Contractors and business people, beware!
A fake appointment paper, supposedly coming from the Office of the President, has been circulating around for several months now, which, has so far made millions and millions of pesos for a group of people headed by one “Bertito Hashimoto” and a “ Col. Jereto Abela Adigue”.
A contractor friend of mine, who was probably the first victim in February this year, said she gave over P1millon to the two but found out later that they are part of a syndicate.
Here’s how it works: the group will show the fake appointment paper to their prey and promise they will be given huge amount of projects once they take over the agency in exchange for an advance hefty sum of money as “goodwill”.
The said document is dated Feb. 6, 2013 and contains the appointment of Bertito Delmundo Hashimoto as director of the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA).
A certain Alfredo S. Espiritu is supposed to head the Bureau of Soil and Water Management (BSWM) of the Department of Agriculture.
Also on the list of supposed appointees are Atty. Vicente Sumalde Banaobra II to head the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Aurhority or TIEZA, Francisco N. Garcia Jr. as director for Land Management Service for region 4A, and Col. Jereto Abela Adigue to be the next National Irrigation Administration (NIA) administrator.
The same piece of document was supposedly signed by no less than Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr..
To make the said paper look even genuine, it bore the name of one Rochelle R. Ahorro as the Undersecretary of Appoinment as the contact person for the said oath taking activity.
The oath taking of the said officials supposedly took place last Feb. 18 around 2pm at the Premiere Guest House in Malacanang.
I really had a hearty laugh when i saw this piece of paper which obviously was done at home by someone who knew how to use the computer and printer.
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PAL passengers made to walk a mile?
I would like to call the attention of our family friend and owner of Philippine Airlines, Ramon Ang, about the inconvenience of some of PAL’s passengers recently.
Passengers at terminal 2 of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Authority (NAIA) going to Macau are made to walk from the international terminal all the way to the domestic side which is almost a mile.
They were made to hump from Bridge 50 of the international terminal to Bridge 35 of the domestic terminal with all their handcarries, worse of all, mothers carrying their babies and toddlers made to walk that distance too.
As if the inconvenience was not enough, coming back was the same hellish experience, according to the passengers.
The plane from Macau docked at Bridge 35 of the domestic terminal of NAIA Terminal 2.
All of its passengers were directed to proceed at gate 50 of the internatonal terminal while tagging along their children and hand carry baggages.
According to NAIA Gen. Manager Angel Honrado, the reason for long the walk is due to the availabilty of the docking bay for PAL’s aircraft Airbus 323.
Honrado explained that such aircraft is too small to dock on the international terminal bridges since their docking bay there are for 747 type of aircraft, thus it is parked on the domestic terminal side.
But the question is, why allow the passengers to walk to the south side of the terminal when there are immigration counters too at the north part of the building which is closer to gate 35?
It seems that people at the said airport, particularly in the operations division of PAL, are not using their heads.
Ironically, during the time of Lucio Tan passengers of PAL do not have such nightmarish experience of inconvenience.
Let’s wait and see what El Presidente, Ramon Ang, has to say on this matter.