Friends. Reading the transcripts of
3 witnesses, I am very pleased of the way the defense attorneys are
handling the case, that it goes all the way to hell for the plaintiffs
and their supporters , if any... Rotary's
4 ways test as tested in a court of law.
Their (plaintiffs') lawyers have
turned this case into unrelated events, like "what the VAP status is",
"what was doing", "if is a Rotary or a "stand alone" (Derek's words)
entity", "who send the anonymous letters and if they were read in the
RCT regular meeting", and most important, if the witnesses "know a
certain Evan Iliadis". It looks like the case is shifting from the
defendant Luella Bantol and comes towards me. By the way, I'll be happy
to be their guest. in this or any other case, any time they choose... Rotary's 4 ways test as tested in a court of law.
They thought they can
link the defendant to the anonymous letters, or to a conspiracy with me for a demolition
job. Reading the transcripts, none has succeeded. Rotarian Attorney Butchi Zamora
and Attorney Acosta have done a marvelous job, so did the defendant in avoiding
the trap Collins tried to put her in, by designating 16 witness mostly Rotarians, just for the
purpose of intimidation, hoping she will settle the case in their (Plaintiffs)
terms, so humiliating and face loosing.. More of that on the web site in a few
brother and best friend who has passed away now, was a prominent lawyer
stationed in Greece and I was helping him with business litigation cases
in the French speaking countries in Europe, said two things to
1- “Never ask a witness a question if you don’t know what the answer will be”.
certain cases to the trial is an adventure difficult to predict the
outcome. I have lost cases that I was considered 100% winnable and won
others with the odds of winning being so small”.
It is clear
now, the accusers understood, that even with 36 witnesses will never be
able to have a case, the defendant will not settle it in their terms,
possibly many witness are unhappy to take the stand against
They chose to
control the damages by putting Collins on the stand, probably as a
final witness and rest their case with a bang. But it won’t happen, he
hasn’t more to say than the others. The plaintiffs began their case by
bringing 3 Rotarians to the witness stand for a demonstration on their
about the 4 ways test, Rotary bylaws and....if they know a certain
Evan Iliadis.... Anything else? Nothing related to the accusations, just
to waist court's time and harassing the defendant.
Let's start with Maita Manglapus who was called to testify about the legality
of informing the district clubs of the termination of a Rotarian. You think that's
why they called her? Not really...
we analyze her real motivations it's good to go through some of the highlights
on her testimony, You'll have the opportunity to see the entire deposition I will
be uploading on the server in a few days. below is a first installment, and
please, let me know if any one has heard the reading of the 4 ways test in a
court as asked by the defense attorney and answered by the witness.
Presidents, Rotarians, be on notice. It is fair to all to be sued by your district
for doing your job....Yes, I said the district, this witness is an Assistant Governor as there
will be others Past AG and PP to testify against the defendant.
witness, the filing of this case against the defendant, who is a fellow Rotarian,
do you believe it's fair to all concerned?"
Q. Would it be beneficial to all concerned
and lastly would it bring good will to all concerned?
A. Yes sir
Q. and how about the fact whether it could
bring good will and friendship between the plaintiffs and the defendant?
A. It depends of the turnout of this case
Then, attorney Zamora, a member of the Rotary
Club of Tagbilaran invited her for a demonstration on her knowledge of rotary
bylaws that she, as an Assistant Governor, should have foul knowledge
Q. Madam witness, a notice of termination
is not a personal act of the President but an act in accordance with the mandate
of the board, is that correct?
A. Yes sir.
Q. So you will agree
with me that this sending of the notice of termination is not a personal
act of the defendant (Editor's note: PP Luella Bantol), but she made this one
in her official capacity as a President because she was ordered as her actions
was approved by the Board of Directors , is that correct?
A. Yes sir, but the channel of sending the
letter is of course first to the District governor.
Q. In what particular provisions of the Rotary
By-laws or constitution is that found, Madam witness?
A. I am not familiar with that.
Q. I believe we have here a copy of the constitution
and the By-laws, please point in what particular provision is that found and
I know you are very conversant of this being a past president of your club?
A. Shall I read it? I cannot.
Q. Ok. But you are a hundred % sure being being
a the President that this provision is found in the constitution?
A. Yes sir.
ATTY ZAMORA: That's all your Honor.
see the original transcripts of the testimony above on a pop up window
within this page . or CLICK HERE
to see it on a different page. Please excuse
the quality of the scans, they were done on a type writer and not printed from
As I stated above, you will soon have the
opportunity to read the entire testimony containing about 50 pages where it was
revealed what I always knew: Maita being " l'enfant cherie" du VAP didn't come
to bring any essential testimony to the case.
She brought two things: Her total
ignorance on Rotary Laws, her unconditional commitment to the VILLAGE AIDE PROGRAM
where she has been an admirer to Collins dry toilets "architecture" , her business
oblige, as a construction materials dealer. Oh! I forgot one thing: She was also
asked if she knows me and if she received e-mails from me!... Oh well, waist
of time... who haven't receive mails from me....
Is the VILLAGE AIDE PROGRAM a "Stand alone
project"? And if it is, what this it means? In an attempt to confuse the members
of the Rotary Club of Tagbilaran Derek Pyrah and Dave Collins invented this
status as justification of being sole handlers of the Matching Grants money and
HERE to see Derek Pyrah mail now an exhibit in the trial. Have
a good laugh... TRF attributes the MG to clubs, not to "stand alone" entities...
in line is GRACE CAMPO former secretary of the RCT and now President of the ROTARY
CLUB OF TUBIGON BOHOL PHILIPPINES. She testified in May of 2009. About what?
I went through her 60 pages testimony several times without be able to find out
what her testimony related
to the case was about, other than praise the VILLAGE AIDE PROBLEM and, of course,
if she knows a certain Evan Iliadis who is sending mails.... Of course she knows
me!. She likes me so much, that in my last meeting in the RCT Aug 2007 she asked
me several times and in the most anxious and sarcastic manner "when I was leaving?"...She
had her reasons, I'll explain later.
testimony was directed by the plaintiffs attorney towards an anonymous letter
that a group of Rotarians in Australia mass mailed to the district alerting the
RCT and the district about the VILLAGE AIDE PROGRAM misusing Matching Grants,
individual and Rotary clubs donations, explaining in details how the scam was
setup by Derek Pyrah and the Collins using the Rotary Club of Tagbilaran as the
laundry machine. I Evan Iliadis, joined the group and officially AND namely informed
the RCT asking a formal investigation on the allegations. Why Grace is making
a taboo of the content of this anonymous letter? She knows very well what it
was about. She said and recanted, as to whether this letter was read in the regular
meeting or not. Apparently, they try to link PP Luella Bantol - the defendant
- to this mail. Then, later on, Atty Zamora for the defendant went on to to ask
whether the VAP was a Rotary Organization or a "Stand alone"entity..
It is important to mention that is now revealed,
the RCT through a mail (That I haven't see it personally but it comes from Grace
testimony) Luella Bantol went swiftly to cut off club's relationship with
the VAP informing the managers members of the club the end of collaboration.
Basically, she threw the towel...
Let's read some excerpts of Grace testimony: CLICK HERE to see a few pages of the transcripts
Next In a few days: The
testimony of former Rotarian Cory Ann Verge, as controversial as the
person is, part of the crowd of "philanthropist" organizations
mashrooming in Bohol, hers not being an exception. She's the most pissed
off of the fall of the VILLAGE AIDE PROGRAM. she has turned a camp
built with donations from good people to a resort with payable
activities , like wedding, family events and for what ever reason one wants to rent the place.More on that and her testimony coming soon.
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