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A senior customs official at the Port of Cebu has been tagged as having been given the go-signal to rice importers to smuggle into the country a huge rice shipment.

The P1.2-billion shipment was ordered seized by Customs Commissioner Ruffy Biazon upon the recommendation of Deputy Commissioner for Intelligence Danny Lim, whose men had intercepted the shipment.

For his own sake, the customs official should be transferred since the smugglers, suspecting a double cross, are planning to do him in, according to my sources.

The customs official, who is said to have many properties in Tacloban City, has allegedly enriched himself in the five years he was assigned at the Cebu port.

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Richard C. Lee, an assistant provincial prosecutor of Masbate, was about to receive P2 million from his former employer at the National Labor Relations Commission (NLRC) office in Quezon City when he did the unexpected.

He took the envelope containing the amount and ran away with it, dumbfounding lawyers and the NLRC arbiter handling the settlement case.

The money was a settlement from his former employer, Fortune Medicare Inc. (FortuneCare), which dismissed him when he was not yet in the government service.

FortuneCare, where he was a company lawyer, let him go because the firm said he was moonlighting and had violated other office regulations.

But because Lee was a prosecutor, the NLRC apparently sided with him in a case he filed against his former company.

But why would Lee grab the money and run when it was going to be handed to him anyway? All that was needed before he could get the P2 million was his signature.

Because of his weird behavior—for how else would you describe his irrational action—FortuneCare has filed robbery charges against him.

Lee is now facing an administrative case for violation of the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees.

His former employer also filed a disbarment case against him in the Supreme Court.

Lawyers have been disbarred by the high court even for minor cases as refusal to fulfill a promise of marriage. Lee’s case, which is one for the books, is worse since it involved an act unbecoming of a lawyer.

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Ralph Benedick Balza, a sixth grade student, was not allowed to march with his classmates on graduation day last April 13 because his parents still owed the school for his tuition.

The management of the Arellano University branch in Pasay City ordered Ralph be pulled out of the graduating class line, to the embarrassment of the boy and his parents.

The boy’s parents, Raul and Belen Balza, admitted they still owed the school P9,000.

The school authorities could have withheld the boy’s report card so they would be compelled to pay the balance.

How could those officials be so callous as to deprive a graduating pupil the joy of marching with his classmates to the stage to receive his diploma?

Why put the pupil and his parents to shame in front of his classmates and other parents?

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  • tagalinis

    Let the smugglers do in the customs official, that would be one less corrupt official in the customs bureau!

  • Corrupt_Jerk

    shame on Arellano University…

    • koolkid_inthehouse

      shame on government.

      • Polding

        you are right koolkid..we have good for nothing senators and congressmen receiving 500 million and 200 million each year and here we have a pupil not allowed to graduate for being poor…the governmentent pays celebrities who are called LAWMAKERS like lapid, estrada sotto revilla millions of pesos for being dumb and stupid, good for nothing creatures. look at the congress of the philippines right now, are you filipinos proud of its composition ? soon you will have congressman aga mulach , congresswoman annabelle rama , Lucy torres lani mercado and others. they are your lawmakers in congress who participate in making laws for the entire filipinos. God help the Philippines for having morons as lawmakers.

      • turkak

        well, there’s nothing new, we have a lunatic president. That is the norm of philippine politics nowadays. Morons, idiot, stupid, lazy, crazy politicians are all over in Congress, senate and Malacanang.

      • mark_john21

        Try running as president if you’re sane. Kung mas magaling ka sa presidente di ikaw sana ang nasa posisyon nya ngayon.

    • joboni96

      itigil ang k-12
      gawing high school graduate ang lahat na pilipino

      hanngang negosyo pa rin
      ang edukasyon

      sa kapabayaan ng gobyerno
      paulit ulit yan

      • Noel

        Kung ayaw mo ng K-12, puwede bang K-9? Malaking tulong ang K-9 kontra kriminal.

      • askal2u

        ha ha ha, pwede rin K-2 (kuto) o K-Y jelly si buni para sa K-ti

      • Noel

        Mas gusto ko K-C…maganda, sexy at malaman.

    • askal2u

      why does a poor family be on private school on the first place, there are many public schools that they can afford?

      • koolkid_inthehouse

        You’re a racist pig.
        All candidates or in government never said anything about jobs for millions of unemployed Filipinos. What Filipinos needs are jobs. Decent work. Full time permanent jobs. Not humiliation from their own countryfolks who are insensitive like Askal Uman. If there’s jobs available in this country, people can buy their own house and live anywhere they want. Not the government made ghettoes.

  • ikulong

    ALAM PALA NILA NA MAY UTANG SILA. ANO GINAWA NILA? NAKIUSAP BA SILA?

  • divictes

    Just transferred? No charges?

  • $14334231

    “For his own sake, the customs official should be transferred since the
    smugglers, suspecting a double cross, are planning to do him in,
    according to my sources.”

    Tulfo, are you in cahoot with this custom official?…..you want him transferred….i want a warrant of arrest for this conniving custom official!!!!!….

    i don’t think the boy’s parents is poor…public school is the place for those that cannot afford the high tuition from private schools………

  • Akoaykanoy

    for just 9000 pesos the school did not allow him to graduate sana tinawagan nila ang Eat Bulaga and for sure the Sotos will guarantee for the boy

    • koolkid_inthehouse

      EPAL

    • pawok

      Kami sa Kapamilya ay hindi makakapapayag na sa Eat Bulaga tatawag ang kawawang estudyante na ‘yan!!! Dapat sa Showtime lang siya tumawag upang maBIGyan ng agarang kalutasan ang kanyang problema.

  • Guest

    Jamby Madrigal wants toremove the rationale for tuition fees in state colleges and
    universities and enabling the poor to enroll.

  • johnlordphilip

    Universities like Arellano Univ. are becoming more of a purely business institution than an academic institution.

    • askal2u

      it is a private university and not a public one, so why the parents of this child did not send him to public schools with good reputation compared to arellano? there a lot of good public schools in Manila.

  • darsmith

    Let the smugglers snuff-out the custom official. Its the least they can do to this scumbag

  • go88

    Tulko’s writings: 99% pro criminal, 1% pro victim for PR purposes.

    • Jesse_Bruce_Pinkman

      How about Tulfo’s writings? What can you say about them?

  • Bernard

    We are talking about Php. 9,000.00 for a normal people whilst talking about Millions for Marcos, Ejercito, Villar hidden account. See the gap between public official and to whom they are serving.

  • Ako_Hiking

    Poor kid and rich Customs guy. You can’t help feel bad for the poor kid not being able to graduate…only if there was something the government can do to prevent things like this from happening. Just the same…smuggling in the Philippines has been terrible…only if the government could do something to prevent things like this from happening. Unfortunately, not much is being done. the government, especially the President is too busy campaigning.

  • NoPeopleLuck

    Anong ginagawa ni Mayor?…sayang yong boto na yon mag research nga kyo!

  • El_Gran_Capitan

    Truly sad story of the Boy, Shame on you Arellano University

  • ConstructiveMediaCritics

    THERE MANY PEOPLE NOW WHO ARE DOING EVILNESS SPECIALLY THOSE RICH AND HAVE POWER THEY FORGOT GOD AND RELIGIONS AND LOVE TO OTHERS..

    THOSE EVILDOERS ARE VERY ABUSIVE AND DISRESPECTS GOD AND RELIGIONS OF ONES PERSON AND MANY ON THEIR EVIL MIND AND EVILDOING…

    THEY NEED TO BE ENLIGHT INTO GOD AND KEEP FAITH IN HIM AND LIVE IN GODLY
    LIFE AND BE GOOD TO OTHERS…GOD ALSO HEAL CRAZY PEOPLE IN THIS WORLD WHO CAN MAKE EVILNESS TO OTHERS…

    WE PROMOTE THE BIBLE SPREADING THE LIGHTS OF GOD THRU JESUS CHRIST TO EVERYONE AND HAVE THE LIGHTS OF GOD FOR HIS SPIRIT AND LIFE AND PRACTICAL LIFE IN THIS WORLD…

    GOD AND JESUS AND MOTHER MARY AND HEAVEN PROTECT US FROM EVILNESS….

    THE LIGHTS OF GOD BE WITH US ALWAYS…

    GOD AND JESUS AND MOTHER MARY LIGHTS AND MIRACLES LIGHTS AND BLESS US ALL….

    • Jesse_Bruce_Pinkman

      Lasing na to.

      • anu12345

        I don’t know what planet is he from. And his keyboard doesn’t have lower case

  • ConstructiveMediaCritics

    LET THIS EVILDOERS ABUSERS READ THE BIBLE IN THE JAIL THEY MUST NOT BE FREED….LET THEM SEEK THE LIGHTS OF GOD FROM JAIL FROM THEIR EVILDOING….

    JAIL ALL THE EVILDOERS, ABUSERS……

  • Noel

    I bet you Tulfo will stop attacking the corrupt custom official once an envelope is given.

  • http://www.facebook.com/marion.quiambao.16 Marion Quiambao

    may imaginary “sources” na naman si mr tulfo.,,hay,,makapagbida lang!

  • Horst Manure

    “an act unbecoming of a lawyer”… No it is not just liaryers like him give the other 99% a bad name

    * * *

    • UrHONOR

      Naturingang journalist at walang-tigil ang pagpaparangalan na journalist siya, tapos ang basic phrase na, ACT UNBECOMING a/an _______ ginawang ACT UNBECOMING OF a/an _______. Maliwanag na hindi typo yan….very deliberate. DYAHENG-dyahe yang erratum na yan…..unforgivable for a supposed seasoned journalist.

      • pawok

        Hindi ako kampi kay Mon Tulfo pero maraming gumagamit ng phrase na ‘yan na “an act becoming OF a…” Nuon pa man kasi, ‘yan ang ginagamit. Lately na lang na pinuna ito ng mga grammarian. Para din ‘yan sa “Richard The Lion-Hearted” na ni-revise ng mga grammarian at ginawang “Richard Th Lion Heart,” subalit ang mga nasanay sa una,’yan pa rin ang ginagamit. Maliwanag ba, ginoong UrHONOR?

      • UrHONOR

        MAY nabasa ka ba sa aking pagpapahayag na nagbunsod sa iyo para mag-isip na nagpahiwatig ako na KAKAMPI mo si Tulfo? NAPAKA-MALIWANAG ng aking paggamit ng salitang JOURNALIST na wala ng ibang tinutukoy kundi si Tulfo. Hindi na kailangan pa ang pagbanggit mo ng kung anupaman tungkol sa bagay na yan dahil MALIWANAG na napapaloob sa kabuuan ng aking sinabi ang pangkalahatang kaalaman tungkol sa BAGAY na yan. Kundi, di sana hindi ko na sinulat pa ang aking nasulat. O, maliwanag ba Gng Bill?

      • vin reyes

        paki ulit mo nga…

  • http://www.facebook.com/yet.jua Yet Jua

    Arellano University faculty not brainy enough….

  • wawa2172

    It is pure business for Arellano University and the 9K Php is not a joke to raised by poor parents nowadays. The university should have allowed the boy to march but withholding his card to settle his account. Hay nako, HEI ba ang Arellano University? The school president and registrar should clarify the issue.

    • Pinaslover

      Kung poor ka magtiis ka sa public school kasi libre yun. Bilang magulang dapat alam mo kung kaya mo bang itaguyod ang anak mo sa private school. Ako produkto ng public school from kinder to HS kasi yun lang ang kaya ng aking mga magulang. Nag ipon sila para makapag aral ako sa magandal private school para naman sa college. Sabi nga pag maikli ang kumot, mamaluktot ka muna. May mga parents kasi na dahil sa pride kahit na hindi kaya at wala namang stable source of income pinapag aral pa rin at anak sa private. Well it’s their choice pero dapat handa sila sa consequences at resulta pag di nakabayad. Pero yung ginawa ng Arellano sa bata na ipahiya sya ay maling mali.

  • victor1052

    Like the BIR, the NLRC, with many bad eggs, is dedicated to extorting money from employers and protecting the interest of its officials. Laborers, especially the unschooled ones and used to being spoiled by the intentional mishandling of labor disputes by the NLRC in local labor disputes, bring their bad attitudes abroad and get into trouble with uncompromising laws in foreign countries.

  • koolkid_inthehouse

    The senate is oozing with billions, all star studded actors and entertainers and coup leaders spending millions but educations is still a star away for some Filipinos.
    Isn’t it an irony that government officials spend people’s money like there’s no limit.

  • Ronilo Yap

    Bakit pa kasi pipilitin papaaralin sa mamahaling skwelahan kung di kaya..

    • Pinaslover

      You are right tapos sisihin nila dito gobyerno. Pero dapat hindi hiniya yung bata ng skul na yan..pinagradweyt na lang kasi traumatic sa bata yan. Meron namang public schools at libre.

    • pawok

      isa ka pa. hindi ba ninyo naisip na baka naman sumabit lang sa pinansya ang pamilya.

      • askal2u

        sabi nga poor family, di naman sinabi “can afford” saka kung smart mga parents nito, dapat pinadala muna sa public school hanggang high school at save na lang nila pera for college keysa ubosin sa elementarya ang pera nila

  • Natx Bacalzo

    transfer a corrupt customs official so he can commit more crimes and tulfo makes even more money from him. I say, let him face those he double crossed.

  • Jesse_Bruce_Pinkman

    Q: What happens to lawyers when they take viagra?
    A: They grow.

    • penoy2012

      Q: How do you know when a lawyer died due to viagra?
      A: They couldn’t close the coffin.

      • WeAry_Bat

        Q: Why didn’t a lawyer swallow his viagra?
        A: His tongue was longer.

  • pedronimo

    Heartless educator-pretenders

  • kismaytami

    Arellano University like any other private schools in the Philippines are business establishments offering their services in exchange of fees. I don’t want to blame the parents. But they should have known beforehand.

    • pawok

      you don’t get the point. ang sinasabi lang naman ni mon tulfo, sana pinamartsa/pinagradweyt ang bata para hindi naman mawalan ng self-esteem. hindi naman makukuha ang certificate kung maayroong kulang sa bayad. ginagawa ito nang lahat ng eskwelahan. dahil hindi ito ginawa ng arellano U., isa itong patunay na ang naturang eskwelahan ay mukhang-pera unggoy.

  • joboni96

    hanngang negosyo pa rin
    ang edukasyon

    sa kapabayaan ng gobyerno

    itigil ang k-12
    gawing high school graduate ang lahat na pilipino

  • felix1959

    Mabasa sana ng Deped, para mabigyan ng leksyon ang Arellano U.

  • felix1959

    Mga kababayan matuto na po sana tayo! panahon na naman ng pangangako ng mga sira ulong politico. Iboto ang mga karapatdapat hindi yung mga kilala na mga nakakasukang apelyido.

  • dikoy321

    How much Tulfo, for you, to change your story ?
    Magnanakaw din ito, kunyari journalust !

    • indiosbravos2002

      PAID journalist si Mon Tulfo.

  • $44479964

    Poor reporting. Get the side of Arellano University first before putting the school in a bad light. Well, what can I expect? Tulfo’s journalistic standard is only good for tabloid.

  • indiosbravos2002

    Teka kala ko ba Grade 7 na ngayon ang elementary. Pano gragraduate ang grade 6?

  • boybakal

    Poor boy not allowed to graduate….

    This is ridiculous….the poor boy was not allowed to graduate from being poor.
    It will take time…just be patient.

  • Twobeers

    “Poor boy not allowed to graduate” that’s the link iI clicked on, Then I read Richard C. Lee. I ask myself , are they related? Is that why the kid was humiliated

  • tilamsik

    school showing an example how to be mean… and that’s just a sample…. can some lawyers help the student sue arellano and make them pay for the crude demeaning act they did?

  • LAMBFORGOVERNOR

    How do you spell idiots in Filipino… The management of the Arellano University branch in Pasay City

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