CITY OF MALOLOS—Bulacan First District Congresswoman Marivic Sy-Alvarado calls for a House investigation on the alleged destructive operations of quarry and mining companies in Bulacan’s natural resources as she defended her husband Gov. Wilhelmino Sy-Alvarado over recent order to confiscate in favor of the provincial government pieces of abandoned blocks of marbles in San Miguel town.
Gov. Sy-Alvarado is being accused of “abuse of authority” by a former village official from San Miguel town in the third district of Bulacan in support of the alleged owner of some of the marble blocks he ordered confiscated and kept in favor of the provincial government.
At least nine marble blocks which were found abandoned and scattered along the rivers and road sides in San Miguel were ordered hauled off by the governor to the Provincial Engineering Office (PEO) in Tabang, Guiguinto last October 2010 to prevent accidents as the blocks may roll down to passing motorists and residents.
But, a reported owner of some of the said blocks had questioned the authority of the local chief executive over such hauling off.
Atty. Rustico De Belen, head of the Bulacan Environment and Natural Resources (BENRO) said the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) regional office had allowed such seizure of the said abandoned marble blocks.
Gov. Sy-Alvarado told NEWS CORE on Thursday the marble blocks remain intact at the PEO together with earlier stocked marble blocks being kept there.
The governor had dismissed claims that the provincial government immediately claimed ownership and engaged in profitable discharge of the said minerals.
He said he even post a huge notice in tarpaulin on the said blocks that owner of the said minerals which can show pertinent documents of their ownership on them can claim the blocks within a certain period.
The notice reads “the marble block were abandoned in major thoroughfares and waterways at Sibul, San Miguel, Bulacan. They were hauled here to protect the public from flooding and accident that can be caused by such hazards and for safekeeping. Any lawful claimant is given two weeks from today (October 1, 2010) to file his/her claim at the Office of the Governor of through the BENRO.
According to the Congresswoman, full authority by the LGU’s to issue permits to mine and quarry one’s respective province mineral sites would stop sectors particularly mining and quarry companies from questioning the power of governors, mayors and even barangay officials in intervening in the said issuances for the protection of the natural resources.
The Bulacan solon in a privileged speech she delivered in Congress last Monday had pushed for stronger stake of the LGU’s over the DENR issuances of mining permits and mining operations in Bulacan’s marble and iron rich mountains to give full protection on the province wealth and natural resources.
Sy-Alvarado blamed the DENR’s granting of permits to mine and quarry in the mineral reserve area of Biak-na-Bato without a consent and prior conformity by the Bulacan provincial government as behind the degradation of the province mountain resources yet had only left a very minimal income generated in forms of taxes and local permits.
She said destruction in the natural resources of Bulacan especially in the Biak-na-Bato area today is imminent through the obvious left huge holes and diggings in the mountain areas and the numbers of abandoned marble blocks found along the rivers and side roads in San Miguel town.
She asked the Congress Oversight Committee to conduct investigation to look deeper into the implementation of the free and prior informed consent (FPIC) of the national government towards the LGU’s to clear the delineation and respective shares of the national government from the LGU’s including indigent communities from the tax income from quarry and mining operations in Biak-na-Bato.
“Ang pagbibibigay ng maigting na kapangyarihan sa mga pamahalaang local sa sektor ng pagmimina. The approval of any mining claim by the national government through the DENR must require concurrence of the provincial government through its local chief executive who could be held accountable for any environment degradation together with the mining claimants under the Writ of Kalikasan, the Local Government Code of 1991 and other laws,” she said in her speech.
“There should be equitable and transparent sharing benefits between the national and local governments. The 50% national, 10% provincial and 20% each for the municipality and host barangays) sharing scheme must be reviewed, particularly considering the indigenous people/s cultural communities in case the mining claims fall within the ancestral lands domains,” she said in her speech.
The previous minimal P15 million a year income generation of the Bulacan provincial government from marble quarry and other mining operations in the province natural resources rose up to over P40 million in July to October 2010 after Gov. Alvarado ordered full inventory and suspension of all quarry and mining operations in Biak-na-Bato and other mineral reserve and natural resources in Bulacan.
Affected mining and quarry firms appealed to the governor to honestly pay taxes and permits just to allow them to resume operation that caused the tax and permit generation to rise up to that amount in only a matter of few months.
De Belen today further projected a close to P100 million collection this year based on the initiated now being implemented collection reforms to the quarry and mining sector yet maintaining a preserved and protected natural resources of the province.
The lady solon is also pushing for amendment to the present mining laws to provide social and environmental safety nest for wise management of the environment and the protection of the people particularly the affected communities.
The lady solon also expressed support to the program of her husband for the mining and quarry firms operating in Bulacan to put up their own processing plants in the province to generate more employment and add more revenue collection in the province.
She also lashed out on the DENR’s issuances of permits without the consent of the provincial government as contributory to the killings of individuals engaged in the marble quarry sector in Bulacan.
According to the Congresswoman, The DENR’s earlier granting of Mineral Product Sharing Agreement (MPSA), a 25 years permit to quarry red tea rose marble in the said area to Rosemoor Mining and Development Corporation without consultation and prior consent with the provincial government ignited the murder of two squabbling owners of the said firm
Constantino Pascual, former CEO of RMDC was killed in 2008 in San Miguel town. His aunt who also claims full ownership of the company was strangled to death inside her room in her house in Quezon City last November 2010.
Earlier, Gov. Sy-Alvarado had been battling against such issuance of the MPSA to RMDC following internal squabble of the Pascual’s who are related to each other as aunt and nephew.
Alvarado welcomed the earlier decision by the DENR to cancel the said MPSA of RMDC.
He said the DENR should really stop allowing magnitude or large scale of quarry and mining in Bulacan’s natural resources and leave it to the provincial government province through the permits for small scale mining within 5 hectares area.


CITY OF MALOLOS—Bulacan officials Thursday honored former Labor Secretary Blas Ople as the man behind today’s strong economy of the nation brought by the dollar remittances of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) which he had initiated about thirty years now.
Gov. Wilhelmino Sy-Alvarado led other Bulcan leaders in a wreath laying ceremony and a program at the monument of Ople in front of a building named after him inside the provincial capitol compound here for the commemoration of his 84th birth anniversary.
Alvarado said the Filipino nation and the Philippine government owe it to Ople today as our economy grows stronger each year because of the money remittances of the millions of Filipinos working abroad which was a brain work of the former Labor Secretary from Hagonoy town.
Ople who was born on Feb. 3, 1927 from a very poor family in the coastal Hagonoy town was the Labor Secretary in early 1970’s when he put up the Bureau of Employment Services at the Ministry of Labor and Employment which led to the birth of manpower export of the country.
Since then, Ople had formulated international labor laws and become the Father of International Labor Laws.
He then became a Foreign Affairs Secretary before he became a Senate President.
Alvarado said honoring the great sons of Bulacan and the Filipino nation like Ople which he called as a wonder boy of his time being born from a very poor family yet graduated as an elementary valedictorian and continue to rise up reaching his dreams and serving the country is part of his government’s thrust to enrich the culture and tradition of the province.
He recalled the young Ople who goes to school barely on his foot and without slippers and about to attend his graduation with honors in school without a pair of shoes as a very young member of the Bulacan Military Area command against then Japanese forces who occupied the country.
A fellow resident from Hagonoy town, Alvarado said the Bulacan race is very proud of Ople called as “Amang” by his children and relatives for also being a bright and brilliant journalist and a multi colored statesman.
Former Governor Tomas Martin, also from Hagonoy town who was guest speaker during the affair said Hagonoy would never have a similar son with such greatness that of Ople had shown and done for the country and for the people of Bulacan and their town.
Martin, 89, governor of Bulacan from 1957 to 1961 said Filipinos should always look at Ople as the man behind the manpower export in different countries and should never forget it.
He also hails Ople as an epitome of an honest, no single corrupt act committed during his terms in the government and should be emulated by all the people in the government. “Si Ople ay nanatiling mahirap pa rin hanggang siya ay mamatay, hindi siya nagpayaman at nag corrupt, wala siyang pabaong tinanggap sa gobyerno, iyan ang dapat tularan ng lahat,” he said.
Board Member Felix Ople, former Mayor of Hagonoy also reminded every Bulakenyo and every Filipino of the love and heart of his father for the laborers especially the OFW’s.
“His heart always belongs to the poor and the laborers and he raised us up with that principles of service to our fellowmen,” he said.
Ople died in 2003 as a modern day hero of Bulacan. He was buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani in Manila.
Former Board Member Raul Ople, another son of the old Ople spoke if his father’s contributions to fellow Bulakenyos not only in terms of labor export but including different infrastructures and a huge number of who had benefited from local employment.
Former Labor Undersecretary Susan “Toots” Ople and Hagonoy Councilor Dalisay Ople-San Jose are also the children of the former Senate President and Foreign Affairs Secretary.
Toots who run but lost in the senate race in May 2010 elections had been running the Ople Policy Center which she founded as a legacy of her father that looks after the welfare and protection from abuses and maltreatments of OFW’s in different countries.

CALUMPIT, Bulacan—Eldest and second to the eldest of a brood of four males, brothers Roger and Raymond Dominguez, alleged leaders of a notorious carjack gang are just simple and ordinary sons of one of a wealthy family in a village here and are not known to be involved in any criminal activities.
Ambrocio Talampas, 64, who lives just some blocks away from the brother’s house in Barangay Iba Este said they have not known any of them as carjackers and many of them are caught by surprise when they saw on the news the former young boys in their neighborhood are involved in series of car theft and even murder.
“Halos lahat kami rito nagulat na lang sa biglang balitang ganun, dito kasi mga simple at ordinaryong mga kapitbahay lang sila. Nakita naming mga lumaki iyon at mababait naman sila,” Talampas, a retired employee at a nearby paper mill company in this town told NEWS CORE Monday.
According to him, Roger, 29 was even known to have entered a seminary school and Raymond, 26 actively participates during fiesta events in their barangay.
Talampas said the two came from one of the most few well off families in their village and need not to even work for themselves in order to live because their parents can fully sustain even their luxury living including if they would have their own respective families.
The father of the Dominguez brothers is a well respected retired head of a private financial company and their mother is engage in rice farm business and owns at least seven threshers or rice mills.
However, he said, if there is any truth on what the police accused and charged the two brothers, they are not aware of that because he said the brothers also stay and live for quite sometime in Metro Manila.
A woman neighbor who refused to be named said they also known the Dominguez brothers as quiet and simple residents. However, the woman in her early 50’s said they do not know if the two have been in criminal syndicate operation recently and refused to further give comments. “Mahirap ng magsalita, pero iyon lang, mababait naman sila,” she said.
Betty Dominguez, 54, the mother of Roger and Raymond who was interviewed by this reporter on phone on Monday denied her children are carjack gang leaders and who own the safe houses which were raided by the police where numbers of plate numbers and believed carjack vehicles were recovered.
She said the implications made by the police to her sons to the recent spate of killings of car dealer Venson Evangelista and Emerson Lozano and his driver Ernani Sensil all just came about when the kin of Dianne Santos, a member of the Bay Walk Bodies who was found dead last Dec. 29 points to Raymond as the alleged killer.
But she said that could be very impossible because she only fetch Raymond from the Bulacan Provincial Jail 4pm on that day while the dead body of Santos was found at around 3:45 am right after the north bound lane of the Tabang Toll entry of the North Luzon Expressway.
“Nakikiangkas pa ang nanay ni Rejoice sa kaso laban sa mga anak ko. Dun sila una na-implicate e napaka-imposibleng mangyaring si Raymond ang pumatay kay Rejoice, alas kuwatro ng hapon ng December 29 ng sinundo ko si Raymond sa Jail at ng iuwi ko siya dito, dito siya sa akin nakatira” she said.
Betty said it is at their house in Iba Este where Raymond went straight after his release at the Bulacan Provincial Jail on that day.
She also denied Roger and Raymond’s being alleged carjackers and are the hands behind the said killings of Evangelista and Lozano as Raymond was attending court hearing on previous charges filed against him at the Bulacan Regional Trial Courts (RTC) in Malolos City on the said dates the said victims were killed.

Ondoy-damaged cars
Betty said the car dealer business of her son boomed following typhoon Ondoy where several cars and other vehicles were destroyed b y floods which were the ones repaired and are being sold. She said all those vehicles are acquired in legal process as owners are known and have their own car insurances.
She also denies that Roger owns all the apartments which were raided by the police as alleged safe houses of the two. “Hindi lahat iyon ay kay Ogie, ang dami na tuloy nadamay,” she said.
According to the mother, she owns seven thresher machines and she is in rice farming business and that she can provide for all the material needs of all her four children and there is no need for them to engage in illegal car business just to sustain their living. “Kahit hindi pa sila magtrabaho, kaya ko silang buhayin, pito ang thresher ko at nagpapatanim ako ng palay”.

No longer watching, reading news
Betty said she and her husband who used to read newspapers and watch TV for news and other current events have stopped even making a glance on all the news on TV and newspapers and even hear from a radio station when all the news and implications about their sons came out.
“Hindi na kami nanonood ng TV ngayon, kahit magbasa ng diyaryo o making ng radyo, nasasaktan lang kami at naiiyak, puro mga anak namin ang nasa news. Sa Inquirer naka front page pa ang mukha ni Raymond. Hamo na lang lumabas ang katotohanan,” she said.
She said Raymond was a former computer science student at Centro Escolar University and Roger attended classes and graduated with a degree of electronics communication engineering at the Bulacan State University (BulSU).

Ogie, studious, kind classmate
Jay Salamat, a Bulacan provincial capitol employee who was a former classmate in Automotive Vocational course of Roger in BulSU said they could have not believed Roger would be involved in carjacking operations because they have known him to be studious, intelligent and very kind.
“Mabait iyan si Roger, tahimik at simple bukod pa sa matalino at masipag mag-aral. Hindi kami makapaniwalang magagawa niya ang mga ibinibintang sa kanya. May pagkamahiyain pa nga iyan at parang Mama’s boy,” Salamat said.
He said members of their batch were all just surprised when they saw on the news that Roger is being implicated in the said murders and have series of carjack cases filed against him in courts.

No more surrender for Ogie
Lawyer Joey Cruz who also said he had stopped watching news on TV and reading newspapers with all the bad and negative news about his clients told NEWS CORE Roger’s earlier plan to surrender will no longer pursue today while carjack and homicide complaints are now under preliminary investigation before the Quezon City Prosecutor’s Office.
“Malabo na siguro, unless mag-issue ng warrant ang court,” he said.
Cruz said they expect the elements of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Team (CIDT) who filed the complaints against his clients including private complainants will submit their reply and evidence at the scheduled continuation of the preliminary hearing today.
He said it is still depends on the Prosecutor whether to file a case against the Dominguez brothers in court.
Raising alleged human rights violation committed by the police when they handcuffed Raymond during his transfer from Camp Gen. Alejo Santos here to Camp Crame on Monday night last week when there was no existing warrant of arrest issued against his client, Cruz said he will present Roger to court once the charged are filed in court and a warrant of arrest is issued.
Cruz said the detailing by Justice Secretary Laila De Lima of women prosecutor to review the previous cases filed against Raymond and Roger Dominguez in Bulacan and Pampanga courts is a welcome development to them because it will lead to a deeper re-investigation of the cases that which may even favor the brothers.
Raymond had been charged of eleven cases of carjacking, one of those cases is carjacking with homicide in different courts at the Bulacan RTC while Roger with two dismissed cases of carjacking in Bulacan and nine separate carjack cases in Pampanga. Other cases filed against Raymond at the Bulacan RTC branches are robbery, illegal drugs and violation to Omnibus Election Code (gun ban).
Cruz said all the carjacked vehicles in the cases filed against his clients especially of Raymond’s cases remained missing and were not recovered even up to this time.
Cruz also assail as absurd the theory and claim of the police that they have recovered the burnt driver’s license from one of the alleged safe houses of the Dominguez brothers which they raided.
“Kung ikaw ba ang suspect iuuwi mo pa sa lukbutan mo ang gamit ng isang taong pinatay mo, ebidensiya laban sa iyo yun at hindi mo gagawin iyon,” he said.

CITY OF MALOLOS—This Bulacan’s capital where Barasoain Church is located and once the center of Philippine government as the birth place of the First Philippine Republic is now threatened to be delisted from the historical and cultural heritage landmarks in the country.
Ivan Henares, vice president of the Heritage Conservation Society disclosed Thursday their plan to remove Malolos from the country’s lists of historical and cultural heritage and resources because there were no efforts done by the local government and the people to preserve the marked structures.
Henares told NEWS CORE that structures like old houses and others which are included in the declared part of the historic town center of Malolos, Bulacan as a national historical landmark have been demolished and destroyed.
“Based on tours we have conducted, there were a number of these important structures which were destroyed and some are no longer being protected that’s why delisting of Malolos in the cultural and heritage sites in the country is now being planned,” he said.
In 2001, Chairman Pablo Trillana of the National Historical Institute (NHI) now National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) declared through Resolution No. 2, S as National Historical Landmark and a eritage Town, this historic town center of Malolos covered by the following areas: Paseo del Congreso from the church of Barasoain to Old Malolos Bridge; P. Burgos Street bounded by Enriquez Street and Old Malolos Bridge; Hipolito Street Bounded by P. Burgos Street and Enriquez Street; Cigarillera Street; Pariancillo Street; Santo Nino Street; F.T. Reyes Street bounded by Santo Nino and M. Tengco Street; M. Tengco Street bounded by F. T. Reyes Street and F. Estrella Street; F. Estrella Street bounded by Liyang River and Kanto Boy Street.
Also included in the preserved and declared heritage are the Santiago Cruz House at Jacinto Street, the Pineda House and Aldaba House at F. T. Reyes Street, the Water Cistern and Old Malolos bridge.
The plan delisting is up despite the fact that Malolos City is where the Barasoain Church is located, the site of the Malolos Congress, the Malolos Constitution and the first Philippine Republic later also known as the First Philippine Republic in Asia.
On Jan. 23, Mayor Christian Natividad, a lawyer, first time mayor of this city led the 112th anniversary celebration of the First Philippine Republic held at the historic Barasoain Church in 1899.
Jaime Salvador Corpuz, President of the Bulacan Heritage Conservation Society said Barasoain Church including the House of the Women of Malolos and several other ancestral houses of prominent people of Malolos were also declared as historical and cultural landmarks which have the markers of the NHI.
Corpuz said because of all the said historical significance of the said places and structures, Malolos should maintain its inclusion in the lists and that the local government including non-government groups should join efforts to thwart the plan delisting.
In December 2010, Mons., Angelito Santiago, Parish Priest of Barasoain Church who conducted signature campaign for the return of the church image at any Philippine peso bill was elated on the inclusion of the church picturesque at the front portion of the new P200 bill to be released by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas.
Henares said Malolos officials must act now to prevent them from pursuing their action plan to delist Malolos from the said list.
He said collective efforts must be undertaken.
“There must be efforts for us to see the local officials are doing,” he said.
Natividad however, who had renamed Malolos City under his new term as “The Renaissance City” said the destruction of the old structures did not happen during his term as he only assumed post in July 2010 after winning the mayoralty of this city last May elections.
He said they are now coordinating with the Bulacan Heritage Society for necessary actions to be done.
Some of the old structures were either sold to private businessmen and serve as sites of new modern buildings while the old houses were also destroyed as some private owners reportedly also sold them to investors.
The Paseo del Congreso Street has become a very busy major business site in this city where close to twenty bank branches and other huge commercial establishments have been erected for years.
Corpuz said they are now making recommendatory lists for Natividad and the rest of the local officials of Malolos to be done to retain in the lists of historical and cultural landmarks in the country.
Corpuz cited Malolos Cathedral in this city, Nicanor Abelardo nipa hut in San Miguel town, Maximo Viola house also in San Migue town including San Miguel town and San Rafael churches as among the other historical landmarks in Bulacan marked by the NHI now NHCP.
He said they are currently working for the inclusion of several other vital structures and places in Bulacan that are part of our country’s history to also be included in the NHCP lists.

CAMP GEN. ALEJO SANTOS, Bulacan—Gate security and police movements are back to normal at this camp on Tuesday as carjack gang leader Raymond Dominguez had been moved out and brought to Quezon City on Monday night for inquest proceedings at Quezon City Justice Hall.
Earlier on Saturday night, thinking it is safer to face murder and additional carjacking cases before police authorities in his own place, Dominguez, alleged leader of a notorious carjack gang operating in Metro Manila and Central Luzon and was a subject of PNP manhunt as the alleged mastermind in the gruesome murder of car dealers Emerson Lozano, Venson Evangelista and another victim, surrendered to lawmen at this camp.
Dominguez, 26 from Barangay Iba O’Este in Calumpit town was accompanied by his mother when he brought himself up to police officials at the Bulacan Provincial Police Office (PPO) at this camp past 9pm on Saturday.
His mother later left his son at the hands of OIC Provincial Director Wendy Rosario. He spent his night at the Intelligence Investigation Unit under the watch of its head, Supt. Dario Menor who serves as his temporary custodian.
Atty. Joey Cruz, Dominguez lawyer said Roger Dominguez, brother of Raymond who is also under a manhunt operation by the PNP for the same charges will also turn himself in to Bulacan police officials Sunday.
But while this news is being written Saturday, already a week after Raymond has turned himself in, Roger has yet to proceed with the said plan.

Camp Alejo gate closed
Early on Jan. 23, the gate of this camp was temporarily closed and media members including TV networks channel 2, 5 and 7, NEWS CORE and an Inquirer Photographer from Manila office are prevented from entering the gate.
The gates were only opened in the afternoon when Rosario arrived.
Atty. Cruz who told NEWS CORE Sunday that certainly Raymond will be kept safe at Camp Alejo Santos said the gates are made close on Sunday and will be opened tomorrow (Monday). “For sure Raymond is safe in their arms. He should thank the police,” Cruz said in a text message reply.
The lawyer denying any threat on the life of his client said the closure of the gate could be just one way for Dominguez of taking a rest from visitors including media. “Siguro nag re-rest lang to prepare for tomorrow
Tomorrow is another day,” he said in a text message reply. Menor could not be contacted on his mobile phone to answer query why the gate of this camp was closed.
Raymond told reporters on Saturday night his surface at this camp and that of his brother is not a surrender as he denied the police accusations and charges they masterminded the said killings including the driver of Lozano whose dead and charred bodied of all the victims were found in different places in Central Luzon.
“Hindi po kami sumusuko dahil wala naman kaming kasalanan, hindi po totoo ang mga bintang sa amin,” he said.
According to Dominguez, he presented himself to be under the custody of the police to thwart any attempt on his life because of the manhunt operation launched by the PNP against him.
“Nagpa-custody po ako, hindi surrender,” he said.
But, Supt. Agrimero Cruz, PNP spokesperson based in Camp Crame Quezon City told NEWS CORE in a text message reply that murder and carjacking cases were already filed against the Dominguez brothers along with seven other suspects before the Quezon City Prosecutor’s Office on Saturday night.
The PNP Spokesman said the brothers will be brought to Camp Olivas, region 3 police office in San Fernando, Pampanga or in Camp Crame to face police probers. He said the two may be brought either at Camp Olivas or in Camp Crame depending on the situation.
But on Monday night ( Jan. 24) Raymond was moved out of this camp and brought to Quezon City Justice Hall for inquest proceedings.
OIC Bulacan Police Director Senior Supt. Wendy Rosario admitted to NEWS CORE he and the rest of the police in this camp were relieved of some pressure on the security measure they have to implement and bear during the stay of Dominguez.
“Although we are used to pressure because it is normal to police work, in the case of keeping Dominguez here for quite sometime left us to enforce more security measure and that’s why his transfer to Quezon City gave us a feeling of relief,” he said.
Saying Dominguez has been receiving threats to his life, they have to tighten the security of the camp. “May mga threats daw si Raymond kaya nagdagdag kami ng extra security, mahirap ng masingitan kami,” he added.
With Dominguez no longer seeking police security at this camp, the numbers of police personnel manning the gates were returned to two unlike during his stay it was increased to as many as six to eight each with long firearms and in full battle gear.
Heavy armed police troops both from Bulacan Provincial Police Office and from the PNP regional camp in Camp Olivas, Pampanga on board a number of vehicles escorted Dominguez out of this camp on his way to Quezon City on Monday night.
Atty. Joey Cruz, lawyer of Raymond said he was surprised on the sudden decision to transfer his client to Quezon City. He described the transfer as already an arrest of his client.
Cruz also expressed no conformity with the police inquest of Dominguez saying there is no continuing inquest because the earlier arrested suspects have already underwent inquest proceedings. “It should already be a regular preliminary investigation for my clients. Closed na dapat ang pag inquest dun sa bakla at kasama nito, (referring to Alfredo Mendiola and Parulan) di na pwede open kina Dominguez,” he said.
Menor who served as police custodian of Dominguez expressed a similar relief over the transfer of Dominguez. “Wala na ako binabantayan ngayon, hindi na ako yaya, o yayo,” he said.
Earlier on Monday, media members were no longer allowed to personally see and interview Dominguez saying the mother asked them not to allow more media interviews on the request of her son.
Dominguez spent his two nights stay inside some of the rooms and offices in this camp with heavily armed police on guard.
According to Rosario, despite pressure on the security at this camp during Dominguez stay, the camp is still ready and willing to accommodate Roger if he wishes to also seek initial police protective custody before similar transfer to Camp Crame.
Cruz said Raymond is now at the Custodial Center of Camp Crame in Quezon City and in constant communication with him using the suspect’s mobile phone.
Cruz said he remained the lawyer of the Dominguez brothers in all their existing past cases now being heard in Bulacan and Pampanga courts and the new cases filed against them before the Quezon City Prosecutor’s Office.
The lawyer said he only asked his lawyer friend for assistance to pitch in for him during Raymond’s in quest proceeding at Quezon City on Monday night because he was really exhausted and that he has to attend to his mother that time.
Rosario suddenly replaced Bulacan Police Director Senior Supt. Fernando Villanueva on Saturday for still undetermined grounds.
On November 2010, Raymond made his first surrender to Bulacan Prosecutors and had been placed inside the Bulacan Provincial Jail after the police also launched an earlier manhunt against him for alleged series of carjack cases he committed.
Eleven carjack charges including robbery, drugs and violation to Omnibus election code (gun ban) were filed against him with one case inclusion of homicide before Bulacan courts. He managed to went out of jail on Dec. 29 after posting bail for all the said charges.
Dominguez has been frequenting the courts of Bulacan in Malolos City since on Tuesday including on Wednesday attending court hearings of the charges filed against hi. He is being escorted by heavy police security from Camp Crame Custodial Center.

Carjack in Angat
But, at the height of the police ongoing investigation and operation to solve the said killings of car dealers, Hector Sencioco robbed Aida Illescas and took away her colored blue Honda Civic car with plate number USX 494 in their place in Barangay Marungko in Angat town at around past 6 in the morning Tuesday.
Police running after the suspect led to a police car chase up to Pampanga.
Maj. Irwin Tadeo, Angat town police chief said they received a phone call at 6:45 am that Sensioco living just near Illescas and Apolonia Cruz’s house in Barangay Marungko suddenly barged inside the house and armed with a .38 caliber revolver demanded huge amount of money from the victim.
Tadeo said Illescas wife is a cousin of Sencioco. The suspect after taking away P80,000 cash money from the victims at gun point used the said car as his get away vehicle.
Tadeo said the victims were about to open their Feed Mix store when the suspect barged in.
Rosario said they are still investigating if Sencioco is a member of Dominguez carjack gang or belonging to other carjack groups in Central Luzon.
He said however, what the suspect staged was a robbery hold-up and not intentionally a carjack operation. The car was used as a gate away vehicle, he added.

PLARIDEL, Bulacan— The kin of Johansen Reyes, 24, from Barangay Dulong Bayan this town, one of those who were killed in a bus explosion in Edsa Tuesday appeal for a descent burial for their loved from the government and a descent burial.
Rodolfo Reyes, a tricycle driver and brother of the deceased father of the victim said they were all saddened and shocked from untimely death of their loved one.
He said his nephew is already scheduled to work as a chef in Australia and was completing his studies of culinary arts in TESDA. He has just come to his class in TESDA and was already bound home in Barangay Guadalupe Viejo in Makati City on board the said bus when the blast took place.
The victim with his younger sister is only in their week of stay at their older brother and aunt, sister of their mother in the said place. Their mother, Allie is working in Batangas.
According to Reyes, Johansen is a vey kind young man who has lots of dreams to pursue that’s why despite their poor economic condition still goes to school. The victim he said previously studied at the Bulacan State University in Malolos but unable to finish his studies that’s why he decided to just take up TESDA course.
He said they went to Ospital ng Makati on Tuesday night to check on the dead body of their loved one after Plaridel Police informed them Johansen is already dead.
At about 5pm, he said, Camp Crame police arrived to their house here and informed them their nephew was one of those who were victims of bus explosion but did not directly informed them that he was killed. It was only the Plaridel police who informed them later that Johansen was killed.
The victim’s body remains at the Rizal Funeral Parlor in Pasay City for autopsy, he said.
He said they will hold a one day vigil wake of the victim in Makati City before full wake and burial in Batangas City.

CITY OF MALOLOS— Relieved former Bulacan Police Director Senior Supt. Fernando Villanueva who is a veteran and multi awarded official on insurgency warfare in Bulacan after surviving series of ambush and encounters has denied any involvement in the carjack operation of any groups in Central Luzon particularly the Dominguez gang.
Interviewed by phone on Wednesday, Villanueva told NEWS CORE his relief from his post as Bulacan provincial director was based on series of recent incidents in the province especially those involving police elements and that he has no any connection with the Dominguez carjack group.
He said his family especially his children has been suffering a lot because of his being implicated in the said syndicate.
“Nag-iiyakan na ang mga anak ko dahil sa mga lumabas na issue tungkol sa pag-involve sa akin sa Dominguez group na walang katotohanan. Wala akong kinalaman sa Dominguez group. I was told that I will be relieved based on those incidents but not about the carjack operation”’ he said.
Villanueva was suddenly sacked from his post on Saturday, hours before carjack leader Raymond Dominguez sought a voluntary police protective custody at Camp Alejo Santos in Malolos City to the surprise of many Bulakenyos.
NEWS CORE had asked PNP Spokesperson Supt. Agrimero Cruz on Sunday about the grounds for Villanueva’s relief but did not give any response.
Villanueva suspected other police official may be is that interested in his position as Bulacan PD and used the Dominguez carjack issue against him to justify more his relieve. “Okey lang agawin sa akin yung posisyon pero ang i-involve pa ako at pagbintangan kasangkot sa carjack gang na walang katotohanan, napakasakit naman, particular para sa pamilya ko, sa mga anak ko,” he said.
Villanueva cited the involvement of a San Jose del Monte City police in a shooting incident in a restaurant in Marilao over a traffic altercation, a San Jose del Monte City police who was caught sniffing shabu allegedly within the city hall vicinity, the killing of Baywalk Bodies member Dianne Santos alias Rejoice Rivera and the carjacking of Monica Atienza’s Isuzu Altera last Jan. 12.
He said all those incidents happened during his stint as Bulacan director but he did not take those incidents just sting down.
“Hindi naman ako nakatanga lang ng nangyari ang mga iyan. I immediately acted upon especially on the erring police members,” he said.
Villanueva said he disarmed, relieved and taken of his ID Po1 Richard Guiyab, the San Jose del Monte City police member who was found sniffing shabu and filed corresponding charges against the police involved in the traffic brawl.
He said they were also able to get witnesses in the Santos killing and turned them over to CIDG which is pursuing the case.
According to the police director, it was during his stay as High Patrol Group (HPG) head in Central Luzon when the series of charges were filed against Raymond Dominguez, the alleged notorious leader of the Dominguez carjack gang.
“Kung nakakapag-piyansa ang mga Dominguez sa kaso nila, it is not beyond my control, judiciary iyon, bakit ako ang sinisisi nila,” he said.
Villanueva survived a three days heavy ambush-encounter with communist rebels in Pandi town in March 29, 2003 where his deputy group director in the 305th Provincial Mobile Group Command in Bulacan and some six other Bulacan police where killed.
Prior to that, Villanueva received several other awards for his anti insurgency operations in the province before he was assigned as HPG head.
He was assigned as provincial director in Bulacan to help man an honest and peaceful election before the May 10 elections.
Villanueva has earlier Police intensified visibility and checkpoint operations in all major and inner roads as part of the manhunt operation launched against groups of carjack suspects now being looked at as behind the spate of killings of car dealers and to help deter possible next cases of carjack incidents.
Villanueva disclosed a carjack incident happened that in Hagonoy town last Jan. 12 where the victim, identified as Monica Atienza of Barangay Sto. Nino that town had been taken of her colored gray Isuzu Altera with plate number ZHH-889 by four armed men.

HAGONOY, Bulacan—Police intensified visibility and checkpoint operations in all major and inner roads in Bulacan as part of the manhunt operation launched against groups of carjack suspects now being looked at as behind the spate of killings of car dealers in Central Luzon and to help deter possible next cases of carjack incidents.
Senior Supt. Fernando Villanueva, Bulacan police director said quite a number of police forces have been deployed along key areas in the Mac-Arthur highway, Maharlika Highway and even along the outskirt and inner roads in the province since after the series of murder whose bodies of dead victims were recovered in nearby province in Central Luzon last week and early this week.
Villanueva disclosed a carjack incident happened that in this town last Jan. 12 where the victim, identified as Monica Atienza of Barangay Sto. Nino had been taken of her colored gray Isuzu Altera with plate number ZHH-889 by four armed men.
PO3 Nino Yang, chief investigator at the Hagonoy police said four men came to the house of Atienza at about 1 pm and requested to drive test the vehicle.
Yang said Monica with her two young children, a boy and a girl ages 6 and 7 years old respectively and her more than 60 years old aunt went with the four men in drive test the said Isuzu Altera.
But, at around 4pm when they have yet to return home, Atienza’s sister identified as Ana Maria Santos, 34 from Barangay Sta. Monica already came to the town’s police station and reported the supposed ill car deal.
At about 7pm however, the police received a call from Santos informing them that her sister with her three companions were all alive and were dumped by the four men somewhere in a remoter grassy area in Victoria, Tarlac.
Atienza, Yang said told them the four men on board unknown service car tied her and her companions hands with packing tapes and their face and bodies have been covered by blanket to avoid familiarizing with the suspects before they were dumped in the said area and took away her being sold Altera vehicle.
The four managed to rode a tricycle where the driver kept them for safety at an Iglesia ni Cristo chapel near the area where the nervous victim managed to grab her cell phone and inform her sister of what happened.
Yang said Atienza posted her for sale vehicle in the internet where the carjack group possible have known she is selling the car.
Yang said according to PO2 Willie Tadeo, Hagonoy police who is investigating the case said Atienza and her children and aunt could not recall the faces of the carjack group who dealt with them as their faces and bodies have been covered.
Yang said the four victims remain in shock and trauma following the incident.
Because of the incident, Chief Supt. Allan Purisima relieved Supt. Albert Nocon, them chief of police of this town. He was replaced by Supt. Aurelio Ducay, according to Villanueva.
Villanueva said the call of the PNP to car dealers selling their vehicles in the internet is not to become too trusting to the supposed buyers and not to allow to drive test their vehicle with them or with out them because the vehicle can be taken away and carjack with them included.


BOCAUE, Bulacan—Amidst another sexual assault offense brought up against multi awarded actor Baron Geisler, this time by senior actress Cherrie Pie Picache, he pleaded not guilty during his arraignment of two counts of act of lasciviousness and one count of unjust vexation filed against him by actress Yasmien Kurdi at the municipal trial court of this town Wednesday.
Geisler, standing with his lawyer, Carlo Bonifacio Alentajan pleaded not guilty when the said three charges were read to him by Bocaue MTC personnel at about past 2pm inside the sala of Judge Lauro Bernardo.
Geisler interviewed even before the arraignment denied said the cases filed against hum by Kurdi and what Picache has just brought up were two different issues. He also denied he sexually assaulted Picache and said he was just acting on the character he was portraying.
“Yung character ko doon ay isang unggoy na mahilig magwala at hinostage namin ang mga tao. Siyempre ano ba ang kilos ng nagwawala at nang-ho-hostage,” he said.
The cases stemmed during the shoot of “Suspetsya,” a drama series on GMA-7 inside the Bocaue church and at its compound last May 21, 2009 when Geisler allegedly sexually assaulted Kurdi by kissing her on the lips and squeezed her private part, telling her malicious things and texting her sexual enticement even after the incident.
But, Kurdi who cried right after Geisler pleaded not guilty and could not yet go out of the court to face reporters and TV camera men and during interview said she found the defense of Geisler’s lawyer as weird claiming there was no element of act of lasciviousness in the complaint.
Alentajan who filed early on that day a motion for certiorari to dismiss the case filed by Kurdi against his client at the Bulacan regional trial court in Malolos City told the court the arraignment should not push through pending result of the said cases filed against the actor on the basis that there was no force, intimidation and violence as elements of act of lasciviousness that was committed by the actor against Kurdi.
“Ang weird lang kasi, hinihingi ba ng permiso kapag babastusin ka. Ang dami pang nakalagay sa complaints ko na hindi binasa, katunayan sinapak ko siya pagkatapos niya akong bastusin. Pagkatapos more than a week after nun nagtext pa siya sa akin asking me if I wanted to have sex with him. Nagulat ako, rape lang pala ang may elements ng force, intimidation and violence, ang ginawa pala sa aking pambabastos walang element ng ganoon” she told reporters during interview.
Ferdinand Topacio, Kurdi’s lawyer however welcomed the pushed through arraignment despite and earlier motion by Geisler’s lawyer to postpone it pending result of the motion for certiorari they filed said the arraignment is one way step for success in the cases they filed against the actor.
Kurdi said she could not control her self to cry because the case has been filed months ago and it was only this time that Geisler was arraigned.
She said she has not talked to Picache yet but she is also surprise that she has become another victim just like her. “Mas ibang usapan yun kasi kahit pala mas matanda sa kanya wala siyang respeto at nagawa niya yun kay Ms. Cherrie Pie. Nagulat din ako, kahit best friend ko ginawan din ni Bairon ng ganyan at marami pa pala kami,” she added.
Topacio and Alentajan had almost blew it up during the arraignment when they argued about Alentajan saying there was no element of act of lasciviousness committed by his client against the complainant and should be the basis of postponing the arraignment. “The recital of facts does not constitute elements of act of lasciviousness”.
Topacio burst and accused him of assailing the personal character of his client. In retaliation, Topacio also brought up Picache’s recent sexual offense being hurled against Byron as allegedly a clear proof of the character of the actor.
But Judge Bernardo saying the court may just have to comply with the decision of the regional trial court on the motion for certiorari once it is release days from now and need to proceed with the arraignment.
Geisler who was also in teary eyes and become emotional told reporters after his arraignment that he was caught mum on the incidents happening and the cases being up against him.
“Wala akong masabi, nagugulat na lang ako sa mga nangyayari. Ni minsan kahit saang set, lahat ng katrabaho ko iginagalang ko dahil kagalang galang naman silang lahat at wala akong binabastos,” he said.
“Parati na lang ako hinahanapan ng mali, ayaw nila akong bigyan ng pagkakataong magbago. Mahal ko ang karera ko at ang sarili ko at mga taong katrabaho ko,” he added.
According to Geisler because of the series of the claims against him, he has now come to a point to decide something for himself that he will do to. “Pagod na ako sa mga ganitong issue. It came to a point na nasasaktan na ako kaya may gagawin ako sa sarili ko para matigil na ang lahat ng ito,” he said.
However, he declined to pinpoint if that will be for him undergoing rehabilitation or a legal action against those who filed sexual cases against him.
Alentajan belied claims Geisler needs to be rehabilitated. “Linawin natin, to undergo rehab for what, e mukhang normal naman itong si Bairon,” he told reporters.
Alentajan said he filed motion for certiorari after the Bocaue MTC earlier denied the motion to quash they filed against the cases filed against his client.

CITY OF MALOLOS—Lawyer of Raymond and Roger Dominguez, alleged notorious leaders of a car jack group operating in Manila and Central Luzon who are being tagged today by police as the mastermind in the killing of car dealer Venson Evangelista said the suspects have yet to decide whether they will surrender or not.
Atty. Joey Cruz told NEWS CORE by phone Saturday he had last spoke with his clients on Friday night convincing them to voluntarily yield themselves to the authorities.
But, Cruz said Dominguez remain adamant on the idea of turning themselves in.
“During the last time na magkausap kami kagabi, ang sabi sa akin pag-iisipan pa nila. Ang sabi ko bilis-bilisan ang pag-iisip kasi lalabasan na kayo ng warrant of arrest,” Cruz said.
According to the lawyer, advising and convincing his clients to surrender to authorities is the right thing to do. “Their surrender will shed light on the investigation and one way to also openly give their side”.
Being an officer of the court, asking my client to turn themselves in to authorities is also the right thing for me to do, Cruz added.
He said he told his client they should stop making it hard to the police and authorities who are after them. “Ang sabi ko pa sa kanila huwag na nilang pahirapan pa ang mga pulis”.
However, Cruz said, he could not force his clients. “Ganunpaman, hindi ko sila mapipilit”.
“If they belied the accusations and the charges, harapin nila, prove their innocence. I even told them that it is but natural na kayo ang suspect kasi ang krimeng nangyayari na walang nahuhuli ay kapareho ng mga kaso nakasampa sa inyo”.
Earlier, Bulacan Provincial Warden, retired PAF Col. Pepito Plameno told NEWS CORE that there were fifteen cases of carjack with one homicide that were filed against Raymond.
Raymond, from Barangay Iba O’ Este in Calumpit town surrendered to Bulacan authorities in November 2010. He was able to post bail on Dec. 29 2010. Plamenco said he released Raymond afternoon of that day after completing the bailing out for the said charges.
But, Cruz said he do not know how much was the bail posted. He said Dominguez instructed someone else and not him as his lawyer to pay the necessary amount for the bail.
Cruz also said he do not know if the Dominguez brothers were the ones who posted the bail for Alfredo
Mendiola, a gay, who is a suspected accomplice to the killing of Evangelista based on the investigation of the police.
Mendiola according to the authorities handling the cases of spate of killings of car dealers in Central Luzon surrendered to them on Thursday.
Plamenco said Mendiola who was facing estafa charges was released on bail on Oct. 18, 2010.
Supt. Alfredo Ducay, chief of police of Hagonoy confirmed to NEWS CORE it was also Mendiola who served as an agent who approached a carjack victim Monica Atienza, a victim of car jack incident from Hagonoy town on January 12.
Ducay said the victim confirmed it to him when he went to her house on Thursday to verify if the said gay was the same gay who came to her house in Barangay Sto. Nino on Jan. 12 with other men and took away her Isuzu Altera with plate number ZHH-889.
PO3 Nino Yang, chief investigator at the Hagonoy police said four men came to the house of Atienza at about 1 pm that day and requested for a drive test of the vehicle.
Yang said Monica with her two young children, a boy and a girl ages 6 and 7 years old respectively and her more than 60 years old aunt went with the four men in the drive testing.
But, at around 4pm when they have yet to return home, Atienza’s sister identified as Ana Maria Santos, 34 from Barangay Sta. Monica also in Hagonoy already came to the town’s police station and reported the supposed ill car deal.
At about 7pm however, the police received a call from Santos informing them that her sister with her three companions were all alive and were dumped by the four men somewhere in a remoter grassy area in Victoria, Tarlac.
Atienza, Yang said told them the four men on board unknown service car tied her and her companions hands with packing tapes and their face and bodies have been covered by blanket to avoid familiarizing with the suspects before they were dumped in the said area and took away her being sold Altera vehicle.
The four managed to rode a tricycle where the driver kept them for safety at an Iglesia ni Cristo chapel near the area where the nervous victim managed to grab her cell phone and inform her sister of what happened.
Yang said Atienza posted her for sale vehicle in the internet where the carjack group possible have known she is selling the car.
Yang said according to PO2 Willie Tadeo, Hagonoy police who is investigating the case said Atienza and her children and aunt could not recall the faces of the carjack group who dealt with them as their faces and bodies have been covered.
Yang said the four victims remain in shock and trauma following the incident.
Senior Supt. Fernando Villanueva, Bulacan police director had ordered an intensified police visibility and checkpoint operations in all major and inner roads in Bulacan as part of the manhunt operation launched against Dominguez and other carjack suspects and to help deter possible next cases of carjack incidents.
However, Villanueva would not confirm to this reporter any operation on the house of Dominguez on Friday night.
But, sources from Calumpit town said authorities from Manila were on a watch near the house of Dominguez in Barangay Iba O’Este on Friday night.
Some TV reporters were also on stand by, sources said.
A fully armed number of police forces have been deployed along key areas in the Mac-Arthur highway, Maharlika Highway and even along the outskirt and inner roads in the province since after the series of murder whose bodies of dead victims were recovered in nearby province in Central Luzon last week and early this week.
Because of the Atienza carjack incident in Hagonoy town, Region 3 Police Director Chief Supt. Allan Purisima relieved Supt. Albert Nocon as Hagonoy town chief of police and was replaced by Supt. Aurelio Ducay, Villanueva said.
Villanueva said the call of the PNP to car dealers selling their vehicles in the internet is not to become too trusting to the supposed buyers and not to allow to drive test their vehicle with them or with out them because the vehicle can be taken away and carjack with them included.

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