• Drug lords sidelines as casino financiers?

    Erwin Tulfo

    Erwin Tulfo

    What’s this I heard from the grapevine that some of the bets in card games at the VIP rooms at Solaire Resorts and Casino are actually drug money?

    Not that drug lords or their lieutenants play in the casino, rather these nincompoops use their proceeds from their illegal trade for loans to bigtime casino gamblers at 2 percent a day or 20 percent a month interest.

    A highly reliable source at the said resort and casino, however, clarified that the management of the casino does not have any knowledge about the transactions between the players and the drug lords cum gambling financiers.

    The source said that millions and millions of cash change hands between some bigitme VIP baccarat players and these financiers every night inside the VIP rooms of the said casino.

    Each financier or drug lord has his or her own territory or VIP room to operate. In short, there is an agreement of assigned areas among the financiers.

    An example of which is this bigtime financier and alleged drug lord alias “Jimmy Ngoy” who controls and operate VIP rooms 1 and 5 of the said casino. When a bigtime gambler needs money and he is playing in the said rooms, only “Jimmy Ngoy” can lend him cash there, my source explained.

    Siblings alias “Oca and Beth Ku”, who used to finance gamblers at the Pavillion Casino along UN Avenue in Manila, now operates at VIP room 9 of Solaire Casino.

    Alias “Jimmy Ngoy” is said to be in the metamphetamine trade while the “Ku” siblings are in ecstacy distribution.

    And there’s also this alias “Susie Ong” who operates in Solaire Casino yet her office is at the 3rd floor of the Hyatt Hotel. Hers is a classic case of rugs to riches.

    According to the story, alias “Susie Ong’s” boyfriend who is a druglord fled the country and never came back after learning that authorities were hot on his trail that time. He left over P300 million to his girlfriend, which she now uses to finance casino players at Solaire.

    I am sure that PDEA and PNP-AIDSOTF will have a heyday when they start tracking down these group of illegal businessmen who turn into “capitalistas” at night and sell illegal drugs during the day.

    Happy hunting boys…

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    Alcala should do a Biazon . . . resign!
    Critics believe that Malacanang will never fire or even ask Agriculture Sec. Proceso Alcala to resign, like former Customs Commissioner Ruffy Biazon, or force him to go on leave, like former Land Transport Asec. Virgie Torres, despite the string of graft and plunder cases before the Office of the Ombudsman against this former Quezon lawmaker.

    Sources said that unlike Biazon and Torres, Alcala was and still is a loyal ally and a very strong supporter not only of PNoy but also of the entire Liberal Party ever since he was still a member of the House of Representatives before he became the agriculture chief of the country.

    Alcala’s department was the implemting agency of the questionable pork barrel scam involving several lawmkers and pork barrel queen Janet Lim Napoles.

    Alcala on several occasions denied having knowledge of fund releases to Napoles’ fake corporations. He blames his Usecs and Asecs instead.

    Aside from the pork barrel anomaly, Alcala is currently also a repondent in several other graft and plunder cases before the Ombudsman and the Justice Department filed by several groups.

    The Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) has filed a graft case against the agriculture chief before the Ombudsman for garlic smuggling.

    The Kilusang Magbubukid sa Pilipinas (KMP), on the other hand, filed plunder charges versus Alcala for illegaly disbursing P65 million of DA funds.

    Rice importers last September charged Alcala before the Ombudsman for grave abuse of authority and graft for directly violating the World Trade Agreement (WTO) on rice importations of member countries.

    Also a Quezon town mayor has filed graft charges against the DA boss for forging signatures of farmers to show they received funds from his pork barrel when he was still a lawmaker.

    Alcala should follow former Customs Commissioner Ruffy Biazon who resigned from his post after being implicated in the PDAF scam.

    Observers, however, believe Alcala will continue to hang on to his job even as he may become a “baggage” or a liability to PNoy. After all, he is a “kapalmuks”!!!



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    1. Arlene Bermudez on

      Simple lang reply ni PNoy dyan sa napakarami at kitang-kitang issues vs Alcala:


    2. Tips such as these are frustrating because it somehow appears that our government agencies are in the dark. Mediapersons it appears are better informed than them. What are they doing then?

    3. when you are head of an implementing agency it is hard to believe that only your usecs and asecs know when funds are released and how these were used and to whom these were given. very hard to believe indeed!!!!!

    4. Alcala may have the Liberal Party behind his back. But Alcala turned his back on the Liberal Party in 2006, when he broke party ranks and voted to dismiss impeachment charges against Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. And, true to form, it was all because of pork barrel! The LP may be loyal to Alcala, but Alcala’s loyalties end where pork begins.