Peace Corps Teacher: ‘Bludgeoned to death’ in Philippines

19 04 2007

A grim picture is developing in the death or alleged killing of a US peace crops volunteer in the Philippines.

[]…Julia Campbell, the US Peace Corps volunteer who was found dead in a grave in Banaue, Ifugao, was bludgeoned by her assailant, ABS-CBN’s “Bandila” reported Thursday….”[] ABS-CBNNews

Police are searching for the husband of a woman who is last person to have been seen alive with Julia Campbell – who police believe is the man who was seen on two occasions and in US police terms would be described as a ‘person of interest’.

One: He was alleged to have been seen leaving the area hurriedly near the dry creek bed where her body was ‘intentionally buried’. – The same man being sought by police- was identified by three separate media reports as the husband of Grace Duntogan – who owns a small store in the area.

The same man it is alleged was reportedly seen carrying her backpack and hurriedly leaving the scene of a shallow grave where she was later discovered by Police, Army, and, civilian search teams.

Media reports from wire agencies and GMA.tv, ABS-CBNnews.com, and the Inquirer.net if put into context all point to one man – as at least having been the last person seen with her alive and also later seen hurriedly leaving her make-shift grave. all 734 news articles »

  1. Senior Supt. Raul Gonzales, Cordillera Administrative Region police chief, said that it appeared that Campbell was intentionally buried in the area where her body was found at a dry creek. “There was soil, sand and grass, so the burial was intentional,” Gonzales said.
  2. Police are seeking the husband of Grace Duntogan, 24, who recalled Campbell came to her store at around 3 p.m. on April 8 – she sold her a soft drink. Her husband was seen near her grave prior to it being discovered by a 13 yr boy now in police custody. Mr. Duntagum is nowhere to be found according to police Senior Supt. Pedro Ganir, police chief of Ifugao province,
  3. Campbell’s (’Julia’) was intentionally buried in the area where her body was found at a dry creek. “There was soil, sand and grass, so the burial was intentional,”- Senior Supt. Raul Gonzales, Cordillera Administrative Region police chief
  4. Police are attempting to locate a man who was reportedly seen carrying Julia Campbell’s backpack before the US Peace Corps volunteer disappeared on Easter Sunday.

In hindsight – considering locals statements in the area who claim tourism is a major source of income for them. Most do not believe either robbery or any other reason could be seen as the possible motive for Julia Campbell being killed.

A theory being raised is Campbell slipped and fell while being led by ‘a guide’. That fearing repercussions locals or a local buried her – hoping to hide the body until a time when search teams left the area. Knowing that they would be blamed by locals or fearing perhaps possible criminal problems.

Only a medico legal examination can truly tell – but- Diplomatic officials meddling is what should purely be criminal investigation – per local police in the area who are causing the delay in the reporting of actual scientific findings and ending speculation was at the insistence of US officials at the American embassy that a pathologist chosen from japan by the state department over advice of both US law enforcement officials based in the region and Philippine counterparts. There are FBI and Scotalnd Yard trained forensic exmainers avialble here.

Privately – many forces are at play worried that results of any investigation may affect local tourism in the area also international tourists who do bring in a lot of income to the local community.

Having grown up in a tourist town myself – I know the feeling whenever a crime or accident occurs involving a tourist.

it affects the entire local economy.

The longer the investigation results take and medical findings are released and results are given.

The entire village of Batad – not just one reisident is affected- the Banue community an entire region – not just an individual from there- stand accused of a ‘alleged crime’ and they too deserver the right to know what happened.

As well as the victims family and friends – this makes this tragedy a tougher issue for all parties and to the victim and her memory and good deeds of the past two years she did serving people in under-developed communities like the small village she tragically died in.

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“too early to determine if foul play was involved.”: Investigators “Missing Peace Corps volunteer dead”

18 04 2007

“Too early to determine if foul play was involved.” – but other reports say that the body which is believed to be of missing Julia Cambell, who is from Fairfax, Virgina and is in the Philippines as one of 137 peace corps volunteers in the country.

News reports coming from the scene say the body appears to have been buried – or covered in debris from a fall. but investigators are still investigating.

Meanwhile. Colonel Victor Felix, commander of the Army’s 502nd Infantry Brigade- describe the place the body was found as a ‘grave’ beside a creek. Col. Felix, said in a radio interview that his team had found the site at around 10:30 am local time.

Philippine National Police and the US Embassy RSO personnel in Manila have set forensic tests to confirm that the remains were indeed Campbell’s.

Cambell’s death is one of the first involving tourists in the area which is very popular with backpackers, hikers, and naturalists.

Accidents however are not uncommon and tourism officials in a published guide book recommend that travelers hire local guides or at least travel in groups for safer enjoyment of the area.





Wynn bets on Manila – Las Vegas in Manila?

22 03 2007

Steve Wynn knows Filipinos perhaps better than any other employer and developer in Las Vegas – his mega hotels and casinos employ thousands of Filipino Americans at all levels and he has seen the purchase power of the pinoy through his hosting of the last three fights of the ‘Pac Man’ Manny Paquiao.

Outsourced services also use Philippine based accounting firms, call centers, and other services from several providers here in the Philippines – he might also see a greater interest in purchases of his various condo developments in Las Vegas by Asia’s largest two Asian American communities – Chinese Americans and Filipino Americans – who together make up the largest most affluent block of Gamers and earners among second generation Asian Americans.

Investing in manila – Wynn and the Las Vegas types will find a casino friendly environment that already has 22 casinos and gaming clubs – licernced by the government – as well as over over thirty small all machine casino game like bingo parlours across the capitol city alone.

REPORTS:

Las Vegas hotel casino to place bets on Philippines
Manila Times, Philippines – LAS Vegas-based Wynn Resorts said it is pursuing investment opportunities in the Philippines, one of which is a hotel casino similar to its Macau facility.
Wynn Resorts eyes Philippines Casino City Times
State Firm To Build Gaming And Entertainment Complex In Philippines Playfuls.com
21 – ‘Pagcor City’ to rise in 800-hectare site at the Manila Balita.org

Wynn’s style is credited with developing Las Vegas into a 2.0 level of total entertainment and gaming resorts that go well beyond the poker table and or the slot machine to include malls, enterainment centers of top concerts and shows and total shopping and relaxation in total package.

Looks like a Winner… for Wynn and Manila.





PAL to add Boeing 777-300ER to US routes

19 03 2007

From PAL Press Release:

Philippine Airlines order two Boeing 777-300ER extended range aircraft with a plan to expand its direct services between the Philippines and the United States.

Philippine Airlines is a long-time Boeing customer and flies to 24 countries around the world and 18 domestic destinations. “The acquisition of the Boeing 777-300ER allows PAL to expand direct services between the Philippines and the United States,” said Philippine Airlines president Jaime J. Bautista. “Our passengers will also benefit from the higher level of comfort and amenities that this high-technology aircraft brings.”

In addition to this order, Philippine Airlines also has purchase rights for two additional 777-300ER aircraft. The airline will also be making further expansions in its operating fleet with the signing of a letter of intent with GE Commercial Aviation Services to lease two Boeing 777-300ER.

PAL currently uses both Boeing 747-400 and Airbus A340 aircraft for the cross pacific routes it has to the USA.