The INC Mafia and The P8.3 Billion LTO IT Bid

Ron Hubbard start a religion to get rich

L. Ron Hubbard, the founder of Scientology, was claimed to have said “You don’t get rich by writing science fiction. If you want to get rich, you start a religion.”

I’m not into religion bashing, really. I believe that everyone will ultimately account for their own world view and their actions in their own way. Some will call out to Jesus, others to Jehovah, others to Buddha, and some to one Hindu god or another. I don’t know who atheists will call out to, really, but I guess they will have their own way of looking back at their lives and find things to account for — to whom or for what, I have no idea. But, still, I believe that we will account for things — it is in our nature to remember, regret, and perhaps seek a way to atone for deeds in the past.

If religion ever has an evil thing about it, it is what some people in the name of their religion or worse, what people do because of their religious organization’s clout — which, in either case, may not have anything to do with the tenets of their faith.

I am certain no religion will at all permit its members to profit over something using unfair means.

While I’ve seen so many people bashing the Catholic Church over its stand on contraception, abortion, homosexuality, euthanasia, legalized prostitution, and other things, I haven’t seen a lot of people pick a fight with Islam or the Iglesia Ni Cristo over the same things.

We’ve seen Carlos Celdran doing his “performance art” at a Catholic Church, supposedly to protest the Catholic Church’s meddling in government matters — specifically the RH Bill. But what I haven’t seen are people who protest the under worldly maneuverings of members of the Iglesia ni Cristo in politics and government dealings.

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One blog I’ve found makes mention of the Manalo aka Iglesia Ni Cristo Mafia:

Religious Dynasty runs in the Iglesia Ni Cristo. The Manalo family is influential in Philippine politics. Manalo family is filthy rich. INC members are proud of it even if most members are in a dire state of poverty; Manalo followers are proud and sometimes boastful of these blessings.

One former official of the Department of Justice managed to get his post supposedly because of his clout with the leadership of Iglesia ni Cristo and apart from his main job at the Department, he “fixed” some problems for members of his religious organizations in exchange for favors for the powers that be. As you can imagine, some of these problems had to do with certain legal cases of some members of the INC and then some.

This happened in the previous administration and guess what? It’s still happening in the current administration and in a very recent instance, it’s happening over a government contract to supply an IT System to the Land Transportation Office worth P8.3 Billion.

The winner of the government contract is supposed to takeover from Stradcom and supply the LTO with the following: Motor Vehicle Registration System;  Manufacturers, Assemblers, Importers, Dealers Accreditation; Reporting System Drivers’ Licensing System; and Revenue Collection System.

Being a driver and car owner, I know exactly the inconveniences of having to deal with the LTO. Renewing your drivers’ license takes hours and in certain instances, may take half of the day — by the end of which, you’d be so tired from waiting in line it’ll be impossible to get any work done afterwards.

The field of bidders were recently reduced to just three: Digitext Asia, a company owned by former Camsur Governor Lray Villafuerte; Fritz and Macziol Asia, a German IT Systems Integrator known worldwide for its expertise — highlighted by its work on the IT systems that supported the 2012 Olympics; and Eurolink, a company who I am told is heavily backed by the Iglesia Ni Cristo.

For a while, it seemed that the bidding process was going on smoothly and really cleaving to the “Tuwid na Daan” of President Noynoy Aquino.

The first sign was when the DoTC announced that it had disqualified Digitext Asia after it was discovered that it lacked very important documents required for the bid — one of which was the Billing of Quantities, which details the specific items and services it would deliver to the LTO. If the DoTC awarded this bid without the Billing of Quantities from Digitext, it would have allowed the company to supply or not supply a number of things.

Notwithstanding the fact that Digitext itself does not have the expertise and track record to implement any of the systems in the LTO bid. Digitext is actually relying on Trimax and New Tech Media solutions. If it is somewhat of a joke to bid for something you have neither expertise nor track record in supplying, here’s the punchline: Trimax is a Mumbai based tech firm in a part of India that is known worldwide as a counterfeiting capital and New Tech Media Solutions is owned by the Binondo Mafia, the so-called financial capital of the country’s underground economy.

Oh, and did I tell you that Digitext Asia is owned by former Camsur governor Lray Villafuerte? Yes! The same Villafuerte who is running for congressman under the banner of Team Pnoy and the same one who is embroiled in a number of plunder charges amounting to more than P50 Million.

If at all DoTC Secretary Jojo Abaya would make his mark on the “Tuwid na Daan” it would have been with this.

But alas! Today, things seem to have gone awry, after columnist Jojo Robles and Mary Anne Calma that the next bidder in line after Digitext, Fritz and Macziol Asia was disqualified over items that weren’t at all essential to the bid.

Here is part of Jojo Robles’ column on the LTO IT Bid.

Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya and his bids and awards chairman Undersecretary Perpetuo Lotilla have already eliminated the last viable bidder for the contract, currently on an extended run with hard-luck provider Stradcom — Germany-based Fritz und Mackiol Asia, which submitted a lower bid of P5.3 billion. That price, taken together with the extensive track record of FuM, should have swayed the DOTC bids and awards committee of Lotilla to give the contract to the German outfit.

Instead, FuM was disqualified on technical grounds that the company said amounted to trivial and non-substantive grounds.

Besides, the only remaining bidder, an outfit called Eurolink, offered a higher price at P5.8 billion. But Eurolink, which is supposed to own the most extensive chain of emission-testing shops authorized by LTO to operate (a measure of its “insider” clout at the agency), was never disqualified by the IT consultant hired by DOTC to look into the bids.

The consultant reportedly has close fraternal — as in school fraternity — ties to Lotilla, apart from being under the direct influence of LTO’s longtime “owners”. This influential group has run LTO for so long that it needs to capture the IT upgrading contract that Stradcom will leave behind, if only to complete its domination of the agency’s operations.

Of course, if the upcoming DOTC announcement concerns a failure of the bidding process, that can only mean that the Stradcom contract (which expired last month) will have to continue for at least two more years until a new bidder is found who will meet the requirements of Abaya, Lotilla and the committee. And that will surely delay — if not totally derail — the department’s plans to upgrade the current IT system.

Ultimately, if the IT project bidding is declared a failure after repeated tries, the contract can be expected to go the “negotiated” route. And if that happens, given the dismissal of all other bidders except Eurolink by Lotilla and his panel, no one is going to bet that anyone else will end up with the lucrative deal.

Which is sad, really, because this sort of bureaucratic hanky-panky was supposed to have gone out of style with the previous administration. Apparently, Abaya and Lotilla are making sure that, if the crooked system ain’t broke — or if it’s been running as good as ever before under their watch — then who are they to attempt to fix it?

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Gogs
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That’s what I said three weeks ago. Brother Eddie started a religion and is running for Senate. Personally I doubt it will be a seamless coexistence of two diverse roles. No one protests him. Even in 2004.

R3D
Guest

because nobody gives a shit about his campaign ‘platform.’ But he is very persistent like a bangaw.

traffice2000
Guest

You’re so pathetic dude! your story are based on hearsay no evidence presented. Nice try loser!

Paul Farol
Guest

Oh? I have a document that proves it.

traffice2000
Guest
Sorry for calling you pathetic but it’s foul calling INC as Mafia. We all know Mafia defines as criminal syndicate right? Yung napagkuhan mong blog galit lang sa INC. “INC members are proud of it even if most members are in a dire state of poverty; Manalo followers are proud and sometimes boastful of these blessings.” Totoong proud ang mga INC kahit mahihirap ang karamihan dito kasi organized church ang INC dahil dito nakapagpapatayo ang INC ng maayos na bahay sambahan hindi para iimpress ang mga tao o hindi member nito kundi makapagbigay ng kaluwalhatian sa AMA. Naniniwala ang INC… Read more »
Paul Farol
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Ang point ko dito ay hindi para yurakan ang imahe ng INC. Marami nga akong kaibigang miyembro niyan.

Pero kahit sila, alam ang hindi magandang gawain ng ilang miyembro nila.

Merong mga dokumento akong hawak proving Eurolink is backed by the INC and also kung sino ang inatasan na magsulong sa Eurolink para manalo sa bidding. INC member din ito.

Jo King
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Ano kamo “Ang point ko dito ay hindi para yurakan ang imahe ng INC”??? It seems thats not what your post reflects my dear. Dahil po ba may mga kaibigan kang mga INC hindi na point ninyo yurakan ang imahe ng INC. For your info po hindi po perpekto ang mga miyembro. Wala pong sinasabi ang INC na gayun. Kaya nga po nangangailangan kami ng kaligtasan. Kaya po may pagtitiwalag sinasagawa ang INC sa mga ganito pong miyembro. At kung meron po kayong DOKUMENTO di dalhin mo sa korte dahil hindi naman po ibig sabihin na meron kayong dokumento ay… Read more »
Ed Pastrana
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Acts 7:48
Howbeit the most High dwelleth not in temples made with hands; as saith the prophet,

Mark 10:25
It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.

invisible_man
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It’s absolutely true dude, i’ve been engage on this bidding also…

shooter
Guest

They are all guilty … the difference with the Catholic church here in PH is the political pull it has over policies and how they undermine progressiveness for their own benefit.

david
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For your enlightenment. Most Atheists are intellectuals and humanists. They don’t need a God or its representative to call out to or tell them what is right or what is wrong. Of course being humans they will have regrets. An atheist doesn’t need a diety to make ethical decisions…and I defy anybody to prove that any religion through their various moral teachings are the preserve of ethical behaviour. Who needs a heaven and hell…its here on earth.

Jo King
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Come again “Who needs a heaven and hell…its here on earth.”

Well, your entitled to your misguided atheistic opinion dearest.

You have your own definition of heaven and hell here on earth.

Ethical behavior? religion? that would be your silly opinion dearest. That is if your referring to the FAITH of CHRISTIANs dear.

The faith of Christians is not anchored on your silly thinking of ETHICAL BEHAVIOR. Don’t be silly.

Teresita
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I am not an atheist, in fact I from a catholic religion, then become a born again and when invited by jehova witness, also attended their biblical studies, hence I am certain only one book, the BIBLE, has been used by them.But what you have stated is clear and correct. I agree to that.

Glenn
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IDK, but the ‘accounting’ for ones life and looking back w/regrets/atonement seems like a waste of time.
Allow urself ‘no regrets’ and live by a book written in 1680 by Baltasar Gracion and you’ll have no need for the ‘accounting’.
Rather than a stoic belief in dogma’s that purport to ‘know’ things that are now proven to be ‘un-know-able’, RELAX, have a good time, and live each day like it will be ur last. Because one day…it will be(maybe?).

Glenn
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BTW, if the current system were up-graded then many of the scamming ways of the evil would be un-done.
Besides the benefitting from supplying the entire country(Pesos, pesos and more pesos) with LTO services the Vehicle Identification system could immediately stop the registration of a vehicle stolen in Manila and shipped to IDK, say, Dinigat, and get the PNP involved to rightfully put behind bars the person registering the stolen vehicle. Putting organized criminals out of business, can’t have that now can we?

Mary Anderson
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L. Ron Hubbard never said that. The person who did say it was Orson Welles in a letter to his friend Jack Common. (In Collected Letters of Orson Welles)

Paul Farol
Guest

Then the dozen or so references I found to it were all wrong.

BenK
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It’s generally attributed to Hubbard because it’s entirely plausible, in hindsight, that he would have said something like that, and he has plenty of detractors who wouldn’t miss the opportunity to make him look like an even bigger d-bag, which isn’t that hard to do, really. But yes, it is pretty likely that you stumbled on a repetitive attribution error. Welles probably didn’t originate the quote, either, but was simply repeating something clever he’d heard.

Paul Farol
Guest

I could have done worse and attributed it to Einstein.

Hyden Toro
Guest

Hoy…”Tiwalag ka na”. Your religious belief is your own business. It is nobody’s business. However, if they make religion as a business. This is another matter. It is deception, not Salvation of Souls. This is Aquino’s “Tuwid na Daan”. Railroaded government business contracts of the Igelsia ni Kristo, to gain favor and votes.

Marc
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Yes. Maybe Paul Farol should do more research about the INC before he start calling them “Mafia”. This just just tells me that many people including Mr. Farol are still very naive with the lack of information and knowledge to write such article and blogs. This is an example of Philippine crab mentality. The Mafia (also known as Cosa Nostra) is a criminal syndicate that emerged in the mid-nineteenth century in Sicily. A good journalist is one who is able to take personal responsibility for what they write. They must keep in mind that there will be people who will… Read more »
Monsi Serrano
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The INC has been very notorious in influence peddling. Now that Paul has said that he has documents to prove, I wonder why INC members who respond to this do not accept the challenge to see the documents? Obviously because they all know that there are some heartless, wicked and even power hungry INC members who use their religion for their own personal gain. You all deserve to go to hell!!!!

Iggy
Guest

it is good to save your documents to prove about this issue with INC. They will start suing people left and right, bloggers, fake INC accounts on the www owner to smear the INC soon. So you better have a good one.

otayranch
Guest

lucky for the catholics, they dont need a stinking blogger to keep tabs of their “documents” – they have abnoynoy to prove that they are more than a mafia.

Paul Farol (@paulfarol)
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Paul Farol (@paulfarol)

Yeah, yeah, yeah… Let’s pretend that the reason why politicians greet the leaders of INC happy birthday is because they’re just nice.

Whatever.

Marc
Guest
The INC has the power to change the political landscape in the Philippines for their famous bloc voting. It would be nice if the INC start choosing a candidate who are qualified preferably, a politician who holds a college degree. It’s not just a regular Filipino who suffers if a wrong politician is elected in office. Everybody suffers including INC members. Uneducated / Unqualified politician INC helped to be elected in office. 1. Bong Revilla – uneducated 2. Lito Lapid – uneducated 3. Erap – uneducated convicted plunderer. 4. Tito Sotto – Just stay tune: the movie “Ang Sugo” it… Read more »
kaspog
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” Eurolink, which is supposed to own the most extensive chain of emission-testing shops. ”

sino ba owner ng eurolink?… name one,two or more emission under his name?…

kung si tony halili yan maniniwala ako madami emission yun…

Eurolink ay isang PETC LTO Accredited IT…

Sam
Guest

Paul Farol how much did Fritz and Macziol pay you? Looks like god is giving you information that you know everything happening in Mumbai.

Pintor
Guest
Your obvious foil to get attention by dragging the entire INC body is highly uneducated and irresponsible. I’m not sure if you were absent during Philo class but sweeping generalization is a fallacy only bystanders recognize. If I were to follow your level of argument then I can call your entire clan stupid because you’re simply being stupid as a writer/blogger. I dare you to prove that the INC Administration is behind the backdoor negotiation. Site your references, and documents. Any annotation, approval by the Church Administration,etc.. The burden of proof is in you so I won’t waste time rectifying… Read more »
Paul Farol (@paulfarol)
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Paul Farol (@paulfarol)

I’m pretty sure I made a point to indicate that SOME INC members are involved in such a racket.

Did you read my article? Because it seems you are grossly mistaken.

Perhaps, if you were serious about wanting to see my proof, you should have left your real name, email address, and phone number.

Jo King
Guest

You stated “One former official of the Department of Justice managed to get his post supposedly because of his clout with the leadership of Iglesia ni Cristo”

SUPPOSEDLY or KUNO.. nakuha niya KUNO. Are we suppose to TAKE it as a FACTUAL statement? VERIFIABLE in any way? Because some said this and that KUNO.

If you indeed have PROOF on this matter dear then the word won’t be “SUPPOSEDLY” now don’t you think?

Jo King
Guest
You stated “While I’ve seen so many people bashing the Catholic Church over its stand on contraception, abortion, homosexuality, euthanasia, legalized prostitution, and other things” And you say also “I haven’t seen a lot of people pick a fight with Islam or the Iglesia Ni Cristo over the SAME THINGs.”??? Well, do read the news more it may have eluded you in some way. The INC differs from the Catholic stand on CONTRACEPTION. Heck even WITHIN the Catholic leadership ranks are NOT UNITED in what they stand for. The INC does not condone ABORTION. Unfortunately the Catholic came up with… Read more »
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Bhullet Ramirez
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Paul FarolKung may hinahawakan kang ibidensya ilabas mo , hindi puro satsat ka, sa pag susulat mo. OO naniniwala akong may mga bulok sa mga Relihiyon kaya nga inaalis sa loob ng INC … kung may alam ka na sangkot sa sinasabi mo na miyembro ng INC ilabas mo at pag napatunayan makikita mo kung pano ang gagawin sa kanya. Kung gusto mo naman E-mail mo na lang kung sinong pinagkakatiwalaan mong INC na sinasabi mong mga kaibigan mo rin. Dahil sa loob ng INC inaalis ang mga bulok na mga sinasabi mo kahit na siya ang PINAKA MATAAS PA… Read more »
juan delacrus
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mahalaga pa ba ang ebidensya? kase sa commonwealth pag pinatay ka ng iglesia kahit lahat na ng tao makakita. Ibig sabihin non walang krimen na naganap. guni-guni lang yun oo kahit magsumbong kapa kay tulfo, mike enriquez at gas abelgas. hindi yun tutulong sayo. Example na lang yung video na kumalat sa facebook noong April na “binatang lalaki binaril walang tumulong” (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xq4o-AsNbOY). Pagmasdan nyo ang mga tao, diba parang wala silang nakikita? Kase sa sobrang takot baka sila ang balikan. Higit sa sampo na kase ang pinatay sa ibat ibang lugar sa commonwealth sa loob ng 2 weeks bago yan… Read more »
RnCastro
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Bobo lang naniniwala sa diyos!!!hahaha

joeld
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What does that have to do with the article?

It doesn’t matter what your belief is, in this site you get respected, but posting your bullshit here like the above makes you the one who is BOBO, bobo!

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