Archive for January, 2009

Philippine Tribune received a letter from a concerned member of the Filipino community about the Filipino MPC. He said that “the perception is that the MPC belongs to the Filipino community, but in practice this is not so because Filipinos outside the constituted board of directors simply do not allow it. Rules and regulations on the use of the MPC facilities are designed and decided without consultation with the community.”

He added: “It has been almost 20 years now, and the promise of a truly useable centre is yet to materialise. Several members of the board have been inactive, leaving the centre’s management to a few who seem to have run out of ideas about taking the MPC project to its objective of building the facilities and offering the service that it has been ordained by its constitution to provide. One community complaint, which I see as a legitimate one, is that the board was constituted as a permanent one — more like a kingdom with exclusive and absolute power. In a democracy like ours, this is unacceptable, although legal. The MPC board has reacted angrily at critics without considering the community’s real concerns. They should step down and be replaced by others with new ideas.”


Rooty Hill, NSW. December 8, 2008. Fr. Renato Paras today declared that the MPC Managers have made a partial payment of $37,000 to Ms. Tess Lopez leaving a balance of $263,000 from the original $300,000 amount owed. He added that the $37,000 came from the buyer of the MPC Rooty Hill property who promised to settle the full amount by January 2009. The original promised settlement date was September 28, 2008.

The Filipino Multi-Purpose Centre (MPC) in Rooty Hill was bought for $750,000, a much lower amount than the original asking price of $1 million. Fr. Paras said that the new MPC property in Schofields has been fully paid at a cost of $1,150,000.


Not too many Filipinos residing in Australia know what former Calauan, Laguna Mayor Tony Sanchez did to Eileen Sarmenta and her boyfriend Allan Gomez in June 1993. Whenever he felt the urge, he would ask his police officers to accompany him to go “shopping” inside the campus of the University of the Philippines in Los Banos, Laguna. He picked a pretty coed who was later “arrested” by the police officers and brought to the horny mayor in his rest house. After satisfying his carnal desires, Mayor Sanchez released Eileen Sarmenta, again to be raped by his equally sex-hungry band of policemen.

The following morning, a lifeless and totally nude Eileen Sarmenta was paraded by the police goons in the streets of Calauan. Her boyfriend Allan Gomez, who witnessed the entire rape incident, was also killed, presumably by the same gang of policemen.

Thanks to the incessant reporting and audacity of media, former Mayor Sanchez is now behind bars, hopefully, never to be released. He should consider himself lucky because capital punishment was not in force at the time the heinous crime was committed.


One would think that placing ‘FRAGILE’ and ‘HANDLE WITH CARE’ stickers on a box containing individually bubble-wrapped items would be sufficient to protect a shipment from Manila to Sydney. The sender, one Rosmina Colina from Quezon City, was even discouraged by the courier company from placing a value in excess of $100 because she would have to pay a lot more in insurance premium.

The shipment finally arrived but only after making several international phone calls. According to the sender, The courier company admitted that the shipment was sent to the wrong facility no less than 3 times, in spite of the correct address marked on the box. The box contained individually-wrapped souvenir items to be given away in a birthday celebration. All items were broken and could no longer be used.


Australia has advised its citizens to exercise a high degree of caution in the Philippines because of the high threat of terrorist attack. The government continues to receive credible reports indicating that terrorists are planning attacks against a range of targets in a variety of locations, including places frequented by foreigners. Those who decide to travel to the Philippines should exercise extreme vigilance.