Brothers against Brother, the "Inside Scoop"

Heard through the grapevine

Taipan Lucio Tan’s brother Harry suspects that their estranged brother Mariano Tanenglian is being given shelter by San Miguel president Ramon Ang in his Diamond Hotel, Ang’s five-star lodging by the Manila Bay.

Not many know that Tanenglian years ago extended Ang a financial lifeline when his Northern Cement Corp. was having a tough time servicing its debts

Chinese community is abuzz with questions about Lucio Tan brother Harry Tan who is more interested about maids, security guards and his brother Mariano than PAL’s financial well-being.

Was it he who masterminded the Maid cases without Kapitan’s approval?

"Stop telling lies about me and I'll stop telling the truth about you." - Gordon Gekko

Estelito Mendoza denies fighting on wrong side of RP history
10/11/2010 05:33 PM

He has gained the reputation of defending high-profile clients unpopular in Philippine society.

However, after more than 50 years in the Philippine bar, the 80-year-old Estelito Mendoza brushed aside perceptions he has been defending on the wrong side of Philippine history.

For him, everything is just an exercise of the practice of law and making sure that his clients are deemed innocent until proven guilty.

On Monday afternoon, Mendoza gamely answers questions about his clients, the most recent of whom is former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, accused of plundering government coffers during her nine-year regime.

Mendoza also recalls arguing for the government of former President Ferdinand Marcos as solicitor general and justice minister.

When the dictator fell from grace and went in exile in February 1986, the dictator's perceived cronies sought Mendoza's service.

These clients -- business tycoons Lucio Tan and Eduardo "Danding" Cojuangco Jr. -- were never convicted in court and have not spent a single minute in jail.

"I'm a laywer. I don't choose what cases I have. Those in the wrong side are most deserving of having lawyers," Mendoza says.

"I'm just doing my job and that's what I have been trained for I have been at this for many years. I find great satisfaction performing my duty because I contribute to the administration of justice. I can assure you that I win my cases because I work hard," says Mendoza.

"Fortunately, it turned otherwise. President Aquino, in creating a PCGG, provided ready clients for me. All those being sued by the government became my clients, like Lucio Tan and Danding Cojuangco, who even up to now are my clients in their businesses," the octogenarian lawyer added.

Marcos died while in exile in Hawaii in 1989, leaving Imelda to fend of the sword of justice by herself.

According to records of the Philippine anti-graft court Sandiganbayan as of 2005, Mrs. Marcos continues to face 11 criminal charges and 25 civil cases. Since the 1990s, she has faced more than 900 cases, most of which were dismissed for lack of evidence. The few convictions were overturned.

Tan, for his part, was acquitted of a P27-billion tax evasion case in 2006.

To date, neither the Marcoses nor any of their cronies accused of amassing ill-gotten wealth have spent a minute in jail.

The government has had little success in recovering the Marcos wealth, if only those that are ensconced in a range of corporations and properties.

Mendoza says that Marcos is the "smartest" Philippine president.

"PCW remains steadfast in its position to oppose any efforts of commodifying women and perpetuating sex stereotyping," PCW executive director Emmeline Verzosa said in a statement.

The other ad, which featured Reyes getting ready for her date after taking a shower, was edited to remove scenes "showing a lot of skin."

The 2 ads were part of the Colt 45 Vava Vroom Real Man promo, where prizes at stake are a weekend getaway with Reyes and a tough truck. The beer brand is under Asia Brewery Inc., a company owned by Lucio Tan.

PCW said it will no longer be "forgiving" of Colt 45 commercials, which usually "promote stereotypes of what a real man should and should not do."

Meanwhile, an official of Asia Brewery stressed that the company didn't view the ads as a derogatory portrayal of women as a commodity or prize.

"(The date concept with Reyes) is rather common and a highly accepted experience most people would aspire," said Asia Brewery Inc. senior brand manager Joseph Ryan Consul.

He added, "(Asia Brewery) will ensure to uphold equality in sexes, and uplift the image of women (in all of its communication drives)."

Section 16 of Republic Act 9710 or the Magna Carta of Women asserts that the State shall endeavor to raise the consciousness of the general public in recognizing the dignity of women and the role and contribution of women in the family, community and society through the strategic use of mass media.


Anonymous said...

High priced Tsinoy lawyers working for poor helpers spotted in QC Hall of Justice.

simpolsimonsez said...

Of course, Mendoza denies lawyering for the country's super villains. But he should swear in Luneta that if truly not so that it's because of some millions Lucio Tan's tax cheated billions that make him serve him, he would be hit by thunderbolts. This man is shameless. He should rock and roast in electric chair like his master Lucio.