MANILA, Philippines (July 29,2022) Philippine Star — The father of Chao Tiao-Yumol was shot in front of his home in Brgy. Maganda, Lamitan City, Basilan on Friday morning.
The killing happened five days after the younger Yumol on Sunday afternoon infiltrated the graduation of the Ateneo Law School shot dead former mayor Rosita Furigay of Lamitan City; her aide, Victor Capistrano, and Ateneo security guard Jeneven Bandiala.
Based on his social media postings through the years, Dr. Chao Tiao Yumol was an idealistic and patriotic member of the medical profession. Instead of opting to serve foreign masters in the Land of Milk and Honey where most Filipino doctors, nurses and other health professionals dream of going, he chose to be of service in the rural areas to cater to the poor. Free clinics and home visits to shanties were normal for him. At some point he made the transition from trying to cure individual patients to attempting to correct social ills which got him into trouble. Dozens of cyberlibel cases were dumped upon him after his exposes against the Lapitan local government. He then tried the legal route by filing a case against PACC Commissioner Belgica for what he perceived as coddling of drug lords in Lapitan. He was unsuccessfully ambushed for a reported three times and he probably knew that he was a marked man. People subjected to such severe treatment in an anti corruption campaign would have probably called it quits and resettled in Metro Manila or gone abroad. But Dr. Yumol is made of sterner stuff so he plotted a preemptive strike. More of a suicide mission actually. He struck a blow that would forever change Philippine history. The courts would have the final say on his act of taking the law into own hands.
The police arrested the suspect, identified as Dr.Chao Tiao Yumol, 38, a resident of Lamitan City. Recovered from the scene was a caliber .45 pistol with silencer.
January 16, 2021
Dr. Chao-Tiao Yumol and Members of the Filipino League of Advocates for Good Governance – Maharlika filed a graft and corruption charge against PACC Commissioner Greco Belgica before the Office of the Ombudsman for allegedly protecting people connected to illegal drugs on Wednesday.
Doc escapes slay attempt in Zamboanga
By Al Jacinto, The Manila Times
December 14, 2020
ZAMBOANGA CITY: A medical doctor in Basilan province survived a gun attack in the southern Philippine port city of Zamboanga, and on Friday, the police launched an investigation into the attempted murder. Before midnight on Thursday, Dr. Chao-Tiao Yumol was driving his car with three passengers when motorcycle-riding gunmen opened fire on his vehicle, but a bulletproof curtain, hanging by his side, saved his life. “That bulletproof curtain, which I improvised, saved my life. I could have been shot in the chest,” he said. Yumol told the police that one of the attackers was attempting to shoot him again, but the gun jammed, and the ambushers fled on a motorcycle. “I saw him trying to shoot again, but his gun apparently jammed,” he said. When police asked the 36-year-old doctor the probable motives for the attack, Yumol replied, “It is political,” but did not elaborate. Yumol said they were going home when the gunmen, who were waiting for them on a road in Lunzuran village, attacked his car. “I did not see their faces. They were both wearing motorcycle helmets and clad in jackets. They are medium-built,” he added, describing to the police the attackers’ physical appearance. Police investigators recovered an empty shell and one slug of a suspected .45-caliber pistol from the area. “A thorough investigation is still being conducted by Zamboanga City police Station Five for the possible identification and immediate arrest of the suspects,” Cpt. Edwin Duco, a regional police spokesman, said.
At least two suspected gunmen carried out the assassination. Both arrived at the scene of the crime in a motorcycle(s?) and waited for the victims to get out of their vehicle. This was near Gate 3 of Ateneo and they escaped on foot to cross Katipunan Avenue and walked/ran in the the vicinity of the Varsity Hills subdivision. A private vehicle was forcibly taken and rammed into the subdivision’s De La Rosa gate. One suspect was captured in Aurora Boulevard by pursuing policemen.
With the 2022 presidential elections fast approaching, we weigh the chances of the current opposition in the forthcoming senatorial contest. Jailed senator Liela de Lima and comebacking senator Antonio Trillanes are not registering well in most surveys while Risa Hontiveros has a good chance of retaining her seat.
The Liberal Party has included proven vote getters (Escudero, former VP Binay, Gordon, Zubiri and Villanueva) in their senatorial ticket thus assuring that there will be no repeat of their 2019 mid term debacle wherein they got ZERO out of eight contenders (Otso Diretso sa Inidoro). Escudero, Binay, Zubiri, Villanueva and Hontiveros will most likely land in the Magic 12.
The YELLOW party standard bearer for the presidency, VP Leni Robredo, is a distant second in surveys while vice presidential candidate Senator Kiko Pangilinan is third in the pre-election preferences.
Instant celebrity Gwyneth Chua who skipped her mandatory quarantine to go partying then tested positive for Covid 19 and in the process infecting her friends and resto bar staff, has a lot of anger frothing from her social media post. 1. She just called the hard working Philippine President Duterte as INCOMPETENT 2. She stated that FRONTLINERS are LAZY 3. She said that the Philippines is KJ (killjoy) and walang pakisama (no camaraderie) referring to party restrictions and protocols. 4. She dismissed her irresponsible behavior as “simpleng party lang” (it was just a mere party) as if to minimize the public health hazard that she has caused. 5. She also considers the fuss she is generating as an over reaction (OA or over acting).
At the very least, she has a lot of explaining to do, hopefully, in a court of law.
Gwyneth Chua arrived from the United States and checked into an accredited hotel for her mandatory quarantine due to the Covid 19 pandemic. However, she slipped out of the facility to go out to paint the town red. The party animal later tested positive for the disease and contact tracing exposed her path of destruction. She is currently being investigated with possible charges being brought out against her.
Two time Philippine elections party list topnotcher BUHAY with a Velarde sitting in Congress from 2001 to 2019 is in deep trouble. Having three representatives in the years (2007, 2013) that Buhay came out on top, the rest of the elections participated in netted two representatives (2001, 2004, 2010, 2016). However, in 2019, former Manila City Mayor Lito Atienza was the lone BUHAY winner. Atienza is currently serving his third term (2013, 2016 and 2019) as a BUHAY party list congressman and he is running for vice president in 2022. 2019 was the first time since 2001 that no Velarde won as a party list representative since the Velarde nominee was only listed second, with Atienza listed first, and BUHAY only secured one seat.
Atienza asked for the help of the Charismatic leader Brother Mike in the 2001 party list elections with the agreement that Brother Mike would choose the nominees. Atienza was the BUHAY second nominee in 2013 and 2016 and won both times. For 2019, Atienza requested Brother Mike for him (Mayor Lito) to run as the BUHAY first nominee (perhaps to ensure that he would win a third consecutive term). Brother Mike agreed and Congressman Atienza got his third term through BUHAY. Brother Mike thought that the initial 2001 agreement was still in place and that he would put a son of his as the first nominee for 2022. Party List representative Lito Atienza had other plans. Since he is barred by the Philippine Constitution from running for a fourth consecutive Congressional seat as well as having plans for higher office in 2022, Atienza put his son-in-law as BUHAY’s first nominee for 2022. The Velarde family (Brother Mike and two of his sons who had previously been BUHAY Congressmen) pulled out of the party list that had a spectacular past because of Brother Mike and the hordes of El Shaddai faithful.
Without Brother Mike and with Lito Atienza running for vice president in 2022, it would be worth watching if BUHAY party list would be able to regain the glory it once had from the 2001, 2004, 2007, 2010, 2013 and 2016 elections. A single winner in 2019 is the lowest point of BUHAY at this time. For 2022, BUHAY can retain its single seat (getting two or three seats as in elections past is totally unthinkable) or BUHAY may not succeed in getting a single seat as the Brother Mike Velarde drawing power is no longer there.