Barangay league prexy accused of running scam

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The top official of the Barangay Councilors League of the Philippines (BCLP) has been accused of running a multimillion-peso investment scam that has defrauded people across the country.

A source in the National Bureau of Investigation told the Inquirer on Wednesday that the complainants claimed BCLP president Julio Jaime duped them and their friends into investing millions of pesos in Pilipinas Productions and Entertainment and Pilipinas Entrepreneurial Economic Development Corp. (PEEDC).

The Inquirer contacted Jaime’s office on Jamboree Street in Quezon City but was told by a woman named Sharipa that Jaime had not showed up  for some time and she did not know where he was.

“We had no idea where he is and when he is coming to the office,” she said.

Jaime founded Pilipinas Production in 2010, and PEEDC in October last year, according to the NBI source, who asked not to be named as the investigation was in progress.

The source said most of the victims were young businessmen.

“The victims said they were encouraged to come out after the Aman Futures Group and Jachob Rasuman were exposed,” the source said, referring to two Ponzi schemes that went bust and were exposed earlier this month.

According to one of the victims reached by the Inquirer, the scam is “similar to Aman Futures Group.”

“We were enticed to invest for a 50 to 100 percent return on investment in 60 days,” said the victim, who asked not to be identified.

The victims also said the scam started last year and collapsed five months ago.

“We estimate the victims to reach at least 300 nationwide,” the complainant said.

 

Supermarket scheme

In the beginning, the complainant said, Jaime was able to lure investors through a group that offered discounts to members in selected supermarkets.

Apart from discounts, the members also could earn points when they shopped and the points could be converted to cash and added to their investment.

The victims said Jaime promised to put up supermarkets to cater to investors in various part of Metro Manila.

The NBI source said Jaime also produced concerts and recordings and asked people to invest in those ventures, promising them big profits.

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  • blainz

    Barangays are a needless layer of bureaucracy imposed by Marcos on the country. They serve more a grassroots campaign platforms for incumbents and are the starting point of much local corruption. I’m not at all surprised to learn that someone in the BCLP is running a scam.

    Their costs do not justify the benefits they confer on the population. Dissolve the barangays and return their functions back into municipalities to free up funds for better use.

    • Luthmar

      You are 100% correct.  It’s a waste of taxpayers money.  Try to look for a Baranggay or
      for a Baranggay tanod, especially on weekends,  they are no where to be found.

      The mayor’s office can very well perform the jobs of these Baranggays. 

    • brunogiordano

      “Their costs do not justify the benefits they confer on the population. ”

      hindi ako sangayon diyan.

      may ilan mga corrupt na official sa barangay level subalit hindi kasing dami ng mga corrupt sa local government(above barangay level) at national level.

      maraming functions ang ginagampanan ng barangay na di magagapanan ng municipal o city.

      tila OBVIOUS na ayaw mo sa BARANGAY dahil si MARCOS ang may magandang idea nito.

    • Rogelio Y. Dela Cruz

       Very well said. Just like in our place, no improvement can be seen although every barangay has an annual budget, and most of the time, only those close to the incumbent enjoy the benefits given our barangay.

    • Manolo Villareal

      The Local Government Code of 1991, or RA 7160 created the barangay as an LGU in equal footing in terms of juridical indentity with city, province and municipality.  The law was authored by then Sen. Nene Pimentel.  Barangays had already existed even before Marcos was born, although then called barrios.

      • blainz

        The barangay is a legacy of Martial Law. It was created on December 31, 1972 with Presidential Decree #86. The intention was ostensibly “nation-building” to create the “New Society”, but the truth was that it was a way of enforcing Martial Law through Marcos’s supporters via Citizens Assemblies (the barangay), something easily extracted from the wording of PD #86:

        “NOW, THEREFORE, I, FERDINAND E. MARCOS, President of the Philippines, by virtue of the powers in me vested by the Constitution as Commander-in-Chief of all the Armed Forces of the Philippines, do hereby decree as part of the law of the land the following…”

        Notice that he used his powers as “Commander-in-Chief” not “Chief Executive”.

        The Citizens Assemblies then proceeded to vote extending Martial Law, and that Marcos would become both President and Prime Minister, in that chimera of a government in 1976.

        To illustrate the expansion (and delusion) of government under the barangay system…

        “The institution that President Marcos founded in this country was not anchored on the institution of democracy like America. Marcos anchored it on natural law, God’s fundamental law. Our democracy, perhaps the only democracy in the world anchored on natural law. The smallest unit of society is the family, and the extended family is the barangay. In our culture when we were only 51 million, we identified 42,000 barangays. Each barangay has two sets of leaders, the older and the youth. When we were only 51 million, we had 3 million elected officials. In America they don’t even have half a million and there are hundred of millions of people. That is our democracy, none like that.”

        That’s Imelda, interviewed by Jose Angelito Angeles.

        joseangelito-angeles_tripod_com/marcos.htm

        The overexpansion of government, along with economic mismanagement, run the country to the ground.

        Martial Law is long gone but the country is left with this redundant mess. Pimentel’s RA7160 only froze solid a rotting carcass that ought to have been thrown in the trash.

      • Manolo Villareal

         Please do not mistake me as pro Marcos.  I am from Cebu, the place where all Marcos’ bets were clobbered during that election of IBP sometime in 1979, where not one province so solid to be anti Marcos.  Maybe I’m just older than you are to understand the term barangay as what it means to be a sub-political unit even before Marcos time.  It was then a sub-political unit led by “Teniente del Barrio” before the term “Barangay Captain” emerged.  True, barangay captains were pampered by Marcos who became a political figure in 1991 compliments of Nene Pimentel.

      • blainz

        My apologies if I came across too combatively. I’ve acquired an allergy in this forum from all the Marcos loyalists wishing the return of Martial Law. I was trying to rehash the creation of barangays in the 70’s so people can see how its corrupted political transmutation is so far from the unpoliticized barrios of bayanihan times. It is a remnant of a failed parliamentary experiment that’s now redundant and can be discarded.

  • Hey_Dudes

    Back in our good old years (decade 50’s) the country did not have this kraap known today as barangay.  Cities, towns and provinces ran effectively under the helms of respective local officials.  So too is this other kraap known as PNP – yet, it was more peaceful and managed efficiently by mayors of each towns and cities.  This is one of many issues Ferdinand Marcos should be known for causing all these present upheavals.  With numerous daily reports and news of public officials caught stealing money, the question is, are there still honest Filipinos left in the country?

    • regd

      Yup, my father always mentioned the bayanihan system. I have an old picture of an entire house transported by group of people to a different location. I thought that was amazing! 

      • Hey_Dudes

         You betcha’

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WIWYLFLU4LPKS7B2ZLLRVFKS3Y vir_a

    Wow! People elected to serve the people are now cheating the people big time. The taxpayers pay them and what do the taxpayers get in return.

  • http://www.dafk.net/what/ Kilabot ng mga Balahibo

    Like all things, Barranggay could not be considered entirely black, or entirely white. Most of the post I see consider this as a needless entity worthy of being scrapped. Perhaps they are right.

    But on the other hand, it empowers the people. Then it was the mayor that was the be all and end all of things concerning the community. The police about peace and order, and the courts to resolve issues big and small. And then the community became bigger, and suddenly, part of the problem was that not enough attention was being given by the authorities to the concerns of the people.

    Not only that, some constituents complained that some groups within the municipality/city are more ‘equal’ than others, so to speak.

    And so the solution was, to empower them, let the people decide how they want their community to be, and how to solve their own problems. Give them a form of a budget that would give them the basics of community development.  Let the community decide how to resolve peace and cleanliness issues best suited to their specific environment and requirements. Unclog the court dockets of minor disputes, with the ability to heal the community in the process.

    Of course it is not perfect, but then we must weigh the good with the bad. I for one would not like this little power gone from the community, and back to a mayor who might be already too taxed working on the community on a macro level.

     

  • DATAN

    Baranggays did not exists before Marcos time…It was called barrio at that time, instead of baranggay chairman, they were called barrio captain…F.Y.I., I never heard any barrio captain drawing a salary during those time..They were voted by the barrio people, and these so called barrio captains were very very honorable and well respected…

  • http://anythinggoesnsfw.tumblr.com/ anythinggoes

    Electing Barangay captains has been over-politicized in our country.   They are nothing but a waste of taxpayer’s money.  We should go back to the days where it is by appointment basis only with no salary so that only the retirees with nothing to do in their spare time would step up for the nomination.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jake.dionisio.5 Jake Dionisio

    Another investment scam. Truly the best business in a sea of ignorant people.

  • UrHONOR

    KUNDI scam artists, magnanakaw.  Kay luppppeeeet ng tadhana sa mga Pinoy.  Kapwa Pinoy, ginigisa sa sarili nilang mantika.  Matapos maging alipin ng mga TNL na kastila, hapon, merkano, at ngayon naman tseks, ang Noypi naman ay patay-na-patay makahanap na a-alipining kanilang kapwa sa pamamagitan ng pamumulitiko o panggogoyo o pareho.

  • Hey_Dudes

    O sige kung talagang hindi kayo mapuknat-puknat sa ugaling magnakaw ng magnakaw, okay make it your lifetime career or at least until someone whacks you in the head with a 4x4x2 making you stiff in seconds. Ano ba kayo?  Hindi na ba talaga kayo madadala?

  • nti_boohaya

     Good luck fishing the coutry’s scam artists.  As I recall, to this day, the the artists in the scam some people call coco levy fund continue to live lavishly and some are called king makers. 

  • nakawan

    PDI should also look into the activities of Police Justice Group. They collect 3,000 pesos from members supposedly for the college funds of policemen’s children. In exchange, they grant the member a sticker that supposedly exempts one’s vehicle from coding. IT DOES NOT WORK AT ALL. When you try to call them for help in tight spots, they will not respond.  In fact the only other time they called me again was to ask me to renew my membership and ask for more money. PLEASE INVESTIGATE THESE PEOPLE.

  • Eddie AAA Calderon

    As the saying goes, The Love of Money is the Root of All Evil.

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