ENTERTAINMENT DISTRICT & PERIMETER ROAD NEWS
REASSIGNED/TERMINATED In some of the
best news we have had for a long time, it seems that
the Regional Director for the National Police
Commission, Leon Nilo Aquino Dela Cruz, CEO VI, has
finished investigating allegations of corruption in
the Angeles Police force. During the last two weeks
of January a dozen or so police from Station 4 and
other stations in the vicinity were terminated or
reassigned to districts outside of Angeles.
This positive action coupled with the fact that
there have been no reported police setups since
around December 10th seem to me to signal a new era
in Angeles City and a positive step forward to the
Philippines as a whole.
The Balibago Barangay Captain is
apparently also ready to take on Police Corruption
should it resurface after the actions of the NPC
Regional Director Dela Cruz. With all this
attention I believe the police in Angeles are going
to have to return to the proper mission of "Protect
& Serve." However, anyone that feels they are
being charged with something they did not do should
immediately inform the management of their hotel or
any EXPAT manager in town so we can get them proper
assistance. These might be good phone numbers
to have in your cellular phone or your wallet.
AVE BARS FOR SALE: Gerard is getting ready to
build four new bars on the land between McDonald's and
the Walkabout Hotel. These bars will be 2 story
units with between 185 square meters and 285 square
meters on the ground floor. The second floor of
each unit will have room for an office, stay-in,
and storage space. There will also be one
outside bar (Pattaya style) in front of the four bars. Initial plans are for his
contractor to build the shell of the clubs and for the
renters to finish the interior with their own designs.
Individuals can have the bar built to their
specifications (even adding a 3rd story) if they secure a contract before
construction begins in the near future.
Interested individuals should contact Gerard at the ABC
13 Jan 2009
Annabelle, the floor manager from
Paradise Bar was finally released
after 145 days in the Angeles jail.
Annabelle was arrested almost 5 months
ago when an official from the city
approved her license and then
accompanied the raiding team which asked
for the girl by name. Despite the
fact that the girl had a properly
approved license, she and Annabelle were
arrested and the club was closed.
Several days later the girl in question
was released because she was found to be
of legal age. But, Annabelle was
not released as certain city officials
were reportedly trying to get the club
owners to pay a "release fee." The
charges were actually dismissed on
December 11th. The court finally
signed release papers on December 17th,
but she was still detained until 13 Jan
PHOTOS OF THE
What can I say about this one?
"One in every crowd."
Typical Angeles Door
Goes no where....
Says DO NOT ENTER.....
and PULL to open
Only in the PI.
Is that like a runaway market?
OPENINGS - CHANGES - ETC
SKY BAR is a new 24-hour bar located on the
roof top of the ABC Hotel. This is a great place to
take a date to watch the sunset or to just relax.
They do have a small staff of girls to entertain the
customers that come without a date.
Lewis Grand after dark as seen from
the Sky Bar
Great view of SM from the Sky Bar
has opened to mixed reviews. I tried to
take a look the other night but it didn't open until
5 pm. I'll try to get some interior shots soon
for a future newsletter. It is on Fields Ave
at the former location of the DMZ.
has reopened, this time on Oak Street next to
Roy's Pub. This is a pretty small venue,
but I'm sure it will do OK if it has some of the
same bands as before.
has reopened under new
management. On the day of the grand
opening there were 3-4 Filipino males
sitting out front acting like "door boys."
That put me off so I figured I'd wait a day
or two until I checked it out. Still
haven't been in because they constantly have
Filipino guys sitting outside. Not sure what
the interior concept will be, maybe macho
WILLIE PIGS has moved from next
to Cheers (in the VFW area) down to a space
between Zapata's Mexican restaurant and the
Phoenix Hotel. Willie's was a popular
diner in it's previous location due to the
food being good value for the price. I
believe he will do even better this close to
BOHEMIA closed their doors again in the end of
January due to low sales and labor problems.
Hopefully Frank will reopen in the future as his food
was very good for Angeles City.
CITY STARTING TO ENFORCE SETBACK?
The Anchorage Inn recently removed the front
of their building. Too early to tell
if this is part of the city's move to
enforce the setback ordinances or if the
Anchorage management just wanted to open up
their dining area. In any event, the
regular customers (mostly HASHers) never
missed a drink. Many just moved their
chairs while the wall was being torn down.
Other businesses have been given notices
they must remove frontages that encroach on
city property. This happened a few
years ago, but the city backed off when hit
with the problems of establishments like
Champagne, Typhoon, and many of the
businesses on the north side of Fields Ave
which would be required to remove 6-12 feet
from the front of their businesses (some of
which are barely that big).
CUTS BACK BANGKOK>CLARK FLIGHTS
Starting 5 Feb 2009 Cebu Pacific will cut back
flights between Clark & Bangkok to two days a week
(Tuesday & Saturday only).
SEAIR will begin Clark to Bangkok flights in
May or June 2009. They will be flying an Airbus 320
and prices should be comparable with Cebu Pacific.
IMO this will be better for most people since SEAIR
has an office on Clark and they do not have the
credit card problems most EXPATs and tourists have
with Cebu Pacific.
Photo by CRAIG HAMMERSLEY
The 14th International Balloon
Festival will be held on Clark
from 12-15 February 2009. In addition to
balloon flights there will be a variety of aviation
events from parachuting to remote controlled
aircraft air shows. For more information
http://www.philballoonfest.net/ If you are
planning on being in town that weekend I suggest you
secure your hotel rooms ASAP.
Photo by CRAIG HAMMERSLEY
Sorry, but the ABC helicopter is no
longer available (Update 2012)
WILCON BUILDING SUPPLY has opened next to
McDonald's in Dau. Almost the size of the
WILCON in San Fernando, this store has a great
selection with prices on many items only a fraction
of what ACE Hardware charges. Before you buy any
tools, lighting or building supplies you should
check out this store. But, bring a bag lunch
with you because check out isn't fast. Expect
12 to 15 people to handle your receipt in the 15 to
20 minutes after you pay. Several will be
equipped with different rubber stamps and acting
very important. Then, when you think all is
done, the guard (in a silly looking paper hat) acts
like he is checking your receipt against the stuff
you bought and then he will frisk all the
employees assisting you with taking your purchases
to the car. Security at Fort Knox is not this
||ZERO crime in Angeles between Christmas and
||Click on image on the left to see an article
on Evelyn Davis's appeal on her conviction for
murdering her husband Steve (one of the former
owner of Jade Cool).
Crime rate drops in Angeles City in 2008
ANGELES CITY -- "The 2008 crime situation in the
city has recorded a significant low crime rate
as the year ended," said Angeles City Police
Office (Acpo) Director Pierre Bucsit during his
presentation of peace and order situation held
at the office of Mayor Francis "Blueboy"
Nepomuceno last January 22.
Acpo reports showed that of the 392 total crime
volume reported, 183 are categorized as index crimes
(crime against persons) while 209 are non-index
crimes (crime against property). Of the
reported index crimes, physical injuries ranked
highest with 59 cases. In the non-index crimes,
robbery and theft are on top with 47 and 46 cases,
respectively. "Crime solution efficiency rate
of Acpo was 86.22 as manifested by the 338 cases
successfully solved out of the 392 crimes reported
last year," the reports stated.
Bucsit said Acpo's major concerns at present are
crimes involving motorcycle men riding in tandem and
physical injury cases. "Our efforts will focus on
police visibility at night spots and entertainment
areas, posting uniformed and plain clothes
personnel, conduct of 'No plate, No travel policy'
and 'Oplan Sita' for motorcycle riding in tandem,
checkpoints, and intensification of 'Oplan Bakal',"
he said. Acpo also launched its own hotline
number 888-6731 for help and police assistance,
Meanwhile, City Administrator Mark Allen Sison
vowed to improve the participation of the local
government unit in anti-crime efforts while
appealing to the business sector to cooperate with
the city police.
Balibago Business Establishment Association Vice
President Carlos Basilio and Auditor Baby Pingul
requested a consultative meeting concerning peace
and order situation in the central business district
of Balibago with the city administrator, Chief of
Staff Gerard "Gepoy" Nepomuceno, City Tourism
Officer Angela Flores and Bucsit.
Norwegian arrested in
Angeles City for alleged slay try
| 01/15/2009 3:21 PM
CAMP OLIVAS, Pampanga
- Police arrested a 50-year old Norwegian
for allegedly trying to kill his neighbor in
Barangay Malabanias, Angeles City Tuesday.
Larsen Harvey, a
tourist temporarily staying in 754
Malabanias Road, Barangay Malabanias,
Angeles City, did not resist arrest.
Chief Inspector Rene
Aspe, chief of Angeles City police station
4, said Norma Dalizon Hersia, 35, accused
Harvey of trying to kill her when she tried
to do some chores for the foreigner.
She said Harvey invited her to his house to
do some house cleaning Tuesday. She said she
fled the house when Harvey allegedly tried
to stab her with a knife. Harvey, however,
accused Hersia of trying to extort money
Sources revealed that
the complainant's story is similar to the
modus operandi of a syndicate who preys on
transient foreigners in the city.
Harvey is temporarily
detained at Angeles City police station 4
after being charged with frustrated murder
by Hersia. Jess Malabanan
SECURING YOUR VALUABLES: Again in the
last month I have received two reports from guys
that claimed they lost some money from their hotel
security boxes or in-room safes. One of these
was from a hotel where several other people reported
similar problems in recent months. However,
almost all the cases involved guys that had consumed
so much alcohol they had no real idea of how much
they had in their pockets or their safe. So,
no real way to tell if these reports are true, but
at least one hotel has reimbursed their guest after
he reported it.
I have ordered some locking bank
bags that will be for sale in Margarita Station, but
they are not likely to be available before early
summer. I strongly suggest guys coming from
the USA pick up one of these bags from an office
supply store. They should eliminate and doubt
that someone has been going through your cash or
Last week several cars parked between Happy Rock
and Honey Ko's have had stuff stolen after there windows were
busted out. Individuals should use caution when
parking in this area.
Jury finds 2 not guilty of
running sex tours
By Larry Hertz
January 27, 2009
A Dutchess County jury Monday acquitted
two men accused of running so-called "sex tours" to the
The six-man, six-woman jury deliberated
for about three hours before finding Town of Poughkeepsie
resident Douglas Allen and Norman Barabash, of Queens, not
guilty of promoting prostitution in the fourth degree, a
misdemeanor. Allen, 64, and Barabash, 63, were accused of
helping clients of their travel agency, Big Apple
Oriental Tours, make arrangements to meet prostitutes in
Angeles City in the Philippines.
Following the verdict, Allen's attorney,
Senior Assistant Public Defender James Hill said his client
had always maintained his innocence. "This case has been
going on for a long time, and I'm glad it's finally over,"
Hill said. "An astonishing amount of time and resources were
spent on a case that perhaps did not deserve it."
Hill noted the investigation was launched
by the state attorney general's office in 2002 when Eliot
Spitzer was attorney general, "and I guess we all know how
that turned out."
Spitzer was forced to resign as governor
last year after a federal probe into a high-end prostitution
ring revealed the governor had been a client.
The lone witness at the trial was Dennis
Maddalone, an undercover investigator for the attorney
general's office. Maddalone testified he secretly taped
conversations he had with Allen and Barabash while posing as
a potential client in 2002 and 2003. Jurors heard about 10
hours of those taped conversations during the week long
In his closing argument to the jury
Friday, Assistant Attorney General John Prizzia said those
conversations proved Allen and Barabash were engaged in
arranging sex for money for their clients. But in their
summations, Hill and Daniel Hochheiser, Barabash's attorney,
noted Prizzia had never presented any evidence proving their
clients had any direct knowledge of illegal activity in the
Philippines while they were being investigated.
Minutes after the verdict was announced,
Hochheiser praised the jury for its decision. "Jurors
are generally smarter than lawyers and judges and police,"
he said. "They have a knack for seeing through the politics
and making sure justice is done."
Dutchess County Court Judge Gerald V.
Hayes presided at the trial in the county courthouse in the
City of Poughkeepsie.
ILOILO CITY, Philippines – Twenty-six persons were
injured when a Zest Air plane carrying passengers bound
for Boracay Island undershot the runway as it was about
to land at the Caticlan airport in Malay town, Aklan
province Sunday morning.
Except for a passenger who suffered a fractured
collarbone, the passengers and a few airport personnel
suffered only minor injuries. But the incident forced
the closure of the airport for more than five hours.
One passenger, Rowena Versoza, 40, suffered broken bones
and a cut to the head. She was taken for treatment at
the Aklan Baptist Hospital in Caticlan along with the
other injured, said Inspector Lory Tarazona, police
chief of Malay town, said in a phone interview. Three of
the injured were airport personnel who were hit by
debris when the plane crashed against the concrete
The airport was closed to all incoming and outgoing
flights because the plane blocked the 30-meter wide and
950-meter long tarmac. All incoming flights were
diverted to the airport at the capital town of Kalibo
until the Caticlan airport was re-opened at around 12:30
||Volunteers at JC's favorite charity, the Bahay
Pagbig home for the elderly accepting two blood
pressure cuffs from Aida. These were
donated by frequent visitor David Lillig.
BUSINESS IN THE PI I have 3-4 books full of
suggestions from guys that have never tried to operate a
business in the Philippines. After 15 years at Margarita
Station some things still amaze me. One is the "out of
stock" situation that occurs between Christmas and Chinese New
Year. We have routinely stocked up heavy in December to
prepare for this phenomenon but this year with a new stock clerk
I forgot to inform her. This year during the first 3
weeks of January we were unable to get common items like:
full-size dinner napkins, German style hot dogs, bacon,
many ice cream, Red Bull, sour cream, small squid, pork ribs,
mango juice and orange juice (except in cans-yuck), etc.
We were able to find some substitutes, but only in the PI can a
supplier that has only two products (mango & orange juice) have
neither product for over 3 weeks.
The Returned &
Services League (RSL) of Australia is a Veteran
Organization (similar to VFW ) which has a Sub branch here in
Angeles City. They are very active in community work
raising funds to assist the less fortunate children in this area
and have conducted a number of medical missions in cooperation
with Tony Mamac, the Barangay Captain for Balibago, and with Dr
De Guzman of Community Medical Services.
They are also a major
contributor to the free operations given to Children with Cleft
Lip and Pallet deformities. (Click
here for story )
For more information see their web page at
or call Cell number
General Meeting 3rd Tuesday of
each month and social gathering every Tuesday 2.00 pm at
Only in the PI: I was checking on the
internet for some information on Hundred Islands and
on a tourist website I came across this schedule of
events for the area. Check out the excitement
on Feb 8th!
February 14, 2009
Free Civil Mass Wedding
October 23, 2008
Ampy’s Medical Mission
March 14-18, 2008
Hundred Islands Global Homecoming
February 8, 2008
February 14, 2008
Hundred Islands Hundred Kisses
ORCHID HOTEL - BARRIO BARETTO
HOTEL - BARRIO BARETTO
-- BARRIO BARETTO
Diefenbacher, aka Ben Pinatubo,
was murdered on about 18 January 2009.
The 55 years old retired German High
was found dead in his kitchen by his
housekeeper on 20 January.
According to initial investigations, he died
from massive blows to the head, at sometime
on 18 or 19 January.
According to reports it was a very brutal
murder with "lots of close violence."
The initial investigation said a baseball
bat or a machete was the possible murder
weapon. Later the police did find a
"jungle bolo" with blood on it during the
investigation. There was no signs of theft.
Friends of Bernt were very shocked by his
violent death. Ben Pintubo, as he was called by all
his friends here, was
considered a nice and friendly guy.
HOUSE FOR RENT We only have one,
so book early. You can rent one bedroom and
have the entire house to yourself, or a group of 3 guys
can have a party house much cheaper than 3 hotel rooms. For more