that I be buried at the Sta. Maria Catholic Cemetery ¾for which arrangements have already been made with the Sta. Maria Parish Priest, and that the services would be simple and inexpensive.

                                                             Very truly yours,

                                                              (SGD) CESAR C. CLIMACO            

                                                                                  Mayor

P. S.

Enclosed is a xeroxed copy of our letter of even date to

Maj. [General] Delfin Castro, which is self-explanatory.

A true copy:

X_____

Senior clerk

11/14/84

                 

  Next week: Waterlogged Files #02, "Death Squads Cross the Pacific," New York Times, Nov. 19, 1984. 

 

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