“What game is the VP thought playing? Ping-pong? Has the VP been elevated to a position not subject to scrutiny by fellow politicians who may be similarly eyeing the presidency in 2016?”
by Ducky Paredes
Francisco Wenceslao of PAMUSA sent me a copy of a letter he sent to the governmnrt. I believe the reader should read it:
“In the pre-launch of the Joint USDOJ-PHDOJ Anticorruption Program (the “Program”) whose MOA is still for waiting Sec. de Lima’s signature and Sec. Mar Roxas’ appointment as program director, Pamusa is receiving offers of assistance from US-Pinoys of long professional practice and experience in law, forensic accounting, public administration, sociology, economics, etc. because of their collective wish to at least minimize graft and corruption in our homeland before President Aquino leaves office.
“As an aside, I regret very much that Pamusa’s and my involvement in the Program and likely investigation, prosecution, impeachment and trial in the Senate of Vice President Jojo Binay for graft and corruption has gone deeper than I would have wanted. The truth is the way the Vice President has presented his case with his star defender and witness, Antonio Tiu, has been a continuing insult to the intelligence of the Filipino people. The VP has labelled the Senate probe on his alleged corruption and ill-gotten wealth as an “inquisition and an abuse of parliamentary rules.” At the same time, he urged Filipinos to take a closer look at the ongoing probe, which he said is being conducted by politicians who consider him (Binay) a threat to their own political ambitions.
“What game is the VP thought playing? Ping-pong? Has the VP been elevated to a position not subject to scrutiny by fellow politicians who may be similarly eyeing the presidency in 2016?
“The abovementioned Program has acquired urgency in view of the Kleptocracy Asset Recovery Initiative (KARI) launched early this year by the new U.S. Assistant Attorney General and Chief Criminal Division, Leslie Caldwell, who naturally wishes to establish a name for herself which is the fastest means to a partnership in a prestigious Washington, DC law firm. In fact, Ms. Caldwell has already to her credit last May’s sentencing to 6 months in U.S. jail of Guatemala’s ex-President Alfonso Portillo for corruption in office and money laundering thru U.S. banks, seizure of a California real estate worth $700,000 and his daughter-in-law’s $500,000 investment in a Philadelphia company from the proceeds of corruption of South Korea’s ex-president Chun Doo Hwan who allegedly received an estimated $200 million bribes during his presidency that has yet to be recovered like Kokoy Romualdez’s, and several kleptocracy asset recovery cases.
“This one-and-a-half-year left of President Aquino’s term within President Obama’s remaining two-year is a great window of opportunity for the Philippines to minimize the corruption, level the playing field for domestic and foreign investors, ensure equal protection under the rule of law, and continue setting up examples such as the dismissal from the service of CJ Corona and SB Associate Justice Gregory Ong with big and small fishes that may include members of Congress, their aides, and other government officials from whom I won’t exclude now Vice President Jojo Binay.
“Based on evidence submitted to Pamusa by abovementioned US-Pinoys, the perjury, obstruction of justice, and patent criminal acts of his star defender and witness, Antonio Tiu, the VP has many sleepless nights ahead of him. For instance, a retired DAR lawyer has volunteered this information that as far as he can recall every sale of agricultural land at municipal level needed clearance by the so-called Municipal Agrarian Reform Officer (MARO) that the land has no tenants or, even if there were, they do not object to the land sale. The MARO clearance will in turn be forwarded to the Provincial ARO if the land is in two and more municipalities which requires publication of the intended sale especially for big tracts of land with boundary disputes which oftentimes is settled only by an agrarian court.
“Question: Have Gregorio Laureano and the other landowners who sold small and big parcels of land to Antonio Tiu gave him agrarian reform clearances as the land may be municipal or provincial or without disputes with neighboring owners and tenants which must be decided by the court? I’m verifying two interesting allegations which please verify the truth also, as follows:
” (1) VP Binay has in the names of his wife’s relatives as dummies U.S. real estate properties, one in Beverly Hills where he stays during LA visits, probably acquired beyond statistical probability of their legitimate income. The monies used must have been deposited and remitted or carried to the U.S. in amounts of over $10,000 which had not been reported to the DHS Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE). The money sent from the Philippines having been deposited in U.S. bank accounts is a crime of money laundering in the Philippines and USA. Worse, the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and related financial crimes may have been violated, such as bulk currency smuggling (the same charge vs. Sen. Lapid’s wife) if no record exists that any cash transfer over $10,000 has been reported with ICE and/or U.S. Treasury Dept.’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN).
“With no such record to show, Mrs. Lapid was fined by the Nevada court that convicted her of bulk currency smuggling the entire balances of her 23 bank accounts in the Las Vegas area. Pamusa has reopened the case because the investigation of Mrs. Lapid’s illegal financial deals was done hurriedly and her plea bargain granted without digging deeper where the money used to acquire their two (2) Las Vegas homes worth at least a million dollars each came from.
“(2) Sen. Bong Revilla’s son, Brian, has been reported to have his parents’ upscale home in LA listed for sale. The senator and wife may liable of the crimes VP Binay and wife could be charged with.
“ Since they probably committed worse and more crimes in the U.S. than in the Philippines, Pamusa has the priority to charge them in the U.S. under the authority granted it by the USDOJ essentially as follows:
“’The Departments of Justice, the Treasury and State actively assist countries seeking to recover official assets misappropriated by kleptocrats. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is the investigative arm of the Department of Justice and we rely on the FBI to do the initial fact-finding for federal crimes. We note that you have previously submitted evidence of corruption to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) field office in Los Angeles, California, and you may wish to continue to do so. The FBI determines when a federal investigation is warranted and may, if appropriate, refer the matter to a U.S. Attorney’s Office or, in the case of the FCPA, to the Department of Justice Criminal Division in Washington, D.C. for final determination regarding legal action.’
”It’s now up to Secretary de Lima to sign the MOA and do U.S. Assistant Attorney General Caldwell a big favor because by establishing the Program, the PHDOJ and Pamusa will add successful recovery cases to the List of Accomplishments of the Kleptocracy Asset Recovery Initiative that will please not only the USDOJ but also the U.S. Departments of the Treasury and State, at the same time boost President Aquino’s and his successor’s legacies to be remembered for a long time in Philippine History.
“Finally, an appeal to Secretary de Lima, I’m sorry if I had been critical of the DOJ’s actions or lack of them. But this should not interfere with our bigger responsibilities to clean up it not at least minimize graft and corruption. It’s still the most debilitating problem of our nation and, unless minimized to let millions of poor Filipinos help themselves out of poverty a different version of history will be written from the rosy illustrations of the President’s drumbeaters by ME!
“When I’m done anyone who I think failed to do the simple task of serving our people won’t have a face to show in decent gatherings.” – Francisco Wenceslao, President, Anticorruption Movement USA, Inc. (Pamusa)
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