LUIS “Lucky” MANZANO case: Sapagkat siya ang Chairman of the Board, ang hindi pagiging parte ng pagpapatakbo ng isang kumpanya ay hindi ibig sabihin na abswelto ito sa kasong katiwalian.

 BY PINOYNEWS4

Hindi lang siya CELEBRITY ENDORSER dahil Chairman of the Board siya ng kumpanya kung saan siya ang nagpapatupad ng mga pagpupulong, gumagawa ng mga patakaran ng kumpanya (matapos makakuha ng sapat na bilang ng boto sa mga kasapi ng Board of Directors) at pangunahing tagasubaybay sa pamamahala ng kumpanya. Dahil hindi siya ang Chief Executive Officer ng kumpanya, ang CEO ay sa kaniya nagrereport. Kung hindi sumusunod sa kaniya ang mga tagapamahala ng kaniyang kumpanya, dapat tinanggal niya ang mga ito sa trabaho (sa pamamagitan ng isang resolusyon ng Board of Directors).

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Luis Manzano tagged in alleged scam; denies role in managing business

By GMA Integrated News

Published February 2, 2023

Actor-host Luis Manzano is facing a complaint before the National Bureau of Investigation in connection with an alleged investment scam.

According to John Consulta’s report on “24 Oras”, Jinky Sta. Isabel and other investors filed the complaint in a bid to recover millions of pesos in investments.

She said it was Manzano’s pitch that convinced her to invest in Flex Fuel. He’s allegedly the chairman and one of the owners.

“‘Ako ito. Luis Manzano ito.’ Kaya agad-agad akong nag deposit,” Sta. Isabel said.

“Siyempre, hindi ka magda-doubt sa kanya. Siyempre, Luis Manzano, artista,” she added.

Sta. Isabel said the company had been allowed by the Securities and Exchange Commission to sell products, not solicit investments.

In a statement, Manzano said, “I never took part in the management of the business.”

He also reportedly lost millions of pesos.

Manzano’s camp said that he filed a complaint against his friend and company CEO Ildefonso Medel Jr. in November 2022 after investors approached him to recover their money. —Sherylin Untalan/NB, GMA Integrated News

#NotSoLucky #MalasLangOBobo #ChairmanKaPalaDeIkawAngPinakamataasNaOpisyaSaKumpanya

LUIS “Lucky” MANZANO case: Sapagkat siya ang Chairman of the Board, ang hindi pagiging parte ng pagpapatakbo ng isang kumpanya ay hindi ibig sabihin na abswelto ito sa kasong katiwalian.

Hindi lang siya CELEBRITY ENDORSER dahil Chairman of the Board siya ng kumpanya kung saan siya ang nagpapatupad ng mga pagpupulong, gumagawa ng mga patakaran ng kumpanya (matapos makakuha ng sapat na bilang ng boto sa mga kasapi ng Board of Directors) at pangunahing tagasubaybay sa pamamahala ng kumpanya. Dahil hindi siya ang Chief Executive Officer ng kumpanya, ang CEO ay sa kaniya nagrereport. Kung hindi sumusunod sa kaniya ang mga tagapamahala ng kaniyang kumpanya, dapat tinanggal niya ang mga ito sa trabaho (sa pamamagitan ng isang resolusyon ng Board of Directors).

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Luis Manzano tagged in alleged scam; denies role in managing business

By GMA Integrated News

Published February 2, 2023

Actor-host Luis Manzano is facing a complaint before the National Bureau of Investigation in connection with an alleged investment scam.

According to John Consulta’s report on “24 Oras”, Jinky Sta. Isabel and other investors filed the complaint in a bid to recover millions of pesos in investments.

She said it was Manzano’s pitch that convinced her to invest in Flex Fuel. He’s allegedly the chairman and one of the owners.

“‘Ako ito. Luis Manzano ito.’ Kaya agad-agad akong nag deposit,” Sta. Isabel said.

“Siyempre, hindi ka magda-doubt sa kanya. Siyempre, Luis Manzano, artista,” she added.

Sta. Isabel said the company had been allowed by the Securities and Exchange Commission to sell products, not solicit investments.

In a statement, Manzano said, “I never took part in the management of the business.”

He also reportedly lost millions of pesos.

Manzano’s camp said that he filed a complaint against his friend and company CEO Ildefonso Medel Jr. in November 2022 after investors approached him to recover their money. —Sherylin Untalan/NB, GMA Integrated News

#NotSoLucky #MalasLangOBobo #ChairmanKaPalaDeIkawAngPinakamataasNaOpisyaSaKumpanya

Sibuyan Mining Protests– BILLIONAIRE Gatchalian family behind environmental destruction (deforestation, flooding and landslide potential, water pollution, threat to biodiversity)

 BY PINOYNEWS4

Tila David at Goliath ang labanan kontra minahan sa isla ng Sibuyan. Isang pamilyang BILYONARYO ang naghahasik ng lagim sa pamamagitan ng pagsira sa kalikasan na magdadala ng BAHA (flooding) at PAGGUHO ng LUPA (landslide). Habang may YAYAMAN pa more dahil sa malakihang negosyo, ang mga pangkaraniwang mamamayan ang papasahan sa mga maiiwang sakit ng ulo. Buhay at mga bahay nila ang haharap sa susunod na mga bagyo na magdadala ng tubig, putik at mga troso.

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Statement of the Social Work Action Network Philippines: THE GATCHALIAN CASE: THE MASTERY OF DOUBLE-SPEAK

 9 February 2023

A review of history tells that the Gachalian family has wormed into the ranks of the ruling class. From a small family owned business in the plastic industry in 1969, it was metamorphosed into a conglomerate composed of “a real estate development company, a bank, an airline, an oil exploration company, a newspaper publication, various hotels and casinos, a stock brokerage, a petrochemical plant and mining companies. In 1994, it organized The Wellex Group, Incorporated as the investment arm of its expanding business concern.”

Two days ago, the militant group Alyansa Tigil Mina (ATM) bared that “Plastics King” William Gatchalian is the one behind the questionable mining operations of the Atlai Philippines Mining Corp (APMC) in Sibuyan island. They claim that Gatchalian’s involvement in the mining company is through his son Kenneth, who is also a director of APMC’s parent firm . The same documents also showed Kenneth Gatchalian sits as chairman of Wellex Mining Corporation, one of the 23 mining firms ordered closed in February 2017 by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources under then Secretary Regina Lopez .

Kenneth Gatchalian is the brother of Senator Sherwin Gatchalian and recently appointed DSWD Secretary Rex Gatchalian.

A few days ago, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) ordered the mining firm to stop operations of APMC due to lack of permits, among other reasons. Other environmental advocates shared aerial photos which have shown that the firm has already done enough damage, showing that they have already mined some portions of Sibuyan island despite not having an environmental clearance certificate.

This development would not have surfaced in the national consciousness “if not for the local residents blocking roads to stop trucks carrying illegally extracted soil and logs from leaving the island.”

Some colleagues of Sen. Sherwin Gathalian were euphoric on the appointment of Mr. Rexlon to DSWD. The support of the senators on Mr. Gachalian’s appointment to the DSWD insidiously promote a false dichotomy between urban and rural areas from the lens of environmental protection. One senator even prophesized that the new DSWD head “will hopefully bring disaster risk reduction to DSWD as he knows that as congressman, and former mayor of Valenzuela, a vulnerable city,”. Yet he is the same individual that belongs to a family that willfully violated the law leading to the damage of a paradise island for profits in a rural area.

Reactionary pundits will always assert that the sin of the father is not the sin of the son. But the fact remains that the Gachalian family runs a business conglomerate. In this case, it is their company that is starting to destroy the environment with possible aftermath of disasters and calamities.

The reactionary class has always mastered the art of double-speak.

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Environmental group refutes APMC

 By Bella Cariaso – The Manila Times

February 14, 2023

An environmental group on Monday contradicted the claim of Altai Philippines Mining Corp. (APMC) that it is operating legally in Romblon’s Sibuyan Island.

In an interview with The Manila Times, Living Laudato Si’ Philippines executive director Rodne Galicha maintained that APMC’s exploration permit does not justify its violation of various laws in the country.

“The MPSA (mineral production sharing agreement) is not stand-alone. It is not a sweeping contract. It has terms and conditions. It is not a constitution for them to claim that they have the permit so they can do whatever they want,” Galicha said.

In a paid advertisement, the APMC said that it has a “DENR-approved exploration work program.”

“One of the conditions was for them to follow the existing laws. They need to secure the necessary permits,” Galicha said.

In his letter to Environment Secretary Maria Antonia Yulo-Loyzaga dated Feb. 10, 2023, Galicha pushed for the revocation of the exploration permit and the MPSA of APMC in Romblon amid the alleged violations committed by the mining company.

Galicha cited the abuses of APMC including its failure to secure permits for the tree cutting and the construction of a causeway, as well as the lack of environmental compliance certificate in constructing a private port.

In a separate radio interview, Galicha also challenged the local government of San Fernando, Romblon to disclose the earnings derived from the mining operation after the APMC’s statement claimed that it contributed revenues to the municipality.

“We are challenging the municipality of San Fernando and even Altai to disclose all those contributions given to anyone that will prove that they actually provided revenues. The revenues from fisheries, agriculture and tourism are still bigger compared to the earnings from the mining operation,” he added.

At the same time, Galicha said that the local government should not have allowed the two barges and a ship of APMC to leave Sibuyan Island amid its violations.

“Our position is that the two barges and the ship should be impounded for illegal docking at the port, including the trucks used in transporting the nickel ore, as they were accessories to the illegal activities in the area,” Galicha noted.

Galicha also branded as lies the claim of APMC that the Sibuyan Island was already in poor environmental condition prior to the mining operation.

“That is a big lie as the island is known for its rich biodiversity. That is illogical and fallacious,” he said.

According to Galicha, the APMC’s call for an impartial investigation undermines the authority of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the Senate.

“The DENR should be alarmed by this statement as it is an insult to the competence of DENR personnel,” he added.

The Senate is set to investigate the alleged violations committed by APMC after Sen. Ana Theresia “Risa” Hontiveros filed a resolution calling on the upper chamber to look into the mining operation in Romblon.

At the same time, Galicha also answered APMC’s statement that it is not owned by political personalities after reports that the family of Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian owns the mining company.

“What we are saying is that it is a Gatchalian led, in particular Kenneth Gatchalian, who is the second biggest shareholder of Pelican Resources Australia that has the control over Altai Philippines Mining Corp. through the Sibuyan Nickel Properties Development Corp.” Galicha explained.

Kenneth Gatchalian is the brother of the senator.

Galicha said that the APMC operates over 1,580 hectares of land in Sibuyan covering 3.4 percent of the total 445 square kilometer area in the island.

The DENR has suspended the operation of APMC as the former’s Environmental Management Bureau issued notices of violation to APMC for violation of Section 4 of Presidential Decree 1586 or the “Philippine Environmental Impact Statement System,” Republic Act (RA) 6969 or the “Toxic Substances and Hazardous and Nuclear Wastes Control Act of 1990,” RA 9275 or the “Philippine Clean Water Act of 2004,” and Presidential Decree 705 for cutting trees without a permit.

Galicha added that the human barricade will continue on the island after it started on Jan. 26, 2023.

#SibuyanMining #NoToMining #BigBusiness #Gatchalian #SenatorWin #DSWDsec #SibuyanIsland #Deforestation #WaterPollution #Landslide #Flooding #Biodiversity #Sibuyan #PlasticsKing

Sibuyan Mining – Patagin ang Bundok, Kalbuhin ang Gubat, Lasunin ang Dagat

Tila David at Goliath ang labanan kontra minahan sa isla ng Sibuyan. Isang pamilyang BILYONARYO ang naghahasik ng lagim sa pamamagitan ng pagsira sa kalikasan na magdadala ng BAHA (flooding) at PAGGUHO ng LUPA (landslide). Habang may YAYAMAN pa more dahil sa malakihang negosyo, ang mga pangkaraniwang mamamayan ang papasahan sa mga maiiwang sakit ng ulo. Buhay at mga bahay nila ang haharap sa susunod na mga bagyo na magdadala ng tubig, putik at mga troso.

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Statement of the Social Work Action Network Philippines: THE GATCHALIAN CASE: THE MASTERY OF DOUBLE-SPEAK

 9 February 2023

A review of history tells that the Gachalian family has wormed into the ranks of the ruling class. From a small family owned business in the plastic industry in 1969, it was metamorphosed into a conglomerate composed of “a real estate development company, a bank, an airline, an oil exploration company, a newspaper publication, various hotels and casinos, a stock brokerage, a petrochemical plant and mining companies. In 1994, it organized The Wellex Group, Incorporated as the investment arm of its expanding business concern.”

Two days ago, the militant group Alyansa Tigil Mina (ATM) bared that “Plastics King” William Gatchalian is the one behind the questionable mining operations of the Atlai Philippines Mining Corp (APMC) in Sibuyan island. They claim that Gatchalian’s involvement in the mining company is through his son Kenneth, who is also a director of APMC’s parent firm . The same documents also showed Kenneth Gatchalian sits as chairman of Wellex Mining Corporation, one of the 23 mining firms ordered closed in February 2017 by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources under then Secretary Regina Lopez .

Kenneth Gatchalian is the brother of Senator Sherwin Gatchalian and recently appointed DSWD Secretary Rex Gatchalian.

A few days ago, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) ordered the mining firm to stop operations of APMC due to lack of permits, among other reasons. Other environmental advocates shared aerial photos which have shown that the firm has already done enough damage, showing that they have already mined some portions of Sibuyan island despite not having an environmental clearance certificate.

This development would not have surfaced in the national consciousness “if not for the local residents blocking roads to stop trucks carrying illegally extracted soil and logs from leaving the island.”

Some colleagues of Sen. Sherwin Gathalian were euphoric on the appointment of Mr. Rexlon to DSWD. The support of the senators on Mr. Gachalian’s appointment to the DSWD insidiously promote a false dichotomy between urban and rural areas from the lens of environmental protection. One senator even prophesized that the new DSWD head “will hopefully bring disaster risk reduction to DSWD as he knows that as congressman, and former mayor of Valenzuela, a vulnerable city,”. Yet he is the same individual that belongs to a family that willfully violated the law leading to the damage of a paradise island for profits in a rural area.

Reactionary pundits will always assert that the sin of the father is not the sin of the son. But the fact remains that the Gachalian family runs a business conglomerate. In this case, it is their company that is starting to destroy the environment with possible aftermath of disasters and calamities.

The reactionary class has always mastered the art of double-speak.

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Environmental group refutes APMC

 By Bella Cariaso – The Manila Times

February 14, 2023

An environmental group on Monday contradicted the claim of Altai Philippines Mining Corp. (APMC) that it is operating legally in Romblon’s Sibuyan Island.

In an interview with The Manila Times, Living Laudato Si’ Philippines executive director Rodne Galicha maintained that APMC’s exploration permit does not justify its violation of various laws in the country.

“The MPSA (mineral production sharing agreement) is not stand-alone. It is not a sweeping contract. It has terms and conditions. It is not a constitution for them to claim that they have the permit so they can do whatever they want,” Galicha said.

In a paid advertisement, the APMC said that it has a “DENR-approved exploration work program.”

“One of the conditions was for them to follow the existing laws. They need to secure the necessary permits,” Galicha said.

In his letter to Environment Secretary Maria Antonia Yulo-Loyzaga dated Feb. 10, 2023, Galicha pushed for the revocation of the exploration permit and the MPSA of APMC in Romblon amid the alleged violations committed by the mining company.

Galicha cited the abuses of APMC including its failure to secure permits for the tree cutting and the construction of a causeway, as well as the lack of environmental compliance certificate in constructing a private port.

In a separate radio interview, Galicha also challenged the local government of San Fernando, Romblon to disclose the earnings derived from the mining operation after the APMC’s statement claimed that it contributed revenues to the municipality.

“We are challenging the municipality of San Fernando and even Altai to disclose all those contributions given to anyone that will prove that they actually provided revenues. The revenues from fisheries, agriculture and tourism are still bigger compared to the earnings from the mining operation,” he added.

At the same time, Galicha said that the local government should not have allowed the two barges and a ship of APMC to leave Sibuyan Island amid its violations.

“Our position is that the two barges and the ship should be impounded for illegal docking at the port, including the trucks used in transporting the nickel ore, as they were accessories to the illegal activities in the area,” Galicha noted.

Galicha also branded as lies the claim of APMC that the Sibuyan Island was already in poor environmental condition prior to the mining operation.

“That is a big lie as the island is known for its rich biodiversity. That is illogical and fallacious,” he said.

According to Galicha, the APMC’s call for an impartial investigation undermines the authority of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the Senate.

“The DENR should be alarmed by this statement as it is an insult to the competence of DENR personnel,” he added.

The Senate is set to investigate the alleged violations committed by APMC after Sen. Ana Theresia “Risa” Hontiveros filed a resolution calling on the upper chamber to look into the mining operation in Romblon.

At the same time, Galicha also answered APMC’s statement that it is not owned by political personalities after reports that the family of Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian owns the mining company.

“What we are saying is that it is a Gatchalian led, in particular Kenneth Gatchalian, who is the second biggest shareholder of Pelican Resources Australia that has the control over Altai Philippines Mining Corp. through the Sibuyan Nickel Properties Development Corp.” Galicha explained.

Kenneth Gatchalian is the brother of the senator.

Galicha said that the APMC operates over 1,580 hectares of land in Sibuyan covering 3.4 percent of the total 445 square kilometer area in the island.

The DENR has suspended the operation of APMC as the former’s Environmental Management Bureau issued notices of violation to APMC for violation of Section 4 of Presidential Decree 1586 or the “Philippine Environmental Impact Statement System,” Republic Act (RA) 6969 or the “Toxic Substances and Hazardous and Nuclear Wastes Control Act of 1990,” RA 9275 or the “Philippine Clean Water Act of 2004,” and Presidential Decree 705 for cutting trees without a permit.

Galicha added that the human barricade will continue on the island after it started on Jan. 26, 2023.

#SibuyanMining

LeBron James – now the leading NBA points scorer

Sports Illustrated: Best Photos of LeBron James

With James becoming the NBA’s all-time leading scorer, we look back at some of our best photos of him throughout his historic career.

From high-flying dunks to memorable playoff performances, here are some of our best images of LeBron James through the years.

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John W. McDonough/Sports Illustrated

Drafted by the Cavaliers with the No. 1 pick in the 2003 draft, LeBron entered the NBA and immediately lived up to the hype. 

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John W. McDonough/Sports Illustrated

As a 19-year-old, James won Rookie of the Year honors that season, averaging 20.9 points, 5.5 rebounds and 5.9 assists per game.

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Bob Rosato/Sports Illustrated

As a masked man, LeBron dunked all over Damon Jones to finish a two-on-one fast break during a 2005 game against the Heat.

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Damian Strohmeyer/Sports Illustrated

A year after leading the Cavs to the NBA Finals in 2007, LeBron had an epic showdown with the Celtics in the ’08 playoffs. The Cavs fell in seven games.

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Bob Rosato /Sports Illustrated

In 2009, LeBron won his first MVP award and had a memorable game-winning three-pointer against the Magic in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals.

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Greg Nelson/Sports Illustrated

James’s rise to superstardom was swift. He made his first All-NBA First Team in 2006 and has gone on to earn that recognition a record 13 times.

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Greg Nelson/Sports Illustrated

After LeBron took his talents to South Beach as a free agent in 2010, the Heat became an instant title contender, making four Finals in a row.

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Greg Nelson/Sports Illustrated

LeBron won his first NBA championship in 2012 against a young Thunder team that featured Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and James Harden.

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LeBron added to his MVP collection while in Miami, winning the award in 2012 and ’13 to bring his career total to four.

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Greg Nelson /Sports Illustrated

LeBron capped off a dominant 2013 season—in which the Heat won 66 games and had a 27-game winning streak—with another Finals victory.

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Greg Nelson /Sports Illustrated

Following a Finals loss to the Spurs in 2014, LeBron announced he was “coming home” and returning to play for the Cavs.

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Erick W. Rasco/Sports Illustrated

LeBron led the Cavs to a major turnaround in 2014–15. The team won 20 more games than the season before and became the East champs.

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Greg Nelson/Sports Illustrated

With LeBron back in Cleveland, the Cavs would make four straight Finals appearances, all against the Warriors. 

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Greg Nelson/Sports Illustrated

In 2016, LeBron finally won one for The Land, leading the Cavs back from a 3–1 series deficit against the Warriors to bring the franchise its first NBA title.

LeBron James
Greg Nelson/Sports Illustrated

LeBron was the unanimous Finals MVP in 2016, averaging 29.7 points, 11.3 rebounds, 8.9 assists, 2.3 blocks and 2.6 steals over seven games. 

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John W. McDonough /Sports Illustrated

In 2018, LeBron opted out of his contract to join the Lakers. In his first four years in L.A. he had the top-selling NBA jersey.

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Jonathan Ferrey /Sports Illustrated

LeBron’s arrival in L.A. brought fresh hope to a franchise that had missed the playoffs in its previous five seasons.

LeBron James
John W. McDonough /Sports Illustrated

During LeBron’s first season in L.A., the Lakers finished 37–45 and missed the playoffs in a crowded Western Conference.

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In the Orlando bubble in 2020, James led the Lakers to their 17th title and became the only player ever to win a Finals MVP award with three different franchises.

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John W. McDonough /Sports Illustrated

At 38, LeBron is still playing at an All-NBA level and has long cemented his status as one of the greatest athletes of all time.

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Erick W. Rasco/Sports Illustrated

LeBron became the NBA’s all-time leading scorer on Feb. 7, 2023, surpassing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s record with a fadeaway jumper.

#sports #NBA #basketball #LebronJames

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