January 19, 2013

Illegal Organ Trafficking in Philippines

Working with various groups in bad areas in the Philippines, there are horrific tales and sights of bodies being dumped after mutilation for organs. Unfortunately the little ones have not been safe.

We have inquired for Illegal Organ Trafficking data in the Philippines (from Interpol and the Consulate General of the Republic of the Philippines in Chicago). Months ago he responded with the following:

"Please be informed that the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) in Manila has been requested to transmit a copy of your e-mail to the Department of Health (DOH), requesting for information on illegal organ transplant in the Philippines. We have also advised that the DOH may reply directly to you through your contact information in your e-mail. Very truly yours,"

Alas, we have not heard back from the Philippines Government on the topic of Illegal Organ Transplant Trafficking in the Philippines.

September 11, 2008

Sandiganbayan Umali Valencia

An unfortunate scandal in the Philippines from 1994 is coming to the surface now.

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Oriental Mindoro representatives Rodolfo Valencia (First District) and Alfonso Umali Jr. (Second District) have a warrant for their arrest, after disregarding their sentences regarding corrupt practices. The bench warrant has been issued by Justice Gregory Ong.

In total, six have been accused of graft charges for illegal distribution of P2.5 million in funds from the Oriental Mindoro provincial government back in January of 1994. Five of the men were accused of the accessory penalty perpetual disqualification from holding their public offices.

Currently, Umali is a member of the Commission on Appointments while Valencia acts as the Chairman of the House Committee on housing / urban development. Umali's lawyers are fighting the conviction and bench warrant. However when Umali appears at court he will be jailed until a further hearing which decides his bail amount. He already paid the P30,000 bail filed with the Sandiganbayan and the next bail amount figures to be much greater than that figure.

September 10, 2008

Tagaytay Bistro Saratoga Organic Food

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An enticing restaurant has opened up in Tagaytay City, by the name of The Bistro Saratoga. The Healthy Gourmet Menu provides the first all organic food in the Philippines thanks to the work of Jacqueline Haessig Alleje.

Because of it's nature of being all organic, the restaurant relies on fresh local goods instead of imports. This provides extra work for locals as well, considering the vegetables are picked from Flowerside Farm and Tagaytay Highland Plantation Hills.

The protein dishes revolve around seafood and chicken, raised without synthetic chemicals. Even the condiments are carefully chosen to include healthy fats. My personal favorite are the fruit and vegetable smoothies available.

Being a true chicken fan, the Coriander Pesto Free Range Spring Chicken caught my eye. The pesto is great and it is served with Rosemary Marble Potatoes. Whole Wheat Squash Ravioli made from semonila flour looked good as well.

Quality restaurants such as the Bistro Saratoga provide a change from the poor choices at fast food restaurants. With an option such as this, people will start to see and feel the difference after eating here. Best part is the food is local, providing jobs in addition to superior taste and health benefits. If you're in the beautiful Tagaytay City, drop in on Bistro Saratoga for a wonderful organic meal.