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Firemen demoralized over promotions scam

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LOCAL firemen belonging to the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) and volunteer organizations are said to be demoralized over an alleged malpractice in the agency involving the “fixing” of promotions for favored applicants.

“This is an anomaly that is no longer a secret. The rules are bent or even tailored fit for favored applicants for promotion to the detriment of hundreds, if not thousands of BFP personal who dreams of climbing up the ladder. This affects the morale of our personnel,” said lawyer Ernesto Pagdanganan, the chief of the BFP legal affairs.

In an exclusive interview with The Manila Times, Pagdanganan named former BFP director Ariel Barayuga as the one behind the recent rigging of the promotions system, which is punishable by law.

The BFP official said a “complaint against unlawful and anomalous promotion system” will be filed against Barayuga, who has just retired.


“On 13 February 2016, 455 applicants for lateral entry took the qualifying examinations conducted by the BFP. Out of 455, only 239 allegedly passed the examination. At this very early point in time, the anomaly is very apparent because at the time, the Personnel Selection and Promotion Board (PSPB) has not yet issued any resolution specifying the passing rate in this qualifying examination,” Pagdanganan narrated.

Upon the orders of Barayuga, a Committee of Examiners Resolution No. 2016-001 was merely antedated to cover up this serious error, the lawyer alleged. He claimed that the resolution “was received and entered in the official logbook only on 23 February 2016.”

“The Official Logbook of the Office of the Fire Chief would corroborate this antedating as it was entered as item 240 in the said logbook only on February 23, 2016. This is a very serious violation of the Civil Service Rules,” he explained.

He further alleged that on February 15, 2016, the 239 applicants submitted themselves to the Physical Agility Test (PAT). Out of the 239, only 235 allegedly passed the PAT. The 235 also passed the interview stage.

On March 7, 2016, only 32 out of 235 were required to undergo the neuro-psychiatric exam (NPE) and drug test. Out of the 32 applicants, three from Region 3 failed the test as they were rated “NOT RECOMMENDED”. The three applicants who failed applied for the positions of dentist, criminologist and legal researcher.

“Surprisingly, instead of recommending alternate applicants after disqualifying the three, then BFP chief, Director Ariel A. Barayuga appointed these three applicants as FIRE INSPECTORS despite failure to pass the NPE,” Pagdanganan also claimed.

“To cover up this serious violation, the Board Secretariat headed by CINSP Peter Sean Atup caused it to appear that these three applicants passed the NPE. This is another unconscionable violation of the BFP and CSC [Civil Service Commission] rules,” he further alleged.

Pagdanganan furnished The Manila Times with several documents to support his allegations, including photocopies of records from Maezelle Psycho Metier and Diagnostic Center located at #267 Unit 2 Chua Bldg., P. Tuazon, Cubao, Quezon City, showing that the three were rated “NOT RECOMMENDED” for promotion or enlistment.

Barayuga, he said, left the country on March 21 for the US to join his wife. The next day, March 22, Atup sought Pagdanganan’s opinion to determine who were disqualified from promotion for reason of nepotism. The legal affairs chief issued the requested opinion on the same day.

On March 28, 2016, upon the return of Barayuga, a meeting was conducted by the Personnel Selection and Promotion Board to determine who among the remaining 32 applicants would be appointed as fire inspectors.

“I opposed the idea of making any promotion that time in view of the prohibition under the Omnibus Election Code. Under Rule II, Section 1 of Commission on Elections Resolution No. 10030 promulgated on 22 December 2015, promotion or giving of salary increase was absolutely prohibited effective March 25 until May 8, 2016,” Pagdanganan said.

Surprisingly, that very same afternoon of March 28, 2016, despite the effectivity of the election ban on promotion, the then BFP chief still appointed the 28 applicants. It was also on the same date that the 28 applicants took their oath and assumed office.

“This is the very first time in the history of the BFP that newly appointed officers were appointed and sworn into office without taking their oath in public, traditionally at the ground floor lobby, and without any single photograph to document the occasion. These appointments are null and void under Comelec Resolution No. 10030,” Pagdanganan said.

The legal affairs chief said he inquired with the poll body to seek clarification on whether an exemption for promotion has been granted by the commission, to which the agency replied in the negative.

“All the appointments must be considered null and void,” Pagdanganan said.

Faced with sanctions, the lawyer claimed BFP officials headed by Barayuga again antedated the appointments to March 21 ”to conceal the violation on election ban on promotion.”

“How come the son of the incumbent BFP COA [Commission on Audit] Resident Auditor, very junior among the applicants (Fire Officer 2 Marvin Mari), was included in the appointees when resident auditors are prohibited from asking favor to those agencies they serve? How come a newly absorbed Fire Officer 1 (FO1 Nicolo Verdadero), without any training yet, the most junior in the batch, was likewise appointed?” the BFP official added.

He explained that antedating of appointments, aside from being null and void, would cause injury to the government because the BFP would be paying for the days they did not serve because of antedating.

“In reality, the BFP would be paying for non-existent appointments being null and void. We ask the public to help us expose this anomaly and maybe to seek rectification from the new administration of President Rodrigo Duterte,” Pagdanganan said.

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  1. ernesto pagda on

    oo na jay carbs. ikaw na ang magaling. bitter ka lang kc hindi ka napasama sa lateral, parehas lang kau ng idol mo c atty. ernesto pagdanganan mga bitter….. hahaha

  2. for all i know, majority of the promoted officers through lateral entry were incompetent, corrupt, and disgrace,. if not thought padrino system, they made it through collateral system. tskkkk, tsk, tsk…no wonder the bfp settled only for mediocre officer. saan na ang tinatawag na moral ascendancy, leadership by example at principle…. itanong na natin ito sa pagong…

  3. Ernesto dinadaanan on

    Kung bumbero ka at nagsasabing walang katotohanan to, Isa kang tanga Na ipananganak kahapon.

  4. And dont try to defend barayuga because there is 10million reasons to say that the recent procurement of fire trucks is the least that he earned even if the supplier should be disqualified

  5. I challenge everyone to argue with me that it is not the truth and i will face you in the traditional monday flag raising ceremony in the nhq

  6. I encourage our beloved comrade atty. Pagdanganan to continue the fight and not to be disturbed by negative comments. We know that you are right. File the case in the proper forum. We knew that you will succeed because you are doing the right thing. Dont be afraid the silent majority are behind you. Those making negative comments are the supporters of daang baluktot like barayuga. Continue exposing the illegal activities made by him in his tenure as fire chief. Even the time of oic kalbo romero this illegal activity already happen. Continue the fight…

  7. Kudos Atty. Pagdanganan. You’ve done the right thing. Illegal activities should be exposed. Please watch also the on going lateral entry for Inspector now. Reliable source said that it is also already fully booked to named applicants. Kawawa yung galing probinsiya gumastos para mag apply jan sa manila pero yun pala made na yung promotion na yan sa mga members ng board, fire chief at dilg officials. Pakitingnan din yan pls…

  8. First of all before you raise your own comments and posting it, read it first and think before you click. According to the notice of publication made by the Recruitment and Selection Board(see attached picture) there are minimum qualification that are needed. It doesn’t says that fo1 fo2 or fo3’s are not qualified, instead even NUP or civillian can apply as long as they have 3 years experience in their own courses. All i know is this F01 Verdadero is already 35 years old.. and the other 4 F02 Ygbuhay, F02 Mari, F02 Yason, and F02 Munoz are aging 32 or 33 years and up.. hence, it only means and it is clear that they have already their own experiences in their field inside or even outside the BFP, and for those who are not senior NOR like fo1 fo2 and fo3 don’t be afraid or lose hope you are all qualified as long as you have met the minimum qualifiacation made by Civil Service.

    On the other side dont get mad on them because they were the chosen one it only means that they were much more prepared than the others who were not chosen.. I didn’t said that other applicant failed because from the very beginning it is clear that everyone of you are qualified and everyone of you were given a chance to undergo the said promotion. The only thing i see is you were not prepared in ALL ANGLES or SIDE compared to the chosen 28 applicants.. as they said “People with goals SUCCEEDED because they know where they are going – Earl Nightingale “. Before you forgot there is one part of the process which is very important it is also published in the Notice of publication made by the RSS it is called ” PRE SELECTION BY THE APPOINTING AUTHORITY” from this point you will see a big difference from the chosen 28 among the others, You know what is TRUST, FAITH and BELEIVE. Our fire chief Barayuga was chosen by our president because he have this factors to our FC Barayuga. And the same thing happens FC Barayuga has rights and power to chose among the applicants who meet the MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS again, MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS asked by the Civil Service. This 28 persons have made their efforts to approach our FC and have shown their good intentions for the betterment of BFP luckily the said 28 persons make a better impression to our FC which the other applicants didnt do or observe.

    The question now , is it really realliable this atty pagdangan is? Now how about His credibility? Look instead of helping his own BFP members and giving them some good advice his the one who put them down..
    Is it true that the said attorney make or file a case to RD Hadjula when she is very vulnerable? also it happens to OIC BFP Romero, when OIC Romero is almost at the time of his retirement , and now he is damaging the image of his close friend FC Barayuga. After of what FC have done to him, after the given promotion by the FC, a week after he already backstab his close friend after his retirement. Now its a challenge for our OIC ABRAZALDO to make a move or not. The question now what do you think will happen after his retirement ? And whats his real intention why he is doing this to the 28 newly promoted inspectors. I leave it to you and think well before you make some comments.. God Bless BFP

    • ernesto pagdanganan on

      To ernesto. I think you are out of your mind. You are simply misleading the people. Where are the publications that you are talking about? What about those who failed the neuro exam? Are they still qualified? What about the violation of the election ban? I honestly believe you belong to those affected by the expose. Kung katulad mo lahat ng tao dito sa BFP, talagang wala nang pag-asang makahon sa kabulukan ang bureau na ito.

      It seems na idol mo sina col Hadjula at Gen. Romero. Are they saints? Awang awa naman ako sayo kasi mukhang ikaw lang yata ang masaya at pumupuri kina col Hadjula at Gen. Romero. Wag mo naman ikumpara sa kanila si Gen. Barayuga dahil other than the issue on lateral entry, wala naman siyang ibang anomalya na ginawa sa bureau. Or are you saying na traydor si Atty. Pagdanganan dahil binibira niya ang mga RDs at OIC ng BFP?. Kung ikaw ay kaya mong sikmurain ang character nina Col Hadjula at Gen. Romero, i think you have the same feathers. Hinidi niya naging boss si Gen. Romero at lalong wala silang naging confidentail transaction.

      Sana lang ernesto magkaroon ka naman kahit konting maturity sa utak. Pag binira pala ang BFP Chief eh binira na rin ang Bureau?. Ang BFP Chief ba ang bureau? Are they one and the same?. Awang awa talaga ako sayo. Mukhang windang na windang ka pa! Hindi ba nung binanatan ni Atty. Pagdanganan ang kabulukan sa lateral entry eh pinrotektahan niya ang BFP? Kaya mo ba ang ganitong sakripisyo para sa mas nakararaming naagrabyado kesa sa iilan tulad mo na nakinabang?

      Lastly sana magsampa kayo ng demanda against Atty. Pagdanganan kung talagang tama ang sinasabi mo. Magsampa din kayo ng disbarment para malaman natin ang tibay nyo. Wag nyo na rin gatungan si Gen. Abrazaldo dahil may sarili siyang desisyon. Hindi naman si Gen. Abrazaldo ang kahiya-hiya dito kundi yung nakaraan na hepe. Sa totoo lang ayaw ni Gen. Abrazaldo ng lateral entry dahil gusto niya na lumabas sa BFP na may dangal at pagkatao.

    • The chosen few you mention mr. Ernesto if you know are not clean as you want to impress to be. For all you know that promotion is tainted with irregularity and graft and corruption. Try to listen to the comment of mason brods of barayuga and you will know how much 500k they were angry. Their relativea or wives were promoted becuase of that 500k. Think before you click also or you are only afraid of losing your 500k when your appointment will be disapprove by the csc because of the serious violation committed to your promotion. Atty. Pagdanganan have done the right thing for you and for all of us. You should thank him. For you know why? Next time you apply for promotion. You need not pay anymore unlike barayuga and hope abrazaldo will not follow him…

    • There is only 500k reasons why these people were promoted. Make the proper research and you will know that we are telling the truth. Dont judge atty. Pagdanganan of anything else. He shoulde be congratulated and supported because he has the balls to expose them all….

    • Marideth Valdez on

      @Tyrion: If anybody can name as to the giver and receiver of this 500K, i will join the fight to expose the truth. But if it is something made for the sole purpose of igniting flare to the BFP personnel, then that asshole Pagdanganan can go to hell.

  9. First of all before you raise your own comments and posting it, read it first and think before you click. According to the notice of publication made by the Recruitment and Selection Board(see attached picture) there are minimum qualification that are needed. It doesn’t says that fo1 fo2 or fo3’s are not qualified, instead even NUP or civillian can apply as long as they have 3 years experience in their own courses. All i know is this F01 Verdadero is already 35 years old.. and the other 4 F02 Ygbuhay, F02 Mari, F02 Yason, and F02 Munoz are aging 32 or 33 years and up.. hence, it only means and it is clear that they have already their own experiences in their field inside or even outside the BFP, and for those who are not senior NOR like fo1 fo2 and fo3 don’t be afraid or lose hope you are all qualified as long as you have met the minimum qualifiacation made by Civil Service.

    On the other side dont get mad on them because they were the chosen one it only means that they were much more prepared than the others who were not chosen.. I didn’t said that other applicant failed because from the very beginning it is clear that everyone of you are qualified and everyone of you were given a chance to undergo the said promotion. The only thing i see is you were not prepared in ALL ANGLES or SIDE compared to the chosen 28 applicants.. as they said “People with goals SUCCEEDED because they know where they are going – Earl Nightingale “. Before you forgot there is one part of the process which is very important it is also published in the Notice of publication made by the RSS it is called ” PRE SELECTION BY THE APPOINTING AUTHORITY” from this point you will see a big difference from the chosen 28 among the others, You know what is TRUST, FAITH and BELEIVE. Our fire chief Barayuga was chosen by our president because he have this factors to our FC Barayuga. And the same thing happens FC Barayuga has rights and power to chose among the applicants who meet the MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS again, MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS asked by the Civil Service. This 28 persons have made their efforts to approach our FC and have shown their good intentions for the betterment of BFP luckily the said 28 persons make a better impression to our FC which the other applicants didnt do or observe.

    The question now , is it really realliable this atty pagdangan is? Now how about His credibility? Look instead of helping his own BFP members and giving them some good advice his the one who put them down..
    How come the said attorney make or file a case to RD Hadjula when she is very vulnerable, also it happens to OIC BFP Romero, when OIC Romero is almost at the time of his retirement , and now he is damaging the image of his close friend FC Barayuga. After of what FC have done to him, after the given promotion by the FC, a week after he already backstab his close friend after his retirement. Now its a challenge for our OIC ABRAZALDO to make a move or not. The question now what do you think will happen after his retirement ? And whats his real intention why he is doing this to the 28 newly promoted inspectors. I leave it to you and think well before you make some comments.. God Bless BFP

  10. ernesto maypinagdadaanan on

    First of all before you raise your own comments and posting it, read it first and think before you click. According to the notice of publication made by the Recruitment and Selection Board(see attached picture) there are minimum qualification that are needed. It doesn’t says that fo1 fo2 or fo3’s are not qualified, instead even NUP or civillian can apply as long as they have 3 years experience in their own courses. All i know is this F01 Verdadero is already 35 years old.. and the other 4 F02 Ygbuhay, F02 Mari, F02 Yason, and F02 Munoz are aging 32 or 33 years and up.. hence, it only means and it is clear that they have already their own experiences in their field inside or even outside the BFP, and for those who are not senior NOR like fo1 fo2 and fo3 don’t be afraid or lose hope you are all qualified as long as you have met the minimum qualifiacation made by Civil Service.

    On the other side dont get mad on them because they were the chosen one it only means that they were much more prepared than the others who were not chosen.. I didn’t said that other applicant failed because from the very beginning it is clear that everyone of you are qualified and everyone of you were given a chance to undergo the said promotion. The only thing i see is you were not prepared in ALL ANGLES or SIDE compared to the chosen 28 applicants.. as they said “People with goals SUCCEEDED because they know where they are going – Earl Nightingale “. Before you forgot there is one part of the process which is very important it is also published in the Notice of publication made by the RSS it is called ” PRE SELECTION BY THE APPOINTING AUTHORITY” from this point you will see a big difference from the chosen 28 among the others, You know what is TRUST, FAITH and BELEIVE. Our fire chief Barayuga was chosen by our president because he have this factors to our FC Barayuga. And the same thing happens FC Barayuga has rights and power to chose among the applicants who meet the MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS again, MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS asked by the Civil Service. This 28 persons have made their efforts to approach our FC and have shown their good intentions for the betterment of BFP luckily the said 28 persons make a better impression to our FC which the other applicants didnt do or observe.

    The question now , is it really realliable this atty pagdangan is? Now how about His credibility? Look instead of helping his own BFP members and giving them some good advice his the one who put them down..
    How come the said attorney make or file a case to RD Hadjula when she is very vulnerable, also it happens to OIC BFP Romero, when OIC Romero is almost at the time of his retirement , and now he is damaging the image of his close friend FC Barayuga. After of what FC have done to him, after the given promotion by the FC, a week after he already backstab his close friend after his retirement. Now its a challenge for our OIC ABRAZALDO to make a move or not. The question now what do you think will happen after his retirement ? And whats his real intention why he is doing this to the 28 newly promoted inspectors. I leave it to you and think well before you make some comments.. God Bless BFP

  11. Natawa naman akon sa iyo Jun Jun, alam mo ba ang hirap na dinanas nina Atty. Pagdanganan at Atty. Pangan? Abogado na sila ng malateral at take note it takes them a long time to be promoted…silang dalawa lang ang bukod tanging abogado ng BFP na pumasa at pinag-antay na mapromote. Kaw Junjun kalian ka ba pumasok sa bureau at dapat alamin mo ang katotohanan……asawa nga ni Atty. Pagdanganan hindi nag-apply dahil baka isipin nilang asawa nya kaya napasok……Jun Jun magresearch ka…yun lang..pasalamat tayo at pangkalahatan ang ginagawa ni Atty. Pagdanganan…may nakita ka bang bumbero na lumantad sa mga ganyang problema sa BFP tulad ng promotion at lateral? Sige Atty. Pagdanganan ituloy mo ang laban sa tunay na pagbabago….

    • First of all before you raise your own comments and posting it, read it first and think before you click. According to the notice of publication made by the Recruitment and Selection Board(see attached picture) there are minimum qualification that are needed. It doesn’t says that fo1 fo2 or fo3’s are not qualified, instead even NUP or civillian can apply as long as they have 3 years experience in their own courses. All i know is this F01 Verdadero is already 35 years old.. and the other 4 F02 Ygbuhay, F02 Mari, F02 Yason, and F02 Munoz are aging 32 or 33 years and up.. hence, it only means and it is clear that they have already their own experiences in their field inside or even outside the BFP, and for those who are not senior NOR like fo1 fo2 and fo3 don’t be afraid or lose hope you are all qualified as long as you have met the minimum qualifiacation made by Civil Service.

      On the other side dont get mad on them because they were the chosen one it only means that they were much more prepared than the others who were not chosen.. I didn’t said that other applicant failed because from the very beginning it is clear that everyone of you are qualified and everyone of you were given a chance to undergo the said promotion. The only thing i see is you were not prepared in ALL ANGLES or SIDE compared to the chosen 28 applicants.. as they said “People with goals SUCCEEDED because they know where they are going – Earl Nightingale “. Before you forgot there is one part of the process which is very important it is also published in the Notice of publication made by the RSS it is called ” PRE SELECTION BY THE APPOINTING AUTHORITY” from this point you will see a big difference from the chosen 28 among the others, You know what is TRUST, FAITH and BELEIVE. Our fire chief Barayuga was chosen by our president because he have this factors to our FC Barayuga. And the same thing happens FC Barayuga has rights and power to chose among the applicants who meet the MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS again, MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS asked by the Civil Service. This 28 persons have made their efforts to approach our FC and have shown their good intentions for the betterment of BFP luckily the said 28 persons make a better impression to our FC which the other applicants didnt do or observe.

      The question now , is it really realliable this atty pagdangan is? Now how about His credibility? Look instead of helping his own BFP members and giving them some good advice his the one who put them down..
      How come the said attorney make or file a case to RD Hadjula when she is very vulnerable, also it happens to OIC BFP Romero, when OIC Romero is almost at the time of his retirement , and now he is damaging the image of his close friend FC Barayuga. After of what FC have done to him, after the given promotion by the FC, a week after he already backstab his close friend after his retirement. Now its a challenge for our OIC ABRAZALDO to make a move or not. The question now what do you think will happen after his retirement ? And whats his real intention why he is doing this to the 28 newly promoted inspectors. I leave it to you and think well before you make some comments.. God Bless BFP

  12. Lahat halos ng promotion sa BFP ay bunga ng pagsisipsip at palakasan at hindi ng galing at kakayanan… maliban sa mga Pnpa graduates at lawyers.. lahat ng opisyal sa Bfp ay naging opisyal lamang dahil sa naunang dahilan.

  13. To our beloved President-elect, His Excellency RODRIGO R. DUTERTE, we, the officers and men of the Bureau of Fire Protection are humbly requesting your highly esteemed office to correct the latest illegal lateral promotion for inspector as exposed by Atty. Pagdanganan. The whole Bureau was demoralized especially the non-officer rank where I belong. That lateral promotion was deeply tainted with red tape, graft and corruption, and contravened the election law. We are meekly praying to your most respected office not to let the appointments of those illegally promoted to inspector be attested and if attested already, be recalled.

  14. before you will make any comment that there is relatives and friends of atty. pagdanganan na hindi napasama sa promotion, kindly do some research in the promotion section of BFP NHQ especially in the recruitment and promotion section. the list of applicants in that illegal lateral promotion for inspector is there. wala cyang kamag anak, kaibigan or bata kasi we knew at the outset na tailored fit na yun. kumbaga FULLY BOOKED. kaya nga hindi ako nag apply. sobrang NAKAKADEMORALIZED.

  15. Alcabs Balansag.. on

    Thanx Atty. for exposing this anomalous transaction, commonly called by other uniformed branch of service as PABAON to the retiring chief,..para sa Tunay na Pagbabago..this issue should not only focus to Director Barayuga’s administration but it should also be applied to the previous Fire chiefs like CSupt Romero and others which this issue of promotion scam for a fee is rampant…

  16. Ariel Barayuga on

    maraming kalokohan sa BFP di lang yan, isa dyan ang overpriced procurement ng mga firetrucks. president Duterte paki tignan nman ang issue na ito..

  17. Malamang prudukto yan si Pagdanganan ng ganyang klaseng promotion, pero sa pag kakataong ito di napasama ang kanyang asawa, anak, kamag anak, kaibigan o mga bata ni Pagdanganan kaya naiyak yung mama….. BITTER at PRIDE CHICKEN lang ang tawag dyan manong, abogado ka pamandin, hindi mo alam ang proseso nyo!

    • ernesto pagdanganan on

      Halatang isa ka sa tinamaan. Sa tingin mo mas marunong ka kay Atty. Pagdanganan? Magpakilala ka kasi. Hindi na uso ang iwas pusoy ngayon kapatid. Magpa-media ka rin at gayahin mo si Atty. Pagdanganan na humaharap bilang tao. Hindi tulad mo na puro ka satsat pero walang alam.

  18. Malamang prudukto din yan si Pagdanganan ng promotion, pero sa pag kakataong yan di napasama ang kanyang asawa, anak, kamag anak, kaibigan o bata ni Pagdanganan kaya naiyak yung mama….. BITTER at PRIDE lang ang tawg dyan manong,

    • you know junjun, you are not thinking logically or do i say you have neuropsychiatric disorder. How come atty. pagdanganan was a product of that illegal promotion the fact that he was laterally promoted when he was already a lawyer… you know very well na there is no competition in the lateral promotion when you are a lawyer or MD. Gamitin ang utak… hindi ang bunganga.

    • to jun;
      substantiate your claim that the whistle blower indeed has a bitter experience regarding the rigging of the lateral promotion, otherwise your comments remain uncorroborated, malicious and irresponsible comments. Please be matured and become a responsible citizen, your comments will not help. thanks