‘Jose Velarde’ eyes site for Edsa memory museum

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“Jose Velarde,” not the one who was ousted in Edsa II, is back, making backroom deals with Malacañang executives who are pushing for the construction of a memory museum for Edsa I, or the 1986 Edsa People Power Revolution.

Businessman Jaime Dichaves, a member of then President Joseph Estrada’s “midnight Cabinet,” is lobbying fellow homeowners in Corinthian Gardens to agree to a proposal by some members of the Edsa People Power Commission to allocate a portion of the upscale subdivision’s vacant lot as site for the museum.

The proposed site on Castrillo Street is part of the subdivision’s buffer zone along White Plains Avenue in front of the People Power Monument.

Dichaves is facing plunder charges for allegedly conspiring with Estrada to amass illegal wealth, specifically a P189.7-million commission from the P1.85-billion acquisition of Belle Resources Corp. shares in 1999 by the Social Security System and the Government Service Insurance System.

Impeachment trial

The P189.7-million commission was alleged to have been deposited in the Jose Velarde account in Equitable PCI Bank. Bank executive Clarissa Ocampo testified at the Senate impeachment trial of Estrada on Dec. 22, 2000, that she was just one foot away when the President affixed the signature “Jose Velarde” on documents authorizing a P500-million investment agreement with the bank on Feb. 4, 2000, to lend the money to the Wellex Group.

But Estrada maintained that the account was owned by Dichaves.

Ocampo told the impeachment trial on Jan. 2, 2001, that the then Equitable PCI Bank chair directed her to draw up documents transferring the President’s P500-million trust account to Dichaves, a good friend of Estrada.

Ocampo, senior vice president of Equitable PCI Bank, said she prepared a second set of bank documents that Dichaves signed on Dec. 13, 2000, at the Makati office of Estelito Mendoza, a member of the defense panel in the impeachment trial.

The signing occurred five days before Dichaves wrote the Senate to claim ownership of the Jose Velarde account. Ocampo earlier said “Velarde” was none other than the President.

When the second envelope (containing documents on the Jose Velarde account that the Senate impeachment court, by a vote of 11-10, decided against opening it in 2000) was finally opened a month after Estrada was ousted, it contained a statement by Dichaves declaring that he was indeed Jose Velarde.

The refusal of 11 senator-judges to have the envelope opened led to Edsa II in January 2001 that toppled Estrada, the second President to be ousted by people power since Edsa I in 1986.

Won’t confirm or deny

In a reply to the Inquirer’s questions on the project, Celso C. Santiago, Jr., a special assistant of Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr., head of the Presidential Communications Operations Office, neither confirmed nor denied Dichaves’ involvement and the homeowners’ stand on the project.

“Talks with possible partners are still in the initial stages and the specifications of any contribution as well as the roles of all stakeholders have not yet been identified,” Santiago said.

Dichaves, who was elected president of the Corinthian Gardens Homeowners Association Inc. in February last year, is facing stiff resistance from homeowners who do not want to get involved in politics.

‘Currying favor’

“He just wants to curry favor with Malacañang. Most of us just want to have peace and quiet in our homes, no controversy,” said one homeowner, who requested anonymity.

At a meeting last month, homeowners discussed the proposal of the Edsa People Power Commission. Dichaves proposed to build a multistory, recreational facility, with the memory museum allotted space on the top floor. The project needs to get a majority of the homeowners’ votes for it to push through.

Another proposal calls for the construction of the museum at the Camp Aguinaldo side of White Plains Avenue. Camp Aguinaldo is the headquarters of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

A source, however, said some Edsa commission officials were worried that this was not allowed under the military camp’s deed of donation. The Ortigas family would regain ownership of the land where the camp is located if the government sold it or used it for other purposes.

Value of democracy

On its website, the Edsa People Power Commission explains the project’s rationale:

“The project aims to preserve the memory of the events that led to the declaration of martial law in 1972. The museum would connect the younger generations to the experiences of the men and women who stood up against the dictatorship. The museum would likewise serve as a cultural instrument that would inspire Filipinos to recognize the value of democracy.”

Last year, the commission held a forum and brought in three foreign guests who related their experiences in establishing memory museums in Peru, Chile and Argentina.

But while the Edsa project has been widely promoted since last year, nothing has been firmed up.

“Given that the planning for the construction of the memory museum is still in its initial, exploratory stages, the specifications of the building and the complex, the budget, and the timeline and roles of all stakeholders have still not yet been identified. The Edsa People Power Commission plans to work with both public and private partners for the fruition of this project,” Santiago said.

Architect, study area

The building has no designer yet, but architect Paulo Alcazaren has been helping the commission in the design of the complex and the surrounding areas that will house the museum, Santiago said.

Based on initial discussions, Santiago said: “There will be a study area where students will be able to access taped interviews of the many people, celebrities and ordinary folk, who have their own stories to tell about those times.

“It is the aim of the museum to make sure that this recent [event] in history is accurately recounted and that [the museum] be a place where the nation can recall one of the most glorious events of our history.”

Santiago said the Edsa People Power Commission was also looking for other sites for other memory museums outside Metro Manila.

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  • AllaMo

    Why is’nt that scalawag, dichaves, already in jail?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CRBW2RJR4WNWVIDZVSCLFQK4KQ Spike

    this is just an attempt to launder the money plundered by erap and dichaves

    MGA PUTRAGIS KAYO ISANG BALA LANG KAYO

  • for_Prosperity

    Alam kong pare-pareho tayong may naaamoy na malansa dito. Pagkakatiwalaan mo pa ba ang taong ito (Dichaves) matapos ang malaking iskandalong involved siya at si Erap? Hindi nga ba dapat ay nakakulong ang taong ito?

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/3AXROSN6LN5YP66EONOKGSSYFY Ngiping Dilaw

      Bakit makukulong si Dichavez ay kasabwat yan para ipahamak si Erap. May kaso daw? Ilang taon na yung kaso may 13 years na pero namamayagpag pa si Dichavez? kung talagang may kaso yan 3 years may resulta na. Ginamit ang pangalang Dichavez at Jose Velarde para ipahamak si Erap. Nakarma ang lahat ng nagpatalsik kay Erap. Baka nga magpapagawa ng museum si Dichavez para kay.Cory at sa mga Edsa 1 heroes. May gantimpala yang mga nagpahamak kay Estrada. Huwag kayong umasa na makukulong ang mga yan. kasabwat!

  • mangtom

    The only proof needed to certify Bigote as the world’s most notorious master of deceit:

    His denial that he is Velarde despite the testimony of Clarita Ocampo. Itong part of the impeachment trial said it all. When I witnessed this part of the trial live on TV, I said to myself: “Send this beast to the gas chamber”. Pero parang pusa siya {pusang ina mo), with nine lives-hanggang ngayon andiyan pa siya at gusto pang maging Manila mayor. He is the biggest thorn in Philippine politics. The least he should do is drop dead.

    • 12JEM

       You are in for a Giant Disappointment. 

      The Scenario is like this:

      Erap wins the 2013 Manila mayoralty race.

      PMP will field him as the Presidential candidate in 2016.

      VP Binay and P Noy are very much aware of this.

      Another Scenario…next time.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CRBW2RJR4WNWVIDZVSCLFQK4KQ Spike

    Erap and his fat ugly children represent an ugly tumor in the philippines that needs to be excised with force

    I encourage vigilantes to step up their game and help the country by removing them

  • okayayonip

    zer0 credibility, not to be given any role/participation whatsoever to this project, nevertheless his  record of connivance with erap in corruption will be given a proper place in the museum of Hall of Shame. Shame to corinthian homeowners association for electing him as their president.

  • UrHONOR

    HUWAG -na-HUWAG makisangkot sa mga taong halang ang kaluluwa.  Yang si Dicahvez na chekwang yan na hindi na dapat pinapasok pa sa bayan ay MALAYO pa, amoy ng Malabanan….. magaling sumipsip.

  • pilipino

    Malacanang should stay away from Dichaves whose person is tainted with corruption, if PNoy is out to preserve and promote the legacy and further the benefits of EDSA I Revolution that toppled the Marcos Dictatorship.

  • Yxon

    no need for a museum if present people in the government and the public does not even understand what had been done and sacrificed in EDSA. It should have been our chance to change fro the better.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_W7TPARCYJFCSA3PBQAM3MVZO3E kurakut

    WALANG PAGBABAGO! TAYONG MAHIHIRAP AY GINAGAGO! 

  • vanguard61

    What’s the point of a museum showcasing EDSA revolution’s glorious PAST if you still have the same corrupt politicians in power ROBBING the people of their hard earned, long overdue BRIGHTER FUTURE. What we have is a ‘ kleptocratic’ form of gov’t. that is so deeply rooted in our political system making it very difficult to totally eradicate. It exists’ right from the top up to the lowest echelon of governmental power. Our people has not only been the innocent victim of such political atrocity but also a willing participant in this vicious cycle of handing hard earned money for bribes and payouts to this low life corrupt public servants in order for them to get things done. Where does it end and where will it lead our country into. What everyone needs is a true and honest change, it has to come from the heart, not from the mind for it is fickle by nature. If they in gov’t find this hard to enact upon, then let it start from the ordinary man on the street, the common PINOY. Show to those in power how to act in a civilized society, show them what Integrity and Honesty is all about, show them that true power comes from the ordinary citizens, the power of the BALLOT and your right to VOTE for a decent future.

  • curatolo

    Where is Clariss Ocampo now? Who was her handler? IS she now living a lavish life somewhere in the world after her testimony on the Estrada  plunder case?

    • anton kinuton

      go find her yourself, don’t ask us.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_RYJTO7WZU5UOBJZM4AX4WMOVH4 nayve

    EDSA REVOLUTION WHAT RESULT WE GET HIGH COST OF ELECTRICITY, POVERTY, HEALTH CARE, EDUCATION, PEACE AND ORDER, IS THIS WHAT WE GET?????

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/3AXROSN6LN5YP66EONOKGSSYFY Ngiping Dilaw

      Tama! May corruption sa panahon ni.Marcos pero maraming naipagawa. Ngayon marami ding corruption pero walang mga projects para sa bayan.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CRBW2RJR4WNWVIDZVSCLFQK4KQ Spike

    EDSA  revolution is the biggest lie ever told 

    it gave the illusion of hope and freedom for many when nothing has really changed its the same corrupt faces holding power.

    The philippines needs a thorough cleansing.  I mean political cleansing  in the same sense that ethnic cleansing was done  we as a people need to remove all the traces of corruption

    • bagombong

      do you think this politicians want political cleansing? kasi sila itong mawawala and they do all the power that was vested by them by the peoples who always voted for them to stay in power until there is still generation left on there family.

  • bagombong

    Isa pa itong kumag na ito ang pumapapel para makuha ang simpatya ng tao..kung puwede nga ay tigilan na yan Edsa celebration na yan dahil it did’nt change our lives but it worsen.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/3AXROSN6LN5YP66EONOKGSSYFY Ngiping Dilaw

      Pumapapel para manggulo na naman. Marami ring kasinungalingang nangyari sa Edsa. Parang lalong lumakas ang communism after Edsa. Marami ding corruption. Ang pagkakaiba lang may corruption kay Marcos pero maraming naipagawang proyekto. Ngayon maraming corruption konti lang ang infrastracture. Mas lugi ngayon!

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/52MEXY4R54XXHD6EDVMQIJIAVI JoeyLito

        Siguro dahil marami ngayon ang hindi nagsesepilyo ng ngipin.  Pati ngipin dilaw na,  Dati confetti lang.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/3AXROSN6LN5YP66EONOKGSSYFY Ngiping Dilaw

    Bakit noong nililitis sa senado si Erap ay di pinaharap si.Dichavez? Bakit di pinaharap si Erap sa paglilitis? Ano ang kinatatakutan ng senado? Sa tagal nilitis si Estrada di pinaharap at noon namang haharap na nagwalkout ang mga senador. Di binigyan ng chance si.Erap ns sabihin ang side nya. Takot ang mga magkakasabwat. Nagsorry si Mrs. Aquino kay Erap ang sabi nagkamali lang sila ng pagpapatalsik kay Erap. Ngayon kandidato sa Manila si Erap ayan lumalabas na naman ang pangalan nina Velarde at Dichavez, para sirain uli si Erap. Baks sasamsamin ang pera ni Erap tapod ibibigay sa grupong pro China!

  • joerizal

    Magkano na nga ba ang isang kilong galunggong ngayon? Sabi ni Cory bababa ang presyo pag naging president siya. 27 years later….dilis pa rin ang ulam ko.

    • linobog

      Dahil tamad ka.   Gusto mo na lalaki pa ang dilis sa lalamunan mo.  Magsikap ka!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • joerizal

        Sa ling en sapu kaw i. Epot na im maibag ka sa wa.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/52MEXY4R54XXHD6EDVMQIJIAVI JoeyLito

        Ngayon, nagkakandabulol ka.  Talagang mabibilaukan ka.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/52MEXY4R54XXHD6EDVMQIJIAVI JoeyLito

      I-relyeno mo ang dilis mo.  Tambakan mo ng pasas galing sa ilong mo.  Nasa pagsisikap yan, di ganyang pati pangalan dinudugas mo,

  • http://joboni96.myopenid.com/ joboni96

    di pagbigyan

    pero tuloy ang kaso

  • Rolly257

    Jaime Dichaves name spells disaster. Fishy scent pervades in the air wherever he is around.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/BFQWTB3Z6DK76IWGHUMC4NO5JY Isang Pilipino

    Jaime Dichaves isang insik na sipsip! Inabandon mo na ba is Pare?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/BFQWTB3Z6DK76IWGHUMC4NO5JY Isang Pilipino

    EDSA is the tragic story of the people who rose against the oppressive Marcos only to be subsequently deceived by the Cojuangco family of Cory!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/3AXROSN6LN5YP66EONOKGSSYFY Ngiping Dilaw

    Nakakatawa.Si Dichavez ay may kaso dahil kasabwat daw ni Erap sa plunder case. Ngayon magpapagawa pa ng museum para sa memory ng Edsa. Mapera si Dichavez. Baka malaki kinita sa pakikipagsabwatan ns ipahamak si Erap.Baka yung nasamsam na Boracay mansion e ang mapagbilhan e baka mabigyan si Dichavez. Syempre baka dahil ipinagamit nya pangalan nya para ipahamak si Erap, mukhang mapera. Mskukulong ba yan? ayan magpapagawa pa ng museum para kay Cory.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/3AXROSN6LN5YP66EONOKGSSYFY Ngiping Dilaw

    Nakulong at na house arrest si Erap pero eto si Dichavez nasa laya pa. Nagkakaso sina Dichavez dahil kina Cory Arroyo at Cardinal Sin pero ayan magpapagawa pa ng museum para sa Edsa1 revolution. Tao ba nina Cory yan? bskit di nakukulong? hahaha. Malinaw na ang lahat.

  • virgoyap

    Clarissa Ocampo where are you? We praised and admire you for your courageous stand to divulge the truth on Erap’s corruption charges. You are really a woman of character. Why not be a member of P-Noy’s cabinet?

  • Bekok

    Jose Velarde may soon be the mayor of Manila.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/3AXROSN6LN5YP66EONOKGSSYFY Ngiping Dilaw

    Ang dalawang hunghang! Magkano kaya kinita para ipatibong si Estrada. kaibigan daw ni Erap pero ang ipagpapagawang museum ay ang Edsa revollt nina Cory Aquino. Halataan na! Conspiracy!

  • MaySenseBa

    Corinthian Garden owners are idiots for electing Jose Velarde as President, di lang pala mga squatter ang bobong nag boboto kay Bong Revilla, Tito Sotto, kahit pala yung mga mayayaman sa Corinthians.  I guess, it’s a cultural thing, we elect “famous” people.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_DYXSBRILSDYIRWUSCWGYADFH5I Bubbles

    Dichaves is facing plunder charges…present tense, is. Meaning, may kaso pa rin sya sa kasalukuyang panahaon na ito. At….nagpapapel at the expense of his co-homeowners, para…madismiss ang kaso against him. Classic turncoats, egotistic, stupid elitist.

  • generalproblem

    pwede ba ilagay nyo na lang sa national museum kung ano man ang mahalagang bagay na dapat ilagay sa museum para dumami naman ang pumunta sa national museum at yung pera na pampagawa ng bagong museum eh gamitin para sa pagpapaganda ng national museum. inaamag na ang buong national museuam dahil walang magandang facilities.

  • mangtom

    12JEM: Dream on. Kahit 1,000,000JEM ang pangalan mo, your dream will NEVER, EVER come true. Pitiful(of sh!t)-to quote your buddy or girlfriend txt(woman?)man.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/QWD6S7YWTH2W6AFFH4VVNIB2L4 Krissey

    value of democracy?  like a crasy, kalayaan ng mga mandurukot, magnanakaw at mamamatay tao, kidnapping, rapes, ang sabihin mo pnoy masyado kang matakaw at gahaman sa pulitica at wala kang pinag hahandaan liban sa kapakanan ng lapian LP mo, ikaw mismo lang ang nakikinabang sa ipinag laban ng maraming tao.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3TWVIBNBHJIBKXLUC5IT2JYM5E Harry

    The centerpiece of that museum will be the brown envelop and its contents proving his innocence.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/VS5EYSP4FPOTVQCJZ24NRE6Z2M Edgardo Mendoza

    mayaman na yan si velarde sikat sa china yan kasi maraming nauuto ang relihiyon niya! sa mga miyembro nila lakas ng apog mo velarde magnanakaw! bakit ipagagawa ng musem si cory naging basura ang mga pilipino sa pamamalakad niya marami nanilaw ang mata sa gutom sipsip velarde!

    • marienkind

      Wow. Reading comprehension much?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GUZISWUMVDD5QJUC7GBJKEM7XA prangka

    Is it possible someone from the senate switched the content on that envelope when it was not open during the trial? Ilang buwan ba ang nakalipas ng eto ay muling buksan?

  • Komen To

    So what happened to the case vs Dichaves? I’m more interested in that than the museum. What’s the norm in this country? Plunder and donate and you are free?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/3AXROSN6LN5YP66EONOKGSSYFY Ngiping Dilaw

    Ngayon kandidato sa Manila si Erap. Eto lumabas na naman sina Velarde at Dichavez. Baka inutusang lumabas muli at ipahamak si Erap. O baka utusang magbulgar laban kay Erap. Sa tindi ng bintang kay Erap at kay Dichavez ayan nasa laya sila. Nag sorry pa si Mrs. Aquino kay Erap noon na nagkamali lang sila ng pagpapatalsik sa kanya. Nasa 15 years na yung kaso ni Dichavez pero ayan namamayagpag pa. At hindi ang kaibigang si Erap ang ipagpapagawa ng museum kundi ang EDSA revolt nina Mrs. Cory.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/3AXROSN6LN5YP66EONOKGSSYFY Ngiping Dilaw

    Sabi ni Erap di kanya ang account kundi kay Dichavez. Noon isa si Chavit Singson sa nagpahamak kay Erap ayun nahuli yung anak na nagpupuslit ng drugs. Yung mga nagpahamak kay Erap isa isang na karma. Nagtataka ang marami, almost 15 yrs. na pero di nakakasuhan si Dichavez. Kasi gawa gawa lang yung kaso ni Erap. May sabwatan para alisin sa pwesto si Erap.Nag sorry nga si Mrs. Aquino kay Erap, nagkamali lang daw sila ng pagpapatalsik.

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