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9/25/2009 04:13:00 PM

RFID and Philippine Motoring

RFID or Radio Frequency Identification, also called "smart labels", in it's simpliest definition, are tags or intelligent bar codes that can "talk" to a network system. It can give the relevant information or data incorporated on a particular product or object using radio waves. The difference between a bar code and RFID is its simultaneous communication and communication distance capability from the reader.

An RFID tag contains at least two parts: First, the chip or integrated circuit that stores and processes information, modulates and demodulates the radio frequency (RF) signal, and other necessary functions; Second is an antenna that receives and transmits the signal into an RFID tag reader.

At a basic level, each RFID tag works in the same way:

* Data­ stored within an RFID tag's microchip waits to be read.
* The tag's antenna receives electromagnetic energy from an RFID reader's antenna.
* Using power from its internal battery or power harvested from the reader's electromagnetic field, the tag sends radio waves back to the reader.
* ­The reader picks up the tag's radio waves and interprets the frequencies as meaningful data.

Today, in our country and in most parts of the world, RFID is a newly trending technology which gives fear to a lot of organizations and individuals. As with many technologies, people fear what they don't understand. Some of which are exaggerations, some can be considered paranoia, but some may also be justified.

The wide applications of this cutting-edge technology has been around us for some time now. Practical example of the many types of RFID in our country has already been in the private warehouses, race timing such as Marathon like the recently held Kenny's Open Urbanite 2009, e-pass in NLEX, and recently (August 2009) in our e-passports (yes, our passports are now powered with RFID technology).

People have not feared nor revolted against the implementation of this technology to these applications. But just recently, after the announcement of LTO about the RFID tagging this coming October 1, 2009, a lot of violent reactions have surfaced for the fear of the violation of people's privacy rights. I have read some forums discussing this development, and I can say, about 60% to 70% of the reactions and comments for the RFID project are negative. Other people responds positively though they still have questions regarding privacy, security against tampering and hacking, and effectiveness in achieving the project's goals.

Benefits of the LTO-RFID
“The RFID technology will revolutionize land transportation in the Philippines. This is a great first step in putting order on our streets,” - LTO Assistant Secretary Arturo Lomibao
To better understand the goal and purpose of this project, we must know what are the benefits of embedding an RFID in our vehicle. First and foremost, an IT system exists and develops for the betterment of a society. At the same time, these developments have its underlying risks and disadvantages too.

I will not discuss the details of these listed few benefits and disadvantages. The following paragraphs and statements are also according to my own understanding about the technology and not the project owner's or the LTO's point of view.

for Government Agencies (such as LTO, PNP)
* Ease and efficient registration process of vehicles.
* Real-time and accurate information about a vehicle.
* Reduction of vehicular-related crimes such as carnapping.
* Fast and easy identification of hot-listed or malicious vehicles.

for the Public and Motorists
* Security of having a vehicle identified to the rightful owner.
* Security of having the right components (Engine, Chassis) to the correct vehicle.
* Reduction of unscrupulous and colorum vehicles.

Data Embedding and Privacy
In contrast to what most people fear, only the relevant information about a vehicle is loaded into the RFID tag. We must understand that an RFID tag has a limit to it's data storage capacity. That means, not all of the information about a vehicle, or vehicle owner can be integrated into the RFID chip.

The most common information that can be loaded into the RFID are the basic or obvious information about a vehicle, but are relevant in the law enforcement and registration processes. These information are those already found in the official receipts (OR) and certificate of registration (CR), except the information about the vehicle owner's address.

As for the location privacy part, the RFID has no GPS or Global Positioning System capability. Therefore, wherever you are, and whatever you do, the RFID can not disclose those kind of information to your wife or to your mother. Just don't be foolish to violate the traffic laws or any crimes that will trigger the law enforcers to find your whereabouts.

Author's Conclusion
Most of our personal information are already everywhere. From the vastness of the information superhighway, social networking websites, to the banks, supermarkets, hotels, marketing companies, credit cards, membership cards, and etc. But none of these have threatened us YET, though the safety of our personal privacy also lies in these information containers. If there is any, then it is also our obligation and responsibility to take action against those privacy offenders.

The RFID can benefit us in a variety of ways, both the individual and organizations set to uphold the order in the streets and enforce the traffic law. Although, like any other technological advancements, we cannot expect that it is perfect. These are creations of imperfect creators - us. But like us, there is always a room for improvement.

Two big question though:
1) Are there laws already for those who will purposely tamper their RFID tags to prevent them from being identified?
2) How can the government defend or protect the motoring public from the abusing authorities, specially that they will have more advanced technology in their hands?

For more reading about the RFID applications and implications for Consumers, you may download the PDF file here.
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I was so happy upon hearing this news from my former Theater Director EV Espiritu who also joined the international event and bragged their puppet shadow play. I was one of his former subordinate in Tropang-Paltok back in College. I so regret though that I wasn't able to participate with them for this one-of-a kind event. Now it burns my heart to - once again, fine-tune my body and practice my Mime-acting skills, so that on the 4th Delphic games, I could join the competition and represent the artistic side of mimist from Philippines, honed in the City of Baguio.

Extracted news from by Art Tibaldo

Jeju, Korea - It is far real from that of a typical *Kiangan joke. An Ifugao woodcarver won over a dozen of international artists who joined the III Delphic Games 2009 in Jeju - Sculpture category. Ernesto Dul-ang, a semi retired artisan who has spent time working for an American Base in Baguio City and has done great works for the Baguio Mountain Provinces Museum grabbed the gold medal besting global competitors from Korea, Malaysia, Mongolia, India, Germany and South Africa.

Following the overall theme “Tuning into Nature”, Former Baguio student and now a Manila based artist Leo Agtuca got the Silver medal in the Graphic Story Telling category edged by a certain Won-kyo Jueng of Korea who bagged the gold. Agtuca was pitted against artists from Norway, Mongolia and Korea among others.

With collaborations and consultations among the Filipino participants, Dul-ang carved a cedar timber and formed a human figure pouring water from an earthen jar into a base of mixed subjects while Agtuca creatively depicted a dreaming child in a bird's nest in paper then enhanced using a computer in the final work.

RP’s gold and silver medals made it to third place in overall standing during the recent Delphic games that is comprised of 460 delegates from fifty four countries with Korea bagging six gold medals, eight silvers and six bronze followed by Mongolia’s five gold medals. A Lira medal was also given to each of the nine RP participants for their creative rendition of a shadow play that was based on Filipino folklore and myths.

As the most senior among the RP contingent, Dul-ang spent every moment understanding the way of life in Korea maximizing every free time to look into the plight of Filipinos working and living in this Asian country. His first time to travel by plane and leave Philippine shores, Dul-ang found Jeju island of South Korea as a fitting destination for artists and craftsmen as noted by this writer when he interacted with many of the Delphic delegates.

Dul-ang is not well known locally but his totem pole portraying American presidents and notable personalities like Gen. Douglas McArthur gained prominence among workers of former US base Camp John Hay during the occupancy period of American Air Forces in the Philippines. Dul-ang’s work of icons and Igorot figures can also be seen at the Baguio Mountain Provinces Museum.

The RP team led by International Delphic Council President Prof. Divina Bautista are composed of; Edgardo Viray Espiritu, Claudia Wayway, Norma Lealey, Rishab Tipon, Nida Gabriel for the Shadow Play, Mila Lopez for Drawing, Ernesto Dul-ang for Sculpture, Rafael Kapuno for Mime Improvisation, Ruel Bimuyag for Percussion, Alexander Tumapang for Traditional Double Reed Woodwind Instruments and Art Tibaldo for Documentary Production. Representatives of Mayor Nestor Alvarez of the Science City of Munos also teamed up with the Baguio based artists and they also brought home a Lira medal each for their role in the Shadow Play.

The RP delegates were also joined by Delphic Philippines Secretary General Liza Ilagan, Businesswoman and Delphic Philippines Council member Narda Capuyan, DOT Director Purificacion Molintas and educator Dr. Reinaldo Bautista Sr.

For about 1,000 years from the 6th century BC to AD 394, the Delphic Games was a festival of culture and arts in ancient Greece and reborn after 1,600 years as an international festival of arts and culture with Russia hosting the 2000 games, Malaysia in 2004 and Jeju City in 2009 as a result of the IDC General Meeting in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Check out the informational video in youtube about the Delphic Games from the International Delphic Council (IDC).
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9/19/2009 09:23:00 AM

Smallville - Season 9 Press Release

Press Release sourced out from DocStoc

Soaring into its ninth season, this modern retelling of the Superman legend and its classic characters continues to blend realism, action and emotional depth to reveal a new interpretation of the enduring mythology. This season, as Metropolis’ clock tower tolls our characters’ darkest hour, we find Clark Kent (Tom Welling) finally making his first attempts to embrace his calling as a superhero.

After the events of last season, Clark takes on the mantle of protector of Metropolis, trading in his familiar red-and-blue for black-and-gray, sticking to the city’s shadows and rooftops to become a solitary sentry simply known as “the Blur.” While Clark wrestles with his identity, feeling forced to choose between his Kryptonian heritage and human past, he’ll encounter even more powerful enemies and allies from across the DC Universe. This season will feature new and past nemeses, including Metallo (Brian Austin Green, “Terminator: Sarah Connor Chronicles”), the man with the Kryptonite heart; Roulette, a sexy mastermind; the return of Toyman; and the always-treacherous Zod (Callum Blue) as a young Major and leader of an invading alien army, who befriends fellow Kryptonian Clark just as his venomous side is beginning to emerge. This season will also feature an appearance by DC Comics’ first all-star team of superheroes, the Justice Society of America, in an episode penned by renowned comic book writer Geoff Johns, who returns to the show after writing last year’s fan favorite episode, “Legion.”

After a year of protecting Metropolis as the “Red-Blue Blur,” Clark Kent finished season eight with the weight and fate of the world on his shoulders, facing down Doomsday. Clark emerged victorious, but his decision to ignore the Justice League’s warnings and save the human side of medic Davis Bloome (Sam Witwer) from the monster Doomsday came with a tragic cost – Davis turned out to be just as evil as the beast he’d been bonded to, and murdered Jimmy Olsen (Aaron Ashmore) in front of Chloe (Alison Mack), the woman they both loved. In the wake of Jimmy’s death, Chloe retreated into her Watchtower, the Justice League disbanded, and Oliver Queen (Justin Hartley) went into a downward spiral, retiring his Green Arrow persona. And Clark turned his back on his own humanity, leaving behind life as “Clark Kent” to exist solely as “the Blur.” Meanwhile, Tess Mercer’s (Cassidy Freeman) obsession with Clark’s Kryptonian origins came to a head when she confronted intrepid reporter Lois Lane (Erica Durance) about a mysterious alien orb that Tess thought Lois had stolen from her, resulting in the two women battling it out in the Daily Planet. During the fight, Lois touched Clark’s time-traveling Legion Ring and vanished in a flash of light, lost somewhere in time. And Tess returned home to discover the orb had released a young version of the villainous Kryptonian, Zod, as well as the entire population of the lost alien city of Kandor. But Clark finished the season unaware of this new threat. Instead, he remains haunted by Lois’ sudden disappearance, fearing the woman he cares about most could have been killed during his fight with Doomsday.

The season nine premiere takes place three weeks after Clark and Doomsday’s epic battle. Obsessed with becoming the hero the world needs, Clark is now literally leaving his mark on Metropolis – having fully embraced his Kryptonian side in order to finish training with his father Jor-El, Clark has started wearing the iconic “S”-shield on his chest, and spreads the symbol around the city in an effort to give its people hope.

Whereas Clark is working alone, Chloe feels driven to reunite the disbanded Justice League. Her biggest challenge is Oliver Queen, who’d rather lose himself in underground fight clubs and drunken one-night stands. Oliver’s friends will hatch a plan to bring him back from the edge. Reconnecting with the hero inside of him, Oliver will return with a renewed purpose, even searching out an apprentice in Mia Dearden, DC comics’ teenaged sidekick “Speedy.”

Clark and Oliver will find themselves caught up in a love triangle with Lois, as both men’s passions begin to burn brightly for her. Returning from her trip through time, Lois starts experiencing nightmarish visions of the future. Could they come true? If so, one not-so-troubling image is playing itself over and over in her head – Lois and Clark locked in a romantic, erotic embrace. Meanwhile, Clark continues to be conflicted over his own feelings for Lois. As the sparks fly, Lois and Clark’s relationship will deepen, leading to their first true kiss, and possibly something more.

Meanwhile, Clark and Chloe’s relationship is starting to become strained. No longer content just being Clark’s sidekick, Chloe uses Watchtower’s powerful computers to spin her own web of influence and intrigue, manipulating people like chess pieces in the name of the greater good. But when Chloe begins to believe the ends justify the means, it sends her on a collision course with her friend and ally Clark.

When it comes to master manipulators, Tess Mercer has emerged as the rightful heir to Lex Luthor’s legacy. Always inscrutable, Tess has her hands full this season with an army of Kryptonians, newly arrived from the lost city of Kandor and led by the infamous Zod. However, this incarnation of Zod is younger than the one we remember – he has yet to grow into the power-mad psychopathic dictator, General Zod. Season nine’s Zod may only be a Major, but he’s already a cunning strategist and charismatic leader who knows how to inspire his troops. But behind his magnetism and those piercing eyes, Zod is still very dangerous. When Zod and Clark eventually meet, Clark recognizes that if he can befriend his fellow Kryptonian, he might be able to influence Zod away from becoming an evil, twisted tyrant. While it’s true this Major Zod has certain vulnerabilities, it may only take a handful of betrayals to turn him into Clark’s deadly arch-nemesis.

“Smallville” was developed for television by Alfred Gough & Miles Millar (”Shanghai Noon,” “The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor”), based on the DC Comics characters. Kelly Souders & Brian Peterson serve as executive producers, along with James Marshall, Mike Tollin, Brian Robbins and Joe Davola. The series is produced by Tollin/Robbins Productions and Warner Bros. Television. SUPERMAN was created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster.
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Tagalog Crime Name: Salisi Gang

Common Crime Scene(s):
Hotel lounges, coffee bars, cafes, and restaurants frequented by perceivably wealthy tourists and businessmen

Tactics Description:
Suspects are typically well-dressed, mild-mannered, and project an aura of legitimate businessman or an affluent matron; complete with jewelry, attach├ę case and other props to appear and look wealthy. The perpetrator moves closer to the would-be victim and waits patiently until the victim is engrossed in a serious conversation with a companion or leaves his or her bags and other belongings unattended. In a swift motion, the perpetrator takes the unattended bag or belongings and casually leaves the place.

Another variant, involves two or three accomplices who distract the would-be victim by engaging them in a conversation, often pretending to know the victim from somewhere or ask for a lighter. When distracted, the accomplice takes the unattended bag or belongings of the victim.

Another tactic involves a perpetrator who loiters around the hotel's front desk and waits for a guest to deposit his room key or is busy conversing with the front desk staff during registration. Once the victim is already busy talking with the front desk staff, the perpetrator makes his move by walking beside the victims and grab the bags or belongings unattended in a swift motion and casually leaves the location.
Tutok-Kalawit GangMalls, sidewalks, schools, public buses, and jeepneysTutok-Kalawit involves a man or woman suddenly hugging a victim like they are old friends. In truth, the con man or woman is discreetly poking a sharp object on the side of the victim while quietly telling him to turn over his cash and valuables.
Another variant of this criminal tactic would be two thieves accusing a victim of something bogus. The victim would naturally deny the charge and confront his accuser. The thieves would then ask the victim to show his/her ID. Since IDs are usually kept in wallets, thieves will grab the wallet from the victim and run away.

Tagalog Crime Name: Ativan Gang

Common Crime Scene(s):
Bars, boardwalks, restaurant, and other tourist spots

Tactics Description:
Ativan perpetrators commonly victimize foreigners who roam alone in public places. The group is usually composed of three (3) to four (4) males or females who befriend the would-be victim. After gaining trust and confidence, the victim will be taken for a ride to other tourist sites and during meal time, the victim will be brought to their house usually situated in a squatter colony where the victim will be treated for lunch, snacks, or dinner. The served drink is spiked with Ativan – a powerful anti-depressant/ sleeping pill. Even before finishing the drink, the victim will succumb to a deep sleep and while sleeping, will be stripped of his cash and valuables and will be brought out of the house and left at a completely random location.

Another variant of this tactic is when a male victim is seduced and picked-up in a bar, restaurant, park and/or a tourist site by a gorgeous female, well dressed and well-mannered. The victim will be approached and befriended until a casual conversation and seduction process takes place which culminates in negotiated sexual activities. The victim will either be brought to a pre-arranged hotel/motel or to his own hotel room. Once at the designated room, the victim will be offered liquor or drink which the perpetrator mixes with highly potent Ativan pills. Once the victim is unconscious, the suspect will divest the victim of his cash/valuables, and then leave the victim at the scene. Most of the victims of this crime wake-up after two to three days and it takes another two days before the victim can fully recover from the drugs and discover the losses.

Tagalog Crime Name: Ipit Gang

Common Crime Scene(s):
Crowded areas such as passenger jeepneys, railway stations, and malls

Tactics Description:
Ipit gang members operate in groups of four or five. Gang members shove or push a prospective victim to distract him or her, while their accomplice picks his pocket. In jeepneys and buses, suspects squeeze-in and distract their victims while their accomplice snatches the victim’s wallet and/or mobile phone.

Tagalog Crime Name: Budol-Budol Gang

Common Crime Scene(s):
Malls, airports, restaurants, and coffee shops frequented by perceivably wealthy tourists and businessmen.

Tactics Description:
Budol-Budol is a transaction scam principally involving a supposed bundle (budol) of cash that is actually padded inside with sheets of paper cut in the size of money. Only the exposed sides however are real money, everything in between are plain paper cuttings.

Budol-budol gang members are often described as sweet-talking, charismatic, and convincing. Other victims even report having been hypnotized by the group.

Reports and stories of the Budol-budol operations vary from a balikbayan (returning overseas Filipinos) urgently needing a huge amount in Philippine Peso in exchange for his Dollars, to a stranger's emergency offer to swap his bundle of cash with a mobile phone or an expensive piece of jewelry. After gaining the potential victim's trust the two parties barter their items – the bundle of money for whatever product the to-be victim is peddling. Mobile phones and jewelry are the most commonly lost items. Some high profile cases involve rare paintings, expensive furniture and millions worth of checks to the Budol-budol gang. After the deal is made, the gang and the victim splits.

Another, more sensational and dramatic variant of this crime is the use of fake gold bars, which the suspects use as bait for their victims. The ploy commonly used involves a Filipino treasure hunter or a Japanese survivor has knowledge of a secret Japanese fortune which was plundered by the retreating Japanese Army during World War II which is yet to be completely recovered. A sample of the gold bar is shown to the would be victim for physical examination and since the gold bar actually looks genuine, an offer is made to sell the whole fortune by asking the victim to pay half the cost of the gold bars under terms and conditions agreed upon. One of the conditions is that the gold bars can be delivered or a map can be provided and brought to the site where the bars can be dug up. After the payment, the perpetrators will never show up and the victim will soon discover that the gold bars which were delivered or unearthed from the site are gold plated lead bars.

Tagalog Crime Name: Kotong

Common Crime Scene(s):
Airports, hotels, restaurants, malls, and public parks frequented by foreigners and balikbayans.

Tactics Description:
The common victims of this MO are foreigners, balikbayans and their dependents who are lured into exchanging their foreign currencies into pesos at a rate higher than the prevailing exchange rates. The group/individual approaches and offers a tempting high rate to the would-be victim.

During the transaction, which usually takes place outside or right in front of a foreign exchange shop, the equivalent peso is counted before the victim three times. Initially, the victim is allowed to count the money he will receive to make him feel confident that he will get the exact amount for his foreign currency. After, a recount is done by one of the perpetrators spreading the pesos in his palm to cover his fingers that are folding a portion of the bunch. The suspect distracts the attention of the victim, often by telling him to be extra careful of robbers, while wrapping the bundle of money in a newspaper or placing it inside a paper bag. The victim eventually discovers that he was shortchanged when he counts the money while inside a car or upon arrival at his house or hotel.

Tagalog Crime Name: Laslas Bag/Laslas Bulsa

Common Crime Scene(s):
Malls, open-air markets, and public transportationPerpetrators of this crime usually target victims in crowded areas.

Tactics Description:
A man/woman/child pretending to be lost or selling an item approaches the victim to distract his/her attention. An accomplice slashes the bag/pocket of the victim who is busy being distracted by another suspect. All money and goods are stolen.

Tagalog Crime Name: Ipit Taxi Gang

Common Crime Scene(s):

Tactics Description:
The Ipit Taxi scheme usually involves three (3) perpetrators. The trio uses a taxi cab spray painted with a different name and sporting stolen or fake license plates. The driver usually drives around looking for a potential victim who is hailing a taxi cab. Unknown to the victim, the locking mechanisms of both rear doors are not working. The driver then drives the cab to a pre-arranged area, usually a dimly lit street or highway, and slows down pretending he has engine/mechanical trouble. At this juncture his cohorts approach both doors of the cab, jump in and sandwich the victim who is forcibly divested of his cash and valuables. After the victim is robbed, the driver takes the victim and dumps him in a quiet place or highway.

In another variant, the taxi driver, with the help of an illegal solicitor, will ask the victim to pay an additional amount or forcibly divest him of all cash and valuables, then the victim is dumped in a remote area.
Estribo GangPublic transportationAttackers prey on passengers inside a bus or jeepney by positioning themselves near the estribo or vehicle's exit and then hold up everyone inside. In other instances, a crafty criminal will set up at the exit of a crowded bus or jeepney and systematically pick the pocket of passengers passing through.

Tagalog Crime Name: Bukas Kotse Gang

Common Crime Scene(s):
Main roads under heavy traffic, parking areas in malls, churches, schools, etc.

Tactics Description:
Thieves typically work in pairs. Spotting a potential victim driving a car with unlocked doors, a pair will force their way into an occupied parked car or a vehicle stopped at an intersection. Other times, using a car of their own, the pair will force the victim to maneuver his or her vehicle off the road. One of the attackers will force the victim to open his door. The attacker pushes the victim to the front passenger seat, drives the car to a deserted area, and robs the victim. Sometimes, the attackers also steal the car.

Tagalog Crime Name: Dura Boys

Common Crime Scene(s):
Public transportation terminals, jeepneys, and buses.

Tactics Description:
This tactic is usually carried out by a group of three. The first member informs the victim that a man/woman has spit on her sleeve and back. The victim will be distracted trying to wipe the spit on her sleeve while one of the other members of the gang steals the victim’s valuables, usually a wallet or a mobile phone.

Tagalog Crime Name: Akyat-Bahay Gang

Common Crime Scene(s):
Residential areas

Tactics Description:
The Akyat-Bahay is the most common robbery scheme in the Philippines. This crime is usually orchestrated by three to five people. These thieves target homes that are unoccupied especially during the holiday season (i.e. Christmas, Holy Week, and Summer Vacation) or during severe weather conditions (i.e. typhoons) when members of the household can barely notice break-ins into their homes. The gang also employs children who can easily enter homes illegally through tight spaces.

Tagalog Crime Name: Pitas Gang

Common Crime Scene(s):
Provincial and city operation buses, jeepneys, motorized passenger sidecars (tricycles), and schools.

Tactics Description:
Thieves typically target passengers seated near the windows of public buses, jeepneys, and tricycles. Among the items usually snatched by thieves include wrist watches, rings, necklaces, mobile phones, and hand bags.

Another variant occurs when a group of thieves grab the ears of women and young girls and steal their earrings or snatch their bracelets from their wrists.

Tagalog Crime Name: Zest-O Gang

Common Crime Scene(s):
Provincial/city operation buses.

Tactics Description:
This scheme is usually executed by three members. One of the perpetrators wears a bus conductor’s uniform and ask their potential victim “ilan ho” or “how many?” The unsuspecting victim assumes that the man is the bus conductor and responds with the amount of fare the victim should pay. The criminal then forcibly hands the victim a Zest-O juice or any food item and demands that the victim pay for the item. The two accomplices will vouch that the victim ordered from the vendor. The victim will then be forced to pay up.

Tagalog Crime Name: Laglag-Barya Gang

Common Crime Scene(s):
Provincial/city operation buses, jeepneys, railway stations

Tactics Description:
Members of this gang drop coins or small bills near their victim. While the victim helps to scoop up the money, other gang members start robbing the victim. In most instances, a gang member blends with the crowd and serves as lookout or “stopper,” when someone tries to run after his companions.

Tagalog Crime Name: Baraha Gang

Common Crime Scene(s):
Restaurants, shopping malls, department stores, supermarkets.

Tactics Description:
Members of this gang are typically waiters and cashiers who target credit card users in business establishments. Once the victim gives his credit card to the waiter/shop attendant the card is swiped to a skimming device that will capture the victim’s credit card account.

Tagalog Crime Name: Besfren Gang

Common Crime Scene(s):
Bargain malls and open-air markets

Tactics Description:
This gang targets shoppers who check out items sold in stalls (i.e. watches, jewelry, mobile phones, and other electronic gadgets). One of the gang members stands next to the victim and borrows the item being checked, pretending that he/she is a friend of the victim. The thief will quickly flee the stall premises bringing with him/her the said item. The store owner/attendant naturally assumes that the victim is an accomplice and will ask him/her to pay for the item.
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9/04/2009 09:40:00 AM

To President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo

I woke up early this morning hearing the morning portion at Umagang Kayganda's Punto-por-Punto hosted by Anthony "Tunying" Taberna, with his interview with Ilocos Gov. Luis "Chavit" Singson about his alleged violence against her Wife Rachel "Che" Tiongson.

Surprised of how Gov. Singson reacts and answers about some questions raised to him, I get to remember the videos I was watching from Youtube last night about Mikey Arroyo's interview with Winnie Monsod and GMA 7 news-journalist Arnold "Igan" Clavio, where he also reacted almost the same way as Gov. Singson.

I tried to again search the video and blog about those two mentioned hot-issues of the moment. And while trying to browse the search results, I stumbled upon this piece of composition titled "An Open Audio-Video Letter to Gloria Arroyo". At first I thought it is some kind of recorded narrated speech of some people, addressed to the President. I was surprised though upon hearing the melody, the lyrics, and the composition. For me it was great and awesome, a very constructive way in criticizing about the President's performance, broken promises, and service failure to the people.

The audio-video invites President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo to walk with us, get to know better the country and the people, know the real meaning of service and hard work, know the Country's real situation and position under her administration. It expresses the author and the people's resentments about our President's way of Governance, and about what's happening in the real world - outside Malaca├▒ang - out from their comfort zones.

Thumb's up to the author - , a very nice piece indeed.

You can also find this video and listen on it from youtube by visiting electiocutioner's youtube account.
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