Deuterium – The Hoax That Will Not Die – Part Four

Escosa swindled OFWs

Senator Marcos’s information, together with all social media posts and promotions, including those used by the notorious Alpha-Omega group, trace their origins to a swindler, now deceased, called Cesar K. Escosa who ran a recruitment agency in Quezon City.

He was, if nothing else, ambitious, filing candidacy for the 1998 elections. His certificate was denied by Comelec.

To impress the gullible, Escosa issued what he called a ‘Special Report’. This report is the basis of most of the deuterium claims and mixes a small scattering of facts with a heavy dose of pure fantasy and fabrication.

Here is that report, annotated:

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Deuterium – The Hoax That Will Not Die – Part Three

Bongbong files a pseudoscience bill

On 17 November 2010, Senator Ferdinand R. ‘Bongbong Marcos Jr. filed Senate Bill 2593 proposing The Hydrogen Research, Promotion and Development Act of 2010. He cites no scientific sources for the information he provides to support his proposal.

Sadly, Mr Marcos appears not to have done his due diligence and consulted scientists in the appropriate fields of expertise. However, the deuterium claim has been associated with the Marcos family for decades so he may not have felt there was a need to actually check the science.

His claims are, simply, false.

Had his staff done their homework they would have known that those claims were firmly debunked by Roger Posadas, then Dean of the UP College of Science, as early as 1988.

The relevant passage in the bill states:

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Deuterium – The Hoax That Will Not Die – Part Two

So, what actually is Deuterium? It is a type of hydrogen, also known as Hydrogen-2, with the symbol D or 2H instead of H and is known as an isotope. An atom of ordinary hydrogen, the most basic and lightest of all the elements, consists of a nucleus of one proton but Deuterium’s nucleus has an extra lump called a neutron. Combined with Oxygen it makes heavy water D2O2, aka Deuterium Oxide, which is about 10 per cent heavier than ordinary water, H20.

Deuterium is extracted from seawater using a process called the Girdler sulfide process, invented in 1943, which you can read about here.

It is non-toxic, odourless and flammable but, as with hydrogen, it will asphyxiate you if you are in an atmosphere containing too much of it, which is not going to happen in the real world, at least on Earth.

Heavy Water is everywhere, from inside your body and the water that comes out of your taps, about 1 in 3000 molecules of what you drink, to the oceans. The biggest concentration is one the surface of the sea, where sunlight evaporates lighter H20.

Heavy water is most often associated with nuclear power. Put simply it is used to soak up radiation to prevent the reactor melting down. That process turns Deuterium into Tritium, another hydrogen isotope with rather different characteristics – it is very poisonous and radioactive.

So, heavy water is used to control (moderate) nuclear reactions but does not generate energy itself.

Because Deuterium is stable, it does not spontaneously generate hydrogen for energy generation.

Now let us compare the Bongbong Marcos claims with scientific facts.

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Deuterium – The Hoax That Will Not Die – Part One

After a short hiatus, a 40-year old fraud has recently resurfaced. It claims, without evidence that it is supported by the Philippines current president, Rodrigo Duterte, and, with pseudoscientific ‘evidence’, that of Ferdinand Marcos Junior, known as Bong Bong. It is a fabulous tale of riches that will propel the Philippines into superpower status when deposits of an isotope of hydrogen, called deuterium, is mined from ‘pools’ at the bottom of the Philippine Trench.The scam is so old, getting on for half a decade, that is can certainly be regarded as a part of Philippines history.It is a tale of pseudoscience, greed, and gullibility supported by blatant fabrication that has lasted since the 1980s and continues today.

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The Mystery of Jabidah and a Secret Trial

Oplan Merdeka  was the failed attempt by the disgraced President Ferdinand Marcos of the Philippines to conduct a terrorist campaign on the state of Sabah in the 1960s. It was a project that would have pitched the Philippines not just against Malaysia, but also Britain, Australia, New Zealand, and Singapore. It was a foolhardy effort and Malaysia and its allies had seen off an attempted Communist takeover in the Malayan Emergency and an invasion by Indonesia during the Konfrontazi.

The scheme was shattered by the massacre of Muslims on Corregidor who were recruited to terrorise Sabah, known as the Jabidah Massacre. While revisionists like the notorious Roberto D. Tiglao of the pro-Marcos Manila Times claim the whole thing to be a hoax, the evidence for it is solid.

There were brief flash reports on radio broadcasts but the story was suppressed early enough to keep it out of print media. The incident became common knowledge. The suppressed story broke through when Senator Ninoy Aquino, former journalist, gave a privilege speech in the Senate.

After the embarrassing incident on Corregidor, there was a secret court martial of those involved, blood-money was paid to the families of those who were executed, and the prosecutor in that case is still alive.

The video below has technical issues, for which I apologise, but it demolishes the claim that the massacre never happened.

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Queen Vic, The Indian Drug Lord, And The Most Expensive Dress In The World

Buried somewhere, possibly in London’s Victoria & Albert Museum or the Royal collection, among thousands of undisplayed items, are three dresses made of the finest Piña lace, made from a type of pineapple. They were among the most expensive dresses ever made, certainly the most expensive without precious metals or gemstones. They are part of some of the surprising links between Queen Victoria, British Royalty, and Manila.

Way back in 1842, Queen Victoria knighted the leading Indian merchant in Bombay, by the name of Jamsetjee Jejeebhoy. He was a Parsee, a member of the Indian business elite, who made his fortune in cotton trading and selling opium to China. and clearly rich. Very rich.

At that time India was a British colony, Victoria was its Empress and the now-Sir Jamsetjee Jejeebhoy wanted to impress his empress with a fine gift. It was still the talk of Manila several months later when a Captain Arthur Cunynghame arrived in the Pearl of the Orient.

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An Unsung Hero: The Last Spaniard To Surrender In Manila

Poster for the 1945 remake of Los Ultimos De Filipinnas.

This poster is from the 1945 Spanish movie Los Ultimos de Filipinas, remade in 2016. about the last Spanish hold-out in the Philippines in Baler, now in Quezon Province. A company of Spanish soldiers was held under siege in the town church from July 1898 to June 1899. They did not know it, but it was the final stand of the once great Spanish Empire. But today I’ll tell to of unsung Spanish hero who was Spain’s last man to resist American control in Manila.

Chances are, you’ve never heard of him. Nobody remembers the last Spaniard to surrender in Manila, who made his stand in the aduana, the Customs House, and his story did not appear in official reports until 1901.

I think he deserves his day of glory so let’s give it to him. 

Quick recap: Commodore Dewey sank the Spanish Fleet 0in the Battle of Canacao Bay on 1 May 1898. Manila was under siege by Philippine Republican forces on the land side and the US Asiatic Fleet blockaded the city from seaward. I’m not going into the ins and outs of what happened over the next six weeks but by the end of it, the Spaniards had agreed to surrender to Dewey so long as they could have a battle first, for the sake of honor.

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When Tarzan Fought Kipling For Filipinos

Edgar Rice-Burroughs about the time he wrote The Black Man’s Burden. Photo: Museum of the San Fernando Valley.

Most of us who study Philippine history, especially the American occupation, are familiar with Kipling’s poem, The White Man’s Burden, urging America to take up its ‘responsibilities towards its newly acquired colony, the Philippines, but few are aware that the creator of Tarzan, Edgar Rice-Burroughs went into bat for the Filipinos with a blistering poem of his own, The Black Man’s Burden.

Rice-Burroughs was a military veteran, having served with the 7th US Cavalry at Fort Grant, Arizona, shortly before the Spanish-American War and Philippine-American War. He was familiar with the Apache Wars, which were still fresh in people’s minds. As his novels War Chief and Apache Savage show, he was very familiar with the treatment of the Indians in that period. Those novels were written at a time when a more sympathetic view of the Indians was on the rise and the realisation of what had been done to them, was emerging.

It has been said that the Apache novels, now less well-known, than his John Carter novels and Tarzan were by far the best written of all his output.

At the time he wrote The Black Man’s Burden, his days of fame were far ahead, he had yet to become a writer of the adventure books that made him famous.

Here are the two poems:

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An Apache Chief Meets the Negritos

Drawing together all the threads of history leads us on fascinating adventures and familiar names on unfamiliar trails. Those of us who travel the highways and byways of Philippine history know that US Major-General Henry Ware Lawton was killed in the Battle of Paye during the Philippine-American War by a sniper under the command of Filipino General Licerio Geronimo and that Lawton was involved in the surrender of Apache Chief, Geronimo. The links between Geronimo and the Philippines come together again at the 1904 St Louis Worlds Fair when the legendary Apache chief saw Igorottes for the first time.

At the time of the fair, Geronimo had been a prisoner of war for almost 20 years, he was in his 70s. He was allowed off the reservation at Fort Sill under guard for special events. He was such a VIP prisoner that he had the ear of President Theodore Roosevelt.

He had a deal with a photographer under which he got 10 cents for every 25 cent photograph he sold. He also sold his autograph for varying amounts and was allowed to keep all the money. He also sold Indian artifacts like War Bonnets. All 9in all he did well financially, making as much as $2 a day, about $30 today and he amassed more money than he had ever had in his life.

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TVMT: The Man Who Steals Honor – Part 3

As we have shown, conclusively, the Bureau of Central Interpol/Interpolcom/International Police Commission are organisations involved in illegal activities. Now let us look at Tiburcio Villamor Marcos Tallano, a convicted criminal with a record of bank fraud.

He claims to be a king, yet is monarch of no nation. He claims to own thousands of tonnes of gold but cannot afford his own regalia and has his face photoshopped onto uniforms he is not entitled to wear with awards and qualifications he did not earn.

That alone makes him a fraud.

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