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32 - Subterfuge

Journey 31

However - the monster that had been gnawing away inside my heart since April 14th had simply gone to sleep.
I really couldn't understand why Mayen had tried so desperately to stay in touch. Was it only for the devious motives I had suspected?

Things were no better at home - I still had the regret of my lost bid for freedom - still looking at the pieces of my shattered dream littering everywhere I walked.

Mayen and I still remained in touch - more intermittently now, after a couple of weeks, maybe, of silence - the SMS started - the emails - the YM webcam chats continued.

A tree of subterfuge begins to grow.

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had completed my blog, at least updated it - I had rejoined DateInAsia - I considered it a very appropriate place to fly my warning flag - and was publicly appealing for comments on the story which was heavily linked. Every day - I would hunt out a new blog site and post the preface to this journey - with links to the whole story.

Comments started to trickle in - (read some here) - the majority of them from good people in the Philippines - ashamed - angry - embarrassed at what I had encountered at the hands of their fellow countrymen.
I generally thanked them and reassured them that I was not generalising in any way - nor did I believe that the people I had been involved with were any more than a shameful minority.

At a point, mid-November - just as I had started rehearsals for my Christmas show, Aladdin, I suffered a recurrence of the Herpes symptoms and again visited the clinic for a confirmation.
Although the tests were again inconclusive - the doctors were quietly convinced that it was a mild dose of Herpes that I had been given, by Mayen, as a lasting reminder of her love - and prescribed me suitable medications. Acheiving a positive diagnosis is very much a matter of timing - rather like detecting a scam - but all the signs were there.

This had the result of injecting my attacks on the gang in the Philippines with a lot more venom. No longer veiling my hurt or my anger the posts I was making started to describe these people in a variety of colourful ways.

I was very depressed for a few weeks. I discovered that the mystery lotion, Lactyn or Lactoferrin, that Mayen was so concerned about having spilled during one of our journeys, was quite possibly to alleviate the symptoms of Herpes - pointing to the ugly fact that she was aware all along, that she was carrying the virus - and had diverted my questions about contraception - and thus my protection - for the sake of carrying out the scam.
I was not going to give them the satisfaction, yet, of knowing that Mayen's going away present was possibly lingering there, in the nerve cells of my back, to affect me for the rest of my life.

I started to forge friendships again on DIA - with the news I had just discovered I was in no mood to consider anything more than friendship from any quarter - and with my growing education about the Philippines - it was now really unlikely that I could entertain any serious thoughts of a relationship from that country.
Besides - I still had the monster in my heart - the unresolved question that was posed by Mayen's continued presence.

Things with Mayen were still very confused - but she was still there, on the boundary - insisting her love for me was genuine and still filling her heart - still insisting that the events of August 10th were true. We even discussed marriage again. Mayen would tell me how she longed for me to "come back home" - an attempt, I'm certain, to get the blogs removed by physical threat - or worse - on my arrival in Manila.

All the time I was concentrating my efforts on exposing Sir Francis - recently, he had been getting off lightly - now I was coming back to haunt him. By associating him with Tierra Maria Estates - and displaying on the Internet my warnings - through saturation linking, tagging and blogging - it soon became impossible to search for Tierra Maria Estates without coming across my writings. He would be under immense pressure from the firm to get rid of it - somehow - anyhow - but it was impossible - day by day it spread like a virus across the Internet - and every day brought the promise of fresh new email arriving, from me - sent somewhere connected to him to cause further embarrassment.
It was - as Jim was later to describe it - a blockade on the Internet. The firm was under siege - and because it was all a result of Sir Francis's lies and deceits, he had absolutely no way out - and no doubt Sir Francis was now getting very urgent demands, from the owners of the company, to sort it out - do something about the mess that he had now caused the company - by his botched scamming attempt and by double-crossing me into the bargain.
I was reaching out with all of this - searching for answers - hoping to start an unbiased commentary - that would explore, in an informed way, how and why this had all gone wrong.
So my prolific postings served a twofold purpose - reaching out for answers - and serving a large portion of justice - the message that crime doesn't always pay - and that the emotional response of a victim is not always predictable - they may feel motivated to go to equally extreme lengths - as the scammers do themselves.

It was perfectly clear that Mayen was on his strict instructions to keep me as far away from Sir Francis and the firm as possible - to try and deflect the heat away - and try to win me back into her manipulative clutches - with webcam appearances in her best outfits - her wolfish smile doing its best to hide the clenched teeth and frustration.

She still was adamant that she no longer worked for Tierra Maria Estates - although from the timing of her communications with me - following immediately after my most recent posting on the Internet, or hot on the heels of my latest email to Sir Francis - containing the URL and a taunt or two about owning up, coming clean - it was perfectly transparent that they were still as thick as thieves.

I had opened an email account with Bigstring - highly recommended for this sort of detective work - it allows you to track any emails sent - and read the IP address and time, each occasion it is viewed.

They soon caught on to the fact that their behaviour and locations were being read and stopped opening most of the emails sent to them - or found a way to prevent them from registering (very easily done.)

It occurred to us that Mayen's relationship with Sir Francis may have been more personal than merely a business alliance - from remarks she had made over the course of our relationship - she once informed me that I was jealous of Sir Francis - the way she would always defend him in her conversations - the relaxed manner in which she curled up asleep on the rear seat of his car - the way that she passed the blame onto his wife, for her getting the sack - at times, it seemed that it amounted to hero worship - he was her idolised master - she was captivated by his evil spell - being fed little tit-bits of glory by him when she was successful in her work. He represented the status, the success that she aspired to. But she was the one being used - by him - for his own dirty business.

Approaching Christmas time - it became clear to us that a strategy was in place. Mayen started enquiring about the state of my home life, where would I be spending Christmas - how were relationships with my family - could I chat online to her on Christmas Day - she was going to be all alone. Despite me insisting on the obvious - that she visit her nearest relative - her sister in Quezon City - she was firm in her resolve to be alone - to be apart from anyone who could possibly hurt her again. The strategy was for me to feel pity - to drive a wedge between me and any relationships I had over here - on a critical day.

I made up an excuse that although things were still bad at home and with the family - I would be away working with a friend in a recording studio from Christmas Eve - I would be unlikely to have the time to spare for chatting.

Playing a double bluff - knowing how awkward things were - Mayen could not openly admit to any association with Sir Francis - and yet was obviously doing his work and giving him feedback - but it was a stalemate situation for them.

The first week of December - the full strategy started to become more delineated - a pincer movement - combining one or two isolated but inaccurate comments which appeared on some of my blogs - voicing brief condemnation of me & my behaviour - or sympathising with Mayen - obvious attempts by Sir Francis to bring my doubts back to life - and catapult me into Mayen's area of influence more firmly.

This was the week that also brought me into communication on DIA, with a new girl in the Philippines - Mabs was her name.

Her profile was interesting to me - it complained about the bad comments she had read - Filipinas only being interested in scamming for money. She had sent me a message stating her concern about being on the site - she had only been there two weeks - and was worried about the possibility of bad exposure, how would she be viewed - she wrote a great deal in support of my blog - asked me questions about poetry.

She was very articulate and her English was well practiced and comprehensive - not really surprising as she was an ESL teacher.

By coincidence - she used to stay with her sister who lived in Paranaque - Mabs herself used to pass the Medical Center - on her way to work. When her sister returned from being away - she would inform her of my story - it is bound to be of interest to her as she works in real estate. We could have got on quite well - we seemed to have a great deal in common.

mabs wrote: 8 Dec 2007

And I few hours ago, I have nothing (or lack of something) to do so I opened my laptop and checked whatever; mails, offline messages, new songs but it dawned on me that I've only had the summary of your blog. I read again, as in I read everything. It was shocking! The hospital you're talking about was just 3 rides from my sister's residence. I stay with her. It's also in Paranaque, in Better Living/ Moonwalk junction. When I was still doing a man-to-man tutorial, I've passed that hospital on a daily basis. If my sister returns soon from her vacation, I'll inform her about Tierra Maria that happens to be a competitor. she's one of the top agents in SM Development Corp. You know SM-- the mall chains, she works for its real property business which is condominium. It will really spark interest and I'm sure she hasn't heard of this story.
How brazenly shameless these people are!
You know I don't go to church really but I believe in the bible's principle of sowing and reaping. As what Greenday's song puts it, what goes around comes around.
Do you still love her? Forgive me for asking this very personal question. I hope you're over her. From the ordeal that you went through and based on her chat messages, she's not even worth it. Do I sound like a judge? I'm really furious with people like that. Just with the injustice, ok? On occasions that don't damage my being or others family members' and friends' safety, I keep it cool and don't need anger management classes.
In a way, I envy her. I asked you before if you collect poems but when I read the whole blog from archives 1- 30, i found out that you wrote her so many poems. Do you have a clone? Hehehe! I always write poetry for others but no one wrote for me. It's not that I need a payback, I just want to know how it feels to be the subject or object of affection.
Once again, it's just my fantasy! It's nothing that I can't live without.
Take care Tim Looking forward to reading more of your brilliant thoughts.

I wrote to her saying that it would be best to keep away from the people that I had met - from what I had been reading recently, they might well have been dangerous.

mabs wrote: 10 Dec 2007

Hi Tim!
I'm glad you slept well. and have a grand time with your day's task. It was really good to prepare earlier for Christmas. I've already bought some and just ask my sister to wrap them.
i told my other sister who works in SM Property bout your story but she just heard the name and had no idea about the company. She told me Crown Asia is their tough competitor but still I told her to be very careful about sharing the information. She's in Paranaque but I'm in GenSan now so she must be the one to exercise cautions if ever.

I'm such a gullible fool - I took it all in - so intent was I at repairing my relationship with the Philippines - yes, I was still in touch with Mayen - but in reality now, only to find out what her next move was going to be - so intent, I missed the obvious - that Jim alerted me to the moment I happened to mention my new aquaintance to him.

She was a plant - a stooge. Gleaning information for Mayen and Sir Francis to work from - and also to perhaps lure me back to the Philippines, if I ever decided finally that Mayen was not the apple of my eye anymore. They wanted to scrub my writings from the wall - Mayen was just a disposable pawn in the process.

Also - the obvious implication was that via her sister in Paranaque, some "chance" information would be introduced that would hopefully create doubts within me again. Mabs conveniently distanced herself from all of this - because she is now in General Santos - hundreds of miles away.

More suspicion - if it were needed - arose over Mabs's photos. At first there was a link on her DIA profile to a site called Slide.com - with a slide show of numerous pictures of Mabs - various locations - the typical collection. This link disappeared on day two of our communication - replaced by a link to her MySpace profile - where only a limited amount of photos were on display - her excuse being that she was having trouble with the Slide site - although it worked perfectly for me.

It was winter here - cold mornings - I happened to make comments about scraping the ice off the car - leading to a question for Mabs - did she drive? No - she almost started once, but it never happened.

In her Slide pictures - which I was able to revisit thanks to my surfing History - there she is - for all the world to see - sat in driving position in a nice new car, seat belt done up, personal head cushion in place behind her neck.

It's discoveries like these that sharpen the inquisitiveness - what is going on?

Well - in short - it could have swung either of two ways - Mabs had to deduce whether or not I was still hooked on Mayen - in which case - she would pour cold water over any ideas of cultivating a romantic relationship with me - and steer me back to Mayen's loving arms - having been given a kick by the false information from her sister. Mabs - on learning that this was the route to take - insisted on me calling her "Igsoon" - sister - she would be there as a shoulder to cry on.

But when I was at first refused her email address to send her some video footage that she had previously asked for - & when I was asked to write a piece on Theatre Arts for a friend of hers (an attempt perhaps for me to reveal exactly where I was working) - it all became too hot to handle - we had to take control and defeat this plot - a week before possible detonation time - Christmas Day - before my suspicions became obvious to them.

How were we to prove that Mabs was a plant - feeding information to Mayen and Sir Francis. We needed some red dye, that would alert us when it appeared downstream.

Enter - Yenhuar - a creation of Jim's genius. I started feeding Mabs information that I had just met up with a beautiful Chinese violinist - who made me realise all the deficiencies in my relationship with Mayen. I strongly hinted that we were planning to work together in the new year on a concert tour and were both feeling stirrings within our hearts. I voiced concern to Mabs about how I should break the news to Mayen - that my interest in her was rapidly evaporating. Mabs, of course, in her new role as big sister, could do little but show how happy she felt at this news. I emphasised the delight I was feeling in sharing cultured ideas again - to have found a relationship where artistic decisions were really the only important ones. Here was a chance for me to become involved with my first love again - the classics.

On the 20th December I wrote to Mabs.

Hi Igsoon Mabs - I hope you are having a good day.
I was much entertained by your twofold stimulation of my sense of culture - and my sense of humour.
I chuckled heartily - mainly at you revealing a side of yourself that I had always suspected - he, he - your sense of fun.
I entirely know what you mean about some books having the ability to never be outgrown - they grow with us - The Little Prince is definitely one of them - always one step ahead in terms of how and what it chooses to reveal to us - depending on the stage we are at in our lives.
As far as aligning the importance of the invisible to internet communication - perhaps you are referring again to instinct.
Away from the tantalisingly visible, separated from the influential power of the written word - our instincts - profoundly ignored - easily outvoted - await their full recognition and vindication.
There are many invisible forces involved in communication - forces that are at play in the words we write - the time we give - emotional response - we absorb them at some level of our being - not fully conscious of them all - but they contribute to an effect - they arouse our instinctive awareness - which hovers, like a ghost, whispering its unassailable truth.
Usually it is probably hindsight that provides vindication, instinct's own justification.
Oh that we could obey that soft voice - but we confuse it with the voice of fear - and choose to become brave.

Since meeting Yenhuar (she is half chinese - her mum is from China - her dad is English) on Monday - the violinist - we have been in constant communication - email - cellphone.
I am making explorative plans to join her in rehearsals and eventually on a concert tour - which will mean having to find a replacement to take over from me in Aladdin - an almost impossible task at this time of year - I thought - but I have found the perfect candidate.
It seems that all conditions are met - and the management of Aladdin fully understand that the offer I have received to undertake the concert tour is much too good financially to consider refusing and potentially will expand my career into an area I have always dreamed of - back to the classics - Shostakovitch, Prokofiev, Ravel, Debussy - with such a beautiful player - a chance of a lifetime.
Yenhuar and myself - despite the fact that we are both married - have both admitted to our discontent - and explained all the reasons.
We have an electricity - wow - we spark - not only when performing together - we both noticed that on Monday evening - but we seem to share a perspective about life - we certainly have the greatest respect for each other, artistically.

All of a sudden - all of my dreams for Mayen seem to be evaporating into thin air.
To be in a world that is not limited to honeyed words - so conspicuously weighted - to appeal only to my desires and my ego - in their single pointed aim of manipulation.
To be in the world of flesh and blood again - out of the range of deception - in a world where common artistic goals and values are the only real concern - refeshing? I am feeling renewed after only two days.

Several things have occured to me -

Libidinal energy - and attraction is far more than just skin deep - once attracted, it should roll like a wheel - self-perpetuating from the totality of personality - the intellect - class - perspective - culture - they all fan the fire - keep the wheel rolling along.
Libidinal energy - although primarily a procreative force - can find delight and stimulation from many other areas of a relationship - other than primordial desire.
I am going to have to find the words - sometime very soon - to tell Mayen that my soul has been enlightened by another.
Besides which, Yenhuar is appalled by the treatment that I received from Mayen and the gang, and this illuminates for me all the dark corners of remorse, banishing from me any shadows of guilt.
Her sister is going to become a strong ally in my quest for justice and retribution on the internet. A graphic designer, her career at the moment - with internet advertising - he, he.
So - I feel a new man - he, he - that's my news of the day - excited - tired - but full inside with hope - much, much more.

Have to get some rest - sorry for my absence - I've had a phone glued to my ear all night - been busy with the shows and getting the car fixed all day - huhuhuh.

God bless - and take good care of you.


This spelt danger to the gang - this news. If they were to lose the grip that they imagined Mayen to still have over me - with Mabs confirming herself as only a shoulder to cry on - they would have no more power to manipulate me.

Mabs made one final reply to my message and said she was removing herself from DIA.

The proof we were waiting for arrived the following day - in an email from Mayen.

21st December


are you still busy and tired from work??
i hope you have a successful shows..
i miss chatting to you.. and i hope i can steal some minutes of your time
huhuhuhu.. im lonely today coz i expect we could chat
but still i understand...
Its a wonderful day today, this morning i woke early
and i witnessed the beautiful sun rising.. its really wonderful..
Im was talking to the sun hehehe, i told him
that i wish your here with me.. i hear a music from piano
someone played on it.. nice songs.. its really melts my heart..
yah its true.. one of my nieghbor own it, the piano..i was thinking of
you, you were playing piano for me in province..
Timmyboy, merry christmas.. and im wishing you more happiness
and success and im praying that i can have you back someday..
i love you and God bless you..
love ,

Again - the dye cast upstream had floated to the surface in front of our very eyes.

I sent an email to Sir Francis - with pictures of Mabs and Mayen - both from their profiles at DIA - stating - "Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear - now you will find it impossible to communicate with us." Accompanied by another URL.

So now they were truly screwed - Mayen and Mabs now useless. How could they acheive their urgent aim of getting the rapidly spreading information on the Internet to be removed?

I blocked Mayen and Mabs from writing to any of my email addresses.

What followed were desperate attempts from Mayen to contact me - phone calls & off-line messages on YM - including an SMS on Christmas morning - "I miz u so bad. Im th!Nking of u 2day. mahal kita timmyboy. wish ur here..so lonely without u..please dnt change."

I tried to block international calls from my cellphone - but it was not possible - so I had to change my number.
I removed my profile again from DIA and struck Mayen from my Yahoo Messenger list.

Sir Francis was the only person able to contact me now - by email - but he didn't know that.

Had there been the slightest glimmer of remorse, the merest hint of an attempt at honesty, an apology even - I would not have gone to these lengths, but the time scale involved and their constant ruthlessness swayed me otherwise. They deserved everything that was happening to them - all the fallout from the exposure.
The writings, the warnings would serve as a lighthouse to other sailors on the Internet Dating Sea.
So I continued pasting and posting, linking and tagging.

I posted on YouTube the short video of Mayen about to reveal the fake scar on webcam - it is only a taunt - it doesn't reveal anything (the content of the whole video is safely stored away) but it is suitably tagged and it is picked up by other sites around the world which increases its presence in search engines dramatically.

The YouTube site provided an opportunity to get a small forum of comments going. Jim and I returning under different aliases, with different characters - this was great fun for Jim - the genius playwrite that he is - as well as the genius Psycho-analyst - and all round indispensable ally to have had alongside me - all through this most trying and testing of adventures.

Somewhere in this period - Christmas visited briefly - and left again without any fuss - and we entered 2008 - but they were simply just other days.

I sent an email to "the players" indicating that our strategy for the new year was - Saturation, saturation, saturation - a term they are all familiar with - it's what they call their promotional work - malling - handing out brochures to crowds.

Jim discovered on Veoh that a Philippine online news site had posted a video of an interview with the famous Filipina Celebrity, Actress and conservationist - Chin-Chin Gutierrez - discussing the environmental virtues of the Tierra Maria Estates farm lots at Lipa City. We were already aware that she was featuring heavily in the firm's recent advertising thrust, having been contracted as the company's endorser.
Mayen had first mentioned to me about Chin-Chin in a YM chat - before my first visit. After the events of August, it occurred to me that here was the "soft belly of the crocodile" - as Jim puts it - an area of vulnerability - simply because of her high profile - no doubt she would want to keep her reputation pristene.

I had been trying to get a message through to either her or her agent, even resorting to leaving comments on other peoples blogs . . .

(look who's been there as well - Jepoy)

. . . people who had interviewed or photographed her and might be able to deliver the first warning shot over the bows - a storm head of bad publicity was gathering about Tierra Maria Estates - ready to burst on to the Internet and in the press - did she really want her name to be associated with this scandalous firm? None of the obvious routes of communication - her own website for instance - offered any method of communication that was functional at that time. One day I stumbled upon her Friendster profile - sent her a message - spelling it all out. This was certainly not blackmail, although undoubtedly, it was going to put her in a frightful situation - it simply said - speak out, denounce the firm, dis-associate yourself - or be stained by the same bad publicity - by mere association.

We waited for a response. I discovered soon after this that the messaging system on her own website now allowed messages to be sent to her manager - so we sent one there as well - and waited.

There was one isolated comment in the thread accompanying the video on Veoh - from a man calling himself Elybacolod - allegedly in Jakarta, solidly underlining Chin-Chin's credibility and eloquence - and generally praising the firm for the wonderful appeal of the Farm Estate - and stating how he was personally attracted to the idea of purchasing a piece of home there.

Enter Jim - posting the next comment (as bingobert) - a warning that Chin-Chin is the front for a company engaged in extortion through prostitution.

The rebuff follows - the man from Jakarta (elybacolod) - warning that such comments are potentially libelous:

"ellumbra, bingobert's allegation that ms. gutierrez is a front for a prostitution racketeering scam in Manila is serious, and potentially libelous. I read your blog and if I read it correctly, you were scammed by a woman and her alleged boss who both claim to "work" for maria estates. That does not automatically translate into a prostitution racket sanctioned by the firm. Did you report this to the firm to verify if they are indeed working for Maria Estates? You made an honest error in judgement the first instance, as you openly admit in your blog. Do not make a second, more serious error in judgement with legal consequences by making allegations about the company without verifiable proof. Due process knows no territorial boundaries. Libel laws still apply to both print and Internet media. Why not bring this to the attention of the company so they can take necessary action if some of their employees are complicit in the racketeering that you and bingobert alleged."

I reply with:

"elybacolod - I would welcome a legitimate libel case as manna from heaven. I am clear that Miss Gutierrez is possibly quite ignorant of the activity behind the front of Tierra Maria Estates - her endorsement would not have been forthcoming had these other facts been brought to her attention. What is not disputed are the facts directly involving the Marketing Manager of the firm. I met him in the Sales Office - was encouraged to set up a website - taken on a tour of the Farm Project. I met him again in Hounslow UK in connection with the website. I have received emails, SMS messages from him & other members of his staff corroborating the fraud. I have sent emails to Tierra Maria Estates, Mary's Garden Realty, HLURB - Philippine Government agencies - and met total apathy. Is this not complicit support of the activities I have uncovered? The Marketing Manager was foolish to dirty his own hands in this instance - but this has given us the rarest of opportunities - to redress the balance of justice."

And Jim (as bananarama23):

"A friend of mine was caught up in a similar scam involving a Philippine "property" company with dire consequences. All these "companies" cannot hide and use the threat of laws when it suits them as the activities of their employees and staff are achieving their corrupt aims by using - in your case "Tierra Maria estates" to give the air of legitimacy to internationally scorned and illegal scams that these criminals are plying. The internet works both ways in this scenario, the scammers think they can use internet with anonymity above all laws when it suits and cry "libel" when it doesn't. Ellumbra, having read your blog it is clear that you were a victim of organized crime and elybacolod the "Tierra Maria" staff involved in ellumbra's blog do not "claim" they work for "Tierra Maria" the man in question is their "marketing" manager!
All on line all plain for the world to see! So, these property companies cannot "pretend" to be ignorant of their staff's activities when it suits. The "companies" are as guilty of the acts in which they give sucker and support. This modus operandi is at the heart of the organized crime syndicate's structure. The onus of responsibilty is on these companies to act and clean up their acts, but, of course they won't. Why not? The money from extortion. Well, I have another serious legal scenario to present to these companies the harboring "offshore" of money being laundered from the proceeds of crime. That too is an internationally recognized law. Want to try it on?"

The man from Jakarta:

"bananarama23, thanks for the info. yes, i will take this on. i've passed on these allegations to the firm. let's see how they react. I agree with you that the onus of responsibility lies with the companies to clean up. it is also the responsibility of certain institutions to address money laundering on a global scale. would you be willing to testify? i may be in the position to shed light on these so called scams by the medical establishment alluded to in this posting."

Well, not only a change of heart - from the man in Jakarta - who seems to know an awful lot about the hospital in Paranaque - but a change of writing style.

It was plain to Jim that this was Sir Francis (under the guise of elybacolod) - admitting that it was a scam - but trying to push the blame onto the hospital and the girl. Trying anything in fact - to distance the scam from the company.

Bananrama23 made a final appearance, refusing to fall for the obvious bait that had been dangled - by ignoring it completely and addressing only me:

"Unfortunately, ellumbra I cannot disclose my interest in this thread at this stage. However, I assume from the information I have read on your various blogs that you have no objection to me passing on this information to various interested parties? The issue surrounding westerners being targeted (scammed) by various countries is now of great interest to the authorities. Again, I cannot unfortunately elaborate here further on these matters. I will however when appropriate be contacting you directly regarding these matters."

Bananarama23's comment about the authorities was no hollow boast. Because of the undeniable possibility of there being a link between Sir Francis and the British Embassy in Manila - remember the emails they sent me - my MP has become involved and the matter has since been taken out of my hands - by the Foreign Office and SOCA - the Serious Organised Crime Agency.

Ultimately it is not me that this situation, or my journal is proving anything to.
In excess of three and a half billion pounds is leaving British shores each year as a result of scamming. This draining of money has attracted the attention of all political parties, the security services & law enforcement agencies.
The British Government does not take too kindly to its own citizens being scammed - by those countries - including the Philippines - while their own governments lack the initiative and political will to deal with the issue at a domestic level. The authorities in this country do not take kindly either to foreign nationals using festivals or exhibitions on our soil as recruiting grounds for British nationals to be used inadvertently to scam other British nationals.

Here is the final email sent by me to my MP - 11th March 2008,

Dear ***
Hopefully I shall bother you no more after this email.
I must thank you again for taking the trouble to pass on my concerns to the correct people, it has been a great comfort and a strength to know that I was not on my own in dealing with this matter.

I am not certain if you have any notion of what has been happening recently - but I took it upon myself to openly and widely denounce the real estate firm that concealed the scammers - on the Internet - seriously affecting both the "legitimate" and the "not-so-legitimate" sides of their business.
This has drawn rather a hostile response (well I did invite it) - from what appears to be a whole community of linked bloggers - specifically mobilized to try and discredit me - and by using various emotional twisting and mind bending methods - trying to get me to capitulate in the hope that they would garner some propaganda that they could use.
The Internet is a strange place - the effectiveness of what I had done went far beyond my expectations. It seems that material - once posted - can become cloned and syndicated around the world - thus creating a far larger presence in the search engines (my objective) than I could have possibly imagined. The material that the scammers were producing to counter my presence online was limited in usefulness because - to make any sense at all, it had to be linked in some way to my material - thus defeating their own purpose - only attracting more attention.

I have posted the final chapter to my story - which included the reporting of my suspicions to yourself, my MP - and I have mentioned the interest of the Foreign Office and SOCA. I have not mentioned any names - I hope you do not consider this a liberty taken - after all it is the truth and should be included in my story - but the mere mention of these facts certainly appears to have had a profound effect.
The power of the Union Jack - they quake at the thought of encountering British Justice - the hostility has ceased - their own counter publicity machine seems to be slowly being taken down (a slow job - the ghosts of postings linger in the search engines for quite a while) - a public statement in the form of an email from Francis Jalbuena stating that he and the real estate firm are the victims in this situation - and denouncing everything I have written as lies and a hoax - has disappeared overnight - and they seem intent on hiding in the shadows again.
However - I still have some points that remain unanswered.

1) The unquestionable possibility that the British Embassy's authority was being used to disseminate unverified information - to the criminals' advantage - as opposed to the interests of a British national.
2) The allegation by Francis Jalbuena that the British Ambassador was made privy to my writings - and assessed it as rubbish.
3) The unsavoury notion that criminals might be using the British Embassy and the Ambassador to help manipulate their own advantage.
4) The unpleasant notion that Francis Jalbuena was using the Barrio Fiesta at Hounslow (July 2007) to attract UK buyers - into an association which surely must be regarded as a highly dubious business operation - additionally, that he used this opportunity to pass on to me specifications, to be included on the website that I had unwittingly agreed to setup, as a UK point of contact for his operation.

I am aware that there are certain discretions that do not allow you to reveal to me the inner machinery of the government - and that you - doubtless - have far more pressing concerns.
Even with no feedback - I remain determined that some positive conclusions or actions result from my disclosures to you.
It has certainly been an education for me - and I look forward to returning to normal life again - without the dark, sinister hauntings and feelings of guilt - thrust upon me by my encounter with the Philippines - and by my own naivety and foolishness.
Ultimately - I am saddened by what I have discovered - about what is potentially a mysteriously beautiful culture - and I do feel that with the assistance, the determination of other more effective governments throughout the world - perhaps the long road towards stability for that country might be shortened - even a little.
Maybe I still have my head in the tropical rain-clouds.

Thank you once again.
Yours sincerely,
Tim Cumper

Yes, it appeared I was naive as well about just how ruthlessly determined these people could be . . . read on.

The press recently had been carrying a story of a British man, a minister, David Brash - living in the Philippines, who had been murdered, shortly after getting married, at the bidding of his Filipina wife - who had paid her driver £350.00 to have him killed and his body dumped in a swamp.

From the Daily Mirror 12/12/07
We never heard any more from elybacolod - the "man in Jakarta," but continued using the gift that they had given us - a publicly accessible forum, centered around the association of Chin-Chin with Tierra Maria Estates - exposing their soft underbelly. With her own publicity machine, her own fans - here was the most fantastic opportunity to really get some pressure applied. We carried on posting comments suggesting that Chin-Chin herself would be implicated by her links with the firm - if she did not speak out about it - sought out other Internet appearances of Chin-Chin - and attached our limpet mines - and announced that we had sent messages to her and her agent informing them of the gathering stormclouds of adverse publicity.

The impression was that the world - or some of it at least - was awaiting Chin-Chin's decision to remain silent or denounce Tierra Maria Estates - with baited breath.

I was contacted through my profile at Veoh, where the comment section was accompanying the video, by someone with the screen-name Delfin777.

He wrote to me saying that he had been the victim of a scam, also in April of 2007, by a young Filipina who had sent him some photographs of Chin-Chin, aged 18 to 20 years old (which would have been about twelve years ago.) The girl was pretending that they were photographs of herself. He was from New Mexico.

He sent me an email with some of their communications and attached one of the photographs - the digital information encoded into this photograph revealed that it had been taken in 2006 - so either he was a bad judge of age - or a liar.

Interestingly, in these communications Delfin777 (who we later refer to as Fermin) asks of his contact (who went under the name "joyc2cool" as her Yahoo username or Joy) quite often if she had read The Little Prince, which was the book that Mabs had referred to in her email to me.

We continued an exchange of messages, some of his emails were in Spanish - others, he told me - he had translated by software into English. I used the Bigstring email account - my emails to him seemed to be gathering an enormous amount of "reads" - some from an IP address that seemed to be in Mexico - and many others that seemed to be in the UK.

In January the book arrived that Nellie had promised to send me - For The Love Of My Son - by Margaret Davis - the tale of her private investigation into her son's murder - which was instigated by his wife - a Filipina.

Photo courtesy BBC
I devoured the book in two days - finding it tragically compelling and frightening - with its descriptions and affirmations of the character of some Filipinos - encountering corruption, danger and the apathy - lack of interest or action - that I recognised all too well.

We were certain that when all the loose ends were finally sewn up, that here we had a story of our time. We had some serious weight to throw around - all to put unbearable pressure on Sir Francis - and all courtesy of the Internet - the very means by which it was all started.
Sir Francis would now be hearing from his superiors in the firm, from Chin-Chin via her agent, from Mayen as well - as some of the characters we had created were openly despising and mocking - at times, cruelly so - but - as I was beginning to realise - this was simply the truth about Mayen being laid bare - it smarted at first - but assisted in the exorcism of those last whisps of emotional attachment to her.

Click the flags to read about all the alarm bells.

33 - Counter attack

Journey 32

The strategy that was to have been employed around Christmas time - was focusing even more clearly now. This was helped by a random communication I made to Sir Francis, under a Pseudonym - John Goodwin - who worked in real estate. He wrote about how disgusted he was that the Code of Ethical Practice for Realtors had been trashed, along with Sir Francis's personal ethics - and that the end result must surely be his regret and ridicule.

I sent the email to Sir Francis but CC'd it to his boss - who happened to read it first - I know this because the email was being tracked.

I was indeed surprised to get a response at all from Sir Francis - the first communication directly from him since August - although we had our strong suspicions that Sir Francis had access to Mayen's email account - he could masquerade as her if required - at least one email from "Mayen" over the Christmas period seems to support this theory.

Anyway - Sir Francis's reply to John Goodwin - he probably guessed that it was really me - although by a strange coincidence I have since discovered online a real John Goodwin - an estate agent - dealing in foreign properties. At first the reply had the power to really upset me, some of the memories of August, blurred through the fog of time - reared up to haunt me - mentions of things like "Mayen herself told me that she was willing to be Tim's wife" - really hit a deep spot inside me - strange - I thought I was over it.

But on reading for a second, third - many times - this email became more and more revealing.

I include it here - to speak for itself.

"4th January 2008

Dear John,

I hope you are aware that in the Internet, it is easy to fabricate & twist things from the truth. I am the victim in this particular incident. Please be rest assured that I am an honest & ethical person. I may have my own faults but never did I ever try to steal money from any fellow man. I don't need to & you can check my worth with the HSBC.

I met Tim Cumper when he first came to the Philippines thru his former girlfriend, Mayen (a former agent of mine on commission basis but whom together with other agents I gave some monetary help to alleviate their day to day needs) who I'm not sure if he has abandoned or still gets in touch with. We agreed that he help us promote our project in England which never took off the ground.
If Mayen made misrepresentations to Tim, it is beyond me to intervene or get involved in. Their affair is better left to themselves to settle.

I was not aware of what was going on in private between them except for a few things that I myself witnessed when we were together & visited our project site, tour the countryside for a day &/or what they had planned for themselves that they divulged to me. I only found out from Tim himself that he had his suspisions of being scammed after the operation. Until I saw his blog, never did it cross my mind that Tim suspected me as one of the scammers. What made Tim think that I was a part of any scam?
If there was a scam, then Mayen would be the key to this.

How Tim concluded that there is a "scam syndicate" in my marketing outfit, hospital staff & even people he talked to in the Philippine British embassy is out of bounds. No amount of explanation or facts we have given Tim has turned his opinionated conclusions & he has this fantasy that he is being scammed by a syndicate- or is it the other way around?
Tim & Mayen might be the scammers here.

Maybe to a certain extent, Mayen went over the limitations of Tim kindness for financial support - something that I thought he was comfortable in the first place. I did explain to him to keep his guard up when dealing with needy people in our country.

Tim even tried to sell his story to The Sun but the tabloid did not take up his offer- this Tim mentions in his former blogs. Tim's first blog was very full of lies & slants that when I consulted my lawyer, his advise to me was not to mind it. I even met with the British embassy people to see if they could be of help - their advise was not to mind it since there is nothing I can do about it because my minding it would just feed more fuel to the fire that Tim has created. Since then, I have not minded Tim's malicious emails as advised. According to the British Ambassador to the Philippines when shown a copy of the blog, one with sound mind can easily read thru that the blog is rubbish.

I had no knowledge of the eptopic pregnancy thatMayen had until about an hour or so when she called me for help because she needed an operation. The hospital staff confirmed that Mayen needed an eptopic pregnancy operation to save her from bleeding to death. Later during the day, Tim also requested me to help. I had to rush to the hospital from an important marketing meeting about an hours' drive away.
Shouldn't the hospital be the one responsible for the scam if any? I am made to understand that the hospital has answered Tim's allegations. Should'nt Mayen be the one & only person responsible to Tim since it was her who had an affair with him? Why is Tim so convinced that there was no operation? The hospital, my staff & myself sent him confirmations.

I myself witnessed the situation of Mayen in the hospital's operating room where I had to make a P10,000 pesos advance so that the life threatening situation could be resolved by way of an operation. I also made more advances when both Tim & Mayen requested for it. The time & effort I spent on this incident can never be repaid. Now people that don't know me like you think I'm a scammer. How ironic that my samaritan deed is paid back this way.

Tim was so in love with Mayen (I found this silly & immature coz they just met) that if not for the incident about her eptopic pregnancy, they might have gotten together as man & wife - Tim himself confirmed this sometime July when we met in London. The moment I met Tim, he professed his love for Mayen & our country.

Why will Mayen, street wise as she is miss out on a good oppurtunity to be better off if she marries Tim? Mayen herself told me that she was willing to be Tim's wife.

Mayen, being an unsucessful agent had the oppurtunity of her life to get out of the poverty she was in had she played her cards right. Why will she plot an eptopic pregnancy & miss the opportunity? P90,000 pesos is peanuts compared to what Tim had to offer Mayen, a lifetime financial security & maybe some love? Is Tim so naive that he did not realize that money is important to impoverished people? Why will I be involved in a petty crime that might ruin my life?

Unfortunately, Tim is a very suspicious person. How he made his own conclusions I cannot fathom. Tim in my opinion might need some counselling on the matter but it is not my responsibility nor will it make a dent to Tim's mind since he has judged me & others of being evil. I can only pray that Tim will soon realize the wrong he has done.

I am attaching 3 relevant emails that might help you better understand what happened. Tim was in constant touch with myself, Mayen, the hospital, my other agents & even seeked the help of the British embassy during the crises. I don't understand why Tim by cel phone demanded that I & my other agents forever take care of the problem they themselves created? Why did Tim tell us he was coming over then back out & be silent for several days? How can Tim brazenly claim that he sent a wedding for Mayen when we met in London? Being the suspicious person that he is, should'nt he have gotten a receipt from me?

Thank you for the opportunity to give my side. If you have any advise how to stop this slander, please give it."

Reading between the lines - there are two or three fatal admissions.

Further attempts to distance the whole business of the scam from Tierra Maria Estates and himself, by suggesting that the hospital or the girl were to blame.

More importantly, a complete lack of conviction for the alleged truth of the incident. Why would he allude to even the possibility of a scam if he was so certain of the truth - if he actually was present in the operating room of the hospital?

He also openly boasts about his links with the British Embassy in Manila - the "people" he met there - perhaps Carlos Tampinco? I very much doubt that he has the private ear of the Ambassador himself - and I also doubt that the Ambassador would have been so dismissive of my suspicions - especially in the light of all the evidence.
A libel case has often been quoted as a feeble method for the scammers to attain my silence - however we must question the authenticity of the remarks, allegedly made by the British Ambassador to Sir Francis Jalbuena - which if they are not true will constitute a genuine claim for libel - either from myself or from the British Ambassador. I am informed by my barrister that this would be termed innuendo - a specific form of libel that damages a person's reputation.
But here I must remain silent - the Foreign Office are now dealing with this matter - but I am surprised that I am the one to be told that I need counselling - by a man who clearly seems bent on his own destruction.
We have a saying over here - "A man who represents himself in court, has a fool for a client" - I see the wisdom in that now.

I succumbed to a webcam chat with Mayen 12th January - most of it conducted through headphones - one of the few times we were actually talking to each other. She made pointed enquiries as to my connections with the British Embassy in Manila - my friends there?
At times she swore at me and was openly obusive - although, of course, this was "off the record" - being a voice to voice chat.
She also struggled in an attempt to show me photos on her cellphone - including one, allegedly taken by her sister, of Mayen in the hospital - her attempt was unsuccessful because of the glare shining onto her phone - but decidedly too late in the day to start bringing in evidence like this. How casually the hospital photograph appeared amongst all those she was showing me - including one - although not clear at all, I could make out Mayen standing there in nothing but a pair of pink panties - arms by her side - an attempt no doubt, to seduce me back into her world.
These photographs, decidedly odd to produce them now - if they were "taken at the time" - as proof - why weren't they shown to me at the time, as proof - it might have made a big difference? Despite this glaring oddity, Noemi proceeds to display them in the text accompanying her propaganda interview with Mayen.

Perhaps they were starting to hear rumblings from the investigation by the Foreign Office.

We received nothing directly from Chin-Chin or her manager - they were complicit - part of the conspiracy of silence.

The forum attached to her video was removed.

Another voice entered the discussion, this time on the forum attached to one of my videos at Veoh - BravePuso - who condemned my writings as being racist - branding me as a western pervert - picking up young Filipinas on the Internet. When pushed, by Jim to answer her obvious excess of interest in this forum topic, she (for it was a she - we could tell - possibly none other than Mabs in another disguise) replied that she was defending the Philippines in general - seeing that the tags I had attached to my writings and videos linked Philippines with scam.

Amidst the general smokescreen of her comments - generally distracting from the specific details of this particular scam - Jim was able to get stark revelations about the contempt that she seemed to harbor towards westerners.

BravePuso wrote 17/01/08

"Holy smokes and you hypocritical westerners call yourself noble and uncorrupt! That is pure BS! Which area in the world created Hitler, Stalin, Napoleon! Which area of the world is corrupting and destroying the so called "paradise" of the tropics... Your corruption is deeper than monetary, it is ethical, geographical, and hypocritical... Look at your empire and see the corruption you created. Yup, the third world nations have become prostitutes to fat white monkeys!"

I had got myself tangled up in this net of contempt - their justification for scamming western men - a contempt that we were to encounter again and again - that went a long way in helping me to understand the background - against which the whole of this drama had unfolded.

Tierra Maria posted long diatribes on YouTube and Veoh - insisting on the legitimacy of the firm and denying any wrong doing - repeating the initial circumstances - postulating that they were all true - that Mayen had indeed become pregnant - that I was the rogue, the villain, for deserting her in her hour of need.

Meanwhile - Delfin777 from Mexico - who we now referred to as Fermin - wrote to me saying that he was about to go to the Philippines for a holiday - January 15th - until early February. Vague reasons were hinted at - to try and track down the girl that had scammed him - to confront Chin-Chin with the photographs and ask for an explanation about her involvement with Tierra Maria Estates - now that she had been told of the other activities that went on there. He said that he had another friend there in Manila - and they would tour the 100 islands.

Another strange coincidence? Or, more likely - we thought - another stooge. I traced the UK IP address that was getting so many reads of my emails to him - one was up to 30 reads. It turned out to be my own IP address. His was the only email to behave like this out of all I had sent from Bigstring. We deduced that some sort of proxy software, concealing the real IP address and replacing it with one that appeared to be in Mexico was causing some strange artifacts - bouncing back to my IP address as another read.

More red dye was needed.

He had written to me, telling me that he had registered with the Mexican Embassy in Manila - he asked me if there were any innoculations he should have before his visit.

So I replied, wishing him bon voyage - that I had only bothered with Anti-Malaria tablets - but wished I had bothered with condoms. He should do the same - not only to prevent getting scammed in the way I had been, but to protect him against Herpes. I hinted that I had more to tell him about that last subject. I padded it out with a few more questions about his scamming experience.

So how was Mayen going to talk herself out of this situation now, insisting that she had always loved me?
How was anyone going to communicate with me anyway - the only possible route was offline messages left on Yahoo Messenger?
She had Herpes - she knew that she had it - the lotion - you don't have Herpes and not know it.
To pull off the scam, it was important that I did not use a contraceptive, hence her reply to me when I asked her about the subject.
How would she explain the Herpes alongside her sexual innocence?
Another checkmate situation for them.

I received a very terse email from Fermin (we are sure it was written hastily by Sir Francis.)

Whereas all previous emails from Fermin had been noticeably warm - signing off with "Big hugs" & "God bless" - this was stark in comparison.
Later on I received from Fermin in two emails, what could only be seen as cryptic - but nevertheless, obviously cruel threats.

I carried on making short videos - posting them wherever I could find - seven videos in total - all showing up nicely in Google searches for Tierra Maria Estates - one of them, as credits to all the videos - listing all the names of those people involved - the cast in order of appearance.

We realised that it was time to withdraw from all dialogue. They had been given more than enough chances to make ammends - but simply continued with their wriggling, evasive and defensive attitudes. We were not going to be drawn into any public displays of "locking antlers" as Jim called it.

So all comment features on blogs and videos were emptied and removed - all email accounts had them blocked out.

One more offline message came through from Mayen 26th January.

mayen (1/26/2008): timmy are you there? timmy are you there? or still sleeping timmy i have e mail for you..

(2:05:42 AM): i have to go bye

I awoke today - 28th January 2008 - over nine months since it all began. I had to put it all into perspective somehow - seen from the point of view of the scammers I was no more than another trick - and now a big nuisance. They were left with a mess to clear up - an internet saturated with incriminating writing and videos of their failed scamming attempt. Business would surely be affected - and they had no means of getting to me any more.

In this perspective - Mayen and I were no more than a bubble - a flimsy sphere created entirely out of my own emotions - containing nothing at all - that bubble has now burst.

When that happens - what is left - is nothing - absolutely nothing.

But our recent encounter with strangers online in conjunction with Mayen reappearing - there to mop up the pieces - sort of a "Good-cop - Bad-cop" strategy - was about to reveal a whole new dimension.

In February 2008, the third return of the Herpes symptoms - and me to the clinic occurred. This time - the tests brought a confirmation.

Wednesday 27th February

I decided to revisit today some of the text files I had saved - from chats, messages on DIA - right from the very first day.
I smelled again the vapours rising from the crucible of my past - love lost, love never found.
These misty phantoms had created for me an ideal lover.
Somehow, the memory of how I perceived Mayen at these times was locked into the words - I could feel again the fire in my heart and was aware again of the enormous challenge the relationship posed for me - to extricate myself from my situation here in the UK - the marriage and selling the house - but knowing that my passion for Mayen would have carried me through. I sensed again the tension underneath my feet at those times - walking the tightrope between desire and liberty.

To me - I cannot imagine for one moment the Mayen that I thought I knew then doing the things I have since discovered.
A puzzle - that is resolved by time.
I started off - unknowing - naive - yet looking back, the base-line of her behaviour has never changed.
I have always seen the invitation of love - the very same mask that has since been found to conceal another motive, entirely at odds with love.
As time went on I gained more insight into both Mayen & the Philippines - a natural, unstoppable process of learning - but a process that was severely hindered by all kinds of deceit.
I see very clearly now that I was in a dream, an illusion - fueled and coloured by my hopes - my own wish fulfillment.
My dilemma through all of this has been reconciling the one image alongside the alternative.
Inner turmoil and confusion being the result - when quite simply - time itself was teaching me - educating me - filling in more and more of the blanks.
It must be true to say that I know Mayen and the Philippines far more accurately now than I did on the first day of our encounter - April 14th 2007.
It would be contrary to the laws of being if it were otherwise.

Why had it gone on for so long?
It is clear now that I had created two knots, two paradoxical situations - and neither of them had any possible resolution.

Firstly - I had elevated the relationship with Mayen to such a lofty height - imbued it with the significance of the miraculous - that I had infinite headroom for denial - to excuse the obvious signs. Because of my hopes and my feelings for Mayen - I was striving for a resolution - in human terms - a face to face acceptance of the truth - so that come what may, we would find ourselves standing on common ground once more. That explains my continuation - my constant reaching out.

Secondly - because I hadn't a clue how to handle the situation, I chose to use the blog as a form of leverage, which forced their continued involvement - hopefully up to the point where the resolution would come. But because of the nature of this pressure - it simply ensured that they dug their heels in even more - using Mayen to deny my accusations & keep up the pretense of love - putting any hope of a truthful resolution between us confusingly and permanently out of reach.

Earlier in February I had noticed that in order to counter the volume of my appearances in the search engines, Tierra Maria Estates were posting more and more little bits and pieces - advertising write ups - links to their own website.
Following a trail from one of these I discovered a website called Filipina Images.
It was part of a growing network of websites and blogs that were linked together for a tactical assault on the search engines - a technique called "Google Bombing."
The idea was to tip the balance for the search term Filipina, away from the dominating multitude of Mail-order bride sites, pen-pal, dating sites or worse still that were lowering the perception of the Filipina in the public eye. An extremely worthy and successful effort.

Suitably attracted by this noble activity, after a week or so of abstinence from any posting myself, I decided to write a piece for Filipina Images - hoping for some informed commentary.
The piece was accepted and published on the site - although my original title was changed - and a little editorial note was prefixed by the site author Noemi Dado.


I was really optimistic about finding some positive response to my blog at last.
I received a notification from the site that a comment had been left and upon reading it was immediately struck by a strange haunted feeling - somehow, the coincidences contained in this comment were too unreal. Further comments appeared - at first showing tinges of sympathy - but soon tapering off into opinions that assured me that the occurrences in my blog could not be true. This was where I first encountered Jepoy, but he has since been scattering his foul and bigoted insurection against my story far and wide, hiding behind various other names & aliases.
Each day - more of the same - how can so many uninvolved people arrive at the same conclusion from my words?
Part of the answer to that riddle came when I noticed that, unusually, on Noemi's site, the notification emails quoted the IP address of the comment's author. Having been keeping records of these details, a quick comparison revealed the IP address of the first comment, allegedly from Noemi, to be from the same IP address used by Sir Francis to read tracked emails we had previously sent to him. We have worked out the odds for this happening, even according to their own excuses, would be 16,065 to 1 against it happening at all - let alone that this remarkable coincidence had happened once before, in August 2007 - with a reply from one of Sir Francis's business associates.

[IMPORTANT EDIT: 1st May 2010 - I have been alerted to my false presumption due to a naivety about IP addresses in the Philippines - for which I apologise. However I have been assured that an identical match of IP addresses in this particular instance can only prove that the same network and ISP were used - and that two unique users would have to be geographically within a 5km radius of the same wireless network base station - ie - no more than 10km apart.
However - this has not proved conclusively that there was no collaboration.

We still have some coincidences to evaluate.

Noemi has stated that she has 4 ISPs - so there is the 1 in 4 chance of choice to consider.
The aims of both suspected collaborators would have been shared.
The crucial points are a suspected collaboration - not precisely how it might have occurred - and that any collaboration will be denied no matter what particular method is suggested.

There is a remote chance that Noemi would have gone ahead and published such a sensitive document without a liaison with the business concerned - the name of which she most certainly would have recognised from the linked story which she admitted reading in detail - and from the advertising article already published on one of her real estate sites - and certain personnel within that business who were already familiar to her.
She was undoubtedly in a prime position to make an initial liaison with this business, and by the tone of the comment published immediately - shared precisely the same aims as that business - in attempting to convince me that none of my suspicions could have been true - revealing a very strange motive for publishing the document in the first place.

There is the strange inconsistency in the spelling of Date In Asia - and the illogical statement, that from reading my story she could not see how the real estate business might have been implicated - when it is perfectly clear.

There is the example of another comment appearing from a duplicate IP address, although the email address for this user did not exist when I attempted to trace it.

All this surrounding a woman who, within the same month, had collaborated with the inception of and participation in an elaborate SEO campaign - with the singular aim of obscuring my story - and referring to it as a hoax.

A campaign which was to feature an hour long video interview between Noemi & the girl, during which not a single scrap of unequivocal evidence was produced, but which relied entirely and pointedly on squeezing every last drop of sympathy for the girl.
A propaganda coup d'etat.

What is the purpose of this "important edit?"

All denials of the possible significance of this IP incident have conveniently nestled behind the pure technicality which, due to my naivety, erroneously alerted me to the possibility of a collaboration.
Collaboration - which, since the events documented here, has expanded dramatically amongst the bloggers themselves - all using extended improvisations and elaborations on the original themes contained here.
So please, let us not try to deny the possibility of collaboration in general - and let us not dwell too much on any technical means by which it might be assisted.
Where there is a will - there is generally a way.

The significance of a collaboration or liaison at this first stage is much greater, much more profound than any other - and will be denied most strenuously - more so than the collaboration implicit in the ensuing self-confessed SEO campaign - during which all collaboration and incitement has still nevertheless been constantly & perversely denied. To announce collaboration in an orchestrated SEO campaign, & then to deny any collaboration - is indeed most perverse and demonstrates a very peculiar logic.

The earlier and much greater significance lies in the fact that it would appear as if all hope had been abandoned for any other methods of getting my story removed. Attempts at which had already revealed a suspicious amount of potential subterfuge and secret collaboration - from the constant but unsupported denials of the girl herself - and the mysterious visitors, communicating coincidences out of the blue.
Coincidences that seemed poised to announce yet more corroboration of innocence via information.

By resorting to a campaign of such an orchestrated and explosive nature, proclaiming the story as no more than a hoax - it would appear that the story itself - whether true or not - was an embarrassment to the real estate business implicated by it - in contradiction to the many assurances voiced that it could not possibly be true.
The business itself could not be seen to be behind the campaign, or it would appear as tantamount to an admission that there was no further depth of " innocence" to be provided from - that the store had run dry.
Analysis of the depth produced so far would also reveal it to be exceedingly shallow.

Such a private liaison would be kept a secret, at all costs.
The real motivation for such a campaign being veiled behind the moral outrage, artificially incited by the distorted perspective presented in the campaign itself.
By maintaining a marked and visible non-involvement throughout a campaign from which the business stood to gain the maximum benefit - getting their work done by proxy - the two circles of business & bloggers would remain perfectly insulated from each other.

Anyway - please read "within a 5km radius" instead of "from the same computer."

Thank you.]

Mayen had made her last webcam appearance on Valentine's day - looking stunning - wearing makeup for the first time ever - sporting a new hair style - the "curly hair" - now straightened and thinned - one can make cynical guesses as to why.
This was the second arm of the pincer movement - again, working in tandem with what had now become open hostility from the forums - it was an arm that needed to be snapped off immediately.
I changed my email address - my YM ID - there was now no way through to me - apart from the online activity.

As soon as this became evident - all manner of bloggers - Filipinos scattered around the world - who were obviously being mobilised specifically, started to join in with their own little SEO (Search Engine Optimisation) campaign to completely discredit me, calling me racist - psychotic, paranoid and a liar. Even bulletin boards and forums that are "allegedly" there to help people report scams were blocking me or joining in with the hostility. It really is one big underground network - they've got it sewn up - from all corners.
This culminated in April with the production and displaying of a video - an hour long interview with Mayen (see links to - RESPONSE TO LOVE, LIES & VIDEOTAPE, SOS & COVER UP below.)
Throughout all of this Tierra Maria Estates themselves remained absolutely silent - as usual - leaving their dirty work to be done by others.
I had unfortunately come across the lowest of the low - humanity's dregs - these people completely destroying the reputation of the Philippines, publicly, online.
I have always been insistent that this was not a racist campaign - far from it - but the minority of people who I had originally thought were involved has expanded enormously.

More and more forums and blogs were erupting like a rash of boils introducing us to a variety of unsavory commentators - and juvenile psychological tactics - employing the very same emotionally twisting, mind bending methods, so typical of scammers - and by now, so familiar too.
Still - it only went to prove the measure of disruption that our online presence was causing - the commentators are not worth mentioning individually, but I remember seeing a statement - an email from Sir Francis - published on The Queen of Hearts website & Jepoy's website - very similar in tone (except much more hostile, as it was obviously meant for my eyes only) to the Dear John letter written to John Goodwin - but it was withdrawn after only a couple of days.
So - he's eventually come out of hiding.
The original email referred to was sent by Jepoy (so Jepoy boasts on his website) - one of a pair that he sent to Sir Francis & to the hospital.
I was angry - seething with the lies this response contained - but my hands are now tied and I have had to relinquish my role as bait.
The site called Filam Forum Report that I was lured into (after I decided to get myself banned from The World of Filipinas - worth a read though - this is where I encountered a complete closing of ranks, an unbelievable wall of outright hostility, a nepotistic network of corrupt, soft brained cronies - led by SouthernDon and the likes of multi-chinned ogre, MrkGrismer - chided on, no doubt by his "beautiful" Filipina wife) set up by SouthernDon (Don Pinger - The Queen of Hearts) in an effort to continue their censored and biased attack - is now (in July) gathering dust - proving that it was set up specifically for that purpose.

[Update - as of today 22/07/08 (a few days after the previous paragraph was written) another post has appeared there - the usual overblown, hypocritical, red-necked self-righteousness - that tries to portray SouthernDon as a hero, as a saint to his dwindling army of sycophantic followers - but it proves the spies are out - and reporting back to base.]

On March 23rd 2008 Jepoy thought he would branch out on to his mate's site The Man Blog and stir up more response from there, which illicted uninformed comments from one or two of the members - including "Steel." But as predicted very few of these comments were there just by chance - following a trail through social networking what do we find?
A band called "Lose Your Beer Belly."

"We are Lose Your Beer Belly, a totally awesome blues/rock band who will blow you away. 
We are made up of :-
* Julius "Bok" Balagtas - Vocals
* Lauren Dado - Guitars
* Reginald "Perf" Perfecto - Lead Guitars
* Ade Magnaye - Bass [The blog site owner]
* Jake Manlulo - Drums
And thanks to Noemi Dado for the video."

The occidental ambition of Manila's disenchanted youth propping itself up, trying
to convince itself that it had actually "arrived."

They're all connected socially.
"So, huh, yeah - like - those are going to be unbiased comments eh, Jepoy? Gosh!"
Through social networking links it was found that 99% of all the comments were from direct connections with Jepoy. 

Subscribing under a variety of usernames, Jepoy (aka mariecruz - posing as a female lawyer) and his entourage tried a similar tactic in September 2008 - planting propaganda links to attract the swarm at a site called AskMeHelpDesk . In another member's thread discussing misgivings about a relationship with a cam-girl, there happened to be a random comment urging readers to heed my warnings, containing a link to here. Well, perhaps it was random - it appears to have been convinced of the story - but it could have been planted there just waiting for me to respond to it - which I refrained from doing. Jepoy responded to this comment with his list of links and his typical attitude .

Of course, as planned, more and more brand new members mysteriously appeared to join in the feeding frenzy in answer to Jepoy's jungle call. But when my responses started to illuminate the truth too much, their only recourse was to "report my posts as inappropriate" - resulting in the thread (that Jepoy himself had hijacked) being closed & all connected comments being removed - except the three of his own comments - the ones containing all the links to the gang's previous propaganda sites. When I reminded the administration that this appeared to be a blatantly partial act, portraying that particular website as being supportive of the dubious activity of scammers & their propaganda machine - commendably, the site administration complied with my requests to have these remaining comments removed.
Thick as thieves . . .

Now - on 11th September, in a chat - Mayen tells me that SirFrancis phoned her up, to inform her that the lawyers were ready with the libel suit. There's more baloney being served up here than in an Italian restaurant.

Here is Sir Francis's statement - posted 3rd March 2008.

Thank you. I’m glad you emailed me & I’m going to forward this email & yours to all who are just as affected as me, Mayen herself (
whom I have not been able to get in touch with since about a week after she left the hospital) people as concerned as you about the libelous blogs, people that might be in a position to right the situation & those important to me that have asked for statements.

As you very well said & realize, many have concluded without asking me or someone from Tierra Maria that we are the victims here. I myself feel so betrayed because I personally involved myself in something that did not concern me but acted like a good Samaritan by helping my pleading agent when asked by her to get a needed operation even before the promise from the accuser that he will repay me when he got here Aug. 15, 2008. I will forward to you Cumper’s 1st of many emails he sent me. You be the Judge
because the many lies Cumper made to me is not in writing. [How convenient, Sir Francis! So nobody can prove you the biggest liar of them all.]

I will leave this incident to be finally judged by the Lord who I will trust to do the justice & vindication. I must admit that I have sinned when I reacted in unchristian ways several times because of the accusations made. I want to avoid committing further sins like thinking of hiring plumbers siphon back all the dirt he has made back up to his own home ( I think house more appropriate) so he can bathe in it.

Furthermore, I am not in a financial position to hire a London based detective to find out what kind of background Cumper has nor a Lawyer to file libel charges against him. So I guess I’ll just have to follow advise of knowledgeable people who have said that the best way to handle Cumper is to keep quiet & not mind him because by doing so I will just add fire to the smoke (smoke screen of his guilt more appropriate) the unbelievable things & lies he has made.

This is my own personal statement, Tierra Maria was not consulted nor is a part of this which Cumper also tries to associate my actuations & others with. I am working for Tierra Maria purely on commission basis.

Yours truly,

Francis M. Jalbuena
Sole Marketing Agent
Tierra Maria Estates
Ofc. Tel. (+632) 820-6122 / 826-1327
Telefax (+632) 820-1720
Personal website: www.tierramaria.net

This is Cumper’s 1st email after assuring him I was in Mayen’s bedside while she was bleeding & in danger. My 30 minute conversation with Cumper was at my expense. Some of the salient points I made were;

1) You have offered Mayen a marriage & lifetime of financial security, why would anybody in her position try to scam you for a paltry amount & lose your trust.

2) Don’t expect people here to be as proficient as there in London

3) Don’t spoil Mayen with too much monetary dole outs because she belongs to the large group of not too financially well off here & people who all of a sudden gets their hands on large sums of money might find it hard to handle. Cumper had intimated to me that his plans with Mayen was to buy a condo in MM &
a farm lot in Tierra Maria. [I don't know where that 2nd idea came from!]

Cumper never came & was
unreachable for several days after he sent this email. [I was silent for 2 days only - the day of my flight and the day afterwards. I resumed contact Thursday 16th August 2007 - on Yahoo Messenger.]


[He then posted a copy of my email.]

Mon, 13 Aug 2007 06:38:55

Dear Sir Francis,
Thank you for your telephone call this morning.
You did in many ways put my mind at rest regarding this present situation.
The extent of my imagination - unsurpassed - my doubts and fears being supported by those around me here - I should only listen to my heart in this situation - despite advice to the contrary.
My heart tells me this is all about love - my mind tells me it is all about money.
I am not afraid of the truth - in fact I welcome it - but actually getting to see it in this complicated scenario is proving very difficult.
I am an honourable man - and I appreciate that my suspicions are very insulting to honourable people and that, in itself, makes discussion of my fears a challenge to everyone involved - especially Mayen - because it strikes at the very core of our trust.
But I owe it to myself not to be rash, not to be blinded by my love, not to be stupid when faced with all the alternative implications.
I am not turning away from my love for Mayen - that is complicated enough, but we were working through it - we are making plans - involving property purchases - you see how it is all a big tangle of possible extortions.
Unfortunately - these sort of rackets do go on - butI have met you all - and I do trust you - and that is where my faith is.
But confidence rackets are all about that - gaining my confidence.
It is impossible, I believe, to resolve this situation long distance.
The circumstances of my meeting Mayen the very first time - online - came completely out of the blue. My love for her was virtually instant. Way beyond my understanding.
My marriage was already threadbare - what was I to do - ignore what my heart was telling me or continue with it?
I didn't lie to Mayen - she knew all about my domestic situation - we have been open and honest from the start.
I was compelled to visit her - I could not continue with my life without doing that.
Even those circumstances fall under the spotlight of suspicion - my picture wasn't even showing on my profile when I received the first message from Mayen.
Is that the miracle I believe it to be - or is something more sinister going on here - someone waiting online to snatch up the new profiles as they appear? Luring them into- perhaps this current scenario - the Honey Pot trap - extortion by emotional means - it is too despicable to contemplate - but unfortunately, not beyond reason, not beyond the realm of possibility.
So you see, Sir Francis - I only have my faith, my heart to follow. If I listen to the voice of rationality - common sense - in this instance it tells me to be wary.
I am in a cleft stick - between a rock and a hard place, between my love for Mayen, with all our plans - and the potential for me to become embroiled in a massive deception.
I am only motivated by love - not by voracity or my pride.
My faith tells me instinctively that I can trust Mayen - and you - and I enjoy our genuine friendship and also all of Mayen's colleagues.
It is only because there is money involved that I have any suspicions at all - and for a love such as I feel for Mayen - I would willingly share everything I have.
But I will not allow my love to be abused or taken advantage of.
The answer is simple - I have to come and see for myself.
Thank you for your time - and I apologise most sincerely for all the trouble this is causing.
Kindest regards.

But of course, nothing remotely official or convincing had arrived in time for my flight - and look at all that has happened since then - they have constantly been on the back-foot - instead of offering, volunteering - they have simply been playing catch-up to my perfectly reasonable requests. Sir Francis can take the trouble to write a statement to protect his public image - but could not be bothered to communicate with me once - in all that has been going on since August 2007 - despite my numerous appeals. It needn't have gone this far - I can assure you all - but that would have meant them either proving to me - beyond any possibility of doubt - that it was all true - or confessing to the scam attempt. Neither of which have happened - and as each month has passed, a clearer picture of how they operate has been revealed.

Mayen's denial that she was any longer in communication with Sir Francis (and from his statement above - a similar denial) was crucial to try and distract me from the real reason for her continued contact with me. Pretending that it was to rescue the relationship - it is obvious that it was to rescue the reputation of the Big Business. The moment I cut off communication with her, activity from the forums increased dramatically - that was now their only way through to me - but still using the only means they had at their disposal - emotional manipulation.
If they had - at any time - material evidence to produce - ie - had the operation been true - they would have produced it long, long ago - to acheive the same result - namely, getting my incriminating blogs removed - but by a much simpler and totally honest method.
Their M.O. gives the game away.
That is their unmistakable footprint.

Click HERE for other postings related to these forums - & see other blog alongside this.

See how Cyber-Bullying tactics are being used in this saga - RIGHT NOW!
Read how one of the chief "protagonists" - BLEW IT!!!

Blogging is reputed to have been introduced to the Philippines when in 1996 a ten year old girl posted the first one online - emulating what she had seen from around the world.

This girl was Lauren Dado - daughter of Noemi.
There is now a vast community of bloggers in the Philippines - some blogging professionally, for money - and their knowledge of the Internet, SEO, html, etc. is second to none - it has caught on in a big, big way.
Reading through the results of this new addiction reveals how seduced they are by the status symbols of Bling, designer fashion and modern technology. Even just to present what is no more than advertising copy for these products seems to mysteriously bestow the illusion of status and success on the writer.
Well, they work hard (some of them) so God bless them. So many of the blogs are almost carbon copies of each other - the three main categories being Bling, Babies and food. All nicely served up on a large bed of gossip and a hero worship for anyone remotely resembling the "famous." Unchecked consumerism at it's most severe.
Many of these bloggers, blogs and forums are interlinked with each other by a variety of means.

Here is just one example of how they use their familiarity with the technology to play their games.

Being new to all this I couldn't understand how these people seemed to be aware of my movements around the Internet - until I finally caught on to the fact that a user's IP address is recorded, & can be stored by any website you visit. Of course finding statistic gathering software is easy once you know what to look for, so I installed it myself in my various blogs.
Fantastic, I thought - now having the ability to track the IP address of visitors, length of stay, the URL that they have arrived from, what pages they read, what they click on to leave, browser type, operating system - a whole wealth of information.
But of course it can be used the other way round.

Let me explain - all of their psychological taunts, insults, digs at my personal life would amount to nothing - if I were never to read them or see what they were doing. It's highly unlikely that I would scour the search engines looking for them, so they have to come up with a way to plant them right under my nose.
Simple - post the web-page that they want me to see - include in it a link to one of my blogs - one with the statistics software tracking the visitors. Click on the link from their new web-page a few times - which takes them to my blog. Of course I see this registered in my software as a visit - and where that visitor came from - it looks interesting - so I investigate by visiting the source URL by clicking the link in my statistics list. Hey presto - I'm taken straight to their new insult or propaganda full of lies. Of course, the link to my blog is removed as soon as its served its purpose of baiting me in. After all, a link to a professional blogger is like gold dust - and these people are in no mood to be generous to me in any way.

Yes - rather fun that photo, but the curious thing is - Reyna Elena was trying to insult me by calling me gay - which is strange, considering that he is bakla, himself - I found it amusing - I work with gay men a great deal in the Theatre and they're generally really pleasant people - there is no stigma attached to it as far as I am concerned. But obviously - Reyna Elena is still suffering from the effects of homophobia - not a content person at all - insulting himself in that way. There have been far nastier photographs I assure you, my severed head in a toilet bowl, my face photo-shopped onto various animals - pigs, monkeys - me in a straight jacket, me with my trousers down, wearing the baggiest of underpants - holding up a sign saying "I am stupid" - quite inventive - it must have taken someone quite a while to do. I have since discovered that it is merely a copy of a photo that was posed by a Nigerian scammer who was being "baited" - one of the taunting conditions he had to comply with in his efforts to get some money.

Here is an example of an obvious attempt at inflaming racial hatred, in a desperate effort to rally others around a distorted and false flag. This is direct from Reyna Elena - my comments in brackets. They seem incapable of admitting for one moment that what I am saying is true, even to the extent that they do not believe my wife knows anything about any of this. Perhaps truth is an alien concept to them.

"Taking cue from the Pinay Scandal, the second SEO campaign I did was to equalize the internet bombardment of this notorious hoax producer, [have you got the slightest piece of evidence to support your theory that it is a hoax? Why would I go to all this trouble for a hoax?] scam inventor and Filipino hater [there, a direct accusation of racism - which is simply not true. I have stressed time and time again that this is all directed purely at the criminals and their supporters - but they are desperate, clutching at straws - because they know that they cannot produce even the smallest piece of material evidence. Besides, remember, most of these people were not even in the Philippines at the time.] Tim Curper of UK a.k.a. Ellumbra. How successful was our SEO campaign? Let’s start by saying that even before I even thought about putting an internet fight with this very sad and lonely single and grumpy old man, he has opened blogs after blogs of everything and anything against the Tierra Maria Estates, the Philippines, the Filipinos and reyna elena readers. [Another attempt at a racist slur - do not believe this evil man.]
After the 1st campaign that we did, the real story, the truth and nothing but the truth about the scam [Yeah, yeah, yeah - go on then - show me how you can possibly know the truth?] that never happened, the hoax that Tim Curper created in his schizophrenic minds is finally out there. [See where they are going?]

One of these days, we will uncover who you are, your wife and where you live and they will all find out what you are doing against the Filipinos. [This man is very deaf - and very stupid - he is still insisting that it is racist.] This is a very small world after all." [Does that sound like a threat? Uncover who I am - I'm not even hiding - nothing to fear - I am simply telling it, as it is - and people are observing.]

Oh dear - so the biggest threat they think they can wield is to find out where I live and inform my wife of what's been going on, behind her back, so they think. Like the twitching of a phantom limb, long since amputated, it seems impossible for them to see beyond their habitual methods of operation - ie - blackmail. This idea is completely redundant as my wife knows absolutely everything - but it shows how readily they will stoop.
Well, they're quite welcome to that challenge - she'd see them off extremely efficiently - and thinks they're all idiots. But then she says that about me as well.
What's it all coming to - so far away from the original plan?
Still - I've had my fun in return.

Not surprisingly - with the tradition of kinship and their natural propensity for chikka - idle gossip - coupled with the technology of the Internet - stories spread like a bush fire - out of control.
Infected by the original lies - & I suspect by a great amount of influence and persuasion - there is now a rash, of epidemic proportions - of blogs and forum comments. One of the early appearances (hastily removed) was a website run by a certain Filipina Doctor living in Norwich UK - who I have since discovered makes regular broadcasts from the local BBC radio station - often with some of the other members of this gang of bloggers as her guests - including Reyna Elena. They're all as thick as thieves.
I sent her an email while she was on the air one Saturday afternoon and a live message via the studio's own Instant Messenger, requesting that we talk - no reply.
There is even posted up on Noemi's personal website a video interview that Noemi recorded with Mayen - all denouncing my story as a hoax - after all - what else can they do?
But you will notice a complete absence of anything new - no evidence to support their innocence, or to lend credibility to their version of events - nothing, other than what has already been presented, last August - in such a suspicious way - and generally a totally defensive attitude. What could they possibly produce now - that couldn't have been produced in August?
Who would believe it now, anyway?
But does that stop them from trying?
Read on to find out.

A culture clash - what for them is a small, insignificant, every-day event - scamming - that they take for granted - is viewed completely differently in our culture - as a serious abuse.
Maybe they might even think it unjust, that they are caused to suffer like this, by way of retribution.
But the Internet is bringing all these diverse worlds and cultures together - and as the tides meet and intermix - some dangerous whirlpools and undertows are created.
Unfortunately - scamming - the sex tourism industry - puts money onto their streets - and brings money into their shops - it is part of the net of racketeering and organised crime that catches for the country an estimated 10% - 20% of it's gross domestic product. Apathy, corruption & cronyism - in conjunction with some of the country's laws, or lack of laws, seems to guarantee that this income is secure.
But - scammers - beware.
The tide is turning - fast.

A large proportion of the bloggers that I have encountered in this episode have been OFWs, or those whose business or social environment requires them to adopt a certain stance when dealing with "foreigners."
From my communication on other sites I can tell when for some reason or another, a stream abruptly stops. This has happened when in my explorations online I have left comments, being involved in several social blogging networks myself now. Replies to comments and shouts have either abruptly stopped or a stream of communication has never been established at all. Considering the importance of continued communication in developing a blogger's network, I can only presume that my story has met with, in these instances, an attitude of defensiveness.
This is totally understandable.
I know that this defensive bravura is a direct result of the unfortunate, but common complex of inferiority, that seems to reside in the national psyche of the Philippines.
History has been cruel to this beautiful country, to this endearing people, it has left all manner of scars and psychological wounds at a national level, which compound themselves by the way in which the nation is sometimes perceived.
In a brave attempt to protect themselves from further injuries to their national pride, defensiveness appears.
But it is rather short-sighted to destroy any genuine reasons for pride in the same process as trying to defend them, which is precisely what they have been doing by refusing to systematically look at this particular issue with honesty, impartiality and objectivity.
In my experience, apart from one isolated thread, this defensiveness has been completely disconnected from any concern with the truth.

At its most innocent it is purely a knee-jerk protective mechanism, most common amongst those already equipped with an established approach - an attitude adopted habitually when dealing with foreigners and any disparaging remarks made about their beloved country.
A great many of these are OFWs and this accounts for the vociferous and energetic displays of defensive propaganda encountered from these quarters.
They are practiced at this sort of denial - distanced far enough from their homeland to convincingly voice a loyalty, tinged no doubt with a strong bias of nostalgia.
Contrasting with the mute response from people still living in the Philippines, too close to the embarrassing truth of the matter, not so practiced at the art of flag waving, they choose to remove themselves from inclusion in any discussions.
They cannot muster up adequate self deceit to pretend and choose not to attempt a fresh, impartial rationality - so they simply disappear, perhaps in shame or fear, but certainly in silence.

But at its most sinister, this is an organised, purposeful deception. I know for a fact that emails have been distributed amongst this network - resulting, from early July, in massive spikes in readership of my blog.

Quite what the purpose of this is - I have no idea at all - maybe some kind of distraction?
It coincided with the time that the Medical Centre Paranaque's website disappeared online - the domain name was waiting to be renewed.
Virtually all visitors arriving during these spikes came either from a link contained in an email, or from almost concealed links in postings set up specifically by some of them (Chuvaness et al.)

[UPDATE - I have since discovered that the above spikes were generated from an entirely different website - owned by Cecile Van Straten - who also uses the pseudonym Chuvaness.
She owns a restaurant called Pepper's Lunch - where Noemi Dado and family have dined, and were introduced to Cecile Van Straten.
I have sent a message of apology for this confusion to Cecile Van Straten - but it was bounced back - undelivered.
The spikes originated from a small, but negative article she had written about this story.]

Here is the other Chuvaness (Marlin Ada) posing with Reyna Elena - obviously best buddies.

So often I have come across various attempts at defining the national characteristics of the Filipino.
Almost all of them includes a concept - "Hiya" - their loathing of feeling shame or loss of face.
In the circumstances I have encountered - this also helps to explain the constant denial - unfortunately, it seems, the fearful shame of being exposed as a liar - is greater than the shame of actually telling lies, or attempting a devious emotional scam.

A paragraph in Margaret Davis book "For The Love of My Son" illustrates this perfectly.
She is saying her last farewell to her son at the funeral parlour - with her is his Filipina wife, Evelyn, who is later convicted of planning her son Stephen's murder.
Margaret has her suspicions already . . .

QUOTE - Steven was laid on a bare metal trolley, feet facing the oven. He was still wearing the same suit he was dressed in when we saw him last. I undid the laces on one of his shoes and motioned to Evelyn to do the same. Shaking off my fear, I cupped his head in my hands, and kissed his dear cold face goodbye . . .
. . . then I reached out for Evelyn - she was pale, and crying for the first time. She is only small, is Evelyn, and - my heart bursting with grief, rage and something close to insanity - I pushed her forward onto Steven's body, forcing her arms around him and pinning her there with my own body, I could feel the strength leaving her, and I was suddenly afraid she would faint.
"Swear to me you had nothing to do with this," I whispered.
"I swear, Ma'am, I swear on my kids' life and my mother's life. I love Stayban, I love my husband, I am so sad, Ma'am."
With that she sank to the floor, sobbing. I felt a pang of pity for this ignorant girl. How I wished I could see into her heart. What was the real truth? Was she still dissembling, even here - in front of her dead husband? I desperately wanted to believe she was innocent. - UNQUOTE

Another masterpiece for international relationships.
Perhaps Response to Love, Lies & Videotape from April (be sure to watch the video first) will give you an idea of the absurdity that is currently taking place online.
If I were an honest and impartial interviewer, determined to get to the truth, I would want to ensure that I was doing the correct thing, ethically - I would check my facts. Considering that the most conclusive proof in all of this, surrounded as it has been by fake this, suspicious that - considering that here I have the girl involved in the centre of events - I would discretely & privately insist on seeing the scar that she alleges to have from the operation, before commencing the interview - simply to consolidate and reinforce my knowledge that I was doing the right thing.
Curiously and worryingly - this never happens - Noemi never once refers to seeing the scar for herself - again such an obvious thing to do.

I cannot understand why my possession of the video of the fake scar has been so pointedly questioned by the scammers - after all - I had already posted an edited minute's worth of it all over the Internet - it surely stands to reason that I have the important sections also?
The video footage I had in total contained enough information for us to draw a further confession from Mayen about her lies - there was enough detail to identify that it was exactly the same cafe in Manila as the footage allegedly from Sogod - so maybe you question why I did not reveal the whole video - damning as it is?
I can understand why they wanted to see it so urgently - but any attempt to coerce the video out of my hands was always going to be futile - because had I shown it to them, the scar so obviously a fake - despite the fact that I was often willing to forgive anything, in the early days - my continuation would have certainly been questioned - and my usefulness in drawing any further information would have ceased.
But more importantly - it would have given them something to copy - to produce fake photographs - something that is certainly not beyond them - as you will see.

Another post from later on in April . . . COVER UP.

Then I gave them the bottom line - which helped clarify things for me . . . QUESTIONS.

By early May - I was losing the battle online - their little SEO campaign started to push me off page one of google.
But now it's July - I'm still there - I can still be found - still getting an occasional dribble of half hearted attempts to "psyche me out" - looking for chinks in my armour.

One thing is clear - all the energy and activity from everyone who was not involved directly in the original events of last August - brings the silence of those parties who were involved - and have been publicly named as such - into extreme relief, high contrast.
It is strange - such a hive of activity on one side - and absolutely zero on the other.
It's almost as if - well - speculation for another day, perhaps.

I have to admit that the UK agencies whom I contacted early on in this saga - were right all along - as their advice to me was, quite simply - "The moment money is involved - it's a scam."
But I thank them for their support and their encouragement and for their involvement of other UK authorities.

Because my heart was involved, I set off on the trail of proof and chose not to listen to them - my goodness, just look at what has happened since. Remember it is all one thing or the other - there are no "in betweens" or half measures - I am convinced that the evidence, the trend that has been revealed, points conclusively in one direction only.

If you missed the link from the title page - here is how, two years exactly from the date of the phone calls from "the hospital" - conclusive proof finally arrived.

As of this date (10th August 2010 - the SEO campaign of hatred is still being continued - read here.)

Love is not exclusive,
Love dwells within,
Love does not only answer to one name,
Love is who we are and want to be
And seeps like the air we breath
Between all the cracks and crevices
Of our days,
Our worlds,
For we each have a world
Of our own
With a population of one.
There are as many images of God
As there are different worlds,
But there is always
And there can only ever be
One truth.
Sometimes we cry out
To be shown that truth,
But it can only come to us
In our own way,
A way our world will recognise.
Sometimes it is a whisper,
Sometimes a scream,
Often just a silent knowing
Suddenly filling
That aching void,
The calm and peace
Of truth restored.
Longing is not the same as love,
Longing is a bridge
That true love must cross.
To meet at the centre,
Each leaving the safety
Of their own world
To risk that journey.
One does not lure another
Over to the opposite side.

Click the flags to read about all the alarm bells.


Tim Cumperhttp://www.bebo.com/Ellumbra

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