Le coup du maître (The master's stroke)
Libel laws in the Philippines and who's suing whom, Rotarians on the witness list one against the other having nothing to say, and more. Le coup du maître (The master's stroke)
By Evan Iliadis former Rotarian member of the Rotary Club of Tagbilaran.
Back in October 2007, when I brought the Matching Grants and donations fraud to the attention of the RCT, no one was surprised from the facts, most members already suspected the embezzlement was going on. What took them by storm, was the timing and the means of disclosure. The board of directors then, included Dave and Baby Collins and Deo Uy all accused for fraud in my allegations. Their discontent was expressed through a mail received by President Luela Bantol as follows: (Mail sent Oct. 19th 2007 just days after the allegations surfaced on the RCT website
“The Club has formed a Special Committee to review matters including those concerning Matching Grants. Your concerns and grievances could have been properly addressed by the Special Committee. We wish to inform you, however, that the Club has considered with care your accusations which the club accepts as a legitimate concern that one may raise, only that the means and manner you did it is way beyond what is appropriate. It is with deep regrets that due to the above-cited reasons the Club is already taking steps to terminate your membership. We assure you, however, that it will go through the process in accordance with the provisions of the Standard Rotary Club Constitution and By-laws, enacted by Rotary International, wherein your side will always be heard”.
In other words, “we like what you said and even welcomed it, but what bother us is that you chose the club’s web site to do it and for this reason we are going to kick you out.” Le coup du maître (The master's stroke)
Did they do it in accordance with the RI bylaws? Let me have a big, fat, Greek laugh please!... The only notification I have received was that the club is planning to oust me and that’s it! I’ve never heard anything since. But thanks to my supporters and informants I knew it as soon as it happened. Just a few days before and between the 9th and 19th of October 2007 the club terminated another Rotarian without due process, on the spot, without giving him a chance to say a word, on the sole order of Derek Pyrah and the Collins. Le coup du maître (The master's stroke)Yes, you read it right… Derek Pyrah ordered the ousting and it was done on a single stroke of a pen.. No questions asked!. What this Rotarian did wrong? After the revelations appeared on the web site he sent a mail to some one in the Interplast organization in AU asking information about Derek Pyrah. The “some one” informed Derek and he (Derek)went fuming in the club asking the head of this Rotarian. And he got it!.. To the shame of the RCT… At the same time, he personally submitted the intimidation letter dated Oct 9th to the club terrorizing the members as I explained already.
As mentioned before, the trio chose the fugitives status rather than answer questions that could only be done with fresh lies to cover the lies of the previous day; but they did give some to a local news reporter as this one: (I covered his name as appears on the original mail dated December 7th 2007 – for the moment – but it will be disclosed with more in due time.)
The reversal of roles has begun in the earliest stages of this investigation. She, Baby Collins, dealt with the accusation like the Matching Grant money was given to her as a reward for her hard work! (sic!) and she could do whatever she wanted with it!.. So she said, she returned the money to the TRF because the new set officers could have steal it.. I send a copy of this mail –unmasked – to TRF. My informants telling me that the RI did not confirm or denied they received this amount. The crooks become the accusers now against one of the most decent Rotarian in the district as Luella Bantol is reputed. We are talking here 100 thousand US dollars, that is a small fortune in the Philippines…. This money could have been of help to emergency situations instead of given to crooks for dry toilets building.
I made this mail available to the club but apparently they didn’t care that much or made little use of it, to their big mistake that lead to the current situation. Derek Pyrah and the Colins (Leave Deo Uy out as he was just a puppet in this whole story) tested club’s guts several times with various clever techniques, like threats, inaccurate and totally untrue statements and more. With no reaction from the RCT, this encouraged them to pursue their demolition plans as I explained on my previous blog.
As a reminder, after the unsuccessful attempts by the international Rotary mob During the District 3860 Discon in 2008 to kill the RCT as described here they repeat the same during Discon 2009. In a different way and means this time and with the blessing and complicity of the District Governor in the most cynical and humiliating fashion.
The photo you see below was taken from the district's web site. They published it to embarrass PP Luella Bantol and the RCT in general. The message is clear: The district has sided with the crooks and against the RCT
You’ll have the opportunity to see more “siding” of this kind as soon as the next page will draw on your screen.. And to add insult to the injury, the text also was taken from the same source, the district web site bulletin July 2009 DISTAS that is. The Collins signed their comment as members of the RC of Tagbilaran. Are they? It’s possible. May be the district forced the club to reinstate them. If that’s what happened, how they can seat in this regular meeting room with their pairs knowing how undesirable they are? No, that’s not a problem for Baby Garcia Calipusan. (That’s her real name.) She has been used to that since she came back from the US and she knows what every one thinks about her. She doesn't care! She doesn't? Not anymore folks...Stay tuned there will be more.
Now, before you click on the next page you need to know the reasons behind the scared behavior of the members of this club, instead of united standing up against the abusers. Here is why:
The RC of Tagbilaran as most of clubs in the Third world is not the typical club membered by Rotarians. Out of 20-25 members there are only few Rotarians the rest being just members. Very few understand bylaws and regulations and even less the mechanics of Matching Grants and generally, what Rotary is all about. Those who understand, keep the others in the dark so they can do their dirty business without anyone else put their nose in "their private affairs" Most are there just to be seen in their community, as they believe being part of the elite which is a big deal on a social system where values of the haves are based on the model of cellphone you own and must care it on your hands all the time in order to be evaluated.Same for clothing, cars and the facade of the house. The interior of the house doesn’t matter that much. Some have small business comfortably surviving by local standards, others,a nurse here, an overseas maid there, a few small branches bank managers their bank paying the dues hoping to capitalize by bringing the accounts of some rich members to their branch. Filipinos are soft heart people, the don't know how to deal with 2 meters tall white animals as Collins walking allays guarded by at lest two of his 6 trained German shepherd dogs, or a plot specialist as Baby Clipusan- Collins, or this fat pig Aussie rude and under-educated con artist Pyrah is. Most important, controversial libel laws in the Philippines Article 353 of the Revised Penal Code is a criminal offense designed to almost protect the crooks, since the prosecutors need very little to find probable cause sending the case to a judge.(More on this later) Going to a court of law in the Philippines as a defendant it is perceived by the public at large as a shame, subject to finger pointing and gossiping through out town whereas in this microsociety as Tagbilaran city every one knows about others. Let alone the expenses that few can afford.
Many are leaving after a while, not really interested by a social club as this
takes a toll on their personal life and stressing their business. Besides, they
don’t really see any benefit or change in their life, but saw their masters’
lives getting better, those few that had the privilege to be connected with some influential in Manila and abroad, a small number though… The RC of Tagbilaran had
the distinctiveness of being despotically dominated by foreigners, not only
by local members foreigners like the Collins (Including Baby Collins who has
never acquired her Filipino citizenship fearing her social standing will be downgraded.)
and some of their associates, but also from the VILLAGE AIDE PROGRAM and its
cohorts that were using it (The club) to glorify themselves back home, like Derek
Pyrah and dozens tourists Rotarians he was bringing from AU with him, or John
Dehnel from England. Any one bringing a used medical machine –useless in England
dump it to a Club in Tagbilaran, computers the Children Hospital in AU didn’t
know what to do with and how to dump them due to lead countenance, well, Derek
got them, then Collins got them, gave some to Evan for the school in Songculan.All
stopped working after a few months. Then, they put in place the laundry
machine to clean the donations money and TRF Matching Grants money. I have already
explained all that in previous pages. Le coup du maître (The master's stroke)
The duel is about to begin.