March 31, 2014

School principal in Libog, Sumisip, Basilan allegedly abducted by the Abu Sayyaf

In the morning of March 31 (Monday), a public school teacher/principal was abducted at gunpoint by suspected members of the dreaded group Abu Sayyaf in a town in Basilan. The abductee has been identified as Benita Enriquez Latonio, the principal of Manggal Elementary School in the town of Sumisip in Basilan. This information was divulged by Basilan school district superintendent Dr. Norhaya Abdurahim. Latonio is 60 years old.

Police investigators disclosed that the victim together with several other teachers were aboard a passenger jeepney when they were flagged and blocked by five suspected members of the Abu Sayyaf. The jeepney was bound for Isabela City. Wearing bonnets, the armed men quickly took Latonio then fled on foot. This happened at around 6:30 in the morning at sitio Mompol, barangay Libug in Sumisip town.

The other teachers who were with Latonio in the jeep were left unharmed. After the incident when the authorities arrived there, the teachers were escorted back to the town of Sumisip.

Police and military forces have been alerted and these have launched a pursuit operation to rescue the abducted school principal. The abductors are believed to be under the command of Juhaibel Alamsurul also known as Abu Kik.

This isn't the first time that the armed group has forcibly taken public teachers. They kidnapped Alrashid Jahang just this month in Sulu. The group eventually released Jahang a day after taking him.

March 30, 2014

Controversial Blog Post About Imee Marcos And A London Incident Is Spreading Online

A blog post by a humanitarian aid worker about her encounter with Imee Marcos in London when the latter's late father Ferdinand Marcos was still President of the Philippines is starting to make its rounds online. The one who wrote the article is Caroline Kennedy (not be confused with John F. Kennedy's daughter) describes herself as a "Mother, writer, humanitarian aid worker, theatre director, sometime actress and inveterate traveller."
In the article which she wrote and published in her blog way back in 2010, Kennedy narrates an incident in London when she was given the responsibility to welcome Imee and Tommy Manotoc, Imee's husband at that time. Ferdinand Marcos was President of the Philippines back then. Kennedy and a few people were to welcome Imee and Tommy at the Adelphi Theatre for an event.

Kennedy was very aware then of the Marcos family's alleged corruption and power-tripping in the Philippines. But she said in the article that she couldn't believe her eyes when Imee and Tommy finally arrived at the Adelphi Theatre. They were not only very late but they arrived with an army of uniformed men carrying armalites. Imee and Tommy arrived with seven stretch black limousines.

Here's part of Kennedy's account of the London incident:
"Finally, after what seemed like an eternity, seven stretch black limousines rolled up outside the theatre. Doors flung wide open and uniformed men, carrying armalites, spilled out onto the pavementt. I watched in horror as some of the armed minders rushed inside and others surrounded the perimeter, effecting a cordon sanitaire around the theatre. And, when they decided the venue was safe, they snapped their fingers, whispered into their walkie-talkies and nodded the go-ahead for Imee and Tommy to emerge. 

By this time people in the street had stopped dead in their tracks. They stared incredulously, probably wondering who on earth deserved such a massive security operation. I, too, couldn’t believe my eyes. This was like finding myself in a cheap gangster movie."

Kennedy also narrated how she was curious about Imee leaving her baby (she was supposed to be breastfeeding at the time) and traveling in Europe. She got her answer from Imee's sister Irene later that summer when Irene told her that President Ferdinand Marcos would send a plane from the Philippines to wherever Imee was in Europe to get her milk and back.

Kennedy ended her article with the following paragraph:
"Now I understood why all my friends had been complaining during that time that all the Philippine Airlines flights to Europe had either been delayed or cancelled. The solution was obvious. The presidential dairy run was abducting the planes and flying Imee’s precious breast milk back to Manila. This is when it really dawned on me that the Marcoses lived on a totally different planet to the rest of us."

Click here to read Kennedy's full article about the London incident with Imee Marcos.

March 29, 2014

First Trailer For Hercules Has The Rock Fighting Beasts, Dragons, And Gigantic Boars

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is coming to big screens by the middle of this year wielding a club and sporting a head full of curly hair. As the legendary demigod in the film Hercules, Johnson becomes a sword-for-hire for the King of Thrace and his daughter. King and Princess are in dire need of Hercules' assistance in defeating a ruthless and tyrannical warlord.

The trailer for Hercules has just been released and it has the lead character battling all sorts of beasts from water dragons, lions, and a wild and savage boar which looks like the size of a grown elephant. Directed by Brett Ratner, the film was adapted from a graphic novel titled Hercules: The Thracian Wars. Johnson hold multiple roles in the movie. He also played the parts of Zeus and Achilles (in a flashback capacity only).

It's a decent trailer to say the least. It didn't quite live up to the hype surrounding the film's production. Johnson has screen presence and charisma but this is one of those instances wherein he seems to be out of place. He looks miscast.

Another common source of negative reactions for the upcoming film is the reliance on CGI. They seem to have overdone it. Hercules will hit theaters in the United States on July 25. It will roll into Philippine theaters earlier on July 23. For more information about the movie, visit their website at

Watch the trailer for Da Possessed starring Vhong Navarro and Solenn Heussaff

Actor and comedian Vhong Navarro is set to return to the big screen next month when a horror-comedy film he is starring in will roll into Philippine theaters. Set to be released nationwide on April 19, Da Possessed tells the story of Ramon, a guy who falls in love with his sexy boss. However, their budding romance goes through problems when spirits from another world start possessing Ramon's body.

The film was written by Athena Aringo-Tengco, Antoinette Jadaone and Ays De Guzman. It was directed by Joyce Bernal. It's main cast is composed of Vhong Navarro, Solenn Heussaff, John Lapus, Smokey Manaloto, Empoy, Beverly Salviejo, Joy Viado, Aaliyah Belmoro, Lito Pimentel, Matet De Leon and Joey Marquez.

Watch the trailer for the movie:

March 28, 2014

Watch the action-packed trailer for 'Edge of Tomorrow' starring Tom Cruise

A new trailer for the upcoming science-fiction film Edge of Tomorrow has just been released. Directed by Doug Liman, the film was adapted from a Japanese novel called All You Need Is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka. It stars Tom Cruise in the lead role as Lt. Col. William Cage, a man who must team up with a Special Forces soldier named Rita Vrataski to fight a hostile alien race. Vrataski is portrayed by actress Emily Blunt.

Also in the cast are Bill Paxton, Kick Gurry, Dragomir Mrsic, Charlotte Riley, Jonas Armstrong, and Jeremy Piven.

March 25, 2014

Motorcycle Thief In Antipolo Caught On Camera (Video)

A man was caught by a closed-circuit television (CCTV) camera as he was in the process of stealing a motorcycle in the parking lot of a commercial establishment in Barangay Mayamot, Antipolo.

 GMA News was able to obtain footage of the theft and it shows a man in a white shirt approaching the parking area. He was also carrying a backpack. Moments after disappearing from the view of the camera, the same man reappeared and quickly approached the parked motorcycle.

The same footage shows the man obtaining something from his backpack which may have been what he used to start the motorcycle even though he doesn't have a key to it. About 20 seconds passed as the man tried to start the bike when a security guard appeared. The guard was sweeping the stairs adjacent to the parking lot and he was totally oblivious on what the man was doing. Thinking that the man was the owner of the motorcycle, the guard ignored him and what he was doing.

The thief simply drove away after successfully getting the motorcycle to start. The footage also seems to be very hazy which would make it very difficult for the authorities to identify who the culprit was. This just shows how brazen these professional thieves are in conducting their illegal activities. It's very difficult to ensure the safety of a motorcycle or any vehicle for that matter when a man can just start and steal it in just under a minute.

This Filipino Parody Of Wrecking Ball By Miley Cyrus Is Hilarious

Mikey Bustos has done it again. That is create a Pinoy parody version of a worldwide pop culture phenomenon. He took Miley Cyrus' uber popular song Wrecking Ball, mixed it up, and came up with a hilarious parody video in the context of a kid in the Philippines receiving a balikbayan box from Canada.

Bustos, a Filipino-Canadian who first tasted fame when he joined the singing reality television show Canadian Idol has amassed hundreds of thousands of fans through the videos he has posted on his YouTube channel. He is an accomplished singer and musician but he is mostly known nowadays for his videos on YouTube.

The original Wrecking Ball music video by Miley Cyrus.

March 21, 2014

Worm-Infested, Rotting And Expired Relief Goods Being Delivered To Typhoon Yolanda Victims

Evidence is mounting that some of the much-needed relief goods being delivered to people affected by Typhoon Yolanda in the Visayas region are either rotting or expired. Some of these are even infested with worms and crawling with maggots. In barangay Gacao in Palo, Leyte, residents have received boxes of donations that are not fit for human consumption.

When Panchito Cortez, the chairman of the barangay inquired about the source of the relief goods, it turned out that these came from the municipal office of the Department of Social Welfare and Development. DSWD attempted to retrieve the damaged goods but the barangay chairman decided to keep them as evidence in case he is inquired about them.

Cortez said that when he arrived at the village, he saw his constituents going through relief goods at the barangay hall. “nakita kong hinahalungkat ng mga tao sa barangay namin ang kartun-karton ng noodles, biscuit at mineral water. Paglapit ko, may nagsabi na meron daw nag-deliver na sinabi na lagyan mo lang ng pangalan, huwag mo lang pirmahan,” he told

These relief goods turned out to be unfit for consumption. Cortez added "Nagrereklamo ‘yung aking mga residente kasi inuuod na ‘yung (ready-to-eat dishes), bulok na ‘yung mga biscuit at ‘yung tubig hindi na maaring inumin dahil sa hitsura nito." 

The chairman went to the municipal office of the DSWD to inquire about why damaged relief goods were delivered to his barangay. Municipal Social Welfare Officer Rosalina Balderas admitted that the goods came from their office but she said she didn't have the time to check on them before being delivered because she didn't want to delay the delivery process.

Sources: InterAksyon, YouTube, GMA News

Plight Of Foreigner Supposedly Robbed By Taxi Driver In The Philippines Goes Viral Online

A video posted on Facebook about a foreigner who claims to have been robbed by a taxi driver leaving him stranded in the Philippines has gone viral on the social networking site. As of this writing, the video has been shared over 25,000 times.

In the 18-second video taken by John Carlo Marcelo Bontia, the foreigner named Marty Robins claims that he's stuck in the Philippines because he got robbed by a taxi driver. According to him, his money, passport, and credit cards were taken away from him.

The description for the video shed some lights about Robins' story. According to the description, Robins has been stuck in the Philippines for 7 months now and that he can't get help from the embassy because processing his papers would cost him $170 (Canadian dollars). He said that he doesn't have that amount. He also added that he doesn't have relatives here or outside of the country who can help him. And he further claimed that he has been robbed four times.

Although the response for the post is generally sympathetic, there are some netizens who doubt his story. Some people say that many parts of his story don't make any sense. These doubts and questions include the following:

1) Why would the Canadian embassy not help him as he claimed?  It's strange to think that the embassy would turn him out just because he doesn't have the money to process his papers.
2) He said that he's been vacationing in the Philippines every two months. Surely, during these visits, he was able to meet friends or contacts who can help him out.
3) He claimed to have been robbed four times. Did these robberies happen after the initial robbery wherein his passport and credit cards were taken away from him?
4) Even if his credit cards were taken from him, it's really not that difficult to have them replaced.
5) And then there's this photo:

This photo was posted on the comment thread of the video posted by Bontia. The one who posted the photo claimed that the person encircled in red is Robins. The full description for the photo says:
"mga kababayan yan mr robinson tinlungan yan ng kababayang nting si mr JOEL G. SIGAYA dito sa las pinas tinuring cyang kapmilya pnatira nia sa bahay at tutulongan na mkapag prrocess ng papeles nia pabalik sa canada pro sa kabila ng pag tulong sa kanya nagawa nya png umalis ng walang paalam tinangay nia ung puhunan sa mantika 30k pna bloter n cya dito sa brgy nmin sa imigration at sa embassy nla kya pagpunta nia sa embassy may kso cyang hahrapin si mr.joel sigaya na stress sa gnawa sa kanya ni mr robinson nagkasakit dahil sa nawalng puhunan nia sa nagpost ng video pkitawagan mo rin si mr sigaya ito ang no. nia 09339993948 at vsa mbigyan din cya ng tulong makapag tinda uli ng mantika kasi inutang lng din nia un ito ung katunayan na kuha ito nung nung dec.5 2013 na ksama nia c m robinson ung naka orange yan c mr joel sigaya kababayan nten ipgbigay alm nio n lng po sa mga pulis pag nkita nyo po si mr robinson. kwawa nman po ung maloloko nia. salamat po"
 If this is true, then Robbins is probably not who he says he is. His claims of being robbed four times are questionable as well.

Anyway, here is the video that went viral and below it is the full description. Watch the video, read the description, and you be the judge.

March 15, 2014, around 1 pm, i was waiting for an event in a hotel, i managed my free time to go to the baywalk for some sightseeings and taking some photos of the bay. I was sitting on the bench when i saw this guy, a foreign guy who was sitting alone with a bottle of water, he got my attention when i saw his feet has wounds and swollen. He was staring at me like he wants to say something to me. I pulled out my camera for some bay shots then he called me and said

"Please take my picture and post it on Facebook" at first, it startled me and then I walked towards him and took a photo. And I asked him "What happened to you sir?".

He told me that he's been here in the Philippines for 7 months because some taxi driver robbed him and took all his belongings like credit cards, cash, passport, etc.

And I asked him if he went to the embassy or a network station.

He said "The embassy said to me that I needed 170 canadian dollars to process my passport, and I don't know where to get that kind of money and about the network station, I tried to go there but they put me in the bottom list."

After that I asked him "Do you have any relatives here or outside the country?"

He said "I don't have relatives here or outside the country, my parents passed away last year, I came here every two months to go for a vacation, I don't have kids, I'm the only son my parents had."

Lastly I asked him "Any message you want to add?"

"My name is Marty Robins, my facebook account is I don't do drugs, I'm a God fearing person, I never lie. I've been here for 7 months, i got robbed 4 times,The taxi driver took my passport, my money, my credit cards. He took my LIFE but not my SPIRIT. Thank you for your time."

March 17, 2014

Da Possessed: Filipino/Tagalog Movie Starring Vhong Navarro And Solenn Heussaff

Da Possessed is an upcoming Filipino horror-comedy film starring Vhong Navarro and Solenn Heussaff. It's being directed by Joyce Bernal and produced by Star Cinema.

Star Cinema described Navarro's character as "Actor-host Vhong Navarro is considered as one of the best dressed men in showbiz. However, in his upcoming movie "Da Possessed," Vhong's style goes haywire complete with a moptop hairstyle and atrocious denture." Heussaff is playing a character who goes by the name of Anna.

Other rumored members of the cast are Angel Locsin and John Lapus.

Solenn Heussaff as Anna on Da Possessed; Photo via Instagram

March 16, 2014

Frontrow Review: A Former Member Of Frontrow Philippines Speaks Up

A former member of Frontrow Philippines left a comment on our own review of the company and the business opportunity it's offering. We are republishing the comment he/she left because we find it to be very informative and detailed. We hope that this will reach more people so that they will be better informed.

Here's the comment in full:

Hi since I saw this, I just want to add my inputs (I became a member of this company through hype. I know, stupid me, I'm never one to lament my failures). Anyway, I quit (just didn't show up anymore, the reasons why will be made clear). There is no refund for the membership fee.

Here are some points:

1. They have products and they are good yes. However, the compensation plan is focused on recruitment. Which in the long run is not sustainable. This is the reason why other multi-level marketing companies don't use the binary system because think about it, the more people you recruit into the system the less buyers you'll have. Unless the owners change this expect this to collapse. Binary plans feature an exponential increase in recruitment however it will plateau because a)limited number of recruitment possible and b)perceived market saturation. No buyer will want to be part of it.

2.It is literally and figuratively a cult. Seriously, if you want to earn there you're going to have to really work hard on recruiting and inviting people to join up. And don't let those millionaires fool you. They work harder because they have to convince people to join. Remember that Frontrow's compensation plan is based on the binary system with a corresponding pairing (meaning if recruit a from the left side has a direct referral, and recruit b from the right side has a direct referral. The system will match these referrals and give you a bonus)

3. They are legal yes but I can honestly say some of their members are unethical. If you check some of the FB profiles of the high-earners (those earning P20,000.00 per week) they'll state they studied in La Salle or some big university. That is a lie. Majority of them went to schools like STI. Some are even drop-outs. This is to create the illusion that they are respectable.

4. The working hours. In their opportunity seminars, they'll say you are your own boss. This again is a lie. You actually have to stay in the office up until 2:00 am because of the many meetings and get-togethers. They'll say it's not required but honestly you'll be living in the office. It actually exceeds the normal 8 hours of a regular job. Again, don't let those millionaires fool you. They make it seem easy because they have to.

5. What the speakers don't say is that they have prior experience in other networking companies. They'll say that they succeeded in under 2 years in Frontrow. What they don't include is their prior experience in other companies. It's a very hard road to be a professional networker.

6. Again don't let the millionaires fool you. Sure they may have made millions however that came out of majority of members who quit. I actually invite the millionaires to not contact their members and downlines. They keep on harping about "financial freedom". Well, let's see it then. Don't contact your members let's see if they're still free.

Don't get me wrong ah, I have nothing against Frontrow. I am stating some facts and research. It's up to you if you want to join however I've outlined the real Frontrow. The one they don't advertise.

Oh as follow-up, they'll show you that it's possible to earn P10,000,000.00 in 2 years. Yes, mathematically it's possible however it doesn't take into account the reality of market forces and perceived market saturation.

Honestly, the amount of effort you have to put it here is so much that it's really not worth it fronting up P4,000.00.

March 14, 2014

iWriter Review: An Honest And Unbiased Review Of iWriter

Before anything else, what exactly is iWriter and what is in it for you? In a nutshell, it's a website which allows content creators and content buyers to buy and sell articles. Let's say you have a website or a blog and you badly need content for it. This is where iWriter comes into the picture. Just sign up with the site and request for the article that you need. Writers in the site will then work on your requested article. If you like what a writer wrote, you can accept it and the writer get paid. If you are not satisfied with the article, you can request for a rewrite or you can reject it.

In this iWriter review, we're going to focus on the perspective of someone who needs articles for his or her website. The very first thing you'll notice with iWriter is the ease in signing up and in using it. In just a matter of a few minutes, you can have your requested articles up and running. It's very quick and hassle-free. Depending on how fast a writer claims your requested article, you can have the article delivered in just a matter of hours. With that said, if you need articles fast, iWriter is the service provider you should go with.

With regards to price, iWriter offers the most affordable writing services. You can have a high-quality 500-word article delivered to you at just $3. However, you need to understand that there are three types of writers on iWriter. These are the Standard, Premium and Elite writers. Needless to say, the price for articles will depend on the status of the writer. If you want articles of the best quality, you should request your articles from Elite writers. Their services will cost you more but you get exactly what you need.

Of course, this iWriter review won't be complete without mentioning the diversity of articles that you can request from the site. The hundreds of writers currently writing for the site can write on just about any topic. With that said, whatever niche you are into, there will always be a writer who will be knowledgeable enough to write the articles for you. Additionally, you can also request articles written in languages other than English. You can request for articles in French, Spanish,etc. And last but not the least, you can submit already existing articles and request for them to be rewritten. As an added advantage, article rewriting on iWriter cost less compared to requesting an original article.
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