178th blog … baleleng ng magdiwang sa magdalong nakuratong!

this is not the life of people, but the life of one man in a nutshell, who wants to the president of the philippines if he can have his way.

The year 1995 saw the death of eleven members of Kuratong Baleleng supposedly caused by PACC  in Quezon City. Panfilo Lacson and 33 other police officials were linked and tried for the killing.

The criminal case was dismissed due to absence of probable cause.

In 2008, the supreme court took cognizance of the motion of the families of the slain Kuratong Baleleng members for revival of the murder case against police officials and senator Lacson.

After eight years in the United States, Sabina and Carina Dacer, on July 11, 2008 testified on the mastermind of the abduction of their father.

Sabina swore on the exact words of her father who said “mga anak, kung may mangyari sa akin, walang ibang may kakagawan noon kundi si Ping Lacson'” (my children, if anything should happen to me, no one else could be responsible but Ping Lacson).

Dacer’s family also discovered the father-publicist’s letter to Joseph Estrada on Panfilo Lacson’s 1999 actuation to secure the Philippine National Police chief post.

Dacer was the publicist of then PNP chief Roberto Lastimoso, Lacson’s rival. Lacson’s link to one of the suspects, Michael Ray Aquino, were also evident according to the Dacer witnesses.

“For the nth time, I will assert the truth that I had nothing to do with it. They can lie and make people lie even under oath and before a court of law to make me look bad and guilty in the Dacer case”, Lacson swore.

“In fact, right after Dacer disappeared, the family sought my help…. And I responded the way I should as a law enforcement officer at that time.”

But Cezar Mancao also named Lacson as the mastermind of the murders of Dacer and his driver Emmanuel Corbito,  in an affidavit on February 14, 2009, according to The Philippine Star.  And Mancao was under Lacson that during the murders.

Mancao was allegedly present when Lacson gave the hit order to then police senior superintendent Michael Ray Aquino sometime in October 2000. Lacson denied these allegations, stating that the Office of the President had pressured Mancao to sign the affidavit.

In an interview by PDI, then Transportation Undersecretary Reynaldo Berroya said that Dacer possessed documents showing Lacson was earning billions of pesos from stock manipulation. Berroya was chief of the Philippine National Police Intelligence Group at the time of the murders.

Dacer and Corbito were abducted the morning of November 24, 2000, while on their way to the Manila Hotel. Investigations later showed that the two were interrogated, tortured and strangled to death, and their bodies burned.

Mancao returned to the Philippines on June 5, 2009, and is supposed to be in custody of the National Bureau of Investigation.

On the same day, Panfilo Lacson told the press that he will no longer seek the Presidency in 2010 citing the cost of campaigning. He left the Philippines in 2010 shortly before charges against him were filed in court and his whereabouts for the next year were unknown.

On February 12, 2010, Interpol issued an international notice for Lacson’s arrest. After a year, the Court of Appeals withdrew the murder charges against the senator citing Mancao as “not a credible and trustworthy witness”, then the return of Lacson to the philippines.

Panfilo “Ping” Morena Lacson, Sr., born in 1948 in cavite, is a politician who served as a senator from 2001 to 2013, and was a director-general of the Philippine National Police from 1999 to 2001.

Lacson worked with MISG from 1971 to 1986, during which time he was one of the arresting officers of student activist and martial law critic Abraham Sarmiento, Jr.

From 1996 to April 1997, he was a project officer of Special Project Alpha during the administration then president joseph estrada who also appointed him to head the PAOCTF and to serve as Director-General of the Philippine National Police.

Lacson ran for senator in the 2001 elections under the LDP, which was affiliated with Estrada’s Puwersa ng Masa coalition. He won a seat in the Senate, finishing in the tenth place.

Lacson ran for President in the 2004 general election against the incumbent President, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. His candidacy stirred disagreements with its party president, Senator Edgardo Angara.

The COMELEC decided to follow what was done in the Quirino-Avelino case splitting the certificates of votes into half, but Angara appealed the case before the Supreme Court and reversed the COMELEC decision.

So, Lacson resigned from the party upon hearing the news. He continued campaigning but finished third, ahead of former Senator Raul Roco and Bro. Eddie Villanueva.

A long, long time ago and as a related digression,  the magdiwang faction of katipunan wanted to resume an ancient governance of nobility or maginoo over the  natives luzon that was subjugated by western imperialism of a republican brand.

For about three hundred years, the republic of colonization  by a foreign government and its church covered a whole archipelago that was being branded as katagalugan by the Magdiwang.

Another faction of native mestisos from cavite joined  the bandwagon of the katipunan, and their members called themselves as magdalo, with aguinaldo being their leader.

Factual history said that the  katipunan head in the person of Bonifacio was decapitated by Aguinaldo’s men through deception and political inceptions by the catholic church, capitalistic groups of the rich, and of course, the opportunistic masses.

It just so happened that at present time, Lacson comes from Cavite, while Estrada who put Lacson into the limelight, is from Manila.

Was the government of a president that was Estrada was a dejavu of the past?  Are the sons of tua, lim, lac, bia, gan, sing, que, co, ang and many other blood relations from china and their descendants still in cahoot to erase an authentic heritage of luzon and its true natives?

But Lacson lost in his bid to be the president, unlike Aguinaldo who started a new republic of the philippines followed by the succeeding president quezon, roxas, et al.

Only Estrada, whose maternal ascendancy was from a tagalog nobility, is not included in this list of of mestiso presidents.

Being true to his blood of origin, Lacson persists in the dream of reviving the objectives of  his magdalo roots that brought havoc in the whole archipelago, which are being exposed now.

The same as what a son of lim did by turning his back from magdiwang to back-up the descendants of tua and sing who manipulated the ouster of president estrada.

What we now have are the descendants of cowang and co as presidents.

An example is a well crafted movie being shown with 10,000 titles … to boost the candidacy of the son of lac in a film of deception and confusion, another dejavu?   … but we need to read the story below!

T H E   M A K I N G   O F   A   M I N D A N A O   M A F I A

SHORT and beer-bellied, Aldong Parojinog may not look like the chief executive of any city, even if it happens to be in a far corner of Mindanao.

But Aldong, who in 1995 was the second most wanted man in the country, with a P500,000 price on his head, commands respect in Ozamiz, not in the least because of his determination to clean up the city in more ways than one.

Top police officials led by Supt. Jewel Canson and beside him, Supt. Romeo Acop, were implicated in the 1995 killing of Kuratong members.

Barely three weeks after he assumed office, Aldong launched a cleanliness campaign that resulted to the classification of the city as the fourth cleanest in Region 10, from a consistent record of being the dirtiest.

Businessmen acknowledge that Aldong is gaining the support of the usually apathetic people of Ozamiz. Several surveys conducted by Freeman Mindanao, a regional daily newspaper, showed the people giving approval ratings to Reynaldo for focusing on the city’s crime situation, illegal drug trade, garbage and drainage problems.

Aldong Parojinog now leads policemen in arresting suspected petty criminals. He believes his small victories would usher in a new era of peace and order and vowed an “all-out war” against criminals, the same phrase used by a political ally of Aldong, then President Joseph Estrada, in declaring war against Muslim insurgents in 2000.

POLITICS may not be the only thing linking the Ozamiz mayor with the ousted president according to Indian national Danny Devnani, manager of “Club 419”, later changed to Club IBC.   He also told the Senate that Estrada had links to Kuratong Baleleng, through Aldong’s older brother, Nato.

In a sworn statement, Devnani said he saw Renato, five or six times between 1996 and 2000, in the company of Estrada’s close friend, Charlie ‘Atong’ Ang, and a certain Eddie Boy Villanueva.

He also said he had been pressured at the time by persons close to Estrada and Senator Panfilo Lacson, former National Police chief and PAOCTF head, to engage in kidnap-for-ransom activities so that he could pay off his gambling debts.

In a 15-page affidavit, Devnani said ex-basketball star Arnulfo Tuadles and Kuratong Baleleng member Joel Arnan told him Lacson had “ordered” the killing of 11 suspected Kuratong members in 1995.

He quoted Tuadles and Arnan as saying the group had “wanted to assassinate Estrada and Lacson because of the rubout”,  but subsequent negotiations by emissaries that includes Villanueva averted it.

The deal was Kuratong Baleleng would be allowed to commit kidnappings for ransom, and the group of Lacson and Ang would supply the victims,” said Devnani.

When Devnani was granted an audience in Malacañang on July 4, 1999, he said that Estrada “did not want to listen” to his story,  and  instead gave him a P3 million check dated July 2, 1999.

By then Tuadles and Arnan were dead. Tuadles was shot to death in Club 419 in 1996, while Arnan was arrested and killed in 1997.

Nato, meanwhile, would get to live three more years, before being felled by assassins’ bullets in 2002.   News reports claimed that before Nato was killed he was about to reveal new information that would implicate Lacson as principal player in the 1995 killing of members of Soronda’s group.

Years earlier, the Ombudsman had downgraded the charges against Lacson in the Kuratong case, meaning he was no longer among the principals.

But there was still a case against Lacson and other generals, and when Nato was killed, the Supreme Court was deliberating whether Lacson, who has declared his intentions to run for president in 2004, would have to stand trial.

Lacson has retorted that the attempt to link him to the Parojinog killing is “stupid and insensible.” Nato’s death and the Kuratong Baleleng case are not related, he said.

“My fellow police officers and I have suffered enough,” the senator added. “Some people are hell-bent on putting me away for good using this case and a series of other fabricated, (and) poorly executed cases.”

So far, Ozamiz residents say they are pleased with Mayor Aldong’s performance, noting that he seems to be making good his pledge to rid the city of hoodlums.

But there are those who say Kuratong has never stopped recruiting new members among local petty criminals in Ozamiz, and that the new recruits are trained in the city until they qualify for bigger and more sensitive assignments in other provinces.

Some Kuratong watchers say that these days, there are at least nine criminal gangs affiliated with the group:   the Bana Gang, Bularon Gang, Daroy Gang, Francisco Gang, Ochagovia Gang, Solid Gang, Pagente Gang, Cenas Gang and Bronze Gang.

A subgroup is said to have invested in commercial malls, computer stores, construction companies, hotels and restaurants, pubs and karaoke bars, but only so that these could serve as “fronts” for illegal operations.

In the city that gave birth to the gang, some residents look at the KB as their local version of Robin Hood. In fact, they fondly remember Wilson Sorronda, one of the 11 members of the gang killed in an alleged shootout with the police in 1995. They remember him as a generous person, especially to his friends.

The year 1984 saw the rise of communist insurgency in Zamboanga del Sur. To meet this threat, the military’s Southern Command decided to form an anticommunist group made up of civilians.

The result was the Citizen Security Force Anti-Terrorist Movement of Southern Mindanao, a group whose membership rapidly grew to around 3,000.

The following year it expanded to Gingoog City in Misamis Oriental to counter the insurgency waged in the area by an Armed City Partisan Unit (ACPU) of the New People’s Army.

Kuratong Baleleng, headed by Octavio Parojinog, was born.

Kuratong comes from the name of an early-warning device made of bamboo and used in villages to signal eminent danger. Baleleng is the native term for bell.

Baleleng is not a song but there is indeed a song, a tribute to a native lass named Leleng from tawi-tawi and there was indeed a theater named Leleng in the old Pasig town, but that is a different story.
Let us read the lyrics of that song for Leleng:

Mutya ka ba, leleng, sa katahum                                                                                                                                     Timgas pa sa puti nga baybayon

Sa kasingkasing ka panganduyon
Perlas ka nga angay gyud angkonon

Tila na,  baleleng, layu-layo

Sitangkay ba, leleng,  pasibuto
Bangkaw bunal, baleleng,  matuyo
Urol kaw ba, leleng, pamalayo

Mutya ka ba, leleng, sa talagsaung katahum
Ikaw timgas pa kaysa puti nga baybayon

Kang bisan kinsang kasingkasing ikaw panganduyon
Kay perlas ka nga angay gyud angkunon

Kon ikaw ba, leleng, ang mawala
Kon ikaw ba, leleng, di ko makita

Gugma ko ba, leleng, magahulat
Taliwala ning lawod sa mga luha …

Gugma ko ba, leleng,  magahulat
Taliwala ning lawod sa mga luha ..

Back to baleleng … the KB did not disappoint the military. It was able to “neutralize” many ACPU members and defuse the NPA’s mass base in Ozamiz City’s urban barangays.

The government gave the group special commendations and even issued its members high-powered firearms and more mission orders to help the military’s counter-insurgency operations.

As insurgency-related incidents waned in 1987, the group began to resort to crime and other illegal activities to sustain it.

The “vigilantes” extorted money from Chinese businessmen or pulled robberies. Tourists also became a common target. If one was robbed, local residents advised the victim to go to Parojinog, the “kuya” or elder brother, from whom the lost items could be retrieved for a fee.

Then, president Corazon Aquino ordered the military to disband all vigilante groups nationwide.  At that time, the Kuratong Baleleng was reported to have 316 members armed with 65 high-powered rifles from the military’s armory.

Instead of disbanding, Parojinog and his men continued their illegal activities, including gambling and extortion, to support his group, according to declassified military documents.

Other groups using the name Kuratong Baleleng emerged, expanding their operations from Ozamiz to other places in Mindanao, the Visayas, and Luzon.  Splinter groups later emerged with  former military and police personnel as members.

In 1990, a warrant of arrest was served against Octavio Parojinog for “illegal possession of explosives with destructive arson.” He resisted arrest and drew out a hand grenade. The arresting team had no choice but to shoot Parojinog.

With the death of Ozamiz City’s “godfather,” Renato took over the leadership of the Kuratong Baleleng Gang and plotted to avenge their father’s killing. One after another, members of the arresting team were killed over the next three years. The monster had turned on its creator.

This is another version of the story of bonifacio, estrada, and magdiwang versus aguinaldo, lacson and magdalo;  gremios de naturales versus gremios de mestizos, and republika ng katagalugan versus republic of the philippines …

Patayan dito, patayan doon … katulad ng nangyari sa asyenda ni luisita, nakakatawa, hindi ba?

at ginawa pang pelikula ni padilla ang buhay ni lacson para lalong magulo ang istorya! …                                         o, ito talaga ang kasaysayan ng mga hinog sa palo ni parojinog? …  heheheh …

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