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June 28, 2003

ATTY. RICKSON L. CHIONG 
Regional Director 
NBI-CAR 
Upper Session Rd., Baguio City 

Dear Dir. Chiong:

With all due respect, the undersigned in a joint and collaborative effort, request your office to conduct a raid and apprehension on one identified and confirmed dog slaughterhouse (details on location of slaughterhouse, affidavit executed by our member to be provided for during planning/coordination meeting) in violation of RA 8485 otherwise known as the Animal Welfare Act.

Thank you and hope that you can give this request your urgent and valued attention.

 

Respectfully yours,
(sgd) Freddie J. Farres 
LINIS GOBYERNO
Executive Director 
  
 Noted by: 
(sgd) Bing Dawang 
Editor (The Junction Newspaper) 
 
 

 

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July 11, 2003

ATTY. RICKSON L. CHIONG 
Regional Director 
National Bureau of Investigation 
Cordillera Administrative Region 
Upper Session Road 
Baguio City
 
 
 
 
Subject: Attempted apprehension of identified illegal dog slaughterhouse located at Dog Street , Camp 6, Tuba, Benguet. 

Dear Dir. Chiong:

With all due respect, allow me in all candidness, to share my views on the unsuccessful raid on an identified dog slaughterhouse as initiated by the undersigned in our letter request to your office dated June 28, 2003 (received by your office June 30, 2003).

As early as May 27, 2002, the subject dog slaughter house has already been identified and confirmed by our group to be an illegal dog slaughterhouse, see attached Affidavit of LG Anti Graft Researcher Odell Aquino dated May 27, 2002. Aside from this, on several occasions last year and early this year some of our members have confirmed the on-going operation of the subject slaughterhouse that has been in existence (according to other sources and research) since 1999. On October 21, 2002, Task Force Jericho conducted a raid on the subject slaughterhouse, leading to the arrest of a certain Johnny Dogao and recovery of 73 live dogs. Right after the raid, they were back to their dog meat trade.

When I approached you for your assistance on June 25, 2003 for the implementation of the Animal Welfare Act ( RA 8485) for the conduct of a raid on the subject slaughter house, I was encouraged, since you shared with me information that on a recent meeting of yours in Baguio City with a member of the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) you were asked for feedback on developments on the dog trade, to which you mentioned that your office could not give any feedback to the FBI as your office is not yet involved in the implementation of the Animal Welfare Act. Nevertheless, you assured me that your office is very much willing to assist in the implementation of the said Act.

Due to this, as you were out of town for the duration of June 30, 2003 to July 6, 2003, as per your instructions that I coordinate our request with your Executive Officer Attorney Lingon who in turn informed me that our request for assistance was assigned to attorney Oscar Mananig, who unfortunately was then on sick leave.

In one instance during a dialogue with attorney Lingon he lamented to me a particular problem faced by your office which is the lack of manpower for this particular operation for which Attorney Lingon suggested that I might instead want to refer and/or direct our request for assistance to the Baguio City Philippine National Police (PNP). At that point I told Attorney Lingon (as I also explained to you and Attorney Mananig recently) that the main reason I chose to tap your office is for reasons of confidentiality (mainly on pre-operational info), and thus I have more trust and confidence in the NBI. After all it is a fact that most if not all agents of the NBI are either lawyers and/or accountants and therefore, breach of confidentiality of information would not be pre-empted that could compromise the success of the operation.

Two days ago, on July 9, 2003 prior to finalizing the intended raid on the slaughterhouse, I suggested to Atty. Mananig that we instead pass by the site for a look and see of the area. In the afternoon of June 9, 2003 the undersigned together with Agent Mananig and another unidentified NBI Agent (presumably) and our witness/poseur buyer, Nestor Castro, proceeded to the area for a look and see.

In the afternoon of June 10, 2003, I provided Agent Mananig a copy of the Affidavit of the witness/poseur-buyer.

This morning, during the intended operation, I was surprised to learn from our witness/poseur-buyer that upon his arrival at the slaughterhouse, he was informed by an elderly woman that the slaughterhouse has already closed down. Upon further ocular inspection of our witness he noticed that the slaughterhouse was already squeaky clean, that even the huge dog cages were no longer around.

In view of this, let me pose the following comments to you:

•  It is certain that the slaughterhouse was forewarned that an impending raid will be conducted on them. It is obvious, for they did not just simply run out of stocks, but as claimed they have already shut down. I find this unrealistic more so to be unbelievable. You tell me Dir. Chiong in all the law enforcement years of experience you have had, what is the probability and/or likelihood that a MAJOR slaughterhouse that has been in existence for the past four years will right before our intended raid decide to close down and pull out all implements and/or paraphernalia being used for slaughter?

•  As of June 9, 2003 only six people knew of the location of the slaughterhouse to be raided, the following are:

  1. The undersigned
  2. Bing Dawang- Editor of the Junction Newspaper and Linis Gobyerno Director
  3. Nestor Castro- witness/poseur-buyer (who is entitled to a certain fee once the raid and apprehension turns out to be successful)
  4. Atty. Thomas Tayengco- who notarized the affidavit dated June 30, 2003 and made an entry in his notarial books, but whom I have not yet given a copy for his file as I still had to provide him a photocopy.
  5. Atty. Mananig and companion who knew of the exact location as of July 9, 2003.

In hindsight, given the individuals I mentioned, I am ready to believe the leak on the location to be raided came from your office. I am inclined to believe that Agent Mananig may have trustingly/albeit inadvertently shared the information on the location with some members of the raiding team, and given that we are going against a 50- year old practice, I would understand if some of the members of the raiding team do not share our cause and/or think otherwise as to the implementation of the Animal Welfare Act.

I have no doubts on the elements of confidentiality observed by Agent Mananig. It is my opinion based on common sense that as in charge, should this operation bungle up (as in this case the operation was pre-empted) this could reflect negatively on his ability and/or competence, something I am sure he would not welcome.

At any rate, as this is now water under the bridge and certainly not even the best investigators in the world can determine where the leak came from, I would like to reiterate our request that Agent Mananig continue to be assigned to handle our request for assistance for the implementation of the Animal Welfare Act, and let me just state that my trust and confidence in the NBI-CAR has not diminished and/or eroded in any manner whatsoever.

Furthermore, herewith I am attaching a photocopy of a sample of a Petition (one of several) that is presently going around the circles of the animal welfare community and animal lovers worldwide. To date, this particular Petition has already gathered close to seventy thousand (70,000) signatories as of last count. I am sure that once you read the attached petition you will realize that although the implementation of the Animal Welfare Act may appear to be a small thing in this country, however, our taking for granted the implementation of this law may have other dire consequences for our countrymen and country in general, as whether we like it or not we are a part of the global community. Should you need more info on the subject you can log on to our website at www.linisgobyerno.org/animal welfare.htm .

Thank you.

 

Respectfully yours,

(sgd) Freddie J. Farres 
LINIS GOBYERNO
Executive Director 

      
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June 30, 2003

HON. TOMAS A. TOLETE
Presiding Judge  
Municipal Circuit Trial Court of Tuba-Sablan    
Tuba, Benguet 

Dear Hon. Tolete:

With all due respect, herewith attached are back issues of The Junction Regional Newspaper on the illegal dog meat trade in Baguio and Benguet.

  1. Junction Paper issue of June 22,2003 (see headline/front page story and FASTRACK column at page 10)
  2. Junction Paper issue of May 30, 2003 (see front page photo, story at page 6, story at page 2, editorial at page 4, FASTRACK column at page 5).
  3. Junction Newspaper issue of June 7, 2003 (see LG Komentaryo at page 10 and FASTRACK column at p. 4)
  4. Junction Newspaper issue of June 14, 2003 (see Dog Hero Nominated for US award at page 12).

For additional information on the illegal dog meat trade you can also log on to www.linisgobyerno.org/animal welfare.htm . In as much as seeing to the strict implementation of RA 8485 otherwise known as The Animal Welfare Act is among the collaborative efforts and concerns of Linis Gobyerno and The Junction Newspaper, we likewise look forward to the support of the Honorable Court more so in terms of application of the full extent of the law on violators of RA 8485.

 

Respectfully yours,

(sgd) Freddie J. Farres 
LINIS GOBYERNO 
Executive Director 
  

Noted by:

(sgd) Bing Dawang 
Editor (The Junction Newspaper) 
 
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July 3, 2003

DR. ANATALIA CASTRENCE
Dean College of Veterinary Medicine
Benguet State University
La Trinidad , Benguet

Dear Dr. Castrence:

We write you to seek your assistance in support to the implementation of the Animal welfare Act (RA8485) which is among the ongoing efforts of Linis Gobyerno (special project) more particularly in our intent to put a stop to the illegal dog meat trade in Baguio and the Cordilleras .

Herewith attached are the following photocopies of related articles published at the Junction Newspaper. For additional information, you can also log on to www.linisgobyerno.org./animal welfare.htm .

In view of this, we are in need of volunteer veterinary medical students and/or practitioners who can assist in the administration of anti-rabies shots, conduct medical check-up and related services on recovered dogs.

 

Thank you,

(sgd) Freddie J. Farres 
LINIS GOBYERNO 
Executive Director 
 
 
 
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August 12, 2003

HON. AGAPITO LAOAGAN
Presiding Judge 
Municipal Trial Court 
La Trinidad , Benguet 

Dear Judge Laoagan:

Based on our research, it appears that eight (8) cases on the violation of the Animal Welfare Act (RA 8485) have been tried at your sala. The respondents of four (4) of these cases have pleaded guilty (available records show that they were meted the minimum penalty range of a fine of Php1,000.00 up to Php2,000.00, except for the latest judgement rendered on July 1, 2003 for Criminal Case Number R-5109 wherein both accused despite their plea of guilty were sentenced to 6 months imprisonment). Two (2) of these cases were dismissed (and in other one, the case against 2 of the 3 respondents were dismissed). At present one (1) case is still pending.

Without wanting to question the wisdom of the honorable Court in the seemingly very light and/or slap on the wrist penalties imposed on offenders of RA 8485 all involved in the illegal dog meat trade, nevertheless I would like to inform and enlighten the Honorable Court on the global effects more particularly on the economic aspects of the seeming continued tolerance of concerned authorities in the illegal dog meat trade. Please refer to attached FASTRACK column dated July 12, 2003 entitled “Dog eating is it worth it?”

Further, please be informed of additional information on the Illegal Dog Meat Trade in Baguio and Benguet, herewith attached are the following photocopies on issues of The Junction Regional Newspaper.

  1. The Junction Newspaper issue of June 22,2002 (see headline/front page/story/editorial and FASTRACK column at page 10)
  2. The Junction Newspaper issue of May 30, 2003 (see front page photo, story at page 6, story at page 2, Editorial page 4, FASTRACK column at page 5).
  3. The Junction News Paper Issue of June 7, 2003 (see LG Komentaryo at page 10 and FASTRACK Column at page 4)
  4. The Junction News Paper issue of July 14, 2003 (see Dog Hero Nominated for US Award at page 12 )
  5. The Junction Newspaper issue of July 12, 2003 Headline Story “ Baguio Dog (Askal) Won US Animal Award"; “ The Dog Meat Trade in Baguio City and Cordilleras 1st part)”, FASTRACK column
  6. The Junction Newspaper, issue of July 19,2003, “The Dog Meat Trade in Baguio City and Cordilleras (2nd part)”,

For additional information on the illegal dog meat trade you can also on log on to www.linisgobyerno.org/animal welfare.htm . In as much as seeing to the strict implementation of RA 8485 otherwise known as the Animal Welfare Act is among the collaborative efforts and concerns of Linis Gobyerno and The Junction Newspaper, we likewise look forward to the support of the Honorable Court more so in terms of application of the full extent of the law on violators of RA 8485 more particularly those dealing in the illegal dog meat trade, as what you did in your latest judgement for Case No. R-5109.

Thank you.

 
 
Respectfully yours, 
(sgd) Freddie J. Farres 
LINIS GOBYERNO
Executive Director 
  
Noted by: 
(sgd) Bing Dawang 
Editor (The Junction Newspaper) 
Cc: Concerned animal rights groups (local and international) 
 
 
 
 
 
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"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated."

-Mahatma Gandhi