Sunday, May 8, 2011


Into the midst of the silence the priest's voice broke sad and deliberate, but consoling: "God will forgive you, Señor--Simoun, " he said. "He knows that we are fallible, He has seen that you have suffered, and in ordaining that the chastisement for your faults should come as death from the very ones you have instigated to crime, we can see His infinite mercy. He has frustrated your plans one by one, the best conceived, first by the death of Maria Clara, then by a lack of preparation, then in some mysterious way. Let us bow to His will and render Him thanks!"

"According to you, then," feebly responded the sick man, "His will is that these islands--"

"Should continue in the condition in which they suffer?" finished the priest, seeing that the other hesitated. "I don't know, sir, I can't read the thought of the Inscrutable. I know that He has not abandoned those peoples who in their supreme moments have trusted in Him and made Him the Judge of their cause, I know that His arm has never failed when, justice long trampled upon and every recourse gone, the oppressed have taken up the sword to fight for home and wife and children, for their inalienable rights, which, as the German poet says, shine ever there above, unextinguished and inextinguishable, like the eternal stars themselves. No, God is justice, He cannot abandon His cause, the cause of liberty, without which no justice is possible."

"Why then has He denied me His aid?" asked the sick man in a voice charged with bitter complaint.

"Because you chose means that He could not sanction," was the severe reply. "The glory of saving a country is not for him who has contributed to its ruin. You have believed that what crime and iniquity have defiled and deformed, another crime and another iniquity can purify and redeem. Wrong! Hate never produces anything but monsters and crime criminals! Love alone realizes wonderful works, virtue alone can save! No, if our country has ever to be free, it will not be through vice and crime, it will not be so by corrupting its sons, deceiving some and bribing others, no! Redemption presupposes virtue, virtue sacrifice, and sacrifice love!"

"Well, I accept your explanation, " rejoined the sick man, after a pause. "I have been mistaken, but, because I have been mistaken, will that God deny liberty to a people and yet save many who are much worse criminals than I am? What is my mistake compared to the crimes of our rulers? Why has that God to give more heed to my iniquity than to the cries of so many innocents? Why has He not stricken me down and then made the people triumph? Why does He let so many worthy and just ones suffer and look complacently upon their tortures?"

"The just and the worthy must suffer in order that their ideas may be known and extended! You must shake or shatter the vase to spread its perfume, you must smite the rock to get the spark! There is something providential in the persecutions of tyrants, Señor Simoun!"

"I knew it," murmured the sick man, "and therefore I encouraged the tyranny."

"Yes, my friend, but more corrupt influences than anything else were spread. You fostered the social rottenness without sowing an idea. From this fermentation of vices loathing alone could spring, and if anything were born overnight it would be at best a mushroom, for mushrooms only can spring spontaneously from filth. True it is that the vices of the government are fatal to it, they cause its death, but they kill also the society in whose bosom they are developed. An immoral government presupposes a demoralized people, a conscienceless administration, greedy and servile citizens in the settled parts, outlaws and brigands in the mountains. Like master, like slave! Like government, like country!"

A brief pause ensued, broken at length by the sick man's voice. "Then, what can be done?"

"Suffer and work!"

"Suffer--work!" echoed the sick man bitterly. "Ah, it's easy to say that, when you are not suffering, when the work is rewarded. If your God demands such great sacrifices from man, man who can scarcely count upon the present and doubts the future, if you had seen what I have, the miserable, the wretched, suffering unspeakable tortures for crimes they have not committed, murdered to cover up the faults and incapacity of others, poor fathers of families torn from their homes to work to no purpose upon highways that are destroyed each day and seem only to serve for sinking families into want. Ah, to suffer, to work, is the will of God! Convince them that their murder is their salvation, that their work is the prosperity of the home! To suffer, to work! What God is that?"

"A very just God, Señor Simoun," replied the priest. "A God who chastises our lack of faith, our vices, the little esteem in which we hold dignity and the civic virtues. We tolerate vice, we make ourselves its accomplices, at times we applaud it, and it is just, very just that we suffer the consequences, that our children suffer them. It is the God of liberty, Señor Simoun, who obliges us to love it, by making the yoke heavy for us--a God of mercy, of equity, who while He chastises us, betters us and only grants prosperity to him who has merited it through his efforts. The school of suffering tempers, the arena of combat strengthens the soul.

"I do not mean to say that our liberty will be secured at the sword's point, for the sword plays but little part in modern affairs, but that we must secure it by making ourselves worthy of it, by exalting the intelligence and the dignity of the individual, by loving justice, right, and greatness, even to the extent of dying for them,--and when a people reaches that height God will provide a weapon, the idols will be shattered, the tyranny will crumble like a house of cards and liberty will shine out like the first dawn.

"Our ills we owe to ourselves alone, so let us blame no one. If Spain should see that we were less complaisant with tyranny and more disposed to struggle and suffer for our rights, Spain would be the first to grant us liberty, because when the fruit of the womb reaches maturity woe unto the mother who would stifle it! So, while the Filipino people has not sufficient energy to proclaim, with head erect and bosom bared, its rights to social life, and to guarantee it with its sacrifices, with its own blood; while we see our countrymen in private life ashamed within themselves, hear the voice of conscience roar in rebellion and protest, yet in public life keep silence or even echo the words of him who abuses them in order to mock the abused; while we see them wrap themselves up in their egotism and with a forced smile praise the most iniquitous actions, begging with their eyes a portion of the booty--why grant them liberty? With Spain or without Spain they would always be the same, and perhaps worse! Why independence, if the slaves of today will be the tyrants of tomorrow? And that they will be such is not to be doubted, for he who submits to tyranny loves it.

"Señor Simoun, when our people is unprepared, when it enters the fight through fraud and force, without a clear understanding of what it is doing, the wisest attempts will fail, and better that they do fail, since why commit the wife to the husband if he does not sufficiently love her, if he is not ready to die for her?"

Excerpts from El Filibusterismo, by Dr. Jose Rizal

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Sir Michel Poitevin, KOR Deputy Commander of Dimasalang île de France Chapter

Ladies and gentlemen,

It is a very emotional moment for me, and a great honour to receive this fourth degree of knighthood, Knight Grand Officer of Rizal, KGOR. To my knowledge, I am the first Frenchman to be conferred this degree. I hope that I shall not be the only one.

I know that my exaltation does not please everyone. There are many who would also like to have the rank of KGOR. But I must inform you, that my elevation to the fourth degree of knighthood comes with the election of a new Supreme Commander and a new Supreme Council, who together have militated for very strict qualifications for this rank.

It is therefore not just a question of simply organizing a chapter or donating money or being a member of several associations. It is an accumulation of works and services to the community and it is expression of Rizalian values in one's life and dealing with others.

Nor is it the influence of any one single person. Nine members of Supreme Council voted unanimously and nine members of Council of Elders also voted unanimously. Never have I asked for any advantages or any awards, but always for others. I must also say, and very honestly so, I would never have deserved this honour without the support of our own Knights.

Now, on this special occasion, I would like to share with you my personal reflections. In France, the Order of the Knights de Rizal is often confused with the numerous other Philippine associations. Some of our own former Officers and Knights have led to this confusion by not appreciating the specific distinction of the Order of the Knights of Rizal, that it is not just another association like all the rest. These persons took advantage of their position within our Order to commit errors, some even criminal, and break away from the ideals of Rizal. The reputation of our Order was sullied and lost its respect.

Within the Dimasalang île de France Chapter, the Knights tried extra hard to be rigorous, firm and determined in their actions and in the application of the statutes. Paris Chapter has done the same. By doing so, they both have restored dignity to our Order.

The Knights of Rizal is not at all like any other association. The Order of the Knights of Rizal is a civic and patriotic Order and its statutes are enshrined in Republic Act 646.

To become a member is like receiving a distinction of honour. We should not disgrace this honour. I consider the Order of the Knights of Rizal like the French Orders, like the Legion of Honour or the National Order of Merit, though with the added philosophical perspective of Rizal.

It is therefore an honour and a privilege to be a member of the Order of the Knights of Rizal. And we should work hard to deserve membership in this prestigious Order, by our acts, by our example, by our irreproachable behaviour. The value of our own example is the greatest thing we can legate to our children, as José Rizal did during his short life.

He showed us the example to follow and he set out for us an ideal. Let us therefore show ourselves worthy. Let us avoid becoming pale copies, fake imitations, counterfeit Knights.

Let us not be satisfied with mediocrity. Neither should we confuse our roles by slipping into ‘ambiguous identities.’ Even if we organise cultural manifestations, and we appreciate Philippine culture and history, we are not a cultural association. And we should distinguish ourselves from them. There are hundreds of thousands of these associations, in the Philippines and in France. Nor are we a humanitarian association, even if we have the moral obligation to participate actively to improve the situation of those hit by disaster or catastrophe. We have an ideal to hand down, and it is not just any kind of ideal.

Finally, I shall want to thank for the bottom of my heart, the persons who are dear to my heart, some are here present, the others have only visited France, others are far off.

Sir Virgilio Esguerra, KGCR, former Supreme Commander, now Member of the Council of Elders and recently bestowed the Pro Patria award. He agreed to write the foreword of my book on José Rizal in French and thus he has been a strong pillar and defence of our ideals.

Sir Pablo Trillana III, KGCR, our present Supreme Commander, who through this conferral shows his trust in me. And he agreed also to write the foreword of my book on José Rizal in its English version.

Sir Choy Arnaldo, KGOR, Supreme Archivist, but also co-founder member of the Dimasalang île de France Chapter and former Deputy Area Commander of France. He is my very close friend. I discovered a man profoundly kind, thoughtful, generous, helpful and with a great culture. Thanks to you, Choy, for your friendship.

I cannot fail to bring to mind those whom I call the 3 Belgian musketeers, but as you know, the 3 musketeers of Alexandre Dumas, the writer, were actually 4 :

Sir Tony Guansing, KGOR, Regional Commander Europe.

Sir Lino Paras, KGOR, Council of Advisers Europe and former Regional Commander

Sir Rudy Nollas, KGOR, Area Commander of Belgium and Special Assistant of Regional Commander Europe

Sir Bhoy Alcoba, KGOR, Council of Advisers Europe

All four are my friends. They took the defence of Dimasalang île de France Chapter each time we were in need. I discovered in them good and generous men and also a true brotherhood.

Doctor Esteban Magannon, cultural Anthropologist, our Filipino—oh excuse me, he is not Filipino, for historically, a Filipino is a Spaniard born in the Philippines, he is our Kalinga Professor in the French University of INALCO. He is my very close friend for almost 20 years and I include his wife, Boots. He was my mentor in cultural anthropology and in history on the Philippine studies. His thirst to pass on his knowledge is big and hundreds of students are indebted him. Thanks, Esteban, for all that you gave me.

Doctor Pierre Le Roux, cultural Anthropologist. Now that makes almost 20 years that we are friends. We have the same conceptions and the same thoughts on the breadth and height of things. It is what moved us closer.

Denis Guillo, called Druid Lanon, he is my friend for more than 20 years and my training officer in the Druidic Religion which is the religion of our Celtic Ancestors.

Sir Leo Mojica, KCR, co-founder and member of the Dimasalang île de France Chapter. He too became my friend. Because of the injustice inflicted upon him, in the spirit of brotherhood of our Order which José Rizal passed on to us, several Brother Knights took his defence.

Sir Catalino Oabel, KCR, also co-founder and member of the Dimasalang île de France Chapter. He also became my friend. His sense of righteousness and kindness made him also take the defence of our Brother Leo. And lot of the others but the list would be too long.

I end the thanks with my family. My Filipina wife Leilani. She gave me her love and 2 beautiful children: my daughter Anna Claire and my son Guillaume. There are also my 2 sons of my first nuptial: Jean-Marie and Frédéric and my granddaughter Eloïse.

Thanks to the members of Supreme Council for their trust. Maraming salamat pô sa inyong lahat sa inyong pagtulong sa akin.

Non Omnis Moriar!

Je ne mourrai pas tout entier !

Hindi lahat sa akin ay papanaw !

Not everything in me will die !

Thanks for your attention !

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

The shortest distance from Point A to Point B is a straight line!

All concerned,

The shortest distance from Point A to Point B is a straight line!

The KOR problem is VERY SIMPLE, twisted by lawyers to make it appear Lazir is the wrongdoer (for a transgression against the KOR manual?), in order to DEFLECT from the obviously VERY WRONG, HEAVIER violation of a Philippine Law, Republic Act 646!

Lazir talks STRAIGHT, provides culprits' names, calls a spade a spade, is very TRANSPARENT!

That is Rizalian, that is the TRUTH, that is LOGICAL, CREDIBLE, SINCERE and NOBLE! In short, Lazir has backbone and integrity!

Quiambao & Esguerra ignored valid questions, promoted the fakes, used/abused the KOR and the name of the national hero, charged Lazir with hurling unfounded "malicious accusations" which when Lazir documented, became called "HATE" mails!

That is un-Rizalian, that is TWISTING facts to fit the FALLACY/EMPTINESS of their arguments, that is ILLOGICAL, NOT CREDIBLE, INSINCERE and IGNOBLE! In short, they are "boneless" and have no INTEGRITY!

One interesting memo that qualifies to be called HATE MAIL (purportedly) came from a Sir Vidal, Manila, castigating Lazir! Lazir was surprised when he opened it! Esguerra's UNDELETED Signature Block was part of the memo, at the bottom of the page!

And Lazir is accused of writing HATE MAILS???

Lazir is happy he's getting enough ENCOURAGEment from brave Knights who are not afraid to be EXPELLED for fighting for Rizalism and Dr Jose Rizal's noble Legacy..., the very PURPOSE of KOR's existence!

Obviously, Quiambao & Esguerra would rather send their fighting dogs, than even face Lazir in an open debate! Obviously again, lawyer Quiambao (the corrupt!) and the lying Supremo (Lazir documented his lying in his letter he titled, "How to be un-Rizalian when Esguerra claimed he and the Supreme Council are for 'Non-Racism', yet Esguerra exalted proven racist Alcoba to KGOR, and Esguerra confirmed proven racist Paras to Regional Commander!) have not only lost their CREDIBILITY, but have no valid arguments left to even discuss, argue, talk to, Lazir!

Should Lazir meet just the above duo, wherever, TRANSPARENCY is lost/gone, because they won't agree with Lazir taking 2 independent-minded persons of his trust and confidence, as his witnesses!

Sir Delfin Lumberio should present his arguments with a minimum of 1,500 words, so Lazir could understand his position, if he has one.

Recommend Sir Zane also answer the 4 simply-stated questions submitted by Sir Dennis!

These exchanges of the past few days PROVE BEYOND REASONABLE DOUBT that IHQ has nothing good in mind about KOR, Rizalism, Dr Jose Rizal! Otherwise, Quiambao, Esguerra and/or Samuela would have already spoken! (Lazir has to provide these 3 names, lest Samuela again accuse Lazir of accusing the ENTIRE Supreme Council, which he does not!)

English is simple, until lawyers started providing us with many examples that orbitate around conference tables with fuzzistic beauty and joyful idiotoxicity! ...

Go Lazir, keep FIGHTING and smite the evil, the corrupt, the liar, in the KOR!

For country and people!

-nothing to fear, for Dr Jose Rizal is his hero!

P.S. - Either IHQ will AGAIN release the "Decision/s" or point to the typhoon/s in response to this...something to deviate our attention..., far from the meat of contention!

Lazir WELCOMES criticism like dessert after a healthy meal! It strenghtens his resolve as well as VALIDATES his arguments even more!

Readers, please read "between the lines" so you could then discern what type of Knights our KOR has!

Wednesday, September 30, 2009


Rainer J. Weber, KCR Schönau,
Chapter Commander Germany
Chapter Wilhelmsfeld-Heidelberg

30 September 2009

Dear Sir Zane,

I normally do not circulate my letters round the globe, but as you are doing just this and as your mail concerning Rizal Victoria/Lazir, (who was a very active and committed member of our Chapter and a better and more committed Rizalist than many of those who hold high positions and ranks in our Order and who criticize him), indirectly concerns me, too, I have to reply to you in the same way.

You are writing that the IHQ “distributed a copy of all documents” concerning the expulsion of Sir Rizal Victoria from our Order.

Sir Zane, this is absolutely wrong!

Our Chapter´s “Appeal” to revise the sentence of the Supreme Council against Rizal Victoria has not been published by the IHQ.

I wonder why this is so.

Obviously only incriminating evidence is published, but no exonerating evidence in favour of Rizal Victoria. And the Supreme Council´s reply to our appeal did not deal with our (good) arguments at all, but only gave a formal justification.

But this is not the first time that the IHQ is acting this way:

When I wrote two letters to our Supreme Commander and the Supreme Council last year, Sir Esguerra´s had his answer to my letters published worldwide by the IHQ, but not my letters. Thus nobody who read Sir Esguerra´s letter could know about what Sir Esguerra was actually replying to.

Again my question: Why is this so?

Do you think this alright and in José Rizal´s spirit?

It seems to me that it is the IHQ´s policy that the other Knights should only receive the IHQ´s biased view in order to prevent a critical analysis of the whole matter. This is not gentlemanly and has nothing to do with fair play nor with José Rizal.

All this makes it very hard to be “supportive to the Order”, at least to the Order in its present moral state.

Sir Zane, here in Europe there is a clique of selfish and incompetent people who are only greedy for attention and career. They are building a network of nepotism, corruption, intrigues, sycophancy and lies and are thus causing so much moral damage to the Order´s “reputation and integrity”.

But the worst of all is that this is not stopped by our Superiors. On the contrary, such a behaviour is “tolerated” and those people are rewarded with higher positions and ranks. The 4th European Assembly in Prague last week showed and proved this disastrous situation in a shocking way.

Sir Zane, if you knew all the details and backgrounds of the situation here in Europe and Manila, you could perhaps understand the criticism of some people and would probably revise your opinion about certain people.

All those disastrous things cause Lazir to write his fierce attacks against the people who are responsible for all this. More and more people are taking Lazir´s side, even if they would never write in his way themselves. I know a number of good Rizalists and even Chapter Commanders who are thinking of giving up their commitment in the KOR..

It is not so much only Lazir, but rather many others, even in high ranks in our Order, who, with their behaviour, “pull the Order down”.

But obviously criticism is not well liked in our Order, although this is completely un-Rizalian: José Rizal himself all his life criticized negative things and wanted them to be changed to the better for the good of his country and its people. But José Rizal and his ideas seem to play a decreasing role in the Philippines and even in our Order. And there are many things to be changed. The KOR has become less José Rizal, but more organization, pomp and formal things lately.

Unfortunately reforms and change are not “in” in our Order these days.

I hope I have shown you that there is not only one truth, namely the one from Manila. If you want to get more details and proof, just let me know, I can easily provide them.

For your more comprehensive information I am also attaching our “Appeal”* in the Rizal Victoria Case, so that you really have got “all documents”.

With best Rizalian wishes,

Rainer J. Weber, KCR,
Chapter Commander
(for 12 years, and a Knight of Rizal for 21 years and without
any ambition for ranks and positions)


Tuesday, September 29, 2009


Dear Sir Zane Thirwall,

Just like your new Knights, I myself am confused not because of what Sir Lazir writes but of the inability or refusal of the Supreme Council to answer questions being asked by many confused Knights.

What you ask of Sir Lazir indeed has a noble objective.

I applaud you when you say that you will support Sir Lazir in his quest for answers to the questions that many other Knights had requested. Then support him by openly asking the Supreme Council the same questions. Let them know that you are as confused as your new Knights of the inability of our leaders to clear these issues confronting them. Let the Supreme Council know what damage their silence is doing.

Mr. Lazir, among many other noble and distinguished knights whom some had already resigned because of disgust, had repeatedly requested for clarification on the issues that they want resolved. Please remind yourself of the whole story of which you know very well.

The Supreme council alleged that all documents sent to headquarters to prove Sir Lazir's allegations had been lost. Many knights had forwarded for the second and third time the same documents long time ago. Why is there no investigation, or any indication thereof?

Why is it so difficult for the Supreme commander to answer questions like the following?
1. The alleged missing donations of Sir Mushake - was there or was there none?
2. The reasons for the promotions of some alleged undeserving KGORs to serve as examples for the new knights?
3. The result of the alleged investigation of the Supreme Council of the accusations against Paras as a plagiarist, of Alcoba as a racist, et al? This investigation as you recall was started by Sir Davide who unfortunately had to leave to assume other duties outside the Order. Why was it not continued?

I suggest that you explain to your new Knights and all that ask you the reason why Sir Lazir is sending his emails. Then perhaps they in turn can ask for clarification from the Supreme Council.

It is not Sir Lazir who is making this whole affair sordid and ridiculous, but rather the inability of the Supreme Council to clear the doubts that I assume are now in so many upright Knights.

Sir Thriwall, if there is nothing to hide, why can they not confront Sir Lazir with the answers to refute his allegations?

If they are not hiding anything, then they should tell every honorable Knight everything, as the Hawaii Chapter commander Sir Raymund Liongson of Hawaii had similarly asked.

The Supreme Council once and for all should reply to each of Sir Lazir's questions.

Only then will this sorry affair end.

Please feel free to qoute my email to your fellow Knights.

Yours in truth
Gerry Dimasukat

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Dear Brod Lazir,

The problem in the Philippines these days is a sad situation for all, we can just pray for better times since so many are suffering.

My letter does not require a reply, but understanding.

The Order went through bad and hard days when we had the IHQ division, when Sir Lina took over there was protests about his taking the post, yet I saw no understanding from many Brother Knights of how he was working to change the Order for the better. After he ammended the CBL and it was done as best as posisble and was legal, few appreciated in public due to not knowing facts and did not want to comment, but many understood it was for the best.

It is my request that you please iron out your situation with OKOR IHQ then speak. these emails are hurting this Order more than its doing good.

I have new Knights here that are thinking they joined a bad group because of the emails from you. We have a large children's contest within two months here and more than 11 schools from Gulf schools will attend, our new Knights are needed but with such emails they are confused.

Once you have sat with Sir Ver and the Supreme council, let us all hear of the outcome. Since we have a new start with Sir Ver and the current Supreme Council lets give them a chance.

In the interim period kindly address our Supreme Commander as Sir and not by the family name. In England we see this as rude and not polite, if you address me as Thirlwall I will not respond.

You are an very well educated person, put to use this and lets get back on track, you can offer a great deal to all if a bit of understanding is seen.

If you can sort of mend things with the Supreme Council, I am ready to help and support you in pleading with Manila to consider your situation. You have been expelled and its a serious action. You can offer a lot but the emails are too much, honestly they are too much....

OKOR started fresh with Sir Ver and this council, we need to help and support as well.


Sir Zane


What? Plagiarist Felino Wy Paras for a LINGKAPIL Award 2008? Susme! The SHAME of Europe to be honored by get the country's recognition???Justify Full


When you click open this attachment, you will see Philippine newspaper e-mail addresses where we can voice out our disgust/dismay that the Phil Embassy, Brussels (did they really?) (and the Phil DFA plus Phil government thru Commission on Filipinos Overseas?) would ever consider PLAGIARIST Felino Wy Paras [Paras claimed Andres Bonifacio's translation of 'Mi Ultimo Adios' (Huling Paalam) as his own work! - evidence with our Belgian KOR friends] as LINGKAPIL (Lingkod sa Kapwa Pilipino) awardee!

In addition, Felino Wy Paras is the same person who grabbed the honors claiming to have "donated" P2M+ worth of goods that the chapter of Sir Francois Ooms, chapter officials, their spouses and members worked hard to raise for the needy in the Philippines (evidence with our Belgian KOR friends)!

Our brave soul of a fighter and Knight, Sir Ramon Mayuga, Essen, Germany, regularly writes to RP newspapers... ! He provides his insights almost on a daily basis! Recommend highly he also write about this same criminal -- Plagiarism is CRIMINAL -- act of Felino Wy Paras, so others may know!

How could the Phil Embassy, Brussels easily fall for such a cheap trick? Where did the recommendation come from? Who wrote/signed the recommendation? Who are the listed references (King & Queen of Belgium? Funny? Not at all, because Felino Wy Paras indeed mentions the two in his list of personal References in his official Bio-Data! And lots more names in there, including names of Phil Ambassadors past!)?

[Lazir also shook the hands of Bundespraesident Richard von Weizaecker and First Lady Marianne von Weizaecker. But he would never add their names on his Bio!]

We need to make so much noise so that NO UNDESERVING person gets the accolade of a grateful Nation, just because of a FRAUDULENT recommendation from any Phil government official or Filipino or Belgian or whoever!

Are Antonio Guansing (is he really a Phil Consul??? If he is, he must be kicked-out of his honorary post immediately, without delay, because he is identified as a Paras backer through and through!), Boy Alcoba, Nollas and the alleged corrupt Filipino priest by the name of Apollo de Guzman in Belgium behind this Paras caper, AGAIN???

Lazir also respectfully asks for assitance from Phil Embassy, Paris as well as from the Phil Consulate, Bonn. To let this thing "go" without any attempt to STOP it from the source, or preventing this from going forward to DFA-Manila, then CFO, then Malacanang...will ultimately redound negatively upon us, upon Filipinos, upon our government officials. Even if Malacanang (just in case!) already approved the award, every right-thinking Filipino should protest this abusive and CORRUPT practice!

N-E-V-E-R should it happen!

For country and people!


"When good men do nothing, evil thriumphs!" - (paraphrasing the English Philosopher, Edmund Burke)

Saturday, September 26, 2009


This letter refers to your famous brother knight who is subject of being talked about as the real regional Commander of Canada since 2006.

Is this the same, CHITO M. COLLANTES of Toronto, Canada, who is known to be an IMPERTINENT ARROGANT? to the extent of BULLYING OTHERS? FORGING THE SIGNATURE OF HIS UNCLE? - definately and clearly showing disgusting behaviour and disrespect to others.

As far as it is known, on the basis of the informations that have been receieved in Canada, it's sad to sy that CHITO M. COLLANTES's credibility is quite low aside from being questionable. For a fact, he used to have two (2) pending cases against him: one (1) "libel suit" and another for "confederacy to defame". These were filed against him by the Board of Directors of the 'Filipino Centre Toronto' headed by Board Chairman Victoria Santiago and President Rosalinda Javier.

A certain Mr. Adolfo Tigley also said that Mr. CHITO M. COLLANTES allegedly absconded the funds of an association in Calgary, Alberta where he once served as treasurer. A catholic priest in Toronto likewise complained allegedly about unsavory behaviour the way CHITO M. COLLANTES conduct his business.

There are still other unpleasant complaints about CHITO which would downgrade his credibility in Canada in such a way that would put into question his promotion as a Knight Grand Officer of Rizal (KGOR) of aside from putting shame to the honorable organization - Order of the Knights of Rizal. Well, this is similar to the case of Sir Para, KGOR whose mentor/idol is Sir Quiambao, KGCR

In the Philippines, as the records clearly show, there are two (2) pending criminal cases: 1) Criminal Case No. 7112 - RTC 29, La Union, for ILLEGAL RECRUITMENT; 2) Criminal Case No. 14260-04 RTC, Malaybalay City, Bukidnon, for ILLEGAL RECRUITMENT and still pending before NBI Manila two (2) other criminal cases: for Estafa and Large Scale Recruitment.

It's not a delight in putting someone in the bad light but the records are clear and by reason thereof there people who are very unmfortable and now regretted having been associated with CHITO.

retired canadian


Chito also recently added the title “Dr” to his name. How he got the title – he has not been able to explain (I wrote him and asked how he got his title). He replied by threatening to bring to court those who are accusing him of getting/buying his title surreptitiously. Actually he just avoided giving me a straight answer.

BTW - Was Sir Manny Bade (Scarborough Knight in Toronto), who loves to recite or sing, given the chance to recite the “Last Farewell?” He was invited by Collantes to deliver the poem in Prague. Funny but the same Manny was kick out, literally, at the last regional Assembly in Canada by Collantes himself. Manny wrote that Chito apologized for kicking him out. Ewan ko, if I was treated like that I would not even spend a ticket for Europe just to recite “on Chito’s behalf.”

What is encouraging are signs of involvement by previously-silent-knights, now questioning IHQ actions or inactions. I hope more come out now. In some ways I regret having resigned – it is probably more effective to fight corruption inside the organization. How is the project (initiated by Pleckebaum?) on Ethics going along?

Life is short, my friend. Things gotta have to happen! With a whomp!

Thursday, September 24, 2009



Thanks so much for once more forwarding this "NOTICE OF DECISION" dated 07 Jan 09 (shown below)!

It gives Lazir a chance to highlight the writer's (Samuel S. Samuela's) grave mistakes!

Recommend he be barred from law practice for reasons, IGNORANCE OF THE LAW! Lazir is no lawyer while Samuela supposedly is. But surely somewhere, there is a provision in jurisprudence that provides INVESTIGATE, PROSECUTE the evildoers, not the reporter of the wrong done!

Here's WHY Samuel Samuela can be called both Ignorant and Stupid:

1. The names "Samuela S. Samuela" and "Samuel S. Samuela" may appear identical/the same. But by Lazir adding just one letter "a" to the former, it becomes feminine! The latter stays masculine! Therefore, they are NOT the same!

IHQ must have A-L-L the completed KOR membership application forms, filed/archived. Samuela goes to the IHQ. If Samuela will just do his job correctly, he will see there's no such name "MORENO (RIZAL) VICTORIA"! If he CAN find a member with the name "MORENO (RIZAL) VICTORIA", should Lazir give him Euro 5,000? If Samuela CANNOT find such a name, that person does not exist! If that person does not exist, it is stupid of Samuela (or anyone) to insist he is referring to one and the same person!

2. Maureen Fernandez is supposedly long gone! Why is her name still being (ab)used at IHQ? To use the name of an innocent, non-participant, non-employee of IHQ, is VIOLATION of that person's privacy! If Samuela were a good lawyer, he should KNOW this! If Samuela were non-partisan, he should already investigate if not put a STOP to the (ab)use of an innocent person's name! Whoever is forwarding IHQ e-mails, (mis-)using the name "Maureen Fernandez", should STOP it, or he/she earns the description "STUPID" as well!

3. Each time Laon Laan forwards comments to IHQ, all IHQ could put forward is an attachment! If Samuela were clever, he would already complain to IHQ or stop IHQ from repeatedly using the same attachments he signed! Or can't he think that repeating an act 3-5x won't bring new arguments nor validate fallacies? Really stupid of Samuela if he allows his name bannered once more, in reply to Laon Laan!

4. Washington Post journalists Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein exposed
"Watergate" that forced the downfall of Richard Nixon! No individual with just a little bit of intelligence would blame Woodward & Bernstein for "bringing shame" to or "inimical acts" against the Office of the President of the United States of America! Anyone who blames Woodward & Bernstein would/could be labelled stupid!

Lazir questioned/exposed/wrote about the crooked machinations of Quiambao (one ex.: he reportedly promoted Paras to KGOR April 2001, Florida for nothing Rizalian or beneficial to KOR or to country, a farce!) and Esguerra (one ex.: in his incompetence, he confirmed the wrongful Paras appointment to Regional Commander, Europe, w/o any valid reason to do so!) plus the corrupt practices of their boys in the KOR; Paras in Europe and Collantes in Canada. Instead of investigating the evildoers, Samuela persecutes the reporter/journalist and pushed for his expulsion! For a lawyer, is this not plain and simple STUPIDITY? Samuela says the KOR is an illustrious organization. Did he also forgot that good/illustrious Knights are discerning enough to see what is valid, logical, correct and what is not?

5. While lawyer Samuela concluded that Moreno "committed misconduct and/or misbehavior affecting the dignity, integrity, honor and/or reputation of the Knights of Rizal", the same Samuela seems to be convinced Quiambao, Esguerra, Paras, et al (to name a few), did not, although records show that direct descendants of Dr Jose Rizal's friends, Pastor Ullmer and Ferdinand Blumentritt, RESIGNED IN DISGUST -- not because of Lazir, but because of the SHAMEFUL acts of Quiambao, Esguerra, Paras, et al! Is this not sufficient proof that Samuela is not only practicing stupidity but also hypocrisy?

6. Quiambao, Esguerra, Paras, Plueckebaum, Guansing, et al practically supported each other propagate un- Rizalian/unethical activities just by mere giving or receiving UNDESERVED KGOR titles/ranks! Yet, lawyer Samuela concludes these individuals' single/conspirative actions didn't NEGATIVELY affect "the dignity, integrity, honor and/or reputation of the Knights of Rizal"? (Lazir's wish is for Samuela to show documents/memoranda SIGNED by Samuela against Lazir to his family and children, so they can tell him what stupidity means!)

7. Lazir's justifiable motive for his various e-mails is to try to weed out corruption/corrupt practices in the KOR! That definitely, is Rizalian! If Samuel S. Samuela dosen't find that "justifiable" a motive, is Samuela a fake Rizalist or one simply pretending to be, or both?

8. Anent thereto, if the amended KOR by-Laws are deemed violated by Moreno, per Samuela's findings/conclusions, how come the same Samuela, finds NOTHING wrong with what Quiambao, Esguerra, (et al) did, for violating RA 646? Samuela is not even ASHAMED to banner his signature under the name of The Great Malayan, categorizing his act/s "non-partisan", yet showing PARTIALITY, by not investigating the friends of his friends! Can't lawyer Samuela see where he is leading himself into? If non-lawyer Lazir knows, the lawyer Samuela should know better!

Below are pertinent provisions of Republic Act 646 which lawyer Samuel S. Samuela cannot simply look away from, if he wants readers to believe he is an honest purveyor of (KOR) Justice and/or is KOR's Chief Investigator/Prosecutor, with integrity! By avoidance, not only will Samuela indeed look stupid, but dumb and inutile as well -- Sherlock Holmes, the Lame?

VIOLATIONs of Sec 7, RA 646, applies squarely

- upon Rogelio Quiambao, KGCR [for excluding/hiding the missing P355,000? -- approx. Euro 5,000 x today's rate of P71 -- from the KOR Books of Accounts, which was confirmed donated by Mushake to KOR sometime RY 1999/2000 when said Rogelio Quiambao was KOR Supreme Commander!];

- upon Virgilio Esguerra, KGCR [for cover-up as Supreme Commander by not ordering an investigation of funds' whereabouts, which is his job if he were competent!];

- upon Samuel S. Samuela, KGOR [for aiding the cover-up, looking away & keeping silent about these missing funds, while vigorously persecuting MUCH LESSER charges (against Sir Jun Zerrudo & Lazir!)].

SECTION 7. Any donation or contribution which from time to time may be made to the corporation by the Government or any of its subdivisions, branches, offices, agencies, or instrumentalities, or by any other person or entity shall be expended by the Supreme Council solely to promote the purposes for which the corporation is organized.

VIOLATIONs of Sec 8, RA 646, applies squarely

- upon Rogelio Quiambao, KGCR [for shamelessly NOT resigning his current position as/for falsely and fraudulently usurping a seat as member of the Council of Elders, even as he still keeps his silence about the missing P355,000 which never got into the KOR Books of Accounts...therefore not spent ICW Sec 7, RA 646!; or for falsely and fraudulently making himself organizer and/or representative, a member of, an agent for, the Knights of Rizal, last February 2009 during the Manila Assembly; etc.!];

- upon Virgilio Esguerra, KGCR [for falsely and fraudulently making himself its Chief Representative carrying the title of Supreme Commander in various 2007, 2008, 2009 memoranda, as member of, an agent for, the Knights of Rizal, since the time the missing P355,000 came to his attention as MISSING in the KOR Books of Accounts, thereby effectively covering up this transaction; then for falsely and fraudulently accepting the job of Supreme Commander after last May 2008 KOR elections; then for falsely and fraudulently acting as Supreme Commander last February 2009 during the Manila Assembly; etc.!];

- upon Samuel S. Samuela, KGOR [for likewise falsely and fraudulently calling himself as, or representing himself to be, a member of, an agent for, the Knights of Rizal, when he signed the below Memo using the KOR letterhead, with date 07 January 2009 and dateline Manila, Philippines, December 14, 2008; etc. ].

SECTION 8. From and after the passage of this Act, it shall be unlawful for any person to falsely and fraudulently call himself as, or represent himself to be, a member of, an agent for, the Knights of Rizal; and any person who violates any of the provisions of this Act shall be punished by imprisonment of not to exceed six months or a fine not exceeding five hundred pesos, or both, in the discretion of the court.

9. While Samuela needs the Supreme Council to impose the sanction of terminating Moreno's membership, Lazir only has to prove Samuela's evil deed of PARTIALITY in the conduct of his investigations to show discerning readers that he, Samuel Samuela, upon acts of his own, terminated himself from the roster of the Knights of Rizal, pursuant to the provisions not only of Article IV, Section 8 (a) of the 2006 Amended by-Laws, but also per Sec 4, 7 and 8 of Ra 646, thereby stripping himself the rights and privileges of membership in the (once!) prestigious Order of the Knights of Rizal. (See above Numbers 1-9.).

Samuela should, even as disbarment proceedings initiated by someone in the Philippines are pushed through, quit the KOR now, for he so miserably failed the various Rizalian and ethical tests, making him more a champion Rizalian pretender, than a true Rizalist. His English is good, so Lazir assumes Samuela knows Lazir is correct!

Quiambao and Esguerra likewise should, before history judges them so harshly, do the honorable thing and resign from their KOR positions/functions without delay, giving way to either Sir Pablo Trillana III and/or Sir Reghis Romero to take over the reigns of this illustrious KOR, blazing the path for greater Glory and enabling the return of eloquent names Sir Dr Fritz Hack-Ullmer as well as Sir Ernest(o) Blumentritt to the KOR fold.

For a Democratic Order!
For Pride in the Order!
For the Good of the Order!

For country and people!


- one Knight who won't simply retract what he said, like his idol, Dr Jose Rizal (on Catholism/Masonry)!
- his motive is more than justifiable: to try to weed out corruption/corrupt practices in the illustrious KOR!
- the only KOR Knight who refused a well-deserved promotion from the undeserving conferror Esguerra!


7 January 2009

Wilhelmsfeld-Heidelberg Chapter
Order of the Knights of Rizal


Notice is hereby given of the Supreme Council Decision issued dated December 14, 2008, finding MORENO (RIZAL) VICTORIA to have committed misconduct and/or misbehavior affecting the dignity, integrity, honor and/or reputation of the Knights of Rizal in maliciously imputing in writing (e-mail messages) alleged vices or defects attributed to the Knights of Rizal without justifiable motive.

Anent thereto, the Supreme Council imposed the sanction of terminating the membership of MORENO (RIZAL) VICTORIA from the roster of the Knights of Rizal, pursuant to the provision of Article IV, Section 8 (a) of the 2006 Amended by-Laws, and thereby strips him of the rights and privileges of membership in the prestigious Order of the Knights of Rizal. (See Certified Copy of the Decision.).

Manila , Philippines , December 14, 2008.

Supreme Pursuivant

Wednesday, September 16, 2009


The real story of the inauguration of the Blumentritt plaque in Litomerice, 2001

Lino Paras wrote:

“Last week the Supreme Council, Manila, send me to Litomerice, Czech Republic to attend the unveiling of the bust of Professor Ferdinand Blumentritt (friend of Dr. Jose Rizal.)”

I am very well aware about the Litomerice event in 2001. I lived in Belgium at that time. My good friend, Dr. Sir Fritz Hack-Ullmer, great-grandson of Pastor Ullmer who donated the famous Ullmer collection to the Philippines in 1961, informed me personally that he was making arrangements for the inauguration of a plaque in honor of Ferdinand Blumentritt in Litomerice.

The invitation to the inauguration of the Ferdinand Blumentritt Plaque originally came from the Lord Mayor of Litomerice. He asked me if a delegation from Belgium would attend this significant event. As Chapter Commander of the El Filibusterismo Chapter then, I asked some knights from Belgium if they were interested to attend for which the response was positive. Sir Francois Ooms and I drove our car and we picked up Lino Paras from his house at rue de Hippodrome in Brussels. Sir Rudy Nollas, Rev. Apollo, Sir PrOs Slachmuylders and my wife also joined us.

After a nine hour’s trip, we finally reached Leitmeritz and met with the other knights who already arrived from Germany such as: Dr. Sir Fritz Hack, Sir and Mrs. Manfred Holtzmann (ex-mayor of Wilhelmsfeld) AND… Sir Ernsto Blumentritt, (then 90 years old), the only living grandson of Ferdinand Blumentritt.

To think that Lino was sent “officially” by Manila to go to Leitmeritz? Indeed, it’s too easy to say! For without the invitation from the Lord Mayor of Litomerice and me who then extended it to him, he would have had never known of the event and would not even have the opportunity to be there for the special occasion.

If it was true that Lino were sent officially by the HQ, he would have been the one who should have invited us and not the other way around, as it happened isn’t it?

At that time, Lino never told nor mentioned to anybody in the group that he was officially sent by the HQ because he would be only ‘too proud’ to say so in order not to show or reveal any trace of his personal ambition for self-aggrandizement.

What did happen exactly in Leitmeritz? The greetings at the monument were given by the Mayor of Litomerice, Mr. Landa, Sir Ernesto Blumentritt, Libor Pislak, the artist who made the plaque, and Dr. Sir Fritz Hack Ullmer, the main organizer. From the Blumentritt park the party went to the Rizal bust at the rear of the Hotel Salva Guarda.

The program for the speeches had already been planned. All of a sudden, Lino Paras stepped forward and delivered his unscheduled and uncalled for speech, just to make himself so important as Rizal’s countryman. Even better, a team of radio reporters was present and interviewed him. For so obvious a reason as to his very limited knowledge on Rizal's life that he sent them expediently to me to do the explanations about the friendship between Rizal and Blumentritt.

While I was being interviewed Lino seized the opportunity to have Sir Rudy Nollas take his picture while he was greeting H.E. (Ms.) Carmelita R. Salas, Philippine Ambassador to the Czech Republic, Mr. Landa, Mayor of Leitmeritz, and Sir Ernesto Blumentritt. Is this what he had in mind which would later present for his promotion in the KOR as his tangible proof that he had done a ‘research’ in Leitmeritz???

The same happened in Wilhelmsfeld when he was again a passenger in my car. We went the Rizal statue in Wilhelmsfeld and have some pictures. An official report was sent to IHQ Manila by Lino in which he wrote that he performed a “Rizalian research” in Heidelberg (Hm!).

This report can be acknowledged and confirmed by Sir Francois Ooms, Sir PrOs Slachmuylders, Sir Dr. Fritz Hack and Sir Manfred Holtzmann.

P.S. A couple of years ago Lino Paras and his team went again to Leitmeritz. Alcoba wrote that he was very thrilled that have slept in the same room where Rizal did during his stay there.

What a pity for them! As a matter of fact, Rizal did NOT stay in the building that is now the Hotel Salva Guarda. Indeed, there is a Rizal room in this hotel where I also stayed several times, but this was only named in his honor, only to remember his memory! Rizal stayed in another hotel with Maximo Viola in Leitmeritz!

Lucien Spittael

Monday, September 14, 2009


Mga kababayan silipin nga natin kung ano itong pinag iinitang mga kinain daw ni Kamahal-mahalang Pangulong Gloria sa Le Cirque New York at ang kanyang mga kampon. Since may ambag naman tayo (as a taxpayer) dapat lang sigurong makita natin kahit sa picture man lang ang mga pagkaing nararapat daw para sa ating mga honorable public servants. Take note mga kaibigan, US DOLLARS yan.....

Ang bill ng entourage ni Gloria sa Le Cirque

Golden Osetra Caviar . Sa Tagalog, kumpol-kumpol na itlog ng isda. Rare daw ito. Malansa at lasang bagoong, sabi ng iba. Kulay itim lang to pero
ang lasa siguro nito ay kagaya din ng itlog ng galunggong, di kaya? Php13,720/order

California Osetra Caviar . Kumpol-kumpol na itlog ng isda na mula sa California . Mas mura kesa sa Golden Osetra Caviar. P4,900/order

Le Cirque Salad . Pinaghalo-halong mga gulay tulad ng lettuce (wag kayong jologs, hindi [let-us] ang pronunciation nyan, kundi [let-is] , okay?)
…sige na nga litsugas nalang…
ano pa ba yan? er…sibuyas, balat ng sibuyas, sitaw, mayana, dahon ng gumamela, etc… P1,078/order lang yan

Le Cirque Lobster Salad . Merong lobster meat, pipino, avocado, kamatis, okra saka dahon ng sibuyas. P2,842/ isang plato niyan

Le Cirque Tuna . Syempre merong tuna dyan (na posibleng galing sa GenSan), orange, sesame seeds, wasabe ata yung green paste sa ilalim,
anim na pirasong halamang ligaw (dami dito samin nyang dahon na yan!) saka ilang patak na orange sauce. P1,029/order naba yang apat na hiwang yan?

Le Cirque Soft Shell Crab Tempura . Ngayon ko lang nalaman na meron palang crab na soft ang shell nya…ahihihihi…So ang ingredients dyan ay crab
saka harina tapos may kamote at ang paborito ni Popeye na spinach P1,078 /platter

Le Cirque Spring Pea Soup . Mga pataning pinaikot at pinalamutak sa blender para maging soup. A.k.a. Etchas ng baby P1,176 isang bowl?

Le Cirque Wild Burgundy Escargot. Pronounced as [es-kahr-goh] . Tandaan nyo yan para hindi kayo magmukhang enggot pag kumain kayo sa Le Cirque in the future, okay? Ang escargot ay kuhol. Madami niyan sa palayan kapag tag-ulan. Hmmmmmmmmm…sarap ng ginataang escargot! Kasama ng escargot dyan ay 2 munchkin donuts, makapuno, itlog ng isda saka ferns. Ito daw ang nagustuhan ni Senator Lapid dahil favorite nya ang kuhol. P1,421/order grabeng mahal naman ng kuhol na yan!

Le Cirque Torchon of Foie Gras . Ang foie gras ay atay ng bibe or gansa. Ang pagbigkas nito ay [fwah-grah] . Ang torchon naman ay isang paraan ng pagluto ng foei gras na kung saan ibinabalot ito sa isang tuwalya at niluluto sa mainit na likido tulad ng alak o tubig. P1,715/order lang naman yan

Paupiette of Black Cod . Ito’y manipis na piraso ng isda (black cod) na nirolyong parang shawarma at merong mga gulay sa gitna.
Paupiette is pronounced as [poh-pyet]
. P2,401.00 / order (pun-yeta!!! !!)

Le Cirque Halibut Poached in Cocunut Milk. Halibut is pronounced as [hal-uh-buht] . Ito ay isang uri ng isda. Ang price P1,960 /order

Dover Sole . Isa rin itong uri ng isda at ito rin ang pinakamahal sa main course na inorder ng ating mga public servant P3,675/order wow na wow. Ano kaya ang lasa nyan, noh?

Le Cirque Saddle of Lamb . Ano ba ang saddle sa Tagalog. Hmmmmmmm…part daw ng backbone and loins. Eh ano yung loins sa Tagalog? Tadyang o pigi? Ay basta tupa lang yan! P2,548/order naman yan (anak ng tupa naman....)

Krug Champagne . Sa sobrang sarap ng Krug, umorder sina Gloria ng labing-isang bote nito. Kulang-kulang Php 249,000 lang naman iyang 11 bottles na yan. Ilang ginbulag kaya ang mabibili sa Php 249,000.00? Teka, downpayment na yan para sa isang bahay ah! Tsk…tsk…tsk…
Sorry wala yung pix ng ibang entrees.

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