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Mission Possible: Stolen American chopper recovered in Mindanao, Philippines

MIKEINMANILA EXCLUSIVE: UPDATE 3
13 bikes, 3 ATVs, SUVs, sports cars, guns galore and more recovered in a major raid. Second raid recovers around two dozen more bikes. NBI in Northern Mindanao identifies alleged owner of car dealerships as professional rider and car & bike dealer, report says 25 cars and 18 bikes recovered in major transpacific anti-grand theft auto raid.

One mans search for his unique Martin Bro’s custom ride leads to major bike gang GTA bust in Mindanao. PHOTO Law Enforcement handout

The story reads like a plot for Die Hard Six, for Skip Woods, the writer of Die Hard 5, GI Joe The Rise of Cobra, and X-Men Origins: Wolverine.It’s often said the best stories are true to life. For the plot,  which would also fit on Fox’s ‘The Good Guys’, it starts from the simple recovery of a stolen vehicle —  a motorcycle,  a Martin Brothers original. Key figures:  a ‘major writer’  based in Texas who works in  Hollywood.

He loves his bike, a custom Martin Brothers bike. He loved long drives and would head out from wide open spaces in California to flatlands and expanse of open space of the Southwest to Texas. Reality paints a better picture than film here… he and his bike he loved – a man free to roam.

The bike and him were inseparable, then, his bike was stolen in Houston Texas.The writer, Skip Woods, like any other victim went to Police, who traced the bike theft to a gang that ships expensive American-made motorcycles like Harleys and his Martin Brothers custom to Asia via Mexico and Los Angeles.

One mans search for his unique Martin Bro’s custom ride leads to major bike gang GTA bust in Mindanao. PHOTO: Law Enforcement handout

Not content to go out and buy a new one with insurance money, he hired private investigators, Orion Support Inc., who traced the bike and upon that, the custom bike was seen in Asia in the Philippines.

Tuesday, led by local Philippine National Police Provincial Director  Buboy Mijares, Agent Wency Galindez of NBI Cagayan De Oro, along with US Law enforcement – at least one FBI agent and OSI private invetigators – the team searching for the rare bike found much more than Skip’s bike.

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May 10, 2011 at 1:44 am Leave a comment

US Immgration reform:An Apartheid America

The wording in many of the draft immigration reform laws on family ties and reunification draws a almost direct wording from the former South African Apartheid system of partition. What is clear here is not issues over immigration rights.

what both the US Congress and White house will not admit is – it is a system based on race and the declining majority of white America and the rising number of Hispanics and Asians.

The statement and language if looked in comparison with South Africa of the aftermath of World War Two when the Apartheid laws came into existence..

First see these statement: 

“”I have two problems with it.” Says Democrat Senator Charles Schummer of New York,  “They’re going to bring wage rates down, and after their time is up, they’re probably going to stay in the country.”  

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, “I think we have struck the right balance here. We’re securing our borders. We’re controlling who gets a job on our terms,”

Then see this:

“Apartheid was designed to form a legal framework for continued economic and political dominance by people of European descent. The rules of Apartheid meant that migrants from other areas were legally classified.’

“In practice, this prevented non-white people — even if actually resident in white South Africa — from having a vote or influence.” 

Is it only a matter of time when the USA creates ‘homelands’ or will this ‘reform’ be called what it is really seen as a ‘Legal barrier’ to prevent more coming in?

One story I read has shown opposition coming from groups such as Asian American groups.

“This is a probationary sentence for the 12 million (illegals). If they ever want to become a citizen” – Graham

Beyond illegal immgration plans are in place to prevent or stop the LIFE program to allow family members to eventually cross over and start life in a better place the dream of all new comers to America to have their chance to be part of the dream that is ‘America’.

” Brothers and sisters are not important? Once children reach a certain age, they need not bond with their parents? Eliminating such categories institutionalizes an anti-family message,” – Bill Ong Hing, a professor of Asian American studies at the University of California, Davis.

However –  as with apartheid – It is only a matter of time considering birth rates and the lower numbers of white families and inter-marriage that soon America more likely  will see more of  a ‘Estods Unidos’ than a United States.

One group of Native Americans seeking perhaps more political influence and votes and income is offering a solution that might upset all the plans of congress.

At least four ‘Indian’ tribal groups are looking at sponsoring and allowing residence to those of branches of the same tribal groups from Mexico who have documentation problems.

Ergo – if they are of a same tribe from across the border they are sons and daughters of the same tribe in the USA. Hence legal plans to ‘adopt’ or grant formal membership to those seeking a better life on the other side of the Rio Grnade may actually reside for Millions in the ‘Indian’ Native American ‘Nations’ whose treaties with the USA legal binding documents allow in many cases for reunification and those who fled the Indian wars to rejoin thier tribes in America – so those of Cree, Navajo, and, Apache nations descendants may rejoin those on Indian lands and once certificate of domain is issued they can be issued citizenship documents.

It is ironic considering the most horrific crime of genocide committed by descendants of European  Immigrants has left a loop-hole that cannot be plugged by Washington.

Ariba La Raza it seems migrant Mexicans may if Tribal groups agree find their roots as members of the very Indian tribes driven south of the border over a century ago into Mexico hence agreements not though about dcades ago might give refuge to millions..

May 21, 2007 at 1:03 pm Leave a comment

US, UK, and, Australia : Issue ‘Terror alerts’ over “Democracy RP style”

It was a strange read but somewhat a fact of life for expatriates here in the Philippines to steer clear of street protests and election rallies taking place in the country.

It is actually a crime for any foreigner to take part in actively the Political process and only properly registered foreign journalists, as well as political observers and diplomats are allowed into polling places. So picture taking is however jovial or festive it may seem is something to do outside of polling places – also to avoid any potential problems – never inside anywhere voting is taking place for foreigners.

I know a lot of foreign tourists often do picture tking and make vacation event out of looking in and seeing for themselves. There is very little risk – most place are very secure – but… ‘be careful or avoid it if you can.” per US, UK, EU, and most other government embassy websites.

Also any financial support is banned, no mater how worthy the cause may seem. If you are an expat here – this is a good time to take a shopping trip to Subic or Clark trade zones – or perhaps try the budget fares to Singapore or HK or go on vacation at some island resort. However the new warning is specific also about the last part of the suggestions I have made – a warning – versus remote island resorts and dive boats.

[] “…“Mid-term elections will be held in the Philippines on 14 May 2007. There is the potential for politically-motivated violence during the election period,” it said in its advisory (www.britishembassy.gov.uk).
The UK advisory came a week after the Australian government issued a similar advisory warning its citizens against going to political rallies. …” []  http://www.Gmanews.tv

Sadly both the US and UK gave a blanket warning on the entire Mindanao region. US official persons- ie diplomats and aid workers – now need special permission to travel anywhere in Mindanao per US embassy release.

[] “…
A bit of overkill – While there are trouble spots – the entire island half the size of the England is far from being a trouble zone – some parts – but not all. It should be revised to be more specific. Davao City and General Santos as well as Cagayan de Oro are while sometimes ‘eventful’ hardly conflict zones. Also thousands of US nationals live these areas. both Fil-Am and otherwise.

[]” … people who reside in or visit areas that face terrorist threats,
such as in Mindanao, travel with their own security force, avoid an
obvious presence, or both.  In some areas of the Philippines,
especially in Mindanao, visitors should avoid travel at night outside
metropolitan areas.  U.S. Government employees must seek special
permission for travel to Mindanao or the Sulu Archipelago.  When
traveling in Mindanao, U.S. official travelers attempt to lower their
profile, limit their length of stay, and exercise extreme caution.  …” []

US embassy travel warning

Actually Compton and other gang filled cities in Los Angeles county and say North Las Vegas or San Francisco’s Hunter point area at night probably are more violent on a friday night than Davao City or any major city in Mindanao. The US attitude however is to err on the side caution always in its warnings after nine – eleven but to lable the entire region as risky – would be like saying – Jersey City is dangerous because of organized crime.

Political rallies can be colorful and often are a highlight of entertainment and public speaking by leaders in locals communities – watching from a distance might be safer – large crowds often can be unpredictable – and – pickpockets and petty crime is sometimes a problem. Violence is also a risk. IED bomb attacks numbered 98 last yar alone throughout the Philippines – although most were in areas of conflict in Southern Mindanao’s Sulu Islands. Philippine security forces defused double that number through out the country preventing over 100 attacks – hence – yes – bombs are a real risk and large crowds pose a tempting target. One need only remember the Madrid train bombings which happened just days before Spanish elections to see that risk as real and not imagined.

A similar plot was fouled by Police a few days before – Madrid’s deadly attacks – when 80 ready to use back-pack bombs werer uncovered along with RPG BP40 rockets in very suburban wuezon city in 2004.  One bomb did get thrugh and destroyed a huge inter island ferry that same year during the 2006 super ferry bombing which killed 100.

Election related violence is a key issue in many races – throughout the country.

13 days to E-day: Violence looms as key issue

I think what embassy’s are doing are just taking precautions for their nationals sake and trying to be as safe rather than sorry – but – still perhaps more detailed warnings rather than blanket alerts would be better. To be honest with you there are I times when traveling in say Cotabato and Maguidanao I feel safer than in some parts of South Central LA at night. MS13 for example has killed more people than the Abu Sayyaf has this year – and – other gang related killings have made many US cities as war torn as Afghanistan without the IED’s and roadside bombs-. So safety is relative to where you are a college campus in Virgina or a street in Manila its always good to be safe and secure.

Another topic noted the threat of terror attacks during the elections was a possible  event to be mindful of as groups might use security forces preoccupation with the election process as a chance to sow terror.

[]”…“We continue to believe that terrorists and criminal elements plan to kidnap foreign tourists from islands and coastal areas in the southern Philippines – i.e. Mindanao and the Sulu archipelago. Kidnappings from other parts of the Philippines cannot be discounted. Boats traveling to and from offshore islands and dive sites are possible targets,” “[] . British embassy warning

US warning:

[]”… U.S. citizens contemplating travel to the Philippines should carefully onsider the risks to their safety and security while there, including  those due to terrorism.  While travelers may encounter such threats nywhere in the Philippines, the southern island of Mindanao and the Sulu Archipelago are of particular concern.  Travelers should exercise extreme caution in both central and western Mindanao as well as in the Sulu Archipelago.

Kidnap for ransom gangs operate in the Philippines.  In January 2007,
one such gang abducted two U.S. citizen children outside their home in
Tagum City, Davao Del Norte, in Mindanao.  The New People’s Army
(NPA), another terrorist organization, operates in many rural areas of
the Philippines, including in the northern island of Luzon.  While it
has not targeted westerners in several years, the NPA could threaten
U.S. citizens engaged in business or property management activities,
and it often demands “revolutionary taxes.”

Terrorist groups, such as the Abu Sayyaf Group and the Jema’ah
Islamiyah, and groups that have broken away from the more mainstream  Moro Islamic Liberation Front or Moro National Liberation Front have carried out bombings resulting in deaths, injuries and property damage.

Recent incidents have occurred in urbanized areas in
Mindanao.  On January 10, 2007, separate bombings in the cities of
Kidapawan, Cotabato and General Santos killed seven people and injured 1.  While these incidents do not appear to have targeted Westerners  or Western interests, travelers should remain vigilant and avoid ongregating in public areas.

Many people who reside in or visit areas that face terrorist threats,
such as in Mindanao, travel with their own security force, avoid an
obvious presence, or both.  In some areas of the Philippines,
especially in Mindanao, visitors should avoid travel at night outside
metropolitan areas.  U.S. Government employees must seek special
permission for travel to Mindanao or the Sulu Archipelago.  When
traveling in Mindanao, U.S. official travelers attempt to lower their
profile, limit their length of stay, and exercise extreme caution.

The Department strongly encourages Americans in the Philippines to
register with the Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Manila
through the State Department’s travel registration website,
https://travelregistration.state.gov. The U.S. Embassy is located at:
1201 Roxas Boulevard, Manila, Philippines, tel. 63-2-528-6300. The
Consular American Citizen Services (ACS) section’s fax number is
63-2-522-3242 and the ACS web page is at
http://usembassy.state.gov/posts/rp1/wwwhmain.html.  … “[]

May 2, 2007 at 11:14 am Leave a comment

Sulu: renewed fighting threatens peace efforts

Renewed fighting in the southern Philippines has raised tension anew in many parts of Mindanao’s Sulu province where the Military has renewed efforts to crush group’s attempting to derail the peace process and also provide aid and shelter to members of Jemaah Islamiah and the abu sayyaf.

Caught in the crossfire are rebels believed to be causing problems in some areas.

press release;

Presidential Peace Adviser Jesus Dureza has described as “unfortunate” the recent renewed skirmishes in Sulu between the military and some elements of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) headed by renegade Ustadz Habier Malik.

Dureza said the military action was not directed at the MNLF as a whole but only against the group of Malik, who was responsible for a series of attacks on Panamao town where there were several civilian casualties and private properties destroyed.

The peace adviser said he is confident most MNLF elements in other parts of Mindanao, who now live peaceful and productive lives, will not condone the violent acts of Malik.

He disclosed that a few days prior to the attack by Malik, some channels were opened hoping to convince Malik not to pursue his announced plans of launching an attack. Even the military forces in Sulu were asked to take only defensive action at that time, he stressed.

Dureza urged Malik and his group to stop the violence. At the same time, he called on the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to exercise “due restraint” and be mindful of the adverse effects on the civilians whenever military operations take place.

He likewise called on the local goverments and the national agencies to immediately respond to the plight of the evacuees and the affected families.

The government signed a final peace agreement with the MNLF in 1996 and has since worked with various organizations, including the donor community to improve the lives of the former combatants in areas affected by conflicts.

April 16, 2007 at 3:59 am Leave a comment

Philippine spratly island town sinking ‘global warming’

The current debate and stand-off in the south China sea over a gruop of islets called the spratly chain of islands may be all for nothing if global warming keeps its path. the small islands may soon be whiped off the map – by rising tides cuased by gloabl warming.

[] “… disclosed by geologist Dr. Jose Antonio Socrates who is continuously monitoring the conditions of the Pag-Asa Island, one of the islands in the KIG, also known as the Spratlys. …”[]  http://www.bayanihan.org/

Ironic considering the Philippine government is considering building up the runway and facilities and infrastructure on the largestof the islands. Pag-Asa – incorporated under the munincipality of Kalayaan – or freedom land – the runway has a long history originally built on the remnants of  Japanese – then later US  military emergency airstrips built and abandoned during world war two.  The advantage pagasa has is fresh water.

But if Doc Soc – as he’s known on palawan is correct – then the Philippine government and other claimants to disputed territory rich in both marine and petroleum resources might want to look at options to build up rather than out in the small area.

the Philippines sees the area as a possible growth area for tourism – coral reefs are still largely intact although chinese fishing companies from Hainan are still using Cyainiad and explosives to boost fish catches. destroying rees in the same maner they destroyed much of the coastal areas they have near hainan and the Parcel islands. Philippine blast fishermen also abound as do blast fishermen from Indonesia and other areas.

So building up resources and infrastructure might be the only way to save the area and with cooperation rather than confrontation a key word in each claimants efforts the islands stand to see much feasable growth as a shared area for the six countries that claim the islands.

March 31, 2007 at 12:52 pm Leave a comment

Philippines and Singapore top global biz survey for growth

At the Corporate level the Philippines and Singapore have topped a recent survey of growth among the corporate firms increasing in size in 2006. The report carried by many news organizations was a business story I found on the pages of Brunei Times – a very conservative paper based in the Sultanate on Borneo.

[] “…AN international survey shows that the Philippines is among the top 10 countries with the highest proportion of booming businesses.

From the 23rd spot last year, the Philippines catapulted to 8th place this year, indicating the country’s growing share of super-growth companies, according to the Grant Thornton International Business Report.

The report surveyed 7,200 privately held businesses representing 81 percent of global gross domestic product (GDP) and determined which of the respondents are super-growth companies. The survey covered 32 countries, including powerhouses the United States, Germany and Japan, as well as emerging Asian markets like China, India, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Taiwan. …” [[ THE MANILA TIMES

The figures show the Philippines tied at over 27 per cent corporate growth and among the worlds top in the speed of the rising corporate sector jobs. One can see this on a daily basis in any of Metro Manila’s business districts – the majority of the growth is fueled by investment and renewed spending by people in the rapidly growing BPO or Business Process Outsourcing firms existing in the country.

NBN Teledyaryo on YOUTUBE

While conservative estimate put the figure at around 200,000 new jobs created in the sector in the last year – real figures and part employment levels show the figure to be skyrocketing to a level of above 300,000 jobs in the sector mostly seen for ‘call center work’ but missed out are other higher value services like accou8nting, book-keeping, inventory, sales, and technical functions like website and graphic design. One major advantage continued to be held is the growth level in ‘overnights’ where services are rendered between 6pm and 8am eastern time of the USA where Manila is a perfect 12 hour time shift for overnight work – while London is also another point – with a 8 hour toss in time.

Meaning firms in this 24/7 world of business – are able to be ‘up and alive’ at quitting time – savings on overtime alone – make for huge returns and higher efficiency figures on US shores – it also shows in the same survey – that US firms top the list with 4 of t 10 getting high levels of growth. Partly fueled by Outsourcing which has allowed companies to expand domestic services in other areas.

March 30, 2007 at 8:22 am 1 comment

US Senate hearings on Philippine killings brings new focus of attention

Sen. Barbra Baxor’s hearings into the the spate of political killings continues to stir thing here in these islands. Some in the Philippine Government see the entire hearing process for what it was – a case of domestic political issues in America – by members of the US Congress – to dig, bash, and, criticize those in everything and anything that can splash mud and dirt on the Bush administrations handling of the war. So now feeling the US pressure and the support given to the groups who have been hitting away at the Philippine government.

[…” Continued strong ties between the Philippines and the United States, despite the “transient controversy” arising from the US Senate’s hearings on whether or not to impose cuts on US aid to the Philippines amid the hundreds of unsolved political killings in the country.

“The strategic partnership of the Philippines and the United States remains steadfast and firm, despite the issues that tend to invite transient controversy,” Press Secretary Ignacio Bunye said in a statement. …”] Manila Bulletin

Others in some secotrs perhaps not too aware of the current situation might think the probe harm stability in the country and the ‘grandstanding’ all be it a term used more on these shores use about Sen. Boxer’s probe about US interference in what to them is ‘domestic afairs’ is all coming from groups who might feel something strangely out of place.

Most of those who testified before the Senate foreign relations committee chaired by Sen. Boxer are coming from some sectors who more often than not lead protestsagainst the United States – it’s almost strange to see – America’s greatest critics in Asia being given such a treat as to bash the ArroyoAdministration before the US Senate. While the oversight role of the US Senate is afterall most concerned that US Aid might be supporting right wing death squads here – it is ironic – that many of the speakers were those who bash everything happening here – but does underscore that even critics and those who are the mostvehement in opposition to the United States are given an opportunity to air the views they have- such is democracy – such is the right of free speech.

[] “…Welcome Intervention
ABS CBN News, Philippines – general secretary of Karapatan and Eliezer Pascua, general secretary of the United Church of Christ in the Philippines, testified. Boxer said, “I don’t
RP-US ties remain strong — Malacañang Manila Bulletin
US Senate Wants Philippines To Take Tougher Action On Political All Headline News …”[]

Now being given such a platform to bash the Philippine and American governments in Washington D.C. the same speakers will most likely be back – protesting and criticizing and in de facto support of both countries enemies soon.

But, it was not the extreme left who hasled the charge to the US congress and European parliment and the UN. But rather church groups – upset over the killings.

[] “… US says Philippines‘ president must do more to stop political murders
North County Times, CA – Barbara Boxer asked John whether the US should link the military aid to improvement in the country’s human rights record. “It’s really important that we do
Delegates urge lawmakers to help stop murders in Philippines
Worldwide Faith News (press release), NY –
Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., was the first conducted by the subcommittee under her leadership, the Senate Subcommittee on East Asian and Pacific Affairs. … …”[]

March 18, 2007 at 6:19 pm Leave a comment

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