Martes, Enero 5, 2021

Paniqui, Tarlac Murders, My Lai Massacre: Shockers to Humanity

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

While speed reading a hardbound book The New American Military by Andrew J. Bacevich I bought at Book Sale in Robinsons Place - Pangasinan, I came across a paragraph about a barbarous criminal act, that shocked the whole world, perpetrated by Army Lieutenant William Calley, Jr. and cohorts who during the Vietnam War in March 16, 1968 massacred up to 504 innocent Vietnamese civilians who were men, women, and children.
This condemnable heinous crimes, I first read on the Time and Life Magazines of my military father when I was in elementary grades, became one of the most scandalous episodes that until now haunts the American military.
But just like the defense of the hierarchy’s of the Philippine National Police that its officers and men have been absolved by the aberration brought by Police Staff Sergeant Jonel Nuezca, the Yanks said that the Calley brouhaha was an "isolated case" - son of a gun to borrow the incessant two-word justification of the Flips ,er, Filipinos' national police every time a scalawag in their rank went berserk by maiming or murdering a civilian.
SCARED Vietnamese Women and children who after this photo was taken was
mowed to death by the automatic rifles of the American soldiers. They were part of the 504 unarmed civilians including children in Sơn Tịnh District, South Vietnam on March 16, 1968 massacred by the U.S military. The woman at second from right of the photo bottoned her dress after she was raped by the Americans despite she had a child being cuddled.
 
Nuezca, a fellow Pangasinense, pumped four bullets of his .9mm semi-automatic revolver last December 20, 2020 to the heads of Sonia Gregorio, 52, and Frank Anthony Gregorio, 25, a mother and a son at Purok 2, Barangay Cabayaoasan, Paniqui in Tarlac that jolted the whole nation by the viral video record the crimes as they geared for the celebration of the Christmas Eve.
Here below are the more shocking salient features of the Mỹ Lai Massacre as recounted by those who directly saw how those evil Yankee soldiers killed those innocent civilians -- as if they were slaughtering a horde of defenseless animals.
According to the May 27, 1970 news report of the Milwaukee Journal titled: My Lai: Soldiers’ Bullets Silenced Pleas, Prayers of Victims: “The villagers, who were getting ready for a market day, at first did not panic or run away, as they were herded into the hamlet's common spaces and homestead yards. Harry Stanley, a machine gunner from Charlie Company, said during the U.S Army Criminal Investigation Division inquiry that the killings started without warning. He first observed a member of 1st Platoon strike a Vietnamese man with a bayonet. Then the same trooper pushed another villager into a well and threw a grenade in the well. Next, he saw fifteen or twenty people, mainly women and children, kneeling around a temple with burning incense. They were praying and crying. They were all killed by shots to the head
When Private First Class Michael Bernhardt entered the subhamlet of Xom Lang, the massacre was underway.
Here what Seymour M. Hersh wrote on Eyewitness accounts of the My Lai massacre on the book’s Plain Dealer (November 20, 1969):
"I walked up and saw these guys doing strange things ... Setting fire to the hootsches and huts and waiting for people to come out and then shooting them ... going into the hootches and shooting them up ... gathering people in groups and shooting them ... As I walked in you could see piles of people all through the village ... all over. They were gathered up into large groups. I saw them shoot an M79 grenade launcher into a group of people who were still alive. But it was mostly done with a machine gun. They were shooting women and children just like anybody else. We met no resistance and I only saw three captured weapons. We had no casualties. It was just like any other Vietnamese village – old papa-sans, women and kids. As a matter of fact, I don't remember seeing one military-age male in the entire place, dead or alive".
One group of 20–50 villagers was herded south of Xom Lang and killed on a dirt road. According to Ronald Haeberle's eyewitness account of the massacre, in one instance.
HEINOUS CRIMES. Police Staff Sergeant Jonel Nuezca (left photo) shot to death on the head Sonia Gregorio with a bullet from his .9mm semi-automatic revolver and then pumped another bullet to the head of her son’Frank Anthony Gregorio. He followed his dastardly acts by shooting two more bullets to the heads of the mother and son. The gruesome crime ensued at Barangay Cabayaoasan, Paniqui in Tarlac. At right photo is theMỹ Lai massacre where American soldiers murdered 504 unarmed civilians including children in Sơn Tịnh District, South Vietnam on March 16, 1968. It could have been worse iArmy’s helicopter pilot Hugh Thompson did not land and threatened to shoot  with a machine gun other fellow U.S soldiers who continued and relished killing other Vietnamese.


So there you are my dear readers, if Vietnam had that traumatic My Lai Massacre,Mindanao, Philippines had the Ampatuan Massacre where the gunmen killed 43 men and 15 women. Some victims were shot in the genital area and others were mutilated before murdering them through the order of Datu Unsay Town Mayor Andal Ampatuan, Jr, son of then incumbent Maguindanao Governor and War Lord Andal Ampatuan, Sr. Many of the women there were raped and 34 journalists were killed. It should be 35 salamabit if I did not settle in Pangasinan from my reporter’s job in Central Mindanao.
These heinous crimes committed by these dregs of society were no different to the grisly murder of rogue killer cop Jonel Nuezca of Paniqui, Tarlac that became a shocker to the consciousness of the people in and out of the Philippines.

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Linggo, Hulyo 26, 2020

M'lang Produces The Tastiest, Sweetest Pomelo


ALL OVER THE COUNTRY

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

 M’LANG, Cotabato – The pomelo in this agricultural land locked town is the tastiest among all the big citrus fruits in the country, an executive of the huge Sheba Pomelo Farm said.
Eleonor “Lotlot” Alba- Antonio said that in her countless of years as supervisor of planters of huge hectares of pomelo in the provinces of Cotabato, South Cotabato, Sarangani, and Davao, the sweet pinkish flesh fruit planted here is the tastiest.
“Aside from the combination of proper care, right fertilizers and pesticides the factor of its being the sweetest is the soil of this town,” Antonio told this writer in her 24 hectares of  the scientifically known citrus grandis' plantation in Barangay Buayan here.
POMELOS. Businesswoman Eleonor “Lotlot” Alba- Antonio and a worker pose for posterity with a mountain of the big citrus fruits behind them at her 24 hectares' farm in Brgy. Buayan, M'lang, Cotabato Province.

She disclosed that Sheba Pomelo Farm has roughly three hundred of hectares of pomelo plantations all over Central Mindanao and Davao Provinces that sustain the unquenchable appetites for the big citrus fruits of the millions of consumers in the Visaya and Luzon Regions.
She cited that pomelo varies in classes.
“This one is Class A while this same size is Class B. When you weight them by your hand however the Class B is lighter,” she explained in Ilonggo the distinctions of the five pomelo fruits displayed at the table while countless of sacks of pomelos for delivery in Manila piled nearby.

Linggo, Hulyo 19, 2020

Pilot-Solon Hits Chopper Crew’s Inexperience

QUESTIONED THEIR FLYING HOURS IN BELL 429
By Mortz C. Ortigoza
DAGUPAN CITY – An aircraft pilot and a congressman disputed the pronouncements that the ill-fated hundreds million pesos Bell 429 helicopter were piloted by seasoned crew.
“How can they be seasoned? The PNP just bought recently that chopper. Do they have 3,000 flying hours with the Bell 429?” Pangasinan Third District Representative Ramon “Mon-Mon” Guico III told this writer in a telephone call after he read the latter’s blog: ExpertsBlame Pilots on Police Chopper Crash.
Guico, a helicopter pilot, reacted to this writer’s statement quoting former Philippine National Police’s Chief Director General Ronald ”Bato” dela Rosa and PNP Directorate for Police Community Relations Chief Major General Benigno Durana that the two pilots who flown the P435 million Bell 429 Super Ranger bought by the government in March 2018 in Canada were experts.
“Bagong bago ito being operated by well-trained pilots ano and alam natin accidents hinde rin natin maiwasan kung minsan. They have been flying this helicopter for quite some time already,” Major General Durana told GMA-7 24 Oras News in March 6, 2020.
PILOTS. Police Pilots (left photo) of the ill-fated P435 million Canadian made Bell 429 Super Ranger. Pangasinan Congressman Ramon “Mon-Mon” Guico (right at other photo) and his co- pilot prepares to take off with his aircraft. Guico’s family owned the WCC Aviation’s Aeronautical College in Binalonan, Pangasinan.
He added that the Bell 429 was a very reliable brand chopper.
Senator dela Rosa who during his stint as PNP chief the helicopter was purchased from Canada told ABS-CBN TV that the two pilots who were lieutenant colonels were seasoned pilots.
Helicopters like those Bell UH-1 Hueys in the Philippine Air Force are operated by lieutenants and captains.
The chopper upon taking off on March 5, 2020 under cover of thick dust tripped a high tension wires of a power provider with two of its two front landing skids that caused it to spin to the soiled ground
Eyewitness interviewed by GMA-7 Television said that a firetruck had drenched the dusty landing zone, a private property, in the wee hour of March 5.
Before the chopper landed however at 7 a.m of the fateful day the area was still dusty.
The congressman said the pilots could be seasoned in other helicopters but they could not be an expert in Bell 429.
The Bell 429 Global Ranger, according to Wikipidea, is a light, twin-engine helicopter developed by Bell Helicopter and Korea Aerospace Industries. First flight of the Bell 429 prototype took place on February 27, 2007, and the aircraft received type certification on July 1, 2009. The Bell 429 is capable of single-pilot Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) and Runway Category A operations.
It received type certification from Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCCA) on July 1, 2009. The helicopter is a single-pilot IFR Category A helicopter. It is capable of operating with one engine inoperative.
Guico questioned the character, attitude, and performance of the pilots when the aircraft land on a limited probably sandy soil with high tension wires nearby and when it took off shrouded by thick dust in a zero visibility environment.
It ferried PNP Chief Archie Gamboa, Director for Comptroller Major General Jovic Ramos, Director for Intelligence Major General Mariel Magaway, PNP Spokesman Brigadier General Bernard Banac, and others when it left the Highway Patrol Office in San Pedro, Laguna to a police regional command conference in Calamba, Laguna.
Guico not only blamed the pilots of negligence but the ground crew at the vacant lot in San Pedro, Laguna.
“They should have drenched the ground from a firetruck. They should have evaluated the area before landing and taking off, read their indicators as reflected by the chopper’s instrument”.
Guico agreed with the observation of pilot and mechanic Ferdinand Senior of Louisiana, USA who told earlier this writer that the thick dust not only prejudice the visibility of the pilots but damage compressor and the turbine of the Bell.
“Pinakita ko ang video ng heli ng magtake off sa mga kasamahang kong pilots at aircraft mechanics dito sabi nga nila bago palang take off pag suck ng intake sa alikabok at small debris may tama na compressor at turbine at yong pilot, too crazy for doing it sabi nga nila seconds lang IFR na agad yan pag take off”.
Senior said what the pilots had done was violation of the Instrument Flight Rules (IFR).
Guico cited an incident when thick particles enveloped the chopper he piloted at the family owned WCC Aviation’s Aeronautical College in Binalonan, Pangasinan.
“When I landed I was met by thick dust because the area at the far part of the runway. I asked our personnel to douse with water the area so it could not affect the take off and hamper my sight”.
He deplored how the two pilots maneuvered the rotary winged aircraft.
“Because of the incompetence we wasted hundreds of million pesos Bell helicopter,” Guico, whose family bought last month a P130 million Cessna Caravan, told this writer.
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Experts Blame Pilots on Police Chopper Crash

By Mortz C. Ortigoza
When I posted at Facebook my take on the ill-fated P435 million Bell 429 Super Ranger helicopter bought by the Philippine National Police from Canada in 2018, I had interesting responses from three persons who know the nuances of a chopper.
My post after the multi-purpose Bell 429 was shrouded by thick dark dust that caused her front skids to trip a high tension wire, tailspin, and plunged to the ground that hurt four generals where one of them was my bilas (my missus brother-in-law) Director for Intelligence Major General Mariel Magaway:
“Iyong “turturugong tambaloslos”na mga piloto. Pag landing pa lang alam na na pag magtake off dudoble ang alikabok at pueding sumabit sa katabing gawad ng kuryente bakit hindi binasa ng tubig ng bumbero iyong landing ground?” I posted.
“They did not douse with water the uncemented landing zone,” An air force sergeant who is my town mate agreed with my observation that the two seasoned Lieutenant Colonel pilots should know that upon landing, those tolerable dust would quantify because of the power of the two Pratt & Whitney Canada PW207D1 turbo shaft engines that kicked off those four main rotors.
Philippine police chief, aides survive copter crash, SE Asia News ...
ILL FATED. The ill-fated P435 million Bell 429 helicopter bought by the Philippine National Police brand new from Canada in 2018. All its crew and passengers that include four generals' PNP Chief Director General Archie Gamboa (PMA '86), Director for Intelligence Major General Mariel Magaway (PMA '86), Director for Comptrollership Major General Jovic Ramos (PMA '86) and PNP Spokesman Brigadier General Bernard Banac (PMA '92) survived the crash in San Pedro, Laguna last March 5. (Photo Credit: The Strait Times)

My wife told me that before the March 5 landing, a firetruck had drenched the night before the landing zone. But I retorted that probably the dousing was haphazardly done because Chief PNP Director General Archie Gamboa and party (eight of them including the three crews upon inspection of those impounded vehicles at the Highway Patrol’s Office in San Pedro, Laguna Province immediately left the area for a regional police command conference in Calamba, Laguna.

Is Aggie Sec. William Dar Gay?


By Mortz C. Ortigoza

I don’t know if Agriculture Secretary William Dar suffers sexual challenges or bouts with amnesia.
Lately I saw him at the receiving end of the vitriol by angry citizens at Facebook when he posed for a photo op rubbing elbows with a youthful mestizo knockout.
A delighted Dar was garbed in a stripped collar's shirt while the Filipino-Australian guy sartorial elegantly clad on a black coat and a black shirt.
He was dashing actor Robert James Marquinez Reid, 27, and commissioned by Dar as incoming youth ambassador for agriculture and agri- business to promote the beleaguered department that only brought anxieties and pains to the lowly farmers.
Rolly Manio commented: “Baka bading si Secretary kaya ginagawa niyang ambassador para lagi niyang makasama”.

A certain Caesar Fugata Moquete had scathing remarks for the 67 years old horticulturist.
THRILLED. Department of Agriculture Secretary William Dar, 67, (left) is delighted while he poses for posterity with Filipino-Australian Actor James Reid, 27, when the former commissioned him to be the D.A’s youth ambassador for agriculture and agri- business.
“Ano yan Sec. traveling boar? Anak ng itik, marunong ba magbungkal ng lupa at matanim ng kamote? Di namin kailangang mga farmer ang chick boy, kailangan namin ng agriculture projects, proper irrigation, farm machineries, quality seeds and financial subsidies. Gusto mo ng ambassador? Iyong totoong farmer alam ang hirap, andiyan si Carrot Man, Cabbage Man o graduate agricultural colleges”.
 Charlo Quirante agreed that Dar should have commissioned the hunky Carrot Boy of Baguio City who became a sensation at the online media.

Sabado, Marso 7, 2020

Aussie Pilot Cites Ideal PAF Attack Chopper

By Mortz C. Ortigoza
A Filipino pilot based in Australia said the ideal procurement of an attack helicopter for the Philippine military is to buy the Bell AH-1Z Viper Attack Helicopter (AH) than the Bell AH-1 Super Cobra or Boeing AH-64 Apache.
Denmark Suede told this writer that with a limited budget of P13.8 billion for a purchase of a squadron of these combat choppers, the offer of Bell to buy five of its Vipers and the remaining seven funded by soft loan was the best gesture.
“Plus magbibigay ang U.S ng Whiskey (Super Cobra) na one squadron (10 to 12 helicopters). The U.S offer is the best offer,” he said in Filipino.
He cited that Turkey Aerospace Industry (TAI), the maker of T-129 attack chopper, offers loan too to the Philippines to buy their product.
A pilot and a pilot-gunner operate each of the attack helicopters.
Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said the Technical Working Group of the Philippines Air Force (PAF) recommended in 2018 to purchase the T-129.
“But they could only get “less than 10” units with their budget,” he said.
Last December 2019, Boeing offered to sell a squadron of AH-64 Apache to the Philippines.
ATTACK CHOPPERS FOR PH. Clockwise above: U.S Bell AH-1 Z Viper Attack Helicopter (AH), U.S Boeing Apache AH, Turkey Aerospace Industry’s T-129 ATAK, and U.S Bell AH-W Super Cobra.
The country has a budget of P13.8 billions for a squadron of attack choppers as mandated by the Horizon-I of the Revised Armed Forces of the Philippines’ Modernization Act (RAFPMA) or what is known as Republic Act 10349, that covered years 2013 to 2017..
According to a military website, Super Cobra AH W or Whiskey, AH-1Z Viper, Apache, and T-129 have price tags of US$10.7 million (2007)/ P535 million (AH-W), US$27 million/P1.350 billion (refurbished Viper) or US$31 million/ P1.55 billion (newly built Viper), $40 million/P2 billion (Apache), $50 million/PP2.5 billion (T-129), respectively.
DefenseTurkey.com cited that the $50, 000 or P2.5 billion price tag apiece of T-129 includes the comprehensive packages of logistics, munitions, spare parts, ground support equipment and training.
The publication about the other choppers did not provide if their prices included as those packages on T-129.
SUPER COBRA
The Bell AH-1 Super Cobra, according to Wikipidea, is a twin-engine attack helicopter based on the United States Army's single-engine AH-1 Cobra. The twin Cobra family, itself part of the larger Huey family, includes the AH-1J Sea Cobra, the AH-1T Improved Sea Cobra, and the AH-1W Super Cobra. The AH-1W, the backbone of the United States Marine Corps' attack helicopter fleet for decades, is being replaced by the next generation Bell AH-1Z Viper.
VIPER
The Bell AH-1Z Viper is an American twin-engine attack helicopter, based on the AH-1W Super Cobra, that was developed for the United States Marine Corps as part of the H-1 upgrade program, according to Model Designation of Military Aerospace Vehicles by the US. The AH-1Z features a four-blade, bearing less, composite main rotor system, uprated transmission, and a new target sighting system. The AH-1Z, one of the latest members of the prolific Bell Huey family, is also called "Zulu Cobra", based on the military phonetic alphabet pronunciation of its variant letter.
T-129 ATAK
The TAI/AgustaWestland T129 ATAK, according to airforce- technology.com, is a twin-engine, tandem seat, multi-role, all-weather attack helicopter based on the Agusta A129 Mangusta platform. Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) developed the T129 with partner AgustaWestland. The helicopter is designed for advanced attack and reconnaissance missions in hot and high environments and rough geography in both day and night conditions.
AH-64 APACHE
The Boeing AH-64 Apache is an American twin-turboshaft attack helicopter with a tailwheel-type landing gear arrangement and a tandem cockpit for a crew of two. It features a nose-mounted sensor suite for target acquisition and night vision systems. It is armed with a 30 mm (1.18 in) M230 chain gun carried between the main landing gear, under the aircraft's forward fuselage, and four hardpoints mounted on stub-wing pylons for carrying armament and stores, typically a mixture of AGM-114 Hellfire missiles and Hydra 70 rocket pods. The AH-64 has significant systems redundancy to improve combat survivability.
The United States has lifted out recently its sanction on Turkey thus the supply of U.S made engines LHTEC T800, made by a consortium of British’s Rolls Royce and U.S Honeywell, for T-129 have returned to business with foreign buyers.
The two pilots’ capable helicopter is heavily armored plated especially on its belly and rotors that could sustain blast against 12.7mm armor-piercing rounds projectiles while it carries its three-barrel rotary cannon (500 rounds) and hard points.
SUPER COBRA
The performances of the AH-1W Super Cobra, according to the International Directory of Military Aircraft, are maximum speed: 190 knots (218 mph, 352 km/h), Range: 317 nmi (365 mi, 587 km); Service ceiling: 12,200 ft (3,720 m), and; Rate of climb: 1,620 ft/min (8.2 m/s).
Its armaments are: M197 3-barreled Gatling cannon in the A/A49E-7 turret (750 rounds ammo capacity); 2.75 in (70 mm) Hydra 70 or APKWS II[55] rockets – Mounted in LAU-68C/A (7 shot) or LAU-61D/A (19 shot) launchers; 5 in (127 mm) Zuni rockets – 8 rockets in two 4-round LAU-10D/A launchers; TOW missiles – Up to 8 missiles mounted in two 4-round XM65 missile launchers, one on each outboard hardpoint; AGM-114 Hellfire missiles – Up to 8 missiles mounted in two 4-round M272 missile launchers, one on each outboard hardpoint, and; AIM-9 Sidewinder anti-aircraft missiles – 1 mounted on each outboard hardpoint (total of 2).
Australia based pilot Denmark Suede and author at the latter Talk Radio 101.
VIPER
The performances of the Viper, according to Wikipidea, are never exceeded speed of 222 knots (255 mph, 411 km/h) in a dive; Cruise speed: 160 kt (184 mph, 296 km/h); Range: 370 nmi (426 mi, 685 km; Combat radius: 125 nmi (144 mi, 231 km) with 2,500 lb (1,130 kg) payload; Service ceiling: 20,000+ ft (6,000+ m); Rate of climb: 2,790 ft/min (14.2 m/s).
In terms of armaments. It has the following: Guns: 1 × 20 mm (0.787 in) M197 three-barreled rotary cannon in the A/A49E-7 turret (750 round ammo capacity); Hardpoints: Up to 6 pylon stations on stub wing; Rockets: 2.75 in (70 mm) Hydra 70 or APKWS II[52] rockets – Mounted in LAU-68C/A (7 shot) or LAU-61D/A (19 shot) launchers (up to 76 unguided or 28 guided rockets total); Missiles: AIM-9 Sidewinder air-to-air missiles – 1 mounted on each wing tip station (total of 2), AGM-114 Hellfire air-to-surface missiles – Up to 16 missiles mounted in four 4-round M272 missile launchers, two on each wing.
T-129 ATAK
Its performances are maximum speed: 278 km/h (151 knots, 174 mph); Cruise speed: 269 km/h (145 knots, 167 mph); Range: 561 km (303 nmi, 341 mi); Ferry range: 1,000 km (540 nmi, 620 mi)
• Service ceiling: 6,096 m (20,000 ft), and; Rate of climb: 14.0 m/s (2,750 ft/min).

The T-129 armaments are: Guns: 1× M197 20x102 mm (0.787 in) three-barrel rotary cannon (500 rounds), Hardpoints: Provisions to carry combinations of: Rockets: maximum 4 pods with 38× 81 mm (3.19 in) unguided rockets or 76× 70 mm (2.75 in) unguided rockets or 12.7 mm (0.50 in) machine gun pod, Missiles: 8× AGM-114 Hellfire, BGM-71 TOW, Hydra 70, Spike-ER, UMTAS, OMTAS, anti-tank and anti-armor missiles and Sura D/Snora; 12x Roketsan Cirit, and; 2× AIM-92 Stinger or Mistral or AIM-9 Sidewinder anti-aircraft missiles.
APACHE
The AH-64 Apache performances are never exceeded speed of 197 knots (227 mph, 365 km/h); Maximum speed: 158 knots (182 mph, 293 km/h); Cruise speed: 143 knots (165 mph, 265 km/h); Range: 257 nmi (295 mi, 476 km) with Longbow radar mast; Combat radius: 260 nmi (300 mi, 480 km); Ferry range: 1,024 nmi (1,180 mi, 1,900 km); Service ceiling: 21,000 ft (6,400 m) minimum loaded; Rate of climb: 2,500 ft/min (12.7 m/s); Disc loading: 9.80 lb/ft2 (47.9 kg/m2), and ; Power/mass: 0.18 hp/lb (0.31 kW/kg)
It has armaments of Guns: 1× 30 mm (1.18 in) M230 Chain Gun with 1,200 rounds as part of the Area Weapon Subsystem; Hardpoints: Four pylon stations on the stub wings. Longbows also have a station on each wingtip for an AIM-92 Stinger twin missile pack; Rockets: Hydra 70 70 mm, CRV7 70 mm, and APKWS 70 mm[71] air-to-ground rockets; Missiles: Typically AGM-114 Hellfire variants; AIM-92 Stinger and Spike missiles may also be carried.

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Biyernes, Enero 3, 2020

4-Star Gen. and I Admire this Nonpareil Writer


By Mortz C. Ortigoza

During the 83rd birthday of former five-time House of Representatives' Speaker Joe de Venecia attended by foreign and local high rollers and his supporters held at his coastal abode, I bumped into former Philippine National Police Chief and retired Four-Star General Art Lomibao.
“Sir, I’ve been reading about you in the old columns of Max Soliven like when you visited him in his hospital bed,” I told the former top honchos of the National Irrigation Administration and Land Transportation Office while we shook our hands.

“Send mo nga sa akin ang link,” the PMA Class of 1974 alumnus retorted.

I told him that I read the intrepid and prodigious columns of Soliven, 77, since first year college.
I first known his death in November 24, 2006 in Japan while I was airborne to Manila from Davao City after visiting my old folks in the southern island.
“Me too, we have mutual admiration (to his op-ed),” he answered me as Regional Examiner Editor Edwin Tandoc had a hard time taking our photo op with my android phone.
“Edwin, give me my phone and I’ll do the “selfie” with the general,” I said.
By the way, Soliven was Speaker JDV professor in Ateneo de Manila when the latter was cutting his teeth for his Bachelor of Arts in Journalism.
Author and former national police chief retired four-star general
 Art Lomibao during the recent 83rd birthday bash of former 
five-time House Speaker Joe de Venecia.

Here are some of the excerpts of the June 29, 2006 article of Soliven on Lomibao:
“Even while still in hospital, I managed to confer with Police Director General and Police Chief Arturo C. Lomibao who came to visit me. Lomibao, who is retiring on July 5, his birthday, has done a crackerjack job – but he had only one year and four months in which to do it. Too few men. Too little resources. Not enough firearms. Too many rascals in the police force. What can even the most earnest, hardworking, courageous chief of police accomplish – when he’s already a lameduck on the very day he was appointed? I’ve argued – and this, too, quite often with the President herself – that a police chief must have three years in which to lead. It won’t happen. The next guy slated to take over will, if my calculations are correct, have only eleven months until he retire also – next year. The third in line just about a year and a half”.