Friday, April 24, 2009

Ted Failon, et al. Part 5 (NAPOLCOM speaking)

So, NAPOLCOM has suspended six people for excessive use of force. No problem that is okay. Let us examine the list: Mabanag, Ratuita, Perdozo, Razon, Abad, and Marcelo. For Mabanag and Ratuita, the order may be valid as they were there when the incident happened (But mind you, I think the NAPOLCOM is doing a big injustice in dignifying the complaint! The police just did their job! But that is another story.) But Pedrozo? He just happened to be the Station Commander covering New Era Hospital. He cannot stop Mabanag and Ratuita who were his seniors! He was not even there! And worse for Abad and Marcelo, they were just the investigators and had no participation whatsoever in the arrests. This is worst for Marcelo: while all these scuffle were on going, she was watching the incident on TV with her daughter in her office at the Investigation Division of QCPD!

Well, well, well. What can you expect of NAPOLCOM with Escueta? Is this not the same Eduardo Escueta who summoned Rivermaya Manager Lizza Nakpil during the height of the Rivermaya brand label controversy? Nakpil simply laughed at Escueta's stupidity. She should have even haled him to court for grave abuse of authority. Commissioner Escueta joined the fray because his son, Mark Escueta is among the protagonists as a member of Rivermaya! Hello Commissioner! Rivermaya is a civilian band, not a police unit!

Ted should not have cremated his wife. He should have preserved her until the technology for brain transplant becomes available. He has a very good brain donor in Commissioner Escueta: brain only slightly used!

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Ted Failon, et al. Part 4 (Fortun Speaking)

In a PDI article, Dr. Raquel Fortun has this picture:

She is demonstrating the estimated postion of the gun in the head of Trina when she committed suicide. Dr. Fortun was quoted saying that the bullet trajectory is upwards.

Ok Dr. Fortun, if that is the case, please find the position of Trina's head at the time the trigger is pulled so that the impact of the bullet hits the wall behind the toilet. The impact point is less than 2 feet above the floor and is about two inches away from the adjacent wall.

For interested readers, here is a screen grab of Failon's toilet:

The impact point is between the far wall and the toilet bowl. It is about 2 inches from that wall. Also, the impact point is less than 2 feet from the floor, a lot lower than the top cover of the water tank for the toilet flush.

So how do you position Trina's head so that the trajectory of the bullet is upwards, yet the final impact point in the wall is this low? There is only one way: put Trina's head near the floor! But what about the statement of househelp Carlota Morbos where she said that she found Trina propped up against the wall and the gun is in her right but at her feet?

This reenactment is based on the statements of Ted and the other persons in the house themselves!

You be the judge but for me, Dr. Fortun should shift to fortune telling!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Ted Failon, et al. Part 3 (Speaking to the Living)

So Ted Failon had spoken, with him filing it all at the prosecutor's office. With his lawyer as the talking head, his official stand in the obstruction of justice charges is "There is no obstruction of justice because there is no crime to start with. Suicide is not a crime." Oh. How convenient. His wife died in the most unusual circumstances yet in an instant, he declares it suicide. How unusual? Well, even right at the start of the incident, his recollection is different from that of his househelp Carlota Morbos. According to Ted, he found his wife lying in a pool of blood on the floor near the toilet bowl while Morbos told the police that she saw Trina sitting propped up against the wall in front of the toilet bowl. They opened the door at the same time--and they both agreed on this in their official statements! Is it possible that Ted and Morbos are looking at the same scene yet saw two different things?

Or is it possible that when Ted shot Trina, she fell to the floor and laid in her pool of blood near the toilet. This could be what was imprinted in his mind. As a husband--her wife is still alive at this time--he propped her up againt the wall in sitting position, locked the toilet door, then called Morbos to open it together with him. The second scene may be the one seen by Morbos. There is no mistaking on what Morbos saw. She demonstrated it in front of the television cameras for everyone to see.

This contradiction in their statements, at the very least should arouse suspicion.

And Dr Raquel Fortun has now spoken too. The self-proclaimed prime forensic expert stated that Trina committed suicide because the trajectory of the bullet is upwards as shown by the wounds on the head of Trina. Now, she made this statement despite (or because of?) the earlier rumors attributed to the QCPD SOCO that the bullet trajectory is downwards. Be that as it may, as there is a real possiblility to put in question the credibility of both camps, how does Dr. Fortun now explain the findings of SOCO (and everyone who had been in that bathroom during the second search) that the bullet impact is behind the toilet bowl? The impact point is no more than 2 feet from the floor. With this incontrovertible information based on verifiable and well documented evidence, what does it make of the statement of Dr. Fortun? Trina committed suicide with a gun pointing upwards towards her head but the impact point of the bullet is only two feet above the floor. So, conclusion: Trina shot herself while lying down on the floor! But wait! Morbos said that Trina was sitting with her back against the wall! Uh uh. Dr. Fortun's conclusion, to be very generous about it, is questionable. But for me, what she said is impossible.

And Trina had spoken too. She left her blood on the wall. She had her blood on the floor. She also had her blood in the car, in the carpet, in her and Ted's clothes. She even had her blood in his shoes!

And today, Trina is about to be cremated. I only see one purpose for this: Stop her from talking to the forensic experts.

But had Trina said it all yet?

May she rest in peace and justice come upon her!

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Ted Failon, et al. Part 2 (Speaking to the Dead)

The dead cannot speak to us directly, but they do speak volumes to investigators, especially to forensics. In Trina's case, what is it that she might be telling us now?

Let me speculate freely as an investigator (well, this is my blog!).

Let us focus on this fact: Trina Etong is dead with a gunshot wound.

Let us focus on this main question: Is it suicide or something else?

Sub-question #1 (Place of incident): If you are Trina and you want to commit suicide, what would you do? Commit suicide in your house and not leave a note why you did it and put doubt on everybody in your house? The note found does not in any way resemble a suicide note!

If you are Ted and Trina actually committed suicide, would you muddle the fact that she indeed committed suicide by cleaning up the scene?

Sub-question #2 (Mode of suicide): If you are Trina and you want to commit suicide, will you be brave and composed enough to shoot yourself in the head? Have you heard about sleeping pills overdose?

If you are Ted and have a beautiful Walter PPK (small enough to be carried in your pants pocket), would you leave it at home? Why did you buy such an expensive weapon designed for concealed carry if you do not want to pack it?

Sub-question #3 (Timing of the suicide): If you are Trina and indeed you wanted to commit suicide, would you call up your husband first? If so, if you hate him and/or yourself that much, don't you want to let him hear the gunshot?

If you are Ted and as you alleged your wife told you something serious enough for you to hurriedly return home and undertime on the job, how serious things are? If your wife insinuated suicide already, is it not logical to call up anybody on the house to check on her before or while driving? And upon arrival at the house, will the first thing that you ask for from the maid is a glass of water?

What could be Trina telling us right now?

Ted Failon, et al. Part 1

By now, except those living in caves, everyone already know the Ted Failon-Trina Etong saga. So much has been said and done already that by now, I will just be another Johnny come lately. But what the heck, here is my cop opinion.

This whole episode would not have taken these twists and turns had everybody told the truth right at the very start and acted in the normal and expected course of things. From a policeman's standpoint, a lot of things will expectedly raise a lot of questions and awaken your investigator's insticts. Let us analyze these things in chronological order:

Chapter 1. The first report about a shooting victim came to the attention of the police at around lunch time. The report is from the duty guard of New Era Hospital. Hohum, normal day. Shooting victim reports are a normal fare in Quezon City. I would love to see a single tabloid without a news item of somebody dying by gunshot wound in Quezon City. That would be a real collector's item. Hospitals are mandated by law to report such incidents that come to their attention. The normal reaction of the police to this report is to send investigators to investigate the incident. The favorite trauma hospital in Quezon City is East Avenue Medical Center and guards there know of this SOP by heart. Not far behind are Malvar General Hospital and New Era Hospital because they are the nearest hospitals to the stabbing and shooting capital of Quezon City: Payatas dumpsite and Litex in Commonwelath Avenue and its environs.

So the report came in at 1:00 PM. QC police sent investigators and found that the victim is a certain Trinidad Etong and that she was brought to the hospital by a certain Teodoro Etong. Now, all of you who smell something spectacular, raise your hands. Who are these Etongs? Please raise your hand if you know them from Adam and Eve. But for the police, whether it is Etong or Failon or Sanchez, investigators follow the same Bible, to quote QCPD Chief Elmo San Diego.

Step 1 of course is find the nearest kin of the victim. After 2 hours, (yes Victoria, 2 hours!) the police was able to find Pamela Trinchera (sister of victim) together with a lawyer, all the while passing away their time in the canteen while the police looked for them in every nook and cranny of New Era Hospital. They were found because the guards cannot stand anymore the elicitation of the policemen. The Etongs instructed the guards not to reveal their identities. Why?

When the police found Pamela, the obvious first question is "Where and when did the shooting take place?" Before Trincera answered this question, she consulted with the lawyer for almost 15 minutes. So the address of Teodoro Etong was given to the police at past 3:00 PM. Oh my...

Question: Is this normal the normal course of things? Why did the Etongs not report the incident to the police? They had 4 hours to make the call. Why is Pamela hesitant to give the place of the incident to the police? Do you need your lawyer to be with you to report a real suicide? Think...

Chapter 2. So the police went to the house of Teodoro Etong at about 4:00 PM. Lo and behold, they were met by Ted Failon. Huh, you are Teodoro Etong? Hehe. And more importantly, is Ted not supposed to be in the hospital at the side of his wife? At this stage, if you are the investigator, will you be not more suspicious than ever?

Chapter 3. The obvious question to Ted is "Where and when did this happen?" So the police where shown the place. But wait, why is the place cleaned already? The lame excuse of Ted is that, "My children will be traumatized if they will see the blood so I have the place cleaned up." Simplest retort to Ted is, "Don't you know that it is illegal? You are a law graduate, a former congressman, know-it-all broadcaster, and yet you did not know that? And most importantly, hindi ka ba nanonood kay Gus Abelgas sa kanyang programang "S. O. C. O.?" Hmmm...

Even just at this point, one can conclude that something is amiss. An investigator worth his salt should by hyped by the facts.

If it was suicide, it would just be too easy to report it to the police. Ted knows what really happened.

It is not suicide...

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

The Chip Tsao Frenzy

The Chip Tsao frenzy stirred the proverbial hornets nest that is the Philippines to the extent that Philippines officially banned him from entering the country. Senators demanded investigation, the DFA mulled diplomatic protest, and the Philippine Consulate in Hong Kong issued a formal statement criticizing Tsao. And rightfully so. We should shout to high heavens because Chip Chao is so wrong!

Chip Tsao is so wrong in his description of our country: we are not a nation of servants. At the very least, we are a nation of people too lazy to read. At worst, we are a nation of stupid people who already cannot understand what we are reading. To those who made conclusions and opinions without first reading the article of Chip Tsao (including our senators) here are the first two paragraphs of the article:

1. The Russians sank a Hong Kong freighter last month, killing the seven Chinese seamen on board. We can live with that—Lenin and Stalin were once the ideological mentors of all Chinese people. The Japanese planted a flag on Diàoyú Island. That’s no big problem—we Hong Kong Chinese love Japanese cartoons, Hello Kitty, and shopping in Shinjuku, let alone our round-the-clock obsession with karaoke.

3. But hold on—even the Filipinos? Manila has just claimed sovereignty over the scattered rocks in the South China Sea called the Spratly Islands, complete with a blatant threat from its congress to send gunboats to the South China Sea to defend the islands from China if necessary. This is beyond reproach. The reason: there are more than 130, 000 Filipina maids working as $3, 580-a-month cheap labor in Hong Kong. As a nation of servants, you don’t flex your muscles at your master, from whom you earn most of your bread and butter.

Right there and then, you can already see that this article is not an attack of the Filipinos. Ironically, it is actually in defense of us. Chip Tsao's bottomline is putting China to task for picking a fight with lowly Philippines for doing something so minor, instead of directing its rage against Russia and Japan who had done far more serious crimes against China. He even called Spratlys as scattered rocks! Hay, how difficult is that to understand?

Mabuhay talaga ang Pilipino!

2 'Lacson men' seen in US--Gonzalez

2 'Lacson men' seen in US--Gonzalez

By Tetch Torres
First Posted 21:56:00 03/31/2009

Close this MANILA, Philippines -- Two media personalities identified with Senator Panfilo Lacson are in the United States “maybe doing errands” for former police officers linked to the deaths of a publicist and his driver, Justice Secretary Raul Gonzalez said Tuesday.

Quoting Bureau of Corrections Director Oscar Calderon who arrived from the US, Gonzalez said a certain "De Belen" and "Burgos" were also there.

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My take:

This Raul Gonzales is acting like a showbiz reporter. He is the SOJ for crissakes! If he has the goods on Lacson, then, he should order his prosecutors file the case in court and ask for a warrant ASAP. Murder is a non-bailable offense so he better do his home work and put Lacson behind bars. Otherwise, he better keep his mouth shut. Stupid...

Duterte gives up control of Davao City cops

Duterte gives up control of Davao City cops

Quits Napolcom post

By Jeffrey M. Tupas
Inquirer Mindanao
First Posted 02:40:00 04/01/2009

DAVAO CITY—Embattled Mayor Rodrigo Duterte Tuesday gave up control of Davao City’s police forces and resigned from the National Police Commission (Napolcom), amid charges from an international watchdog linking the local police to death squad assassinations.

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Notable quotes from this article:

De Lima: “He just showed some ‘delicadeza’ (propriety) and I hope that he is consistent,”

Ok, Duterte has delicadeza. How about you, Leila? How about the killings perpetrated by Gloria? How about the human rights of the three ICRC hostages? Why don't you investigate the Abus? Why single out Duterte who made Davao City the number 1 most livable city in the country today?

Tango: “There came a time when I did not want to read the Command Journal (anymore).”
“The frequency was so alarming that much attention must be given to these incidents,” Tango said. He said the thought that the killings were “orchestrated never crossed my mind.”

Then resign your post general. It is that easy. And change a letter in your surname.

Gordon sheds tears while making an appeal to the Abus

That picture of Gordon Inquirer is the best evidence that he is unfit to be president. Thank God he has very little chance. We sing the National Anthem yet we do not understand its lyrics especially the last line. When we sing "Ang mamatay ng dahil sa yo," let us take a break and consider the fact that one day, we may have to interpret that literally.

Everybody dies anyway so if these three ICRC workers die in this crisis that is largely of their own making, I am sure, their names will forever be literally etched in stone in an ICRC facility. Shed no tears for anybody here Gordon. Accept the fact that with what you are doing in ICRC, death in line of duty is a very real possibility. Just make sure that the three will not die in vain. Make sure that 300 Abus (pratically all of them--yes, all Abus--300 lang pala according to the military!) die with them!

FILIPINO CAPTIVE ASKS ‘Why is gov’t risking our lives?’

‘Why is gov’t risking our lives?’

By Arlyn dela Cruz
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 03:07:00 04/01/2009

MANILA, Philippines—Mary Jean Lacaba has a lot to say on the eve of an expected execution.

She expressed fear, sadness, anger and confusion in a phone interview on Monday, past 9 p.m.

The 37-year-old engineer of the International Committee of the Red Cross could not even say who among the three ICRC workers would be beheaded.

The Abu Sayyaf earlier said that one of the hostages would be killed at 2 p.m. Tuesday if the government did not comply with a demand for a total troop withdrawal from Jolo Island in Sulu province.

Monday was the 75th day of Mary Jean’s captivity. Mary Jean, Swiss Andreas Notter and Italian Eugenio Vagni were kidnapped while en route to the Jolo airport after looking at conditions in the municipal jail.

The voice on the other line trembled, her tone a pitch higher than her usual calm voice in her earlier interviews aired by media.

She said time was running out.

“Maybe one of us will be gone soon,” Mary Jean said in Filipino. “Do we have a chance or not?”

She said their hands and feet had been tied as early as 5 p.m. Monday.

The leader of the kidnappers, Albadar Parad, said the hostages had refused to eat.

The dinner of rice and fish had been left untouched. Parad said on the phone that this was a sign the hostages were accepting their fate.

“We could not understand why the government was risking our lives,” Mary Jean said.

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My take:

The answer to your question is very simple: Why you yourselves risked your lives in the first place? You know for a fact that foreigners are blue chip targets in that area. Can you not find local plumbers in the first place? Ang baba naman ng tingin nyo sa mga taga Jolo.

Now that the inevitable happened, you mean, the government should risk the lives of the rest of Jolo citizens just to save you? And even acceding to the demands of the Abu Sayyaf does not guarantee your safety darling.

So be true to the mission statement of ICRC: The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is an impartial, neutral and independent organization blah blah blah. Be independent and leave the Philippine Government out of this mess that you created.