The Interpol Scam – Part 2

Attached to an equally dodgy scam using fraudulent documents, Alpha-Omega, the Bureau of Central Interpol, BCI, scams Filipinos by selling fake identity documents and military ‘ranks’.

Despite claims made on the BCI Facebook page, and the liberal scattering of UN logos on its documents, it is not an attached agency of the UN. You may search for it yourself on the UN’s own website.

Indeed, while trying to pull off a land scam in 2014, Lapu-Lapu City City attorney Yuri Beluan, warned Alpha-Omega: “the absence of authority to use seals and emblems of the United Nations, its organizations and agencies, and of the different instrumentalities of the Philippine government, and the signatures of different government officials will expose them to criminal liability.”

Tallano frauds are characterised by laughable incompetence. A good fake requires attention to details. If one is going to pretend to be connected to Interpol one should at least know how that organisation works, it is obvious that the Bureau of Central Interpol has not the foggiest idea.

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I’m from the north, so i can contribute at least two – la union is a non-existent politically nor as a small town in 1764. It was an amalgamation of small towns culled from ilocos sur, pangasinan and benguet that was formed only in 1850.

2nd, the areas of benguet, ifugao, kalinga and apayao are not separate during that time, but are collectively included as part of mountain province.

3rd, and somewhat telling, is that ilocos norte is not mentioned in the said document, while ilocos sur is. Ilocos norte, of course, is the home province of the marcos clan. Here is someone claiming the entire philippines as his, except one small province in the north that also happens to be the home if the succeeding claimant. How convenient! 😁
Well caught that man! The first country to adopt a metric system was France in 1799, Spain adopted it in 1858, the UK adopted it in 1965.

Miracle Cure For Covid-19 or Fabunan Fable? Part 3

It is not the Food and Drug Administration to carry out clinical trials. That is up to the person or company which wants its drug to be approved.

Fabunan has yet to seek approval for Fabunan Antiviral Injection.

Curiously, the social media campaign appears using a social media infrastructure connected to the present Philippines administration. The profiles of those promoting it are overwhelmingly pro-administration, with hashtags such as #FAI and #protectthepresident appearing in promotional posts.

Troll post with hashtags

Evidence of troll-farm involvement is the promotion of FAI on a website called Attracttour. A whois check shows that the site conceals its ownership behind a Panama company called Whoisguard. Prima facie evidence of troll farming.

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The True Story of the Philippine .45 Cal

Not the Philippine. 45

One does not get very far into the popularly understood history of the Philippine-American War without coming across the claim that the iconic 1911 Colt automatic was invented for use against the Moros. It is at least half a fable and I had planned to write it up more fully when I came across this excellent video whic

h deals with the real story of the gun.

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TVM Tallano – Another Fish in Another Barrel

Yet another Tallano fake

Behold, His Royal Highness Tiburcio Villamor Marcos Tallano, king of the Philippines, owner of more than 600,000 tonnes of gold, and Colonel-in -Chief of Britain’s Welsh Guards, in full regalia.

An insignia on his upper right arm reveals that he has completed a parachute course. Another insignia at the top of the blue sash shows that he is a qualified pilot. The zword at his hip shows he is an oofficer it the Welsh Guards, so he has served in the British Army.

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The Corporate Slave – Part 3

You’re an 18th century Taosug slave owner so you can throw away the Labor Code right? Wrong.

Two hundred years ago there was a sort of ‘labor code’, too. Slaves had rights at least in
practice if not in law. Remember, this is Filipino slavery and you really wouldn’t expect it to be like anyone else’s.

Most of our ideas about slavery are formed from images of Egyptian slave-drivers in old
Cecile B. De Mille spectaculars and stories of Afro-Americans in the cotton fields of the US southern states. It wasn’t quite like that.

starters, in the Philippines it was possible to be a part-time slave. If oneb parent was free and the other a slave you were one half slave.

With one parent half-slave and the other free you’d be a quarter slave. You’d spend a week working for your master and the rest of the month farming your own patch or prett much doing your own thing.
In the Sulu archipelago, society was broadly split into three layers, the aristocrats who
nominally owned the place, the freemen and slaves. In fact there were a lot more nuances so this is very simplified.

Some slaves were acquire through debt servitude while others were captured in raids and bought and sold throughout the area.
Of course, nobody in his or her right mind
would want to be a slave, would they?
That depends on what you were doing
before the raiders came and grabbed

Some slaves did very nicely indeed. How
nicely? One slave, or banyaga, who could
have escaped, told William Pryor, administrator for the North Borneo Chartered Company, the people who
started all the Sabah problems: “There is something to regret every where; here I am
well enough, my master treats me as one of his kindred, I am well paid, and could save money if I wished; in my own country I know I could not do better, and perhaps
should not fare as well, therefore I prefer remaining here.”
Another who had esca ped, Antonio Juan, said: “I was very well treated throughout the period of my captivity so much so that my
master tried to convince me to marry a female captive, stating that their society
had neither the tribute nor personal services (polo), nor could anyone order me about in the same manner as in the Christian villages.”
There were some downsides. If your master died you might die, too. Your master could, in theory, kill you at will, sell you, swap
you or give you away and on a really, really bad day you might have a boat launched over you, none of which enhance upward career development.
Slaves were a form of currency. You were worth three kilos of rice or the rental of one portable cannon. With three slaves one could rent a boat but one might bebetter off just buying the vessel for between six and eight slaves.

The Corporate Slave – Part 2

Spain had helpfully disarmed lowland and vulnerable communities throughout out the islands so few had the ability to defend themselves. As late as 1864 many communities had little more than sticks and rocks in their armouries.

The only effective strategy against the slavers would have been for the Spanish to combine forces with the British and the Dutch, each of whom mutually hated the other as empires are wont to do. Think ABS-CBN and GMA or San Miguel and Asia Brewery. Or somebody big and somebody else equally big.

The economic effect was devastating. Samar’s tiny population lost some 500 people a year. Nueva Caceres alone lost up to 1,500 people a year. Even Manila Bay came in for trouble. Regular destruction of the coastal communities made the growing of crops, especially cash-crops a futile gesture. But the Iranun and Balangigi did quite well out of it, capturing around 300,000 slaves during the great days of slave-raiding, a fair chunk of the tiny Filipino population of the time.

Being an employer in those days in the Sulu Archipelago had a certain simplicity, or did it? After all, this was Filipino slavery. One wouldn’t expect Filipino slavery to be quite the same as anyone else’s and it wasn’t, as we’ll see.

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The Corporate Slave -Part 1

Your order books are full, you can sell everything you can make and the forward orders might just get you into Forbes. The 500, not the park.
Problem: you need warm bodies on the production line. So you call in your Human Resources Manager and he… does what? This is after all the late 1700s in Jolo and you’re the Sultan of Sulu, a Taosug aristocrat, and rule from southern Mindanao to North Borneo and the Celebes. There
won’t be a classified page until, at best, 1811. You could wait until 1860 and get a free six-line slave wanted ad for free by subscribing to the Diario De Manila, but a century is an awfully long time to wait for the hired help.

You need people to produce deliverables. So, you indent for a kampilan from the company stores, get the transportation department to send 1,000 company bancas around to the front door, load up your lantakas with powder and shot and go off for some serious recruitment in Leyte, Samar, Luzon and wherever else doesn’t have kampilan, lantakas and customers screaming for product.

It was in the 18th century that the slave-raiding business-model changed from one of securing a product, slaves, to sell around the region to one of of acquiring a labour force to produce product to sell to the British for their trade with China.

Don’t think of it as slavery, think of it as hard core recruitment.

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Kill The Chocolate Biscuit 4

To emphasise the high quality of their chocolate products, the Spanish called the very best chocolate ‘Filipino’.

Chocolate remained a beverage and possibly a food ingredient in local delicacies like suman moron, into the 19th century. In 1828 a Dutch chemist, Van Houten, invented the chocolate press, which separated the cocoa fat from the solids and turned the latter into a powder to make chocolate drinks.

The modern chocolate bar was developed by an English confectioner, Joseph Fry in 18471. A Swiss by the name of David Peters is generally creditted with adding milk powder to the mix to create milk chocolate in 1878.

The product of the time may have had a coarser, grainier texture than todays. The process of ‘conching’, which results in a smoother texture and better aroma was only invented by Rodolphe Lindt in Berne, Switzerland, in 1879.

Eating chocolate was being advertised in Manila by the late 1870s. La Bilbaina was operating a steam-powered manufacturing plant in 1877.
Chocolate is made of cacao powder, cacao fat – sometimes with the addition of peanut oil – and sugar, and melts easily in tropical climates. How the company overcame that problem has yet to be determined but some method of keeping the temperature low enough must have been used, possibly with the help of ice from the relatively newly established ice plant of Julio De Witte.

So, put all that fine history together and one can easily understand why a Spanish company called Artiach chose the name Filipinos to give their lines of white, brown and dark chocolate-enrobed biscuits an assumption of excellent quality.


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Kill The Chocolate Biscuit 3!

Exactly who brought the first cacao plants to the Philippines is hidden in the fog of history. It is a reasonably informed guess that Spanish immigrants from Mexico unofficially brought their own plants to maintain a taste of home.

For instance, Gaspar de San Augustin says that in 1670 a navigator, Pedro Brabo de Lagunas, “brought from Acapulco a pot containing a cacao-plant which he gave to his brother, Bartolome, a priest in Camarines, from whom it was stolen by a Lipa native, Juan del Aguila, who hid it and took care of it, and from it propagated all the original Philippine stock.” 1

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