• Sec. Ochoa frees wanted Korean?


    What’s this I recently heard that Executive Secretary Paquito “Jojo” Ochoa ordered the Bureau of Immigration (BI) to immmediately release from its jail a Korean national who was scheduled to be deported to South Korea.

    Ja Hoon Ku is wanted in Korea for reportedly stealing $200 million from a company there few years ago.

    An earlier news report claims Ku is wanted by the authorities in their country to face trial.

    The same news report said Ku, who owns a contruction firm in the Phiippines, is one of the constructors of the Iglesia Ni Cristo’s Philippine Arena in Bulacan.

    Rumor has it too that the wanted Korean is under the custody of some INC members now after he was released from detention.

    One can’t help but wonder, what’s in it for Sec. Ochoa meddling in Bureau of Immigration affairs?

    Perhaps Ochoa is just testing his powers as little president, or was he ordered by someone higher than him?


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    Port congestion no more? Bull$#%&!!!

    I had a good laugh Tuesday night during our newscast after hearing one report that the pier over at the South Harbor has been decongested.

    Sec. Jose Almendras and Sen. Bam Aquino inspected the said pier, accompanied by an official of the Asian Cargo Terminal Services Inc. (ACTSI) who bragged that the area is already free of container vans.

    That guy is surely as blind as a bat during daytime! Based on the video taken of the area at that moment, it is still packed with container vans but only these are stacked neatly.

    A Bureau of Customs (BOC) employee, who asked that his name not be mentioned, warned that failure to clear the pier by December would definitely trigger high cost of Christmas commodities.

    These Christmas goods piled up in various foreign ports are now awaiting to be shipped to the Philippines, he said.

    Unfortunately, shipping lines refuse to bring them to the country for fear they will just be stuck in Manila Bay for days while our port is being decongested.

    Obviously, the end result will be greater demand but minimal or zero supply of these types of commodities by December.

    What they are doing at the port right now is just sweeping the dirt under the rug but the problem remains.



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